To astronomers, Aquarius is only a constellation in the sky. For the rest of mankind, Aquarius meant so much more. It was revered as a symbol of life, of sainthood, and especially of water.

Aquarius is a water sign. The Aquarius symbol is a pictographic version of waves on the water, and looks like this:

Many ancient civilizations included a “water god” among their pantheon. The Babylonians, Greeks, and Egyptians all worshipped such gods. Water was an important part of life – without it, there could be no life.

Water also had deep spiritual significance. The collective unconscious is said to be a sea of consciousness. Believers fish out great wisdom from the sea, accessing their Akashic records.

Goddesses, priestesses, and other archetypes of femininity are represented by Aquarius. The Age of Aquarius refers to a return to higher consciousness, as represented by feminine energies. The age of Aquarius occurs every 26,000 years, with the universe swinging from the masculine energies of Leo and Pisces to the feminine energies of Aquarius to Virgo. Modern peoples believe that this will be a time of growing creativity and intuition, especially in the third dimension.

Throughout history, different legends grew around this constellation. Seventeenth century Christians linked the constellation of Aquarius with St. John the Baptist. Arabs, on the other hand, were forbidden from having pictures of living forms. Water was life in hot countries, and Arabs saw Aquarius as a bucket of water.

Each year in Egypt, the Nile overflows, bringing water and soil-boosting silt to farmlands in the Nile Delta. To the Egyptians, Aquarius wa Hapi, god of the Nile. He poured water into the Nile during flood season. The resulting crops were richer and more abundant than crops in other areas, and Hapi was much venerated.

People born under the Aquarius sign (January 20 – February 19) are honest and loyal friends. They are often creative, a great source of original ideas. They tend to be independent, often intellectual, and may be unpredictable. At times, Aquarians need to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life – spiritual retreats and meditation are popular choices.