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Chartres' Windows' Photos     The Chartres North Rose Window     The Chartres Thomas Becket Window     The Chartres Incarnation Window

 

Zodiacs and monthly activity archivolt sculptures:  Chartres West (Royal) Portal    Chartres North Portal

 

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

Cardinal Virtues and Sins in Western European churches.

 

Back to Main Paradoxplace Chartres Cathedral Page (including other Monthly Activity and Zodiac Links)

 

 

Zodiac Signs and Monthly Activities

Chartres Cathedral South Ambulatory Window (c1217)

 

Where there are two images on the same level, the right one shows the zodiac sign, and the left one the typical activity of that time of year.

 

The central images are split - Zodiac sign on the right, activity on the left.

 

Start reading the window from the bottom

 

 

 

Link to large photos of each of the images in the top half of the window - June to Dacamber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capricorn – December

 

December 22 - January 20

(December 22 - Winter Solstice)

La Capricorne (The Sea Goat)

 

Illustrated by a good solo feast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagittarius – November (mislabelled December)

 

November 23 – December 21

Le Sagitaire (The Archer)

 

Illustrated by an activity deceptively labelled "December" - the pig happily munching acorns is about to be killed for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Scorpio – October

 

October 24 – November 22

Le Scorpion (The Scorpion)

 

Illustrated by pouring (wine, or could it be water?) into a barrel

 

 

 

 

Libra – September

 

September 23 – October 23

(September 23 - Autumn Equinox)

Le Balance (The Scales)

 

Illustrated by treading grapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgo – August

 

August 24 – September 22

La Vierge (The Virgin)

 

Illustrated by threshing grain

 

 

 

 

Leo – July (mislabelled June)

 

July 23 – August 23

Le Lion (The Lion)

 

Illustrated by scything hay

 

 

 

Cancer – June (mislabelled July)

 

June 22– July 22

(June 21 - Summer Solstice)

Le Cancer (The Crab)

 

Illustrated by mowing / cutting (grass)

 

 

 

Link to large photos of each of the images in the bottom half of the window - January to May

 

 

 

 

 

Taurus – April

 

April 21 – May 21

Le Taureau (The Bull)

 

Illustrated by April flowers

 

 

 

 

Gemini – May

 

May 22 – June 21

Les Gιmeaux (The Twins)

 

Illustrated by a knight out hawking

 

 

 

 

Aries – March

 

March 21– April 20

(March 21 - Spring Equinox)

Le Bιlier (The Ram)

 

Illustrated by pruning vines

 

 

 

 

 

Pisces – February

 

February 19 – March 20

Les Poissons (The Fishes)

 

Illustrated by a man warming his feet in front of a fire

 

 

 

 

Aquarius – January

 

January 21 – February 18

Le Verseau (The Water Carrier)

 

Illustrated by 3 faces of the New Year (past present future) - most other examples have two faces - past and future but this is more insightful!

 

 

 

 

Window Donors

 

L - The vine growers

 

R - Count Thibault VI of Champagne, on behalf of Thomas, Count of Perche, killed at the battle of Lincoln, 1217

 

Middle - a bell-ringer and two onlookers

 

 

 

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