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The Zodiac

The Zodiac is an area of the sky that follows the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. It extends approximately 8 north or south (as measured in celestial latitude) of the ecliptic.

The zodiac is divided into twelve signs, each occupying 30 of celestial longitude, roughly corresponding to:
Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpius Sagittarius Capricornus Aquarius Pisces
Throughout millennia, the Zodiac was a subject of human imagination and has influenced culture, art, religion and mythology. Here are some examples of artist's renderings of the Zodiac from around the world in no particular order.

Please note: The pictures have been selected only for their artistic and/or historical value.

This site has no opinion on astrology. It neither opposes nor endorses such concepts. On this site, you will not find any information on how the stars may or may not influence human behavior or historical events.

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Mesopotamian Zodiac
Ninive, ca. 800 BC
Dendera Zodiac (reconstructed)
Hathor temple, Dendera, Egypt
Source: Wikipedia
16th century AD
Source: Wikipedia
St. Mark's Clock Tower, Venice, Italy
16th century; Source: Wikipedia
Perumal Hindu Temple, Singapore
Source: Singapore Strait Times
Native American Zodiac Canvas
Brass ewer with Islamic calligraphy
Damghan, Iran, 1267 AD Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Zodiac signs on Russian coins minted in 2000
6th century mosaic
Beit Alpha synagogue, Israel
Source: Wikipedia
15th century Medieval stained glass
Angers Cathedral, France
Source: Wikipedia
17th-century fresco, Svetitskhoveli, Georgia
Cathedral of the Living Pillar
Source: Wikipedia
Southern Hemisphere Zodiac Constellations
Aberystwyth Folios, ca. 1000 AD
Source: Wikipedia / National Library of Wales
La Plume Zodiac Art
by Czech painter Alphonse Mucha
The book of the birth of Iskandar
Grandson of
Tamerlane, 1384
Source: Wikimedia
Thai canvas with
Chinese Zodiac signs*
* The Chinese Zodiac does not represent twelve month, but a circle of twelve years, based on an approximation of the 11.85-year orbital period of of the planet Jupiter.

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