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Astrology

The Zodiac, Constellations, Signs & Wonders



The Zodiac

Zo'diac. An imaginary belt or zone in the heavens, extending about eight degrees each side of the ecliptic.

Signs of the Zodiac. The zodiac is divided into twelve equal parts, proceeding from west to east; each part is thirty degrees and is distinguished by a sign. Beginning with "Aries," we have first six northern and then six southern signs - i.e. six on the north side and six on the south side of the equator; beginning with "Capricornus," we have six ascending and then six descending signs - i.e. six which ascend higher and higher towards the north and six which descend lower and lower towards the south. The six northern signs are: Aries (the ram), Taurus (the bull), Gemini (the twins), spring signs; Cancer (the crab), Leo (the lion), Virgo (the virgin), summer signs. The six southern are: Libra (the balance), Scorpio (the scorpion), Sagitta'rius (the archer), autumn signs; Capricornus (the goat), Aqua'rius (the water-bearer) and Pisces (the fishes), winter signs. (Greek, zo-on, living creatures.)

Our vernal signs, the RAM begins,
Then comes the BULL, in May the TWINS;-
The CRAB in June, next LEO shines,
And VIRGO ends the northern signs.

The BALANCE brings autumnal fruits,
The SCORPION stings, the ARCHER shoots;-
December's GOAT brings wintry blast,
AQUARIUS rain, the FISH come last.

E. Cobham Brewer: The Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (1894)

 
Constellations

The twelve constellations of the Zodiac all lie in a narrow band along the ecliptic, as may be seen in these two colour-coded star maps, each 1442 pixels wide by 466 pixels high. Both maps give an equatorial view from London at the Solstices - the only difference between them is the background and other colours used.

Constellations of the Zodiac: Star Map (black)

Constellations of the Zodiac: Star Map (white)

 
Signs

In its simplest sense, the word sign used of the zodiac is no more than a synonym for constellation or star-group. But sign is also a synonym for symbol - something with meaning far beyond its outward appearance. The signs of the zodiac have long been associated not only with the various myths and legends of all cultures existing before this enlightened, scientific age but with the idea that the fundamental course of every person's existence is inextricably linked with the zodiac's ever changing face.

Here are some of the common legends, or myths, connected with each of the twelve signs; and from them, links to individual pages of images and associations of the signs, along with qualities, careers and health information for those born under that sign.

Signs of the Zodiac: Myths & Legends

 
Wonders

Can there be a rational explanation of astrology? - Or is the Earth and all upon it inextricably bound up in a geometric relationship with the stars and planets? I attempt if not an answer at least the shedding of some light on this intriguing question by searching beyond the normal confines of the fortune-teller in a brief survey of three tangential aspects of the zodiac and astrology:

The Zodiac: Map or Magic?

Part 1: A Rational Astrology
    one reason why the zodiac may have come to be seen as the ruler of human destiny;

Part 2: A Measure of Time and Space
    some curious aspects of the zodiac's spatial and temporal relationship to the Earth;

Part 3: An Irrational Astrology
    a glimpse of the awesome reality which may exist beyond our normal perceptions, controlling our every action.


Ink Amera

(C) David 7/9/2007

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