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Capricorn has more than one God from Greek mythology that it represents, but the most exciting story associated with the Capricorn zodiac is the story of Amalthea and Zeus.
At one point in time, Zeus, the God of thunder and the ruler of the Gods, was born. Zeus’s mother wasthe titan, Rhea, who protected him from his evil father, Cronus. Cronus sought to consume baby Zeus, but Rhea would never let it happen.She hid him away in a cave on the island of Crete and left him in the care of the goat, Amalthea. She was no ordinary goat, but a mythological creature that could nurture and care for Zeus as her own until he was safe to leave the cave.
Amalthea mothered Zeus and let him feed on herteat. And then, as Zeus got older, there came a day when he became a handful; he accidentally broke off one of Amalthea’s horns. In his regret, Zeus turned a negative into a positive by blessing the broken horn. With his blessing, anyone who owned the horn fragment would find anything they wanted. This horn is the Cornucopia. You may recognize this name from the cone-shaped basket that holds fruit and pumpkins around autumn time. The Cornucopia remains a symbol of abundance, even though most do not know of its origin.
When you look at the Capricorn (or Capricornus) constellation in the night sky, its stars make a simple triangle shape, but in depictions of the zodiac constellation in mythology, it is the symbol of a goat or a sea-goat, which referencesthe story of Amalthea. The picture varies depending on where you view it; when the Capricorn symbol is a sea-goat, it appears as a goat that has a fishtail instead of two back legs.
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