Pleiades and Subaru

It’d a cold rainy night in Paradelle so there will be no Geminid meteors to see. But standing in my driveway, Christmas lights were reflecting very nicely from the stars on the logo on my Subaru.

Subaru logoSubaru means “unite” in Japanese, but there is also a celestial meaning to the logo. The six star cluster represents six stars in the Taurus constellation that the ancient Greeks called them Pleiades and they represented the seven daughters of Greek mythological figures Atlas and Pleione.

But you only see six stars. What about daughter #7? There are seven stars but only six are visible to the naked eye, so only six appear on the logo.

Alcyone is the “queen who wards off evil” and is the central and largest star of the Pleiades constellation.

Asterope is a double star in the Pleiades constellation whose name translates as “lightning.”

Merope is the only daughter to marry a mortal so she shines less brightly than her sisters.

Maia was the eldest and most beautiful. According to Greek myth, Maia was a lover of Zeus and gave birth to Hermes.

Zeus also defiled sister Taygeta while she was unconscious! She went into hiding and to protect her she was transformed into a doe.

Celaeno was married to Poseidon. Her name means “darkness” and this “Lost Pleiad” is sometimes difficult to see with the naked eye.

And finally, there is Electra whose name means amber, shining and bright. She was the wife of Corythus and was also seduced by Zeus – what a horrible god – and gave birth to Dardanus, who became the founder of Troy.

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4 thoughts on “Pleiades and Subaru”

  1. I knew a girl once who was the 7th sibling in her family. She took me for a walk one night and taught me about the Pleiades. I saw her as the 7th sister. That night I fell in love with her. Her name, coincidentally, meant 7th sister. It never worked out. A lot of mischief from the gods and my human flaws. I guess my comment also connects in your other post on coincidences.


    1. The first thing I thought of reading your comment is Paul Simon’s “Duncan”

      … A young girl in a parking lot
      Was preaching to a crowd
      Singing sacred songs and reading
      From the Bible
      Well, I told her I was lost
      And she told me all about the Pentecost
      And I seen that girl as the road
      To my survival

      I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know

      Just later on the very same night
      When I crept to her tent with a flashlight
      And my long years of innocence ended
      Well, she took me to the woods
      Saying here comes something and it feels so good
      And just like a dog I was befriended, I was befriended

      Oh, oh, what a night
      Oh what a garden of delight
      Even now that sweet memory lingers
      I was playing my guitar
      Lying underneath the stars
      Just thanking the Lord
      For my fingers

      listen at


      1. Yep, you got it. But it was not my first “time.” It was the first time I felt a connection to my spirit, soul, the beauty of her being. I wish I could tell her. Don’t think her husband would appreciate it. I think about her a lot.


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