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Aquarius…comes after the winter has begun in Capricorn. It represents the stable, snowy and cold part of winter, before there is any sign of spring. The name of this constellation is Latin for “water-carrier” or “cup-carrier” and it is one of the oldest of the recognized constellations along the zodiac. It was mentioned by Ptolemy in 2nd century AD, but prior to that it was recognized as “The Great One” in the Babylonian star catalogues. For ancient Babylonians it represented the god Ea himself, the ruler of the southernmost quarter of the Sun’s path (the period of 45 days on either side of winter solstice). Ea was represented holding an overflowing vase and was associated with the destructive floods. In Ancient Egypt, Aquarius was associated with the annual flood of the Nile and the banks of the river were said to flood when Aquarius put his jar into the river at the beginning of spring. Greeks thought of the constellation as a simple vase, pouring water…The constellation… is found in the region often called “the sea”, because of a large number of constellations whose names are in connection to water, such as Cetus (whale), Pisces (fish) and Eridanus (river)...
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