In order to study astrology, ancient mythology is essential, and one thing is certain among the many things they have in common: They are both timeless. The mythological components of astrology are in full. In fact, every zodiac sign has a god or goddess who accompanies it, since every constellation represents a figure of ancient mythology. More than one approach to astrology is available. Most astrologers base their studies on psychological observation, which is one of the most efficient ways of studying the subject. There is a different approach, however, because this is where ancient deities ultimately play a role.
Mythology paints a picture, in case you haven’t noticed, and it offers an astrology background story. Its ancient history and myth inspired psychoanalyst and astrologer Carl Jung in 1954 to connect modern science and ancient practices, which in turn was the beginning of the astrological archetype. Archetypes, for example, represent universal patterns and images that are part of the collective unconscious in Jungian psychology. Jung believed that we inherit archetypes just as we inherit our instinctive patterns of behavior. The truth is that every symbol has a story behind it, and the same goes for all 12 zodiac signs.
Here are your associated gods and goddesses:
ARIES: ARES, GOD OF WAR
Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera in Greek mythology. He is the war god, as he represents the battle’s violent and physical aspects. Some say that Ares was a lover of Aphrodite and was disdained by her husband, Hephaestus, after the Olympians discovered their affair.
Does this ring a bell? Aries is untamed and very passionate. This sign is also known for being over – sexed and aggressive physically.
TAURUS: APHRODITE, GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEAUTY
After his son Cronus threw them into the sea, the goddess of sexual love and beauty, Aphrodite, was born from the white foam produced by the seized genitals of Uranus. They say that her beauty caused rivalry between the gods.
Does it sound familiar? Venus, the planet of love, beauty and pleasure, rules Taurus. It is no coincidence that those born under this sign are blessed with beautiful looks and love.
GEMINI: ATHENA, GODDESS OF WISDOM AND MILITARY VICTORY
Athena is a goddess with many facets. She stands for wisdom, courage, inspiration, math, strength, strategy, and more. Some say she came out of the forehead of Zeus after he had a huge headache.
This goddess, like Gemini, is an intellectual chameleon. Those born under this sign tend to be relentless thinkers who are also incredibly knowledgeable.
CANCER: ARTEMIS, GODDESS OF MAIDENS, THE MOON, AND THE WILDERNESS
Artemis, Zeus ‘ daughter, is the moon’s goddess, of hunting and virginity. She protects young children and heals women and is depicted as a a hunter carrying a bow and an arrow.
The goddess Artemis doesn’t get more cancer – like. Cancer, governed by mother moon, is the zodiac’s nurse. Some born under this zodiac sign are blessed with their ancestors ‘ healing skills.
LEO: APOLLO, GOD OF THE SUN AND THE LIGHT
Apollo is the Sun, Light, Music, Poetry and Wisdom God. Mythology says Apollo was known for having played tunes on his golden lyre for Olympus.
Like Apollo, Leo is the zodiac’s entertainer. Those born under this sign, governed by the sun, are warm, loving and charismatic. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
VIRGO: DEMETER, GODDESS OF GRAIN AND AGRICULTURE
Demeter is the goddess of the earth’s harvest and fertility. Ancient lore says that she revealed to all humanity the art of growing and using corn. In ancient art, she was depicted wearing a wreath made of corn ears.
The goddess Demeter represents the fertility and harvest of Virgo purely.
LIBRA: HERA, GODDESS OF ALL WOMEN AND MARRIAGE
Hera is known as the goddess of marriage and birth, the Queen of the Olympian gods. Some say she was a jealous woman as she constantly fought with Zeus over his affairs.
The goddess Hera, like Libra, represents justice and relationships. Those who were born under this sign tend to be attractive, as Venus, the planet of love and beauty, also rules them.
SCORPIO: KALI, GODDESS OF DEATH AND SEXUALITY
Kali is one of the Hindu religion’s most complex goddesses. As she brings transformation to one’s ego, she is known as the goddess of death and sexuality.
The goddess Kali is Scorpio’s epitome of everything. This water sign also depicts death, transformation and sex.
SAGITTARIUS: ZEUS, GOD OF THE SKY AND THUNDER
Zeus is the heaven and thunder god, also known as the gods’ king. Some say he exposed liars, because he was the oath keeper. He was also a little bit of a traveler of the world and a control freak.
Does it sound familiar? Jupiter, the planet of truth and abundance, rules Sagittarius. The arrow of Zeus corresponds to the archer of Sagittarius.
CAPRICORN: PERSEPHONE, GODDESS OF HARVEST AND QUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD
The goddess Persephone was the daughter of Demeter and the underworld queen. She is often portrayed as a young goddess with grain sheaves and a flaming torch.
Similar to Capricorn, Persephone is both a light and a dark representation. Hades fell in love with her and brought her to the underworld, which also represents the winter darkness.
AQUARIUS: PROMETHEUS, GOD OF FORETHOUGHT AND MANKIND
Prometheus is the Titan god of thought and crafty advice given the task of molding humanity out of clay.
The god Prometheus, like Aquarius, was a rebel. His skills and chaos are similar to the ruling planet of Aquarius, Uranus.
PISCES: ISHTAR, GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND UNIVERSAL LOVE
Formerly known as the fertility goddess, Ishtar developed into a more complex character and a goddess of contradictory connotations and forces.
There’s no one more Pisces than this goddess. The energy of Ishtar is variable and contradictory. She is complex and universal, just like Pisces.