Aquarius is one of the astrological signs in the zodiac chart. In fact, Aquarius is the eleventh astrological sign in the chart coming after Capricorn and before Pisces.

The term “Aquarius” is a Latin word that roughly translates into “water-carrier”. Aquarius begins on the 19th of January and ends on the 19th of February.

The sign Aquarius is called so because it is from the actual constellation of Aquarius.

Aquarius was first recognized in the 2nd century by Greek astronomer, Ptolemy and it is one of the first constellations to be recognized therefore it is one of the oldest constellations. 

Is Aquarius an Air or Water Sign?

Aquarius despite its name is actually not of the water element. It is an Air sign.

This will come as a shock to people who don’t know much about astrology because the name “Aqua” denotes water so it would make sense for Aquarius to be a water sign but it is not.

It was called Aquarius because it is located in a region with a lot of sea-like associations. Other constellations found in the same region as Aquarius include Pisces the fish and Cetus the whale.

What does it mean to be ruled by Uranus?

Aquarius is an air sign that is ruled by the planet, Uranus in the modern zodiac but was ruled by Saturn in the traditional zodiac.

Uranus in mythology is the grandfather of Jupiter and the father of. Saturn. It is associated with the sky as its name translates into “god of the sky”.

Uranus is an outer modern planet. Uranus is associated with brains, genius, individuality, modernity, discoveries, and the pursuit of modern life. Uranus is a planet that governs societies. Uranus is dedicated to progressiveness and freedom.

This ties in well to Aquarius being an air sign. Aquarius is a very strong, and progressive sign passionate about humanitarian issues however they can be quite aloof and temperamental just like air.

What does Aquarius's fixed quality mean?

Aquarius is also a fixed sign. It has a fixed quality. This means that Aquarius is determined. Signs with a fixed quality have persistence, deep personalities, and strong opinions. They can also be very aggravating, stubborn, single-minded, and dedicated to their beliefs. We can see how the fixed quality of Aquarius influences the sign in Aquarius’ passionate and radical nature.

Attributes

We’ll be discussing the attributes of Aquarius as a sun sign, a moon sign, and a rising sign.


  • Sun Sign – Your sun sign is your actual personality. The center of your personality. People with their sun sign in Aquarius are very passionate about humanitarian issues. They are radical thinkers who are dedicated to social freedom, progressive ideologies, and individuality.


  • Moon Sign – The moon sign dictates how you handle emotions. This is the soul of the zodiac. People with their moon sign in Aquarius are usually very aloof, they love solitude. They only show their vulnerable side to people they love. Aquarius moons are loyal and understanding.


  • Rising Sign – The rising sign shows your personality surface. This shows how strangers or acquaintances will most likely perceive you. People with an Aquarius ascendant are very practical. Although they are idealistic, their practical side balances it out. Their rebellious and radical nature may also be prevalent. They like being alone and are impulsive.



Weaknesses and Strengths

Every zodiac sign has weaknesses and strengths. Aquarius is certainly not the exception. 


  • Strengths – There is a lot of persistence. There is empathy. They are progressive and radical thinkers. They are passionate about others and will fight for their beliefs.


  • Weaknesses – The weaknesses of Aquarius can be found in their emotional behavior towards themselves. They can be stubborn, aloof, and spend too much time alone. They can also be very temperamental when they become passionate.