Daedalus was a skilled craftsman, artist and inventor, who created many ingenious devices. Chief among these was the Labyrinth built for King Minos of Crete, to house the half-man, half-bull Minotaur. But he was pivotal in the creation of the Minotaur itself, in the following manner: Poseidon had given Minos a huge white bull to be sacrificed, but the king greedily kept it for himself. In revenge, Poseidon cursed Minos’ wife Pasiphae with an uncontrollable lust for the beast, to satisfy which, Daedalus crafted a wooden cow to disguise her so she could mate with the bull. The resulting child was the Minotaur.
Later, when he had been imprisoned by Minos so he could not divulge the Labyrinth’s secrets, he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus out of wax and feathers, so they could fly to freedom. Daedalus subsequently became a noted architect.
Astrologically, Daedalus represents inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness and problem-solving ability, but often without the forethought to anticipate what further problems might arise from the solution. Persons with a prominent Daedalus may be associated with architecture, design, inventiveness or become skilled craftsmen, acknowledged leaders or innovators in their field.