The Zodiac Windows - Winter

SAGITTARIUS 23rd November – 21st December

The Archer. He appears here as Cheiron, the old centaur who taught JASON (ΙΑCωΝ), of the Argonauts, and ACHILLES (AXIλλEΥC), the art of war. They are the two boys. The wreath is in the Southern Crown - Corona Austrilis - not seen from the Northern Hemisphere but close to Sagittarius in the Southern. Cheiron formed Sagittarius to guide Jason on the Argosy to find the Golden Fleece. The brightest stars are Epsilon and Sigma Sagittarius.

CAPRICORN 22nd December – 20th January

The Sea-Goat. Her real name was Amalthea. The god Cronus used to eat his children. His wife Rhea, here seen with Aphrodite, hid the youngest, ZEUS (ΖΕΥC), in a cave to be suckled by the goat. On becoming God, Zeus destroyed Cronus and raised Amalthea to the stars. The word NELA (ΝΕΔΑ) refers to the river in which Zeus was bathed to make him godlike.

AQUARIUS 21st January – 19th February

The Water Carrier is Ganymede, a very handsome boy who was cupbearer to the Gods. He is seen here with Piscis Austrilis, the southern fish and Grus the Crane, who is seen only in the Southern Hemisphere. Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the fish (on his forehead). It is only 22 light years away and is 13 times brighter than the sun.

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