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Greek and Chinese Zodiac Signs
The concept of the Zodiac developed from one of the ancient philosophies of ancient astrology some of which exist today. Some believers claim the Zodiac is at least 3000 years old, but recent recent studies show it may existed long before.
The solar system is a relatively flat, imaginary plane in space called the ecliptic. The ecliptic ecliptic contain the pathways for the sun, moon and planets within Earth's solar system. The planets waver 8 degrees on each side of a center line belt called the Zodiac.
As Earth orbit through the 12 month year the 12 different constellations of stars form the zodiac area.
Ancient astronomers and mystics believed the position of constellations compared with positions of orbiting planets, were messages from the heavens to instruct humanity. Dates when constellations hid behind the sun provided supernatural conditions supposedly caused by each passage. The date of a persons birth was essential to understand how the zodiac would influence the life's path for an individual.
The Zodiac is an imaginary belt of the heavens which travel along an ecliptic which contain the pathways for the sun, moon and planets within Earth's solar system.
Twelve constellations, or twelve divisions, make up the sections and signs of the Zodiac.
The divisions of the Zodiac are usually depicted in a circular or elliptical diagram to represent the belt. Ancient astronomers usually depicted the sections with illustrations of animals and human figures to represent the constellations and signs.
Dates for zodiac signs:
- Aries (Ram) – March 21 to April 19
Taurus (Bull) –April 20 to May 20
Gemini (Twins) – May 21 to June 21
Cancer (Crab) – June 22 to July 22
Leo (Lion) – July 23 to August 22
Virgo (Virgin) – August 23 to September 22
Libra (Scale) – September 23 to October 23
Scorpio (Scorpion) - October 24 to November 22
Sagittarius (Archer) – November 23 to December 21
Capricorn (Goat) – December 22 to January 19
Aquarius (Water Bearer) – January 20 to February 18
Pisces (Fish) – February 19 to March 20
Scientific discoveries have diminished ancient star charts and belief in astrology to a pseudoscience. The word "pseudoscience" is derived from the Greek root pseudo which means "false" and the English word "science." False science is a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, but which cannot be proved through the scientific method.
Today, Astrology shares popularity among palm-readers and fortune tellers and remains popular as newspaper horoscopes for fun and entertainment.
I enjoy my status as a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac and Virgo in the Greek Zodiac, I think we don't have to believe in mythology or fanciful notions to appreciate a good story, otherwise we'd never have fantasy or science fiction stories and movies.
The images in this section are of my interpretation of the Greek and Chinese Zodiac signs.
Work in progress, stay tuned.