Whenever someone asks me what my birth sign is, I am often stumped for an answer. You see, according to the western horoscope, I was born under the sign of Capricorn. But according to the oriental astrology birth chart, I was born under the sign of the snake! When I try and correlate the characteristics of the signs under each of these astrology birth charts, I find that they are often at cross purposes. So for a long time, I literally gave up on trying to see what my future held for me.
But occasionally, whenever I would look at the horoscope section of the newspaper, I would find that something that had been predicted to happen, had in fact happened. And similarly, something that was foretold, had occurred. While the success rates of my oriental and occidental astrology birth charts varied depending on the day of the week, there was no real way by which I could determine which one prediction would come true. And as mentioned, the characteristics were almost extreme opposites and the predictions, often similar in nature.
Which is when I finally decided to have my astrology birth charts drawn up in both formats in order to make some sense of it. My thinking was that although the signs might be different, there would be some degree of commonality in the astrology birth charts drawn by both methods as the time of birth, date, place and location of birth were identical.
Astrology symbols have been used to represent the different signs of the zodiac for many generations. These icons are easily recognized and easy to remember once you have been exposed to them. The astrology symbols are closely linked to the zodiac sign they represent.
Perhaps the easiest icon to remember is Aquarius. This is the easiest image to remember of the astrology symbols because it is represented with wave-like patterns that resemble water. Of course, you can relate the waves to water and to an aquarium as well. This water icon is a perfect representation of the water-bearer it represents.
Aries and Taurus are both quickly recognized astrology symbols. Aries represents a goat and its image resembles the horns on a goat’s head. Taurus is the bull and that can be remembered through the Spanish word for bull. The image for Taurus is a round sphere topped off with two bull-like horns.
Gemini and Pisces are quite similar because they are both twin astrology symbols. Gemini’s image resembles the Roman numeral II. Pisces resembles two fish. This is appropriate for the Pisces zodiac sign because the icon for the astrological sign is a pair of fish.
Leo is the lion and it is represented by an icon that resembles the lion’s mane. This appropriate image is clean and simple but it one of the most clearly connected visual representations of the astrology symbols.
Scorpio and Virgo are very similar in appearance. These two astrology symbols both look like the letter M. Scorpio differs from Virgo in that it has a “tail” that sticks out to the point of an arrow outwards. Virgo’s “tail” turns inward and has no arrow at its tip. These remarkably different astrology symbols are nearly the same in appearance.
Two astrology symbols that are very different in appearance are Cancer and Sagittarius. Sagittarius is represented by a clean, straight arrow that points up and to the right. Cancer is represented by two rounded spheres that encircle one another. The Sagittarian sign is quite masculine while the Cancer sign is feminine.
Perhaps the oddest of the astrology symbols is Capricorn. I know this because I am one. This image is represents the goat-fish. Yes, goat-fish. It isn’t the most attractive image on the planet but the astrological symbol itself isn’t so bad. It basically looks like the initials VS.
Finally, there is Libra. This symbol represents balance and its image reminds the onlooker of the scales of justice seen in many courthouses. These simple astrology symbols have stood the test of time. They will probably be around for generations to come.
Each specific civilizations devised its own astrology birth chart based on the celestial chart as seen from that specific region. So while the occidental astrology birth chart viewed me through the prism of the milky way, the Chinese or oriental birth chart had their own interpretation.
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