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Sun Jul 6, 2014, 09:30 PM

Cosmic Balance: Origin of the Constellation Libra, the Scales


To the earliest stargazers, there was a mysterious line in the sky along which the sun, moon and planets seemed to move: the ecliptic. It has been called by other names such as "the Road of the Sun."

The constellations along the ecliptic are called "the Zodiac," a wide belt of stars running in a complete circle around the sky that was created by the ancients in their effort to find some means of following the movements of the sun, moon and planets. For example, the ringed wonder of the solar system, the planet Saturn is currently located amidst the stars of Libra, the Scales. And of all of the zodiacal constellations, Libra is the only star pattern that does not represent a person or an animal; the only inanimate object among the signs of the Zodiac.


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