20. Constellation – Ursa Major, the great bear

 

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Ursa Major, the great bear, represents the wood nymph, Callisto, in Greek mythology. She was raped by Zeus and turned into a bear by Hera, Zeus jealous wife. Arcas, son of Callisto, was a hunter and, shooting the bear, was almost to kill his mother. To avoid the tragedy, Zeus put both of them in the sky, Callisto the great bear, and Arcas, the minor bear.

Symbolism

– destruction, power;

– power to overcome enemies;

– feminine strength.

Stars of Ursa Major

The most important stars from Ursa Major, in the order of magnitude are: Dubhe, Merak, Phachd, Megrez, Alioth, Mizar and Benetnasch.

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20.1 Dubhe – 150 Leo 10′

 

Dubhe is the brightest star from Ursa Major, located in the back of the bear.

Magnitude: 2,00

Projected Ecliptical Degrees: 150 Leo 10′

Declination: 61N46’44”

Planetary nature: Mercury/Mars

Official name: Alpha Ursa Major

 

Symbolism:

– destruction, ;

– psychic ability, the power to overcome enemies;

– courage, strength, power;

– feminine power.

 

21. Constellation – Hydra, the serpent

 

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Hydra, the serpent, is a constellation which belonged to a group named Hydra et Corvus et Crater, formed by Hydra which had a cup on her back and guarded it from the ever thirsty Corvus the Raven.

In Greek mythology Apollo sent the Crow to bring a cup of water, but he returned too late with a snake in the cup, telling that this was the cause of his delay. Apollo found that he lied and, angered, sent the crow in the heaven with a cup guarded by the snake, in order to make him feel the pain of always be thirsty.

Hydra represents the mythological serpent from different cultures: Ananta the Infinite in Hinduism, Mat Chinoi the Chinese Serpent – goddess, or the serpent from the Tree of life of the Garden of Eden.

Hydra is the largest constellation measuring 1303 square degrees.

 

Symbolism

– violence, cruelty, poisoning;

– artistic appreciation.

Stars of Hydra

The most important stars from Hydra, in the order of magnitude are: Alphard, Al Sharasif, Al Minliar al Shuja and Ukda.

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21.1 Alphard – 270 Leo 18′

 

Alphard is the brightest star from Hydra, located in the heart of the snake.

Magnitude: 2,2

Projected Ecliptical Degrees: 270 Leo 18′

Declination: 8S26’27”

Range of degrees with which can be in parans: from Gemini to Virgo

Planetary nature: Saturn/Venus

Official name: Alpha Hydra

 

Symbolism:

– poisoning, rabies, drug abuse, poisoning bites;

– musical and artistic appreciation;

– violent, emotional outbursts, anger;