I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Try the old deck of Tarot cards for free divination online. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.
Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
This book presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, consisting of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Qi (chi), prana, spirit, and all the other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Aries Symbol
Its meaning and origin
The above image is the established symbol (also called glyph) for the Zodiac sign Aries, the Ram. It's a simplified image of the ram's horns. Both the Zodiac sign and its symbol have been along for ages.
The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian (Mesopotamia) origin. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago. The Zodiac very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC, but Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.
Already the Babylonians connected the Zodiac sign to the ram - bu tnot at first. Early Babylonian astrology called the sign and its constellation the Agrarian worker, probably because of its start at the Spring equinox.
Contrary to some other constellations, that of Aries hardly suggests the shape of the animal from which it got its name. The reason for the name and symbol of the Zodiac sign Aries might instead be related to some Babylonian mythological mix-up. See the image below of the constellation Aries.
Below is an antique illustration of the same constellation, where the figure of the ram has been added. It's from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690.
Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):
Aries the SignAs for the picture commonly used to represent the Aries Zodiac sign, it's been an image of a ram for as long as that has been its name - probably longer than the symbol described above has existed. Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellation Aries have also been marked. It's an illustration from Poeticon astronomicon, a 1482 book by Hyginus.