Our ancient forefathers had little technology and instead had a lot of time to debate the skies and wonder about our universe. The planets, stars, and other objects in the sky were profound for our ancestors and the zodiac signs incorporated these views within. The the western astrological canon, each of the signs is ruled by a single planet. This is actually why the different planets are named in the way that they are. The following article helps to understand which planets fit with which symbols and why the addition was made by our western ancestors.
Planets and Zodiac Signs
The planets are strictly defined in the western astrological sense. These are the seven that are considered to be orbiting in a fixed pattern. The ancient peoples through that the sun and moon were “lights” and not planets. However, there were others that were called wandering stars (rather than fixed stars). This distinction was only found after years of observation and viewing the skies on a constant basis. It was not long before the coordinate system using 30 degrees cut into 12 sections was comprised with some elements of the planets involved.
For the zodiac signs, there are traditionally some planets that correspond. For example, Aries is Mars, Taurus (Venus), Gemini (Mercury), Virgo (also Mercury), Libra (Venus), Scorpio (Mars), Sagittarius (Jupiter), Capricorn (Saturn), Aquarius (Saturn again), Pisces (Jupiter). Of course there are also Cancer, which is the moon and Leo, which is the sun.
There are some variations as people have discovered Neptune and Uranus, but the typical debate is a modern one rather than something our forefathers would have dealt with. The different planets, the moon, and the sun are all incorporated into the zodiac signs in a way that we better understand today.
Zodiac Signs Today
While the forefathers loved to divide the zodiac signs to fit with the planets, our modern relatives are more eager to find how zodiac signs correlate to personalities at birth. The calendar was always an important part of the zodiac signs and astrological study, however it has changed quite a bit over the past few hundred years. There was a time when the signs and coordinate system were the ultimate method for practical things, but they are largely no longer needed in the same capacity. For this reason, the zodiac signs have died out compared to their past use.