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What is the zodiac?

January 25, 2015
What is the zodiac?

There are several definitions that speak about what a zodiac is. But the most frequently used are associated with astronomy and astrology.

In detail about the astrological significance of the zodiac is described in the section of our website Zodiac signs, where all the articles devoted to this topic are collected.

Zodiac in astronomy

If we consider the translation of the word "zodiac", then its original meaning is the "circle of animals." By astronomy, the zodiac today means a belt on the celestial sphere, which extends to the ninth degree on both sides of the ecliptic. Consequently, the zodiacal constellations are the constellations (in the amount of 12 pieces), which are located along the visible annual path of the Sun.

Zodiac in astrology

Signs of the zodiac in astrology are 12 segments of the sky. Although in fairness it should be noted that the Sun passes 13 zodiac constellations. But since the months of the year 12, the constellation of Ophiuchus is not included in the zodiac.


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