Aquarius (astrology)

Aquarius
Zodiac symbolWater-Bearer
Duration (tropical, western)January 20 – February 18 (2023, UT1)
ConstellationAquarius
Zodiac elementAir
Zodiac qualityFixed
Sign rulerSaturn (traditional), Uranus (modern)
DetrimentSun
ExaltationNone in Traditional, Pluto in Modern.
FallNeptune
AriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibraScorpioSagittariusCapricornAquariusPisces

Aquarius (♒︎) (Greek: Υδροχόος, 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.

Myth

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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