Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for . . .

Zodiac: the twelve astrological constellations.

The one that the sun travels through in the month of a child's birth supposedly determines his or her personal characteristics and fate. The constellation Libra, which "rules" a child born in October, is not visible in the sky until April, six months later. Likewise, for all other signs of the zodiac.

In Genesis God says to Abram, "Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them." Some argue that  Abram and some ancient people had astrological knowledge that has since been lost.

I believe that's possible. I also believe there's something to "astrology" but not as it's currently practiced in the horoscope columns. One reason is that the designation of the signs of the zodiac are completely arbitrary. If you don't believe me, go outside on a clear night, look up, and see if you can find Gemini's Twins or Sagittarius the Archer! Maybe you can with a diagram. 

The "Mayan" prediction of impending doom on December 21, 2012, is based on New Age astrological speculation.

Even if the science is a stretch, astrology might make an interesting element in a fantasy or sci-fi novel. Do you know of fiction that involves astrology?

P.S. The A-Z Challenge is now history. It's been fun! Thanks everyone for your posts and visits and comments. 

Zo long!


  1. My son Eric was a Libra too! Enjoyed getting to know you this month Sara. Congrats on finishing the challenge!

  2. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Sara!

  3. a late visit to a lovely post, popping in from AtoZ!!

  4. Congratulations on making it to Z! I don't know of a book using the zodiac, at least not off the top of my head, but I'm betting there's something out there.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  5. That A-Z 2012 Survivor badge looks cool on your blog, Muse. Congratulations on finishing the task--you did good!

  6. How did I miss your Z? I think the Zodiac, mythology, legends all those are great elements to pop into stories. Congrats on crossing the Z finish line.