This is one of the most beautiful depictions ever of Aries in history.
It is Aries – by Francesco Del Cozza – in 1469. All the symbols are there, the resplendent Ram, the Sun (as the Sun is exalted in Aries) and the red, for Mars. I love how the figure seems to be levitating.
And by Michaelangelo – these Zodiac tiles on the floor of the Basilica Santa Maria converted from being Roman baths in the 1500s. The church and science tried so hard to denounce or destroy astrology but there it was. And, here it is still by the way.
Countless churches have depictions of the zodiac and the old Gods/Goddesses woven into their decor.
The very days of the week are named for the Sun, Moon and inner planets. Words like “jovial” (like Jupiter), mercurial and saturnine linger in our language to describe the temperaments.
Aries in history were usually shown as warriors, because of their rulership by Mars. This lady of Mars, who is clearly meant to be an enlightened being, is unusual. Here are Gemini, Aquarius, Scorpio and Virgo below.
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