Kastor and Polydeukes, the two sons of Zeus who guide sailors.
The sons of Zeus were great warriors, horsemen, boxers, wrestlers, cattle-thieves, and sailors. They value physical prowess, courage, and daring. They appear to sailors in the form of phospherous balls – one to indicate an ill-omen, two to indicate a safe passage. They were associated with the two kings of Sparta, and so added kingship and justice to their sphere of influence.
Primary Cult Centers
- Kabeiroi – .
- Magna Theoi – Great Gods
A double cross, horses, boxing gloves, St Elmo’s fire
Alexanderite, tourmaline, Iceland spar, hybrid plants, orchids, wormwood
- August 13 (August 13) .
- January 27 (January 27) .
Ways to honor
Boxing, horse-riding, boating, and other athletic activities are good ways to honor them, as is watching these events. Be strong and daring, throwing caution to the wind. Respect your siblings.
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- Apollodorus’ Library 3.11.2
- Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica 2.1-97
- Euripides’ Electra and Helen
- Ovid’s Metamorphoses 8.301-302, 372-375
- Pindar’s Nemean Odes 10
- Pliny’s Natural History 2.101
- Greek Hero Cults and Ideas of Immortality by Farnell, Lewis