On early Babylonian stones, the astrological symbol for Aquarius was depicted as a man or boy pouring water from a bucket or urn. Ancient Arabian astrologists omitted the human figure, with a mule carrying two water-barrels representing the constellation. The constellation Aquarius is not conspicuous; its fainter set of stars being those which are typically depicted as the "water running down into the mouth of the Southern fish."
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Associated Aquarian symbols (left to right): the astrological, fixed, [ and its house symbol.
In astrology, a planet's domicile is the zodiac sign over which it has rulership. The traditional planet that is said to be the ruler of Aquarius is Uranus. A result of the ancient hieroglyph for water, the symbol for Aquarius (♒) is two undulating lines of waves. Similarly, the color that is associated with the zodiacal Aquarius is an aqueous blue.
Aquarius is one of the three signs which compose the air triplicity, along with Gemini and Libra. It is also one of the masculine signs, and a fixed sign.
The sun locks beneath Aquarius tempers, And now the nights draw near to half the day, What time the hoar frost copies on the ground The outward semblance of her sister white, But little lasts the temper of her pen.
The English Romantic poet John Keats wrote of the personified Aquarius and his urn in the 1818 poem Endymion.
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Originally appearing in the musical Hair, written by James Rado & Gerome Ragni, the song "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (more commonly known as "The Age of Aquarius") was released in 1969 by The 5th Dimension and is a medley of two songs. Lyrically, the song is based on the astrological belief that the world would soon be entering the "Age of Aquarius." The song peaked at number one for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969. The single became the first medley to top the American pop charts and was eventually certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.