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One Greek story says that Derketo was a nymph who loved a shepherd-boy; when She became pregnant by him She either killed him or threw Herself in a pool in shame, where She was changed to a fish. Another story says that Derketo was hatched from an egg that fell from heaven; it landed in the Euphrates river, where some fish nudged it to shore. There it was found by a dove, who incubated it. Later, to show Her gratitude, Derketo persuaded Zeus to put an image of the fish in the stars, which He did, creating the constellation Pisces. The daughter Derketo bore was Semiramis, (who built the Hanging Gardens), the famous Assyrian Queen of Legend, and who was worshipped in Her own right as a Goddess in nearby Charchemish.
This is really neat, there is a correlation between tonights rising position of the Blood Moon and the rising position of the Sun at Spring equinox
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
Sure i pointed out the celestial mechanics of this mirroring but that doesn't make it any less interesting...
In this Greek myth, the monster Typhon descends upon Mount Olympus, threatening all of the gods and goddesses, who flee from their home (with a couple key exceptions). As Typhon approaches, the goddess Aphrodite and her son Eros (a.k.a. Venus and Cupid in Roman mythology) find themselves in need of escape.
Derketo was hatched from an egg that fell from heaven; it landed in the Euphrates river, where some fish nudged it to shore. There it was found by a dove, who incubated it.
The same theme of solar rebirth is expressed in a somewhat different form in the adjacent constellations known as Anunitum,the Swallow and the Field. These star figures together constitute a vivid depiction of the ‘myth of the Syrian goddess’, which can be thought of as the master-myth of this season.
The myth runs as follows – two fish found an enormous egg floating in the depths of the river Euphrates, the fish guided the egg up from the watery depths of the river and rolled it onto dry land, where a dove appeared and started to brood it. In due time, the Syrian goddess herself
was born from the egg. On account of this myth, fish and birds were held to be particularly sacred to the Syrian goddess.
The star-map indicates that the setting of this myth and its participants are not, in fact, of this earth, but are to be found in the heavens. What is of pivotal importance is the identity of the ‘river Euphrates’. Apart from the earthly river, the ‘Euphrates’ can also be found on the star-map where it is closely associated with the watery outflow joined to the Swallow.
This heavenly river actually runs parallel to the course of the ecliptic and now that this fact is established, the action of the fish can be better understood – they escort the sun (the mythical egg) from its lowest point at the solstice and guide it onto its ascending path that leads towards the spring and ‘dry land’, which is represented on the star-map by the constellation of the Field. .
Our lady Nanse, a great storm, a mighty flood,
Born on the shore of the sea,
Who laughs on the foam of the sea,
Who plays on the water of the flood.
Time is pressing, my fish! Just you come to me!
Time is pressing! Just you come to me!
Nanse, the queen of the fishermen,
will be delighted with you
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: swanne
Yes it was a take on the mythos from the Hellenistic period but from the Babylonian perspective that second fish of Pisces is a swallow or dove, which of course is the one that incubates the egg, and was the more common symbol of the Atagartis cult.
In another story, told by Hyginus, an egg fell from the sky into the Euphrates, was rolled onto land by fish, doves settled on it and hatched it, and Venus, known as the Syrian goddess, came forth.
Enki placed his daughter Nanse in charge of the shrine Sirara because it sat over the wide extent of the marsh and she had influence over the high flood of subterranean waters. Nanse was known as 'she who sets sail', and 'she who induces sexual intercourse'. She was her father's daughter.
Dream incubation is a practiced technique of learning to "plant a seed" in the mind, in order for a specific dream topic to occur, either for recreation or to attempt to solve a problem.