The Constellation
Aquarius

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.

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