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The Zodiac[1][2] is a symbol associated with Bill Cipher and the symbols surrounding him. It is later revealed that this wheel is a prophecy used to defeat Bill Cipher.

History

The zodiac is quickly flashed at the end of the theme song. When it is shown there is a fast whisper that reveals the code needed to translate the cryptogram seen at the end of the episode.

It is also seen in Journal 2 when Gideon is trying to find out how to summon Bill Cipher. The page in the Journal featuring the zodiac looks different than the page featured in the theme song. Some content on the page is the same, and some is different. The page in the journal contains information regarding Bill Cipher, as well as the zodiac. The author states that he had been dreaming of Bill and the symbol for weeks, and he questions the significance of the symbol.

In "Dreamscaperers," Bill briefly appears encircled in the zodiac before he exits Stan's mind.

In "The Stanchurian Candidate," Gideon draws the Zodiac on the wall of his prison cell in order to summon Bill, so he can make a deal with him.

In "The Last Mabelcorn," a variant of the zodiac is shown.

In "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls," Ford reveals that he found these symbols passed down from the natives of Gravity Falls. When each person that correlates with a symbol stands in a drawn version of this zodiac and they hold hands, it has enough power to defeat Bill Cipher. Though the resistance tries to invoke the zodiac's power, Stan and Ford's animosity prevents them from completing the ritual before Bill finds them.

Appearance

The image flashed at the end of the theme song appears to be drawn on a page from one of the journals. The paper has various symbols, writing, and other content written on it including a phrase which can be deciphered with Caesar cipher and reads "STAN IS NOT WHAT HE SEEMS."

When Bill summons the zodiac it is a bright, glowing blue. A blue light then flickers around the wheel, briefly highlighting each symbol.

Around the circle are ten small images. These images, their placements, and the people or objects they represent include:

  • A pair of glasses: This represents someone who is a scholar, and while Old Man McGucket is the one to stand on the symbol in the finale, it's stated that it has no specific carrier (person). [3]
  • A question mark: Because there is a question mark on Soos's t-shirt, this symbol represents Soos Ramirez.[4]
  • An open bag of ice: Represents someone who is cool in the face of danger, and Wendy is the one to stand on the symbol in the finale, but it is stated that there is no specific carrier.
  • A crescent shaped symbol: Stan Pines[5][1] - Stan's fez.
  • A pine tree: Dipper Pines - Dipper's hat.[4][3][4][3][1]
  • A crossed, five-pointed star with an eyeball in the center: Gideon Gleeful - the Tent of Telepathy symbol seen on the top of the tent and the back of Gideon's cape.[3][1]
  • A hand with six fingers: Ford Pines[6] - Stanford Pines has 6 fingers on him. There are also six fingers as a symbol in the journals.[5][7][1]
  • A llama: There is a llama on one of Mabel's sweaters, which is given to Pacifica Northwest in the finale, who later stands upon the wheel.
  • A shooting star: Mabel Pines - one of Mabel's sweaters.[4] Also the symbol on Mabel's prison bubble.
  • A heart with a stitch in the middle: As seen on his hoodie, this symbolizes Robbie Valentino.

When seen in "The Stanchurian Candidate," there are several differences in Gideon Gleeful's hand drawn version of the zodiac on the wall of his jail cell hidden behind a poster.

In "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls," Ford draws the circle with the symbols in a different order that matches neither the intro/books wheel nor Gideon's - rather, it matches the cave painting he first stumbled on ages ago.

Sightings

Season 1

Season 2

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Trivia

  • In Journal 2, on the page with the cipher, the journal has three exclamation points and an arrow pointing to the glasses symbols.
  • The crescent symbol representing Stan's hat was originally different but it changed when the symbol on Stan's fez changed in Bottomless Pit. However, the symbol on the zodiac as seen in the theme song remains the same.
  • Soos', Robbie's, and Dipper's symbols have all been seen elsewhere. As they are all on articles of clothing, there are other articles of clothing with the same symbols on them.[8][9][10]
  • Several of the symbols on the zodiac can be seen on the infinity sided die.[11]
  • In the episodes "Dreamscaperers," "Sock Opera," "The Last Mabelcorn," and "Weirdmageddon Part 1" Bill calls Dipper, Mabel, Soos, and Ford by their corresponding symbols on the zodiac (pine tree, shooting star, question mark, and six-fingers respectively).
  • In the apocalypse version of the theme song, the image of Bill is ripped out of the page, referencing that Bill is now in the real world.
  • Various symbols from the zodiac are on the flag made by the resistance as they plan to take back Gravity Falls, including the six-fingered hand, the shooting star, the pine tree, and the question mark.
  • The order is different in the zodiac that Gideon drew in "The Stanchurian Candidate."
  • In this image from Dipper's and Mabel's Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun!, every symbol can be seen. (the stitched heart and llama are hard to see, but they're at the bottom of the page. Only the top half of the heart is visible.)
  • Despite some of the symbols being metaphoric (e.g. ice bag and glasses), all of them have been physically seen throughout the series.
  • The symbols are repeatedly used by the characters:
    • The Question Mark was used by Soos as a weapon in Dreamscaperers, and as the basis of his "Questiony the Question Mark."
    • Mabel used a Shooting Star shape to tell Stan she drenched his slippers in milk, drew one on Stan's speech, and has one on her prison bubble. It appears on the Weirdmageddon 2 end card.
    • The Pine Tree was mass produced and appears on the Weirdmageddon 3 end card.
    • Robbie has had his hoodie for ages.
    • The Star is on the end card of The Stanchurian Candidate and most merchandise Gideon makes.
    • The Ice Bag is seen in almost EVERY romantic moment for Wendy.
    • The crescent is used on the Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel logo.
    • The llama was foreshadowed by Wax King Larry. There was also a llama painting in the Northwest Mansion.
    • The cracked glasses technically belong to Ford. McGucket did have cracked glasses before he went insane.
    • The six fingered hand is on each journal, and Ford has his own six fingered gloves.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls." Shion Takeuchi, Mark Rizzo, Jeff Rowe, Josh Weinstein, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Stephen Sandoval (director). Disney XD. February 15, 2016 No. 20, season 2.
  2. Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Disney Book Group. July 26, 2016. Published by Disney Press. Page(s) The Zodiac. ISBN: 978-1484746691.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Ice Man
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Dreamscaperers." Matt Chapman, Tim McKeon, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima, Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. July 12, 2013. No. 19, season 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Braly, Matt (July 31, 2015). Tweet Number 627339203840323585. Retrieved on August 2, 2015.
  6. "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality." Jeff Rowe & Alex Hirsch (writers) & Matt Braly (director). Disney XD. November 26, 2015 No. 19, season 2.
  7. "The Last Mabelcorn." Alex Hirsch (writer) & Matt Braly (director). Disney XD. September 7, 2015. No. 15, season 2.
  8. "Tourist Trapped." Alex Hirsch (writer) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. June 15, 2012. No. 1, season 1
  9. "Scary-oke." Matt Chapman, Jeff Rowe, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Rob Renzetti (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 1, 2014. No. 1, season 2
  10. "Soos and the Real Girl." Mark Rizzo, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Matt Braly (director). Disney XD. September 22, 2014. No. 5, season 2.
  11. "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons." Matt Chapman, Josh Weinstein, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Stephen Sandoval (director). Disney XD. August 3, 2015. No. 13, season 2.

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