|Duration (Tropical, Western)||20 January – 18 February (2014, UTC)|
Under the tropical zodiac, the sun is in Aquarius typically between January 20 and February 18, while under the Sidereal Zodiac, the sun is in Aquarius from approximately February 15 to March 14, depending on leap year.
On early Babylonian stones, the astrological symbol for Aquarius was depicted as a man or boy pouring water from a bucket or urn. Ancient Arabian astrologists omitted the human figure, with a mule carrying two water-barrels representing the constellation. The constellation Aquarius is not conspicuous; its fainter set of stars being those which are typically depicted as the "water running down into the mouth of the Southern fish."
In the arts
The sun locks beneath Aquarius tempers,
And now the nights draw near to half the day,
What time the hoar frost copies on the ground
The outward semblance of her sister white,
But little lasts the temper of her pen.
Originally appearing in the musical Hair, written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, the song "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (more commonly known as "The Age of Aquarius") was released in 1969 by The 5th Dimension and is a medley of two songs. Lyrically, the song is based on the astrological belief that the world would soon be entering the "Age of Aquarius." The song peaked at number one for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969. The single became the first medley to top the American pop charts and was eventually certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.
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