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Greek Gods and Goddess: Oceanus

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Introduction to Oceanus

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Oceanus and the myths and legends surrounding Oceanus, Oceanus relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Oceanus

Ophion who with his mistress Eurynome (daughter of Oceanus) ruled the world before they were usurped by Chronus (time) and Rhea (the Earth) and cast into the sea. This is part of the Greek Creation myth-s, and is little different from the Egyptian myth of the same event. Ophion in astrological terms is the serpent that resides at the top of the heavens, the zodiac that is, we know his constellation as Draco, who resided at the pole of the heavens. In the Egyptian version, the first female part is called Nun, and she represented the empty and barren space that existed before creation began, which they describe as a vast but lifeless ocean. So, in the first circumstances, what we refer to as empty space that existed prior to creation, was called Nun by the Egyptians, but the Greeks called it Oceanus. But two creative forces then appear, firstly the great Serpent, who at first represented the Milky Way, and the great forces of fertility it brought with it, and secondly Eurynome the Moon goddess, and first daughter of Oceanus; at that point there was no atmosphere between the surface of the earth and space, therefore as in the Egyptian myth of creation, the earth and space were inseparable, and there was no distinction between the waters on earth and those of space. So Ophion and Eurynome ruled the world and Space. Only after Chronus (time)and Rhea (earth) expelled Opion and Oceanus from the heavens, did the great sea that surrounded the continents become known as Oceanus, who then married Tethys, whom the Egyptians called Seth and Nephthys of the world. However, the serpent was placed in the highest point of the heavens, and Eurynome the face of the moon was set to wander over the face of the Earth, Rhea where she could keep an eye on her, and keep as much distance as possible between her and her lover Serpent Draco.

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