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Astrological Zodiacs - Star Sign Aries

Updated on November 27, 2011

Aries Mythology

 The star sign Aries is the first of the 12 zodiacs and is entered by the sun around about 21st March. Aries is represented in zodiac symbology by the Ram.The Aries Horoscope covers those born on and between 21st March and 19th April.

Greek Mythology of Aries

 Aries was held in high status in the age old period of Greek sky loreand is marked by the March equinox point.It was declared the prince of all signs by the Roman poet Manilius. The constellation was known by the Assyrians of the upper Tigris River by "alter" or"sacrifice" Aries represents the legend of the Golden Fleece in Greek Mythology.

The legend goes as follows according to Apollonius of Rhodes " King Athamus of Boetia married Nephele.Athamus became disenchanted with his wife and remarried.His new wife,Ino, saw the children of the Kings' previous marriage, especially the boy, Phrixus as a threat to her own offspring.She therefore wickedly devised an ingenious scheme to bring about the childs death.She went secretly to the stores of corn seed kept for sowing in the spring and scorched the precious grains. The resulting crop failure threatened the population with starvation.

Athamus sent a messenger to the oracle at Deplhi, but Ino had already bribed the emissary, who returned to the King saying that the oracle required the young prince as a sacrifice before the corn would begin to grow again. The prince was duly prepared for sacrifice, but hearing the desperate pleas of his mother, the messenger of the Gods,Hermes, interevned and sent a wonderful Ram with a fleece of gold to santch the boy up from the altar.

 

Phrixus had a sister, Helle, who was also rescued by the Ram, but as the Ram was was crossing the narrow straits that seperate Europe and Asia, Helle fell to her death. From then onwards, the straits became known as the Sea of Helle or Hellespont in memory of the princess.

The magical beast had bought Phrixus to the land of Colchicon the shores of the Black Sea. It was here that in gratitude fo rhis slavation, Phrixus sacrificed the Ram in honour of the God Zeus, also known as Jupiter in Roman myth, and gave its Golden Fleece to the then King of Colchis, Aeetes. The King of Colchis had the fleece protected by a dragon in a sacred groveof the War God "Ares" also called Mars.In later astrology the zodiac sign of the Ram is placed under the dominion of the war god.

The Fleece remained in the grove until stolen by Jason the hero of the story Jason and the Argonauts( named after his ship"the Argo"). Jason eventually married the King of Colchis' daughter Princess Medea the sorceress who lulled the dragon to sleep in order to steal the fleece.

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      darla jade osnza 

      7 years ago

      so nice.................... hahhahha.................

    • Dale Nelson profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Nelson 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Caretaker Ray and Mtsi.

      Thanks for stopping by.Im glad to hear that my writing is worthwhile to some. I am still busy with research on the other starsigns and hope to publish another one today.

      Kind regards

      Dale

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      mtsi1098 

      8 years ago

      Well that explains the Ram icon for Aries...thanks for this piece as I always wondered how the signs got their icon representation...

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      Ray Van Hoff 

      8 years ago from Michigan U.S.A.

      Dale Nelson:

      thanx for a great hub! As an Aries myself I found it very interesting. :)

      caretakerray

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