Medieval zodiac artwork showing the 12 star signs

Medieval zodiac artwork showing the 12 star signs

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Credit: JEAN-LOUP CHARMET/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Astrology zodiac. Medieval illustration of the zodiac, showing the 12 star signs. The star signs are (clockwise from top centre): Cancer, the crab; Leo, the lion; Virgo, the Virgin; Libra, the balance; Scorpio, the scorpion; Sagittarius, the archer; Capricorn, the goat; Aquarius, the water bearer; Pisces, the fish; Aries, the sheep; Taurus, the bull; Gemini, the twins. The signs of the zodiac are derived from the constellations that the Sun appears to travel through during the year. The Sun is shown as a golden sphere (upper centre) orbiting around the Earth (at centre). Zodiacs were devised in Mesopotamia in about 2000 BC. Photographed from a 14th century manuscript.

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Keywords: 14th century, artwork, astrology, astrology book, astronomy, historical, history of science, medieval, medieval zodiac, ptolemaic system, ptolemy, zodiac

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