7 Apr 2011


Jenny Matlock
more participants at Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday

Letter "Z"

Thanks to this meme today I have learned that the zodiac system was developed in Babylonia, some 2,500 years ago, during the "Age of Aries". Whatever that was, history is a very vaste domain.

Wikipedia told me that the term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which in its turn comes from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kuklos), meaning "circle of animals", derived from ζώδιον (zōdion), the diminutive of ζῶον (zōon) "animal". The name is motivated by the fact that half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).

Isn't that interesting ! The Greek writing reminded me Athens when I was looking for a street and all street names were written in greek.

Modern zodiac signs, short and space saving

and from the 16th century, rather romantic

In the English language fortunately the latin names are used rather than the English translation, sounds also more chic. I think you agree with me and prefer to be

an Aries than a Ram

a Taurus than a bull

a Gemini than simply Twins

only I would prefer to be a crab than a cancer (nobody loves cancers)

the latin Leo doesn't sound so good than being a Lion (shout Leo and a lot of dogs will arrive)

and definitively it's better to be a Virgo than a "Maiden" (but not for too long)

a Libra than "the scales" (which makes me think of Weight Watchers)

a Scorpio than a scorpion (everybody would run away)

a Sagittarius than an Centaur with his human front and horse backside

a Capricorn than a "Goat-horned" fortunately it's not a horned goat

an Aquarius than a Water Bearer, how commun !

and definitively being a Pisces sounds better than being a "Fish"

And thanks to your zodiac sign you know exactly what happens to you today for example.

I am a cancer or a crab and for today I have the choice between

1. "You're apt to be in a good mood today, Cancer. The roller coaster of feelings you've been on is finally coming to a stable platform. Get off the ride and enjoy the comfort of solid ground."

2. "The good news you receive on the job today may not be totally unexpected, but it still can be quite exciting, nonetheless. Naturally, you will have hard work to do as you follow up on your end of the deal, but the most demanding tasks may already be done".

I think the first one sounds better, as I don't care about a job I am retired.

Now it's up to you to find out how your day will be ! Choose a nice horoscope for your zodiac sign !


Jackie said...

Your work is done I think. Excellent job! I like scales as long as I weigh less than 150 lbs :p

A Lady's Life said...

I will try to find a good horoscope as we all need some good news. lol

jfb57 said...

You always have such interesting things to teach me! Thank you!

diane b said...

Interesting info here. I'm cancer too but number 2 suited me best today as I worked hard cleaning out the storage space under our house. I had to kee my end of the bargain as I had asked a friend to bring his little truck to take the rubbish to the dump. My poor old back is feeling it now and Bill is exhausted too. I worry about his heart when he starts liftiing heavy stuff.

Gracie said...

I'm a libra, so I'm a scale, and I've always had weight problems.....you think it was written in the stars from the beginning??? .... lol....

RedTedArt said...

Oooh Zodiacs - great idea for a Z post and great post too!!! Fab!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love that idea!

I'm off to find a good one for this Pisces girl....

fredamans said...

Great post!


Sue said...

Gemini here.


jabblog said...

Horoscopes are wonderful - you can believe the good bits and ignore the bad;-)

Loree said...

Interesting post. I never check my horoscope because I don't believe in that sort of thing.

Teresa said...

What an awesome idea for Z. I love the romantic 16th century zodiac signs.

Ames said...

And to think they have come out with another sign. It's all entertainment to me.~Ames

Vicki aka Jake said...

I'm one of them scary Scorpions!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I remember when it was the thing to ask/be asked "What's your sign?" LOL!

Judie said...

Who knows what the new sign is, and what dates it covers? This was a wonderful "Z" word!

Cheryl D. said...

I'm a cancer too! And boy, am I crabby!

Mari's World said...

You know I consult my horoscope every day more or less and I take it with a pinch of salt but it does stay at the back of my mind and often I ahve remarked (to myself) well look at that, it came true!
Great z post

Jenny said...

What a cool finale to a wonderful round of Alphabe-Thursday.

I always enjoy stopping by to see what you have to share. It is always something interesting...lucky us!

Thanks for linking!


Jenny said...

Oops. Forgot to say I love the new blog header! Very festive!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I found a horoscope (Pisces) for today that I liked: Your imagination is very active and creative, and so is your yearning for something beautiful. The artist in you emerges, and your creations please and inspire you.
I'm ready!!