Castor the Name

Castor (pronounced KAS-tor), Consulting Ltd whose director is a keen sailor is named after the star that appears in the Gemini constellation and is one of the brightest stars in the night sky.

A common myth tells how Castor and it's twin star Pollux sailed on the Argo and by their strength and ingenuity saved the lives of their fellow mariners during a terrifying storm. Sailors were particularly taken by these stars and prayed to them for protection at sea during storms.

The star is also reputed to offer protection from the phenomenon known today as 'St. Elmo's Fire' - a weird and wonderful celestial light which sailors looked upon as cursed. Many ships sought beneficial patronage by using Castor and Pollux as their figurehead. A passage in the Bible tells how Saint Paul travelled on such a vessel and the constellation was often symbolised by the picture of two stars over a ship.

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