Everyone in their lives has a teacher that they remember. It could be all the way back to first grade, but there is always at least one teacher that remains. Up in the stars, there is a teacher who looks down on the world. Chiron, the centaur and teacher to great heroes like Achilles, Perseus, and Jason, stands poised in the sky watching over the heavens and ready to strike should the eternal battle between Orion and Scorpius continue. Chiron is represented by Sagittarius, one of the most important constellations in the night sky.
Chiron, son of Cronus and Philyra, is a half-man, half-horse creature known as a centaur. He raised Jason when his uncle killed his father and his mother needed to hide him away. The centaur taught Jason how to hunt, about warfare and music, and passed down many ancient words of wisdom and his knowledge of medicine. Jason went on with the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece to take back his kingdom. Chiron then went on to teach two more of Greece’s great heroes. Known for his achievements in the Trojan War, Achilles was taught many things by a wise teacher. He learned prophecy, archery, the art of war, medicine, and music from the centaur. The son of king Peleus and the nymph Thetis, Achilles used what he learned from Chiron and won many battles and wars. However, he couldn’t learn enough to save himself from the piercing of his heel.
The myth of Medusa is nothing without the man who ended her life, Perseus. As Perseus hangs in the heavens with Medusa’s head, her eye blinking every three days, we look back at the one who taught him everything. Chiron taught Perseus everything he would need to become the great warrior he was. Able to prove himself to Cephus and Cassiopeia, he won Andromeda’s hand. Asclepius, the son of Apollo, also learned from Chiron, furthering his medicinal knowledge and furthering his demi-god status.
Another famed hero is Heracles. Heracles deals with many of the zodiac signs as he did his twelve labors. Chiron was a friend to Heracles and taught him many things. When Heracles was driven mad and killed his children and wife, he accidentally shot his friend with a poisoned arrow. Being the immortal that Chiron was, he left his home on the mountain and went to find Zeus, begging for the pain to end. He renounced his immortality in favor of being placed in the stars.
The ninth zodiac sign, Sagittarius is the final fire sign. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. The colors for the sign are navy blue and maroon, but we here at Birds of Valhalla figured we’d put a more interesting spin on the sign. Fire signs are flamboyant and bright, so we colored our natural soap with ethical micas to reflect something a bit more mystical. Scented in Night Violet, this unisex fragrance builds a romantic and sultry feel with bergamot, lemon, violet, and jasmine flowers. The florals of the scent are made deeper and more robust with cashmere and musk notes. Topped with a rainbow fluorite tower, which should be removed prior to use in the shower or bath, this food-based soap always turns out to be one of a kind. If you want your little bit of Sagittarius, you can grab it from our store here.