Aquarius as a sun sign

Independent, original, individualistic idealistic — these are the sometimes enigmatic qualities of Aquarians. It is essential that they evolve the individual and unique lifestyle that is right for them. While this is an air sign — which would usually indicate a free-flowing mind — it is all too easy for Aquarians to be extremely stubborn. This is related to the traditional influence, which tells us that Aquarius is a fixed sign, somewhat in contrast to what we might expect of them. It does not, however, mean that they are predictable. Quite the reverse in fact: they are often extremely unpredictable. This tendency usually emerges in the course of a discussion, when they will express an opinion very much out of line with current views — especially on controversial matters. They may voice an argument that seems very conventional, and in total contrast to their reputation for being avant garde. All this is due to the influence of their traditional ruling planet, Saturn, which represents the status quo and everything traditional, correct, and conservative in life and outlook. Aquarius's modern ruler, on the other hand, is Uranus, whose influence offers more unconventional and independent qualities.

The illustration for February from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1416), with the sign of the Water-carrier shown in the astrological chart at the top of the image.

The Aquarian Water-carrier, as depicted on the page for February from the Bedford Hours, an illuminated manuscript produced in France in around 1423.

AQUARiUS Symbol The Water-carrier Sun Sign Dates 21 January-18 February Ruling Planet Uranus (traditionally Saturn) Element or Triplicity Air Quality or Quadruplicity Fixed

Positive/Negative Positive Body Area Ankles, Circulation Polar Sign Leo

The Aquarian need for independence is extremely powerful. Once they leave home they will gradually begin to build a lifestyle to suit themselves. We must accept that they are very private people. If we think about it, do we really know our Aquarian relatives and friends? Probably not - partly because their sudden unpredictability makes us think again, but more importantly, because of their desire to be private. This is not because they are secretive (as might be the case with, say, Cancer or Scorpio), but because they sincerely feel that there are certain things about themselves which are of absolutely no concern to anyone but themselves, and they want to keep it that way.

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