The Zodiac – The Circle of Life

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  • Millennial Archetypes 
    • Symbolism and Glyph

If we were living in ancient Greece, whenever a person mentioned the Zodiac at dinner’s table, people would be unconsciously and immediately directed to the resemblance of animals and all living things on Earth, and for some, what also lied beyond. The Zodiac signs and its glyphs are millennial and can be seem in various books of history and the occult, in ancient monuments or artifacts, in tattoos shop, in games, in movies and even in universities worldwide, etc. The symbols of the signs of the Zodiac are the raw patterns of mankind’s unconsciousness since the beginning of the intellectual society, all introduced through a complex yet elementary glossology thus elucidating stereotypes by the use of symbolism. These millenary symbols and glyphs are the foundation of everything we know in astrology, they are an imaginary 12 divisions in the sky perceived and named in signs and houses after many empirical and factual observations.

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  • The Zodiac Wheel
    • The Circle of Animals

The Zodiac is a complex system but a profound and understandably one, a tool that foresees the powers of nature from the universe unseen to man. There are divided in the sky, by the logic of the human mind, a 12 group of clusters of stars where each one is named after a constellation and thus popularly known as a Zodiac sign; Each group of stars (clusters) near the ecliptic form a constellation significant to a powerful meaning, once used as a GPS for night travelers and points of reference for agriculture purposes, these clusters has been tracked down with the planets in a virtual belt compassing all spheres of life around planet Earth. Later, these determined fixed stars and their location was used for casting charts of nations, kings, queens and people of power, to then be utilized by the general public as a predictive tool for casting horoscopes, natal charts and any other kind of personal to wordily utilization of astrology as coordinating prognostics.

This is about shapes, correlation, imagination and creativity altogether. In Latin, the Zodiac is written as zōdiacus, where the initial two capitals ZO reminds us of the word Zoo. The minimalist word ZODIAC is from radical Greek zōidiakòs kýklos (ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος) and can be translated as “the circle of little animals” – sublimely referring to all living creatures of the world, a reflection of the bodies of mythological hybrids (Sagittarius, Capricorn and Virgo) and the elevation of animals (Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio and Pisces) on planet Earth. The word Animal comes from Latin Animalis, describing creatures that “have to breath”, and as for animals, all need to ingest organisms in order to survive. However, the Zodiac is not entirely rooted in the kingdom of the irrational living beings, the circle is empowered by the trinity of Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) of intellectualism each possessing a human body as a representation except for Libra which is depicted by the scales. For this reason alone, many astrologers prefer to refer to the Zodiac as the “circle of life” instead.

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Each division has the same specific boundaries of a geometric space containing 30° degrees each, even if a constellation in the sky overcomes in measures the one before or after – for this point is important to know that constellations differ from Zodiac signs, although they can be virtually ‘transformed’ into signs and be identified as houses accordingly. Astrologers and astronomers empowered the thinking of perfecting the system by the use of sanity, therefore they agreed it was rational to name all the constellations that lied centered upon the ecliptic accordingly and thus created the invisible and virtual belt of the Zodiac. The game started, the human mind was no longer far from understanding a universal language.

*For astrological purposes, this website utilizes Tropical Zodiac Dates.

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  • Coordinating the System
    • Matching Realities 

The obliquity of the ecliptic in which the Zodiac belt lies upon is actually the apparent path of the Sun across Earth’s sphere for over the course of a year, and that is the exactly path that marks the movement of all known planets in the solar system, each planet occupying its own slice of heaven, that is, each celestial body lies close enough to the ecliptic to be considered within the belt of the zodiac, giving birth to the studying of the spherical geometry and aspects consideration. By priority  the Sun and the ecliptic become major references (latitude) for astrologers and a starting or central point of everything else. All others visible planets (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) travel about 8-9° north or south of the path of the Sun when measured by celestial latitude. The ecliptic coordinate system perfectly matches the reality of the hermetic axiom “as above, so below” like a ring in its most practical way.

  • Precession of the Equinoxes
    • Moving Westwards 

The powerful movements and gravitational pulls from the interactions of the Sun and Moon on Earth have an astrological impact known as astrological “ages” of mankind. The slight drift of the constellations occurs due to the precessional of the axis of Earth, a celestial phenomenon that causes the equinoxes to move westward along the ecliptic relative to the fixed stars, slowly changing it in both equatorial coordinates and ecliptic longitude, and gradually alternating the initial records of the motion of the Sun along the ecliptic.

This is a polemic subject which can cause confusion among the popular public as people of the 20th and 21st century think their Sun sign has changed because of such celestial process. Every 72 years planet Earth suffers 1° degree of the precessional cycle and ends up completing it approximately in 26,000 years where the North Celestial Pole returns back to the point of ‘origin’.

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The Precessionary cycle is measured by the 12 months of the solar calendar named accordingly to the constellation visible behind the first day of vernal equinox when the Sun rises.

  • Associating and Familiarization
    • The tropical System and a fixed Zodiac Wheel

The association began and points of reference changed over time. If divining the sky into a uniform division of 12 spaces containing 30° degrees each, there will exist an imaginary wheel of 360° degrees encircling Earth, and is called the Zodiac wheel and each 30° degrees of space represents an archetype of contrasting differences, and by time these divisions were received names and deeper meanings were attached to each degree of the wheel. Actually, anyone can alter their names by its own, as well as anyone can count 13 to 100 constellations near the ecliptic if one desires, this won’t change the fact the tropical Zodiac system is based on the first actualization of the humankind to the advances of astrology (Age of Aries), that is, when the Sun originated in latitude from zero point of Aries at the vernal equinox thousand of years ago, thus reminding it mostly for western astrologers of the 21st century. For this matter, astrologers that utilize the tropical system actually utilize a fixed Zodiac wheel independently of the actual constellation the Sun rises over course of thousand of years. That is, in thousands and thousands of years from now, the Sun will be rising in the sign of Libra at the first day of the vernal equinox, the opposite sign of Aries, and by then, the same astrologers will still be using the Zodiac wheel as if Aries is still the first cardinal point in a chart and not Libra, nothing will change. It is a matter of perfecting the system and it sets an unchangeable and serious nature to tropical astrology based.

  • Perfecting the System
    • Authenticity and Arrangement 

There are at this present day currently recognized by the IUA, formed in the skies at least 88 official constellations, yet the Zodiac only utilizes twelve. In very ancient times, the constellation of Libra was actually seen as part of the Virgo and Scorpio constellation. It was necessary an astute observational skill, dissemination, coherence and common sense over time in order to distribute the Zodiac wheel without disrupting the 12 occupations in the sky despite the formation of the constellations being divided by initial scholars and not actually later agreed by professionals astrologers and astronomers. Another feature that suffered alterations over time are the pictured images attached to the constellations. For example, nowadays people are used to hear the sign of Cancer is represented by The Crab, an image translated by the Greeks and Romans. However, the Egyptians (around 2000 B.C.) pictured the constellation of Cancer as a scarab or Scarabaeus (beetle), which they sacred at and was seen as an emblem of immortality and of the soul. One thing is obvious, both the crab and the scarab have hard shells that protect their sensible bodies from harm, once an immortal soul lives inside such perfect protection – there had to exist common ground. By time and eventually, in order to fully create a system that most professionals were to agree upon, it was necessary tremendous intellectual guidance and resources from various disciplines that each obviously possessed an equivalent and essential knowledge/higher part to contribute to the whole studying of what is astrology known nowadays. Indeed, the sign if Libra has nothing in common with Virgo and Scorpio; Libra has a cardinal quality and is from the air element, and both signs geometrically only form a maximum of a semisquare (45°) in which is seen as a disharmonious aspect, and the minimum of a semisextil (30°) that is considered neutral or a nonbelligerent astrological aspect (although many modern studies suggests a strong one), and the same happens to all other signs that share their cusps with the antecedent or succedent sign. Curiously, the constellation of Taurus was the first constellation to be part of the Zodiac Wheel, and Libra was the last one. The intuition and creativity of occultists and philosophers had to find common ground with the logic and reasoning of mathematicians and astronomers, and that happened until the 17th century, where being a professional astrologer implied in being an astronomer, mathematician and a philosopher.

  • Dynamics at Play
    • Intelligences required 

Astrology is not simple reading symbols. A human mind has blind spots and they can be dangerous to the interpretation of how astrology should be translated, thus the confusion and denial of the subject. It is impossible to make assumptions, recognize patterns, retain information, use the material genuinely, debate complexities, and all kind of capacities of the human’s brain and states of being, without these first considerations. There are at least, as I could count on fingertips, five (5) dynamics at play whenever one is reading a Zodiac wheel, they are necessary inteligencies in order to reach full understanding of the works of astrology, or at least, how it initially operates:

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When the student begins the interpretation of the discipline of astrology and its Zodiac contained, it is easy to make confusion amidst the subject as it involves many breeds, practices and methods. The fact is harder specially when the individual is not the kind of the ‘thinking’ person, but more of the ‘intuitive’ one. But as for all disciplines, there must exist a logic in the process of thinking when distributing the information and in the way it is collected, aggregated and merged. The dynamics in play comes naturally to the student and each day they develop into corrigible measures to the professional:

  1. It later develops as skills for particular methods of application, higher proficiency, and improves abilities.
  2. It later develops as higher mental capacity, enable constructive criticism, improves a quick-witty mind and the subject becomes academical.
  3. It later develops as profound intuitive understanding growing into primitive foreknowledge, it improves perceptivity and one’s sagacity while it abolishes susceptibility.
  4. It later develops a higher reasoning process, giving an improved decoding mind, enables an  acute translation and improves the astute observation.
  5. It later develops as a form of responsiveness towards the subject, thoughtful respect and profound concern.

REASOURCES

  1. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=zodiac
  2. http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/precession.htm

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