Aquarius, 20 Jan - 18 Feb, is the oldest constellation recognized among the Zodiacs, but is only the 11th Zodiac in their Constellations. It is spread out over 980 square degrees and is the 10th biggest constellation. In Latin, Aquarius means "water-carrier" or "cup-bearer", which both derived from the Greek legend of Ganymede.
The constellation itself is only visible when the stars are very bright and is usually difficult to see with the naked eye.
Legend of Ganymede
Ganymede was the son of Tros. When Zeus caught sight of the yought tending to his sheep, Zeus send down his eagle to bring the boy up to Mount Olympus. The eagle itself is said to be either Zeus's eagle or Zeus himself disguised as an eagle. When the boy arrived he was made Zeus's cupbearer. To honor Ganymede for being the servant of the gods, he immortalized Ganymede in the stars. His constellation is now known as the Aquarius. In some accounts, the eagle Aquila is also placed among the stars with the young man.
Either way, Ganymede was the first mortal to become immortal, thus showing just how much admiration Zeus had for the youth.
The Aquarius also represents the cold, wet season before spring comes. Some Sumerians thought that the constellation bought floods, this was mostly due to the constellation being present at the time when it was the rainy season in the Middle East. In Egypt, Aquarius was more associated with the annual flooding of the Nile river.
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