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It is that time of the year, when your fun, at times reserved, larger than life Aquarius friend is having their birthday. Their avant-garde ideas had kept you on your toes all year around, now it is your time to surprise them. Find out how you can make their day and learn more about them. 

Aquarius was a water bearer in Greek mythology, and the symbol for Aquarius is a jar of water. These second to last zodiac sign representatives are born between January 20th and February 18th.

Aquarius is a fixed air sign that symbolises freedom and humanitarianism. Aquarius strives to be independent from the rest of the world and to create a future based on their own vision of what society should be. They have a futuristic perspective of the world, which makes them great inventors and visionaries. They are also known for having a very strong sense of humour.

Aquarians are very idealistic and are always driven to change the world. They are very progressive and independent. They do not like limitations, broken promises or being lonely.

They have an air of detachment about them and can seem aloof at times.

They tend to be original thinkers and have unconventional ideas. Aquarians are known for being progressive and have a humanitarian streak. Many inventors and pioneers have been Aquarians including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright brothers.

Aquarius at a glance

Element: Air

Quality: Fixed

Ruler: Uranus, Saturn

Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian

Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof

Aquarius likes: Fun with friends, risky business, fighting for causes, intellectual conversations.

Aquarius dislikes: Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations

Aquarius aesthetics

With their incredible sense of creativity, Aquarius are truly ahead of their time. Their vision of fashion is to inspire the rest of us and they have a unique way of expressing themselves. They love neon colours and wild prints; they are not afraid to be extravagant and experiment with unusual fabrics. 

As soon as you get used to their quirky approach they surprise you again with how bizarre the every-day outfits can look. Aquarius likes to be eccentric, but this doesn’t mean that they are not aware of what’s trendy. They just have a unique way of showing it.

Favourable Colours: Light-blue, Silver, Yellow, White, Lilac

Colours to stay away from: Black, Orange, Gold

Aquarius Birthstones:

  • Garnet – imbues purity, love for the truth and protection from dark forces 
  • Amethyst – calm anxiety, balances mood swings, encourages restraint when overindulging in addictions 
  • Rainforest Jasper – green rhyolite – can open a heart chakra and emotional, heart and love related matters
  • Sugilite- personal spiritual growth and enhancing psychic abilities

Auspicious day of the week for Aquarius: Saturday

Lucky numbers:4, 7, 11, 22, 29

In the sky

Aquarius is depicted as a young man pouring water (or alternatively, nectar) from an amphora into the mouth of the Southern Fish, represented by the constellation of Pisces. 

Aquarius is usually associated with Ganymede, the son of King Tros, in Greek mythology. Ganymede was a beautiful Trojan youth who caught Zeus’ eye, which prompted the god to disguise himself as an eagle and carry him off to Olympus to serve as cup-bearer to the gods. Ganymede was rewarded for his service as the cup bearer, by being made immortal and forever remembered in the sky. 


Aquarius is the 10th largest constellation in the sky, occupying an area of 980 square degrees.The best time to observe Aquarius is during the month of November when it becomes visible around midnight local time. The whole constellation can also be seen from locations between the latitudes 95°N and 65°S.

Sadalsuud is the brightest star in Aquarius. It belongs to a rare class of stars, the yellow supergiants. It has an apparent magnitude of 2.87 and is approximately 540 light years distant. Its name comes from the Arabic phrase sa’d al-suud, meaning the “luck of lucks.” Sadalsuud has a mass that is six times that of the Sun and is 2,200 times more luminous than the Sun. It is a triple or multiple star. 

Sadalmelik is also a yellow supergiant, approximately 800 light years distant. It is 3000 times more luminous than the Sun and has an apparent magnitude of 2.950. Its name is derived from the Arabic phrase sa’d al-malik, which means “luck of the king.” 

Aquarius birthday messages

Sometimes you can be stuck on what to write in a birthday card. Here are some examples of birthday verses for Aquarius  This is what you can  write in the birthday card:

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness’ (Aristotle) ’

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop’ (Confucius)

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in the mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror’ (Kahlil Gabran)

‘Happy Birthday (their name)! The only way to deal with unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion’ (Albert Camus)

Aquarius birthday activity ideas

These zodiac signs are great humanitarians and wish to see things progress. Doing something productive for the greater good would be a good birthday activity and a present. Here are some ideas:

  • Go to animal shelter to volunteer
  • Comedy show
  • Poetry reading