Greek Mythology In The Constellations
The Greek name for constellations is katasterismo. There were 12 basic constellations that would appear on the night sky.
The zodiac in Greek means the circle of animals. All these 12 zodiac constellations were spread out across the sky in all the four directions like the north, south, west and east. Each constellation represented an animal, a hero, a warrior or the gods.The Greeks believed that the heroes and the beasts were the only two kind s that were favored by the gods. According to Greek mythology, they were divine spirits who lived in the heavens with the gods. However, several of the works on Greek mythology was lost and people like Hesoid and Pherecydes had several concepts on Greek mythology which we will never know of.
The 12 constellations as per the Greek mythology are Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, who are also the children of Zeus, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin goddess, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water hero, and Pisces the Fish.
The Greeks studied the characteristics of these gods and the beasts and compared them to the people who were born under these constellations, and astonishingly found that they were very similar. This is what led to the concept of zodiac predictions. The pole star was always used as the reference to find the constellations in the night sky. Also, as per Greek mythology there is a story for every constellation and how it came into existence. The Greeks basically believed that these stars were their gods and ancestors who were heroes.
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