Northern Lights Myths

Lore lies in the night sky. Stars form constellations that tell stories about who we were and who we may be. The Northern Lights affect us in the same way, with myths and legends that helped form morals and the communities who believed them.


The most common association with the auroras are that the lights are dancing themselves. Thought to be human spirits by some and animal spirits by the Eskimos who lived on the lower Yukon River.

Wisconsin has its own local legends of the lights. The Fox Indians claimed they were the ghosts of their slain enemies who were restless for revenge and rose up to the night sky.



In Greek mythology, Aurora is the sister of Helios and Seline, the sun and the moon. Aurora had to race across the early morning sky in her chariot to alert her sisters of the new day.

redaurorasIn Southern Areas of Europe, the northern lights do make an appearance. Appearing bright red, they have negative connotations with war and bloodshed

Don’t forget to whistle under the lights on Friday, you might just bring them closer. At 7 p.m. to 7:55 until December 16th, enjoy the magic of the lights in Milwaukee. Check out more myths of the Northern Lights on our Twitter.