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Aquarius in the Complete Horoscope

The Water-Bearer Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology

Aquarius Zodiac sign in Astrology
The Aquarius Zodiac sign glyph. Ink calligraphy by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see it enlarged.

Aquarius, the Water Bearer, is the eleventh sign of the zodiac. The sun enters it on or around January 20, in mid-winter.


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       Aquarius belongs to the element air, its quality is fixed and its charge is positive. Its Ruler is Uranus, and Saturn exalts in it. Its motto is: "I know." In the horoscope chart, the zodiac sign Aquarius brings contemplation and originality to planets and astrological houses therein.

       Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Aquarius zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Aquarius at the time of your birth).

Your Aquarius Zodiac Sign

The sun, the basis of Zodiac sign astrology. Woodcut. Those who have Aquarius as their zodiac sign (star sign) are born when the sun was in Aquarius, normally January 20 — February 19 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also — more adequately — called the sun sign.

       Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.

       The sun in your horoscope is your natural self — what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive.

       If your sun sign is Aquarius, you are a thoughtful and contemplative person, striving to understand things around you, no matter how difficult that might be. You take nothing for granted, and you don't just adapt to what seems to be expected of you. You want to find your own way, do things the way you yourself think is the best.

The Father of Aquarius

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).

       If you have the sun in Aquarius, your relation to your father is one of discussion and endless exchange of thought. You have great respect for each other's wisdom and gladly spend hours exploring the thoughts and ideas of one another. Your relation is not the conventional one of father and child, it's more like you're equals and friends with similar views on the world.

Aquarius, by Hevelius.

       For more about your sun sign in Zodiac sign astrology, see the link further down this page.

The Planets in Aquarius

The planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Aquarius, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Aquarius:

The planet symbols (glyphs).

Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.

  • Sun   basic drive — Aquarius brings thoughtfulness and sincerity in all.

  • Moon   longing — Aquarius brings a thirst for knowledge and a tendency to get lost in daydreaming.

  • Mercury   curiosity — Aquarius brings sophisticated communicative skills and the capacity to learn a lot.

  • Venus   affection — Aquarius brings inspired thoughts and great ideas.

  • Mars   aggression — Aquarius brings sharp mental focus and perseverance in intellectual matters.

  • Jupiter   luck — Aquarius brings success in intellectual matters and plenty of ideas popping up all the time.

  • Saturn   duty — Aquarius brings serenity and a tendency to take everything very seriously.

  • Uranus   contemplation — Aquarius brings a mind capable of great feats and insights that few are able to reach.

  • Neptune   fantasy — Aquarius brings contemplations to get lost in, and transcending meditation, not to mention fascinating dreams.

  • Pluto   catharsis — Aquarius brings revelations of the mind and the way to look at the world.

  • Ascendant, AC   attitude — Aquarius brings an attitude of sincerity and thoughtfulness.

  • Medium Coeli, MC   self-image — Aquarius brings a sense of being utterly wise and the need to let everybody know it.

The Houses in Aquarius

The astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Aquarius affects them:

  1. Identity — Aquarius makes you seem wise and quite an original.

  2. Resources — Aquarius makes your knowledge your greatest asset.

  3. Communication — Aquarius makes you a serious learner and a sincere friend.

  4. Home — Aquarius makes your home peaceful and your family ties deep.

  5. Pastime — Aquarius makes you driven by your curiosity.

  6. Work — Aquarius makes your work advanced and analytical.

  7. Partners — Aquarius makes your relations profound and lasting.

  8. Unknown — Aquarius makes you understand mysterious things.

  9. Travel — Aquarius makes you travel to distant and exotic places.

  10. Career — Aquarius makes you reach and keep respected positions.

  11. Ideals — Aquarius makes you an idealist, pondering utopian ideas.

  12. Shortcomings — Aquarius makes it difficult for you to go to the bottom of things.

Aquarius in General

Of course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Aquarius zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.

Aquarius — Water-Bearer. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

Aquarius — Water-Bearer. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

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