Scorpio sign appears on a marble capital along with the planet Mars and Aries sign at the Palazzo Ducale (1309 to 1424) in Venice:Picture is cropped from Wikimedia commons entry: Category:Capitals in the Doge's Palace (Venice) - 18 - uploaded by Giovanni Dall'Orto
Oct 30, 2008
The Twelve important Indian Rivers are connected to the Zodiac Signs:
Ganges is connected to Aries; Reva river is connected to Taurus; Saraswati is connected to Gemini; Yamuna is connected to Cancer; Godavari is connected to Leo; Krishna is connected to Virgo; Kaveri is connected to Libra; Bhima River is connected to Scorpio; Radhya Saga is connected to Sagittarius; Tungabhadra is connected to Capricorn; Indus is connected to Aquarius; Pranahitha is connected to Pisces;
Pushkaram is a celebration near each river once in every 12 years. Millions of people participate in each Pushkaram, taking a dip in the river in order to purify physically and mentally.
Oct 29, 2008
Scorpio sign appears on a 14th century C.E. illustration from an Arabic manuscript , which is dedicated to astrology, astronomy and geomancy and which was compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani
I copied this image was from Wikimedia Commons, entry: Category: Kitab al-Bulhan; uploaded by: “Peacay”.
Scorpio sign is covered by the left hand of Atlas, but all the other signs appear clearly on the Farnese Atlas, which is kept at the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale in Naples, Italy. It is a Roman marble statue depicting 41 ancient Greek constellations, which are shown in relief. The diameter of the globe is 65 cm. Art historians date the statue to the second century C.E., but actually it is a Roman copy from a much earlier Greek original.
Image was copied from Wikipedia entry Farnese Atlas Uploaded by Gssq
Oct 27, 2008
Even though astrology/astronomy started in the Near East (Sumer, Babylon, Egypt) the signs of the zodiac as we use them today find their complete explanation in the context of Greek mythology. An excellent website brings a few versions of the same basic story. Here's the story that appears in the 1st century C.E. book titled Catasterismi (Greek: placing among the stars), which is a collection of ancient Hellenistic sources. In The Astronomy Fragment 4 there, which was translated by Evelyn-White, Greek poet Hesiod (from the 8th century B.C.E.) is quoted as saying that:
Orion went away to Crete and spent his time hunting in company with Artemis and Leto. It seems that he threatened to kill every beast, there was on earth; whereupon, in her anger, Ge (the Earth) sent up against him a Scorpion of very great size by which he was stung and so perished. After this Zeus, at the prayer of Artemis and Leto, put him among the stars, because of his manliness, and the Scorpion also as a memorial of him and of what had occurred.
Other sources add that this story about the enmity between Scorpion and Orion explains why they are never seen in the sky at the same time: one of them sets as the other rises.
Oct 22, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
Scorpio sign appears on a Roman Mosaic from the third century C.E., which is showed now at the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
To the best of my knowledge this is the only Roman Mosaic that contains both the zodiac signs and the hexagram.
Copyright: AntonioR [from Flickr] 2008
Oct 19, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
Silver necklace with Scorpio glyph made by C. Lago. Picture is courtesy of "ametistagirl" from Flickr
Glyphs (Internationally known hieroglyphics / symbols used in Western astrology to represent the 12 signs of the Zodiac) are a surprisingly late astrological development- they were used for the first time only circa 10th century C.E.:
Aries: curved horns of the ram or the letter T
Taurus: circle with horns on top
Gemini: like the roman symbol for the 2 (II)
Cancer: like 69 (horizontal)
Leo: small circle connected to lion’s tail
Virgo: looks like the letter M plus the letter V
Libra: pair of scales
Scorpio: looks like the letter M with an erect tail
Sagittarius: looks like an arrow aiming upward
Capricorn: curved tail of a fish or first two letters in the Greek word tragos, which means "goat."
(Source: The Alpha and the Omega by Jim A. Cornwell)
Aquarius: two zigzags one above the other - looks like water
Pisces: back-to-back half circles connected by an horizontal line in the middle
Oct 15, 2008
On this postage stamp, which was issued in Greece in 2007, we see Scorpio constellation sign and glyph.
According to the dictionary most of the zodiac sign names date to 1350–1400 Middle English and are based on Latin
Aries - the Ram
Taurus - the Bull
Gemini- the Twins
Cancer – the Crab; : cancr-, akin to Greek karkínos, crab
Leo the Lion
Virgo, the Virgin, maiden (before 1000; Middle English)
Scorpio - the Scorpion
Libra- the Balance, pair of scales
Sagittarius- the Archer, from sagitta: arrow
Capricorn, the Goat; caper, goat + cornu, horn
Aquarius- the Water carrier, from aqua, water
Pisces the Fishes - from pisces, plural of piscis, fish
Oct 14, 2008
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Oct 6, 2008
The most surprising Antikythera mechanism (no one expected that the Greeks could build such a complicated device so early) was discovered in a ship wreck near the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901 and is dated to about 150–100 B.C.E. It is kept in Athens at the National Archaeological Museum.
The front dial has a scale with the 365 days, which surrounds a scale with the Greek signs of the Zodiac.
Picture is copied from Wikimedia entry Antikythera uploaded by Marsyas.
Oct 5, 2008
San Marino stamp with Scorpio sign glyph and constellation
R.S.W.Bobbette wrote in 1997 in her article Introductory Essays On Rudolf Steiner's Star-Knowledge that Steiner claimed
- That the 12 levels of consciousness were related to the 12 zodiacal signs.
- That the 12 zodiacal signs are characterized and drawn as the heavenly clock.
An example of Rudolf Steiner's 12 levels of consciousness is given in another article by Philosophy of Freedom where we see a diagram that attaches
Aries to Idealism
Taurus to Rationalism
Gemini to Mathematism
Cancer to Materialism
Leo to Sensationalism
Virgo to Phenomenalism
Scorpio to Dynamism [which explains the material world in terms of active forces, in contrast to the passive view of matter in philosophical mechanism]
Libra to Realism
Sagittarius to Monadism [of Gottfried Leibniz]
Capricorn to Spiritism [séances]
Aquarius to Pneumatism
Pisces to Psychism [The doctrine of Quesne]
The author of this article claims that the basis for his diagram is found in the fourth lecture of Human and Cosmic Thought where Rudolf Steiner speaks of an inner Spiritual Astrology.
Oct 4, 2008
Six hexagrams, a telescope along with the zodiacal signs and glyphs appear on a mosaic ceiling at Greenwich Town Hall, London, England, above the main door. It is not clear why the hexagrams were introduced in this context and why six. I guess it has to do with the influence of alchemy. Anyhow it’s a nice contribution to my new research about the hexagram and the Zodiac
The Scorpio sign is the second from the bottom on the left column.
Picture is courtesy of a2d
The connection between the zodiac and the six-pointed star is the subject of my new research.
Photo is courtesy of Dobush from Kfar Aza, Israel.
Oct 2, 2008
Scorpio sign and glyph (along with Leo Virgo and Sagittarius) are seen in this picture of Paul Manship’s (1885 - 1966) Prometheus sculpture, which was created in 1934 at the Rockefeller Center in New York.
Courtesy of “wallyg”.
Zoom in by clicking the “all sizes command above the picture in Flickr.
Oct 1, 2008
The design of Merréll O'Brian's book cover shows that there is a connection between the zodiac and the six-pointed star. this is also the subject of my research.
Merréll O'Brian designed the Zodiac signs, each on a separate Star of David, on the cover of his book The Council of Twelve. He wrote to me that
The Council of Twelve has been in existence for 26000 years since The Creator placed Adam, Aries,"the First" as a high priest of the tribes; Adam created with the sun and moon…