Word Origin & History
late 14c., faint constellation and 11th zodiac sign, from L., lit. "water carrier," properly an adj., "pertaining to water," a loan-translation of Gk. Hydrokhoos "the water-pourer," old Gk. name of this constellation. Aquarians were a former Christian sect that used water instead of wine at the Lord's
Supper. The modern sense of the word is from Age of Aquarius (1940) an astrological epoch supposed to have begun in the 1960s, embodying the traits of this sign and characterized by world peace and human brotherhood. The term and the concept probably got a boost in popular use when An Aquarian Exposition was used as the sub-name of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969).