The Seven Star Sisters is also known as the Pleiades, a prominent star cluster in the night sky. Located in the zodiac sign of Taurus, the celestial bull, this particular star cluster can be visible from virtually every part of the globe. It can be seen with the naked eye and was used during ancient times to check one's eyesight; if you could see all seven stars, it would clarify you having superb vision. The seven sisters is dominated by hot blue and luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Due to the positioning of theSun, you will be unable to see this star cluster during the months of May and June.
In the North Hemisphere skies, the seven-star sisters are visible from October to April. Having been associated with the winter seasons, our ancestors would use these stars as the perfect guide for planting their crops and farming their land.
The Seven Star Sisters are known in many cultures around the world; however, most famously, the Seven Sisters were the daughters of the Titan Atlas, who held up the sky and Pleione, the mythical protectress of sailors in Greek mythology. When searching for it in the night sky, you will notice not just seven but nine stars, the seven sisters beside their mother and father.
The sisters names are Maia, Alcyone, Merope, Asterope, Celaeno, Taygete, and Electra, with each having their own story in mythology.
Maia the oldest sister was known for her beauty and solitary life. Incredibly shy Maia was quite happy in her own company, whilst living alone in the caves. Seduced by Zeus, she would become the mother of Hermes. The Romans viewed Maia as their spring goddess. The brightest star in the cluster at the time she was honoured by the Romans by having a calendar month named after her, May.
Alcyone was known as the leader and would be the sister to watch over the medeterian sea ensuring it was calm and safe for sailors. Marrying Ceyx, the son of the morning star / king of Trachis. Unfortunatly for them Zeus would find out the couple was impersinating him and his wife and drowned Ceyx in a storm at sea. Alcyone was devastated and threw herself into the sea to be with her husband where the gods would transform and reunite both Alcyone and Ceyx into an halcyon (kingfisher).
Merope was sadly known as the lost Pleiade. Due to her not shining as brightly as her sisters, Merope was the last star to be located by astronomers. Stories suggest she became lost due to her shame of marrying the mortal king Sisyphus. Having angered Zeus because of his arrogance, Sisyphus would be punished. Having survived both attacks on his life, this infuriated Zeus even further. As further punishment Sisyphus would be given the impossible task of rolling a large boulder up a large hill to the delight of Zeus he was unsuccessful.
Asterope was known as the weaker sister, like Melope shining less brighter than her other sisters yet still being able to be seen with the naked eye. The mother of Oenomaus, the king of the Greek region of Pisa, whose father was Ares, the god of war.
Celaeno lost her brightness due to being struck by lightening by her younger sister. Celaeno had four children with Poseidon the sea god and two with the Titan Prometheus.
Taygete preferred her own company, independence and lived alone in the mountains. Zeus tried to seduce her but before he could she ran into the arms on Artemis who turned Taygete into a doe allowing her to escape the clutches of both Zeus and Hercules who also took a liking to her. Zeus eventually caught her. She would give birth to a son Lacedaemon fathered by Zeus, however, not being able to overcome her trauma linked to Zeus, Taygete would sadly take her life.
Electra, the baby of the family yet the third brightest of all the sisters was the wife of Corythus who would create a son, not with her husband but with Zeus. He would be knowns as Dardanus the founder of Troy.
The ancient Greeks weren't the only ones to belive in the seven sisters. Native Americans believed the seven sisters were running away from the Jampijinpa man (most likely Zeus in Greek mythology), whilst traveling across the land, forming a steep hill they launched themselves into the sky to escape him. The seven sisters story is linked to Krttika in Hindu astrology aswell as the word Subaru being linked to the pleiades star cluster in Japan.
I think we can agree that these stars look and sound pretty incredible, we may even relate to one of the sisters or one of the sisters may remind us of someone we know. The next time we are outside under the night sky, look up and see if you can spot them, and when you do just think that your ancestors (dating back thousands of years) would have done exactly the same. How incredible is that?
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Sending love and light