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Scorpio & Orion, Zodiacal Mythology

In honor of the Scorpio season which started very recently, this week’s article will be about the mythology of Scorpio! Ironically, the origin of Scorpio doesn’t involve much of the Scorpion. The primary focus of the story is Orion and his battle with the Scorpion.

Orion and Scorpio

Orion is considered to be the greatest hunter, just short of the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis. Many of the stories suggest he is the son of Poseidon who blessed him with great strength and prowess. As a result of his skill, he would often boast about his accomplishments to other gods. In addition, the goddess Eos fell in love with Orion, only increasing the number of things to boast about. Personally, this story paints the image of a football quarterback for me.

Eventually, Orion’s behavior was too much for the other gods to handle. This is where the story diverges a little. In one telling of the story, Apollo (brother of Artemis) and Gaia (mother of earth) plan to have Orion killed for saying he will kill every animal on the planet. In another telling, Hera has Orion killed because of his rude behavior towards her. Either way, this is where Scorpio enters the story.

Scorpio is a giant, poisonous scorpion. He was created for the sole purpose of fighting Orion. Being the great hunter he is, Orion is actually able to kill Scorpio but the poison from its sting kills him after the fact. Feeling sad for the death of his nephew, as well as recognizing the effort of Scorpio, Zeus places both of them in the sky as constellations. However, he put him 180 degrees apart so they wouldn’t continue fighting. This makes Scorpio visible during the fall/winter and Orion visible during spring/summer.

Lessons from Scorpio

This is one of the shorter stories but there is still a lot of substance. Despite Scorpio being the zodiac sign, it is really Orion who symbolizes the qualities of Scorpio. Enchanting a goddess, stealthily hunting prey and soaring to great heights are incredibly scorpionic.

The first of these, enchanting Eos, is symbolic of the sexual energy bestowed upon Scorpio placements. Anyone who is familiar with astrology knows Scorpio is considered to be magnetically attractive. This is because of the natural rulership of the 8th house which relates to sex. It is very rare for any of the goddesses to be swooned by another. Even Zeus who represents the divine masculine often ends up with mortal women. Infatuating a goddess is a sure marker for potent sexual energy.

The connection to being a hunter signifies another aspect of Scorpio: Secrecy. Hunting is not a matter of beating your chest and appearing stronger. It requires stealth, subtle movements and concentration. Scorpio is known for its ability to deceive others. This is rarely counted in their favor, but it does serve them in achieving their goals.

The last of these, wanting to kill every animal, is symbolic of their ambition and tendency towards destruction. Scorpios are drawn to power because of their modern ruler, Pluto. This is also what connects them to death because to create something new something old must be destroyed. I believe the desire to kill every animal is very symbolic of these potent energies. It would actually be counterproductive for a hunter to kill every animal. Which tells us this is a part of their darker ambitions than an actual desire to do harm to others.

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Orion and Mars

The symbols in this story also allude to Scorpios traditional ruler, Mars. Mars is the fighting spirit of an individual. Mars shows how one takes action, asserts their will on others, deals with confrontation and moves towards their goals. Orion expresses Martian energy at every turn in the story. He is an incredibly ambitious hunter. Hunting for him is not sport but also a way to show his status within Olympus. Even more, there is already a Goddess of the Hunt. It’s a clear example of someone trying to one-up another person solely for their own ego.

With that, there is a lot of ego surrounding Orion’s behavior. He constantly starts fights with other gods, brags about how great he is, and does things simply for the praise from others. The Sun represents the ego, but Mars is often responsible for conflicts resulting from ego. 

Ultimately, his own behavior is what brought his fall. If Orion was less concerned with proving he was better than others, he likely would not have been killed by Scorpio. This presents Scorpio as death, the great equalizer. No matter how great we are in life, everyone dies. Our actions can either support life or cause us to come to a quick demise. This theme of “being knocked down a peg” relates to Scorpio as the sign is often caught in power struggles with others. 

Ending the Cycle

The main theme of Scorpio is reincarnation. Fortunately, the more our souls live through this cycle, the more we seem to get exhausted by it. This is why “old souls” tend to turn towards spirituality as a way to remove their karma and be at peace with the world. Astrology is the key to understanding our karma and aids us in our journey of self healing. The first step is to become aware of ourselves so we know what needs to be addressed.

This is where hiring a personal astrologer comes in handy! Knowing how to read and interpret natal charts is more than just googling your signs. It takes experience and knowledge of many different working parts. As an astrologer, I always work to make my services of use to people who are truly dedicated to healing. Check out my Services tab for my current offers. I hope you enjoy a very spooky Halloween and I look forward to speaking with you!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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How to Use Moon Cycles for Shadow Work

In honor of the Full Moon later this week and the workshop I hosted this past Sunday on Lunar Cycles, this week we are diving into the mysticism surrounding the Moon!

The Moon is revered by many ancient cultures. Only monotheistic religions do not represent a moon goddess. This article touches on various connections the Moon has to astrology, but also to our daily lives and energetic states.

The Moon is the Divine Feminine

Many ancient cultures, and even some modern ones, worship the Moon as a symbol of the Divine Feminine. There are many connections between the Moon and the feminine. One of the major connections is its influences on a woman’s menstruation cycle. Each of the four major moon phases (New, Waxing, Waning, and Full) are expressed as stage of menstruation. It is not uncommon for women in proper hormonal balance to have their cycle connect to the lunar cycle within a few days. 

This is further extended in the Wiccan representation of The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone. She is essentially a goddess with three forms. Each form makes a connection to feminine archetypes.

The Maiden is an expression of the New Moon. She is innocent, pure and blossoming into womanhood. We could liken her to qualities of Virgo, who is a representation of purity. The second phase is The Mother and represents the nurturing qualities of women. She is connected to the full moon and is depicted as a pregnant woman. The rulership of the Moon belongs to Cancer, another representation of the nurturing feminine.

Lastly, we have The Crone, who represents the intuitive and wise feminine energy. She is connected to the waning moon phase and is nearing the end of life. She will be reborn again in the new moon phase and the cycle will start anew. Scorpio represents this process of rebirthing.

The Moon and the Mind

In astrology, the Moon influences our emotional states. By extension of our holistic existence, these emotions can also influence how we think. Have you ever been triggered by an event which made you upset, then you started to have angry thoughts because of it? Then your angry thoughts made you feel more upset? This is just one way of how our emotions influences our mind.

Going deeper, the Moon impacts our subconscious mind. This is where the mythology of the werewolf and even the word ‘lunatic’ comes from. The etymology of lunatic literally means to be ‘moon sick’ or ‘a sickness which is influenced by the stages of the moon’.

During a Full Moon, the consciousness enhancing qualities of the Sun affect our subconscious mind. This results in an expression of our shadow self, also commonly associated with our lower desires. The symbol of a man turning into an animal is representative of the higher mind succumbing to the desires of the animal body. In pretty much every werewolf story, all they do under a full moon is ravenously eat and/or kill.

If you ask a first responder what is the busiest day of the month for them, they will almost universally respond “the night of a full moon”. This connection between our animal nature and the influence of the moon is eye opening. Humans will not literally turn into a hairy beast. Acting in ways which serve our ego is much more likely.

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Integrating Lunar Energy

In light of everything mentioned, the Moon brings an amazing opportunity for growth. The Moon changes zodiac signs roughly every 2 ½ days. Which means we are constantly integrating emotional states and experiences. Water moons feel emotions more deeply. Airs moons often need to intellectualize their emotions. Fire moons react impulsively and Earth moons are calm and stable.

In a natal chart, each zodiac sign rules a house. The transiting Moon sign tells us which house it is in. This house tells us the area of life which the Moon is impacting. Be mindful of the exact degree of the Moon. Many houses start partially in one sign. This means you’re likely to have two signs in a house.

By observing our day to day emotional states, we begin to gain an awareness of ourselves we may have previously missed out on. Only if we keep our eyes open to it though.

To be Conscious or Not to be Conscious?

Over an extended period of time, this process happens whether we want it to or not. Every 2 ½ years we are alive, our Moon sign changes as seen through a Secondary Progression. A secondary progression represents our psyche evolving from life experiences. We have the ability to resist this process by engaging in activities which promote unconscious living. Although, in my experience, an individual is able to play ‘catch up’ if they truly wish to do so.

At the time of our Saturn Return, we are also having our Progressed Lunar Return. This means we have lived through all of the zodiac sign moon placements. During a Saturn Return and Progressed Lunar Return, individuals universally feel more ‘adult’. The connection to feeling more emotionally mature is a result of the PLR. Whereas feeling more certain of your direction in life is a result of the Saturn Return. Astrology would argue, you’re not really an adult until you have experienced all the moon placements.

With the shift in moon placements, people tend to prioritize different things in their life. The baseline of their understanding would be their natal moon placement of course. A natal water might feel more “off” during an air sign.

During their time in a fire progression, they will desire to exert their will in the world and seem more ego driven. During a water progression, they will care more about the feelings events or people create rather than objective criteria. In addition, Air progressions tend to seek new experiences and opportunities for expansion. Earth progressions are about consolidation of resources for the future.

Closing Remarks

The Moon is the most active celestial body in astrology. It is constantly changing signs and because of this, it is our biggest ally in uncovering our shadow. Learning how to work with the Moon takes consistency and the willingness to be uncomfortable. Although, working one-on-one with an astrologer can make the process a lot easier!

Most often, this we use a secondary progression for this work. You can book your appoint here. Wherever you are in your path, I wish you the best luck and I am certain in your success!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Libra, the Scale and Zodiac Mythology

Well we have finally caught up in our zodiac mythology. I am writing about Libra during Libra season! Although, I have some unfortunate news. The sign of Libra does not have a designated story for us to analyze. However, by observing the story of where Libra comes from, I believe there is symbolism that is perhaps hidden from the mainstream narrative.

Libra and Themis

The Libra constellation is represented by a Scale. This alone is significant as the zodiac sign is all about finding balance. In actuality, a lot of people see this as being indecisive, yet symbolically, the “indecisiveness” is about weighing the pros and cons of everything Libra observes in life.

Libra has been tied to the mother of Astraea, Themis (read the Virgo myth for a reminder). Themis is a titan goddess and rules over things like Justice, Law and Fairness. Although, Themis is mentioned very little, she played a significant role in the battle between Olympus and the Titans.

She turned the tides of battle by siding with the Olympian gods against the Titans enabling them to win. Later on, in fact it was a while after the battle, Themis became Zeus’ second wife after Hera. This also plays into the symbolism of Libra which we will discuss last.

It’s interesting to note how Themis (and Libra) rule over the conception of equality. Except her actions in the story specifically created an imbalance in the power dynamic. When she was on the side of the Titans, they were winning. Then by switching sides, the Olympians were winning. I believe this represents two major themes for the sign of Libra. 

Tipping the Scales

First, something must always be favored for any progress to be made. A total balance between two opposing forces creates stagnation. Whenever we make a decision in life, we have two opposing forces. If they are weighted equally in our minds then the decision becomes a barrier to progress. The symbology here is that while balance is something to be valued, like everything else, it has its own pros and cons.

Libra is the sign of balance and with all of the zodiac signs, the symbolism is referring to our internal states of being. Having balance within ourselves through daily routines, controlling our emotions and moderation of our actions. This is where balance is valuable.

However, the more removed from ourselves the balance is, the less practical it becomes. Think about nature, is there any balance between a predator and its prey? Certainly not. If there was then there would be no power dynamic between the two. On a greater scale the ecosystem would be entirely horizontal and ultimately no evolution. 

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Decider of Fate

The second thing this represents is the symbolic battle of good and evil. The Titan gods came from a very very old time in Greek mythology when the universe was chaotic and unorganized. They created something from nothing and this was very valuable, however, their continued existence in the now organized world did not function as well.

If the Titans had won against Olympus, it likely would have thrown the world back into chaos because this is what the Titans represent. They are the creators of entirely unbiased structures in nature such as Time, the Sun, the Moon, the Oceans, even the Earth!

Now how does this relate to good and evil if we just mentioned they were unbiased? Well, my dear reader, ‘good and evil’ is largely dependent on what we believe to be of harm to us. For the Olympians, the “unbiased” Titan gods were a serious threat because they wanted to kill them. To a third party they may have not been evil in their totality, but for the subjective Olympians they certainly were. Furthermore, for the progress of humanity they would have been a serious impediment. As previously mentioned, total balance creates stagnation. 

Now whether we want to say this is truly a battle between ‘good and evil’ or just a battle of perspective, I would happily have that conversation in the comments. However, as the author of the article, I do believe Themis’ choice to change sides is representative of her own subjective view of the situation. She certainly believed the Olympians to be the better victor from the war, and being the Goddess of Justice and what not, I think her decision probably held some very valid points. 

Libra & Partnership

Finally, to address Themis becoming Zeus’ second wife and how this relates to Libra. Libra is ruler of the seventh house, which is the house of patronage and marriage. Libra is also sometimes called the Sign of Partnership because it’s opposite sign, Aries, is the Sign of The Self. Themis becoming the wife of Zeus not only alludes to this function of Libra but also perhaps a signifier of how Libra is thrown out of balance.

As a professional astrologer, I have observed the most common thing to throw a Libran out of balance is their relationship with someone else. It doesn’t even need to be a romantic relationship! In my experience, it is all too common for someone to compromise their own well being because of the actions of someone else.

The same argument could perhaps be made for Themis. The Titans were her original ‘team members’ and she betrayed them to help the Olympians. Now perhaps this is because of all the things I mentioned above, or maybe this is because of her love for Zeus. It is likely we will never know without a much deeper dive into the entire Greek pantheon, but I do believe this raises an interesting question.

So there you have it, the not-so-official mythology of Libra. Much of the story of Themis relates to the qualities manifested in the Libra Zodiac sign. While there is no official story tied to the constellation, I think Themis does a pretty damn good job at. With that, if you or a friend has been out of balance lately, perhaps booking an astrology reading will help them get back in balance! You can check out my services tab for all of my offers. 

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Zodiac Mythology, Virgo the Maiden

In my research of the astrological sign Virgo, I found something peculiar. The Virgo myth is not only A) wide spread and connected to many different figures throughout many cultures but also B) comprises several smaller myths which are often told separately. Since all of the stories so far have been Greek, I will stick with their zodiac mythology. The Greek myths hold the most information for symbolic analysis which I believe serves the purpose of these articles the best. Let’s get into the first part of the story of Virgo!

Part 1 of the Virgo Myth: Prometheus and Epimetheus

The start of the Virgo myth goes all the way back to the Greek creation stories. Before any humans existed there was a race of giants known as Titans. They served the gods in many ways, but were also very strong. Strong enough to challenge the gods, but that’s another story. The titan Epimetheus was tasked with creating animals on earth and giving them each their qualities. He gave the creatures things such as claws, wings, tails and so on. It is said, when he got to man he had run out of unique qualities to give them. He then asked his brother Prometheus to help him. This resulted in his brother deceiving Zeus and stealing fire from him. 

He then gave the fire to man so they could warm themselves, cook food and ultimately create the society we have today. Naturally, Zeus was furious. He chained Prometheus to a rock. Then each day a crow would peck out his liver and each night his liver would grow back. This was sentenced to continue forever as his punishment for stealing fire from Zeus and giving it to humans. It’s not much mentioned why Epimetheus was not punished for this but we can infer Zeus was more upset about being stolen from than giving man fire. This is the first section of the Virgo myth, so let’s break it down.

Symbolism in Prometheus

Virgo is commonly connected to stories of fertility and harvest. This is because of the time it takes place in. It is the last zodiac sign before Libra, which is the official start of autumn with the Fall Equinox. Fertility and creation stories are strongly linked (arguably the same thing) because of the overarching symbolism of birth. Within the larger cycle of creation and the human race, there are smaller cycles of creation within every generation. 

Virgo is also the only zodiac sign to be represented as a female. There are signs that are considered more “feminine” such as water and earth elements, but the constellation for Virgo is literally a human female. This again, brings home the idea of it being tied to a creation story. 

The second major symbol I drew from this part of the myth is the connection to fire. In alchemy, fire is the element of creation. It is the life force energy of God which manifests the physical reality out of spirit. By stealing this fire, Prometheus essentially made humans more than animals, he made them god-like.

Now ask yourself, what separates humans from animals? If you guessed our intellect then you’re correct! Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury which influences our ability for rational thought. The strength of our mind is what enables us to create the society we have. 

However, when a fire burns too hot it can hurt us. Prometheus deceived Zeus to obtain the fire. As punishment, a crow pecks out his liver for all eternity. We can safely assume Zeus was never meant to find out. This situation arose from the fire (intellect) of Prometheus. His greatest gift had become the source of his undoing.

Part 2 of the Virgo Myth: Pandora’s Box

After man had obtained fire from Prometheus, Zeus began plotting how he could even the playing field. As we just analyzed, human’s gained a power which could rival the gods themselves and Zeus did not approve of this. He began discussing with the other gods what they could do to make sure humans never arose much higher than where they were. 

Then one day, Zeus gifted a woman named Pandora with a box. He told her never to open it, knowing the curiosity would be too much for her. Eventually, she couldn’t resist and opened the box. From it all sorts of horrible things came out, disease, famine, fear, sadness. Essentially all anything bad you can think of. Although, one thing didn’t leave the box. This thing was hope. Ever since Pandora opened the box, humans have had to endure suffering here on Earth. However, it is hope that keeps us going. Hope things will get better. Hope things will change. 

After plagues and negative emotions had been released on the Earth, the gods gradually left their homes to go live on Mount Olympus. One by one they left and with them took all their power. They still influence the Earth from high on their mountain, but their connection to the humans gradually diminished. The last to leave was Astraea, the goddess of innocence and purity. With her departure, the constellation of Virgo was formed. This way, the humans would at least have a reminder of the purity which once existed. Even if it was scarce in their daily lives.

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Symbolism in Pandora’s Box

The connection between Pandora and Virgo is related to the function of the sixth house. Virgo is natural ruler of the sixth house of Health, Work and Service. With this, Pandora’s box contained both plagues for the body and plagues for the mind. Interestingly enough, Virgo’s are prone to making themselves physically sick if they are mentally overworked. Pandora was also, unknowingly, working in service of the gods. Zeus knew she would be unable to resist the curiosity (a very Mercurial quality) and open the box.

There is also the very obvious symbolism of Astraea in this story. She is the literal goddess of innocence and purity, which is why Virgo is known as the Virgin. It has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with innocence. This is one of the strongest traits of Virgo. When the person is acting from the place of an evolved Virgo, their actions focus on helping others. An easy way to spot a Virgo in their shadow is how many of their habits are self-serving.

In Closing

The sign of Virgo holds some very idealistic standards for living. Although, it is fitting as Virgos are always seeking perfection in their daily life. Even though we will never achieve perfection, there is always value in self improvement.

One of the greatest benefits astrology brings us is self awareness. Once we have awareness of our flaws we can then work on improving them. I strongly recommend meeting with a professional astrologer or putting in the time to learn more about your own natal chart. With that, we have concluded another chapter in the zodiacal mythology tales!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Zodiac Mythology of Cancer, The Crab

The myth of the Cancer constellation is obscure. Many people believe it is connected to the Twelve Labors of Hercules. When he is fighting the hydra, Hera, who wants him dead, sends a crab to attack and distract him. Hoping this would throw off his focus while not openly making it seem like she got him killed. She figured this small and insignificant crab would do the trick. Except it didn’t. Hercules steps on the crab after being pinched and then kills the Hydra.

Not very exciting and not very characteristic of the zodiac sign. This is the ACTUAL mythology of the Cancer constellation. This story comes to us from the Scriptures of Delphi. It is about a giant crab named Crios.

Crios the Giant Crab

The story starts with Poseidon, god of the sea, leaving his ocean home to go help defend Olympus from the monster-god known as Typhon. In order to protect his daughters, commonly referred to as ‘sea nymphs’, he gave the large and powerful crab, Crios, immortality. This would help Crios in defending Poseidon’s home and children while he was away.

This story has immediate symbolism

Very early on in the story we see the relation to Cancerian qualities. Cancer is the natural ruler of the fourth house, the house of the home. It is where Cancer thrives. Caring for their family, keeping the domicile clean and beautiful, and a very strong defender of those closest to them. Many priorities of Cancer revolve around the family unit and the physical living space.

Much like Crios who is defending the home of Poseidon, Cancer is energetically connected to their living space. If their home is disorderly and chaotic, this will directly impact their well-being. This is true for everyone to some extent, however a Cancer Sun or Moon will be much more aware of what is impacting them.

The qualities of Cancer are exemplified by Crios in many ways. He is a large and powerful crab. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and growth, it is also exalted when in the sign of Cancer. The size and strength of Crios can be observed as a representation of Jupiter’s qualities in Cancer. 

In the beginning of the story, we also see the symbolic connection to the water element of Cancer. First off, the whole story takes place in the ocean, the literal water element. Next, Poseidon enlists Crios’ help primarily because of his emotional connection to the sea nymphs. This is the alchemical function of water, to tap into our emotions and feel the presence around us. 

So moving forward with the story…

Typhon was an incredibly powerful god and Poseidon underestimated how long he would have to be away from his home. After a while, the sea nymphs became restless and didn’t understand why they had to stay under Crios’ protection. Several of the nymphs escaped Crios’ watchful eye and swam away. Crios knew he could not chase after them and leave the other nymphs unprotected. He asked for help from Vamari, the Giant Squid, to chase after the ones who had escaped.

An important thing to know is Vamari translates to “Vampire Squid”. He didn’t help Crios out of the goodness of his heart, he was planning to eat the sea nymphs. Crios was unaware of this prior to asking for help. When Vamari caught up to the sea nymphs, he devoured them. He then returned to Crios and told him he was unable to find any nymphs.

Crios knew Vamari was lying to him. He also knew he had made a huge mistake in trusting him and now had to right his wrong. Crios attacked Vamari and fought him to the death. It was a long and difficult battle. Crios emerged victorious, but Vamari had inflicted serious injury to him. Having been made immortal by Poseidon, Crios was unable to die and remained there in agonizing pain. Eventually, Poseidon returned and upon seeing the crippled Crios, relieved him of his immortality. Indebted to Crios for protecting his daughters, Poseidon made the constellation of Cancer in honor of Crios and his efforts. 

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What does this tell us about Cancer?

In the latter half of the story, we see many positive qualities of Cancer emerge. Crios placed the lives of others over his own. He fought with all his strength because Poseidon and the nymphs were counting him. This selfless quality of Cancer, to sacrifice their own well-being for those they care about, is a potent trait of the sign. If Crios was fighting for himself, he may have said, “ya know, this is too much work, go ahead and eat the nymphs” but instead he would rather suffer incredible pain before those close to him got hurt.

Another positive trait we see is the intuitive nature of Cancer. Vamari lied to Crios, and with no evidence to prove it, knew in his heart that Vamari was trying to trick him. He acted entirely on gut instinct and attacked Vamari. Being able to read the intentions of those around them is part of why so many Cancers are empaths. Being ruled by the water element, they have strong etheric bodies and are able to sense when things are off. 

Lastly, we see the level of endurance Cancers have. Although he had immortality, Crios still had to endure an incredibly long battle with Vamari and bear unspeakable pain until Poseidon arrived. He could have perhaps pleaded with another god or tried to strike a deal with Hades but instead he waited for help he wasn’t sure was coming. Cancers stick by those close to them regardless of what obstacles appear in their path.

Cancer also has some downsides too though

Because of their loving hearts, Cancers can also be taken advantage of, especially when under stress. Vamari was easily able to deceive Crios because Crios wasn’t sure how to handle the escaped nymphs dilemma. It is not uncommon for Cancers to be fooled by people who put up a good front. However, once they find out you tricked them there is no forgiveness, as seen in the story.

This part of the story also shows some of the cautious nature that Cancers have. When some of the nymphs swam away, Crios was unwilling to chase after them. He had good reason to do so, yet we can’t deny there were other options available. Perhaps he brings the nymphs with him. Maybe he hides the nymphs and then chases after the others. It’s likely the ones that didn’t escape had no desire to so. Otherwise they probably would have. Oftentimes, Cancers can get stuck in their thinking and only approach a situation from one angle. Their emotions get involved in the process and it is difficult for them to break out of their mental shell. 

In conclusion…

The story of Crios shows us many of the traits of Cancer, which is why most astrologers would agree it is a better myth to exemplify the constellation’s attributes. Not everyone bothers to dive into symbolism and the story is not nearly as common as the Twelve Labors of Hercules. Nonetheless, I think anyone who took a moment to compare the myths would willingly agree.

If you enjoyed the story, I would love to hear your take on how it applies to Cancer in the comments. Maybe something stood out to you that I missed! Or if you have strong Cancerian qualities, check out some of my zodiac tea blends to help calm your nerves and unwind at the end of an energetically active day.

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Zodiac Myth of Taurus, The Bull

The myth of the Taurus constellation is one of the oldest in human history, dating back to cave paintings in Lascaux roughly 15,000 BC. Although, the myths commonly associated with the zodiac placement come from ancient Greece.

By familiarizing ourselves with the symbols within the myth, we can see how the qualities of the sign are expressed in the collective subconscious. Taurus is a recurring symbol in Greek mythology so we will break down each story to obtain the fullest understanding of the constellation’s origin. 

Europa, Consort of Zeus

In the first myth, Zeus falls in love with Phoenician princess named Europa. In order to win her love, and hide himself from humans, he turns himself into a snow-white bull. Naturally, he stands out from every other bull and Europa is drawn to him. Eventually, she sits on the bull and before she realizes it, the bull is carrying her away. To escape the jurisdiction of her father, King Agenor, Zeus swims across the Mediterranean Sea to Crete.

Once they are on the island, Zeus transforms back into his godly form. He showers Europa in gifts and she gives him three, half human half god sons. One of which, is the legendary king Minos. As a reward for being a successful wingman, Zeus immortalizes the bull in the sky as the Taurus constellation.

So what’s it mean?

The first myth exemplifies several positive qualities of Taurus. Being ruled Venus, Taurus is adorned with physical beauty. It is at the center of the romantic tale. It also shows great perseverance by swimming across the sea. We also see the tie to material abundance when Zeus bestows Europa with presents. When acting from its highest expression, Taurus are capable of great displays of strength and affection.

The story also symbolizes the receptive feminine energy connected to the sign. The bull presents itself magnificently and Europa is drawn to the bull. The bull doesn’t pursue or pressure Europa into giving him affection. Traditionally, feminine energy attracts while masculine energy acts.

This story is also strongly related to fertility. In an overwhelming majority of ancient cultures, cattle are associated with fertility. Here is no different. Zeus is the father of the gods (fertility). He turns into a bull as a manifestation of this quality, and uses it to win over the princess (fertility again). Respectively, she bears him three sons (here it is again). This is aptly placed as Taurus takes place from April 20th to May 20th, the beginning stages of spring when most cultures have their form of the May Day Fertility Festival.

Io, Zeus’s Lover

In the second myth, Zeus is having an affair with Io, one of Hera’s (his wife) priestesses. Hera was outraged when she found out about his infidelity. In order to protect Io, he turned her into a white bull, the same symbolism from before. Hera was unable to find Io but was suspicious nonetheless and had Argus Panoptes watch the bull day and night.

Knowing his love would be unable to transform back, Zeus sends Hermes to kill Argus. Hera, now very confident something is wrong, sends a gadfly to relentlessly torment the bull. Eventually this causes the bull to run into the sea and supposedly die. 

The take away…

The second myth has a mix of Taurus positive and negative expressions. We have the same love and fertility symbolism from the first story but, we also have a lot more the possessiveness and aggression of Taureans. Hera is outraged by Zeus’s infidelity, and rightly so. However, her behavior in handling the situation is obsessive.

She has the bull watched day and night just waiting for a moment when Zeus slips up. She is unable to confront her emotions nor is she able to release herself of their burden. To handle the situation, Zeus orders to Hermes kill Argus, demonstrating the aggressive behavior Taureans are capable of.

Lastly, while not an inherently “negative” quality of Taurus, we can see the stubborn, fixed nature of the sign in Io’s behavior. She is bothered by the fly and instead of doing something about it she runs into the ocean and dies. Granted one could argue she would die by Hera’s hand if she turned back into a human but, regardless, she stays in a situation that is bad for her because the devil I know is better than the devil I don’t.

Hercules, Minotaur, Taurus
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Seventh Labor of Heracles: The Cretan Bull

In the last myth, Heracles is sent by Minos to slay the Cretan Bull, the father of the Minotaur. The bull had been rampaging the countryside, destroying crops and villages. Minos offered Heracles help, but as most mythological heroes do, he declined. Heracles sneaks up behind the bull and wrestles the bull to the ground.

The bull is kept alive so it may be sacrificed to the goddess Hera. However, she hates Heracles and does not want him to gain any honor or glory for doing so. The bull is then released and wanders into Marathon, a city with a large countryside.

The third myth of Taurus shows primarily the negative side of the sign and very little of it we haven’t already discussed. The bull is mindlessly destroying crops and villages. One could suppose because he is angry. The bull’s behavior ultimately becomes the same reason he is confronted by Heracles, bringing his own demise.

We do see one new quality though, in that Heracles declines help from Minos. Taureans can be exceptionally headstrong and have a desire to accomplish things on their own. Heracles was in fact able to conquer bull, showing the capacity Taureans have for overcoming challenges. In some ways, this bit of the story shows both a positive and negative quality of the sign.

All in all…

These three myths show us the wide array of qualities displayed by Taurus. The capacity for love and beauty is equally matched by envy and wrath. Wherever Taurus appears in your chart, whether it be a planet or a house ruler, you will manifest these qualities.

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Zodiac Myth of Aries, The Ram

Back before the abundance of light pollution, which blocks out the stars, the night sky would light up with constellations. These are groupings of stars which ancient civilizations used to map out the night sky. The constellations are named after magical beings, gods and demi-gods, and humans which ascended past their mortal coil. Each one has a story behind it and today I am telling the story of Aries, The Ram.

The myth of Aries comes from ancient Greece and tells the story of a golden fleece ram who saves Phrixus and Helle from their evil stepmother who attempts to murder them. The father of Phrixus and Helle was king Athamus of Boeotia and their mother was the goddess Nephele. However, as many kings and absurdly powerful men do, he found himself bored with Nephele after a time. So Athamus abandons Nephele to go and claim his second wife.

His second wife was Ino, the queen of Thebes. Athamus had two sons with Ino, Learches and Melicertes, although they play a pretty insignificant role in the story of Aries. However, Ino was a very jealous woman. She hated her step-children Phrixus and Helle and due to the government system of Boeotia, Phrixus likely represented a direct obstacle in her own sons becoming king of the province. So Ino devises a plot to kill her two step-children without angering Athamus. 

Ino takes the seeds for next year’s crop and roasts them, killing the seed but still looking decent enough to plant. That following season, the farmers plant the seeds and nothing grows. They send a messenger to consult the Oracle of Delphi to find what is wrong but, Ino intercepts the messenger and bribes him to tell Athamus he must sacrifice his children, Phrixus and Helle, if the crops are to grow.

Despite his emotions about the matter, a good king makes sacrifices for his people and sends for his children. Nephele is a goddess so naturally she has some pretty cool things. One of these things is a golden fleece ram who was given to her by the god Hermes. She finds out about Ino’s plot to kill her children and sends the ram to rescue them. The ram goes to Phrixus and Helle and tells them to grab on to his coat, however they must not look down. They grab on to the coat and the ram flies away. Yet Helle, disobeying the instructions, looks down at the sea below. She loses her grip and falls to her death. The area of the sea where she fell was named Hellespont after her.

Phrixus is taken by the ram to Colchis where he meets king Aeetes. The king accepts him into his home and marries Phrixus and Chalciope, his daughter. Phrixus sacrifices the ram to Zeus and gives the fleece to Aeetes. In honor of his service, Zeus places the ram among the stars to be forever gazed upon by humans, thus the constellation of Aries was formed.

Aries, The Ram, Zodiac, Constellation
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The myth of Aries has several important morals. It highlights not only qualities of the sign but gives us principles that are valuable to our spiritual evolution, whatever your zodiac signs may be. I want to touch on a few that I find to be most important.

The first of which, are the evolved qualities of Aries. In the story the ram shows courage and sacrifice. It uses its gifts to help Phrixus and Helle, despite the harm that may come to it. In the end it is literally sacrificed to Zeus after rescuing Phrixus, which is symbolic of the sacrifice one will need to make to pursue great endeavors. Being remembered forever, is the reward the ram receives. A very powerful quality of Aries is the aspiration of being a pioneer. People born with prominent Aries placements often seek to leave their mark on the planet and achieve things never done before. Whether it is on a societal scale like Leonardo Da Vinci or a more personal scale like graduating top of your class, this sign seeks to be the first.

In addition, I believe Helle and Athamus to be symbolic of primitive Aries qualities. Helle looks down towards the sea only to fall off the ram and die. Aries can be very impulsive and at times short sighted. In order to accomplish great things, one must stay the path despite the emotions or impulses that come up. Otherwise, we will lose sight of what really matters. Her death is symbolic of someone who never commits to following through with their goals.

Athamus on the other hand, is a king and enables the whole situation to happen in the first place. An Aries soul is seeking to develop the “I AM”. Their behavior can be self seeking, and inconsiderate of others. Had Athamus not left his first wife to take a second, there would have been no “evil stepmother” type scenario. I believe this to be symbolic of yet again impulsiveness, in addition to the Arien tendency to start conflicts.

The next moral I feel this story gives us, is the behavior of Ino. She is filled with so much hate and envy towards her stepchildren and Nephele (possibly because she wasn’t first) that she plans a very elaborate way to kill them. Although it isn’t described in this story, many myths are interconnected and Ino’s personal story ends up with her pissing off Hera, the wife of Zeus. Hera curses Athamus with insanity and he precedes to kill his own son Learches. Ino and her second son Melicertes attempt to escape Athamus, only to fall into the sea and die. 

The moral here, albeit cliché, is karma and resentment. The energy we put out into the world comes back around eventually. When we are constantly plotting against others, eventually someone will plot against us. I believe it is normal to feel resentment and jealousy, it’s part of our animal nature. Although, part of spiritual growth is to overcome our animal nature. When we recognize there is infinite abundance in the world, we no longer need to fight over resources or be upset if someone has what we want, because ultimately, we have it to. 

Within this myth we are given principles of spiritual growth. Any zodiac sign can act childish, start arguments for amusement or lack follow through with their goals. Part of moving from a primitive sign to an evolved sign is developing strength of character. Each zodiac sign holds a piece of the puzzle for adopting the positive traits and transcending the negative ones. For the puzzle piece of Aries, we are told we must develop courage, follow through, the willingness to make sacrifices and let go of our resentments towards others.

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