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There's An Astrological Reason Why You Feel So Much Like A God Sometimes

Every symbol has a story behind it — that includes your sign.

by Valerie Mesa and Roya Backlund
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Ancient mythology is essential to studying astrology, but among the many things these esoteric topics have in common, one thing is for sure: they're both timeless. Astrology is full of mythological components, which is why we’re going to be discussing the unique attributes of your zodiac goddess. The god or goddess that pairs with each zodiac sign proves it, considering each constellation represents a divine figure in ancient mythology. There is more than one approach to practicing astrology. Though most astrologers base their studies upon psychological observation, there is at least one alternative, and that’s where the ancient deities ultimately play a role.

Mythology paints a picture and offers a background story to astrology. So much so, its ancient history and myth inspired psychoanalyst and astrologer Carl Jung to connect modern science and ancient practices back in 1954, which, in turn, was the beginning of the astrological archetype. For instance, in Jungian psychology, the archetypes represent universal patterns and images that are part of the collective unconscious. Jung believed that humankind inherits archetypes the same way they inherit their instinctive behavioral patterns — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Truth is, every symbol has a story behind it, and the same goes for all 12 zodiac archetypes. Here is the god or goddess associated with yours:

Aries: Ares, God Of War

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In Greek mythology, Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera; he is the god of war, representing the violent and physical aspects of battle. Some say Ares was Aphrodite's lover and was held in contempt by her husband, Hephaestus, after their affair was discovered among the Olympians. This may ring a bell, since Aries is untamed, highly passionate, and notorious for being over-sexed and physically aggressive. This cardinal fire sign is as audacious as it is bold and daring when inspired. Aries goes to war to fight for what they desires most, and their sheer willpower is a magnificent thing.

Taurus: Aphrodite, Goddess Of Love And Beauty

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The goddess of sexual love and beauty, Aphrodite, was born from the white foam produced by the severed genitals of Uranus, after his son Cronus threw them into the sea. This may sound gnarly, but it’s still said that her beauty was what sparked rivalry among the gods. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because Taurus is ruled by Venus, planet of love, beauty, and pleasure. It's no coincidence those born under this sign are blessed with gorgeous looks and love indulging in the pleasures of life. (If you have close friends and/or significant others with this astrological placement, then you’re no stranger to this.)

Gemini: Athena, Goddess Of Wisdom And Military Victory

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Athena is a multifaceted goddess, representing wisdom, courage, inspiration, mathematics, strength, strategy, and more. Some say she came out of Zeus' forehead after he experienced an enormous headache, which explains why Gemini is such a mentally charged zodiac sign. Just like Gemini, this goddess is also an intellectual chameleon. Those who are born under this sign tend to be relentless thinkers who also happen to be incredibly savvy.

Cancer: Artemis, Goddess Of The Moon And Wilderness

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Daughter of Zeus, Artemis is the goddess of the moon, hunting, and virginity. She is the protector of young children and a healer to women, and is depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow. It doesn't get more Cancer-like than the goddess Artemis. Ruled by the compassionate, intuitive, and ever-changing moon, Cancer is the nurturer of the zodiac. Daughter of Zeus, Artemis is the goddess of the moon, hunting, and virginity. She is the protector of young children and a healer to women, and is depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow. It doesn't get more Cancer-like than the goddess Artemis. Ruled by the compassionate, intuitive and ever-changing moon, Cancer is the nurturer of the zodiac. The moon is, after all, an ancient symbol of the divine feminine, which speaks directly to Artemis’ connection to fertility and her role as a healer. So much so, some born under this zodiac sign are blessed with healing abilities they inherited from their maternal ancestors. This water sign’s divine mother archetype goes hand in hand with the goddess Artemis.

Leo: Apollo, God Of The Sun And The Light

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It’s always a celebration when Leo is around, and Apollo is no different. Also known as the god of the sun, light, music, poetry, and knowledge, mythology says Apollo was known for entertaining Olympus with tunes played on his golden lyre. Sound familiar? If you have close friends, relatives and/or a significant other with personal placements in this fixed fire sign, then you’re well aware of the fact that Leo is the entertainer of the zodiac, just like Apollo. Ruled by the ever-burning sun, those born under this sign are warm, loving, and charismatic. Coincidence? Not quite. The sun is the center of the universe, and Leo wouldn’t have it any other way.

Virgo: Demeter, Goddess Of Grain And Agriculture

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Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and fertility of the earth. Ancient lore says she revealed the art of growing and using corn to all of humankind. She was depicted wearing a wreath made of ears of corn in ancient art, all of which is very much Virgoan. This mutable earth sign revels in the intricate details and the process of a job well done. The goddess Demeter is a pure representation of Virgo's fertility and harvest. Virgo is also the zodiac sign of health and sustenance.

Libra: Hera, Goddess Of Women And Marriage

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Queen of the Olympian gods, Hera is known as the goddess of marriage and birth. Although, some say she was a jealous wife, as she constantly fought with Zeus over his affairs. Just like harmony-seeking Libra, the goddess Hera is a representation of justice and relationships. Those born under this sign tend to be attractive, as they are also ruled by charming Venus, planet of love and beauty. Its cardinal air, however, brings its Venusian qualities to life in a more cerebral way, which is why Libras typically thrive in social atmospheres. They are also the zodiac sign that rules over marriage and partnership.

Scorpio: Kali, Goddess of Death And Sexuality

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If you’re familiar with this mystifying deity, then you’re probably well-aware of its innate resonance with smoldering Scorpio. Kali is one of the most complex goddesses in the Hindu religion. She is known as the goddess of death and sexuality, as she brings transformation to one's ego, which pairs well with Scorpio, the zodiac sign of creation and destruction. Scorpios are adept at letting go and letting in. The goddess Kali is the epitome of all things Scorpio. This water sign is also a representation of death, transformation, and sex.

Sagittarius: Zeus, God Of The Sky And Thunder

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Zeus is the god of the sky and thunder, also referred to as the king of the gods. Some say he exposed liars, as he was the keeper of oaths. You can’t get much more Sagittarius than that, considering it’s ruled by Jupiter, planet of truth and abundance, as well as the largest in the solar system. Zeus' arrow is equivalent to Sagittarius' archer and truth-seeking ways. Jupiter is also the planet of expansion; whatever Jupiter touches inevitably becomes bigger. It only makes sense the Sagittarius god would be the most imposing one of all.

Capricorn: Persephone, Goddess Of Harvest And Queen Of The Underworld

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The goddess Persephone was Demeter's daughter and queen of the underworld. She is often depicted as a young goddess holding sheaves of grain and a flaming torch. There is so much inner conflict that is inherent to the experience of being a Capricorn. Depicted by the mystical sea-goat, half-earth, half-water, it only makes sense that Persephone would also be a representation of both the light and dark, warring against each other. Hades fell in love with her and took her to the underworld, which can also speak to the darkness that comes with the winter season.

Aquarius: Prometheus, God Of Forethought And Humankind

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Prometheus is the Titan god of forethought and crafty counsel who was given the task of molding humankind out of clay. Just like the intellectual and strategic sign of Aquarius, the god Prometheus was somewhat of a rebel and a visionary. His abilities and electric chaos are also similar to Aquarius' ruling planet, Uranus. Aquarius is a pioneer and a revolutionary, which is why it’s also considered to be a zodiac sign that’s centered on progressive and futuristic.

Pisces: Ishtar, Goddess of Fertility And Universal Love

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Mysterious and chameleon-like, Ishtar is sometimes referred to as the goddess of fertility. She eventually evolved into a more complex character, and is often referred to as a goddess of contradictory connotations and forces. Sound familiar? It doesn't get more Pisces than this multifaceted goddess. Ishtar's energy is mutable and contradictory, which is similar to the opposing forces of Pisces’ zodiac archetype. Similar to this mutable water sign, she is complex, universal, and highly esoteric.

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