How are the zodiac signs related to astronomy?
Is it the figure of stars during your time of birth?
or something else. i can’t really understand how i got cancer as my zodiac sign.
and why are their fixed dates for each zodiac sign?
Answer by Anthony Dewar
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Answer by Silent
They’re not, really.
The constellations of the Zodiac were originally meant to be the constellations that the Sun seems to pass through in the sky as the Earth proceeds through its orbit. Your “star sign” is the constellation the Sun was in front of when you were born.
Of course, all of this is nonsense, for two main reasons:
First, in the centuries since this form of astrology was developed, the ecliptic (the path the Sun seems to take against the background stars over the course of a year) has naturally shifted, so the dates given in horoscopes no longer actually line up with when the Sun actually passes through these constellations.
Second, and more importantly, the positions of stars and planets in the sky have absolutely no effect on human life. Astrology has no meaning whatsoever — it’s just superstitious nonsense. This has been proven time and time again; astrologists have never been able to come up with any evidence that their beliefs have any connection with reality.
Answer by Tom A
In days of old, patterns of stars in the sky were organised in to constellations. The first groups of stars to have this done were those that the sun passes through.
What I mean is, the stars don’t change their positions from our point of view. They cross the sky as the day and night pass, but they stay in the same “order”, or positions. But as the Earth circles the sun, the sun appears in a different part of the sky at different times of the year.
In January, the constellation Cancer is high in the night sky, so at daytime the sun would appear in the constellation Capricorn (if you could see the Capricorn stars at daytime), which is on the opposite side of the sky to Cancer. In July, the Earth is on the other side of the sun, so Capricorn is high in the night sky, and the sun would be in Cancer, if you could see Cancer during the day.
So as the Earth slowly circles the sun, the sun appears to pass through the same path every year. The constellations that the sun seems to pass through are called the Zodiac. The good seers of the time, not knowing what the stars and planets actually are, believed that the future could be told by the positions of the sun, moon, and five visible planets in these Zodiac constellations. Also, that a person’s fate was determined by what constellation the sun was in at their birth (i.e. their “sign”). As you know, some still believe this today.
The trouble with this formula is, that the tilt of the Earth spins around over the course of about 24,000 years. This means that the stars to which the north and south poles point change gradually, and therefore the paths of the stars across the sky change “angle” also. Because of this, the dates originally given to the Zodiac signs are no longer accurate, because the sun enters and leaves those constellations on different dates to what it once did. The changed direction of the Earth’s axis also means that the sun passes through part of another constellation now, called Ophiuchus, which is next to Scorpius.
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Answer by KTDykes
They’re based on constellations of stars as seen from the ground some thousands of years ago in Ancient Babylon, and as interpreted in line with their mythologies and methodologies. The detail that they’re no longer in quite the same positions, when observed from modern Iraq, makes no difference to the reliability of astrology, and nor does the detail that the constellations elsewhere look somewhat or, indeed, completely different. Modern astrology is just as reliable whether practiced in Iraq, Australia, the USA or anywhere else on the planet. And on other planets as well. It’s as reliable as teleportation is for delivering groceries.
Answer by Raymond
You did not “get” cancer as your sign. That part is astrology, therefore it is fake.
The zodiac (from the ancient Greek = circle of animals) is the name of the 13 constellations that are along the ecliptic.
In ancient times, when the movement of planets could not be explained, some people believed that the gods pushed them around. Their “strange” movement was explained in this way: the gods use the movements of the planets as a way to send us messages. For example, the movement of the planet we now call Jupiter, was used by Zeus to send us messages.
Because the gods are eternal, then they are not in a hurry and that is why the writing is so slow.
When Rome took over the domination of our so-called western civilization, they imposed their 12-month fixed calendar (before that, with lunar calendars, some years had 12 months and some years had 13).
Astrologers found this solution: they invented “houses” which were centred on the constellations. They had to pick 12 (because of the number of months) so they dropped poor Ophiuchus – the serpent bearer.
And to make things easy (for the gullible people giving them money for their “advice”), they fixed the width of each house so that the Sun would spend one Roman month in each.
Because the Spring Equinox fell on March 21, they fixed it so that the Sun would enter a new house on (or around) the 21st of each month.
Because of precession (the location of the celestial equator drifts, relative to the ecliptic) the houses no longer match the real constellations, but what do they care. It is not as if their customers would notice the difference.
The position of celestial bodies, relative to constellations, have NO influence on your life. Except perhaps the location of the Sun: if you are born in the summer, you may have a slightly different life than someone born in the winter. Not because the Sun happens to be in a house with a strange name, but rather because the season may affect how early you get to spend time outside, affected by the environment.
For real astronomers, Isaac Newton proved, in 1687, that gravity – and gravity alone – was responsible for the “strange” movement of planets. There are no gods, no angels, pushing the planets around in order to write messages. Astrology is fake.
If you don’t like your sign, just change it. It’s not as if it actually means anything.
What do you think? Answer below!
What does my virgo zodiac sign say about me?
I’m a Virgo and I’m just curious as to what my qualities are supposedly like since I have this sign. And also, if my sign is compatible to the zodiac sign for someone born in January or just who I’m compatible with in general. Thanks!
Answer by Adam
Heard that Virgo are perfectionists, all about money and big carers when it comes to love. However, that stuff is bendable at times. I’m not a perfectionist, I don’t care for money and I do have the big caring part on hand.
Answer by Vic
Virgo August 21 – September 20
Most compatible with….: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
Can be good with……….: Libra, Scorpio, Cancer, Leo
A 50-50 chance with……: Aquarius, Aries
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