Written in the Stars - the New Zodiac Collection from Azendi
March 13, 20233 min read
The zodiac is an ancient astrological system used to describe the positions and movements of celestial bodies in relation to the Earth. In Western astrology, the Zodiac consists of 12 constellations that appear to cross the path of the Sun over the course of the year. Traditionally, the constellation that was crossing the sun at the time of your birth is said to be your 'star sign' and many believe this star sign confers special characteristics and attributes to those born under the sign.
The History of the Western Zodiac
Today's Western astrological system is based on the traditions of ancient Greek and Babylonian civilizations.
The ancient Babylonians are belived to be the first civilisation to design a system of astrology. They used the constellations of the night skies to try to predict the future and interpret the will of their gods. They divided the sky into twelve sections, each corresponding to specific zodiac signs, with each having specific attributes.
By the 4th century BC, Babylonian astronomy influenced the culture of ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks developed the system, associating the twelve zodiac signs with specific deities. In fact, the term "zodiac" comes from the Greek "zōidiakos kyklos", meaning "circle of animals". The constellations are traditionally represented by animals or mythological creatures.
The Greeks believed that, at the time of someone's birth, the positions of the planets and the sun had a profound influence on their personality and fate. Each star sign developed its own associations and its own characteristics.The Greeks created birth charts and horoscopes to predict the future and explain personalities, preferences, and romantic compatibility. Nowadays, we use star signs in much the same way.
The Twelve Star Signs
To determine your star sign simply look for your date of birth in the chart below. These are the twelve traditional western zodiac signs and the dates they correspond to, with the symbols associated with them.
ZODIAC JEWELLERY SYMBOLS AND SHAPES
January 20 – February 18
These double flowing lines represent water.
February 18 –20 March
This symbol is a simplified version of two fish roped together and swimming in opposite directions.
March 20 – April 20
The traditional Aries star sign is shaped like the rams horns.
April 20 – May 21
The Taurus symbol represents a bull’s head.
May 21 – June 21
The Gemini emblem is the Roman numeral for the number two, symbolising the Gemini twins.
June 21 – 23 July
The sideways claws is the usual symbol for Cancer, the crab.
July 23 – August 23
The symbol for Leo is a simplified lion’s head and tail.
August 23 – September 23
The Virgo motif represents a virginal maiden.
September 23 – October 23
The symbol for Libra takes the shape of scales.
October 23 – November 22
The Scorpio glyph depicts a barbed tail to represent the scorpion.
November 22 – December 22
The Sagittarian symbol is an arrow to depict the bow and arrow of the mythical archer.
December 23 – January 20
The Capricorn symbol shows a simplified sea-goat; a mythical creature said to be half-goat and half-fish.
Our Zodiac Collection
To some, star signs indicate the type of person they are, their quirks and unique character qualities. Wearing your star sign, or that of a loved one, is a simple way to personalise your jewellery. With that in mind we wanted to create a simple and subtle collection that would allow your personality to shine.
Our Zodiac pendants consist of simple organic teardrops of highly polished sterling silver, deeply engraved with your star sign symbol. On the reverse, the name of the star sign is engraved in elegant upper case lettering.
Matching Zodiac bracelets feature the star sign symbol and name engraved on either side of a disc of polished sterling silver, sitting centrally on an adjustable bracelet. The bracelet length can be altered thanks to a sliding adjuster bead.
The simple designs of the Zodiac collection create the perfect pieces to be combined with your other Azendi jewellery. Why not layer your star sign pendant or bracelet with your birthstone?