The 12 zodiac signs, with which many people are likely familiar today, were created during this Ancient Greek period. The signs of Aries (approximately March 21-April 19), Taurus (April 20-May 20), Gemini (May 21-June 20), Cancer (June 21-July 22), Leo (July 23-Aug. 22), Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22), Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22), Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21), Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21 These Western, or tropical, zodiac signs were named after constellations and paired with dates based on their apparent relationship to the sun’s position in the sky.
By 1500 BC, the Babylonians had divided the zodiac into 12 equal signs, with constellation names that were similar to those we know today, such as The Great Twins, The Lion, and The Scales, and these were later adopted into Greek divination. These 12 signs were popularized by the astronomer Ptolemy, author of the Tetrabiblos, which became a key work in the history of Western astrology.
“Ptolemy codified the idea that there were 12 signs of the zodiac that were 30 broad, and that the sun travelled through these signs on a regular basis throughout the year,” adds Odenwald. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “zodiac” derives from the Greek, from a term for “sculpted animal figure,” and the sequence in which the signs are normally enumerated also stems from that time period.
Which zodiac sign is the oldest?
The Latin term for “fishes” is “pisces.” The two fish first appeared on an Egyptian coffin lid around 2300 BC, making it one of the oldest zodiac signs known.
Pisces depicts the fish, sometimes portrayed by a shark, into which Aphrodite (also known as Venus) and her son Eros (also known as Cupid) turned in order to flee the demon Typhon, according to one Greek tale. Gaia had sent Typhon, the “father of all monsters,” to attack the gods, prompting Pan to warn the others before transforming into a goat-fish and diving into the Euphrates. In Manilius’ five-volume lyrical work Astronomica, a similar narrative, in which the fish “Pisces” save Aphrodite and her son from danger, is retold: “Venus ow’d her safety to their Shape.” Another urban legend claims that an egg landed in the Euphrates River. The fish then rolled it to the shore. Doves sat on the egg until it hatched, and Aphrodite emerged. Aphrodite threw the fish into the starry sky as a gesture of thanks to the fish. The constellation Pisces was also known as “Venus et Cupido,” “Venus Syria with Cupidine,” “Venus cum Adone,” “Dione,” and “Veneris Mater,” the latter being the formal Latin name for mother, due to these traditions.
The Greek myth of Pisces’ genesis has been highlighted by English astrologer Richard James Morrison as an example of myths that emerged from the original astrological teaching, and that the “original aim ofwas thereafter distorted both by poets and priests.”
What are the 12 zodiac signs from the beginning?
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces are the 12 zodiac signs in order. Each zodiac sign has a symbol that dates back to Middle Ages Greek manuscripts. Let’s look at the zodiac symbols, constellations, and qualities in more detail.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
The ram is the constellation that represents Aries, the first of the twelve zodiac signs. You are adventurous, active, ambitious, and competitive if you were born under this sign. Aries are recognized for their agility and leadership abilities, as well as a tendency to be impetuous and blunt (due to the “fire” aspect).
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Taurus is the second of the twelve zodiac signs, and the constellation Taurus represents it. You are dedicated, dependable, focused, and creative if you were born under this sign. Tauruses are noted for their intelligence, trustworthiness, and stubbornness (the sign is a bull, after all). Tauruses are notorious for questioning authority and seeking pleasure.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
The constellation Gemini, which is made up of the Dioscurithe twins, Castor and Pollux, represents Gemini, the third of the twelve zodiac signs. You are active, expressive, intellectual, and playful if you were born under this sign. Geminis are recognized for their gregarious personalities and diverse interests, yet they have a (probably undeserved) reputation for being duplicitous.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
The constellation Cancer, which is most typically pictured as a crab, represents Cancer, the fourth of the twelve zodiac signs. If you were born under this sign, you are brave, empathetic, protective, and perceptive. Cancers are noted for their tendency to be remote and passive-aggressive, as well as their caring nature.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
The lion is the constellation that represents Leo, the fifth of the twelve zodiac signs. You are vivacious, extroverted, and fiery if you were born under this sign. Leos are recognized for their warm personalities and great self-esteem, although they can be proud or jealous at times.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
The virgin is the constellation that represents Virgo, the sixth of the twelve zodiac signs. You are practical, analytical, and sophisticated if you were born under this sign. Virgos are recognized for their generosity and meticulous attention to detail, yet they may also be introverted and have unrealistic expectations for themselves and their loved ones.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
The scales, the only inanimate constellation, represents Libra, the seventh of the twelve zodiac signs. You are thought to be balanced, social, and diplomatic if you were born under this sign. Libras are recognized for their selflessness and camaraderie, although they can be overly pragmatic and insecure at times.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Scorpio is the eighth of the twelve zodiac signs, and it is symbolized by the scorpion constellation. You are loyal, resourceful, and dedicated if you were born under this sign. Scorpios are recognized for their boldness and pioneering spirit, but they may be abrasive and walled off to strangers.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
The archer is the constellation that represents Sagittarius, the ninth of the twelve zodiac signs. If you were born under this sign, you are cheerful, self-reliant, and intellectual. Sagittariuses are noted for their magnetic qualities and generosity, yet they can also be arrogant and direct.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Capricorn is the tenth of the twelve zodiac signs, and it is symbolized by the sea goat constellation. If you were born under this sign, you are patient, hardworking, and disciplined. Capricorns are recognized for their tenacity and fondness for boundaries and regulations, but they may be stubborn and too concerned with perfection.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Aquarius is the eleventh of the twelve zodiac signs, and it is symbolized by the water carrier constellation. If you were born under this sign, you are thought to be creative, loyal, and unique. Aquariuses are recognized for their rebellious temperament and ingenuity, but they can be aloof and unyielding with loved ones.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Pisces is the last of the twelve zodiac signs, and it is symbolized by the fishes constellation. You are intuitive, artistic, and sympathetic if you were born under this sign. Pisces are famed for their empathy and artistic abilities, yet they can also be overly sensitive or delusional.
Is Capricorn the zodiac’s oldest sign?
This is a sign that can have it all and enjoys having it, but despises losing it, much like a youngster with a favorite toy. Refusing to share has a bratty selfishness to it, but it also has a love and tenderness to it, as well as a total loyalty to their goods.
Venus rules Taurus, just as she does Libra. Libra, on the other hand, is concerned with Venusian attributes such as poetry, philosophy, and romantic love. Taurus enjoys the finer things in life, such as tangible possessions, luxuries, cuisines, beverages, furniture, exquisite fabrics, and priceless jewels, which would be offered to Venus at an ancient Roman shrine. Taurus is a nester, and he enjoys gathering all of his belongings into one ideally snug area. And this Venusian sign enjoys creating a meal for a loved one, spooning them in bed, or fucking them with savage ferocity. Taurus placements must again be wary of their own immaturity and avarice. Their possessiveness can extend beyond their worldly belongings to their lovers, and although this can be comfortable and consistent, it can also suffocate. Taurus has to build the skill to give things away since they have a scarcity mentality.
Sid Vicious, Cher, Karl Marx, Carmen Electra, Harper Lee, Shirley Temple, and George Clooney are all Taurus suns. They all have a distinctly compassionate beauty that can only be achieved with tenacity and a love for the physical environment.
The earth sign VIRGO is a changeable one. Given their anal-retentive reputation, this may come as a surprise. Other mutable signs are a little more… erratic. Type-A control freaks aren’t common in Gemini, Pisces, or Sagittarius. Virgos, on the other hand, are continually adjusting, always conscious of the balance between their own material wants and those of others, always holding space. This is both what makes them so appealing and what makes them so irritating. Virgos are always keeping score, and everyone else would prefer they kept their ideas to themselves at times.
“The Virgin, replete with long locks and a sheaf of wheat,” says the Virgo constellation. Let’s not picture this virgin as an adolescent who has a promise ring on her finger. Imagine Diana running through the woods with her bow and arrow, refusing to stop for any man, including a god. Virgo is passionately self-reliant and certain that they can do it all, and do it better, on their own. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but Virgo will adapt until they’ve gotten it just right.
Because Virgo is controlled by Mercury, their stock and trade is in communication and information. Let us recall these archetypes’ Greco-Roman origins once more. Mercury, the god, was the messenger of the gods, the sole power capable of traveling wherever without restraints, with speed and grace, from the highest peaks of Olympus to the lowest depths of the underworld. Virgo is the physical messenger, speeding from place to place, accumulating, arranging, and disseminating information. Gemini, the other sign controlled by Mercury, is connected with airborne and intangible information such as gossip and witty discussion. Whether you like it or not, they believe information transmission to be their responsibility and task.
Mother Teresa, Ingrid Berman, Caligula, Freddie Mercury, Amy Winehouse, Jesse Owens, and Mary Shelly are all famous Virgo suns. Their fame stems from their messages, which include songs, mottoes, and impacts that benefit others more than they benefit themselves.
A cardinal sign is CAPRICORN, the eldest and wisest of the earth elementals. That means that everything they do, like Libra, Aries, and Cancer, has a sense of immediacy and urgency to it. They’re ambitious, ready to get it done, and they want to get started right away. Capricorn, like the other cardinal signs, has an aversion to any elemental force that isn’t their own, as if anything that isn’t earth doesn’t exist. This means that in the Capricorn universe, there is no room for the distractions of airy solipsism, watery sensations, or flaming craziness. There is only this world: only the things we can touch and see, only material and terrestrial achievements, only the things we can do before we die. Capricorn may become chilly, aloof, and out of touch with their own internal landscape as a result of this; they readily compartmentalize those other elements of themselves in order to deal with worldly problems.
Saturn, the planet of order and discipline, and the astrological incarnation of Father Time, the most memento-mori planet, rules Capricorn. Capricorn is more focused with their own personal abilities: things that they can actually manifest, not simply fantasize, unlike Aquarius, the second Saturn-ruled sign, which prefers to apply Saturnian discipline to the collective, dreaming of better futures. If you don’t do it now, it won’t matter afterwards. Get it done before it’s too late, because there are no guarantees about second chances or new lives. Capricorns can hustle like no other sign in the zodiac, but their objectives and commitment to the grind can cause them to overlook personal milestones and interpersonal bonds, much like an emotionally distant, workaholic father. Saturn’s dominion might be a source of maturity, but it can also be a film that suffocates them in loneliness.
There was a reason why my Aquarian acquaintance was so eager for Capricorn’s genuine, earth-bound energies. Capricorn is resolved to stay focused and present, entirely committed to being alive, while the rest of us might easily get lost in the unrealour dreams, paranoias, and expectations.
Joan of Arc, Greta Thunberg, Martin Luther King, Nicolas Cage, David Bowie, Charo, Betty White, and Marlene Dietrich are all Capricorn suns. They all have an almost superhuman internal drive and attentiveness, and they’re all on a never-ending quest for global impact.
How many zodiac signs are there that are unique?
Each of the zodiac’s 12 astrological signs is said to occupy 1/12 (or 30) of its vast circle. These symbols no longer match to the astrological constellations where the Sun can be found.
What is the meaning of a rare zodiac sign?
The 12 zodiac signs each have their own set of personality qualities and are unique in their own way (they each even have a corresponding tarot card and connection to your health). Nothing, however, compares to being the rarest. You might be wondering what the rarest zodiac sign is.
Aquarius is the sign that persons born between January 20 and February 18 belong to. According to Lisa Stardust, a New York City-based astrologer and author of Saturn Return Survival Guide: Navigating This Cosmic Rite of Passage, “the least amount of births occur in January and February, making Aquarius the rarest zodiac sign.”
What is the meaning of the black zodiac?
The Black Zodiac is an inverted version of the traditional Zodiac. The more eldritch Black Zodiac, like its celestial version, is divided into twelve arcane signs; but, unlike its celestial counterpart, these signs signify twelve earthbound spirits required to obtain entry to the Ocularis Infernum.
The Black Zodiac has a thirteenth ghost, the Broken Heart, in addition to the twelve usual ghosts. Because this spirit was deliberately sacrificed in an act of pure love rather than pain, it is the final ingredient in the spell that fully activates Basileus’ Machine.
Aries, who should you marry?
Libra (opposites attract), Sagittarius, and Leo are the most compatible signs for Aries in friendship and romantic relationships (fellow fire signs will speak their same passionate language).
In 2020, what zodiac sign will you be?
The Age of Aquarius, a new astrological era, has begun, and this is how it is affecting our life. The Age of Aquarius is now in full swing. For many, there was a noticeable shift in energy from 2020 to 2021, albeit both years were a roller coaster.