A virgin maid of Artemis, Zeus took her out for a meal with disastrous consequences. Disguising himself as Artemis, he had his way with her and a child, Arcas, resulted. So much for those vows of chastity.
Hera, as usual, was jealous and turned the beautiful maid into a bear, while her son was rescued by Hermes and became a great hunter. Many years later they met in a wood. An overjoyed Callisto tried to give her son a bear hug, but he was scared stiff and shot her with an arrow.
Americans who refer to these constellations as the Big and Little Dippers obviously haven’t noticed that they never sink below the horizon and can never touch the sea. That’s because Artemis, angry with Callisto for losing her virginity, asked Tethys to nail them into place, depriving them of water forever.
Callisto Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Helice, Kallisto
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Stars
Area of expertise: Star, Stars
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1720
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Article last revised on September 06, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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