1. Apr 14, 17
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    The Circle of Animals:For many people astrology is simply the zodiac. The term zodiac is derived from Greek and means circle of animals or circle of living beings. The yearly cycle of the Earth around the Sun is divided into four seasons. The seasons are divided into three phases-the beginning, the middle, and the end. Thus, we have twelve phases of the Earth’s yearly cycle which are referred to as signs.

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    The first 30 degrees of the zodiac and the first 30 days following the spring equinox (also known as the Aries point), symbolize the Aries phase of the Earth’s yearly cycle. During this phase, the hours of daylight grow longer in the northern hemisphere. The Aries phase represents beginnings, birth, and the energy needed for the new being to sprout or emerge. The beginnings of new plant and animal life are characteristic of this phase. Seeds left from the previous fall begin to sprout.

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    The Taurus phase of life occurs during the second thirty degrees of the Earth’s yearly cycle, starting in April and ending in May. This phase starts approximately 30 to 31 days after the spring equinox or Aries point. The Taurus phase of life is concerned with the substances needed to build, grow, materialize, manifest, and strengthen the new self or identity which started during the Aries phase.

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    During the Gemini phase, which occurs during late spring, the beings and identities which were born in Aries and then strengthened and solidified in Taurus, become more aware of their immediate surroundings, aware of the other beings and identities around them.

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    The sign of Cancer begins with the summer solstice (the first day of summer). The Sun appears to have reached the northern latitude referred to as the tropic of Cancer. The Sun stands still for a moment, reverses its direction, and heads south towards the equator. The hours of daylight have reached their maximum length for the northern hemisphere. The hours of daylight begin to decrease.

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  6. Apr 14, 17
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    The sign of Leo begins approximately 30 to 31 days after the summer solstice. In the northern hemisphere, the days are still longer than the nights even though the hours of daylight continue to decrease. The dominance of sunlight is felt in the summer’s heat.

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    The Virgo phase is the last phase of summer. In the Virgo phase the daylight hours continue to dwindle and the hours of night increase until the beginning of Libra, when they are equal. The flowers that bloomed and were fertilized in Leo have gone to seed. The petals have died and may have dropped off. The seed is growing and around it grows the fleshy covering we call the fruit. During this phase growth centers on both the seed which will become the life of the next generation and on the fruit which covers it.

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    The sign of Libra begins at the fall equinox when the hours of daylight and night are equal. Throughout Libra the hours of night or darkness increase. In astrology, some equate light with the personal or individual force and darkness with the social or collective force. Libra is the sign of awareness of the other, of the Not-self. It represents awareness of what one is not or of what one has projected onto others.

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    The Scorpio phase of life occurs during the second 30 degrees of the Earth’s yearly cycle following the fall equinox. This phase of life concerns the sharing of substance in whatever form, with others or with one specific person. Traditionally, this sharing begins with one’s marriage partner or partner-in-life.

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    In regards to the Earth’s orbit, Sagittarius is the last sign of autumn in the northern hemisphere. It begins approximately 60 to 62 days following the autumnal equinox and approximately 30 to 31 days before the winter solstice. The hours of daylight continue to decrease. They reach their shortest length at the end of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the time of preparation for winter.

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