Mythical Monday: Bewitched by Aquarius by Mae Clair

bigstock-Aquarius-vector-Zodiac-sign-b-25800644I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a fan of astrology or horoscopes. Based upon my January birthday, I’m an Aquarius, the sign of the water-bearer. And I remember the song by the Fifth Dimension. 🙂 Once you start branching into rising moons, houses and cusps, I’m clueless.

I had to poke around to gather information for this post and discovered that Aquarians are idealistic, caring and intelligent. It seems we like intellectual stimuli and have an intrinsic love for nature and creativity. Ok, I’m on board with that. We’re an air sign, not water, which was a shocker (perhaps this explains why I’ve always wanted the ability to fly 🙂 ). We like concepts and ideas, but also have a soft spot for humanitarian causes. We’re friendly but can be aloof when we choose. Ditto. That explains the loner side of my personality.

Don’t sign me up for a daily horoscope, but most people who know me would agree those traits are a pretty good fit for me (even I have to admit it). So, it all sounds well and good, but what about the guy behind the zodiac sign? What about Aquarius?

I did some sleuthing and it turns out he was originally known as Ganymede, the son of King Tros of Phrygia. Yes, I had to check. When it comes to myth, Greek and Roman mythology are my weakest areas.

bigstock-Timeless-Vibration-16037735According to legend, Aquarius was so gorgeous, his beauty bewitched everyone who saw him including the mighty Zeus. Desiring the lad be elevated to Mount Olympus, Zeus struck a bargain with King Tros, offering the monarch a team of heavenly horses in exchange for his son. I don’t know if Tros was fearful of inciting Zeus’ wrath should he refuse, or just greedy, but he accepted the deal and handed Ganymede over. Zeus carried him to Olympus by changing into an eagle.

Once there, he appointed Ganymede cupbearer to the gods and goddesses. Like everyone who met him they were instantly charmed by his ethereal beauty. A gregarious youth, he made many friends and was found to be sensitive, sympathetic, and possessed of an alert mind (hmm…sounds like those traits up above).

Eventually Zeus favored him with immortality and placed him in the heavens as a constellation. Thus Aquarius was born, occupying the eleventh House of the Zodiac. Now Aquarius caters to mortals instead of gods and, according to legend, those born under his sign absorb his characteristics. In that respect he’s still actively bewitching those around him. 🙂

What about you? Any other Aquarians out there? What is your zodiac sign and what do you know about it?

36 thoughts on “Mythical Monday: Bewitched by Aquarius by Mae Clair

  1. Loved this post! I’m a big fan of astrology, but admit I knew nothing of the myths behind the signs. Very interesting! I’m a cancer. Yes, I guess that can be taken many ways…lol. My sign is an emotional sign and very empathetic. Suits me just right. Now where did that damn crab come from?

    • I am a cancarian. I understand your Aquarian imaginative wonders and congratulate you for them.
      The world of the imagination is a beautiful place to be. I find it intersting that so far you have 2 cancerians and a scopio commenting. Though you may be an air sign I believe out of all the air signs you have the greatest affinity to water signs and I kind of think the comments posts a snip of evidence to support that.

      • HI, Daisy. Until I wrote this post, I always thought Aquarius was a water sign since he is depicted as a water-bearer. Maybe that’s where the affinity between Aquarius and water signs come from (although I admit to being clueless about which signs are water!).

    • I’m late to the party…late lunch today, but I’m here! L.J., your comment about being a cancer made me laugh. It sounds like Aquarians and Cancarians have a lot in common with emotion and empathy!

  2. I’m not an Aquarian, but a Capricorn. I don’t go for all the astrology stuff either. But I once read that people under this sign prefer leather (as in sex toys) and kinky sex… I think I got the wrong sign. LOL Okay, I admit I only remember that because it was part of a debate with hubby’s aunt who doesn’t like me and we always try to best one another (for different reasons I’m sure). Other than that, we- Capricorns- are friendly and caring peeps. Now that I think sounds more like me, although I do like leather. O_o

    • Hi, Calisa. You are definitely a friendly and caring peep! 🙂 I think I’d remember the conversation with leather too…that must have been some discussion with your husband’s aunt, LOL!

  3. Another January birthday here and therefore a fellow Aquarian. (We’ll have to compare traits…) I have never taken the time to research it out either, but I’m glad you did! Thanks for another very fun, informative post!

  4. I’ve been told I’m a Scorpio through and through. 😉 Take that as you will. I’ve researched signs a lot. Chinese zodiac also fascinates me with birth years and animals. Some of it rings so true and some not as much. Either way it’s fun to think about. 🙂

    • Hi, Kourtney! My second Scorpio dropping by to say hello. 🙂 It’s definitely interesting to think about traits and how they compare. Researching this post was a learning experience for me, and also fun as it relates to myth.

  5. Whilst at work, in an office with 6 other people, I said that I’d read that Taureans were supposed to be stubborn. I proudly professed that I was not at all stubborn. “You are!”, they all blurted out in unison. I didn’t even know lol

    • Hi, Emma! It definitely sounds like Taureans have a reputation for being stubborn. You’ll have to test Sally’s statement out on some friends and/or co-workers and see how they react 😀

  6. I had no idea that Aquarius was a pretty boy! I also didn’t know he was originally named Ganymede. I learn so much from your blog posts, Mae. I’m a fan of astrology — it seems to describe people as well as anything else, and I love that it’s been around and studied for such a long time. Just like mythology. 🙂

    • Hi, Laura. Lovely to know you’re an Aquarius too. I think it’s the only sign with a song, LOL. Just the thought of it makes me think of the musical Hair, a bit before my time but I love what it celebrated.

  7. I’m a Cancer. The quiet little homebody, loyal to a fault…nobody’s idea of a party animal. 😉 I’d say 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. I have my homebody moments…and I’m definitely loyal to a fault. Hahahaha!

  8. I’m a Leo. Had to look it up after reading your blog. 🙂
    Not sure I love the description. lol Making an impression is Job One for Leos, and when you consider their personal magnetism, you see the job is quite easy. Leos are an ambitious lot, and their strength of purpose allows them to accomplish a great deal. The fact that these folks are also creative makes their endeavors fun for them and everyone else.

    • Hi, Merissa. Great to see you here! It’s always surprising when you look up personality traits, isn’t it? It sounds like Leos swoop in, get the job done and everyone remembers them 🙂 It also sounds like they keep things fun in the process. I know a few people who would make great Leos. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  9. Fun post, Mae. I have to confess I have watched my horoscope when I was younger, but not so much now. Pretty much a self-fulling prophecy, in my mind. I tend to enjoy the moon signs more than the sun signs… Chinese horoscope. I was born in the year of the Dog and really have more of those traits than my sun sign of Gemini.

    • Moon signs and sun signs…those are new terms to me. Now you’ve got me curious what Aquarius is so I’m going to have to look it up. Based on my personality, I’d be surprised if it’s not a moon sign. And Chinese…I’m going to have to look up my birth year too. you’ve got me curious about that one as well!

  10. I looked through all of the comments and it appears I’m the first Virgo. We are apparently quite organized and detail oriented. I love spreadsheets and calendars and am not afraid to use them. There is a place for everything and everything must be in its place. My family would agree, since they don’t dare put something away in the wrong place. I try not to say anything; I just discretely move it to its proper home, but the almost always catch me doing it (not so discrete after all). Most people I know who understand anything about the Zodiac signs and traits agree that they match their descriptions.
    Great post, Mae.

    • Hi Gemma and welcome to my first Virgo 🙂 you do sound extremely organized and methodical. My husband is much like that which probably explains why we’re a good match…although there is a small part of my personality that is like that too. I do like things in their proper place. I frequently think of myself as being OCD in that regards, LOL. Thanks for commenting!

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    • How interesting we share the same sign! I’m like you, Sheri . . . I don’t follow horoscopes, but it’s interesting to see how much the traits of Aquarius matched up with me. Sounds like they do for you too. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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