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Unformatted text preview: The Old Testament also describes Tithing, to give a tenth part of one's income. Twelve and the Zodiac Slide 4-48: Zodiac Pavement Keller, Sharon. The Jews: A Treasury of Art and Literature. NY: Levin Assoc. 1992. p.20 Twelve is one of the big numbers in astrology because twelve complete lunar cycles takes approximately one year. Each month was eventually identified with a sign of the zodiac, which is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia as early as 2000 BC. The Greeks adopted the symbols from the Babylonians and passed them on to the other ancient civilizations. The Egyptians assigned other names and symbols to the zodiacal divisions. The Chinese also adopted the 12-fold division, but called the signs rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, hen, dog, and pig. The Aztecs independently devised a similar system. Twelve thus symbolized a complete cycle ; and twelve was also used to divide the day and also the night....
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