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Myths Concerning the Creation of Constellations and the UniverseLong long ago the world slept in the arms of a dark void From thisplace of nothingness Spirit drew together and created our Lady of infinitelove The Lady danced among the heavens her feet beating out the rhythof all creation Sparks of light catapulted from her hair giving birth to thestars and plantes As she twirled these heavenly bodies began to move withher in the divine symphony of the universe when thunder roars in theheavens and lightning cracks from the ground the Lord and Lady dance thedivine myth of creation so that we may remember them and know that weare never alone When the sun rises each morning we bask in the joy of hislove for us and when the moon moves through her phases we understandthe cycle of birth growth death and rebirth as is the nature of our kind Paganism today is rife with astrological references These referencesare most apparent in the calendar of holidays- the wheel of the year Thewinter and summer solstices the longest and shortest days of the year arecelebrated- as are the fall and spring equinoxes when day and night are ofequal duration The full and new moon phases are honored as sacred times Each constellation has many myths surrounding its creation as wellThe Greek bear myth involves the Big and Little Dippers Ursa major andUrsa minor It is said that the Greek god Zeus fell in love with Callisto abeautiful mortal When Zeus wife Hera learned of this she becameintensely jealous and changed Callisto into a bear Callisto retained herhumanemotions though and when she saw her son Arcas she reachedout to greet him The son thought he was being attacked and started to killthe bear At that moment Zeus intervened and placed Callisto in the sky asthe Great Bear Ursa major He later placed her son Arcas near her as theLittle Bear Ursa minor Zeus jealous wife Hera was not
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