AQUARIUS (THE WATER-BEARER)
The sign of the Truth-seeker or Scientist
A fixed airy sign. Honest, probing, broad-minded,
amiable, humane, popular.
Gems: sapphire, opal
Color: electric blue
Harmonious signs for business, marriage, or companionship:
Libra, Gemini, Aries
The Aquarian Type
The chief characteristic of the typical Aquarius physical traits is his extraordinary breadth of vision. He is unbiased and open-minded, without prejudice or superstition of any kind. Tradition and authority leave him untouched. When he finds himself face to face with them, he regards them with tranquility and serenity, and possibly with a certain friendliness and interest; but no amount of natural courtesy toward them will make him refrain from turning on them the searchlight of the truth-seeker. His ways are neither militant nor aggressive. He can wait; and the longer he waits, the more clearly he realizes the difficulty of attaining certainty about anything that is worth knowing and the folly of condemning too hastily the theories of other truth seekers who are just as likely to be in the right as he is. This results in an entire lack of pose, and perfect freedom from vanity and self-conceit as far as knowledge is concerned.
He is willing to learn from anyone, for the only thing of which he is sure is that he does not know very much. If after patient inquiry and deep probing he realizes that he has made a discovery or exposed a fallacy, he is generally eager to pass the information on to others as quickly as possible, even if in so doing he has to recant views he has formerly advocated, and abandon some of his favorite theories. He is, in fact, the finest possible type of scientist, the student of laws, the truth-seeker, patient, dispassionate, and untiring, whose method is to take a comprehensive view of his subject, form his own hypothesis, and then marshal his facts, frying and testing his theories until they are proof against assault. “What is the truth of the matter?” is his one concern, and the pet question of the prosaic craftsman – who so often advances a bogus claim to a scientific attitude of mind – “What is the use of it?” rarely enters into his calculations at all.
The faults of the primitive Aquarian may be summed up in the one word “inefficiency,” for breadth of vision seems to bewilder rather than to assist those who possess it, and a wide outlook is often accompanied by such deplorably short sight – figuratively speaking – that practical details are lost in a general haziness. However conscious these people may be of an overpowering number of things they ought to be doing, they have great difficulty in deciding just where and when to begin. They are consequently inclined to fritter away a good deal of time and energy, often missing their best opportunities by wavering over trifling decisions, and showing a lamentable lack of practical common sense in adapting available means to the end in view.
They have very little power of concentration, and though generally amiable and well-meaning are apt to blunder into difficulties through lack of imagination and tact. Their memory is sometimes deficient – or possibly only rather slow. Important details are forgotten till it is too late to consider them, and their work is too often attacked in a hesitating and apparently heedless kind of way.
Another accusation frequently brought up against them is that of moral and physical cowardice; and there certainly is a peace-at-any-price tendency about most of them. They may possibly be induced to fight for what they feel to be important truths, or in defense of those weaker than themselves; but anyone skilled in strategy can get the better of them, at any rate for the moment, for they are easily betrayed into allowing their attention to wander to abstract questions of right and wrong when they ought to be holding themselves in readiness and concentrating their energies on points of possible attack or defense. Most of them, especially the women, are apt to feel flurried and bewildered when they have blundered into a battle. They have no resource beyond some cherished conviction, hitting out clumsily and blindly, goaded to the effort chiefly by the desire to get the trouble over as quickly as possible. In the confusion of the moment, point after point may possibly be yielded, but when the atmosphere is clear, again, the chances are that our Aquarian will be found just exactly where he or she was before. If the outlook is really a wide one, it cannot be narrowed to please those who do not share it. This fact, taken in conjunction with the typical truth-seeker’s attitude of mind toward tradition, results in disconcerting departures from precedent. The laws they hold in honor are not necessarily those most revered by the particular communities, and Aquarians are apt to go their own way, ignoring convention and authority, and so meet with a good deal of hostility and criticism.
Many students have been puzzled by the fact that this inclination to defy public opinion is much stronger in people born with Uranus rising than in those born with Aquarius rising, and find it difficult to accept Uranus as the ruler of Aquarius in consequence. Aquarians, generally speaking, are too tranquil in temperament, too gentle and kindly in disposition, to outrage the feelings of their families and friends by startling eccentricities of conduct; but the planet Uranus rising in any of the more energetic and enterprising signs and especially in any of the cardinal signs, with their tendency to come before the public in one capacity or another, may easily lead to what seems to others amazing and unaccountable decisions and extremely peculiar behavior, especially if associated with an ill-disciplined nature. In the case of those who have sufficient balance and self-control to avoid foolish extremes, Uranus rising is often associated with a dash of genius; but to have it rising where the nature is ill-balanced and the judgment faulty suggests a stormy career indeed, especially if it is in Aries or Gemini.
Love and Friendship
This eleventh sign of the zodiac is naturally associated with the eleventh house in the horoscope, which, according to tradition, tells us something of the special relationship of any man to humanity as a whole. It speaks of his friends and of the experiences that come to him through friendship, and also suggests the favor or disfavor of the general public. The Water-bearer is represented as pouring forth liberally the water – the emotion – which he carries; and the affections of the true-born Aquarian are certainly far-reaching and widespread. His attitude to the whole world is kindly and humane. People of this type will take any amount of trouble to increase the comfort and well-being of those around them, and find great satisfaction in devising simple pleasures for others. Charities, and societies for the amelioration of social conditions among the poor, often find in them willing contributors.
The Aquarian has a way of looking at life’s problems from the outside rather than from the center. Instead of trusting others, he studies them, scrutinizing their words and actions and if possible even their thoughts, earnestly, patiently, and carefully; and as humanity, conscious of its own shortcomings, is not particularly keen on being vivisected, it is apt to grow restive during the process. It also craves for personal and particular appreciation and attention, and the acquaintances of the Aquarian often find it somewhat of a shock that the very kindliness and interest which tickled their vanity and delighted their egotism when they first met him are equally at the disposal of later comers. If they are of a jealous and exacting disposition, friendship with him will prove impossible; but in rejecting it they show little judgment, for the friendship of the Aquarian is founded on an understanding and personal esteem which go right down to the foundations of character, and his tranquil affection is crystalline in its purity and sincerity, and well worth having.
The above characteristics sometimes result in a certain isolation and loneliness so far as intimate affections are concerned, and the trouble is accentuated by a real incapacity for settling down to anything like a steady friendship, or definitely and distinctly entering upon terms of affection and intimacy for more than a very brief space of time. Where memory is not a strong point, loyalty to individuals cannot be expected to flourish, and if imagination is lacking and the thirst for knowledge great, the chances are that the individual will spend a good deal of time “putting his foot in his mouth” with his fellow men, however amiable and well-meaning he may be. As a matter of fact, we find Aquarians constantly getting into hot water through asking tactless and point-blank questions about the feelings and actions and opinions of others. They seem to lack intuition, and cannot rest content until they have reached the heart of the mystery. They often seem puzzled and a little disappointed to find that the hidden treasure didn’t really amount to much after all, and are apt to add insult to injury by naively expressing their opinion to that effect.
Aquarians are slow to wed, although they generally do so in the end. They frequently make friendship the foundation of love, and choose a partner who is not merely a mate but a “chum” as well, and consequently capable of sharing in some at least of the many interests which go to make up the Aquarian’s mental life. They are naturally well equipped for matrimony, possessing the priceless treasure of a wide and unprejudiced outlook, which can make allowances for difference of heredity, environment, training, and education. The kindliness and humanity of the sign also favor marriage, for the typical Aquarian is inclined by nature to exact little and to give much, is incapable of petty tyranny and puerile jealousy, and carries a certain tender consideration into all the more intimate relations of the conjugal state.
Their dilatoriness is the more to be regretted; but it springs quite naturally from the characteristics of the type. Both men and women find it extraordinarily difficult to let themselves go, and cling to the delusion of a safe and pleasant friendship long after that has become and impossibility for the prospective partner. Even after the goal of matrimony is actually in sight, they shrink from any approach to definite lovemaking, hesitating and vacillating and evading to an extent that is really unfair and unkind. In favorable circumstances the first ardor of youth may possibly carry an occasional Aquarian into an early engagement, but, if so, it will probably be years before any further step is taken. The very kindliness and consideration of this sign prevent an Aquarian lover from urging his betrothed to face circumstances that he deems too hard for her, and she shrinks from becoming a burden to the man she loves. Courage and faith and hope are shoved into the background while fear and doubt and delay win the victory all along the line. The chances are that some rival with a little more fire will cut the Aquarian out; in which case, after heaving a few sentimental sighs, he will probably relapse into friendliness again, repeating the experience from time to time as the years go on, without even beginning to understand just how and where he blunders.
“Faint heart never won fair lady,” and the woman who is called upon to choose between a man who, whatever his faults may be, can and does play the convincing lover with energy, and one who is apparently not very sure whether he wants to marry at all, is not very likely to place her happiness in the hands of the doubter. Nothing is more fatal to romance than the discovery that the supposed admirer is a cold-blooded examiner in disguise, who is testing and trying, weighing and deliberating, as he has probably done in the case of other “possibilities” already. So the years may slip by till middle age is past. The fortieth birthday or the happy wedding of the last bachelor friend suddenly awakens our sentimentalist to the fact that he is preparing for himself a childless and lonely old age, and having done his part as dutiful son he then sets about doing his wooing in earnest.
In spite of his own exemplary conduct as husband and father, the Aquarian type is rarely rigidly orthodox on the subject of the marriage law. Faithful and loyal to his promises himself – at any rate after the tie has been definitely formed – he is ultra-tolerant in his estimation of those who are not.
Among writers who have the Sun in this sign and who answer strongly to the influence of Uranus are Francis Bacon and Charles Darwin, both renowned as having altered and enlarged the outlook of their brother scientists to a remarkable extent. Both had the Sun – indicating success – in Aquarius, and probably Darwin had it at the Zenith, for his life suggests Cancer as ascendant.
John Ruskin, whose birth hour has been recorded, shows the Sun rising in Aquarius, and Uranus close to the zenith. That Ruskin abandoned verse as he grew older is probably no loss to literature, especially as he gave us in its place some of the most beautiful passages of descriptive English prose that have ever yet been penned. The opening chapters of The Stones of Venice may be cited as examples of his style at its finest, but to the end of his literary career he shows all the most striking of the Aquarian characteristics – simplicity, sincerity, the attitude of the truth-seeker and the habits of the student, and an intense interest in sociology and the real welfare of humanity as a whole.
The religious tendency of the Aquarian is to a thoughtful and reverent agnosticism, founded on the recognition of the fact that the finite human mind cannot hope to grasp the infinite. If the takes any interest in forms and ceremonies, it is to examine and compare them, and he treats the traditional teachings of the great founders of religion in the same way, accepting no other man’s verdict, but probing and inquiring into the matter for himself. The jottings and journals of Marcus Aurelius, the great philosopher, Emperor of Rome, suggest the Aquarian mind at tis noblest and best. This grand old pagan viewed life steadily and viewed it whole, in spite of his moods of agnosticism, in which he realized that the greatest of all facts – those that seemed to him most essential – were not, and could not ,be, logically proved, and that there was possibly much human error mixed with the dearest and most sacred of his own convictions.
The influence of this sign often shows physically in remarkable nobility of feature, and especially of profile. It is emphatically the sign of the man. The dispassionate and platonic tendency of the type in its emotional life finds a curious echo in the physical vehicle, for the men not frequently show some feminine trait, and the women some characteristic that is censured in them as masculine. Sometimes a man otherwise well proportioned will have a breadth of hip almost as great as his breadth of shoulder, suggesting that his manly form has somehow built upon a feminine skeleton. (Astrologers observe with interest that doctors are now describing people who in structure or measurement show characteristics of both sexes, as “Uranians.” The type is increasingly common, as humanity at present is responding freely to the influence of Aquarius.) And narrow hips and a masculine habit of movement and posture have been noted in exceptionally fine and essentially womanly specimens of this type. As a rule these people are tall and fair, with blue or grey eyes, deep-set and wide apart; and many of them have the student’s trick of the slightly drooping head, suggesting that the thoughts revolving in the busy brain have actual weight. Their voices are gentle, and somewhat monotonous, and they seldom laugh; but many of them have a peculiarly winning and delightful smile which derives a special charm from its unexpectedness.
Their movements are generally as leisurely as their thoughts, but in spite of their serene and tranquil ways they can be exceedingly outspoken and even severe at times – especially if what has roused them is some manifestation of slyness, hypocrisy, and double-dealing. Nothing will shake their conviction that the truth ought to be trusted, and those who tell it so ingeniously as to give a false impression to their hearers without actually uttering a falsehood themselves arouse Aquarian indignation as strongly as those who pervert it or keep it back.
Aquarius is said by the older astrologers to “rule the blood,” and the only characteristic symptom of Aquarian ill-health is a sluggish circulation, manifested in cold hands and feet. Friendship and sunny fresh air are the best remedies.
SUN IN AQUARIUS
The Sun in Aquarius gives a refined individuality with a love of everything humanitarian. These people are faithful, sincere, just, with very broad sympathies and a desire to embrace the whole of humanity.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Aries
This combination gives a firm character, quiet, and not very expressive, but with perceptive ability. .Natives are good judges of human character. They are persevering, but liable at times to go to extremes. They have determination and persistence of purpose and cannot endure being controlled or thwarted. They will go to unreasonable lengths to have their own way, and are fond of imposing their will upon others, leading or controlling. And yet they are not always fortunate when the whole responsibility for any affair is theirs. If they learn to submit to association with others, if not as subordinates, then as partners or companions, they will usually obtain the best results.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Taurus
This polarity makes an excellent character reader. He inclines to the practical, and is faithful, sincere, firm, just, and reliable. Once having found a congenial channel to work in, these people do not easily forsake it, for change of any kind is foreign to their nature. Whatever their mode of life may be, they tend to continue faithfully and ploddingly in it, and vary or alter their course only under extreme necessity. In business or profession they usually accumulate honors, money, or possessions, whichever they may have set their minds upon, although these may not come until middle or old age. The influence is good for friends, acquaintances, and social and public relations generally.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Gemini
This combination intensifies the intellectual qualities, giving a studious mind, well adapted for literary pursuits. Also displayed are considerable industry, neatness, and attention to details. These people may be fitted for almost any occupation calling for acuteness and originality of mind, or mental resource. They usually succeed as speakers, preachers, writers, or teachers. They are sometimes a little retiring, liking reserve and seclusion, but this may easily be counteracted if Jupiter or Venus is prominent, as it does not arise from an unsociable nature. They are kind and good-hearted, and have many acquaintances if few intimate friends.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Cancer
This combination intensifies the economical, tenacious, and sensitive tendencies of Cancer, and gives great intuition. If the horoscope is fairly harmonious, these people have a strong attraction to home life, marriage, friendship, social and domestic matters. If aspects are adverse, their greatest misfortunes will come through these channels. They have good mental abilities, but are usually more emotional than intellectual.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Leo
This polarity intensifies the love nature, and there is an inclination to worship those who are loved. The nature will tend toward either the intellect or the feelings, according to the balance of influences in the horoscope. There are an active intellect and a lively imagination, which may help to achieve great things. There is also a sense of dignity and pride, coupled with a liking for society, a love of approbation, a desire for distinction, honor, and for “cutting a figure” or taking the lead. Leo adds warmth, ardor, and imagination to the Aquarius nature.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Virgo
This combination intensifies neatness, precision, carefulness, and awakens the critical faculties. It gives prudence, practicality, and business ability, and there is usually a love of science and intellectual pursuits in general. There may be some lack of demonstrativeness, activity, or hopefulness. Such a person prospers best in association with another who would supply the initiative or enterprise.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Libra
This combination gives splendid powers of judgment, remarkable perception, a very intuitive mind, and much foresight. It awakens the spiritual side of the nature, and gives balance and equilibrium. Success in marriage is indicated. There are considerable imagination, love of the beautiful, and a keen appreciation of music and the other arts, all of which will be active if Venus is strong. It conduces to sociability, popularity, partnership, and friendship.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Scorpio
Scorpio inclines the nature to be somewhat worldly and selfish, with ability to play upon the nature of others. People born under this combination are apt to be positive, self-reliant, sometimes self-assertive, proud, and not easily influenced. Sometimes they are irritable, abrupt, or aggressive. Less desirable characteristics may easily be toned down if “benefics” are prominent; then the nature becomes extremely useful in the world. Such people are practical, business-like, firm, and hard-working, suited for positions of prominence or responsibility, and likely to gain money, property, power, and dignity.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Sagittarius
This combination makes the personality rather too quick for the slow, steady individuality; but it adds concentration to the impulsive nature of Sagittarius. Speech is apt to be impulsive and abrupt. These people have considerable literary ability, imagination, and love of beauty, which tend to increase a number of acquaintances and friends. There is fitness for a career in connection with religion, philosophy, law, acting, or one of the fine arts.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Capricorn
This combination makes the personality shrewd, tactful, and eager to attain great heights, which are often reached through favoritism and the help of friends. There is much solidity of thought and ability for political matters. Ideas are broad and the mind subtle. The native has a somewhat serious, grave, thoughtful nature, with a good deal of firmness, patience, and perseverance. There are ambition, tact, a power to face difficult or adverse circumstances unmoved, an ability to control other people, a good memory, and suitability for positions of responsibility. The favor of the public, of acquaintances, and of superiors is likely to be gained.
Sun and Moon in Aquarius
This combination gives a great deal of discretion, discrimination, and careful thought. It intensifies the clearness and brightness of the Aquarian intellect. It is not an altogether fortunate combination in a worldly sense, but it makes the mind positive, self-reliant, original, fairly active, humane, well-disposed, and well-balanced. With good aspects the native is likely to be very popular, and to have many acquaintances and a pleasant home life. Marriage is extremely probable.
Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Pisces
This combination gives perseverance and carefulness, awakening the studious side of the Pisces nature, but much depends upon planetary influences and the aspects to Sun and Moon. Imagination, love of beauty, musical or artistic ability, refinement, sentiment, charitable feeling, and sympathy are often accentuated. Unless positive tendencies are given by the ascendant or planetary positions, the nature is unassuming, a little retiring, agreeable and sociable, more suited for some relatively quiet and unambitious occupation than for one involving publicity, responsibility, or conflict. The native benefits by friends and patrons.
FAMOUS PEOPLE BORN WITH THE SUN IN AQUARIUS
Francis Bacon: January 22, 1561
Galileo: February 15, 1564
Emanuel Swedenborg: January 29, 1688
Mozart: January 27, 1756
Lord Byron: January 22, 1788
Franz Schubert: January 31, 1797
Charles Darwin: February 12, 1809
John Ruskin: February 8, 1819
Colette: January 28, 1873
Somerset Maugham: January 25, 1874
F. D. Roosevelt: January 30, 1882
John Barrymore: February 15, 1882
Babe Ruth: February 6, 1895
Katharine Cornell: February 16, 1898
Adlai Stevenson: February 5, 1900
Clark Gable: February 1, 1901
Tallulah Bankhead: January 31, 1902
Charles Lindbergh: February 4, 1902
Louis Nizer: February 6, 1902
Eileen Farrell: February 13, 1920
Santha Rama Rau: January 24, 1923
Leontyne Price: February 10, 1927
Jeanne Moreau: January 23, 1928
James Dean: February 8, 1931
Kim Novak: February 13, 1933
Vanessa Redgrave: January 30, 1937
Mia Farrow: February 9, 1945