The zodiac is a band in the sky where the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets are astrologically divided into 12 different sections that are named for the constellations they used to coincide with. The positions of the sun and planets in relation to the zodiac are said to influence what happens to us here on Earth. Astrologers use these positions to explain and predict the events that occur on our home planet.
The word zodiac comes from the Latin word zodiacus, and translates from the Greek word zodiakos meaning “circle of animals.” However, there are also signs in the zodiac that are not animals.
The date of your birth decides which of the 12 zodiacal signs you belong to. The 12 signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Each sign has its own set of personality traits and characteristics that a person born under that sign is said to possess. The 12 signs are each associated with one of four elements (fire, water, earth, and air) and one of three qualities (cardinal, fixed, and mutable). Each element and quality also has a set of characteristics that a person is said to possess.
Do the stars and the planets really have an effect on our lives here on Earth? Although we may never know for certain the answer to that question, or have an answer that everyone will agree on, there are numerous people who have strong feelings on the subject. Some people find entertainment in zodiac signs and astrology, some think it is nonsense, and some take it very seriously.
There are also other zodiacs that are found and practiced in other areas of the world. One of these is the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is more complex and follows a 12 year cycle, focusing on the year that a person was born, rather than just the date. It also does not correspond to any constellations.
There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, one for each year of the cycle. These animals are the rat, buffalo (ox), tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig (boar). There are a few different legends explaining the origin of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. A well-known legend says that the animals were invited to participate in a race by Buddha. The order that they appear in the Chinese zodiac is said to be the order of their position in the race.
A personalized zodiac sign gift is a fun and unique gift for just about anyone. It makes a perfect birthday gift, since a person’s zodiac sign is based on the date of his or her birth. It is an especially great gift for people who are into astrology, horoscopes, and the zodiac.
|Sign||Symbol||Sun Sign Dates|
|Aries||The Ram||March 21 – April 20|
|Taurus||The Bull||April 21 – May 21|
|Gemini||The Twins||May 22 – June 21|
|Cancer||The Crab||June 22 – July 22|
|Leo||The Lion||July 23 – August 23|
|Virgo||The Virgin||August 24 – September 23|
|Libra||The Scales||September 24 – October 23|
|Scorpio||The Scorpion||October 24 – November 22|
|Sagittarius||The Archer||November 23 – December 21|
|Capricorn||The Goat||December 22 – January 20|
|Aquarius||The Water Carrier||January 21 – February 19|
|Pisces||The Fish||February 20 – March 20|