I wanted to learn about the history of the various astrological signs and got a little — or a lot — carried away. Brief and mildly amusing horoscopes will return next week. I promise.
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The stars have whitewashed the sky, hiding their light and denying me their wisdom. In spite, I have turned to the history and myths from which the stars have stolen their legitimacy.
The only zodiac sign that is not represented by a living creature (real or mythological), Libra is represented by the scales. The scales are those that were held by the goddess of justice, making the sign particularly fitting for students of the law.
You will be faced with a serious decision this week that will rouse strong emotions. Take your time, weigh every factor against one another and choose carefully. Also, stay away from bathroom scales, they will tell you the truth – the unpleasant truth.
Across multiple cultures, Virgo was associated with fertility (Babylonian), plentiful harvests, and virginity (Greek and Roman). Depicted as the virgin goddess Astraea, she held the scales of the constellation Libra in her hand. Christians of the Middle Ages continued the virgin motif, associating Virgo with none other than the Virgin Mary.
Be fertile and multiply! Ok, maybe you should hold off on that until you finish school. Instead, take this as a reminder to be responsible and safe in any extracurricular activities. It is unlikely that the results will be another Christ child.
The subject of varying myths, one that serves as a parable stands out. The god Orion boasted to Artemis that he could kill any living creature. Artemis, as a protector of all living things, sent the scorpion to put Orion in his place. Orion was killed in the battle, and Zeus raised them both to the heavens as a reminder to avoid excessive pride.
You have accomplished much, and are rightfully proud of what you have done. But don’t let success go to your head. Whatever it is that may separate you from your peers, it is of less significance than you think. Pride leads to overconfidence, which inevitably leads to failure. And no one wants to date a proud jerk.
Identified by the Babylonians as the god Pabilsag, Saggitarius represented an ancestral figure or forefather. His appearance was less than ideal: he was described as “the wild bull with multicolored wings.”
Think of your future in the long view, if only for a moment. When you are dead and gone, and grandchildren or great-grandchildren are left behind, what sort of forebear will you have been? Will you have left a legacy of kindness, accomplishment, and love? Or will you be remembered as a horrible old crank that, with questionable commitment to ethics and a short-term view, ruined the promise of your life and left a broken name and family? Alright, that was pretty heavy, you could also imagine yourself being remembered as a wild bull with psychedelic wings – take that, Charlie “warlock-from-mars” Sheen.
A goat with the tail of a fish (which quite honestly seems extremely likely to be naturally selected for extinction). Once the wholly-goat god Pan, this seemingly pointless natural grotesquery had a purpose, as it enabled Pan to escape the clutches of a monster by diving into the Nile river.
You’re a weird bird, but no worries. Even though you cannot imagine what possible advantage your strange combination of traits could possibly confer, advantages they can and do confer – if you let them. Be proud of your affinity with the various cultural archetypes represented by the extraterrestrial species of the Star Trek universe. Don’t hide your passion for Anne Rice under a rock. The Vampire Chronicles are darn good writing – and someone should say so!
An everflowing vase or a cup-bearer of bewitching beauty that caught the eye of Zeus, Aquarius brings water, and thus life.
You will break no new ground this week. Nothing fantastic will be accomplished. But you will bring happiness – the real water of life – to others if only you will be yourself. Make others smile, laugh, and enjoy the moment. This may also be interpreted as license to pour water over a friend’s head, which, incidentally, will bring at least one person some happiness.
The goddess Aphrodite and her son Eros, chased by the fire god Typhon, transformed into two fish. They are connected by a string so that they will never lose one another.
Call that friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. You know, the one from home or college that feels more like a sibling than a friend. When the fire god comes for you – and it will – they will be there to aid your escape, because the string that you’ve tied will keep you from losing one another in the currents of life.
The golden ram that saved Phrixos from certain doom. Aries was rewarded by being sacrificed to the gods, its skin hung in a temple and immortalized as the Golden Fleece.
Charity with thanks and celebration is not true charity. Charity is thankless and sometimes sacrificed to ridicule and the personal insecurities and golden calves of others. Do it regardless – even if it costs you some skin.
A bull across cultures, Taurus represented for ancient Egyptians the renewal that comes with spring. The great bull becoming partially obscured by the sun as the seasons changed.
Times have been tough. Loved ones have been lost and dreams shown as such by harsh reality. But no worry, the inevitability of winter is matched by the certainty of spring. Things are turning around, they always do.
The brothers Castor and Pollux, one mortal and one not, united forever in the heavens. Upon Castor’s death, Pollux begged Zeus to grant him immortality by binding them forever in the heavens.
You have been given gifts that are rare and special in this world: your parents and health, the felicity of your place of birth and of the non-occurrence of innumerable accidents. Why you and not another? No person knows (and if they claim to, they are selling something). Share the fruits of these unlabored for benefits with those who, for whatever or no reason at all, have not been so fortunate.
A crab. A crab that was given a task by the goddess Hera: to distract Hercules in his battle with the Hydra so that he might be killed. Cancer dutifully tried, grabbing onto Hercules’ toe with its claw, but Hercules crushed the little crab with little effort. Hera was impressed with the little crab’s fruitless but heroic effort and placed it in the sky.
Failure happens. Tasks are well beyond your capacity, but there is a heroism in the attempt with little chance of success that the predictable victories of more traditional heroes can never know. “Once more into the breach” and all that it entails. In all likelihood you will fail, but the reward is in the effort.
The lion that rises with the banks of the Nile River, heralding the rejuvenating flood that provides valuable moisture and nutrients to the soil. The star in the center of the lion’s breast, Regulus, is one of the brightest in the night sky.
A charge wants for a leader, why not you? A leader doesn’t do the work, they herald the charge and give strength to those that will only follow. Every human endeavor is accomplished on the backs of the following masses, but only by the example of a leader can they deny and defeat the inertia of the status quo.