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Crown of the Northern Skies: Corona Borealis

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom In Eastern traditions, this constellation is called, rather humbly, the Broken Bowl. It was the ancient Greeks that imbued it with starry mythos and royalty. The Corona Borealis rises with Scorpion and sets at the rise of the Crab and Lion. It has nine stars in total

Everyone knows about the seahorse, but what about the star horse?

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The horse features relatively heavily in Greek mythology, with Hesiod referring to a horse during his invocation to the Heliconian Muses at the start of his Theogony. Thus it comes as no surprise that the ancients, who placed their greatest stories and symbols in the night sky,

The Eagle, or Aquila, Constellation

Written by Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Zeus features heavily in a lot of starlore, and the Eagle constellation is no exception.  The predominantly accepted mythos for this constellation is the abduction of Ganymede. Zeus had facilitated the kidnapping, fancying the beautiful mortal boy as his personal cup-bearer. In the constellation, which is situated

Andromeda: The Beauty of the Mediterranean

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The story of Perseus and Andromeda is well known from the hero’s side, but who really was the woman he saved? No one seems to know. For eons scholars and bards alike have argued and debated. Artists have studied her, represented her in statues, music, and paintings.

Minor but Mighty: Ursa Minor

By Danielle Alexander, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The night sky might seem like a random collection of twinkling stars to some, but to others, the stars create images and patterns filled with stories and legends. These images and patterns are known as constellations, and they’ve been captivating human imagination for as long as records have