What is the Zodiac, which signs of the Zodiac
are there in a horoscope? What do the astrological signs in the radix mean? What are the Qabbalistic
and occult teachings regarding the zodiac signs? What are the differences between the
Tropical and the Sidereal Zodiacs and how are they used? What are the most important
meanings and characteristics of each zodiac sign?
We will explain all this to you in a moment! Brotherhood of the Eternal Light
Teaching the Western Mysteries What is the meaning of the signs of the zodiac
in the horoscope? To clarify: the planets are the basic forces of the horoscope. What do the astrological signs stand for? They are the twelve archetypical ideals. They are
also called the signs of the zodiac. These twelve basic types colour the powers of the
planets. They determine how the planetary powers express themselves.
The planet shows which kind of power we deal with. The signs of the zodiac show us in which
manner this power takes effect. Let’s take Mars as an example. Mars is about
energy and willpower. As you can see in the radix, Mars is in the
sign of Aries. Aries is characterized by the quality of an active, immediate expression
of energy. When Mars, the planet of energy and willpower, is in the sign of Aries, the
sign of instant expression of energy, then its effect is impulsive/impetuous. A lot of
energy is available, but it is used all at once and is not likely to last long. There
is great potential for assertiveness. In our second example, Mars now stands in
Scorpio, the astrological sign which is characterized by its transformative quality, which penetrates
into the depths. If Mars now stands in Scorpio, its form of expression is radical. There is
a strong energy present, which releases hidden potentials to carry through transformations. In the macrocosmic Tree of Life, the Zodiac is assigned to the Sefirah Chochmah. In Chochmah,
the second Sefirah, which corresponds to the Divine Will, the unity of Keter is differentiated
into a variety of potential possibilities. In Chochmah the different soul sparks, called
Chayah, arise, which represent the different basic human types. The Hebrew term for Zodiac
is Masalot. In the Zodiac we find twelve such basic types, which are differentiated from
the four classical elements with their three different manifestations in astrology. We
will discuss the derivation of the astrological signs in relation to the elements and their
qualities in more detail in a special video. Let us now clarify the question of what the
Zodiac means and what the Zodiac is. The term zodiac is derived from the Ancient
Greek zōidiakòs kýklos, meaning “cycle or circle of little animals”.
The word refers to the majority of animals or mythological creatures among the astrological
signs. The Zodiac is a broad belt of stars which
extends about 10 to 15 degrees to each side of the ecliptic. In the graphic you can see
the ecliptic, the apparent orbit of the Sun around the Earth. From the perspective of
the Earth, the Sun only moves through certain constellations in the sky. These are the astrological
signs used in the horoscope. Some of the zodiacal signs have been symbolically
associated with animals or mythological creatures since early antiquity. In the Universe, there are many more constellations.
For astrology, however, only the twelve signs of the ecliptic are relevant because the orbits
of all planets seen from Earth run through these twelve signs of the zodiac. This 360° orbit is represented in the radix as a circle and divided into twelve equally-sized sections. In the horoscope, therefore, each of the signs
of the Zodiac comprises 30°. In our videos and horoscopes we often show
the Zodiac as shown here. The zodiac signs are represented in the radix
in the following way. The interpretation of horoscopes is almost
exclusively based on the ‘Tropical Zodiac’. The Tropical Zodiac refers to the movement
of the Sun over the course of a year as perceived from Earth. The course of the Sun marks the
four seasons. The astrological year begins at the Vernal
Equinox, which is located in the radix at 0° Aries. From there, the Sun travels around
the Earth in one year through the twelve signs of the Zodiac. One year later, spring begins
again at 0° Aries. The Vernal Equinox is the intersection of
the ecliptic, the apparent orbit of the Sun around the Earth, with the Celestial Equator.
Usually on 20th or 21st March, the Sun cuts the Celestial Equator in its apparent earth
orbit from the south and marks the Vernal Equinox.
This corresponds to the Tropical Zodiac, which orients itself on the apparent course of the
Sun around the Earth, with the typical calendar dates for the twelve constellations. Here are two examples for the position of the Sun in the radix. As already mentioned
above, it is here at the Vernal Equinox, just in the sign Aries. It is sunrise, therefore
the ascendant is also there. Now the Sun stands at the autumn point, just
in the sign Libra. It is half a year later. Since it is sunrise again, the ascendant is
also in Libra. The Sidereal Zodiac also exists. It is oriented
to the current position of the signs of the Zodiac in the sky. By a very slow gyroscopic movement of the
Earth’s axis, a constant backwards shift of the Vernal Equinox through the signs of the
zodiac takes place. This is called precession, from the Latin praecedere, ‘to go ahead’.
A total 360° orbit lasts about 25800 years. The Sidereal Zodiac is divided into twelve
sections, each 2150 years, so-called world ages, sometimes also called Platonic months.
Approximately every 72 years the Sidereal Zodiac shifts by 1° relative to the Tropical
Zodiac. Currently, the Vernal Equinox is in Pisces. From the perspective of the Earth
we experience a very slow shift of the constellations. The Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs no longer
coincide, as was the case in the first millennium B.C.E., when the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs
were still relatively identical. The Sidereal Zodiac shows the influences of
the eons, the world ages, on human development. In an individual horoscope, the sidereal circle
therefore plays a subordinate role, since the horoscope is about the development of
an individual. Therefore, in the interpretation of a birth chart, the Tropical Zodiac is used
almost exclusively, since it shows human ideals. Let us now take a brief look at the twelve
signs of the zodiac and some important features. We will treat each sign in more detail in
our further videos. Aries, the sign of the Ram. The Sun is in
Aries from the twentieth of March to the twenty-first of April. Aries is a fire sign with cardinal
quality. Aries marks the Vernal Equinox. The 1st house or ascendant corresponds to Aries.
Its ideal is immediate, active power expression. Possible problems are aggression, haste and
impatience. Taurus, the sign of the Bull. The Sun is in
Taurus from about the twenty-first of April to the twentieth of May. Taurus is an earth
sign with a fixed quality. The 2nd house corresponds to Taurus. The ideal of Taurus is stability
as well as a sense of reality and form. Possible problems are materialism and inertia. Gemini, the sign of the Twins. The Sun is
in Gemini from about the twenty-first of May to the twenty-first of June. Gemini is an
air sign with a mutable quality. The 3rd house corresponds to the sign of Gemini. The ideal
of Gemini consists of versatile interests as well as communication. A possible problem
is incoherence. Cancer, the sign of the Crab. The Sun is in
Cancer from about the twenty-second of June to the twenty-second of July. Cancer is a
water sign of cardinal quality. The 4th house or the Imum Coeli corresponds
to Cancer. It marks the beginning of summer. The ideal of Cancer is sensitivity, receptivity
and loyalty. Possible problems are attachment and vulnerability. Leo, the sign of the Lion. The Sun is in Leo
from the twenty-third of July to the twenty-second of August. Leo is a fire sign with fixed quality.
Leo corresponds to the 5th house. The ideal of Leo is a dignified self-expression and self-presentation. Possible problems are pride and vanity. Virgo, the sign of the Maiden. The Sun is
in Virgo from about the twenty-third of August to the twenty-second of September. Virgo is
an earth sign with mutable quality. Virgo corresponds to the 6th house. The ideal of
Virgo is practical, arraying intelligence. A possible problem is pettiness. Libra, the sign of the Scales. The Sun is
in Libra from about the twenty-second of September to the twenty-second of October. Libra is
an air sign of cardinal quality. It also marks the Autumnal Equinox. The 7th house or descendant
corresponds to Libra. The ideal of Libra is the need for harmony with fellow human beings.
Possible problem is fear of arguments. Scorpio, the sign of the Scorpion. The Sun
is in Scorpio from the twenty-third of October to the twenty-second of November. Scorpio
is a water sign of fixed quality. The 8th house corresponds to Scorpio. The ideal of
Scorpio is the release of hidden potentials and inner energies. Possible problems are
jealousy and desire or lust. Sagittarius, the sign of the Archer. The Sun
is in Sagittarius from about the twenty-second of November to the twenty-first of December.
Sagittarius is a fire sign with mutable quality. The 9th house corresponds to Sagittarius.
The ideal of Sagittarius is holistic intellectual striving. A possible problem is levelling
down. Capricorn, the sign of the Mountain Goat or
the Horned Sea Goat. The Sun stands in Capricorn approximately from the twenty-first of December
to the twentieth of January. Capricorn is an earth sign of cardinal quality. It marks
the beginning of winter. The 10th House or Medium Coeli or Midheaven correspond to Capricorn.
The ideal of the sign Capricorn is ambition as well as striving for achievement. Possible
problems are greed and stubbornness. Aquarius, the sign of the Water-Bearer. The
Sun stands in Aquarius approximately from the twenty-first of January to the twentieth
of February. Aquarius is an air sign of fixed quality. The 11th house corresponds to Aquarius.
The ideal of Aquarius consists in impersonal humanity as well as human rights. Possible
problems are exaggerated distance and impersonality. Pisces, the sign of the Fishes. The Sun stands
in Pisces approximately from the twenty-first of February to the twentieth of March. Pisces
is a water sign with mutable quality. The 12th house corresponds to the sign Pisces.
The ideal of Pisces is turning inward and selfless devotion to an ideal. Possible problem
is loss of reality. This was our overview of the Zodiac and the
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