Aquarius is known as the Waterbearer, for those born Jan 20 through Feb 19th. This is an approximation because of the irregular rotation of the earth and therefore not every year will Aquarius begin exactly on the 20th or even end on the 19th.
When I think of Aquarius what comes to mind are all the friends who have been completely out there, free-spirited, rebellious and brilliant.
The key phrase used in astrology to describe Aquarius is “I know,” and these eclectic beings generally do know just about everything but sometimes the more immature Waterbearer will think they know when they don’t and consequently they will come off a little arrogant but hopefully they will grow up but in the meantime if you have to deal with a young self-righteous Aquarian don’t even bother trying to change their minds because they know.
The symbol associated with your sign is the Waterbearer.
The Waterbearer is symbolic of the Gods nourishing the earth with life giving energies. This has been the most confusing symbols of the zodiac and probably so since most people cannot figure out Aquarians anyhow because of their eccentric natures. Ask anyone who knows a little astrology and they will tell you that Aquarius is a water sign because it is symbolized by the Waterbearer. However water signs are very emotional people and Aquarians are definitely not emotional but intellectually motivated. Aquarians are called air signs; the quality of mental freedom and intellectual analysis. You are often brilliant and sometimes of a genius level but you live in your heads and rarely venture into your emotional hearts.
Learn how each of the signs developed their personalities in my book, Seasons of Astrology.