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" Can we really know the future through the Zodiac? Opinions differ. But what is the Zodiac exactly, and why does it have such a hold on some people?          The circle of the Zodiac (see Fig 1), is divided into 12 equal parts of 30o, each sect..."

The Zodiac

Can we really know the future through the Zodiac? Opinions differ. But what is the Zodiac exactly, and why does it have such a hold on some people?          The circle of the Zodiac (see Fig 1), is divided into 12 equal parts of 30o, each section the name of a constellation, each of which is represented by a sign and many of which have the names of animals. The zodiac serves as a convenient means of marking the positions of the heavenly bodies. When the constellations of the zodiac were named about 2,000 years ago, the vernal equinox coincided with the beginning of the constellation Aries. For this reason, thefirst 30o section of the zodiac is called Aries; it extends eastward 30o from the vernal equinox, which is therefore called the first point of Aries.

However, because of the procession of the equinoxes, the vernal equinox has moved westward about 30o and now lies in the constellation Pisces; the zodiacal constellations thus no longer correspond to the segments of the zodiac represented by their signs. The constellations will again coincide with the sections of the zodiac in about 25,800 years.The zodiac probably had its origins among the Assyrians or chaldaeans, although it may have originated among the Babylonians as early as 2000 B.C.It is one of the constant facts that some planets were related to humans at the moment of their birth. The planets center on the horizon, and their movement and position in relation to each other had dominated humanlife. Barkliz described this influence as, “The influence of heat and light on the human, he feels it, but cannot see it.” (Amer 9) Whether we feel happiness or sadness results from the change of the planets’ position, so we need to know the bodies which affect human life directly. They are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, the Sun and the Moon (Amer 11).Astrology, the study of how events on earth correspond to the positions and movements of astronomical bodies, particularly the sun, moon and stars, is divided into five parts in which part one has the most impact.Firstly, the planets’ influence each person privately; secondly, they influence nations independently; thirdly, their general effect includes the ups and downs on the whole world, fourthly; their changes affect health, ailments and incidents; finally theyhav......


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