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.
The Constellation print has the skies of the Kenzo universe reaching for the stars. Read on for a closer look...
A constellation is a cluster of stars grouped close enough together that we can connect the dots to sketch out a geometric figure across the canopy of heaven. Every inch of the sky is connected to one of the 88 constellations that currently carpet the heavens.
Western tradition bisects the sky into the constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The Chinese meanwhile chalk up a total of 280 constellations, some of which contain no more than a single lone star. We have a post coming up on that topic in the next few days...
The Earth never stops turning, but the stars stay more or less in one place, which is why different constellations can be seen at different times of the year. Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are two that remain visible all year round, while other constellations (at least in Europe) can only be seen for part of the year. Orion only puts in an appearance in the winter, but in the summer months keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Lyra.
Orion and Ursa Major have occupied pride of place in civilizations and cultures throughout the ages. Their popularity shines on for the simple reason that their brighter stars can be seen more easily.
Our print of the week - Constellation - was gifed by Chris Shier!
EYE OF THE TIGER #18
The dark Night Clouds are vanishing with the night, replaced by the shining stars of our Constellation print.
Soon available at the eshop.
EYE OF THE TIGER #17
Read the stars and your future in the sky night of this Constellation print scarf for men !
Available soon at the eshop.
PRINTS AND PATTERNS OF THE SEASON #4
Our Fall/Winter 2013 mens collection and womens precollection are dedicated to the sky.
We've talked about Day Clouds, Lightning Bolts and Mini Clouds but the sky would not be complete without the stars!
So here comes the Constellations print where superimposed layers of ink and colors bring depth to the sky and give a poetical sense of mysticism to the Zodiac.