After that time the sun began to descend toward the equator, which it recrossed southbound at the autumnal equinox, September The sun reached its most southerly position at the winter solstice, December Four of the signs of the zodiac have been permanently dedicated to the equinoxes and the solstices; and, while the signs no longer correspond with the ancient constellations to which they were assigned, and from which they secured their names, they are accepted by modern astronomers as a basis of calculation.
The vernal equinox is therefore said to occur in the constellation of Aries the Ram. It is fitting that of all beasts a Ram should be placed at the head of the heavenly flock forming the zodiacal band. Centuries before the Christian Era, the pagans revered this constellation. Godfrey Higgins states: "This constellation was called the 'Lamb of God. He was always honored with the appellation of 'Dominus' or 'Lord. Grant us Thy peace. The summer solstice is regarded as occurring in Cancer the Crab , which the Egyptians called the scarab --a beetle of the family Lamellicornes, the head of the insect kingdom, and sacred to the Egyptians as the symbol of Eternal Life.
It is evident that the constellation of the Crab is represented by this peculiar creature because the sun, after passing through this house, proceeds to walk backwards, or descend the zodiacal arc. Cancer is the symbol of generation, for it is the house of the Moon, the great Mother of all things and the patroness of the life forces of Nature. Diana, the moon goddess of the Greeks, is called the Mother of the World.
Concerning the worship of the feminine or maternal principle, Richard Payne Knight writes:. This water sign, being symbolic of the maternal principle of Nature, and recognized by the pagans as the origin of all life, was a natural and consistent domicile of the moon. The autumnal equinox apparently occurs in the constellation of Libra the Balances. The scales tipped and the solar globe began its pilgrimage toward the house of winter.
The constellation of the Scales was placed in the zodiac to symbolize the power of choice, by means of which man may weigh one problem against another. Millions of years ago, when the human race was in the making, man was like the angels, who knew neither good nor evil.
He fell into the state of the knowledge of good and evil when the gods gave him the seed for the mental nature. From man's mental reactions to his environments he distills the product of experience, which then aids him to regain his lost position plus an individualized intelligence.
Paracelsus said: "The body comes from the elements, the soul from the stars, and the spirit from God. All that the intellect can conceive of comes from the stars [the spirits of the stars, rather than the material constellations]. The constellation of Capricorn, in which the winter solstice theoretically takes place, was called The House of Death , for in winter all life in the Northern Hemisphere is at its lowest ebb. Capricorn is a composite creature, with the head and upper body of a goat and the tail of a fish.
In this constellation the sun is least powerful. The pagans believed that the zodiac formed the body of the Grand Man of the Universe. This body, which they called the Macrocosm the Great World , was divided into twelve major parts, one of which was under the control of the celestial powers reposing in each of the zodiacal constellations.
Believing that the entire universal system was epitomized in man's body, which they called the Microcosm the Little World , they evolved that now familiar figure of "the cut-up man in the almanac" by allotting a sign of the zodiac to each of twelve major parts of the human body. Hence the Greeks said that Jupiter a name of the Sun God was suckled by a goat. A new and different sidelight on zodiacal symbolism is supplied by John Cole, in A Treatise on the Circular Zodiac of Tentyra, in Egypt : "The symbol therefore of the Goat rising from the body of a fish [Capricorn], represents with the greatest propriety the mountainous buildings of Babylon rising out of its low and marshy situation; the two horns of the Goat being emblematical of the two towns, Nineveh and Babylon, the former built on the Tigris, the latter on the Euphrates; but both subjected to one sovereignty.
The period of 2, years required for the regression of the sun through one of the zodiacal constellations is often termed an age. According to this system, the age secured its name from the sign through which the sun passes year after year as it crosses the equator at the vernal equinox. During these periods, or ages, religious worship takes the form of the appropriate celestial sign--that which the sun is said to assume as a personality in the same manner that a spirit assumes a body. These twelve signs are the jewels of his breastplate and his light shines forth from them, one after the other.
From a consideration of this system, it is readily understood why certain religious symbols were adopted during different ages of the earth's history; for during the 2, years the sun was in the constellation of Taurus, it is said that the Solar Deity assumed the body of Apis, and the Bull became sacred to Osiris. During the Aryan Age the Lamb was held sacred and the priests were called shepherds. Sheep and goats were sacrificed upon the altars, and a scapegoat was appointed to bear the sins of Israel. During the Age of Pisces, the Fish was the symbol of divinity and the Sun God fed the multitude with two small fishes.
The frontispiece of Inman's Ancient Faiths shows the goddess Isis with a fish on her head; and the Indian Savior God, Christna, in one of his incarnations was cast from the mouth of a fish. Many Christians observe Friday, which is sacred to the Virgin Venus , upon which day they shall eat fish and not meat. The sign of the fish was one of the earliest symbols of Christianity; and when drawn upon the sand, it informed one Christian that another of the same faith was near.
Aquarius is called the Sign of the Water Bearer , or the man with a jug of water on his shoulder mentioned in the New Testament. This is sometimes shown as an angelic figure, supposedly androgynous, either pouring water from an urn or carrying the vessel upon its shoulder. Among Oriental peoples, a water vessel alone is often used. Edward Upham, in his History and Doctrine of Budhism , describes Aquarius as being "in the shape of a pot and of a color between blue and yellow; this Sign is the single house of Saturn.
When Herschel discovered the planet Uranus sometimes called by the name of its discoverer , the second half of the sign of Aquarius was allotted to this added member of the planetary family. The water pouring from the urn of Aquarius under the name of "the waters of eternal life" appears many times in symbolism. So it is with all the signs. Thus the sun in its path controls whatever form of worship man offers to the Supreme Deity.
There are two distinct systems of astrological philosophy. One of them, the Ptolemaic, is geocentric: the earth is considered the center of the solar system, around which the sun, moon, and planets revolve. Astronomically, the geocentric system is incorrect; but for thousands of years it has proved its accuracy when applied to the material nature of earthly things. A careful consideration of the writings of the great occultists and a study of their diagrams reveal the fact that many of them were acquainted with another method of arranging the heavenly bodies.
The other system of astrological philosophy is called the heliocentric. This posits the sun in the center of the solar system, where it naturally belongs, with the planets and their moons revolving about it. The great difficulty, however, with the heliocentric system is that, being comparatively new, there has not been sufficient time to experiment successfully and catalogue the effects of its various aspects and relationships. Geocentric astrology, as its name implies, is confined to the earthy side of nature, while heliocentric astrology may be used to analyze the higher intellectual and spiritual faculties of man.
The important point to be remembered is that when the sun was said to be in a certain sign of the zodiac, the ancients really meant that the sun occupied the opposite sign and cast its long ray into the house in which they enthroned it. Therefore, when it is said that the sun is in Taurus, it means astronomically that the sun is in the sign opposite to Taurus, which is Scorpio. This resulted in two distinct schools of philosophy: one geocentric and exoteric, the other heliocentric and esoteric. While the ignorant multitudes worshiped the house of the sun's reflection, which in the case described would be the Bull, the wise revered the house of the sun's actual dwelling, which would be the Scorpion, or the Serpent, the symbol of the concealed spiritual mystery.
This sign has three different symbols. The most common is that of a Scorpion, who was called by the ancients the backbiter , being the symbol of deceit and perversion; the second and less common form of the sign is a Serpent, often used by the ancients to symbolize wisdom.
Probably the rarest form of Scorpio is that of an Eagle. The arrangement of the stars of the constellation bears as much resemblance to a flying bird as to a scorpion. Scorpio, being the sign of occult initiation, the flying eagle--the king of birds--represents the highest and most spiritual type of Scorpio, in which it transcends the venomous insect of the earth.
As Scorpio and Taurus are opposite each other in the zodiac, their symbolism is often closely intermingled. The Hon. Plunket, in Ancient Calendars and Constellations , says: "The Scorpion the constellation Scorpio of the Zodiac opposed to Taurus joins with Mithras in his attack upon the Bull, and always the genii of the spring and autumn equinoxes are present in joyous and mournful attitudes. The Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians, who knew the sun as a Bull, called the zodiac a series of furrows, through which the great celestial Ox dragged the plow of the sun. Hence the populace offered up sacrifice and led through the streets magnificent steers, bedecked with flowers and surrounded with priests, dancing girls of the temple, and musicians.
The philosophic elect did not participate in these idolatrous ceremonials, but advocated them as most suitable for the types of mind composing the mass of the population. The sun is often symbolized with its rays in the form of a shaggy mane. The astrologers distinguished Leo as the 'sole house of the sun,' and taught that the world was created when the sun was in that sign. The chief Druid of Britain was styled a lion. When the Aquarian Age is thoroughly established, the sun will be in Leo, as will be noted from the explanation previously given in this chapter regarding the distinction between geocentric and heliocentric astrology.
Then, indeed, will the secret religions of the world include once more the raising to initiation by the Grip of the Lion's Paw. Lazarus will come forth. The oldest circular zodiac known is the one found at Tentyra, in Egypt, and now in the possession of the French government. John Cole describes this remarkable zodiac as follows: "The diameter of the medallion in which the constellations are sculptured, is four feet nine inches, French measure.
It is surrounded by another circle of much larger circumference, containing hieroglyphic characters; this second circle is enclosed in a square, whose sides are seven feet nine inches long. The extremities of this spiral, after one revolution, are Leo and Cancer. Leo is no doubt at the head. It appears to be trampling on a serpent, and its tail to be held by a woman. Immediately after the Lion comes the Virgin holding an ear of corn, Further on, we perceive two scales of a balance, above which, in a medal lion, is the figure of Harpocrates.
Then follows the Scorpion and Sagittarius, to whom the Egyptians gave wings, and two faces. This Zodiacal procession is, as we have already observed, terminated by Cancer, the Crab. The antiquity of the zodiac is much in dispute. To contend that it originated but a mere few thousand years before the Christian Era is a colossal mistake on the part of those who have sought to compile data, concerning its origin.
The zodiac necessarily must be ancient enough to go backward to that period when its signs and symbols coincided exactly with the positions of the constellations whose various creatures in their natural functions exemplified the outstanding features of the sun's activity during each of the twelve months. One author, after many years of deep study on the subject, believed man's concept of the zodiac to be at least five million years old. In all probability it is one of the many things for which the modem world is indebted to the Atlantean or the Lemurian civilizations. About ten thousand years before the Christian Era there was a period of many ages when knowledge of every kind was suppressed, tablets destroyed, monuments torn down, and every vestige of available material concerning previous civilizations completely obliterated.
Only a few copper knives, some arrowheads, and crude carvings on the walls of caves bear mute witness of those civilizations which preceded this age of destruction. Here and there a few gigantic structures have remained which, like the strange monoliths on Easter Island, are evidence of lost arts and sciences and lost races.
The human race is exceedingly old. Modern science counts its age in tens of thousands of years; occultism, in tens of millions. There is an old saying that "Mother Earth has shaken many civilizations from her back," and it is not beyond reason that the principles of astrology and astronomy were evolved millions of years before the first white man appeared.
Aquarius is one of the wiser zodiac signs, which means he has a more mature outlook in love than other zodiac signs. Combined with his fondness for new experiences, dating an older woman would mean that Aquarius gets to be with someone who will encourage him to try new things. Plus, dating someone different from him — in looks, mindset, and experience level — is a huge turn-on for him.
An astrological age is a time period in astrologic theology which astrologers claim parallels major changes in the development of Earth's inhabitants, particularly relating to culture, society, and politics. There are twelve astrological ages corresponding to the twelve zodiacal signs in .. The sign Leo is a Fire sign and is mythically ruled by the Sun in astrology. Leo (♌) (Greek: Λέων, Leōn), is the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac. It corresponds to the Astrological signs · Aries · Taurus · Gemini · Cancer; Leo; Virgo.
Capricorn needs to know that whoever he is dating is in it for the long haul. He is the kind of zodiac sign who looks for women who are ready to settle down — and know what they want in a relationship, rather than someone who is still trying to find herself.
That the early Jewish patriarchs believed that the celestial bodies participated in the affairs of men is evident to any student of Biblical literature, as, for example, in the Book of Judges: "They fought from heaven, even the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. Fixed signs are stabilizing signs that root in and fully bloom. Main article: Nakshatra. When creating a new Sim in The Sims and The Sims 2 , the Sim will be given the Zodiac sign that's closest to the personality that was chosen. The most persistent of your self-doubting patterns are also portals into your greatest transformations. Also energized by conversation, it isn't surprising to find them bouncing from one topic to the next at parties.
Capricorn is also incredibly attracted to success. When a woman has achieved a lot in her life, and is familiar with the hard work that comes with success, Capricorn is more willing to date her. He needs someone who will inspire him and show him that there is proof that his future can be bright. Sagittarius is the kind of zodiac sign who will try everything at least once. It might be his first and only time dating an older woman, but he wants to at least see what all the fuss is about.
Once he gets a taste for dating someone older than him, it'll be something he wants to go back to, again and again. Sagittarius mainly prefers dating older women because of their confidence. He is very attracted to a woman who can hold her head up high and not care what anyone else thinks. And with all of that confidence comes experience — something Sagittarius looks for in all the new things he tries. When Virgo dates someone new, he looks for a woman with a very calming presence.
Relationships to him are about finding someone you can settle down with — and younger women are all about high energy and constant curiosity something he isn't looking for. Older women have that placid control that Virgo is looking for. He tends to look beyond a physical connection when it comes to dating, and when it comes to older women, he really feels like he can find an emotional and mental connection that goes beyond animalistic pleasure.
He needs someone who will bring peace to his life, not chaos. Pisces is another one of those wise zodiac signs that looks for a calmer, more peaceful relationship without a lot of chaos. When he starts a new relationship, he looks for a partner he can come home to after a long day at work and snuggle with in bed. He much prefers someone who has already gotten their wild years out of the way, rather than someone who rushes through life.
Pisces is most likely to date older women over younger women for that reason. He wants to know that she can take care of him and bring a calming presence to his life.
When he's with an older woman, he feels like he's found his soulmate. Aries can be very impulsive and child-like, but he also likes the thought of dating an older woman to bring a little more control and tranquility to his life. What he looks for most often in a relationship is someone who is just as confident and experienced as he is — two child-like souls in a relationship won't make him happy. Older women who can still appreciate his young-at-heart attitude are perfect matches for him. Someone who can keep him on his toes but still teach him how to take life in stride will make him a better, stronger person and partner.
Gemini's curiosity is what will drive him to date older women the most. The older woman is not always his preferred demographic, but he is always up for trying new things in the bedroom. Getting it on with a cougar? Definitely on his bucket list. Gemini sees older women as more willing to think outside of the box when it comes to intimacy and love. She will certainly keep him on his toes, but only for a while.
Once Gemini gets his fill, he's off to the next lover who will open him up to someone totally new and different. His attention span isn't very long, so a partnership with an older woman will be short and sweet. Libra loves the thought of dating an older woman because he knows that she will be much more likely to want to settle down into the relationship instead of keeping things casual.
Libra looks for long-lasting love when he's dating someone, and an older woman will understand that fully. That said, Libra is also a very passionate lover. He wants his partner to be as willing to jump into the relationship with both feet as he is. Dating someone younger than him might be the better option because he's more likely to find someone uninhibited and spontaneous. Taurus is more likely to date someone younger than him or someone his own age than an older woman. Taurus believes in wooing his partner with romance, which sometimes comes easier when he's with someone a little inexperienced.
Taurus also likes the thought of being the one to teach his partner new things and open her up to new experiences.