Seafood, meat, and us: it’s written in the stars. Well, not exactly, but fish and livestock have been a part of lives for so long that we’ve named some of the constellations after them. Not only do we look at a bunch of stars in the night sky and see a similarity between their patterns and the shapes of a few aquatic and farm animals but we also attach certain attributes associated with those animals to people born under those groups of stars, known as constellations.
Whether or not you are one those people who reads their daily horoscope in the newspaper every morning, you are likely to find this post that looks at zodiac signs symbols that are inspired by seafood and livestock quite interesting.
(December 22 – January 20)
|Capricorn: symbolised by a sea-goat.|
Capricornus in Latin means ‘horned goat’. What is unique about this sign’s symbol is that the head and the upper body of the animal is that of a mountain goat while the lower part is that of a fish. One could say, it is a sort of a sea-goat. Like a mountain goat, discipline, ambition, tenaciousness, and balance are characteristic of Capricornians. The fish part of the symbol is supposed to reflect passion and intuition which is in contrast with their goat nature. Since this post is being made in January, we would like to wish all our sea-goat friends a happy birthday!
(February 19 – March 20)
|Pisces: symbolised by fish.|
Pisces, the Latin word for fishes, is the final sign of the Zodiac. Legend has it, Aphrodite and her son Eros turned into fish to flee from the monster Typhon. According to another Greek myth, two fish helped Aphrodite and Eros escape from Typhon. Basically, two fishes are always a part of this story and the Pisces symbol is representative of this tale. Fish also represents the character traits that people born under this sign are considered to have like moving forward with the flow. While the fish facing in opposite directions is symbolic of the duality of their nature. Also, considering that this is a water sign, fish seems like the ideal symbol for it.
(June 22 – July 22)
|Cancer: symbolised by crab.|
Cancer is the Latin word for a crab. This water sign also gets its name and symbol from a Greek myth. As per the myth, the Queen of Heaven, Hera took the help of a crab to assist Hydra in his battle against Hercules. Although the crab was killed by Hercules, Hera rewarded the crab by placing it in the sky to form the constellation Cancer. Cancerians are thought to be moody, and like crabs, tend to crawl back into their shells when they are not in the best of moods.
(Years of the Rooster: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029)
|Rooster: symbolised by rooster.|
The Chinese zodiac has a total of 12 animals, one animal assigned to each year of the twelve-year zodiac cycle. One of these animals happens to be the rooster. People born in the year of the rooster (as per the Chinese lunar calendar) are supposed to be popular and tend enjoy the limelight- a bit like the rooster who seeks everyone’s attention at the break of dawn with his cock-a-doodle-doo. 2017 is the year of the rooster! As per the Chinese calendar, 2017 begins on 28th January. Go ahead and look up what the year of the rooster has in store for you based on your Chinese zodiac.
Native American Zodiac
(July 22 – August 21)
|Salmon: symbolised by salmon.|
Like other cultures, Native Americans also have their own form of astrology which uses different animals for representing different zodiacs. Of the twelve animals that feature in their zodiac cycle, the one of interest to us is the salmon. The salmon, as we know, swims against the current of the flow when it is time for it to lay eggs. People born under the salmon sign display the same sort of willingness to go against the odds when they truly want to achieve something.
Page of Cups
Tarot Card Reading
Page of Cups: symbolised by a fish in a cup.
Although tarot cards work a little differently from zodiac signs, they serve the same purpose, which is to predict the future. What’s more, they too use symbolism to convey their message. And, just like zodiac signs, they feature fish and farm animals. One of the cards in the deck is the Page of Cups. In this card, a young man dressed in royal attire stands by the seashore with a golden cup in his hand from which a fish seems to be jumping out.In your tarot reading, the appearance of this card means that you are likely to find inspiration from unexpected sources. The presence of the fish in the cup represents the surprise element.
Tarot Card Reading
|The Moon: symbolized by a lobster in water.|
In this card, a dog and a wolf are howling at the moon, and a lobster is seen emerging out of water. They are all facing two towers. As far as symbolism is concerned, the wolf and the dog are the tamed and untamed aspects our nature, while water is considered to represent the subconscious and the crustacean crawling out of water can be interpreted as the emergence of consciousness. Deep, right? Seems like the right note to end this New Year’s post on.
As we’ve seen in before, meat, crustaceans, fish and chicken are visible in all forms of art, understandably so, hence it is no wonder that they should also be a part of our fortune-telling. To us, they represent so many traits, ideas and qualities that we continue to find them to be effective symbols.
– The Fishvish Team