The next star you want to focus on is Aldebaran, it is the eye of the bull and is bright red. You want to trace from Orion's belt to the right until you hit Aldebaran.
You should see the "V" by then and that is apart of Taurus. The sign of the Twins. You will need to look at Orion's belt to find this one. When looking at Orion's three stars in a line.
Surrounding those three should be another four stars marking Orion's feet and shoulders. The star on the lower right is bright blue and called Rigel. The star on the top left is red and giant named Betelgeuse. You trace a line from Rigel go through the middle belt star onto Betelgeuse.
You will want to continue this line until it brings you to two stars of equal brightness. Those stars are Castor and Pollux. They are the stars that make up Gemini. The sign of the Crab. This one is the toughest to find in the night sky. The sky has to be completely dark if you want to catch a glimpse of it. When you see the constellation it should look like an upside down "Y". You can find Cancer the easiest by using Taurus and Gemini.
You draw a line through both of those to the left until you hit a big empty spot in the sky. That big empty spot is Cancer. The sign of the Lion.
You will want to use the same method of drawing from Taurus and Gemini to find Cancer. Read them for help. From Cancer trace that line until you hit a backward question mark followed by a triangle. This is called stately Leo.
You should see a bright star at the end of Leos tail called Denebola. Denebola literally means tail. If using Taurus and Gemini proves to be tricky for you, the Big Dipper can be used instead. Use the two pointer stars that help you find the Little Dipper but this time trace them away from the North Star.
You trace those until you hit the part of Leo shaped like a triangle. The sign of the Maiden. You can use the Big Dipper to find this. Start from the "bowl" and trace the handle away along the arc until you hit the bright star named Arcturus. From Arcturus keep tracing until you hit a blue star named Spica.
Spica looks like it is in the center of a "Y"-shaped constellation.
That constellation is Virgo. The sign of the scales.
It is best to use the "draw a line around the sky" method when trying to find Libra. The constellation for Libra looks like it is standing in one corner. It enters Libra at the Fall Equinox. And it enters Capricorn at the Winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year.
The zodiac sign traits are inspired by the seasons as well. Further fueling the drama and confusion, the actual zodiac signs ARE named after the constellations.
Astrologers use 12 of these constellations as signs of the zodiac, omitting Ophiuchus, to make predictions. (Unlike astronomy, astrology is not a. Today, the term zodiac is mostly associated with astrology, with the 12 signs of the western zodiac corresponding to the 12 constellations seen along the ecliptic.
However, the zodiac signs follow 12 fixed segments of the zodiac band pictured above. It follows the procession of the Equinoxes and the seasons. In fact, we ourselves would be born during the Ophiuchus zodiac cycle our birthday is December 2. However, since there is no Ophiuchus star sign in the Tropical zodiac, we remain proud Sagittarians4Life.
According to astronomy, there are actually 88 constellations that cover the southern and northern hemispheres of our sky.
We are all made of stars, so we can channel the mythology of any of the constellations and planets we want. To further confuse things, there is now a new, 13th sign, called Ophiuchus, which those born between November 29 and December 17 are lucky enough to have to learn to pronounce. To make a tidy match with their month calendar, the Babylonians ignored the fact that the Sun actually moves through 13 constellations, not Besides the 12 familiar constellations of the zodiac, the Sun is also aligned with Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year.
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