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Have you ever been asked, “What sign are you?” Of course this refers to the astrological sign, or the Zodiac sign associated with the month in which you were born. People for centuries, including today, believe that astrology has a direct correlation or impact between astronomical phenomenon and human behaviors.
In earlier history, the study of astrology (which is the search for meaning in the sky) was considered a scholarly tradition. It was first developed in Babylonia over 2,500 years ago. In addition, it was widely accepted as being legitimate in both the political and academic contexts. At the time, it was associated with the study of astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. However, by the end of the 17th century, new scientific concepts began to question any soundness or validity to astrology.
As skepticism grew, the emphasis on astrology faded and then was eventually rejected by the scientific community. The basic reasoning behind the rejection was that there was no sound mechanism by which to measure whether or not the position of heavenly bodies, such as the stars, moons and planets, could affect people and/or events on Earth. All the same, the impact of astrology and its study are in evidence throughout the centuries. The Mayans used astrology to predict many occurrences of events that would happen throughout the ages on Earth. Even the Egyptians used astrology in the building of their pyramids. Evidence of astrology has been found in past Roman history, Gaelic history, Greek history, Chinese/Asian history and Indian history.
Having taken a back seat in the scientific community for a couple of centuries, astrology saw a rebirth of popularity during the 19th century which was known as a period of the revival of spiritualism, as well as the New Age of philosophy. Finally, in the 20th century, the media again bolstered its popularity by including daily horoscopes of the Zodiac in newspapers which people clamored to read every day. There are 12 signs in the Zodiac that basically run from mid-month to mid-month. The 12 Zodiac signs are:
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 20) – represented by a horned Goat. Characteristics include being a person who is stable and filled with wisdom.
AQUARIUS (January 21 to February 19) – represented by the Water Bearer. Characteristics include persons who are extremely vulnerable and sensitive.
PISCES (February 20 to March 20) – represented by a Fish. Characteristics include persons who are compassionate, adaptable, accepting, devoted and imaginative.
ARIES (March 21 to April 20) – represented by the Ram. Characteristics include persons who are adventurous, energetic, courageous and confident.
TAURUS (April 21 to May 21) – represented by the Bull. Characteristics include persons who are dependable, loyal and emotionally and physically strong.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 21) – represented by Twins. Characteristics include persons who are independent, indecisive, adept at multitasking and witty.
CANCER (June 22 to July 22) – represented by the Crab. Characteristics include persons who are empathetic, attached to family, protective, kind and sympathetic.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) – represented by the Lion. Characteristics include persons who are confident, ambitious, generous and encouraging.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 23) – represented by a Maiden. Characteristics include persons who are analytical, observant, helpful, reliable and precise.
LIBRA (September 24 to October 23) – represented by Scales. Characteristics include persons who are easy going, sociable, diplomatic, persuasive, idealistic and natural leaders.
SCORPIO (October 24 to November 22) – represented by a Scorpion. Characteristics include persons who are resourceful, dynamic, passionate and loyal.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 to December 21) – represented by an Archer. Characteristics include persons who are optimistic, straightforward, philosophical, generous and adventurous.
Whether astrological occurrences actually affect man and the planet still remains a topic of debate in the scientific world today. However, as a fun part of “science,” knowing the astrological signs, referred to as the Zodiac, and the basic understanding that most people have of it and in which many people will base their relationships on, their careers on, where they live and what they do is an interesting concept to follow.
So how well do you know the Zodiac? Take a look at the ten questions below and see if you can determine the correct answer and/or the Zodiacal sign.