Stargazing in January

January is traditionally a great month for stargazing in the Northern Hemisphere. Although it is cold out in many nations, that’s nothing a warm flask and a couple of extra layers won’t fix – and it will all be well worth it for the majestic views of the heavens this month can provide. The most […]

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Myths of the Zodiac: Libra

Libra is the seventh Zodiacal constellation and is symbolised as a pair of scales – often representing justice and balance. The constellation itself was first noted in Babylonian times, where it was sometimes known as Zibanu (scales) but more often was thought of as the ‘claws’ of its neighbour constellation Scorpio. In astrology, Libra is […]

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Myths of The Zodiac: Virgo

Virgo, taken from the Latin for virgin, is the largest of the 12 Zodiacal constellations. Originally associated with wheat fields and fertile land, over the years this pattern of stars came to signal human fertility and stories of virginity and purity. The brightest star in Virgo, Spica, bears elements of this past as its name […]

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Four Songs About Astrology

Musicians are wondering and often mystical types, so it is no wonder that many famous musician’s creative output has often featured astrology. Covering all genres of music, from hip-hop to blues, country and soul – astrology is a broad church that has influenced many people and the popular mythos of many countries. From lamenting break […]

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Myths of the Zodiac: Leo

The majestic sight of a roaring lion; a symbol of nature’s incredible ability to create unrivalled predators. Small wonder then, that these awe-inspiring creatures lent their form to one of the Zodiacal constellations. Leo’s brightest star is Regulus, with an apparent magnitude of 1.4, and its distinctive crouching Lion shape makes it one of the […]

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Myths of the Zodiac Part 4: Cancer

The constellation of Cancer is the darkest of all the Zodiacal constellations, having only two stars above the 3.0 magnitude. Its brightest star is today named Beta Cancri. In human history Cancer has long been associated with amphibious creatures with exoskeletons, including turtles, scarabs and beetles. Most commonly though, Cancer has been associated with a […]

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Myths of the Zodiac Part 3: Gemini

Gemini is a zodiacal constellation consisting of 85 primary stars that are visible from Earth without a telescope. The brightest pair of stars Castor and Pollux, which make up the heads of the twin-based shape. Gemini is the Latin word for ‘twins’ and it is this appearance that influenced the myths surrounding the constellation throughout […]

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Myths of the Zodiac: Taurus

The constellation of Taurus is one of the oldest to have been labelled as such in human history. Evidence suggests people have been associating this patch of sky with the image of a bull for upwards of 10,000 years. Babylonian astronomers called it The Bull of Heaven, and it was the first constellation in their […]

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Myths of the Zodiac Constellations Part 1: Aries

Most of you will know the Zodiac signs, and hopefully their associated constellations in the sky. But lesser known, among many people, are the mythological stories associated with these constellations around the world. Many cultures identify the same patterns, or at least similar ones, as constellations and have corresponding stories. The legends most usually associated […]

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