Aquarius is the last of the Air signs. It is Fixed in nature and is ruled both by Saturn and Uranus. It's sign is that of the Water Bearer. Aquarians are ground breakers, they introduce and champion new ideas into the world which will elevate people and society to a new level. There ideals are those of justice, liberty , freedom and the brotherhood of man. An Aquarian cannot be kept in a box or told what to do. They know at some level that they are free people and no one can tell them what to do. The rights they champion they feel in their very soul and giving up these would force them to give up the very essence of what it means to them to be human. It's also the sign that champions the ideals of friendship and the equality of all people
These ideas are very much connected to the planets that rule the sign of Aquarius. Traditionally this was Saturn. As we mentioned in the section above describing the sign of Capricorn , the planet has two aspects to it. The one side looks inwards to the personal planets and is traditional and conservative. Saturn is known as the gatekeeper and like a sentry he traditionally guarded the edge of the Solar system. This was the last of the planets of the old order and the last to be seen with the naked eye. However the other side of Saturn looks outwards to the cosmos beyond, this is the side that rules the sign of Aquarius. This is much like the person who has passed his exams or his driving test for whom the open road beckons and the possibilities seem endless and exciting. This is Aquarius as it looks to the transpersonal planets for inspiration. The other, more modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus the next planet out from Saturn. This planet was discovered around the American and French revolutions and its nature reflects those events. It is a groundbreaker , a revolutionary that fights for Justice and Liberty and the freedoms of mankind.
The sign of Aquarius is an Air sign. It is also the last of these signs so in some way there is a maturity about it different from the previous Air Signs. The realm of Air is that of the ideas of mankind. When we use phrases like Airy Fairy we are talking of a person with their ideas in the clouds and not connected to the Earth. Aquarians live very much in this realm of ideas before they are brought to the Earth. King Solomon said 'There is nothing new under the sun'. All the ideas exist somewhere out there , it's just that Aquarians have a great ability to tap into this world of ideas and hopefully assist others in bringing them to society and thus improve the lot of mankind. This is shown by their sign which shows them bearing water or enlightenment to the rest of mankind.
Sometimes Aquarians are so busy championing their causes and preaching ideals to everyone that they can forget the person next to them. This is reflected in the air sign being Fixed in nature. Aquarians are not always so flexible and accomodating to other peoples ideas as they are so focused on their own beliefs. There is a phrase often used about Aquarians that can bear a lot of truth and they would take well to take note of it - 'They love humanity , it's just people they can't stand ! '.
Aquarians are excellent in all the technical professions. they excel in groundbreaking roles. They are often found at the forefront of the computer industry. They would be the Einstein or Oppenheimer's of this world or even the mad professor who continually come up with new gadgets. They may make powerful politicians who espouse new ideas and rights for the individual and society, such as the people who would have led the Russian Revolution. The shadow side of this sign is the person who lives completely in the clouds and is not connected with reality or the revolutionary who has no sensitivity or care for the individual as the cause is all important.
Aquarian energy will modify the expression of the planet that may lie in this sign. See How It Works section. With Uranus in Aquarius , the revolutionary nature of Uranus will be at home in this sign and the person will have radical and innovative ideas. With Venus in Aquarius , the person will have a love and talent for new ideas and technology. They may spend all their spare time playing with computers and gadgets. With the Moon in Aquarius the person will need to have ideals and causes to follow.
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