1) Zygós (Gr. Ζυγός) Libra (beginning on Sept.21) ruled by Æstía (Hestia; Gr. Ἑστία) Great Energizing (Ǽntoni Ænæryitikótis; Gr. Ἔντονη Ἐνεργητικότης). The Goddess Æstía presides over the Equinox at the commencement of her month.
2) Skorpiós (Gr. Σκορπιός) Scorpio (Oct.21) ruled by Áris (Ares; Gr. Ἄρης)
Stability (Stathærótis; Gr. Σταθερότης). The astrological symbol for Skorpiós represents the soul, pulsing with Life (Zoï; Gr. Ζωή), commencing on its journey.
3) Toxótis (Gr. Τοξότης) Sagittarius (Nov.21) ruled by Ártæmis (Artemis; Gr. Ἄρτεμις)
Changing (Mætavolí; Gr. Μεταβολή). The astrological symbol for Toxótis or Sagittarius is the arrow pointing upward as the soul, filled with Energy (Ænǽryeia; Gr. Ἐνέργεια) progresses forward.
4) Aigokǽrohs (Gr. Αἰγοκέρως) Capricorn or Brumalis (Dec. 21) ruled by Íphaistos (Hephaestus; Gr. Ἥφαιστος)
Great Energizing. Mighty Íphaistos presides over the Solstice at the commencement of his month.
Íphaistos, with his creative forge, creates Form (Morphí; Gr. Μορφή). The beauty of the form created by Íphaistos is perfected at the eighth level, that of Aphrodíti, which is why Íphaistos is connected with her in mythology. It is on the fifth of Capricorn (the 25th of December, the 24th at dusk) during the first dækanós (ten days; Gr. δεκανός) of the month in which we celebrate the first appearance of Diónysos (Dionysus; Gr. Διόνυσος).
5) Ydrokhóös (Gr. Υδροχόος) Aquarius (Jan.21) ruled by Íra (Hera; Gr.Ἥρα)
Stability. Íra uses the great power of Attraction (Ǽrohs; Gr. Ἔρως) to bring together divinity and the soul.
6) Ikhthýs (Gr. Ἰχθῦς) Pisces (Feb.21) ruled by Poseidóhn (Poseidon; Gr. Ποσειδῶν)
Changing. Poseidóhn causes the soul to Progress (Próödos; Gr. Πρόοδος), as the legs move us forward.
7) Kriós (Gr. Κριός) Aries (March 21) ruled by Athiná (Athena; Gr. Ἀθηνᾶ) Great Energizing. The Goddess Athiná presides over the Equinox at the commencement of her month.
Athiná rules the law of Co-Influence (Allilæpídrasis; Gr. Ἀλληλεπίδρασις), which binds the centers.
8) Távros (Gr. Ταύρος) Taurus (April 21) ruled by Aphrodíti (Aphrodite; Gr. Ἀφροδίτη)
Stability. After the great struggles which the soul requires in order to grow, struggles brought on by Áris, Aphrodíti then brings Harmony (Armonía; Gr. Ἁρμονία).
9) Dídymi (Gr. Δίδυμοι) Gemini (May 21) ruled by Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων)
Changing. The Harmony brought about by Aphrodíti creates the environment in which Apóllohn can bring Freedom (Ælefthæría; Gr. Ἐλευθερία).
10) Karkínos (Gr. Καρκίνος) Cancer (June 21) ruled by Ærmís (Hermes; Gr. Ἑρμῆς) Great Energizing. Mighty Ærmís presides over the Solstice at the commencement of his month.
Apóllohn has given the great staff of the two solar serpents to Ærmís; the law of Movement (Kínisis; Gr. Κίνησις) begins here, but now in the Divine world.
11) Lǽohn (Gr. Λέων) Leo (July 21) ruled by Zefs (Zeus; Gr. Ζεύς)
Stability. Zefs has dominion over the law of Life (Zoï; Gr. Ζωή) in the Divine world.
12) Stákhys (meaning Wheat-Ear; Gr. Στάχυς; in Latin it is Spica, Wheat-Ear) Wheat-Ear  (Aug.21) ruled by Dimítir (Demeter; Gr. Δημήτηρ)
Changing. Dimítir has dominion over the Law of Energy (Ænǽryeia; Gr. Ἐνέργεια) in the Divine World.
Thus, it can be said that Æstía is the Zohdiokrátohr (presiding Zodiacal deity) of Zygós (Libra), Áris is the Zohdiokrátohr of Skorpiós (Scorpio), and so forth.
The Astrological Sign Quadruplicities
It can seen in the above list that the twelve Orphic months can be grouped into three sectors which are called in western astrology the Sign Quadruplicities, because each sector consists of four different months:
1. Cardinal: Great Energizing (Ǽntoni Ænæryitikótis; Gr. Ἔντονη Ἐνεργητικότης)
Zygós (Libra)Aigokǽrohs (Capricorn)Kriós (Aries)Karkínos (Cancer)
2. Fixed: Stability (Stathærótis; Gr. Σταθερότης):
Skorpiós (Scorpio)Ydrokhóös (Aquarius)Távros (Taurus)Lǽohn (Leo)
3. Mutable: Changing (Mætavolí; Gr. Μεταβολή):
Stákhys (Virgo or Spica)
Ritual and the Zohdiakós
Ællinismós (Hellenismos; Gr. Ἐλληνισμός), the ancient Greek religion, regards the Solstices and Equinoxes as significant. Most obviously, they are natural phenomena of the world, part of Nature. Our religion must reflect the natural world...because there is no other world, and we celebrate major signposts of nature such as these, but there are other reasons why they are important as well.
The two Equinoxes, spring and autumn, are called Ismæríai (Equinoxes; Gr. Ἰσημερίαι, plural). Isimæría (Gr. Ἰσημερία) is singular.
The Goddess Æstía presides over the Equinox at the commencement of Zygós, September 21.The Goddess Athiná presides over the Equinox at the commencement of Kriós, March 21.
Mighty Íphaistos presides over the Solstice at the commencement of Aigokǽrohs, December 21.Mighty Ærmís presides over the Solstice at the commencement of Karkínos, June 21.
Every year there are four times when it is said that the Gates to Divinity are particularly open: the Summer and Winter Tropai and the Spring and Autumn Ismæríai. It is also said that at the full moon, the Aithír (Ether or Aether; Gr. Αἰθήρ) is "swollen."
Each Íkos begins on the 21st day of every Roman calendar month. The yearly cycle of zodiacal Mystery months begins on September 21st. This is the equinox and it is particularly important; it is the New Year, the commencement of Zygós (Libra; Gr. Ζυγός), the month of Æstía. As we always honor Æstía first with every ritual, we also recognize her month as the beginning of the year. 
The Isimæría on September 21 is the commencement of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is called the Phthinopohriní Isimæría (Fthinoporini Isimeria; Gr. Φθινοπωρινὴ Ἰσημερία), the autumn equinox. However, September 21st is the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere where the festival is called the Æariní Isimæría (Eariní Isimeria; Gr. Ἐαρινὴ Ἰσημερία), the spring or vernal equinox. Regardless of which hemisphere you live in, the Mystic year begins on September 21, whether it is Spring or Autumn.
GLOSSARY OF ZODIACAL TERMS
Ællinikón Zohdiakón Imærolóyion - (Gr. Ἑλληνικὸν Ζῳδιακὸν Ἡμερολόγιον) Hellenic Zodiacal Calendar.
Íkos - (Oikos; Gr. Οἶκος. Plural is Íki [Oikoi; Gr. Οἶκοι].) Íkos is a house but Íki (plural) is used here to refer to the houses or signs of the Zodiac.
Iliostásia - See Iliostásio.
Iliostásio (Gr. Ηλιοστάσιο, singular. Ηλιοστάσια, plural) An Iliostásio is a Solstice. Cf. Tropí.
Isimæría (Gr. Ἰσημερία, singular) the Equinox. Isimæríai (Gr. Ἰσημερίαι, plural) the Equinoxes.
Krataiós iyæmónæs - (crataius hegemones; Gr. κραταιός ἡγεμόνες, ΚΡΑΤΑΙΟΣ ΗΓΕΜΟΝΕΣ) Lexicon entry: κρᾰταιός, ά, όν, poet. form of κρατερός, strong, mighty; the Mighty Ones, lamb.Myst.8.4, Dam. Pr.351: Astrol., κ. ἡγεμόνες, divinities presiding over certain periods of the month. (L&S p. 990, right column, within the entries beginning with κρᾰταιβάτης, edited for simplicity.)
Stikheion - (stoicheion; Gr. στοιχεῖον, ΣΤΟΙΧΕΙΟΝ. Plural is στοιχεῖα.) Stikheion is the word for element, such as the classical elements (στοιχεῖα plural). The word stikheion can also be used to mean astrological sign.
- Lexicon entry: στοιχεῖον, τό: 5. ἄστρων στοιχεῖα the stars; esp. planets; esp. a sign of the Zodiac. (L&S p. 1647, beginning left column but look for definition 5., edited for simplicity.)
Tropai - See Tropí.
Tropí (Gr. Τροπή, singular. Τροπαί, plural) a turning. 2. Solstice. A Tropí is a Solstice. Cf. Iliostásio.
Zohdiakós - (Zodiakos; Gr. ζῳδιᾰκός, ΖΩΔΙΑΚΟΣ) the Zodiac, Dam. Pr.131, 351. (L&S p. 758, right column)
Zohdiakós Kýklos (Zodiacus Cyclus; Gr. ζῳδιακὸς Κύκλος) the Zodiac, the circle of the Zodiac.
Zohdiárkhis - (Gr. Ζῳδιάρχης. Ety. ζῳδιακός [the zodiac] + ἄρχων [ruler or lord]) = Zohdiokrátohr.
Zohdiokrátohr - (Zodiocrator; Gr. Ζῳδιοκράτωρ. Plural: Zohdiokrátoræs; Gr. ζῳδιοκράτορες. Etymology: ζῳδιακός [the zodiac] + κράτωρ [ruler or potentate]) Zohdiokrátohr is a divinity presiding over the zodiac. (L&S p. 758, right column).
Zóhdion - (Zodion; Gr. ζῴδιον. Plural is Zóhdia [Zodia; Gr. ζῴδια].) Zóhdion means astrological sign. Zóhdion is the diminution of ζῷον, a word meaning animal or statue. In iconography, most of the astrological signs are depicted as little animals, hence, the zodiac is sometimes called the Zohdiakós Kýklos (Zodiacus Cyclus; Gr. ζῳδιακὸς Κύκλος), the "circle of little animals," κύκλος meaning "circle."
- Lexicon entry: ζῴδιον, τό, Dim. of ζῷον, small figure, painted or carved; statuette. II. Astron., sign of the Zodiac:— also ζωΐδιον, τό. (L&S p. 758, right column, edited for simplicity.)
 Damaskios Pr. 131, 351. L&S p. 758, right column.
 The month of Wheat-Ear is more commonly known as Virgo (Latin for virgin) or in the Greek Parthænos (Parthenos; Gr. Παρθένος), which also has the meaning of "virgin" in English. We avoid these words as they are too easily misinterpreted. The concept of virginity here is a type of purity that has nothing to do with mortal sex at all.
 Plátohn (Plato; Gr. Πλάτων) on the custom that the Goddess Æstia (Hestia) is always honored first:
tis (Socrates; Gr.Σωκράτης
): "What may we suppose him to have meant who gave the name Hestia (ed.Æst
?.......that which we term οὐσία (ed. ous
a) is by some called ἐσί
), and by others again ὠσί
). Now that the essence of things should be called ἑστία (ed.
), which is akin to the first of these (ἐσί
α = ἑστί
α), is rational enough. And there is reason in the Athenians calling that ἑστί
α which participates in οὐσί
α. For in ancient times we too seem to have said ἐσί
α for οὐσί
α, and this you may note to have been the idea of those who appointed that sacrifices should be first offered to Ἑστί
a), which was natural enough if they meant that ἑστί
α was the essence of things. Those again who read ὠσί
α seem to have inclined to the opinion of Heracleitus (ed.
, that all things flow and nothing stands; with them the pushing principle (ὠθοῦν; ed. ohthoun) is the cause and ruling power of all things, and is therefore rightly called ὠσία." (
401, trans. Benjamin Jowett, 1892; found here in the 1937 Random House edition of The Dialogues of Plato, Vol. 1, Random House, New York NY USA, p. 191)
The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology.
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.
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