Twelve Zodiac Signs

 

There are twelve zodiac signs in the sky and the indomitable Aries is considered to be located at the vernal equinox at a zero degree of the latitude in an impeccable manner. It is a well known fact that most of the signs are the throw backs to the time of the amazing Babylonian and the Greek civilization, however the name of the zodiacs are based on the Indian as well as Babylonian names. According to the experts, historical knowledge has played a very important role in the popularity of the zodiac signs over a period of time.  To understand the zodiac, one must know that English speaking population generally use the Latin words.


Symbol Long. Latin name English translation Greek name Sanskrit name Sumero-Babylonian name

1

Aries

The Ram

Κριός (Krios)

Meṣha (मेष)

MUL LU.ḪUŊ.GA "The Agrarian Worker", Dumuzi

2

30°

Taurus

The Bull

Ταῦρος (Tauros)

Vṛiṣabha (वृषभ)

MULGU4.AN.NA "The Steer of Heaven"

3

60°

Gemini

The Twins

Δίδυμοι (Didumoi)

Mithuna (मिथुन)

MULMAŠ.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL "The Great Twins" (Castor and Pollux)

4

90°

Cancer

The Crab

Καρκῖνος (Karkinos)

Karkaṭa (कर्कट)

MULAL.LUL "The Crayfish"

5

120°

Leo

The Lion

Λέων (Leōn)

Siṃha (सिंह)

MULUR.GU.LA "The Lion"

6

150°

Virgo

The Maiden

Παρθένος (Parthenos)

Kanyā (कन्या)

MULAB.SIN "The Furrow"; "The Furrow, the goddess Shala's ear of corn"

7

180°

Libra

The Scales

Ζυγός (Zugos)

Tulā (तुला)

MULZIB.BA.AN.NA "The Scales"

8

210°

Scorpio

The Scorpion

Σκoρπιός (Skorpios)

Vṛścika (वृश्चिक)

MULGIR.TAB "The Scorpion"

9

240°

Sagittarius

The (Centaur) Archer

Τοξότης (Toxotēs)

Dhanuṣa (धनुष)

MULPA.BIL.SAG, Nedu "soldier"

10

270°

Capricorn

"Goat-horned" (The Sea-Goat)

Αἰγόκερως (Aigokerōs)

Makara (मकर)

MULSUḪUR.MAŠ "The Goat-Fish" of Enki

11

300°

Aquarius

The Water-Bearer

Ὑδροχόος (Hudrokhoos)

Kumbha (कुम्भ)

MULGU.LA "The Great One", later "pitcher"

12

330°

Pisces

The Fish

Ἰχθύες (Ikhthues)

Mīna (मीन)

MULSIM.MAḪ "The Tail of the Swallow", later DU.NU.NU "fish-cord"