The Zodiac Silk Scarf
Throughout history people have shown an interest in the stars. The zodiac signs can be traced to Babylonian days. The ancient synagogue of Beit Alpha had in its center a marvelous mosaic floor with the 12 signs. The floor features the Hebrew names of the zodiac with the names of the Hebrew months. It is referred to as the Zodiac wheel and in Hebrew as galgal mazalot.
Mazal is the sign. Many leading authorities have discussed in various writings such as the Talmud, whether the practice of astrology was prohibited by the Jewish law. The fact remains that in each occasion which calls for celebration, you can hear everyone call out in Hebrew "MAZAL TOV"! (be it in a good sign). This 36x36 hand silk screen scarf design is influenced by the floor from the Byzantine period Beit Alpha Synagogue in Israel. Each mazal is featured with the specific colors associated with it. The name of the mazal appears in English and Hebrew. Each Hebrew month appears in the corresponding mazal. A tree progressing through the four seasons shows the constant flow of life.