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The Sign of the Whale


The Cetus constellation represents the preservative virtues of ice. Like whales, Cetus signs filter out whatever doesn’t concern their present-focused, carefree nature, which may appear oblivious.

The 10 Days of Cetus range through the end of March. 

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Ice Sign

Cetus, the 3rd and final of the Ice signs in the Zodiac, embodies the enigma of an Iceberg. Cetus signs are known for their aloofness, as they seem to drift through life, often removed from the concerns and worries of others. Like an Iceberg, they only reveal a fraction of their true selves, keeping their depths hidden beneath a serene surface. 

Their introspective and introverted nature can be misunderstood as self-centered, but it stems from a desire for authenticity. This healthy dose of detachment grants them a unique perspective. Like an enlightened hermit, they often find joy in the solitude of their own rich little world.

While this makes them appear distant, their occasional presence is often stimulating, evoking a sense of curiosity and fascination. They can open up their little world to others, entertaining them and making fun out of the simplest moments. Like the ocean depths, their inner world holds secrets waiting to be discovered by those patient enough to dive deeper. 

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Good Sign

Cetus, the 3rd and final Good sign in the Zodiac, is the embodiment of fulfillment. They have a deep sense of inner purpose, guiding them to seek happiness in their own lives and to spread joy in the lives of those around them. 

Happiness is not merely a fleeting emotion for them; it is a state of being that they actively cultivate. Their positive and optimistic nature finds joy in even the simplest of things. They realize that true happiness comes from within, and their contentment is contagious. Even in their own pursuit of happiness, Cetus signs still bestow acts of kindness, compassion, and benevolence upon others, uplifting spirits at every opportunity.

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Personal Life / Personality

Those born under the Cetus constellation between Pisces and Aries tend to have the aura of a hermit. 

  • Focused, mature

  • Passive, obsessive, aloof, childish, erratic, 

Interpersonal Life / Relationships

Cetus signs may struggle to connect emotionally with others, but when they do, their love and loyalty run deep. They value the few close connections they have, cherishing those who can appreciate and accept their complexities. 

Their presence in the lives of others is often transformative, as they inspire those around them to embrace authenticity, introspection, and the virtue of their own hidden depths. 

  • Frank, confident, flexible, trusting, direct, easy, effortless, calm

  • Oblivious, individualistic, antisocial, isolated, inconsiderate, difficult, anxious

Social Life / Society

  • Insightful, optimistic, versatile, adventurous, prolific, cautious

  • Indecisive, messy, disorganized, unsociable, inconsistent, remote, workaholic, loner, 

Archetypal Story of Cetus

Kenai is the youngest of three brothers, thus looking for a way to set himself apart and prove himself as a man. He is part of a hunter-gatherer tribe in post ice age Alaska, and their belief system includes animal totems which guide them to cultivate virtue in their life, much like our zodiac, but instead of being assigned at birth they are revealed when they come of age. The eldest brother, Sitka, is given the Eagle of Guidance, and middle boy Denahi the Wolf of Wisdom, but at his own ceremony Kenai is given the Bear of Love (sound like any other trinities we know of?) and is disappointed by the ‘uncoolness’ of the totem. Due to his earlier impulsiveness and lack of discipline, in a rush to get to the ceremony, a basket of fish he was responsible for stashing is taken by a bear and Kenai goes off to retrieve it. The resulting altercation ends in Sitka falling off a cliff while trying to bail him out. Instead of taking responsibility for his rashness, Kenai blames the bear and declares vengeance upon it, hunting it down on the top of the mountain where the northern lights touch and the magic of the ancestors is said to be able to cause things to change.

Sitka’s spirit watched over the whole scene, and decided to exert ghostly guidance by changing the angry boy into the form of the bear he had killed. Denahi finds the discarded clothes and assumes the worst, mistaking his shape-shifted brother for his killer, and the cycle of vengeance continues. Kenai falls from the mountain and wakes up lost, struggling to elude his pursuing brother, and meeting a baby bear along the way. In order to restore his human form, he must petition his elder brother’s spirit back at the peak, and this little bear claims to know the way so a truce is struck and they journey together. As a Cetus, through the quality of Sojourn Kenai comes to learn a lot about bears by spending time with them, seeing the way they live, and ultimately learns that it is humans who instigate a lot of the animosity between them. 

This comes to a climax when the little bear Koda tells the story of his mother’s ‘disappearance’ and the details line up with the bear altercation that started this whole thing. Kenai’s realization that he killed Koda’s mom when she was just trying to protect her baby racks him with guilt, and he is subjected to an identical scene where his own brother still not recognizing him attacks the pair in similar fashion on the mountain. He sacrifices himself, and the ancestral lights come down to revive him. All is revealed, the spirits are able to commune temporarily and he expresses his wish to remain a bear and look after his new little brother, demonstrating his learned responsibility. This teaching is passed on to his tribe through Denahi, spreader of Wisdom, and they come to live in better harmony with animals.

Kenai begins his journey oblivious and selfish, trusting neither the advice of the elders nor the evidence right in front of him. It takes a literal walk in the other’s bear feet to open his eyes to the consequences of his actions. The ‘lone wolf’ attitude that he had adopted in order to appear mature and cool turned out not to suit him at all, and when he was revealed to be an inauthentic poser the cost was very high. When he leaned into his protective nature, he found purpose in being of service to others instead of thinking only of himself, and his obliviousness gave way to compassion. The obvious vibe of this story is Talisman, shared with the Capricorn elder brother who reinforces the tradition with his embodiment of it. Through the symbols and stories, they are able not only to learn a great deal themselves, but pass on this legacy through cave art they left behind for future generations.

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