Aquarius (astrology)

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Zodiac symbol Water-bearer
Duration (tropical, western) January 20 – February 18 (2018, UT1)[1]
Constellation Aquarius
Zodiac element Air
Zodiac quality Fixed
Sign ruler Saturn (ancient), Uranus (modern)
Detriment Sun
Exaltation Mercury (questionable)
Fall Pluto

Aquarius () (Greek: Ὑδροχόος Hydrokhoös, Latin: Aquārius) is the eleventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation Aquarius.


The water carrier represented by the zodiacal constellation Aquarius is Ganymede, a beautiful Phrygian youth. Ganymede was the son of Tros, king of Troy (according to Lucian, he was also the son of Dardanus). While tending to his father's flocks on Mount Ida, Ganymede was spotted by Jupiter. The king of gods flew down to the mountain in the form of a large bird, whisking Ganymede away to the heavens. Ever since, the boy has served as cupbearer to the gods. Ovid has Orpheus sing the tale.


Aquarius is a summer constellation in the northern hemisphere, found near Pisces and Cetus. It is especially notable as the radiant for four meteor showers, the largest of which is the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in late July and early August.


Under the tropical zodiac, the sun is in Aquarius typically between January 21 and February 20,[2][3] while under the Sidereal Zodiac, the sun is in Aquarius from approximately February 15 to March 14, depending on leap year.[4]



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