Ancient Greece’s masters allow themselves to be guided by what their gods said. According to them, they communicated through the stars and the sun that according to their movements, had a meaning. That was when astrology was born.
This influenced both their daily activities and the personality of the human being, who, according to them, depended on the locations that the stars had at the time they were born. In this way, 12 main personalities were brought to life that coincides with the 12 signs of the zodiac.
Those who have studied the phenomena that have occurred in astrology confirm that the location of the stars is directly related to how that person is, both physically and in personality, and the events that will come in that person’s future.
That is why, since the Zodiac’s study was born in Greece, they took it as a mythological reference to their future and gave it life through legends and characters. To know more about it, keep reading.
A Ride On The Zodiac Wheel
It is the graphic representation of the twelve signs of the zodiac where the evolution of a person is also shown from the moment he is born until he dies.
When a person is born, they are assigned a unique and unrepeatable birth chart where they are given their own sign and planet. On the other hand, this birth chart is also interpreted thanks to other parameters that the wheel will show us.
Also, it will show the exact location of the sign, symbolizing different interests, certain projects and life experiences, both good and bad. In this way, astrology tries to make a connection from the internal to the external, express our potential, show how we connect with the world and know the richness of our being.
In the wheel, we will see much of ourselves reflected where the problems of our personality may or may not be activated depending on the importance that we give to each topic as individuals.
Everything Has a Beginning
Its origin has to do, on the one hand, with astronomy, which is the study of nature, the origin, and composition of stars, planets, etc. This science has made it possible for a man to reach space, opening new doors to the study of the universe. On the other hand, astrology is based more on the rotation of the planets and the movement of the stars and how all that affects or influences the life of the human being.
The season’s changes, more than 4 thousand years ago, were important for ancient civilizations who tried to predict climatic events since many lived off what the land gave them. For this reason, they have also made it part of their spirituality.
Back then, in order to understand certain things that were happening in their lives, they looked up to the sky to try to find some answers from their gods. They interpreted those responses taking into account the movements of the stars and planets. In this sense, they believed that if Mars wore a more powerful red color, a prosperous moment was approaching.
To look back to the earliest beginnings of the stars’ study, we must focus on the Babylonians. There are records where they explain that they began this study around the 4th century B.C. The Greeks learned from them and they began to study it more deeply. On the other hand, it is also said that the Egyptians were the ones who started this discipline.
The Signs, Do They Have a Meaning?
When we are born, the sun accompanies us along with the seasons, that is why in our birth chart, the location of the sun is important and is part of our birth sign.
However, each person acquires his own sign where the sun passes through and we can see it on the wheel that it starts with the sign of Aries, arriving again in it and closing the cycle.
Aries (March 21 to April 19) The Warrior (House I)
The warrior tells us about our capacity for affirmation in the world, as well as our strength. Also, the character shows the value that we give to some issues when fighting for them.
Greek mythology relates it to the Golden Fleece. Frixo, after reaching the coast, sacrifices a ram in honor of Zeus and offers his golden fleece to the local king.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20) The Beauty (House II)
This character speaks clearly to us about our internal resources, i. e., our talents, gifts, abilities, etc. The beauty also tells us about the material goods and the works that we can get.
According to Greek mythology, it is the bull that the beautiful princess Europa fell in love with. From that union, three children emerged, Sarpedón, Radamantis, and the mythical King of Crete Minos.
Gemini (May 21 to June 21) The Intellectual (House III)
This is the house of direct contact with the world. This character shows us the ability to interact with others and the environment in general. Intelligence, communication, and curiosity are exceptional abilities that belong to the Gemini sign.
In mythology, it corresponds to two twins born from an egg laid by Princess Leda of Sparta after having had a love story with Zeus turned into a swan: Castor and Polideuco.
Cancer (June 22 to July 22) The Mother (House IV)
The mother tells us about our feminine capacity, about what is our refuge, what provides us with security. The character also represents how we offer and receive affection.
In Greek mythology, Cancer represents a crab that desperately attacks Heracles, more specifically the Carcinos crab.
Leo (July 23 to August 22) The Hero (House V)
House V shows the will of the ego, of triumph, and heart generosity. This character talks about inner strength, creativity, and intelligence.
In Greek mythology, Leo is associated with the Nemean Lion, who fights against Hercules within the 12 jobs he has to do. The Lion’s skin was impenetrable, immune to arrows and swords, so he had to kill him with his own hands.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22) The Reasonable (House VI)
The Reasonable tells us whether or not we know how to relate and adapt to the space that the family represents and with it the tradition. House VI shows us how we can better adapt to changes, act better, and be who is among the people around us.
In Greek mythology, this sign is associated with the titan Astrea who was Zeus’ daughter and was the goddess who carried Zeus’ rays in her arms.
Libra (September 23 to October 23) The Other (House VII)
This house tells us about the other, as its character indicates. The character shows us how we relate to the world in general.
Represented by the scales of the goddess of justice, Themis, it is believed to influence astronomy that was practiced in ancient Babylon.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 22) The Passionate (House VIII)
This character is compelling and somewhat “dark,” usually fighting against what does not allow him to fulfill his wishes. The passionate speaks to us about sexual instincts, about unconsciousness.
In Greek mythology, it is associated with Orion, who took his eyes out of love and walking ended up being stung by a scorpion that killed him.
Sagittarius (November 23 to December 21) The Philosopher (House IX)
The philosopher corresponds to this sign and is ruled by the great Jupiter. This character tells us about the meaning that life has for us, our values and beliefs, and our ability to defend our ideals..
Perhaps the one that has most clearly kept its roots with Greek mythology to this day. Sagittarius represents a centaur, magical creature, half-man, half-horse.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) The older man or woman (House X)
This character corresponds to the mid-sky, which is the highest place in a house. It tells us about our goals, what guides us, and what our vocation is. This house also tells us about our strengths and if we have the will to learn and to carry out what we have learned.
In Greek mythology, it refers to the goat that breast-feeds Zeus called Amalthea, who, in turn, also defended him from the Titans. Zeus, to thank her, turned it into the Capricorn constellation.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) The Liberator (House XI)
This character corresponds to the area referred to as groups, our relationships with friends, and acquaintances. House XI tells us about our community vision and solidarity with others. The Liberator is a character who shows us whether we can impose our desires on the world and fight for them.
According to Greek mythology, this sign is associated with the mythical king of Ithaca, Odysseus, who appears in the Trojan War.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20) The Master (House XII)
This character corresponds to the spiritual house. The master tells us about learning both life and death, and about inner strength. Also, it shows us everything we have without being aware.
Pisces, in Greek mythology, is associated with the beginning of Christianity as two intertwined fish. Looking back in time, the myth of Pisces comes from the war of the titans in which Zeus intervenes.
The Modalities and The Polarities
The characteristics of each person are reflected in the wheel where it shows the balance that exists in the sign-to-sign relationship. When speaking of polarity, we refer to the different and multiple qualities that the human being possesses.
As we mentioned, this polarity is reflected in the wheel according to the location of the signs and their opposite one, i. e., each sign ends up facing another, as if it were a mirror and although they are opposite, they reflect a balance.
When we talk about modalities, we refer to three different groups where each sign has a quality. We explain below.
As its name implies, they are the fundamental point for further development. They are found at the four ends of the points known as equinoxes and solstices of the zodiacal circle, i. e., they are the signs that mark the beginning of each season on the calendar. And this is why they are considered pioneers. They represent initiative, doing, movement. They are proactive and focus on going after their goals and objectives. They have an urge to take the lead and create things. (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.)
After the change of season, the weather stabilizes and everything becomes more peaceful. Here is the analogy with fixed signs. They are immobile and therefore determined. Neither of these signs is easily persuaded to change a course or idea on which they have taken a stand. For them, there are no grays, or it is white or it is black. They prefer stability and security, the changes are not carried out lightly, they are quite a challenge that they prefer to avoid because in some way they tend to conservatism. They have clear goals and ideas, nothing unforeseen. (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.)
They belong to the end of the season, that is, the seasons close and, as their name indicates, they have the particularity of being molded or adapted to any situation. They are versatile, multifaceted and empathetic. They tend to seek constant changes. They can easily replace things. Their intrinsic nature would be perfectly defined by the word flexibility, they adapt their way of living to the circumstances that occur to them, being able to relativize and give problems the appropriate importance. (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.)
The Four Elements
It is based on the elements of nature and defines four types of temperaments:
Fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius): They are productive, energetic, and enthusiastic.
Earth (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn): Persevering, firm, and stable.
Air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius): Sociable, intellectual and restless mind.
Water (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces): Those that flow through his emotion, endowed with a very special sensitivity.
What Are The Ruling Planets?
The word “ruling” is synonymous with “governor.” This indicates that there are planets assigned to each sign that influence and exert their energy on them, therefore the sign that governs a planet is known as the “house” of that planet. And it is considered that when the planet is at home, i. e., the zodiac sign that it governs, its influence is harmonious and fluid.
Likewise, depending on the date of birth, the planets that help and influence us will also depend. We will then have the characteristics of the stars that we have in our chart, and by knowing these attributes, we can then understand how the Universe lies within us.
The ruling planets for each sign are:
- Mars = Aries
- Venus = Taurus and Libra
- Mercury = Gemini and Virgo
- The Moon = Cancer
- The Sun = Leo
- Pluto = Scorpio
- Jupiter = Sagittarius
- Saturn = Capricorn
- Uranus = Aquarius
- Neptune = Pisces
We hope we have clarified your doubts. Remember that the origin of the zodiac wheel dates back to the Greeks and Babylonians who observed that the Sun passed through the same constellations throughout the year. Furthermore, they believed that the position of the Sun influenced human behavior.
To get anywhere, we need to know where we are going, and the signs of the Zodiac are the signs that show us how to go on this journey. That said, we invite you to start the trip.