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Pisces (Justin Jeffre)
Pisces is the twelfth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the Pisces constellation. It spans the 330° to 360° of the zodiac, between 332.75° and 360° of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac the sun transits this area on average between February 19 to March 20, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun transits this area between approximately March 15 to April 14.
In Early Mythology
"Pisces" is the Latin word for "Fish." It is one of the earliest zodiac signs on record, with the two fish appearing as far back as c. 2300 BCE on an Egyptian coffin lid.
According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish into which Aphrodite (also considered Venus) and her son Eros (also considered Cupid) transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon. Typhon, the "father of all monsters" had been sent by Gaia to attack the gods, which led Pan to warn the others before himself changing into a goat-fish and jumping into the Euphrates. A similar myth, one which the fish "Pisces" carry Aphrodite and her son out of danger, is resounded in Manilius' five volume poetic work Astronomica: "Venus ow'd her safety to their Shape." Another myth is that an egg fell into the Euphrates river. It was then rolled to the shore by fish. Doves sat on the egg until it hatched, out from which came Aphrodite. As a sign of gratitude towards the fish, Aphrodite put the fish into the night sky. Because of these myths, the Pisces constellation was also known as "Venus et Cupido," "Venus Syria cum Cupidine," Venus cum Adone," "Dione," and "Veneris Mater," the latter being the formal Latin term for mother.
The Greek myth on the origin of the sign of Pisces has been cited by English astrologer Richard James Morrison as an example of the fables that arose from the original astrological doctrine, and that the "original intent of [it] was afterwards corrupted both by poets and priests."
In Modern Mythology and Religion
Purim, a Jewish holiday was set by the full moon in Pisces. The story of the birth of Christ is said to be a result of the spring equinox entering into the Pisces, as the "Savior of the World" appeared as the Fisher of Men. This parallels the entering into the Age of Pisces.
The most compatible signs with Pisces are generally considered to be Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn.
The least compatible signs with Pisces are generally considered to be Gemini and Sagittarius.
• Strengths: Compassionate, Adaptable, Accepting, Devoted, Imaginative
• Weaknesses: Oversensitive, Indecisive, Self-pitying, Lazy, Escapist
General astrological compatibility of Pisces with other signs
• Scorpio, Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn - Highest Compatibility
• Libra, Leo, Virgo - 50/50 compatibility
• Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, Aquarius - Low compatibility
Leo (Drew Lachey)
Leo is the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Leo. It spans the 120-150th degree of the Tropical zodiac, between 125.25 and 152.75 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area on average between July 23 and August 23 each year, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits this area from approximately August 16 to September 15.
Leo was one of the earliest recognized constellations, with archaeological evidence that the Mesopotamians had a similar constellation as early as 4000 BCE. The Persians called Leo Ser or Shir; the Turks, Artan; the Syrians, Aryo; the Jews, Arye; the Indians, Simha, all meaning "lion".
Greek stamp depicting a mosaical image of the encounter between Hercules and Leo,the Nemean Lion. Some mythologists believe that in Sumeria, Leo represented the monster Khumbaba, who was killed by Gilgamesh.
In Babylonian astronomy, the constellation was called UR.GU.LA, the "Great Lion"; the bright star Regulus was known as "the star that stands at the Lion's breast." Regulus also had distinctly regal associations, as it was known as the King Star.
In Greek mythology, Leo was identified as the Nemean Lion which was killed by Heracles (Hercules to the Romans) during the first of his twelve labours. The Nemean Lion would take women as hostages to its lair in a cave, luring warriors from nearby towns to save the damsel in distress, to their misfortune. The Lion was impervious to any weaponry; thus, the warriors' clubs, swords, and spears were rendered useless against it. Realizing that he must defeat the Lion with his bare hands, Hercules slipped into the Lion's cave and engaged it at close quarters. When the Lion pounced, Hercules caught it in midair, one hand grasping the Lion's forelegs and the other its hind legs, and bent it backwards, breaking its back and freeing the trapped maidens. Zeus commemorated this labor by placing the Lion in the sky.
The Roman poet Ovid called it Herculeus Leo and Violentus Leo. Bacchi Sidus (star of Bacchus) was another of its titles, the god Bacchus always being identified with this animal. However, Manilius called it Jovis et Junonis Sidus (Star of Jupiter and Juno).
Early Hindu astronomers knew it as Asleha and as Sinha, the Tamil Simham.
The most compatible signs with Leo are generally considered to be Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius.
The least compatible signs with Leo are generally considered to be Taurus and Scorpio.
• Strengths: Confident, Ambitious, Generous, Loyal and Encouraging
• Weaknesses: Pretentious, Domineering, Melodramatic, Stubborn and Vain
General astrological compatibility of Leo with other signs
• Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius - Highest Compatibility • Capricorn, Cancer, Aquarius, Pisces, Virgo - 50/50 compatibility • Taurus, Scorpio - Low compatibility
Scorpio (Nick Lachey)
Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans the 210-240th degree of the zodiac, between 207.25 and 234.75 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this area on average between October 23 and November 22, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits the constellation of Scorpius from approximately November 16 to December 15.
According to the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, the giant huntsman Orion went away to the island of Crete to spend his time hunting in company with goddess Artemis and Leto. Orion threatened to kill every beast, which made the goddess of earth, Gaia, angry. To punish him for his arrogance, she sent against him a huge Scorpion which stung Orion to death. At the prayer of Artemis and Leto, Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods, put Orion and the Scorpion among the stars as a memorial of him and what had occurred.
The most compatible signs with Scorpio are generally considered to be Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces.
The least compatible signs with Scorpio are generally considered to be Leo and Aquarius.
• Strength: Loyal, Passionate, Resourceful, Observant and Dynamic
• Weaknesses: Jealous, Obsessive, Suspicious, Manipulative and Unyielding
General astrological compatibility of Scorpio with other signs
• Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces - Highest Compatibility • Aries, Libra, Aquarius - 50/50 compatibility • Sagittarius, Gemini - Low compatibility
Taurus (Jeff Timmons)
Taurus is the second astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans the 30-60th degree of the zodiac, between 27.25 and 54.75 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropic zodiac, the Sun transits this area on average between April 20 to May 20 each year. Under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits the constellation of Taurus from May 16 to June 15 (approximately). Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Taureans.
According to myth, Theseus volunteered to be one of the youths from Athens who would be offered as food to the horrible monster Minotaur (half man, half bull) who stayed in Crete, in the labyrinth. But, when he was there and with the help of Ariadne, the legendary hero managed to kill the beast and thus relieve his city Athens from the terrible punishment imposed by the Cretan king Minos.
The most compatible signs with Taurus are generally considered to be Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces.
The least compatible signs with Taurus are generally considered to be Leo and Aquarius.
• Strength: Dependable, Persistent, Loyal, Patient and Generous
• Weaknesses: Stubborn, Laziness, Possessive, Materialistic and Self-indulging
General astrological compatibility of Taurus with other signs
• Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, Virgo - Highest Compatibility • Libra, Gemini, Leo - 50/50 compatibility • Aries, Sagittarius, Aquarius - Low compatibility