The Constellation

The Constellation AquariusIn mythology, the constellation Aquarius portrays the Trojan Prince Ganymede, the most beautiful of all mortals. Ganymede was abducted by Zeus/Jupiter and carried off to Mount Olympus to become the cup-bearer to the gods. It was Zeus/Jupiter who place Gandymede's image among the stars as Aquarius, The Water Bearer.

Another ancient myth reveals the man or boy pouring water from the urn to be likened and identified with Zeus/Jupiter himself as he pours the waters of life down from the heavens to us on Earth.

These myths were the roots of an alternate name for Aquarius which is "The Water Bearer."

Prior to this, the constellation of Aquarius was representative of an Egyptian god who watched over the Nile River and poured water from a flagon. As the Greeks had little interest in the Nile, it was changed.

The constellation of Aquarius is also mentioned in a very ancient Sumerian myth thought to be the story which gave rise to the global deluge as related in the Bible.


“Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.” 
-- Ambrose Bierce

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-- William Shakespeare 

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“A one sentence definition of mythology? "Mythology" is what we call someone else's religion” 
-- Joseph Campbell


"In all the antique religions, Mythology takes the place of dogma."
-- William Robertson Smith

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-- Thomas Jefferson

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"A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world."
-- Alan Watts

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"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge... myth is more potent than history... dreams are more powerful than facts... hope always triumphs over experience... laughter is the cure for grief... and love is stronger than death."
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