Aquarius (Latin) Pertaining to water; the water-bearer, the 11th sign of the zodiac. In astrology an airy, fixed, masculine sign, the principal house of Saturn, though sometimes said to by ruled by Uranus. In about 1898, the equinoctial point passed from Pisces to Aquarius of the stellar (movable) zodiac, thus initiating a new Messianic cycle succeeding that of Pisces -- the fish-man, associated with Jesus Christ. The Gnostic sun god is depicted as a man covered with breasts, having a fish on his head and a sea monster at his feet, which plainly indicates the group of three signs -- Pisces, Aquarius, and Capricorn -- and points to a fourfold division of the zodiac, each division embracing three signs; Taurus perhaps represented by the Egyptian bull Apis, standing for the triad of signs which preceded Aquarius. The Brahmanical equivalent to Aquarius, presided over by the sky god Indra, is Kumbha, which Subba Row states is equivalent in its numerical value to 14, a number intended to represent the 14 lokas or chaturdasa-bhuvana (Theos, Nov 1881). Assigning the twelve sons of Jacob in the Hebrew system to the signs of the zodiac, Reuben is ascribed to Aquarius, who is "unstable as water"; also associated with Rimmon, the god of storms and rain (SD 2:353), and equated with Ganymede.
aquarius \a*qua"ri*us\ (&?;), n. [l. aquarius, adj., relating to water, and n., a water-carrier, fr. aqua. see aqua.] (astron.) (a) the water-bearer; the eleventh sign in the zodiac, which the sun enters about the 20th of january; -- so called from the rains which prevail at that season in italy and the east. (b) a constellation south of pegasus. aquarius n 1. a zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere; between capricornus and pisces [syn: aquarius]
2. the eleventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from january 20 to february 18 [syn: aquarius, aquarius the water bearer , water bearer]
Noun 1. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aquarius (synonym) Water Bearer (hypernym) person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul (classification) astrology, star divination 2. a zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere; between Capricornus and Pisces (hypernym) constellation (part-holonym) zodiac 3. the eleventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about January 20 to February 18 (synonym) Aquarius the Water Bearer, Water Bearer (hypernym) sign of the zodiac, star sign, sign, mansion, house, planetary house
The Water-bearer; the eleventh sign in the zodiac, which the sun enters about the 20th of January; -- so called from the rains which prevail at that season in Italy and the East. (n.)
A constellation south of Pegasus.