What is the Zodiac?
In both Astrology and historical Astronomy, the Zodiac belt is the great circle around which our luminescent Sun apparently moves month by month throughout the year, transceiving the energy of those different constellational signs and thereby transmitting the celestial radiations to our Earth; the Zodiac is also described as a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the Ecliptic; historically, these twelve divisions are called signs; essentially, the Zodiac is a celestial coordinate system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude and the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.
The Zodiac is known to have been in use by the Roman era, based on concepts inherited by Hellenistic astronomy from Babylonian astronomy of the Chaldean period, mid-1st millennium BC, which in turn derived from an earlier system of lists of stars along the ecliptic; the construction of the Zodiac is described in Ptolemy's Almagest, 2nd century AD.
The term Zodiac derives from the Latin word 'Zodiacus', which in its turn comes from the Greek 'Zodiakos kuklos', meaning 'Circle of Animals' and refers to the patterns, or configurations, of creatures as seen in the twinkling stars at night; the name is motivated by the fact that half of the signs of the classical Greek Zodiac are represented as animals, besides two mythological hybrids; although the Zodiac remains the basis of the ecliptic coordinate system in use in astronomy besides the equatorial one, the term and the names of the twelve signs are today mostly associated with horoscopic astrology.
The Zodiac Signs:
Broadly speaking, the 12 signs of the Zodiac can be divided into both Masculine and Feminine, Positive and Negative, or Active and Passive; the masculine signs are Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius, whereas the feminine signs are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces.
The Zodiac Quaternaries:
The Quaternaries are three in number, this means that the 12 signs of the Zodiac are divided into three categories of four signs each; they are called the Cardinal signs, the Fixed signs and the Mutable signs.
The Cardinal Signs:
The Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn which are the signs of dynamic change, movement and great vitality.
The Fixed Signs:
The Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and relate to stability, earthiness and fixity; the determination of the Fixed signs expresses itself in the form of great willpower.
The Mutable Signs:
The Mutable signs cover Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces which are the adaptable and interchangeable signs capable of molding and modifying circumstances and conditions in life.
| The four Zodiac Elementals: Fire ,
and Water :
The Fire Elements - Aries, Leo & Sagittarius:
Fire is bright, strong, and takes control; it wants to be in charge and you can never miss Fire; it is never subtle and is the most confident of all the signs; when it wants something you will know; Fire people do not stop until they get what they want; look to the Fire people as the leaders; the majority of world leaders have strong Fire elements in their charts; people look to Fire people as the energy boosters of the zodiac; want to start something with enthusiasm, then find yourself a Fire signl; the motivators and pep talkers are usually Fire people; these people are very proud and confident.
Fire people can also be very arrogant and self-centered; don't go to a Fire person for sympathy or comforting; they just don't have the time; they are too busy getting their needed recognition; they have no patience for emotionalism or heaviness and they tend to run over the weaker, shyer signs.
Generally compatible with Air signs, Fire signs can become tired and bored with the intellectual observations of the more communicative Air signs; without the encouragement and ideas of the Air signs the Fire signs would be lost; a Fire sign is the boss who takes your ideas and motivates and leads all the employees to better sales and marketing while taking all the credit.
The Earth Elements - Taurus, Capricorn & Virgo:
Talk about rocks; the most stable, consistent and sometimes rigid of all the signs; once they make up their minds, like mountains they cannot be moved without huge efforts; practical, patient, reasonable and persistent are these signs; if you want to make sure a project gets done and gets done 'Right' call, on an Earth person; they will stick with it until the bitter end; not much one for spontaneity or flexibility, we have to leave that up to the Air signs; not as sensitive as the Water signs, the Earth signs are still aware of the needs and often want to serve others; these people are not much one for the limelight; if it can be done, an Earth sign will do it without the need for recognition.
Often so rigid, they become stuck with old routines to the point of impracticality; fear of starting something new, Earth signs can be very cautious to the point of missing a great opportunity and are conventional to a point of boredom.
The fast moving, changeable Air signs fascinate Earth signs though they are un-trusting of their unworkable schemes; if you see an adult asking why repeatedly, you can pretty much be assured that you are in the company of an Earth sign; Fire signs are too forceful for their slower thorough nature; sharing with the Water signs the characteristics of retentiveness, self-protectiveness and acquisitiveness; Water signs will sooth and comfort the worry element so often found in the Earth people; with this support and encouragement, Earth signs can work and work and work.
The Air Elements - Gemini, Libra & Aquarius:
Here you will find the talkers and communicators of the zodiac; if you need something written or spoken, ask an Air sign; ideas seem to materialise out of thin air for them; these people are like the air we breathe; always moving and changing; just when we think we know them poof, they change again; very social these Air signs; if your party seems dull and no one is talking, you don't have enough Air sign people to fill in the gaps between words with more words.
Objective and rational no emotionalism here; the Air signs are so objective that they can become impractical in their actions and beliefs; superficial, these signs never want to get into heavy emotional discussions about the dreaded 'Feelings' dialog that are more important to Watery signs; like the Air, these signs hate to be restricted; freedom of thought and movement are their most cherished desires.
Fire signs work well with Air signs; Fire needs Air to generate heat; the Fires stimulate and help motivate the Air signs into new ideas.
The Water Elements - Cancer, Pisces & Scorpio:
Like the water in a glass, Water signs conform to the elements around them; feelings, emotions, and deep personal conversations are what motivates and stimulates the Water signs; sensitive to a fault, the Water signs are often more concerned with your feelings and needs than their own; you can find them at movies crying loudest and most often; everything seems to touch them.
Psychic and secretive are often characteristics of the Water elements; when they can no longer withstand the emotions of the world, they often retreat into their own private worlds; sometimes this leads to compulsive behaviors and fearful ways of life; if the emotions get too strong, these people can become addicted to drugs, alcohol, food or anything that keeps them from feeling as deeply.
Trust is a big need of theirs, which the Earth signs can bring to Water; Earth signs also bring the need for stability and consistency to Water that keeps it contained in a healthy calmer manner; in fact, Water signs can be so emotional that the simplest things can get blown out of proportion into big dramatic scenes; Water signs dislike the strong boisterous personalities of the Air and Fire signs.