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What is the Zodiac for?
The zodiac does not exist. Look up at the sky at any hour of day or night and you won’t see it. It is through observing the sky and the clockwork movements of the stars and planets that our forebears imagined the zodiac a band located between the Earth and the Sun, inside which one could watch the movements of heavenly bodies.
Where do the signs of the zodiac come from?
The signs of the zodiac are the twelve symbolic figures that our ancestors imagined whilst observing the stars. They saw shapes, patterns, faces, natural and supernatural beings from which they established, through the centuries, a kind of celestial hierarchy and divine book of beasts. Groupings of stars became constellations. Twelve of these constellations make up the zodiac, a Greek word meaning ‘circle of animals and souls’.
A belt of the heavens within about 8° either side of the ecliptic, including all apparent positions of the sun, moon, and most familiar planets. It is divided into twelve equal divisions or signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces).