Kirill Simin - Digital Art - Zodiac

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September 25, 2013 - "Zodiac"

Aries is first sign of the Zodiac. It is a cardinal fire sign. Cardinal signs are responsible for change, for beginning and initiating. Fire signs are responsible for action and physical deeds.

Aries is associated with a strong explosive beginning force and taking charge in action. The painting features the ram (traditional symbol of the sign) by himself signifying number one and the beginning of the cycle. The rays of the rising sun (also symbolizing the beginning) behind are formed with the traditional glyph for Aries. The halo around the sun shows the zodiac circle. The ruling planet Mars and the actual constellation of Aries are visible in the sky. Among the sparkles radiating from the ram, the symbol for mars is also embedded.
Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac. It is a fixed earth sign. Fixed signs are responsible for keeping the balance of the status-quo and for improving what's already there. Earth signs are responsible for material possessions, productivity and tangible results.

Taurus is associated with material stability and growth. The painting features the bull (traditional symbol of Taurus) in a luscious and rich natural environment, signifying passion for life and the ability to steadily enjoy it. Venus, the ruling planet, is rising in the background, where the actual constellation and the symbol for Venus are also visible. The traditional glyph for Taurus can be found in the tree on the right side.
Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac. It is a mutable air sign. Mutable signs are responsible for learning new things and adapting to the situation. Air signs are responsible for communication, learning, and connecting people and things.

Gemini is associated with quick learning abilities and the rapid sharing of information. The painting features two monkeys (traditionally portrayed as twins for the symbol of Gemini) playing with books. The ruling planet Mercury is visible in the clouds. Two birds signify the fact that Gemini is an air sign and also repeat the duality inherent in the symbol. The glyph for Gemini is formed by the columns, converging into the distance. The constellation and the symbol for Mercury are engraved on the pedestal in front of the columns.
Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. It is a cardinal water sign. Cardinal signs are responsible for change, for beginning and initiating. Water signs are responsible for emotions, human feelings, sensitivity, dreams, and hopes.

Cancer is associated with the family and motherhood. The painting features hermit crabs (traditional symbol for Cancer) away from a big city to depict the symbolism of family in the Cancer sign. Its ruling planet, the Moon, the planet of emotion, is in the sky and also decorates the branches of the tree. The tree is also a symbol for life and the branches symbolize family. The actual constellation of Cancer is visible in the sky, and the symbol for Cancer is formed by the clouds underneath the Moon.
Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac. It is a fixed fire sign. Fixed signs are responsible for keeping the balance of the status-quo and for improving what's already there. Fire signs are responsible for action, physical deeds.

Leo is associated with creativity, luxury and child-like play. The painting features a lion (traditional symbol of the sign) resting among toys and objects of art. The setting is a surreal stage, as Leo is also associated with exuberance and self-expression. The ruling planet, the Sun, is visible in the sky, as well as the actual constellation of Leo. The glyph is embedded in the burning sun.
Virgo is the sixth sign of the Zodiac. It is a mutable earth sign. Mutable signs are responsible for learning new things and adapting to the situation. Earth signs are responsible for material possessions, productivity and tangible results.

Virgo is associated with organization and control of information and language. It is also associated with hard work. The painting features a girl (traditional symbol for Virgo) in a city made up of filing cabinets and books to depict categorization. The map on the ground also points to meticulous ordering of the world around her. The girl is bigger than the cars around her to signify the control that Virgo carries. She holds a balloon that is the planet Mercury, the ruling planet, and it is also hovering in the sky. The constellation of Virgo is neatly arranged in the windows of a high-rise building. The glyph is visible on the street sign on the right.
Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac. It is a cardinal air sign. Cardinal signs are responsible for change, for beginning and initiating. Air signs are responsible for communication, learning, and connecting people and things.

Libra is the oposite of Aries and is associated with "two", close romantic or one-on-one relationships, bringing harmony of conversation into communication and refined taste. The painting features two people walking down a beach during sunset (Libra is associated with sunset). Each one of them is caring water buckets that resemble scales. Rulling planet Venus is up in the sky, the actual constellation of Libra is also visible in the left upper corner. The glyph for libra is hovering on the horizon made out of clouds.
Scorpio is the eighth sign of the Zodiac. It is a fixed water sign. Fixed signs are responsible for keeping the balance of the status-quo and improving what's already there. Water signs are responsible for emotions, human feelings, sensitivity, dreams, and hopes.

Scorpio is associated with power, intensity, death, rebirth, transformation, and hidden meaning. The painting features the scorpion as the symbol of the sign, creating statues of Hades and Ares (Pluto and Mars are the ruling planets of the sign). Hot boiling geyser is indicating the intense nature of this water sign. A supernova is exploding in the left part of the sky symbolizing transformation and rebirth. The actual constellation and the glyph for Scorpio are visible in the stars.
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the Zodiac. It is a mutable fire sign. Mutable signs are responsible for learning new things and adapting to the situation. Fire signs are responsible for action, physical deeds.

Sagittarius is associated with expanse, yearning, travelling, goals, luck, justice and the big picture. The painting features a Centaur, the traditional symbol for Sagittarius. The Centaur is shooting an arrow (sagittal is arrow in Latin) through a door into another world, indicating travel and the breadth of perspective. A building resembling a courthouse is visible inside. Jupiter is the ruling planet of the sign, dominating the sky. The actual constellation appears inside the floating door.
Capricorn is the tenth sign of the Zodiac. It is a cardinal earth sign. Cardinal signs are responsible for change, for beginning and initiating. Earth signs are responsible for material possessions, productivity and tangible results.

Capricorn is associated with time, metal, hard work, organization, structure, achievement, and reaching for new heights. The painting features mountain goats climbing up a rocky incline embedded with an industrial structure. The ruling planet Saturn is visible in the sky. The symbol for Capricorn appears in the upper right hand corner as cracks in the mountain. The symbol for Saturn as well as the actual constellation can also be found in the painting.
Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. It is a fixed air sign. Fixed signs are responsible for keeping the balance of the status-quo and for improving what's already there. Air signs are responsible for communication, learning, and connecting people and things.

Aquarius is associated with innovation, width of perspective, humanitarianism, future and freshness. Aquarius is a special sign for astrologers. It represents astrology itself and contains within itself the contradiction between tradition and innovation. The painting features a storm in the mountains (water pouring down) instead of the traditional water bearer (person with a jug) to show this innovative approach while keeping traditional meanings. Both ruling planets, Saturn (traditional) and Uranus (new astrology) are visible in the sky. The constellation, and the symbol for the sign are also embedded in the painting.
Pisces is the last and the twelfth sign of the Zodiac. It is a mutable water sign. Mutable signs are responsible for learning new things and adapting to the situation. Water signs are responsible for emotions, human feelings, sensitivity, dreams, and hopes.

Pisces is associated with compassion, depth, understanding, sacrifice, imagination, contradictions, forgiveness, and music. The painting features two fish (traditional symbol of the sign) swimming in two different directions, and creating a swirl inside a glass. Ruins in the distance symbolize the end of the cycle; the statue of Poseidon with the trident feature the symbol for Neptune, Pisces ruling planet. The constellation and the symbol for the sign are also visible in the piece.

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