There are many patterns of stars in the sky. And there are many stories about them. This is the story of the Big bear and the Little Bear in the northern sky.
A long time ago, the god king, Zeus, lived in the sky with his wife, the goddess,Hera. Zeus was a powerful god, but he had a weakness for beautiful women, so he had many girlfriends.
One day, he met a new girlfriend. Her name was Callisto and they had a son together. Zeus didn’t want Hera to find out about Callisto, so he always went down to the earth alone. But Zeus visited the earth so often that Hera thought, my husband must be in love with another woman again. I will find out who she is.
So when Zeus went down to the earth the next time, Hera followed him. But Zeus didn’t know this. He was enjoying a walk with Callisto in the forest. Then suddenly, Zeus saw Hera walking toward them. If Hera finds me with Callisto, she will be very angry. Thought Zeus.
It was just in time. Hera came soon and found Zeus walking alone with a big bear nearby. Hera knew her husband very well, so she thought, I’m sure he changed the woman into that bear. So Hera said to Zeus, My dear husband, why are you walking here all alone? Let us go back home to the sky. Zeus didn’t want to, but he left Callisto as a bear and walked away with his wife.
On the same day, Arcas, the son of Zeus and Callisto, was hunting in the same forest. He saw a big bear and thought, what a fine bear.
He took his bow and an
allow arrow and shot the bear. The arrow hit the bear’s heart. Arcas was so happy, but his happiness turned into fear when the bear started to change into his mother, Callisto. Mother, please don’t die. Why did Zeus change you into a bear? And Arcas began to cry very loudly.
Up in the sky, Zeus heard Arcas crying and thought, If I can hear him, Here can hear him, too. I must stop him. So Zeus went down to the earth to talk to his son. He said to him. I will change your mother into a bear again. She will be the biggest pattern of stars in the northern sky, the big bear. And you can go up in the sky with her as the little bear. Then you two will always be together.