Astrology dates back 2000 years and is rooted in Babylonian culture. Greeks, Romans, and Arabs adopted it later on. Practitioners studied the lunar cycles, and identified 12 constellations, naming them after specific animals or people. The 12 signs of the zodiac correspond to these constellations. Each sign connects with a specific time period within the calendar year with identifiable personality traits. Individuals born between February 19 and March 20 possess the characteristics of a Pisces, which astrologists consider the most compassionate sign of the zodiac.
Each sign in the zodiac has an archetype, a ruling planet that primarily influences its characteristics. Neptune, also known as the God of the Sea, rules Pisces. Identified with inspiration, psychic intuition, illusion, and dreams, modern astrologists correlate the planet Neptune with all-things spiritual and subtle. Ancient astrologists, who had only identified the existence of five planets--Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn--believed that Jupiter ruled Pisces. For years, scientists claimed that Johann Gottfried Galle first observed Neptune in 1846. However, research now shows that Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei sketched the planet in drawings in 1612.
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