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09 November 2015 @ 09:50 am
Fanmix: Dancing Though the Stars - A Zodiac Mix (Round 31 at waywardmixes)  

This fanmix is all about the 12 signs of the Zodiac and the mythological stories behind each sign. I made it for Round 31 at waywardmixes which has a Space theme.

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The story of Aries is of Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the Golden Fleece. Jason's Argonauts were comprised of some of the strongest and greatest heroes in Greek mythology, including Herakles and the "twins" Castor and Pollux. With the help of the sorceress Medea, Jason and his Argonauts succeed in their quest. The image of the ram was put into the stars by the sea god Poseidon as the constellation of Aries.)

(The story of Taurus is of the Minotaur of Crete. The Minotaur was born as a punishment to King Minos of Crete when he tried to deceive Poseidon when Poseidon sent him a bull to sacrifice as a show of support. The Minotaur was trapped in a labyrinth and people were sent in the labyrinth to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. Theseus was a hero who voluntarily went to Crete to try and slay the Minotaur. King Minos' daughter Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and aided him in slaying the Minotaur. The image of the bull was put into the stars as the constellation of Taurus.)

(The story of Gemini is of the "twins" Castor and Pollux who were not twins in the normal sense since they had two different fathers. Castor was the mortal son of Tyndareus and Pollux was the immortal son of Zeus, who had seduced Tyndareus' wife Leda. Despite being half-brothers, the two had a very strong bond. When Castor died, Pollux was so grief-stricken, he asked his father to share some of his immortality with Castor. As such, the two brothers were re-united and split their time between the Underwold and Mount Olympus. Their image was then put up into the sky as the constellation of Gemini.)

(The story of Cancer is of Herakles and his Second Labour: Killing the Hydra. Hera, the wife of Zeus, had a deep hatred of Zeus' demi-god children, and especially of Herakles. She created the Hydra for the sole purpose of killing Herakles. She further sent a large crab to distract Herakles when it looked like he would succeed. Although the crab was crushed by Herakles and the Hydra was slain, Hera decided to immortalize the crab by putting its image in the stars as the constellation of Cancer)

(The story of Leo is also focused on Herakles and his Labours. Leo is the story of Herakles' first Labour: to kill the Nemean Lion, a lion with an invincible hide. Herakles set himself to do twelve Impossible Labours as a repentance for the murder of his wife and children. Hera had caused Herakles to go mad and kill his family. Herakles succeeded in killing the Nemean Lion by strangling it to death. The image of the great lion was put into the stars as the constellation of Leo.)

(The story of Virgo is of Persephone, the daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter. She was lured away by Hades and because she ate six pomegranate seeds, Persephone had to remain in the Underworld for anyone who eats anything in the Underworld must stay there for eternity. Demeter was stricken with grief and because of this, the crops on Earth died and the humans were dying of starvation. A deal was eventually struck where Persephone would stay six months in the Underworld (since she ate six pomegranate seeds) and the other six months of the year, she would stay with her mother on Earth. For the six months Persephone was away, the Earth would be barren with Demeter's grief, but when Persephone returned, the Earth would become bright and green again. Hades put Persephone's image into the stars as the constellation of Virgo.)

(The story of Libra is of Dike, the goddess of human justice, and her golden scales. When she dwelled on Earth, there were no wars and things were fair. However, she lost faith in humanity when they became greedy and began to watch them from the stars, and chaos began to reign. The scales were put into the stars as the constellation of Libra.)

(The story of Scorpio is of the great hunter Orion. Orion pursued the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. Artemis took pity on them and turned them into birds so they could get away from Orion. Artemis was angry with Orion for his continued pursuit and sent a scorpion after him to kill him. The image of the scorpion was put into the stars as the constellation of Scorpio.)

(The story of Sagittarius is of Chiron, a wise centaur. He was friends with Herakles and after defeating the Hydra, Herakles came to tell Chiron of the deed and showed him the arrows he had dipped into the Hydra's poisonous blood. When he left, Herakles accidentally left behind a poisoned arrow which stabbed Chiron. Chiron was immortal so he did not die from the poison but he was in so much pain that Zeus took pity on him and made him mortal so he could die. The image of Chiron was then put into the stars as the constellation of Sagittarius.)

(The story of Capricorn is of Amalthea, a goat nymph who raised Zeus. Zeus' father Cronus had been told a prophecy that one of his children would be his usurper, so he decided that he would remedy this by eating his children. Rhea, Cronus' wife, hated seeing all her children being eaten, so when she gave birth to her last child, she tricked Cronus by swaddling a rock and hid Zeus on the island of Crete where she entrusted him to the care of Amalthea. When Zeus was grown, he was told of his destiny and went to Olympus to claim his right to the throne. He cut open his father's stomach and all of Zeus' siblings came out, fully grown and alive. Zeus then put the image of Amalthea in the stars as the constellation of Capricorn.)

(The story of Aquarius is of Ganymede. Ganymede was a mortal hero who was very beautiful. Zeus, infatuated by his beauty, kidnapped Ganymede and offered him immortality and a position as the cup bearer to the gods. The image of Ganymede was put into the stars as the constellation of Aquarius.)

(The story of Aquarius is of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and her son Eros. Gaia, or Mother Earth, was angry with the gods and sent the monster Typhon to attack them. Pan warned the other gods about this attack and urged them to take cover. Aphrodite and Eros turned into two fish to protect themselves. Once the attack was over and things were well, Aphrodite placed the image of the two fish into the sky as the constellation of Pisces.)

Ruler of the Planet Omicron Persei VIII: Music:: Music is loveinabsentialuci on November 17th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about the zodiac besides my own sign, but this mix was very fun to listen to! I caught myself dancing at my desk a few times!
refuse2shinerefuse2shine on November 17th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D I had a book as a child with all the stories behind the signs (it was a bit toned down in the violence department) and I just thought it would make a good mix.

The whole point was a dancey mix, so I'm very happy it made you dance :)
Lutra Chaiteaotter on November 19th, 2015 06:47 am (UTC)
This was fun! And I love your art and layout for the post -- are the colors associated with the various signs, too?
refuse2shine: Arielrefuse2shine on November 19th, 2015 10:37 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it :) the colours to be honest were totally random.
an0ther_dreameran0ther_dreamer on November 25th, 2015 11:58 am (UTC)
I love the concept and the explanations of the various myths. The songs suited the stories of the signs and flowed into each other very well.
refuse2shine: Arielrefuse2shine on November 25th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much :)
Jessicaimpala_chick on December 5th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is so interesting. Love the accompanying info about the signs.
refuse2shine: Arielrefuse2shine on December 5th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I included the info to give some insight into the song choices.