The Story Behind Aquarius

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Aquarius is all about ideals, such as humanitarianism and equality, as well as abstract knowledge and science. Aquarians are democratic, truth-loving idealists. They are future oriented, inventive visionaries, and can be unique to the point of eccentricity. Because their idealism runs so deep, they can have trouble with the nastier, stickier sides of human nature. Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus.

Aquarius Myths

The ultimate Aquarian figure from myth is Prometheus, a Titan. Zeus was jealous of humans so prevented them from having the gift of fire (symbol for the creative spirit). If humans had fire, they would be more like gods, and Zeus wasn’t having any of that. Prometheus could see the potential of humanity, so stole the fire and gave it to humans. Zeus was enraged and chained Prometheus to a rock in the Caucasus Mountains. Every day an eagle came and ate Prometheus’ liver, and every night it grew back, until Hercules turned up to set him free.

Another Aquarian figure is Pandora. She was made by Hephaestus as a gift to mankind, given as wife to Epimetheus, another Titan and brother of Prometheus. She came bearing a box containing all the worst things humanity endures – sickness, old age, fear, violence, madness and death, which once unleashed could not be returned to the box. The last thing out of the box was hope.

The Prestige © 2006 Touchstone Pictures
The Prestige © 2006 Touchstone Pictures

Aquarius on Film

Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, And Good Luck - 2005
Good Night And Good Luck – 2005

Tom Creo, the scientist fighting to save his wife’s life in The Fountain.

Robert Capa and the crew of Icarus II on a mission to reignite the sun in Sunshine.

Edward R. Murrow fighting to report the truth in Good Night and Good Luck.

Robert Angier the magician who goes too far trying to come out on top in The Prestige.

Famous Aquarians

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Ellen DeGeneres (Sun & Venus in Aquarius)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sun, Mercury & Venus in Aquarius)

Justin Timberlake (Sun & Mars in Aquarius)

Oprah Winfrey (Sun, Mercury & Venus in Aquarius)

Virginia Woolf (Sun & Mercury in Aquarius)

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