Few of the groups of stars that form constellations look much like the objects they represent. Much imagination is needed to see the 'pictures' seen by those gazing at the skies so many years ago. As the earth moves around the sun in its yearly cycle, the sun appears to 'move' through the constellations. The path is known as the ecliptic. The constellations along the ecliptic were given special significance, and became known as the 'signs of the zodiac'.
In antiquity the beginning of the year was reckoned from the start of spring, called the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox and the autumnal equinox are the two days each year when day and night are equal in length. The constellation through which the sun is passing at the time of vernal equinox changes slowly with the centuries, and therefore the stars associated with the season of spring also change slowly. In the time of Hipparchus the sun was in Aries at the time of vernal equinox; today it is in Pisces, but will soon move into Aquarius (hence we are now at the 'dawning of the age of Aquarius'). From tablets found in the Euphrates valley, we find they started the year when the sun was in the constellation Taurus, the 'Bull in Front'. If the sun was in Taurus at vernal equinox when the constellation was named, the date would have been about 2450 BC!
'Arrows of hate have been shot at me too, but they have never hit me, because somehow they belonged to another world with which I have no connection whatsoever.'