Zodiac vs Horoscope
Human beings have turned to the havens for answers to the riddles in their lives and guidance to choose the right direction since ancient times. There was a time when there was no explanation for simple natural phenomenon like lightening, earthquakes, Tsunamis and so on, but when we have knowledge and explanation for almost all natural phenomenons, it is fascinating to see millions look up newspapers, TV channels and internet sites for their horoscopes and zodiac signs. There are many who cannot differentiate between zodiac and horoscope and think them to be synonyms. This however, is not the case, and they are different concepts as will be clear after reading this article.
Zodiacs are the constellations that come in the path of the sun across the celestial sphere during the course of a year. Astrology defines zodiac as houses or signs that divide the ecliptic into 12 parts. The names of these zodiacs are based upon animals and mythological figures. Sun passes through these 12 constellations every year. A person is given one of these zodiac signs depending upon his time of birth and the fact that which of these zodiac signs was occupied by sun at that moment.
There are many who do not believe in these constellations and the tradition of awarding one of the zodiac signs to an individual depending upon his time of birth. However, there are billions who have faith in this system of astrology and look up future predictions based on this system of zodiac signs. Below are the details of all zodiac signs and the duration for which sun is in these zodiac houses.
December 21 to January 20 is Capricorn; Aquarius is from January 21 to February 18, Pisces is from February 18 to March 19, Aries from March 19 to April 18, and Taurus is from April 19 to May 19. Similarly Gemini is from May 20 to June 19, Cancer is from June 20 to July 21, Leo from July 22 to August 21, Virgo from August 22 to September 21, Libra from September 22 to October 21, Scorpio from October 22 to November 20, and finally Sagittarius from November 21 to December 20.
The idea behind these constellations and awarding a person one of the zodiac signs was that those taking birth at a particular moment of time had similar character and were deemed to have similar fortunes. It is this belief of the astrologers that has given birth to a system of horoscope that is a prediction of the future depending upon a person’s zodiac sign and the movement of planets and sun in the constellation. On the basis of this, astrologers predict daily, weekly, monthly and annual horoscopes of individuals that get published in newspapers, magazines, and even discussed in TV programs.
What is the difference between Zodiac and Horoscope?
• The celestial sphere that describes the path of Sun has been divided into 12 constellations known as zodiac signs or houses. It is only a diagram, but important as a person is given an astrological sign or zodiac sign depending upon his time of birth and the constellation that is occupied by sun at that moment.
• Horoscope is both a document that is descriptive of what is in store for a person in his life as well as daily, weekly, and annual predictions made by astrologers for all 12 zodiac signs.