The Constellation

The Constellation AriesGreek Mythology symbolized the constellation Aries with the head of a Ram. They believed it represented the Ram from which the Golden Fleece was taken. Purportedly, the Ram was the offspring of Neptune/Poseidon who had fallen in love with a maiden named Theophane.

To protect her from suitors, he changed Theophane into a sheep and took her to an island where he, in the form of a Ram, carried on their courtship. The result of their union was the winged golden-fleeced Ram which bore Phryxus to the Colchian shore.

The myth relates that King Athamas of Thessaly had a wife named Nephele who bore him two sons, Phyrxus, Leucon, and a daughter named Helle. Athamas resenting the distain Nephele bore him and fell in love with Ino who bore him two children.

Ino manipulated events to force Athamas to sacrifice Phryxus to Zeus/Jupiter. Heracles/Hercules intervened to stop the sacrifice. Following orders from Hera or Zeus, the god Hermes provided Phryxus the winged golden Ram to carry him to a land of safety.

When the Ram appeared, Helle wanted to go with Phryxus so the children jumped on to it’s back and the Ram flew them into the sky and traveled eastward.

As they flew across the sky, Helle could not hang on any longer. Sadly, she slid off the Ram and fell into the straits between Europe and Asia. To honor her, the Greeks called it Hellespont or the "Sea of Helle." This body of water is now known as the Dardanelles.

Phrixus was carried safely by the Ram to the southeastern shore of the Black Sea. He took refuge in a town called Colchis with it’s King Æetes.

Phryxus sacrificed the Ram to Zeus and hung it in a grove with a dragon to guard and protect it day and night. The Golden Fleece remained safe in the grove until it was stolen by "Jason and the Argonauts." To its honor, Zeus translated the Ram into the heavens as a constellation.


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-- Ambrose Bierce

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-- Joseph Campbell


"In all the antique religions, Mythology takes the place of dogma."
-- William Robertson Smith

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