Contributed by James Hirlehey
There is evidence for the practice of
Astrology as far back as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. From here the
practice was exported to Greece, and later adopted by the Romans and
used throughout their empire. The Greek version of Astrology is the
foundation of the system used in the West today. It used the
paradigm of the Greek mythology in order to describe the aspects of
Which Greek myth is associated with
your sign and what characteristics might you share?
Aries – Ares, God of War
Ares was the
Greek god of war, son of Zeus and Hera and brother to Athena. The
Greeks used Ares and Athena to represent the two sides of war:
Athena strategy and discipline, Ares chaos and destruction. Ares was
thought as spontaneous and daring, but also impatient and blood
thirsty, often leaving pain and destruction in his wake.
Are you bold and impulsive, often acting
without thinking of the consequences of your actions on others?
Taurus – Cerus the Bull
According to the
myth there was a mighty bull named Cerus that caused havoc and
destruction around some villages. Cerus allowed his emotions to
decide how he behaved, which left him uncontrollable. One day Cerus
met Persephone, goddess of Spring and the Underworld, who was able
to communicate with him and taught Cerus how to calm his emotions
and use his strength for good.
Do you have strong emotions that you find
difficult to control?
Gemini – Castor and Pollux
Castor and Pollux
are the famous twins of Greek myth. While the twins had the same
mother, Leda, they had different fathers, Castor’s father being the
kind of Sparta, and Pollux’s Zeus, king of the gods. Both heroic
figures, they had many adventures together, but eventually they came
up against a foe they could not defeat, and while Pollux survived
since as the son of Zeus he was immortal, Castor died. Devastated by
the loss of his twin Pollux asked Zeus to kill him, but instead Zeus
made Castor immortal so that they could continue their adventures
Are bravery and loyalty some of the
qualities you hold in high esteem?
Cancer – Crios, Guardian of the Sea Nymphs
Crios was a giant
crab responsible for guarding the sea nymphs in Poseidon’s kingdom.
He was large and strong, and blessed by Poseidon with the gift of
immortality. When Poseidon went into hiding because of Typhoid’s
attack on the Olympians, he asked Crios to look after his daughters
as well. But Crios did his job too well and Poseidon’s daughters
became restless with their lack of freedom and escaped. Unable to
abandon his other charges he asked a giant squid for help locating
the daughters – the Squid located them, but then ate them. The Squid
lied to Crios and said that he could not find the daughters, but
Crios knew immediately that he was lying, and a battle ensued. Crios
won, but was severely crippled, a pain he had to live for forever as
Are you protective to a fault and can you
spot a liar?
Leo – The Nemean Lion of Hercules
As one of his 12
trials Hercules was charged with bringing the skin of the Nemean
Lion to King Eurystheus. The lion was large and strong with an
impenetrable pelt, and it took Hercules many attempts to slay the
Lion, eventually killing it by clubbing it on the head and then
strangling it. He still needed to remove the pelt, which again took
many attempts because the pelt was impenetrable. Hercules eventually
realised that the only way to remove the pelt was with the Lion’s
Are you thick skinned, and is the person
in your life that hurts you the most you?
Virgo – Persephone, Goddess of the Harvest and the
When the goddess
Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld, her
mother was so sad that she deliberately caused the harvest to fail.
As a consequence, Persephone was allowed to return to the Earth for
six months each year to help her mother with the harvest – from
March to August, the same months that her constellation is visible.
Persephone has two distinct sides, she is both nurturing, bringing
the harvest to fruition, but also has a more serious side as queen
of the underworld. It was thought that this serious side helped
Persephone to nurture, as by being contained and self-sufficient,
she was fulfilled within herself, which allowed her to nurture
Are you individualistic and
self-sufficient, but still nurturing and caring?
Libra – Astraea,
Astraea was known
as a virgin goddess of justice that served as a caretaker of
humanity, hence the scales of justice found within Libra. Astraea is
also known as the last immortal and is said to have lived among
humans before eventually leaving because she was disgusted by
humanity’s wickedness and brutality. As such Astraea represented
both the light of justice and the darkness of chaos.
Can you keep the light and darkness within
yourself in balance and not give in to the chaos around you?
Scorpio – Scorpio, Slayer of Orion
According to myth
Orion, son of Poseidon, was a great hunter, but also extremely
boastful, in a way that irritated the other gods. Apollo and Gaia
got so annoyed that they made a giant scorpion called Scorpio that
would hunt the hunter. Hearing about this plan Orion fled, but
Scorpio pursued him relentlessly and eventually killed Orion.
Do you tenaciously pursue your goals?
Sagittarius – Crotus the Musical Satyr
Son of Eupheme
and Pan, Crotus lived with the muses on Mount Helicon. He had the
legs and horns of a goat and the torso and head of a human and was a
skilled hunter and musician. He is credited with inventing both the
bow and applause as a means of showing appreciation. Crotus was
devoted to the art of the muses.
Art you a creative person who also knows
how to show gratitude?
– Pricus the Sea Goat
Pricus was the
father of all sea goats, which have the head of a goat and the tail
of a fish and are extremely intelligent and can think and speak. He
was created by Kronus, god of time, and is both immortal and had the
ability to control time. The children of Pricus were drawn to the
land and would crawl onto shore where they would eventually lose
their fish tales as well as the ability to think and speak. This
upset Pricus, who continually turned back time in an attempt to
convince his children not to venture onto land, only to fail each
time. Eventually he despaired and asked Kronus to grant him death
rather than live without his children. Instead Kronus placed him in
the stars where he could continue to watch over his children.
Are you always trying to control the world
Aquarius – Ganymede, Consort of Zeus
regarded as the most handsome young man in Troy. A shepherd, one day
he was tending his sheep and Zeus saw the young man and thought him
so attractive that he decided to take him as his lover (a normal
practice at the time). Taking the form of an eagle Zeus snatched
Ganymede and took him to Mount Olympus where he becomes the god’s
lover and cup bearer, essentially Zeus’ slave. Unhappy with the
situation Ganymede decides to pour out all the ambrosia, wine and
water of the gods, causing immense storms and a great flood on
Earth. Initially angry, Zeus soon realised that this was a result of
his treatment of Ganymede and made him immortal as the constellation
Do you often react without considering the
consequences of your actions?
Pisces – Pisces,
Aphrodite’s fish guides
Typhon threatens the Greek gods on Mount Olympus, causing them to
abandon their home. As Typhon approaches their home, Aphrodite and
her son Eros decide that they needed to escape. At this time they
meet two fish, so the two gods turn themselves into fish and
followed the other two fish to safety.
Are you a generous person who often
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