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Basilique Ste-Madeleine, Vézelay - West Burgundy

Zodiac Signs and Monthly Activities

 

The zodiac and monthly activity cycle at the Cathédral St-Lazare (Autun, Burgundy)

 

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LINKS TO OTHER BASILIQUE STE-MADELEINE (VÉZELAY) PAGES

 

 

The story of Vézelay and photos from our 2004 visit there

 

 

Vézelay photos from 2007 - main page

 

 

Vézelay's Tympanums and Narthex Sculptures

 

 

Vézelay's Medieval Narrative Capitals

 

 

Labours of the Month and Signs of the Zodiac (this page)

 

 

 

 

 

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Limited edition hard cover coffee table book - the most comprehensive images (including all the Zodiac archivolt) and script - in French with photos in black and white.

 

 

Links to all Paradoxplace pages about medieval illustrations of Labours of the Month, Zodiac Signs,

Cardinal Virtues and Sins in Western European churches.

 

MAP OF BURGUNDY

MAP OF THE FRENCH PILGRIMS' ROADS TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

 

 

 

 

 

The Zodiac signs and monthly activity illustrations start from the bottom left hand side of the middle archivolt, which is at the bottom of this page .....

 

 

 

Harvesting Grapes

 

 

The pig knows what's coming, but the axe man may be wavering ?

 

Sagittarius the Centaur Archer (and life of the party)

 

 

 

 

Harvesting Grapes (above)

 

 

 

Scorpio – October

 

October 24 – November 22

Le Scorpion (The Scorpion)

 

 

 

Killing a Pig

 

 

 

Sagittarius – November

 

November 23 – December 21

Le Sagitaire (The Archer)

 

 

 

Old and New Year (below)

 

 

 

Capricorn – December

 

December 22 - January 20

(December 22 - Winter Solstice)

La Capricorne (The Sea Goat)

 

 

 

Winter (below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Year holds up New Year

 

 

 

Winter sneaks a sideways look at the lintel girl with rolled down top and big .... ears.

The inscription reads "OMNIBUS IN REMBRIS DESIGNAT IMAGO DECEMBRIR"

 

 

 

Storing grain

 

 

 

Libra minus scale arm

 

 

 

Siren

 

 

 

Leo stands over his wimpering man hoofed kill

 

 

detail photos all above

 

Siren

(above)

Leo – July

(above)

 

July 23 – August 23

Le Lion (The Lion)

 

Baling

Virgo – August

 

August 24 – September 22

La Vierge (The Virgin)

 

 

Threshing

Boxing Grain

(above)

Libra – September

(above)

 

September 23 – October 23

(September 23 - Autumn Equinox)

Le Balance (The Scales)

 

 

 

 

                                          Cancer the Crab                      Centre Bird Mandorla         Flexidog with big feet (or impending auto-fellatio)

 

 

 

Gemini Twins                         Scything Hay                          Cancer the Crab

 

 

 

Unhappy (hawkless) hawker

 

 

detail photos above and below

 

Hawkless Hawking

Spring excess 

Gemini – May

 

May 22 – June 21

Les Gémeaux (The Twins)

 

 

Scything Hay warily

Cancer – June

 

June 22– July 22

(June 21 - Summer Solstice)

Le Cancer (The Crab)

 

Summer Bird / Solstice

Acroanimal  

Acrobat

 

and

shown below

Taurus - April

 

April 21 - May 21

Le Taureau (The Bull)

 

 

 

 

Spring Excess and the Gemini Twins

 

 

Taurus the (mer-) Bull

 

 

 

 

Aries – March

 

March 21– April 20

(March 21 - Spring Equinox)

Le Bélier (The Ram)

 

 

 

 

Spring Pruning

 

 

 

 

 

Pisces – February (right)

 

February 19 – March 20

Les Poissons (The Fishes)

 

 

 

 

Disrobing in the warmth (right)

 

 

 

 

Aquarius – January

 

January 21 – February 18

Le Verseau (The Water Carrier)

 

 

 

 

Cutting Bread in January (see below)

 

 

 

 

 

Pisces

 

Disrobing

 

 

 

Pruning Vines in March

 

 

 

Cutting Bread in January

 

 

SCROLL UP FOR ZODIACS AND MONTHLY ACTIVITIES STARTING AT THE BOTTOM IN JANUARY

 

 

Link to the story of Vézelay and photos from our 2004 visit there

 

Link to photos on roman-net

 

The zodiac and monthly activity cycle at the Cathédral St-Lazare (Autun, Burgundy)

 

 

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