Aquarius
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AQUARIUS

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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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)...
The Greeks linked this constellation with Ganymede, the cup bearer to the gods. According to lore, Ganymede was a good-looking young man who was the object of Zeus' affection and was brought to Mount Olympus, where he served as cup bearer to the gods and was granted eternal youth. Aquarius has also has various meanings and associations in other cultures. Babylonian astronomers identified the constellation as representing the god Ea, or 'The Great One,' which was often pictured with an overflowing vessel. In ancient Egypt, the water bearer’s jar was said to cause the spring overflow of the Nile when it was dipped into the river. The Chinese astronomers viewed the 'stream' as soldiers...
The Aquarius myth follows the story of Ganymede, a young prince, and supposedly the most beautiful young man of Troy. One day Ganymede was off tending to his father's sheep in a grassy area on Mount Ida when he was spotted by Zeus … Zeus transformed himself into … a giant eagle and swooped down from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida. He grabbed Ganymede in his talons and carried him back to Mount Olympus to be his young lover … [and] personal cup-bearer…  One day Ganymede has had enough, and he decides to pour out all of the wine, ambrosia, and water of the gods, refusing to stay Zeus's cup bearer any longer. The legend goes that the water all fell to Earth, causing inundating rains for days upon days, which created a massive flood that flooded the entire world. At first Zeus wants to punish Ganymede, but in a rare moment of self-reflection, Zeus realizes that he has been a bit unkind to the boy, so he makes him immortal as the constellation representing the Aquarius myth...
The myth surrounding the Aquarius animal relates to the story of Ganymede, who was a young price that was supposedly considered to be the most handsome man in Troy. One day, while Ganymede was on Mount Ida caring for his father’s sheep when Zeus noticed him. Zeus turned himself into a big eagle and flew down to Mount Ida from Mount Olympus. He grasped Ganymede with his talons and took him back to Olympus to be his servant/young lover. Generally, with these types of relationships, the younger member is mentored by, the older one. However, you have to remember that this was Zeus, and he is able to get whatever he wants. So, he makes Ganymede a cupbearer for the gods – making him bring Zeus drinks whenever he requested one...
Aquarius is the 11th sign in the Zodiac and represents those born between Jan. 20 and Feb. 18. Aquarius, the Water Bearer, comes from the story of the Deucalion Flood. Zeus poured all the waters from the heavens out onto the Earth to wash away and destroy the wicked and evil men. This brought forth a fresh start for Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha, who threw stones over their shoulders to create a new race of men and women. This sign is also associated with Ganymede, the cupbearer of Olympus. According to Astrology Aquarius is an air sign characterized by cleverness, humanism and originality...
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