The October sky tells the legend of Perseus and Andromeda

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Legend of Perseus and Andromeda it tells of a sea monster and a woman with snakes instead of hair. We can see this story in the sky this month!

The autumn stars, wedged between the gently shining stars of summer and the dazzling old-timers of the winter sky, find their place in the sky quite difficult to achieve. The sky looks tired and dull; there are only a few really bright stars and the constellation looks - honestly - quite boring. Do you see the horse flying down the barren star square (Pegasus, by the way)?

Myths and legends

You should tell this to our ancestors - especially the Greeks. It was they who pinned myths and legends to the night sky so that they could better identify the constellations. It doesn't matter that Pegasus doesn't look like a horse; Greek navigators at sea and land-based farmers could still associate it with their place and time.

Greek myths are full of true lust, power and manipulation. Whether you thought modern politics was extremely intricate, try reading Robert Graves' Greek Myths. You will see that nothing changes.

As the autumn sky loses its beauty, the constellations that are clearly visible this month create room for storytelling. This is a legend about Perseus and Andromeda. To find Andromeda, let's go back to Pegasus. That is, at its left end, we will see a faint line of stars. It takes a lot of effort to think of it as a girl chained to a rock trying to swallow a sea monster, but it's there.


A story about Perseus and Andromeda

And how did the girl get there? Her mother, Casiopea, Queen of Ethiopia, tied her there to show off to the king of the seas, Poseidon, that her daughter was more beautiful than all the fairies. That was not a good step. Angry God sent a sea monster (constellation Whales) to ravage their kingdom. That is why every night Casiopea (a bright double V-shaped constellation) and her husband Cephea (a weak dragon) had to sacrifice a young man to a monster.

But that wasn't enough for Poseidon. He wanted Andromeda as a wife. That's the reason Andromeda ended up on a sacrificial stone with a furious Cet arriving at her.

Then he hit Perseus (a bright and interesting constellation visible throughout the year). According to myths, he was the son of beautiful Danae and the god Zeus (who had bad intentions with her). The local king was looking at Dana, but young Perseus knew his intentions were not honorable, so Perseus had sent him to one of the most remote regions of the world with instructions: Kill the Monster of Jellyfish.

The three monsters were sisters who had snakes instead of hair and a look at which the person who looked into her eyes froze. Two of them were immortal except for Jellyfish.


Perseus planned his campaign carefully. He needed to be invisible; winged sandals, if he accidentally needed to fly, and reflective armor pointing at the face of the Jellyfish, so he didn't look directly at it. Everything turned out right, the Jellyfish was killed and Pegasus rose from her blood. But there was another challenge on her way back to Perseus - a beautiful virgin chained to a rock threatened by a sea monster about to eat it. He therefore beheaded the growling Cet with one stone.

Is it left to marry and live together forever or not? But Perseus was waiting for one more hurdle. Andromeda's calculating mother had already chosen a more suitable suitor. Perseus therefore invaded the wedding, where 200 visitors were invited, and when his moment came, he lifted the Medusa's head, shouted "See you soon," and everyone turned into a stone at that moment. What is the lesson? Even monsters have their use.

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