A Miniature Sheet consisting of 12 nos of commemorative postage stamps on Hindu Astrology – Zodiac Signs and Elements :
Issued by India
Issued on Apr 14, 2010
Issued for : Without any partisanship on the veracity or otherwise of astrology and the occult arts, the Department of Posts offers a set of stamps on zodiac astrological signs, along with a miniature sheet.
Design : The designs of the stamps are rooted in Indian folk art and depict the 12 zodiac signs – against four base colours which reflect the elements of earth, air, fire and water. The miniature sheet is based on the format of a horoscope, a different version of which is also reflected on the First Day Cover, each of the four reflecting a different element.
We hope this set delights collectors as well as the casual customers of stamps – as much as it has made the Department of Posts happy to present this Special Set.
Miniature Sheet, Stamp & FDC : Bharti Mirchandani
Cancellation & Brochure Cover : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise each
Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million each
Miniature Sheets : 0.8 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- The occult has always held a fascination for the human mind. Whether it is deemed an art or a mathematically accurate science, the fascination remains. We always wonder what are the basic characteristics we possess and what we reveal to the world, and many of us would like to know what the future holds for us. From the days of Vedic astrology and the Delphic Oracle to current days, we have an inherent curiosity about ourselves, our past and future. If the current newspapers, magazines and the media are anything to go by, the interest in astrology and the occult is decidedly on the rise.
- Many countries and schools of thought have their own set of symbols, signs and significant methods of assessing a person or predicting an event. The twelve zodiac signs are represented by figures and symbols and associated with constellations and planets and their old Greek, or Roman or Indian legends. Lunar signs are also followed by some systems. Nostradamus is still studied, while another group questions the veracity of his predictions. The Chinese calendar draws up its projections on the basis of a sixty year cycle, where each year of twelve year cycle is represented by an animal, including the mythical dragon, and combined with the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The Runes and I-Ching provide yet another method of prediction, while Tarot cards, often used for meditation, have today become an instrument for prediction.