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Totem group – Picts – Sign of Zodiac - Fox



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The name given by modern day archaeologists to this symbol is ‘fox’, and indeed it does look like a fox.   It was a Totem animal.


Pictish stones were used as signposts.  They described in pictures the sacred site to which the pilgrim was being directed, they gave directions in which it was to be found and they gave the constellations that could be used for navigation by the stars.  Every constellation has a symbol and each picture of the symbol then maps onto the constellation.  

Despite considerable searching we could find no modern day constellations that had been mapped onto this Totem animal, as such although it will be a Sign of the Zodiac, by definition, it is a Sign without any modern day equivalent constellation.   In effect, the system used by the Picts was different to the present day one.

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