Day 5: Zodiac
You’ve probably heard of the Zodiac. Maybe you’re mad superstitious, and read the horoscope based on your zodiac sign every day. Maybe you dismiss it as a load of old tosh. Well, either way, here are some facts you may not know about the zodiac.
1. The circular path that Earth makes round the sun is called the Ecliptic. The Ecliptic is divided into twelve 30 degree portions- the zodiac- that are named after their nearest constellation. This explains the name ‘Zodiac’, which means “circle of life” and comes from Greek and Latin.
2. The 12 zodiac signs are also grouped into elements: Air, Water, Earth, and Fire. It is believed both your zodiac sign and your zodiac element impact upon your personality.
3. The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle. Each year is defined by an animal sign. The Chinese New Year is when we enter a new year in the cycle. 2015 is the year of the goat, which symbolises peace, harmony and tranquillity (just what the Doctor ordered!) The difference between Chinese and Western astrology is the idea of time. Whereas the Chinese zodiac is measured in years, the Western zodiac is dependent on Earth’s position around the sun.
4. Our birth year is called our Benming Nian. Due to the twelve year cycle, we will experience the same animal year every 12 years. Tradition says that during your Benming Nian you should wear red to guard against ill-fortune. I was born in the year of the Ox (1997), which means I am “known for diligence, dependability, strength and determination. Having an honest nature, Oxes have a strong patriotism for their country, have ideals and ambitions for life, and attach importance to family and work”. You can check out your own ‘year of’ animal here.
5. In Western Astrology, each zodiac sign is ruled by a planet. A planet is strengthened if it falls within the zodiac sign it rules, and weakened if it does not. If you read horoscopes this is where “Moon in Cancer” etc comes from. A certain planet in your zodiac can mean good-fortune or ill-fortune.
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I’m a Leo born in the year of the Ox. What’s your zodiac?