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Many across the globe never forget to check their zodiac horoscopes almost on a daily basis to know what’s in store for them for particular day! But have you ever wondered where the scheme order of zodiac signs came from, why are specific symbols used to represent a particular zodiac sign, or what’s the story behind the twelve zodiac signs? There are countless legends and myths related to zodiac signs. In fact, one would find various versions of such stories in different parts of the world. Here’s a little smattering on some of the most popular stories about the twelve animals in the zodiac calendar.

Aries: March 21st - April 20th

The first sign of Zodiac, Aries is represented by a Ram. According to legends and myths of the Golden Fleece, a ram was presented to Phrixus and Helle by Nephele. And the pair fled across the sea on the back of the ram to escape the wrath of Hera. Helle fell off the ram while escaping and was drowned to death but Phrixus was able to make it safely in Colchis. Upon arrival in Colchis, he sacrificed the ram to Zeus, the famous Greek God. Zeus later placed the Ram in the constellations.

Taurus: April 21st - May 21st
The second sign of Zodiac calendar, Taurus is represented by a bull. Legend has it that Taurus is represented by the same snow white Bull that carried Europe across the sea to Crete. It is believed that the bull was actually Zeus in disguise. Europe later bore him three children namely, Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon. Minos eventually became Crete’s King and his beloved queen, Pasiphaë bore him a bull-headed son called the Minotaur. Minotaur was eventually butchered by Theseus in the Labyrinth.

Gemini: May 22nd - June 21st
The third and significant sign of Zodiac calendar, Gemini is represented as two children. However, Arabs portray the sign as two peacocks. Greek myth has it that two twins are Castor and Pollux. These twins were inseparable and are still worshiped as gods by sailors and seamen as they believe them to bring favorable winds for smooth sailing.