History of the Zodiac

Posted by on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The zodiac is the circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude employed by western astrology.

The western zodiac is centered upon the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.

The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. 

Because the divisions are regular, they do not correspond exactly to the boundaries of the twelve constellations after which they are named.

The signs are as follows:
  1. Aries
  2. Taurus
  3. Gemini
  4. Cancer
  5. Leo
  6. Virgo
  7. Libra
  8. Scorpio
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn
  11. Aquarius
  12. Pisces

Today the term and the names of the twelve signs are mostly associated with horoscopic astrology.

Horoscopic astrology is a form of astrology that uses a horoscope, a visual representation of the heavens, for a specific moment in time in order to interpret the inherent meaning underlying the alignment of the planets at that moment. 



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