|Roman aqueduct, Segovia, Spain.|
Designing, building and maintaining the water systems that sustained the whole empire was the work of a particular group of experts – the aquarii. To be an aquarius at the height of Rome's power would have been the equivalent today of, say, being a NASA rocket scientist.
Thinking of Aquarius as an engineer opens up the meaning of this sign. Aquarius is an air sign, and that means it's about relationships. You could simplify it like this: Gemini is about friendship, Libra is about partnership, and Aquarius is about community.
In Babylon and Mesopotamia, where our astrology is supposed to have originated, it was the creation of complex irrigation systems that allowed the cities to flourish. Water engineering brought civilisation.
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Aquarius is organised. As an air sign, it's mental. It's about having a plan. Imagine getting all that water to all those people. You need a strategic overview to do that. One of the most remarkable features of (Aquarius Rising) Barack Obama's political campaigns has been the way he created new channels for ordinary people's donations to pour into the Democrat coffers, just like water into those Roman cisterns. Aquarian power is the power of the community organiser. And Aquarius is a fixed sign. These things are built to last.
So one function of Aquarius is to show us that people can live together harmoniously. Aquarii bring civilisation.