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Ancient Astrologers Watched The Sky

For our distant ancestors the starry night sky was watched closely. Not only was it incomparably beautiful, but also it provided a fixed backdrop against which the Moon’s nightly movement could be measured. People noticed that some of the stars moved too and they called these special stars ‘planets’ (from Greek: planets, meaning ‘wanderer’).

Every twenty-nine days or so the Moon swelled full but as it did so, it moved to the next section of the ‘zodiac’, the narrow belt of sky that the Sun, Moon and planets move through as they appear to circle the Earth. The word “zodiac” is taken from a Greek word meaning “circle of animals,” in the manner of a circus parade. This symbolizes the way the Signs of the Zodiac are derived from the constellations, symbolized mainly by animal forms, which occupy the band of outer space surrounding the Earth’s equator.

The planets move through the signs of the zodiac. When they are passing through a sign, each planet is said to be “in” the sign it is passing through. Each of the signs represents a different way to approach the world. In astrology, the sign a planet is passing through modifies and blends its meaning with the energies signified by that planet.

Astrologers watched the sky for omens, both good and bad. They noticed that certain kinds of events on earth coincided with certain kinds of planetary movements and alignments. They also noticed that when the planets, Sun, and Moon were passing through different parts of the zodiac, certain events were favored and others were not.

This information was vital to our ancestors because they could use it to prepare for the different seasons. It is something we all take for granted now, but then it could be considered a matter of life or death.

The zodiac was divided up into twelve sections and the stars in each section were identified as a unit called a “constellation,” which means, appropriately, “a group of stars.” Each constellation was assigned a name, a “sign,” that symbolized the natural events taking place on Earth during the time of the year when the Sun was moving through, or “in” each constellation, or sign of the zodiac.

Each section became associated with a symbol that represented the favored events taking place on earth as the Sun passed through that particular segment. These symbols are what we now call the signs of the zodiac.

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