Aquarius the Gods Enki and Oceanus in disguise   Leave a comment

Oceanus was to the ancient Greeks the personification of the World River a mythical river circling the earth.  Oceanus ruled all the seas his daughters the Oceanids representing all of the rivers, lakes and natural springs of the earth, over 3,000 are mentioned as existing although a lot less are mentioned by name.

In some mythological Sources Oceanus was the true ruler usurped by Cronos. Oceanus refused to take part in the war between the Titans and Olympians, when the earth is scorched in their battle it is Oceanus’ tears that quench the fire. When Odysseus and Nestor walk together along the shore of the sounding sea (Iliad IX.182) they address their prayers “to the great Sea-god who girdles the world”. It is to Oceanus, not to Poseidon, that their thoughts are directed.  In some myths Hera seeks solace from Oceanus after a dispute with Zeus, she recognises Oceanus as the true ruler of the Gods.

Oceanus is God of all water, of agreements and civilisation, he is not a war God but a god of reason and intellect, he mediates in disputes and gives guidance.

Considered the master shaper of the world, god of wisdom and of all magic, Enki was characterized as the lord of the Abzu (Apsu in Akkadian), the freshwater sea or groundwater located within the earth. In the later Babylonian epic Enûma Eliš, Abzu, the “begetter of the gods”, is inert and sleepy but finds his peace disturbed by the younger gods, so sets out to destroy them. His grandson Enki, chosen to represent the younger gods, puts a spell on Abzu “casting him into a deep sleep”, thereby confining him deep underground. Enki subsequently sets up his home “in the depths of the Abzu.” Enki thus takes on all of the functions of the Abzu, including his fertilising powers as lord of the waters and lord of semen.

In Vedic religion, Varuna (Sanskrit Varuṇa वरुण, Malay: Baruna) or Waruna, is a god of the water and of the celestial ocean, as well as a god of law, of the underwater world. A Makara is his mount. In Hindu mythology, Varuna continued to be considered the god of all forms of the water element, particularly the oceans. Varuna with his omniscience and omnipotence in the affairs of men has many aspects of a supreme deity. The daily Sandhyavandanam ritual of a dvija addresses Varuna in this aspect in its evening routine, asking him to forgive all sins, while Indra receives no mention.


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