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Aries Aries
Mar 21 - Apr 19
Leo Leo
Jul 23 - Aug 23
Sagittarius Sagittarius
Nov 22 - Dec 21
Taurus Taurus
Apr 20 - May 20
Virgo Virgo
Aug 24 - Sep 22
Capricorn Capricorn
Dec 22 - Jan 19
Gemini Gemini
May 21 - Jun 20
Libra Libra
Sep 23 - Oct 22
Aquarius Aquarius
Jan 20 - Feb 18
Cancer Cancer
Jun 21 - Jul 22
Scorpio Scorpio
Oct 23 - Nov 21
Pisces Pisces
Feb 19 - Mar 20

The Origin and Meaning of the Zodiac

The zodiac is an 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 thee cliptic, 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.

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.