What is a Zodiac?
The word Zodiac immediately brings your birth sign into mind, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces, or the often asked question “What star sign are you?” your knowledge of the 12 Zodiac signs, the 12 Constellations comes into your mind.
12 Star signs, 12 Constellations that are created by the annual path of the sun across the sky, the heavens are divided into 12 calendar months, 12 Segments, and 12 Star Signs.
Horoscopes are published in a many newspapers, or magazines, these contain a forecast of a person’s future, usually including a outline of the person’s character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars, and planets at the precise time of that person’s birth.
Yet this wonderful word Zodiac also has a rich history in the world of Astronomy, and the two are magically, and mysteriously linked.
Lets look at this word Zodiac, and its two associated meanings.
Astronomy – Zodiac in Science
Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences. Astronomy studies the astral objects, their manifestation, and their behavior. It utilizes mathematics, physics, and chemistry, in an effort to explain the origin of those objects and phenomena and their evolution. Objects of interest include planets, moons, stars, colorful nebulae, delicate star clusters, and massive galaxies. Also studying the phenomena that includes supernova explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic microwave background radiation.
All astronomical events that originate outside Earth’s atmosphere are within the attention of astronomy.
This celestial area is a strip of sky extending about eight degrees north and south of the ecliptic, representing the portion of the sky within which the paths of the Sun, the Moon, and the planets are found.
Recorded history of early civilizations such as the Babylonians, Greeks, Indians, Egyptians, Nubians, Iranians, Chinese, and Maya performed meticulous observations of the night sky. Historically, astronomy has included disciplines such as, celestial navigation, observational astronomy and the making of calendars.
Astrology – Zodiac in Horoscopes
Astrology is the study of the movements, and positions of stars, planets, and moons relative to each other, yet there is much more than stars, planets, and moons, so the word celestial objects is used to describe all the colorful nebulae, delicate star clusters, and massive galaxies. Then from the relative position of these celestial objects it is believed that information about past, current, and future human affairs, and events can be defined.
Cultures such as the Indians, Chinese, and Maya created elaborate systems for predicting heavenly events from celestial observations. They attached great importance to astronomical events. In the West, astrology most often consists of a system of horoscopes proclaiming to explain aspects of a person’s personality, and foresee future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, stars, moon, and other celestial objects at the time of the persons birth. Most astrologers rely on this complex system for creating horoscope readings.
The Astrology Zodiac, consists of the 12 signs listed in a horoscope, is closely tied to how the Earth moves through the heavens. The signs are derived from the constellations that mark out the path on which the sun appears to travel over the course of a year.
These zodiac 12 signs, each of which is named after a constellation through which the ecliptic passes in that region of the sky. The traditional beginning point of constellations is Aries, followed in calendar order by Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
Western Astrology Star Sign Dates
Aries (March 21-April 19) Taurus (April 20-May 20) Gemini May 21-June 20)
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Leo (July 23-August 22) Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Libra (September 23-October 22) Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Zodiac Word Origin and History
Late 14th century., from Old French zodiaque, from Latin zodiacus “zodiac,” from Greek zodiakos (kyklos) “zodiac (circle),” literally “circle of
little animals,” from zodiaion, diminutive of zoion “animal” (see zoo ).