Atlas became the guardian of the Pillars of Hercules, upon which the heavens were placed, and which were also the gateway to the oceanic home of Atlantis, the Strait of Gibraltar, and for this reason the entire mountain range of North Africa was named Atlas Mountains. He became the first king of Atlantis, and because he was the lord of distant waters, in addition to the Mediterranean Sea, his name was used to designate the Atlantic Ocean.
He married Pleione, having seven daughters, the Pleiades: Alcíone, Maia, Electra, Mérope, Taigete, Celeno and Astérope. Knowing the path of distant lands, in cartography he came to represent the collection of maps of the Earth. And because it held the sky, Atlas was named after the first vertebra in the cervical spine, a reference to the gigantic weight he was condemned to bear.
The Atlas Myth represents the weight of the daily difficulties that weigh on our shoulders and, although we can consider them to be too heavy, what is on Atlas, the first vertebra of the cervical spine, is only our head, which guards our mind.