Before I start, I must make you understand that I don’t limit a person’s success or potentials to the movement of the sun or whatever. That noted, we may proceed.
I am writing this in support of my newly-developed interest and love in/for Zodiac signs. To a reasonable extent, Zodiac signs are meaningful. Most of my friends are surprised I believe in something so illogical, they say it’s unlike me to do such. If you are reading this, then you are at the right place to understand the mystery behind my relationship with Zodiac.
I had heard a lot about Zodiac, especially in relation to Temperaments and trust me, I wasn’t in the least interested, I am much more scientific to believe in such stuff. Some weeks ago, I was surfing the net, I was making a research on a topic and things led to the other, the web got to stereotypes and one of the reasons stated as the cause was “… BELIEF IN ILLUSIONS SUCH AS ZODIAC SIGNS… “, the author went ahead to state that “… millions, if not billions, of people believe in Zodiac signs”. I needed no more compulsion. The question was, how could something so deceitful have so many believers?
I delved into the world of Zodiac, I checked the belief that the period a person was born determines some stuff about a person, basically temperament. I just smiled scornfully. I went straight up to my birthday and ‘they said’ I was a Sagittarian. I started reading the attributes, and after much skepticism, I knew I had found a new ally, I tried to fight it, but I was making no progress. How could my birthday determine anything at all about me? Not to talk of the propositions being this right! In the end, I was defeated, I had become one of the followers, but I wasn’t illogical yet.
Till that moment, it should be observed that I hadn’t checked the origin of the belief. I thought the rules were fixed for everyone born within that period. The facts were just too true! 100% accurate. I wasn’t ready for anything contradictory, I had never felt so understood in my life, had zodiac been human, I’d have declared it as my bestfriend (even though I don’t believe in singling on person out as the best of the many wonderful friends I am blessed with). I then got into an argument with one of my friends, psychology is his course of study in the university. He asked series of questions, mostly questions that I had asked myself and produced answers too. (On request, I will forward the conversation to your email.)
While arguing with him, a question popped into my head, “What about twins, most times they turn out to be totally different?” I immediately felt like I had regained my sanity. I left the conversation and went back to Encarta- Microsoft Student 2009, to check the origin of Zodiac, and every other reason it had to be illogical. And most importantly, to know why it was 100% accurate about me. I will supply the result beneath;
Zodiac, imaginary belt in the celestial sphere, extending about 8° on either side of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun among the stars. The width of the zodiac was determined originally so as to include the orbits of the Sun and Moon and of the five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) that were known to the people of ancient times. The zodiac is divided into 12 sections of 30° each, which are called the signs of the zodiac. Starting with the vernal equinox and then proceeding eastward along the ecliptic, each of the divisions is named for the constellation situated within its limits in the 2nd century BC.
The names of the zodiacal signs are Aries, the Ram; Taurus, the Bull; Gemini, the Twins; Cancer, the Crab; Leo, the Lion; Virgo, the Virgin; Libra, the Balance; Scorpio, the Scorpion; Sagittarius, the Archer; Capricorn, the Goat; Aquarius, the Water Bearer; and Pisces, the Fishes. Because of the precession of the equinoxes about the ecliptic, a 26,000-year cycle, the first point of Aries retrogrades about 1° in 70 years, so that the sign Aries today lies in the constellation Pisces. In about 24,000 years, when the retrogression will have completed the entire circuit of 360°, the zodiacal signs and constellations will again coincide. See Astronomy.
It is believed that the zodiacal signs originated in Mesopotamia as early as 2000 BC. The Greeks adopted the symbols from the Babylonians and passed them on to the other ancient civilizations. The Egyptians assigned other names and symbols to the zodiacal divisions. The Chinese also adopted the 12-fold division, but called the signs rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, hen, dog, and pig. Independently, the Aztec people devised a similar system.
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I then went to see also Astrology and separate articles on the signs of the zodiac.
In the end, I was able to deduce the illogical aspect of my new ally. It wasn’t so illogical after reading about the other signs- the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars, and the belief that they correspond with events on earth. And testing it on every ‘normal person’ around me, I have been able to prove the efficacy of Zodiac and its kin, to myself at least.
It’s possible that someday, I would laugh at myself after reading this, but for now, I LOVE ZODIAC!
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