Sir Richard Westmacott, Zevs/Jupiter and Ganymede, 1811

“The Rape of Ganymede” (see included artwork) is the story of Zevs’ abduction of the most handsome mortal, the Trojan prince Ganymede, who came to serve as cupbearer to the gods and the only one of Zeus’s lovers who was granted immortality.

Zeus later put Ganymede in the sky as the constellation Aquarius, which is associated with that of the Eagle.

In poetry, Ganymede became a symbol for the beautiful young male who attracted homosexual desire and love.

The mortal (earth), approached by an eagle (air), becomes through the (fire) of passion a cupbearer (water) not for meade, as some historians say (although Ganymede was associated with hedonism and the joy/pleasures of life), but for the mystical union of the archetype male and female combined into the Perfect Man.

I would write poetry about this myself, but, Jace Everett made a really good song with some lyrics that is as good occult symbology as any.