The Signs Of The Zodiac



Who knows how many thousand years ago
The twelve-fold Zodiac was made to show
The course of stars above and men below?

The great sun plows his furrow by its “lines”:
From all its “houses” mystic meaning shines:
Deep lore of life is written in its “signs.”

Aries ~ Sacrifice

Snow-white and sacred is the sacrifice
That Heaven demands for what our heart doth prize:
The man who fears to suffer, ne’er can rise.

Taurus ~ Strength

Rejoice, my friend, if God has made you strong:
Put forth your force to move the world along:
Yet never shame your strength to do a wrong.

Gemini ~ Brotherhood

Bitter his life who lives for self alone,
Poor would he be with riches and a throne:
But friendship doubles all we are and own.

Cancer ~ The Wisdom of Retreat

Learn from the crab, O runner fresh and fleet,
Sideways to move, or backward, when discreet;
Life is not all advance,–sometimes retreat!

Leo ~ Fire

The sign of Leo is the sign of fire.
Hatred we hate: but no man should desire
A heart too cold to flame with righteous ire.

Virgo ~ Love

Mysterious symbol, words are all in vain
To tell the secret power by which you reign,
The more we love, the less we can explain.

  Libra ~ Justice

Examine well the scales with which you weigh;
Let justice rule your conduct every day;
For when you face the Judge you’ll need fair play.

Scorpio ~ Self-Defense

There’s not a creature in the realm of night
But has the wish to live, likewise the right:
Don’t tread upon the scorpion, or he’ll fight.

Sagittarius ~ The Archer

Life is an arrow, therefore you must know
What mark to aim at, how to use the bow,–
Then draw it to the head and let it go!

Capricorn ~ The Goat

The goat looks solemn, yet he likes to run,
And leap the rocks, and gambol in the sun:
The truly wise enjoy a little fun.

Aquarius ~ Water

“Like water spilled upon the ground,”–alas,
Our little lives flow swiftly on and pass;
Yet may they bring rich harvests and green grass!

Pisces ~ The Fishes

Last of the sacred signs, ye bring to me
A word of hope, a word of mystery,–
We all are swimmers in God’s mighty sea.


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