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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.

 

 

LINK TO CHARTRES ZODIAC WINDOW

 

LINK TO CHARTRES ZODIAC NORTH PORTAL DOOR

 

 

 

 

 

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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