CONSTELLATION - THE ZODIAC
Following on from yesterday’s post, where constellations are part of the dreamlike world of the KENZO Fall-Winter 2013 men's collection and pre-collection, today we will be focusing specifically on the constellations of the Zodiac.
The word "zodiac" comes from the Greek word zodiakos [kyklos], or "circle of little animals," since all constellations in the zodiac (with the exception of Libra, which was once part of Scorpio) depict living creatures.
The constellations of the Zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
The zodiac is a zone of the celestial sphere that encompasses 13 constellations through which the sun seems to pass in a year. The general public often fails to distinguish between astrological signs and the astronomical constellations, but in reality, the sun does not necessarily pass through a constellation when its corresponding sign appears in the astrological calendar.
Although we are familiar with the 12 signs of the year (and therefore the names of first 12 constellations), the 13th of these remains rather unknown. It is the constellation Ophiucus (formerly known as Serpentarius), which comes after Scorpio, from approximately September 30 to December 17. It depicts a man (the physician Asclepios) with a serpent entwined around him. This extraordinarily brilliant son of Apollon was able to restore the dead to life using a technique he learned from snakes. Zeus immediately struck down Asclepius with a thunderbolt, but placed him in the sky so that his talent might be honored. The constellation was not included in the zodiac signs for aesthetic and astrological reasons, as the sun only crosses its southern section, near the stars of Scorpio.
At this moment, the sun is crossing through the constellation Gemini, which includes the twin stars of Castor and Pollux. Starting on the 20th, its path will continue through the constellation of Cancer, a crab that was sent to Heracles by Hera to help him end his fight against Hydra.The crab was smashed and killed in the fight, but was also placed in the sky as a reward for its service.