Sunday, May 4, 2008

Who put the zoo in zodiac?

We did. The animal symbols of the zodiac are some of the oldest examples of anthropomorphic rendering we've got. The word itself means "circle of animals."

Our distant ancestors looked up at the chaos of space matter in the heavens and picked out constellations - cosmic connect-the-dots of unrelated stars and galaxies. The fact that nine of the twelve celestial symbols were represented as animals is a pretty good indicator of the strength of our anthropomorphic urge.

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