Algol - Cultural Significance

Cultural Significance

See also: Algol in astrology
The constellation Perseus and Algol, the Bright Star in the Gorgon's head

Johannes Hevelius, Uranographia, 1690

In the Tetrabiblos, the 2nd century astrological text of the Alexandrian astronomer Ptolemy, Algol is referred to as "the Gorgon of Perseus" and associated with death by decapitation: a theme which mirrors the myth of the hero Perseus’ victory over the snake-headed Gorgon Medusa. Astrologically, Algol is considered one of the unluckiest stars in the sky, and was listed as one of the 15 Behenian stars. Historically, the star has received a strong association with bloody violence across a wide variety of cultures.

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