Constellation Stories: Cassiopeia and Andromeda

Have you ever wondered about constellations? Why they are in specific shapes? And what are the stories? Well, in this series we’ll be exploring the stories of the night sky: Constellations.

Today we’ll be talking about Cassiopeia and Andromeda. Let’s jump straight into it. Cassiopeia was the queen of Ethiopia. Her husband was King Cepheus and was the daughter of Coronus and Zeuxo. 


One day Cassiopeia claimed that she was more beautiful than the sea nymphs called the Nereids. When the Nerids got word of this hubris they were outraged and appealed for Poseidon to punish Cassiopeia for her boasting. Poseidon agreed and sent Cetus to ravage the coast of Cepheus’ kingdom.  


Cepheus, wanting the ravages to stop look towards an oracle for guidance. The oracle just said that he and Cassiopeia have to sacrifice Andromeda to the sea monster. The King and Queen did as they must and chained Andromeda to rock for the sea monster. The greek hero Perseus, however, resued her at the last minute from the sea monster.


 Andromeda and Perseus later got married but while at the wedding one of her former suitors named Phineus showed up and claimed that he was the only right one to marry Andromeda. A fight broke out and outnumbered Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn everyone into stone as one look at Medusa’s eyes and you turn into stone. However, the King and Queen also got turned into stone as they did not look away quick enough. It was Perseus who put Cassiopeia and Cepheus into the sky and having them upside down half the year as punishment for Cassiopeia’s vain. Cassiopeia is still depicted sitting on her throne, combing her hair today.

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