Witchionary (MNMS)

  • Astrological Constellations

    Definition

    • Twelve (12) sets of star arrangements noted to creating specific shapes (with given names) in the night sky with each nearest its apex at approximately 30 degrees from each other dividing the year into near equal parts called houses
    • Twelve 12 constellations used in combination with other astronomical bodies to determine general characteristics of and daily influences on individuals

    Description / Detail

    • There are many Zodiac systems around the word
      • Mystic Niche concentrates on a derivative of the Mesopotamian Zodiac system
        • History
          • 3rd millennium BC: Sumerians (Mesopotamia) (theory only)
          • 3rd millennium BC: Han Dynasty uses system based on astronomy and calendars tied into astrology
            • 12 animals signs of the Zodiac
          • 2nd millennium BC: Babylonians (Mesopotamia)
          • 6th century BC: Tzolkin calendar of 260 days for ritualistic purposes based upon astronomical events
          • 525 BC: Persia conquers Egypt bringing a form of Mesopotamian Astrology that mixed with Egyptian values
          • 222 BC: Hellenistic rule by Alexander the Great in Egypt
            • Babylonian astrology and Egyptian Decanic astrology mixed to create Horoscopic astrology
            • “Tetrabiblos” by Ptolemy laid foundation of Western astrology
              • 1138: Arabic into Latin by Plato of Tivoli (Tiburtinus)
          • ~280 BC: Berossus, a priest of Bel from Babylon, moved to Kos, a Greek island, to teach astrology and Babylonian culture
          • 5th century: Classical period of Indian astronomy begins
          • 7th century: Islamic scholars took up astrology
          • 13th century: Astrology becomes part of everyday medical practice in Europe
    • The twelve Zodiac constellations and approximate sun sign dates
      • Aries: MAR 21 – APR 20
      • Taurus: APR 21 – MAY 21
      • Gemini: MAY 22 – JUN 21
      • Cancer: JUN 22 – JUL 22
      • Leo:: JUL 23 – AUG 22
      • Virgo: AUG 23 – SEP 22
      • Libra: SEP 23 – OCT 22
      • Scorpio: OCT 23 – NOV 21
      • Sagittarius: NOV 22 – DEC 21
      • Capricorn: DEC 22 – JAN 20
      • Aquarius: JAN 21 – FEB 19
      • Pisces: FEB 20 – MAR 20
    • The 12 Chinese Zodiac (Sheng Xiao) animals are:
      • Rat: 1984, 1996. 2008, 2020
      • Ox: 1985, 1997. 2009, 2021
      • Tiger: 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
      • Rabbit: 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
      • Dragon: 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
      • Snake: 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
      • Horse: 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
      • Goat: 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
      • Monkey: 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
      • Cock: 1993, 2005, 2017
      • Dog: 1994, 2006, 2018
      • Pig: 1995, 2007, 2019
      • Note:
        • The Chinese New Year is not in January, but on the first full moon usually between JAN 21 and FEB 20
        • The Winter solstice must take place in the eleventh (11th) month
          • New year takes place second (2nd) full moon after Winter solstice
            • Sometimes third (3rd) full moon to meet the eleventh (11th) month requisite

    For general personal horoscopes check out the horoscope page in the Mystic Niche Metaphysical Shoppe

  • Witchionary

    Definition

    The “Witch Dictionary” on the Mystic Niche Metaphysical Shoppe web site.