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Why is it so bad to be born in the Year of the Fire Horse?

1966 was a hinoe-uma (丙午) year. This does not come from "crossing zodiac with elements" per se, but is instead a specific combination of celestial stem and earthly branch in the traditional sexagenary ...
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Was the constellation named after the Bull of Heaven?

The Bull of heaven was sent to earth by the goddess Ishtar, to destroy Gilgamesh. But Gilgamesh thwarts the bull and kills it. There are two versions of the incidents that happened next. From Sky ...
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What are some myths involving Capricorn?

Capricornus, as a constellation, is seen in the Babylonian MUL.APIN tablets, believed to be compiled around 1000 BC, named SUḪUR.MÁŠ (as can the rest of the modern zodiac, in one form or another). ...
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Was the constellation named after the Bull of Heaven?

From New Scientist Dec 24-31, 1988 (available here), an explanation of how the myth of Gilgamesh and the Bull came about due to the constellation's position. Taurus faces Orion in the sky. There ...
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Why does the astrology sign for cancer seem to represent a yin and yang?

If you read the book "Divine Love Astrology: Revealing Spiritual Truth for Personal Transformation" it briefly mentions the following. The symbol for Cancer represents a crab's claws and also ...
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What graphical symbols, if any, have been used for the three "modalities" in western or other astrological systems?

What we call "Western" astronomy has its roots is Mesopotamian astronomy, it came to us by the book of Ezekiel, which copies the Babylonian model. The association of zodiac signs with elements and ...
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How were the constellations named?

You may find this an interesting read: The Celestial River: Identifying the Ancient Egyptian Constellations This astronomical study of the night sky in ancient Egypt, using modern software, ...
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If the ox tiger is an unlucky direction, why build an entrance to it?

The article on Wikipedia gives as examples of temples with Kimon facing north-east: Enryaku-ji Kan'ei-ji These temples are deliberately constructed for the Kimon to face the nearby (Capitol) city, ...
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Why is it so bad to be born in the Year of the Fire Horse?

There is some science backing this. In 1966 Japan began testing birth control and abortion which led to the decline of births. However they did this even more with women because there is an old omen ...
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