mardi 2 septembre 2008

Zodiac 1


Zodiac denotes an annual cycle of twelve stations along the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun across the heavens through the constellations that divide the ecliptic into twelve equal zones of celestial longitude. The zodiac is recognized as the first known celestial coordinate system. Babylonian astronomers developed the zodiac of twelve signs.[citation needed] The etymology of the term zodiac is that it comes from the Latin zōdiacus, from the Greek ζῳδιακός [κύκλος], meaning "circle of animals", derived from ζῴδιον, the diminutive of ζῷον "animal". However, the classical Greek zodiac also includes signs (also constellations) that are not represented by animals (e.g., Aquarius, Virgo, Gemini and for some Libra). Another suggested etymology is that the Greek term is cognate with the Sanskrit sodi, denoting "a path", i.e., the path through which the Sun travels.[citation needed][1]
The zodiac also means a region of the celestial sphere that includes a band of eight arc degrees above and below the ecliptic, and therefore encompasses the paths of the Moon and the naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn). The classical astronomers called these planets wandering stars to differentiate them from the fixed stars of the celestial sphere (Ptolemy). Astrologers understood the movement of the planets and the Sun through the zodiac as a means of explaining and predicting events on Earth.

1 commentaire:

GMV a dit…

Li todos estes artigos sobre o Zodíaco, com muita atenção. Confesso a minha ignorância em relação a alguns assuntos abordados.(aliás, até hoje, Zodíaco era tão somente um conjunto de signos) Nunca me interessei muito pelos signos, mas depois de ler estes seus post, achei curioso o quanto algumas características do meu signo se aplicam à minha pessoa.
Gosto de aprender, e este seu espaço, como já uma vez lhe disse, é para mim aprendizagem constante.
Boa semana.