The Zodiac
Constellations

The Zodiac ConstellationsConstellations are subdivisions of the heavens, predominantly named according to some outline traced among the principal stars within the area. There is no sharp line of demarcation between the various contiguous constellations. Twelve of these groups lie along the ecliptic, and are thus known as The Zodiac Constellations.

Around the beginning of the Christian era, these constellations coincided with the divisions of the ecliptic based on the point of the Vernal Equinox, where the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator. At no time did the ancient astrologers attribute the influences which repose in the twelve 30-degree arcs of the Earth's annual revolution around The Sun, to the background of stars against which celestial positions are measured. Thus, the name of the constellations were appropriated and attached to the zodiac of signs based upon the points of the Equinoxes and the Solstices.

The symbology of the constellations along the ecliptic is interesting in that it is most probable that the astrological significances preceded the naming of the constellations, which were named to symbolize the influences ascribed to the different arcs.
Nicholas de Vore's Encyclopedia of Astrology

To prove this point, ancient records indicate that the Babylonians and the Egyptians, who founded the cosmological concept, believed that the ancient and archetypal concept of a "world soul," ruled by divisions or sectors came first. Then came the naming of the actual constellations in the sky.

Upon the Greeks "borrowing" this idea, plus a few of the same figures and symbols, they then created their own unique names and explanations as to how the different figures came to be in the sky. As a result, there is no absolute, rock-solid basis for the Greek or subsequent Roman names for the 12 constellations contained in the zodiac. Like anything concerning the ancient Greeks and Romans; there are differing versions, stories, and legends.

Originally, the Ancient Greeks gave us 48 constellations. Since then, more constellations have been added while some of them have been removed. As a result, we currently enjoy a total of 88 constellations divided into eight " family's." They are:

  • The Zodiacal Family
  • The Ursa Major Family
  • The Perseus Family
  • The Hercules Family
  • The Orion Family
  • The Heavenly Waters
  • The Bayer Group
  • The La Caille Family

You can "click" on any of the following links to review the desired page.

  • The Constellation Aries
    This is the page for the Constellation Aries. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Taurus
    This is the page for the Constellation Taurus. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Gemini
    This is the page for the Constellation Gemini. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Cancer
    This is the page for the Constellation Cancer. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Leo
    This is the page for the Constellation Leo. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Virgo
    This is the page for the Constellation Virgo. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Libra
    This is the page for the Constellation Libra. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Scorpius
    This is the page for the Constellation Scorpius. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Sagittarius
    This is the page for the Constellation Sagittarius. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Capricornus
    This is the page for the Constellation Capricornus. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Aquarius
    This is the page for the Constellation Aquarius. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.
  • The Constellation Pisces
    This is the page for the Constellation Pisces. Here, the mythological characters and stories leading to its existance are presented.

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