Etymology: from Latin (zodiacus) and Greek (zodiakos), with zodiac meaning ‘circle’. Literal translation; ‘circle of little animals’, correlating to the 11 bestial star signs. Libra was added later as an extension of the claws of Scorpio.
1. In Astronomy, a band of the celestial sphere extending about 8° to either side of the ecliptic that represents the path of the principal planets, the moon, and the sun.
In astrology, this band divided into 12 equal parts called signs, each 30° wide, bearing the name of a constellation for which it was originally named but with which it no longer coincides owing to the precession of the equinoxes.
What can you see from here?
The following representations of each of the signs of the Zodiac were created using only one model, and were created for a contest held by that model. The collection as a whole won the ‘Peoples Choice’ category in that contest.