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West Zodiac & Monthly Labours Door

Chartres Cathedral - 1100s


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The archivolts of the north door in the west portal have zodiac signs and labours of the month as described in the table below.  Start at the bottom outer right and go to the centre, then restart at the bottom inner right, then move to the bottom inner left and finally the bottom outer left. 


The signs of the elusive Pisces and the shielded Gemini Twins are to be found in the inner archivolt of the south door (photo on right) because there was no room in the north!


The descriptions and months for the activities used below are taken from the cathedral guide.











Outer Left Archivolt



Inner Left Archivolt



Inner Right Archivolt



Outer Right Archivolt



Virgo – August


August 24 – September 22

La Vierge (The Virgin)



Gemini – May

Located next to the left base of the inner archivolt of the south door

May 22 – June 21

Les Gιmeaux (The Twins)


Pisces – February

Located at the left base of the inner archivolt of the south door

February 19 – March 20

Les Poissons (The Fishes)



Sagittarius – November


November 23 – December 21

Le Sagitaire (The Archer)



September Grape Treading



June mower



March Pruning



December Feast



Leo – July


July 23 – August 23

Le Lion (The Lion)



Taurus – April


April 21 – May 21

Le Taureau (The Bull)



Aquarius – January


January 21 – February 18

Le Verseau (The Water Carrier)



Scorpio – October


October 24 – November 22

Le Scorpion (The Scorpion)



August Wheat Threshing



May Falconer



February Foot Warming by the Fire



November Pig Killing



Cancer – June


June 22– July 22

(June 21 - Summer Solstice)

Le Cancer (The Crab)



Aries – March


March 21– April 20

(March 21 - Spring Equinox)

Le Bιlier (The Ram)



Capricorn – December


December 22 - January 20

(December 22 - Winter Solstice)

La Capricorne (The Sea Goat)



Libra – September


September 23 – October 23

(September 23 - Autumn Equinox)

Le Balance (The Scales)



July Harvesting



April blossoms



January Two-Head



October Acorn Gathering





February Foot Warming and November Pig Killing




Capricorn the Sea Goat and Libra (without scales now)





September Grape Treading




December Feast




May Falconer




Scorpio - October








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