About constellation Aries history, we will take a look at chronological account of past events related to Aries. Ptolemy, the great astronomer who lived and worked in Egypt during the Second Century A.D., cataloged this constellation.
In the Almagest, Ptolemy described Alpha Arietis as “the star over the head”; Gamma Arietis as “the more advanced of the two stars on the horn”, while Beta Arietis was “the rearmost of them”.
The Greeks related Aries to the story of the Golden Fleece, the hide of the flying ram that Jason (with the help of his beloved Medea) spirited away from the serpent in the Grove of Aries. This constellation is mentioned in Phaenomena, authored by the Greek poet Aratus, which dates from the Third Century B.C.
Also, Greek astronomer Hipparchus defined the position of the vernal equinox around 130 BC. The zodiac was then taken to start from here, and so the vernal equinox was commonly known as the first point of Aries.
Because of procession, the vernal equinox has moved some 30 degrees since the time of Hipparchus and currently lies in the neighboring constellation Pisces.
The present name of this Zodiac Sign is Roman in origin (Roman mythology having been adopted from that of the Ancient Greeks). This faint and tiny cluster of stars first appeared on monetary coin in 6 A.D. and is believed by some to have been the stellar pattern that the Magi and other astrologers looked to in their search for the Star of Bethlehem, which was foretold in biblical prophiesies and promised to be a sign of the imminent birth of a king.
The symbol of the ram appeared for the first time in Ancient Egypt. It was depicted as the head of Amun, considered to be the leading deity whom all other gods followed. At that time, the head of a goose was also used to represent this Zodiac Sign, and the two symbols were often interchanged.
Chinese astronomers referred to stars Alpha, Beta and Gamma Arietis as Lou, apparently meaning a lasso. Lou was also the name of the 16th lunar mansion. At the time the Chinese constellations were established, the full Moon closest to the autumn equinox lay in Lou. In the north of present-day Aries was a triangle of stars (35, 39 and 41 Arietis) called Wei, referring to a fat stomach. The 17th lunar mansion is named after this group.