Origin of the Zodiac Signs

August 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Gazing up into the sky can tell one a lot about the universe and expand horizons far beyond the small planet we all live on. The Zodiac signs are part of a tradition from human culture that has tried to define many of the things that we find so difficult to understand. These signs were developed long ago by cultures that are unrecognizable to the present day.

The origin of Zodiac signs and understanding the celestial bodies is within a few different cultures. The following exploration of the astrological signs can give us insight into the people and the minds of those who created the modern interpretation.

Babylonian Beginnings

The astrological signs that kicked off the interest have been recorded in ancient Babylonian texts that reference certain “signs” in the heavens. These signs are often referred to as “Sumerian signs”, which are an indicator that these early civilizations were looking at the zodiac signs with similar interest and intrigue as their counterparts in the west.

Even though the Babylonian texts do not offer enough detail to change the view that Greco-Roman societies created the signs, it is enough for some to find interest in their beginnings.

Egyptian and Greek Astrology

The baton for astrological study was then handed from the Babylonian empires to those who were in Egypt and Greece. Although the Hellenistic world was not one unified country, the influence that this culture had over the rest of the world was great. In Egypt, a Hellenistic ruler, Ptolemy started to work on Tetrabiblos, which was the most influential work in how the signs spread through Europe and the Middle East. It became the main reference for people interested in the subject for hundreds of years.

Through the use of these signs, the ancient Greek peoples started to adequate symbols and particular traits that could be attributed to modern birth days and dates. These grew in their importance and have today become one of the most firmly rooted things within the Zodiac world.

Today the remnants of the Greek world are still felt in any person that utilizes astrological signs for themselves or others. While most do not know the origination or history behind all of the symbols, it is clear that the ancient Greek and Babylonians had an integral part in defining the way that we see ourselves today.

Astrology is Evolving and Changing

August 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The entire discipline of astrology has evolved so much since 2000 or so years ago. It has been a strange development, but modern zodiac signs are thought of in ways that are quite different than they have historically been. The zodiac signs are now more utilized for their prophecy telling, which is a far cry from what the original scholars intended. The following article is about astrology and the evolution of the discipline over the course of time. From a very serious coordinate system to an interesting game of personalities, it has been a long journey.

Origins of Astrology and the Zodiac

Despite the seemingly western roots, the zodiac signs were actually first developed in ancient Babylon. These peoples were gazing at the stars when they decided to create the zodiac signs, which were 12 different 30 degree segments across the sky. Their calculations were not as well recorded and discussed as some of the later scholars, but they were enough to create calendars and help provide the right coordinate system that was needed for the time.

After the Babylonians, the baton of study was passed to the Greeks. It was here that some of the most preeminent work was started. There were many people who studied Astrology at the time in the Hellenistic kingdoms, but Ptolemy of Egypt was the one with the most renown. His works on the origins of astrology made it possible for many people to understand the concept for over 1700 years.

Zodiac in Roman and Modern Times

After the Romans took over the zodiac signs, they started to increase the importance of the different figures attached to them and how they related to humans. The Latin names became the most prevalent and obviously it spread across the globe. Even in distant China, the zodiac signs were starting to take a new meaning.

It was not long before the middle ages and early modern eras started to morph the zodiac signs into something based more on the symbols than the coordinates. With this change came the importance placed on birthdays and the personality traits associated with each of the signs. Today, this is actually the most well known aspect of the entire zodiac calendar and astrology as a whole. While there are plenty of scholars on the subject, the general public often has little to do with this.