Titaness of Falling Stars, Astrology and Prophetic Dreams
ASTERIA (Αστέρια) is the titaness of Falling Stars, Astrology and Prophetic Dreams.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
–Vincent van Gogh
History and Myths
After the fall of the Titanes, Asteria was pursued by the god Zeus. She fled his advances, transforming herself into a quail and leaping into the sea where she became the island of Delos. Her sister Leto later sought refuge on the isle and there gave birth to her son Apollo. Asteria appears in Athenian vase-painting alongside the other Delian gods—Apollo, Artemis and Leto. She is often labelled as "Delos."
A different version was added by the poet Nonnus who recounted that, after Asteria was pursued by Zeus but turned herself into a quail and leaped into the sea, Poseidon instead took up the chase. In the madness of his passion, he hunted the chaste goddess to and fro in the sea, riding restless before the changing wind and thus she transformed herself into the desert island of Delos with the help of her nephew Apollo who rooted her in the waves immovable
Titaness of Falling Stars Titaness of Astrology Titaness of Prophetic Dreams