I actually explained my name to @Ardens not that long ago.
Asta is the name of my OC:
I used to use her in stories and roll play when I was in my teens. The name has Latin and Greek origins. In Latin the name means “Spear” in Greek it means “Star” (there are mixed meanings too), I’ve always loved the name and thought it was beautiful. I still tell stories with her in them to my niece and nephew since they’re all into fantasy right now and Asta’s whole back story is pretty fantasy like.
Her origins go back to native American stories and folklore. Her first sighting was in the night sometime in 1682 at the time the great fire ball flew through the sky (Halley’s comet), she rescued a young Native American boy and the whole tribe believed her to be a guardian spirit sent from the sky. The star on her head is a symbol of power and her status as a powerful spirit. She has many abilities. Such as shape shifting, heightened strength, speed, stamina, etc…
There have been stories of flowers blooming where she steps, rains coming in areas of drought, and stopping wild fires from spreading to villages with just her howl, some say that she controls the northern lights. For years she was simply known as “The Guardian”, it wasn’t until after America was discovered by Europeans exploring the lands and heard her stories from the Natives that she got the name “Asta”. Its been said that if one was to touch her fur, they would have good health and longevity. To simply see her is good luck. She only appears to the purest and righteous souls.
I could go on, but her back story is way too long.
Anyway, Asta has been a pen name of mine for roughly 15 years now.