I’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.
According 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?