Aster Name Meaning & Origin
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Aster is a name that comes from the modern, everyday Greek word for "star" which is "asteri." It is pronounced "Ah-stehr."
The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘aster’ meaning ‘star. This is where we get the words asteroid, asterisk, and other star-related words such as astronaut and astronomy.
Aster is also the name of the official flower of the month of September, which, in myth and legends is said to be the fallen tears of the Goddess Astraea (also known as the constellation Virgo); and Virgo, in turn, is the ruling constellation for the month of September, as well.
The name "Aster" also connotes the Eastern Goddess "Ishtar" whom is the source of our celebrated Easter Holiday.
Asters are the flower of September, and were the herb of the goddess Venus. The ancients believed that, when burned, the fragrance of the leaves drove away serpents. Asters were placed on the graves of French soldiers to symbolize afterthought and the wish that things had turned out differently. One myth tells that asters were created from stardust when Virgo looked down from the heavens and wept. The poet Virgil believed that the altars of the gods were often adorned with asters. The asters symbolizes afterthought or variety, except in China, where they signify fidelity.
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The little girl on Showtime's Dexter is named Aster, her brother is named Cody.