Aries

ARIES SYMBOL

Planets: Mars, Pluto
Sun passes through: April 19 - May 13
Represented by: The Ram
Element: Fire
Magick: Anger, leadership, assertiveness, enthusiasm, intolerance, creativity, taking action, independence, patience, following through and putting the needs of others before your own.

Constellation mythology: In Greek mythology, Aries is believed to represent the ram which carried Phrixus and Helle to Colchis to escape their stepmother Ino. Helle fell into the sea, which became the Hellespont. When he reached safety, Phrixis sacrificed the ram and hung its fleece in the Grove of Ares, where it turned to gold and later became the quest of Jason and the Argonauts. The main area of the sky constituting the sign of Aries contains part of Pisces, the Pleiades and the constellation of Andromeda, and as such may be the origin of the myth of the girdle of Hippolyta, which forms part of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

The energy of Aries will help you in starting new projects - if there's something you've been meaning to do or to start, do it now and the Ram will help you push forward with it. The energy of Aries is also useful in candle magick, as it is a Fire sign.

 

Taurus

TAURUS SYMBOL

Planet: Venus
Sun passes through: May 14 - June 19
Represented by: The Bull
Element: Earth
Magick: New beginnings, stability, dependability, success, security, prosperity, beauty, friendliness, comfort, sensuality, laziness, greed, materialism, possessiveness, stubbornness, loyalty, harmony, peace, your love life.

Constellation mythology: In Greek mythology, Taurus represents the form of the bull taken by Zeus  to win Europa, a mythical Phoenician princess. As such, and since it is necessary to traverse the area of sky known as the Sea to reach it when passing through the Zodiac, it forms the origin of the myth of the Cretan Bull, one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

The energy of Taurus will help start new things and deal with unpredictable events by lending a stable, grounded energy. Because Taurus is an Earth sign, Earth magick is especially potent when working with this sign.

 

Gemini

GEMINI SYMBOL

Planet: Mercury
Sun passes through: June 20 - July 20
Represented by: The Twins
Element: Air
Magick: Communication, writing, knowledge, information gathering, learning, patience, focus, consistency, flexibility, change, travel, motion.

Constellation mythology: Since this constellation is easily viewable as two parallel stick figures, considering faint stars visible to the naked eye, it was associated with the myth of Castor and Pollux. The myth of these twins concerns cattle theft and may be rooted in early views of the Milky Way as a herd of cattle, next to which they are situated. The orientation of the constellation can vary, appearing to lean either left or right - when leaning right, it appears that one of the twins is stealing the cattle, and the other is observing. In this situation, together with the nearby area of the sky that is deserted to the naked eye, and the other features of the area in the Zodiac sign of Gemini, this may be the origin of the myth of the cattle of Geryon, which forms one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

The energy of Gemini is a witty, humourous force. Because Gemini is an Air sign, Air magick (using incense and feathers, for example) is a good way to use this energy.

 

Cancer

CANCER SYMBOL

Planet: The Moon
Sun passes through: July 21 - August 9
Represented by: The Crab
Element: Water
Magick: Giving of yourself, warmth, family, the home, nurturing, feelings, intuition, sentimentality, protectiveness, loyalty, sensitivity, memory, possessiveness, insecurities, manipulation.

Constellation mythology: As the constellation vaguely resembles a crab it may, together with the Hydra constellation, form the basis of the myth of the Lernaean Hydra, one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

Cancer has a nurturing, giving energy which is useful for magick involving relationships and feelings. Because it is a Water sign, Water magick is especially effective when you involve Cancer.

 

Leo

LEO SYMBOL

Planets: The Sun
Sun passes through: August 10 - September 15
Represented by: The Lion
Element: Fire
Magick: Courage, action, willpower, fertility, leadership, creativity, showmanship, inspiration, fun, power, influence, dignity, pride, arrogance, conceit, laziness, ambition, drama.

Constellation mythology: The use of the word Leo has been attributed to the fact that when the Sun was in Leo around midsummer, the lions (scientific name: Panthera leo) of the desert left their usual haunts for the banks of the Nile, where they could get relief from the heat in the waters of the flood. Pliny (a Roman scholar) wrote that the Egyptians worshipped Leo because the rise of the Nile coincided with the Sun's entrance into it; for the same reason, the Sphinx is said to have been sculpted with Leo's body and the head of nearby Virgo.

The energy of Leo, which is ruled by the Sun, has many similarities to the energy of the God. It is a Fire sign, and thus Fire magick is especially useful when you draw on the energy of Leo.

 

Virgo

VIRGO SYMBOL

Planets: Mercury
Sun passes through: September 16 - October 30
Represented by: The Virgin
Element: Earth
Magick: Organisation, self-improvement, solutions to problems, mental energy, efficiency, logic, practicality, dependability, responsibility, judgement, criticism, discrimination, details, employment.

Constellation mythology: Who Virgo represents is uncertain; it has been associated with nearly every prominent goddess. Virgo is sometimes associated with Persephone, with the constellation being visible mainly in the spring months when she was believed to have risen from the underworld. According to one interpretation Virgo depicts Astraea, the virgin daughter of the god Zeus and the goddess Themis. Astraea was known as the goddess of justice, and was identified with this constellation due to the presence of the scales of justice in Libra nearby, as she supposedly ruled the world at one point with her wisdom until mankind became so callous she returned to skies in disgust.

Virgo is a good sign to employ to help with problem solving - it is an Earth sign, so Earth magick is particularly useful here.

 

Libra

LIBRA SYMBOL

Planets: Venus
Sun passes through: October 31 - November 22
Represented by: The Scales
Element: Air
Magick: Balance, harmony, justice, compassion, charm, diplomacy, co-operation, personality, culture, fairness, anger, indecisiveness, dishonesty, fickleness, spirituality, love, friendship.

Constellation mythology: Libra originally formed part of the claws of Scorpio and is the newest of the Zodiac constellations and the only one not to represent a living creature. In later Greek mythology the constellation was considered to depict the scales held by Astraea (identified as Virgo), the goddess of justice. Since Libra was originally part of another constellation, it was not a distinct entity for which a zodiac sign was named. Its place may have been taken by Boötes which, together with Ursa Major, Draco, and Ursa Minor, led to the myth of the apples of the Hesperides, one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

Libra energy is a balancing force, and is a good energy to use when re-establishing contact with someone with whom you parted on bad terms. Being an Air sign, Libra's energy is well suited to Air magick.

 

Scorpio

SCORPIO SYMBOL

Planets: Mars, Pluto
Sun passes through: November 23 - November 29
Represented by: The Scorpion
Element: Water
Magick: Sexuality, desire, power, leadership, determination, jealousy, suspicion, intolerance, self-destructive behaviour, temperament, life, death, transformation, emotions, regeneration, willpower, trust.

Constellation mythology: According to Greek mythology, Scorpius corresponds to the scorpion which was sent by Gaia (or possibly the goddess Hera) to kill the hunter Orion, the scorpion rising out of the ground at the goddess' command to attack. Although the scorpion and Orion appear together in this myth, the constellation of Orion is almost opposite to Scorpius in the night sky. It has been suggested that this was a divine precaution to forestall the heavenly continuation of the feud.

The energy of Scorpio is very intense and a very powerful force in making life changes. Being a Water sign, it is most at home in Water magick.

 

Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus SYMBOL

Planets: Saturn
Sun passes through: November 30 - December 17
Represented by: The Serpent Holder
Element: Doesn't have one
Magick: Doesn't have any

Constellation mythology: There are several theories on the mythology of Ophiuchus, but the most common is found in both ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology as basically the same story with different characters. Ophiuchus is represented in ancient Egypt by Imhotep, and in ancient Greece by Asclepius - equivalent gods of medicine and healing, both said to have been shown a way to make men immortal by a snake (hence "The Serpent Holder").

The energy of Scorpio is very intense and a very powerful force in making life changes. Being a Water sign, it is most at home in Water magick.

 

Sagittarius

SAGITTARIUS SYMBOL

Planets: Jupiter
Sun passes through: December 18 - January 18
Represented by: The Archer
Element: Fire
Magick: Exploration, enthusiasm, freedom, independence, fun, releasing yourself from addictions/bad habits/binding circumstances, truth, honesty, philosophy, optimism, intuition, legal matters, generosity, humour, temper, patience, responsibility, inspiration.

Constellation mythology: In Greek mythology, Sagittarius was sometimes identified as Chiron, aiming his bow at the Scorpion. The constellation Sagitta was sometimes considered to be an arrow fired by Sagittarius. Other early identifications include that of a rattle, which the constellation's brightest stars vaguely resemble. As such, together with other nearby constellations, Sagittarius may be a significant part of the origin of the myth of the Stymphalian Birds, one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

Sagittarius is a fun-loving, vibrant sign that has a librating effect. Being a fire sign, it is best suited to Fire magick.

 

Capricorn

CAPRICORN SYMBOL

Planets: Saturn
Sun passes through: January 19 - February 15
Represented by: The Goat
Element: Earth
Magick: Ambition, achievement, responsibility, commitment, forgiveness, organisation, structure, politics, efficiency, loyalty, discipline, domination, inflexibility, rigidity, materialism, perfectionism, stubbornness.

Constellation mythology: Capricornus, together with its early Greek name of Amalthea, associated ideas of sin and the nearby constellation of Aquarius (who was said to have poured out a river) may represent the origin of the myth of the Augean Stable, which forms one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

The energy of Capricorn is connected with ambition and self-control, very useful in reaching goals and taking on responsibility. Capricorn is an Earth sign, and so the energies of this sign are particularly useful when utilised with Earth magick.

 

Aquarius

AQUARIUS SYMBOL

Planets: Saturn, Uranus
Sun passes through: February 16 - March 11
Represented by: The Water Bearer
Element: Air
Magick: Creativity, originality, inventiveness, individuality, open-mindedness, science, logic, temperament, innovation, inflexibility, idealism, science, repression, unpredictability, tolerance.

Constellation mythology: The best-known myth identifies Aquarius with Ganymede, a beautiful youth with whom Zeus fell in love, and whom he carried off to Olympus to be cupbearer to the gods. It may also, together with the constellation Pegasus, be part of the origin of the myth of the Mares of Diomedes, which forms one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules. Its association with pouring out rivers and the nearby constellation of Capricornus, may be the source of the myth of the Augean Stable, which forms another of the Labours.

The energy of Aquarius is useful in making a difference and solving problems. Being an Air sign, the energies of Aquarius are well-suited to Air magick.

 

Pisces

PISCES SYMBOL

Planets: Jupiter, Neptune
Sun passes through: March 12 - April 18
Represented by: The Fish
Element: Water
Magick: Compassion, healing, emotions, faith, forgiveness, telepathy, dreams, loyalty, music, mysteries, understanding, pessimism, self-indulgence.

Constellation mythology: According to one version in Greek mythology, Pisces represents fish into which Aphrodite and her son Eros transformed in order to escape Typhon. The two fishes are often depicted tied together with a cord (or their tails), to make sure they do not lose one another. According to another version, since the binding point of the fish is below the ecliptic, and considered to represent being in the underworld, and that one of the figures appears to escape, but the other seems to head back toward the ecliptic then, together with Cetus (another constellation in Pisces), this may have formed the basis of the myth of the capture of Cerberus, one of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.

Pisces is a compassionate, spiritual sign. It is useful in healing work and work with emotions, which can be boosted by the use of Water magick with this sign.

 

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