Dear Students and Friends!

So... what is your Star Sign? Do you follow the horoscope? Do you know what the signs are?... Let's check it out in this ESL practice activity... Have fun!

In Western astrology, astrological signs are the twelve 30º sectors of the ecliptic, starting at the vernal equinox (one of the intersections of the ecliptic with the celestial equator), also known as the First Point of Aries. The order of the astrological signs is Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

The concept of the zodiac originated in Babylonian astrology, and was later influenced by Hellenistic culture. According to astrology, celestial phenomena relate to human activity on the principle of "as above, so below", so that the signs are held to represent characteristic modes of expression, or primary energy patterns indicating specific qualities of experience, through which planets manifest their dimension of experience.

Here is a SET THE SCENE for the activity BBC...

Rob and Neil - a Gemini and a Virgo - discuss the role of astrology in the modern world. Do they read predictions for themselves? Listen to their chat and learn some new vocabulary.
Click on the logo to your right to be redirected to BBC's 6-minute English activity >>

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