Are zodiac signs a myth?

The constellation of Taurus is associated with the Greek myth of Europe. Europe was duped by Zeus, who had taken the form of a white bull. Taurus is said to represent Zeus in this state. One of the best-known aspects of astrology is the connection between zodiac signs and Greek mythology.

Many of the constellations and signs of the zodiac are named after characters from Greek myths. For example, the constellation of Orion is named after the hunter Orion from Greek mythology. We all know that star signs have a symbol associated with them. Leo is represented by a lion.

Cancer has a crab and so on. But how did they come into existence? It's not just because of the way they look. There is a story behind each zodiac sign. You may be able to see some of the zodiac signs on your personalized star map.

The Taurus bull owes its name to the myth of the Cretan bull. Minos, son of Zeus and Europe, prayed to Poseidon for a sign that he was the true heir of King Asterion. Poseidon sent him a white bull and Minos became the king of Crete. Minos knew he had to sacrifice the bull to Poseidon, but decided instead to sacrifice a minor bull instead.

Outraged, Poseidon asked Aphrodite to help him take revenge, who, in turn, cursed Minos' wife Pasiphae to uncontrollably desire the bull. She ended up getting pregnant with the bull and gave birth to Asterion, the half-man, half-bull Minotaur. The ram associated with Aries comes from the myth of Chrysomallus, a unique ram with a beautiful golden fleece and the ability to fly. When the children of the cloud nymph Nephele were about to be sacrificed to the gods, he summoned the ram to come to his aid.

After saving them, Chrysomallus asked to be sacrificed to the god of war, Ares, instead. For his good deeds, he was commemorated among the heavens as the constellation of Aries. Like this selfless ram, the sign of the zodiac is associated with leadership, audacity and action. Aries is always eager to go further when he is passionate about a worthy cause.

Gemini, the third astrological sign, is represented by two twin brothers, symbolizing duality, inner unfolding and antagonism of body and soul. Astrologers say that if the sun is in the sign of Sagittarius on the day you were born, then you are a Sagittarius. The twelfth and last astrological sign, Pisces symbolizes division, personified by Aphrodite and Eros in the form of two fish swimming in opposite directions. But you may not have known that the origins of astrology can be traced back to ancient Greek mythology, where each sign of the zodiac represents a Greek god, goddess or other important figure in mythology.

Whether you believe in the astrological connection between zodiac signs and Greek mythology or not, there is no denying that the two have a long history together. For centuries, astrology (the search for signs based on the movement of celestial bodies) was considered basically the same as astronomy (the scientific study of those objects).

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