The “maiden” of the Virgo symbol is Astraea the Star Maiden. She is linked to Virgo but also to Libra, as she was the Goddess of Justice. In Greek mythology, she left the Earth (in disgust at the inequity) and was transformed into the constellation of Virgo. Her name literally means “maiden of the stars.”
“…The Age Of Gold was the first age of the world, without hardship or toil for those who dwelt on Earth, and was without crime. The most recent age of the world, full of troubles and evils, is called The Age of Iron, but perhaps it would be better to call it the Second Age of Gold, for many of its troubles began when gold first tempted humankind to wickedness and war. through the Ages of Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Astraea – the goddess of justice – still remained on Earth, but when the Age Of Iron began, she found she could stay here no longer. Now she shines down from the sky as the constellation Virgo, the virgin.
Astraea once carried a pair of scales with which she weighed up the rights and wrongs of any dispute. Now Astraea’s scales shine close by Virgo as the constellation of Libra…
Astraea, whose name means Star Maiden, was the last deity to leave Earth…”
In Ancient Greek & Roman parlance, they say that the return of Astraea to Earth heralds the arrival of the Golden Age. So many cultures have the idea of some deity coming back & beginning a fabulous new age whether it be aliens, Mayans, Christ, King Arthur, Astraea or other versions of the Divine Feminine.
Aphra Behn, the successful playwright and spy, used Astraea as one of her code names.
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