What do you know about the zodiac? You’ve probably heard some stuff about it, but did you know that astrology was considered an official science prior to the scientific revolution? Until it was replaced by astronomy, people searched the sky for meaning. These people were known as astrologers, and they believed that they could acquire information about human affairs and terrestrial events from the stars. One of the central ideas of astrology was the zodiac. There were numerous zodiacs (Chinese, Indian, Western, etc), but today we are going to look at the western zodiac because it is one of the most well known among English speakers. These are 25 Facts About Zodiac Signs Everyone Should Know.
Although the history and development of astrology is rather complex, the main thing to know is that the zodiac (western astrology) came to us from ancient Babylon via the Greeks and the Romans. It consists of 12 signs and each sign corresponds to the various positions of the sun throughout the year.
The first sign is Aries. Its symbol is a ram and its duration is between March 20 and April 19. It is a sign of bravery and leadership but also headstrong independence.
Individuals born between these dates are called Arians or Ariens. They are seen to be strongly autonomous and uncomfortable with inaction. Sometimes they are compared to a child who is frank, enthusiastic, and fierce.
The second sign is Taurus. Its symbol is the bull and its duration is between April 19 and May 20. The symbol of the bull is based on the Cretan bull of Greek legend. This was the white bull that fathered the Minotaur (that was eventually killed by Theseus)
People born between these dates are called Taureans. They are seen to have a strong-willed character with great perseverance and determination.
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