Aquarius (astrology)

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Aquarius
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Zodiac Symbol Water-Bearer
Duration (Tropical, Western) 20 January – 18 February (2014, UTC)
Constellation Aquarius
Zodiac Element Air
Zodiac Quality Fixed
Sign ruler Uranus
Detriment Sun
Exaltation Saturn, Mercury
Fall Neptune
AriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibraScorpioSagittariusCapricornAquariusPisces

Aquarius () (Greek: Ύδροχόος, "Hudrokhoös", Latin: "Aquārius") is the eleventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation Aquarius.

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.

Background[edit]

On early Babylonian stones, the astrological symbol for Aquarius was depicted as a man or boy pouring water from a bucket or urn.[1] Ancient Arabian astrologists omitted the human figure, with a mule carrying two water-barrels representing the constellation.[2] 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."[3]

Mythology[edit]

The traditional ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, but modern astrologers believe that Uranus is the proper and only ruler.[4] It is also one of the masculine signs,[5] and a fixed sign.[6]

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In the arts[edit]

A translation of the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, the Inferno, by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:[2]

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.

The English Romantic poet John Keats wrote of the personified Aquarius and his urn in the 1818 poem Endymion.[7]

Modern arts[edit]

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.[8]

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  • The dictionary definition of Aquarius at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Aquarius at Wikimedia Commons