The western zodiac was described by Plato in his Timaeus as "a zodiac kuklos, or 'circle of little animals'". He went on to say that "the fixed stars were created to be divine and eternal animals, ever abiding and revolving after the same manner and on the same spot." We astrologers tend to forget the animal spirits of our legacy, and tend to humanize the zodiac. Cultures closer to the Greeks -- the Seleucids, the Chinese, the Hindus, the Persians -- developed beautiful and potent images of the zodiac animals with which they lived daily. Especially in the western world, as humans increasingly justified their existence as the dominant species, our capacity to live in our animal bodies began to wane. We'll take a look at the animal natures of our zodiac -- as well as a glimpse at those of other zodiacs -- and imagine our way into integrating our animal spirits.
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