Contrary to what we think, the zodiac is much more than a system to predict the future.
In its origins it was an essential tool to try to interpret the relative movements of the Sun and the Earth.
What are the signs of the zodiac
The previous step to understand what the zodiac is is to know the concept of ecliptic:
The ecliptic is the apparent line drawn by the Sun when seen from Earth.
And the zodiac is an imaginary strip that widens that ecliptic path. The exact concept is deeper, but let's stick with this basic idea.
The zodiacal constellations are simply those that are located in this strip called the zodiac.
That is, they are those that, from Earth, seem to be located within the zodiacal band at a certain time of year.
So, if you were born on August 25, we say that your zodiac sign is Virgo, since, from Earth, that constellation appears to be within the zodiac band on that date.
The history of the signs of the zodiac begins in times of the past when it was thought that the position of the constellations at the time of birth was a factor that influenced the destiny of the newborn person.
And not only that, but it was also believed that it was possible to predict the future of people according to the position of the zodiacal signs.
Astrology and its signs are the heirs of those ancient beliefs. And astronomy, which is a science, should never be confused with astrology.
Astrology cannot be considered a science because it is based on assumptions and not on scientific evidence.
Let's analyze what the constellations of the zodiac are, let's know the origin of their names and know the dates that determine our zodiac sign:
They say that its silhouette looks like a goat, but the truth is that you have to have a lot of imagination or be like a goat to visualize the animal and its antlers.
Zodiac dates: December 22 - January 20.
The ancient Babylonians thought that he resembled an old man pouring water from a pitcher. The Babylonians probably drank little water and much wine. That's why they saw such strange things.
Zodiac dates: January 21 - February 19.
This constellation does have the shape of fish. Will it be a tuna or a sardine?
Zodiac dates: February 20 - March 20.
Aries means ram in Latin. Apparently, the constellation resembles the head of a ram with huge horns.
Zodiac dates: March 21 - April 20.
Taurus is in the form of a bull, according to those in the know. It is seen that the zodiac is full of animals with horns.
Zodiac dates: April 21 - May 21.
Its silhouette is reminiscent of two identical people holding hands. And in Latin gemelos is said gemini. Is that why it is called that?
Zodiac dates: May 22 - June 21.
This constellation is just like a crab. Its name also comes from Latin.
Zodiac dates: June 22 - July 22.
With a lot of imagination, we will see a lion if we look closely, although we run the risk of going cross-eyed looking for the resemblance.
Zodiac dates: July 23 – August 22.
Virgo is represented with the figure of a woman, since, in Latin, it means virgin.
Zodiac dates: August 23 – September 22
The only constellation whose name does not refer to an animal or person. In Latin it means balance. But any resemblance to a scale or scale is purely coincidental.
Zodiac dates: September 23 – October 22.
Easy to deduce from its name: they say that this constellation has the shape of a scorpion. Take a look and tell us what you think.
Zodiac dates: October 23 – November 22.
Theoretically it has the shape of a centaur throwing arrows, hence its name, since sagitta means arrow in Latin. To us it looks more like the head of an adorable puppy.
Zodiac dates: November 23 – December 21.
Are horoscopes scientifically based?
We've finished our extensive round of jokes, so now it's time to get serious: The reality is that horoscopes have no scientific basis. And much less the ones we read daily in newspapers and magazines.
These horoscopes of the written media are prepared in the following way: there is a very extensive database in which supposedly predictive newsrooms are included and that fit the situation of most people. And from that database, the predictions of each zodiac sign are extracted, by order or randomly.
But let's be positive. We have to take newspaper horoscopes for what they are: just another hobby. Its real function is that of entertainment, and, in fact, we can have a great time reading them and verifying that all of them are applicable to us, whatever our zodiac sign.
Now we know what the zodiac is and what its constellations are. And not only that, but we have also learned that the zodiac is a part of astronomy, beyond predictive and divinatory false beliefs..