Below you find a short introduction about what an astrological chart is and about all the symbols incorporated in our design. There are some external links placed in the text where you can find more information about these matters. The embedded images show the graphic elements specifically designed for our prints.
Any kind of astrological chart is basically like an abstract snapshot of the visible universe: a depiction of the sky in the segment of the ecliptic, showing the position of the Sun, the Moon, the planets of our solar system and the constellations of the 12 Zodiac signs, as seen from a given place at a given moment.
There is a horizontal dividing line in the middle of the chart showing at the point of the sky that was arising (east, between the houses I and XII on the left of the chart) and descending (west, between the houses VI and VII, on the right of the chart) at that moment on the horizon, respectively. The celestials and the stars of the constellations above this line were the ones observable on the sky viewed from the center of the chart, the ones below were hidden from view under the horizon.
Due to the characteristics and rules determining the movements of the elements of the universe these snapshots are all unique: noone has ever seen and noone can ever again see the exact same arrangement.
The earliest evidences of sophisticated awareness of constellations and celestial cycles date back to around 2300 BC to the ancient near East, but lores and myths associated with randomly grouped stars on the night sky are probably as old as mankind.
Every great culture of the early ages – e.g. Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Indian – had its own legends about the gods and monsters, mythological figures and creatures they believed to be impersonated in the constellations. These stories often seem to have a lot in common, mainly as a result of the influence the different civilizations had on each other through conquests. In western cultures, the stories most commonly associated with the 12 Zodiac signs are the ones of the ancient Greek mythology, rooted in Babylonian lore.
Our design, as usual in astrological art, portrays the 12 Zodiac signs
On each of our Zodiac graphics you can see an exact depiction of a section of the starry sky, with highlight and shadows emphasizing the constellation of the given sign.
Traditionally an astrological chart is divided into 12 houses radially from the center, each house is assigned to one of the signs as they follow each other in the Zodiac, starting with Aries and the I. house. In an astronomical reading the houses represent the individual characteristics and the area of life associated with the assigned sign.
On our chart in each house you can see the depiction of the stars that compose the actual astronomical constellation of the sign assigned , respectively.
If you would like to read about the history and the astronomical specifics of constellations in more detail we recommend you to visit the site of the International Astronomical Union.
Symbols for astronomical objects and relations like planets, stars, aspects, nodes and constellations were used by astronomers and astrologers from the beginning of astronomical observations.
The modern celestial symbols used in astrological charts can be traced back to personifications of planetary gods in ancient art and papyri. Earliest forms of these symbols evolved and were continually augmented since then as our knowledge about the universe expanded. The widely known modern symbols (also called glyphs) representing the Zodiac signs are linked with the related legends of Greek mythology. Zodiacal and Celestial symbols used in our chart are specifically styled graphic variations of these glyphs.
A few other elements in our design are commonly not portrayed in astrological charts, but being inherent parts of the same intricate cultural context they are all linked coherently to astrology and astronomy.
The pentacle – a pentagram drawn with one continuous line and enclosed within a circle – has been a widely used symbol throughout history from ancient Babylonia, Egypt and Greece through mediaeval Europe to modern day’s western civilization.
According to the most accepted interpretation the five points of the pentagram are associated with the elements fire, earth, air and water, composing together the fifth element: ether (spirit). The theory that all substances are composed of four elements representing four different qualities is commonly appropriated to Aristotle (although it probably originated in Persia around 600 BC), and had been the cornerstone of philosophy, science, and medicine for more than two thousand years, until the 17. century.
In astrology the 12 signs are assigned to one of the four elements in a logical order:
fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricornus
air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
water – Cancer, Scorpius, Pisces
and the chart altogether represents the fifth element: the Spirit. In the four corners of our chart we incorporated our graphic version of a pentacle , in the middle of each pentacle you can see one of the alchemical symbols representing the idea of the four elements (with POV from the center). The four quarters around them are filled with corresponding ornament .
On our Zodiac prints we used a similar but colored ornament in accordance with the element assigned to the given sign to create a pattern around the central circle.
The Tree of Life symbol in the center of the astrological wheel of our chart represents an archetype existing in most mythologies.
A sacred tree (also called ‘world tree’ or ‘cosmic tree’) connecting heaven and the underworld and every living being is a common concept not only in various old religious, philosophical and metaphysical writings and depictions, but also in today’s graphic art and literature. The symbol is associated with astrology and astronomy on many levels, from playing a prominent role in many of the mythological stories also connected to astrology, to representing the often paradoxical aspects of time and existence like immortality, seasonality, renewal and eternal recurrence.