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Set B3 - Out Into Space - card information

22. Zodiac Symbols

22. Zodiac Symbols (Northern)

It is considered that the science of Astronomy was born of Astrology. For carrying out their 'trade', soothsayers and magicians had gained knowledge of the Signs of the Zodiac. On this knowledge, mathematicians and other scientifically-minded men laid the foundation of Astronomy. The soothsayers had invented symbols as a sort of shorthand for the twelve Zodiac signs. These are still used, immediately recognised and accepted by astronomers. This card shows the symbols of Aries, Taurus and Gemini (Spring signs) and Cancer, Leo and Virgo (Summer signs).