Capricornus? Here’s your constellation

If you haven’t identified your zodiac sign in the night sky you’re missing a special treat. The following article contains instructions for finding Capricorn with links to how to find the others at the end of the article. Bear in mind that not all of them are visible year round!

Note, however, that the constellations do NOT line up with the Tropical Zodiac used in astrology! At one time they did, but due to the precession of the equinoxes, i.e. the changing of where the Earth’s axis points over time, this has changed by about 23 degrees. Thus, the sky represents the sidereal (star) zodiac while western astrology uses the Tropical Zodiac, which is based on the relationship between the Earth and the Sun.

More specifically, the equinoxes and solstices mark the seasons and the beginning of the Cardinal Signs.

Vernal Equinox (Spring – Northern Hemisphere, Autumn – Southern) = 0 Aries

Summer Solstice (Winter – Southern Hemisphere) = 0 Cancer

Autumnal Equinox (Spring – Southern Hemisphere) = 0 Libra

Winter Solstice (Summer – Southern Hemisphere) = 0 Capricorn

The following article, which is based on astronomical views, names Ophiuchus as the constellation for those born late November to early December. In the tropical zodiac, this is an overlap between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Ophiuchus is not recognized astrologically.

The constellation Capricornus the Sea-goat. How to see it, and how a sea-goat came to reside among the stars.

Source: Capricornus? Here’s your constellation

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