zodiac signs

The zodiac signs: what will new year bring in for us?

Astrological signs date back to the 5th century, when in Mesopotamia people made predictions based on where the Sun, the Moon and the five planets were closest to Earth. The Babylonians divided the sky into 12 angular sectors of 30° and each one contained a constellation from which they took their names. So, now the signs are: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Aries is the first zodiac sign because at that time the Sun was in its constellation during the spring equinox, which was also the date used as a New Year’s Day. The word zodiac derives from the Greek zodiakos, that literally means circle of animals or cycle of life. Today, however, due to the Earth’s rotation, the zodiac signs no longer correspond to their own constellation.

Signs can be classified on the basis of many reasons. One of them is related to the four basic elements, which are fire, earth, air and water. Another one depends on the position of the four cardinal points and signs’ peculiarities can change, because they can be fixed or movable. Seasons and opposite signs have an effect too, fire is the opposite of air and earth is the opposite of water. In addition, some signs were also associated with organs of the human body in ancient times. For instance, Aries corresponded to the head, Taurus to the larynx, Gemini to the two arms, Cancer to the chest, Leo to the heart, Aquarius to the legs, Pisces to the feet.

Many people do not believe in horoscope, while somebody is fascinated.  It is used to predict the future, thanks to an interpretation of the stars and planets over a period of time that can be a day, a month or a year. According to astrology, there are some characteristics, like behaviour, some aspects of life such as love, work and choices are influenced by the constellation under which a person was born. But, should we believe in horoscopes?

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Maddalena Di Mento

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3AS – Liceo G. Galilei Spadafora, indirizzo Scienze Applicate
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