Astrology: Sun Sign Aquarius

Édouard Manet “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe,” oil on canvas, 1863. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Manet was an Aquarius born 23 January 1832.
This piece is considered his most famous, highlighting various issues including the male vs female gaze, the iniquity between the main female being unclothed and observed by those wearing clothes. Quite Aquarian.

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

James Joyce, Ulysses. Joyce was an Aquarius, b. 2 February 1882 – d. 13 January 1941

The Sun moves into progressive, experimental, visionary Aquarius January 19, 2022 at 21:39 EST (tomorrow 01/20 2:39 UT). Ruler Uranus turned direct yesterday adding a welcome boost of energy, releasing efforts at progress and change. Co-ruler Saturn is currently in Aquarius, and won’t be here for another thirty years, so if you want to define yourself Aquarius, now’s the time. Saturn is always there to help perfect plans and actualize ideals.


Each year, the Sun moves through the astrological sign of Aquarius from ~21 January to 18 February. This sign is Fixed Air. While the traditional ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, the modern ruler is Uranus, and this dichotomy of rulership can, in a sense, be said to define Aquarius, as it is a sign of paradox, embodying at one and the same time the essence of chaos, iconoclasm and unpredictability, as well as staunch conservatism and obstinate, holier-than-thou idealism and philanthropy. Aquarius is a sign that many love to hate, as it can be difficult to understand the people born under this star. Aquarius people are the ones we look to when we are all out of answers, when the problems before us are simply too twisted and seemingly unsolvable, as they are the original “think outside the box” types. A Gordian knot never stopped one born under Aquarius, as they love more than anything to sink their teeth into problems that have brought others defeat. Remember that the sign opposite to Aquarius is Leo, so there is a good deal of shadow pride at work in the Aquarius psyche, and being right, smarter and more interesting than their peers is definitely a goal to be pursued.

Imagine you have a friend who is, at times, extremely, pedantically political and yet, at other times vehemently apolitical, bordering on anarchistic and chaotic, presenting you with bizarre ideas of social upheaval and pictures of society straight out of a science fiction book. Even though at first glance, what this friend espouses may seem far-fetched, in quiet moments of consideration, you have to admit that they may just be on to something. And you can’t really disagree with your friend, as they are so charming and helpful, always ready to chat and socialize. Hell, some of the best conversations you’ve had have been with this buddy, so what was your problem again? This is Aquarius. They naturally have their finger on the pulse of society, and have the ability to divine how that pulse may express itself in the future, whether near or far. If they seem occasionally aloof and cold, perhaps it is because in their experience, they have been shut down too many times, told that they are just plain crazy, foolish or both, and they have learned to hold their cards close to the chest, mostly out of defense, and for some, out of a sense of nurtured pride and the understanding that what they know is not for all to understand. They hold within their hearts and minds visionary ideas which aren’t necessarily fit for public consumption.

Aquarius is passionately intellectual, and in their avant garde vision, can often seem quite glamorous, drawn always to the heights of refinement and beauty, as they understand on a deep level that Beauty is one of the constants of this world, to be revered and protected. And yet, that same sensitive, refined Aquarius can turn on a dime and seem only to enjoy espousing aggravating and inflammatory messages, presumably for the sake of provocation and theater, but more likely they do so out of frustration, and perhaps a touch of spite. They know, better than most, the effect that words and ideologies can have, and so they can take delight in stirring the pot, mischievously leaving steaming outrage in their wake. They like nothing more than to be right, and to “get your goat”. They love to appear cutting edge, but ultimately, when push comes to shove, they can be just as traditional as your Aunt Mae from Little Town, because Aquarius understands the comfort and security of a well-functioning society, and even if the society they presently inhabit isn’t functioning so well, they have awareness of the changes which need to occur to keep people happy. At their best, Aquarius is sophisticated, humane, thoughtful, considerate, understanding, innovative, creative, objective and insightful. At their worst, Aquarius is cold, indifferent, obstinate, perverse, pedantic, petty, short-sighted, eccentric, infuriating and contrary.

Aquarius Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana XVII: The Star (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Frequently, Aquarius is labelled as “eccentric”, and if questioned about their peculiarities, Aquarius will always have excellent, compelling reasons for being exactly as they are, fully justified and tied with a bow. Aquarius is the intellectual par excellence, and only the very brave will foray into debate with these folk. Whereas Gemini likes to collect facts, Aquarius creates compendiums, annotated and organized not just alphabetically, but thematically, and usually, by date as well. These people thrive on information the way Scorpio thrives on sexuality, and the deeper, the gnarlier, the more arcane, the better, whereas while Scorpio revels in emotion, occasionally getting lost in the murky depths where others fear to explore, Aquarius always seems to float above it all, untouched, pristine, clean and cool. This world is a feast of wonder, and the information they collect becomes like a garden, well-loved and well-tended. An intellectual challenge is the ultimate turn on for Aquarius, and they will seek far and wide to satisfy their appetites which tend to grown more erudite as they age. If you have questions for which you cannot find answers, find an Aquarius friend. They will be sure to help out, for ultimately, this is what Aquarius loves best: to be friendly, to help and to share, for the betterment of all.

As mentioned above, the polarity sign of Aquarius is Leo, and Aquarius has much to learn from the Leonine folk, primarily in the area of self-awareness. Leo can teach Aquarius that it’s perfectly fine to put yourself first once in a while, to take the credit, accept the kudos and feel proud of your individuality for yourself and yourself alone. Many Aquarians will try to be a voice for all around them, couching their egos in the larger panoply of society, and this can lead to a sense of dissociation from self. Leo can show Aquarius that speaking with one’s true voice can in itself be a blessing to society at large, and that true individuality doesn’t always need to be plastered on a placard for the benefit of the greater good.

  • Keywords: individualistic, friendly, humane, curious, original, idealistic, inventive, intellectual, hopeful, pacifistic, avant-garde, acquaintanceship, aloof, creative, visionary, experimental, sociable, progressive, cold, indifferent, obstinate, perverse, paradoxical, pedantic, petty, eccentric, contrary
  • Rulership: traditional – Saturn; modern – Uranus
  • Modality: Fixed Air
  • Polarity: positive masculine
  • Gemstone: aquamarine, cubic zirconia, opals, black pearl, sapphire
  • Metal: aluminium, zinc
  • Tarot: The Star
  • Color: azure, violet, bluish mauve, sky blue, purple, changeable, inconstant colors
  • Deities: Nuit/Nut, Athena, Ganymede
  • Flora: olive, coconut, kiwi, apples, orchids, hybridized and genetically modified plants, rapeseed (canola), citrus, chilis, black pepper, elderberry, fruit trees, frankincense, myrrh resin, galbanum resin, spikenard
  • Fauna: large flying birds, migratory birds
  • Famous Aquarius Personalities: Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, Rosa Parks, Kim Jong-il, Bob Marley, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Oprah Winfrey, Charles Dickens, Yoko Ono, Sharon Tate, Nicolae Ceausescu, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keyes, Elijah Wood, Buzz Aldrin, Christian Dior, Virginia Woolf, Ellen De Generes, Justin Timberlake, Matt Groening, Harry Styles, Edouard Manet, Langston Hughes, Dick Cheney, Edith Wharton, Jackson Pollock, Toni Morrison, Malcolm Mc Laren, Jeb Bush, Christian Bale, Laura Dern

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