Aquarius (astrology)

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Zodiac symbolWater-Bearer
Duration (tropical, western)January 20 – February 19 (2024, UT1)[1]
Zodiac elementAir
Zodiac qualityFixed
Sign rulerSaturn (traditional), Uranus (modern)
ExaltationNone in Traditional, Pluto in Modern.

Aquarius (♒︎) (Greek: Ὑδροχόος, romanizedHydrokhóos, Latin for "water-bearer") is the eleventh astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation Aquarius. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in the Aquarius sign between about January 20 and February 18.[2] Aquarius is one of the three air signs, alongside Gemini and Libra. The ruling planets of Aquarius are Saturn (In traditional astrology alongside Capricorn), and Uranus in modern astrology. It is a fixed Air Sign. The opposite sign of Aquarius is Leo.


The water carrier represented by the 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 Zeus. The king of gods fell in love with him and 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 in his Metamorphoses.


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  • "Aquarius". 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  • Astronomical Applications Department (2011). Multiyear Computer Interactive Almanac. 2.2.2. Washington DC: US Naval Observatory. Longitude of Sun, apparent geocentric ecliptic of date, interpolated to find time of crossing 0°, 30°....

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