The Aquarius zodiac sign is a complicated sign for most astrology newbies. Why? Because they look at the glyph of ♒ and assume those waves represent water, and therefore Aquarius must be a water sign. Nope, that's incorrect.

In this post, I will explain why Aquarius is known as the water-bearer, and in reality, it is an Air sign.

Aquarius Myth and Constellation

Aquarius season dates and the aquarius constellation

Aquarius is an equatorial constellation of the zodiac, positioned between Capricornus and Pisces. The great astronomer and astrologer Ptolemy noted this constellation along with 47 others in his astronomical treatise, Almagest.

The constellation can be seen in the spring in the Southern Hemisphere and the fall in the Northern Hemisphere. There are no particularly bright stars in Aquarius, making it difficult to view with the naked eye.

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In ancient star maps, Aquarius is depicted as a young man holding a jar, pouring water or another substance from it. In Latin, Aquarius means “water-carrier” or “cup-carrier.”

The most famous Greek myth associated with the constellation Aquarius is the tale of Ganymede, the Trojan prince abducted by Zeus in the form of an eagle. Ganymede became the god’s lover and the cupbearer of the gods. The nearby Aquila constellation represents the abducting eagle.

Aquarius Zodiac Sign Facts

Aquarius symbols including Saturn, intelligence, electric blue, air, science, amethyst, and more.

1. Aquarius Season Dates

Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in Aquarius from January 20 to February 18, marking the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This period, characterized by short days and cold weather, follows the festive energy of the holidays and Capricorn's reflective time.

Aquarius season brings a sense of renewal, encouraging forward-thinking and innovative ideas.

2. Eleventh Sign of the Zodiac

Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac and represents the last air sign in the Air Element trio with Gemini and Libra.

Known for its intellectual and humanitarian qualities, Aquarius embodies the principles of innovation, originality, and progressive thinking, setting it apart as a visionary and a trailblazer among the zodiac signs.

3. Symbolism

The Aquarius glyph consists of two parallel wavy lines: ♒. These lines are often horizontal, resembling a series of water waves, and for some, the glyph resembles sound waves or electricity.

Aquarius is also known as the Water Bearer, representing the flow of energy, ideas, and creativity.

4. A Fixed Air Sign

Alright, so I think you get it. Aquarius is not only an Air sign, it is a fixed Air sign. This means that while it embodies the intellectual and communicative qualities of air signs, it also brings stability, determination, and persistence.

Though its symbol, the Water Bearer, seems to be connected to water, the water actually represents something deeper. It symbolizes the flow of knowledge, ideas, and innovation that Aquarius pours out to the world.

This pouring of water signifies the dissemination of wisdom and insight, illustrating how Aquarius shares progressive and transformative thoughts that can refresh and enlighten society.

5. Ruled by Saturn

In traditional astrology, Aquarius, like Capricorn, is ruled by Saturn. This shared rulership by Saturn is unique, as no other consecutive signs in the zodiac share the same planetary ruler. Saturn's influence brings a sense of discipline, structure, and a focus on long-term goals to both signs.

For Capricorn, Saturn's energy manifests as ambition, practicality, and a strong work ethic, driving them to achieve tangible success and mastery over their material world. For Aquarius, Saturn's influence combines with the sign's air element to foster intellectual discipline, innovative thinking, and a commitment to societal progress.

While Capricorn channels Saturn's energy into building and maintaining order, Aquarius uses it to challenge the status quo and envision new structures that benefit the collective.

6. Aquarius Motto

“I know” is often considered the motto for Aquarius, reflecting its intellectual nature and desire for knowledge and understanding.

7. Aquarius Keywords

My father is an Aquarius, and I have greatly enjoyed witnessing his Aquarian nature and gifts to this world. If I had to describe his nature, I would use some of these Aquarius keywords:

innovative, intellectual, humanitarian, independent, progressive, unconventional, visionary, eccentric, analytical, inventive, original, social, detached, revolutionary, altruistic, futuristic, rebellious, idealistic, forward-thinking, and open-minded.

8. Aquarius Birthstone and Colors

The two birthstones that belong to the zodiac sign Aquarius are Garnet and Amethyst. Garnet is January’s birthstone and Amethyst is February’s one.

Or use Aquarius colors such as electric blue or turquoise to find that perfect Aquarius crystal for healing and meditation.

9. Aquarius Careers

In my natal chart, I have Mars and the North Node in Aquarius, which has sparked a deep love for science, technology, and activism. In my younger years, I was passionate about making the world a better place, which included volunteering and attending anti-war protests. Ah, the idealism of youth!

Later, I discovered my love for tech and launched a career in web development, digital marketing, and digital strategy. I absolutely loved it!

Why do I mention this? Because all these jobs and interests are quintessentially Aquarian. Aquarians often excel as scientists, inventors, astronomers, journalists, nonprofit directors, and creative directors.

10. Zodiac Compatibility

Signs that share a modality form either an opposition or a square with each other. For example, Aquarius squares Taurus and Scorpio, and opposes Leo. These four signs represent the fixed modality, known for their determination and resilience. What does this mean for a relationship?

Square aspects can be challenging, bringing tension between the two signs. This tension requires effort to resolve and overcome as challenges arise. Does that sound like fun?

Well, guess what? The answer is maybe, yes, and no. Much of this will depend on your own level of maturity, emotional awareness, and ability to communicate with others. And, of course, your birth chart, along with theirs!

However, if you are seeking an easy-flowing relationship, you may want to seek signs that share your element—in this case, Air: Gemini and Libra. This group will understand your mental-realm tendencies and will engage in the intellectual conversations you seek.

11. Age of Aquarius

Before you start singing the song Age of Aquarius, let's first get grounded in a few facts.

The 5th Dimension singing Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In

The Age of Aquarius refers to a period characterized by the astrological sign of Aquarius. Each astrological age lasts approximately 2,160 years, based on the precession of the equinoxes, a phenomenon where the Earth's rotational axis slowly shifts over time.

The exact timing of the transition to the Age of Aquarius is debated among astrologers. Some believe it has already begun, while others think it is still on the horizon. The transition is not sudden but a gradual shift where the influences of the new age become more prominent over time.

So what age are we in right now? We're in the Age of Pisces, and before that, it was the Age of Aries. This cycle happens counterclockwise along the zodiac wheel.

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Aquarius Sign Traits

A list of aquarius sign traits such as forward thinking and friendship oriented is listed on top of the aquarius constellation

Like always, use these traits as a guideline, as each chart, including yours, is unique. For some, these Aquarius traits will ring loud and true, and for others, it will be a faint identification.

Don't sweat it, instead try to get a feel of what this archetype brings to the rest of the zodiac wheel experience.

12. Innovative Thinkers

As an Aquarius, you're known for your originality and creativity. You often find yourself coming up with ideas that others might not even consider.

Your innovative thinking allows you to approach problems from unique angles, making you a natural problem solver and a source of inspiration to those around you.

13. Humanitarian Spirit

You have a strong sense of social justice and a deep desire to improve the world. Causes that promote equality, fairness, and humanitarian efforts are close to your heart.

You're likely to get involved in community service, activism, or any work that aims to uplift others and create positive change.

14. Tech-Savvy

Associated with Uranus, the planet of technology and innovation, you have a natural affinity for gadgets and the latest technological advancements.

You’re always ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting new tech, and you probably enjoy exploring new software, apps, or scientific discoveries.

15. Independent Streak

Independence is crucial for you. You value your freedom and prefer to chart your own course in life. Conformity isn't your thing; you thrive when you can follow your own unique path.

This independence often makes you a trailblazer in your field, leading others with your pioneering spirit.

16. Eccentric and Quirky

You embrace your unique and unconventional tastes. Whether it's in fashion, hobbies, or lifestyle choices, you’re not afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Your quirky nature is endearing and makes you unforgettable to those who know you.

17. Social yet Detached

You enjoy socializing and being part of a group, but you also value your personal space. Emotional detachment allows you to interact with many people without becoming overwhelmed.

This balance helps you maintain a wide network of acquaintances while keeping your close friends dear.

18. Forward-Thinking

Always looking towards the future, you’re interested in progress and innovation. You’re likely to be involved in movements or ideas that promote change, whether it’s in technology, social issues, or personal development.

Your visionary mindset helps you anticipate trends and be a part of cutting-edge developments.

19. Natural Leaders

Your critical thinking and charisma naturally position you as a leader. People are drawn to your visionary ideas and confident demeanor.

Whether in professional settings, social groups, or community projects, you often find yourself taking the lead and guiding others towards common goals.

20. Friendship-Oriented

Friendships are incredibly important to you, and you likely have a diverse and expansive social circle. You believe in treating your friends as equals, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect.

Your open-mindedness and inclusive nature make you a beloved friend to many.

What new facts did you learn about the Aquarius zodiac sign? Is there anything new you would like to share with others?

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