12 Zodiac Symbols and their Meanings
The Akkadians and Sumerians of Mesopotamia (Babylonia) were the
originators of the Zodiac signs which consisted of the original Taurus
the bull, Cancer the crab, Virgo the moon goddess, Scorpio the
scorpion, Capricorn the goat-man, and Pisces the fisherman. Added to
the originals were Aries the ram, Gemini the twins, Leo the lion, Libra
the scales and Sagittarius the archer. Much later, Aquarius the water
bearer was added to complete the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
The Zodiac signs slowly evolved from 1300 BCE to 500 BCE. The
Babylonians used the signs mainly for marking the seasons. Later they
employed the zodiacal system for locating the position of the planets
and the moon in the sky. The Greeks borrowed the zodiacal
system from the Babylonians for astronomical and astrological reasons.
It must be noted though that the animals in the Zodiac are Greek in
origin and it was said that these animals were honored by Zeus himself.
The Greek Zodiac signs are composed of part animals and part humans. On
the other hand, the Chinese Zodiac signs are represented by twelve
animals. Presently, both Zodiacs are used with the Greek Zodiac
representing certain days of the year whereas the Chinese Zodiac
representing a year on a 12-year cycle.
Zodiac Symbols Catgeory