Zodiac symbol: Water-Bearer
Duration: January 20 – February 18
Zodiac element: Air
Zodiac quality: Fixed
Sign ruler: Saturn and Uranus
Greatest Comparability: Leo, Sagittarius
Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof
The water carrier represented by the zodiacal 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.
Aquarius’s strengths include being progressive, original and independent. Their weaknesses include running from emotional expression. Aquarius are deep thinkers who love helping people. They feel comfortable being a group or a community so they are constantly trying to be surrounded by other people. They can come off as aloof, this is because they want to establish trust so they can express their emotions in a healthy way.
If someone wants a long-term relationship with an Aquarius, be sure to value integrity and honesty. In relationships, they see their partners as equals and give them the independence they need.