Greek Mythology – The Zodiacs and their Meanings

Libra (September 24 – October 23)

The name Libra, means ‘the weighing scales,’ and this constellation is the only one not represented by an animal or human. These scales are the symbol of Dike, the Greek goddess of justice, and the balance she represents. The goddess resides in Virgo, located beside Libra, for which she is holding the balancing scales. The Ancient Greeks considered justice, balance and equality to be the moral cornerstones of an ideal way of life.

When the sun passes through the constellation of Libra, night and day are considered equal. The stars that form the constellation’s golden scales lie between Virgo and Scorpio, halfway around the band of the Greek zodiac. The four bright stars in the constellation form a quadrangle, with the Alpha and Beta Librae representing the scale’s balance beam, and Gamma and Sigma Librae the weighing pans. Libra is also home to the oldest star in the Universe, HD 140283 or Methuselah.

Those born under the Libra star sign desire balance in all aspects of their lives, and are extremely good problem solvers. They are social butterflies and make ideal friends, partners and family members because of their ability to see things in a balanced way. A Libran’s happiness is centred around harmonious relationships, and many of them appear to have a special aura of peace that attracts others.

Virgo (August 24 – September 23)

Virgo is the second largest constellation in the sky, and its name means ‘virgin’ in Latin. The constellation is depicted with angel-like wings, and marked by Spics, a bright star. There are several Greek myths that attempt to explain the origin of Virgo, including the story of the goddess, Dike.

Dike was the daughter of Zeus and the titaness, Themis. She was born during The Golden Age of mankind, marked by peace and prosperity, a lack of ageing in humans and ongoing spring. During this time, Zeus awarded Dike the position of maintaining justice. When he overthrew his father, to become king of the gods, mankind’s Silver Age began. Zeus created the four seasons, prosperity declined, and humans began to neglect their worship. Dike gave a speech, warning the entire race about the dangers of their lack of honour and predicting that things were going to get worse. After this she fled to the mountains and turned her back on mankind.

The world then entered the Bronze and Iron Ages and, with them, the beginning of wars. To escape the anger and aggression that was now a part of humanity, Dike flew to the heavens and continues to watch over the humans and their unjust actions from there. 

People born under the Virgo star sign are analytical, kind, hardworking and practical. They may have a tendency to worry and dislike being the centre of attention. Virgos are also known for their good memories and reasoning ability, as well as their faithfulness and persuasive manner. They usually enjoy Art, Maths and Science and may even possess great intelligence themselves.

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