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.