This is Zodiac circle. 

Accepted explanation is that zodiac is a stellar circle which covers an area of the sky that extends approximately 8° north or south (as measured in celestial latitude) of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. 

In Western astrology, and formerly astronomy, the zodiac is divided into twelve signs, each occupying 30° of celestial longitude and roughly corresponding to the constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

The division of the ecliptic into the zodiacal signs originates in Babylonian ("Chaldean") astronomy during the first half of the 1st millennium BC. The zodiac draws on stars in earlier Babylonian star catalogues, such as the MUL.APIN catalogue, which was compiled around 1000 BC. 

Now here is something very interesting. 

The English word zodiac derives from zōdiacus, the Latinized form of the Ancient Greek zōidiakòs kýklos (ζῳδιακός κύκλος), meaning "cycle or circle of little animals". The name reflects the prominence of animals among the twelve signs...

Surprisingly, these animal signs mark important lifecycle events of these animals in Europe

Cancer - marks mating season of European large crabs

Eagle - marks the beginning of the mating period of the Griffon Vultures in Europe and Indian White Backed Vultures in Asia 
Scorpion - marks the time of the year when scorpions "disappear", hide underground from impending cold winter

The scorpion and eagle/vulture also feature prominently on pillar 43 in Göbekli Tepe, meaning that the link between these two symbols already existed at that time...

If this is coincidental, this is a lot of coincidence in one place...

Does anyone realise how important this is? People have forgotten the true meaning of Zodiac: It is a true animal (calendar marker) circle...Not a stellar circle...

And what about the other non animal zodiac signs?

Sagittarius - marks the fur hunting season in Continental Eurasia
Virgo - marks the beginning of the cooling of the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the period dominated by the Earth, Yin (Cold, Dark, Wet), the arrival of the Lady which rides on a lion, rides in chariots pulled by lions or stands or sits between lions
Aquarius - marks the beginning of the snowmelt in Continental Eurasia

How is it possible that this went unnoticed so far?

These animal calendar markers are pretty universal and are found used in the same way (marking the time of the year when the depicted animal mates, gives birth or migrates) all over the world. Since at least Early Neolithic, 10,000BC...

To read more about ancient animal and plant calendar markers, start here…then check the rest of the blog posts related to animal calendar markers I still didn't add to this page, and finally check my twitter threads I still didn't convert to blog post...I am 9 months behind now...

But, the oldest example of the western zodiac, with the above 12 signs, was found in Nakovana cave in Croatia...

The age obtained by the accelerator mass spectrometry is 2217±21 B.P. The calibrated range of two standard deviations is the period between 375 and 204 BC, with an asymmetrical probability distribution leaning towards the 3rd c. BC...That is earlier than the oldest Egyptian example...


  1. Hello, Just found your wonderful site ! I've always wondered why the Zodiac had the symbols it does (also wondered about the naming of the constellations). Fascinating, and answers so many puzzling inscriptions & artifacts. Have you compiled your blogs into any books? Thank you for your independent and innovative thinking.

    1. :) No books yet. Haven't yet thought about it...But if someone offers to publish my texts...Who knows...

    2. You can self-publish on Amazon or Create Space. The book would only get printed when someone buys it. I think you should most definitely do it, I'd buy it!

    3. Thank you. I didn't know you could do it like that. I will definitely look into it

  2. Does this take precession into account? https://www.astro.com/astrology/in_praezession_e.htm

    1. Animal behaviour and climate are not influenced by precession...I am not talking about constellations here at all...

  3. I imagine there must be some connection between Norse Freya who rides a chariot pulled by cats, and Inanna.

    Also, Frey=Silvanus?

    1. Yup...Check this post https://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2019/11/assumption-of-mary.html

  4. I love you so much for making these blog posts, this is super important work in my opinion!!!! Truly hope you make a book some day, but I'm super grateful dor your blog and Twitter threads too

  5. Impressive work! I always wondered why constellations barely look like their zodiac signs. I'm waiting for the book now 😁

  6. You should definitely write a book with lots of pictures.