What is the zodiac?

There are several definitions that speak about what a zodiac is. But the most commonly used are associated with astronomy and astrology.

Details about the astrological significance of the zodiac are told in the section of our site Zodiac signs, where all the articles devoted to this topic are collected.

Zodiac in astronomy

If we consider the translation of the word "zodiac", thenits original meaning is the "circle of animals." Under the zodiac in astronomy today is meant the belt on the celestial sphere, which extends to the 9th degree on both sides of the ecliptic. Therefore, the zodiacal constellations are constellations (in the number of 12 pieces), which are located along the visible annual path of the Sun.

Zodiac in astrology

Signs of the zodiac in astrology are 12segments of the sky. Although in fairness it should be noted that the sun passes 13 zodiacal constellations. But since the months of the year 12, the constellation Ophiuchus is not included in the zodiac.

More about which sign relates to whichperiod of the year, you can read in the section of our site Signs of the Zodiac by months. A general description of the characters of people who were born under a particular sign, you can find in the Characteristics section of the Zodiac signs.

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