From Father to Son

Like the author and lecturer Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myths), I believe myths express archetypal motifs that play a significant role in human experience.

I also believe that we are in large part unconscious of the power that these myths exert in our lives. Thus I advocate making special efforts to understand those myths which are most personal to us.

An easy way to do this is to examine the myths closely related with your astrological sun sign.

For those of you with the sun sign in Capricorn, know that the steely god Saturn (or Chronos) is your astrological ruler.  Here’s a myth of Greek origin about Saturn just for you.

Uranus, the King of the Gods, swallows his children at birth to ensure he is not overthrown by them as has been prophesied.  Understandably, Uranus’ wife, Gaia, is not pleased with this, so she helps their son Chronos (Saturn) to castrate his father and usurp his throne. Unfortunately Chronos, like his father, swallows his own children and is eventually overthrown by his son Zeus (Jupiter) and so life goes on.


The old king must die so the new king can be born.

Capricorn’s job is to buck the ‘system’ in order to earn a place of respect for himself in the new order.  Capricorns’ lot is one of fear, frustration, and mastery.  Indeed it is by pushing against obstacles, that Capricorn builds the endurance and discipline to succeed.  Reward comes from hard work and it is only with such hard work that Capricorn takes his position as the new king.

Capricorn is asked to make the rite of passage from being the son to the father.

  • How can you take more responsibility for what happens in your life?
  • How would you summarise your efforts so far?
  • When you’re ninety-five years old, what would make you most proud of you?

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