February 17 Zodiac: Sign, Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Written by August Croft
Updated: June 30, 2023
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One of the most fascinating signs of the zodiac, Aquarius season spans from January 20th to February 18th, depending on the year you were born. That means a February 17 zodiac sign falls right at the end of Aquarius season! Whether you believe in astrology or not, it can have a lot of interesting things to say about your personality, including how you process things, who you love, and even the careers you’re drawn to.

And today, we’re going to give you some insight into yourself if you were born on February 17th. Aquarians are the second-to-last sign of the zodiac, lending them a great deal of knowledge as well as weight on their shoulders. But this is just scratching the surface of this air sign. Let’s learn all about the water bearer using astrology, symbolism, numerology, and so much more!

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February 17 Aquarians can be innovative in the arts, using their detailed natures to create new forms of entertainment.

February 17 Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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No matter what, Aquarians want to be diligent toward something different.

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As a fixed air sign, Aquarians purposefully live life a little differently. They are ruled by both Uranus (in modern astrology) and Saturn (in traditional astrology). Following Capricorn, Aquarians learn the importance of diligence and hard work but choose to use this responsibility to help others more than themselves. No matter what, Aquarians want to be diligent toward something different, a break from tradition, knowing instinctually that change is how we all grow.

As a February 17th zodiac sign, your birthday occurs at the end of Aquarius season. All astrological signs earn additional influences and planetary pulls, depending on when their birthday is. This can lead to early birthday Aquarians acting differently from late birthday Aquarians! As a late birthday water bearer and falling within the third decan of Aquarius, you earn a few personality traits from Libra and its ruling planet, Venus.

When first learning about astrology, turning to your ruling planet (or planets) can give you a great deal of insight. Aquarians are special in that they have two planets associated with them; the majority of the other signs of the zodiac only have one. Not only are Aquarians doubly blessed, but their ruling planets shed some serious light onto the motivations of this often-mysterious air sign. The planets in question? Let’s talk about Saturn and Uranus now.

Ruling Planets of a February 17 Zodiac: Uranus and Saturn

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An Aquarius is simultaneously responsible and chaotic, aware of tradition while using all available options to thwart it.

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Aquarians are often contradictory on purpose, typically in a way that allows them to rise above cultural norms and expectations. While this can be attributed to a number of personality aspects and upbringings, the ruling planets of Aquarius may also have something to do with this. This is because, in many ways, Saturn and Uranus stand for completely opposite things. They are two planets at battle in the Aquarius personality, but the average Aquarius thrives in this conflict.

Saturn is a planet associated with responsibility, ambition, cyclical tradition, and diligence. Uranus is a planet associated with chaos, upheaval, great change, and innovation. You likely already see the potential for conflict between these two planets. An Aquarius is simultaneously responsible and chaotic, aware of tradition while using all available options to thwart it. It can be overwhelming, the weight of such planets on a personality.

But rather than succumbing to the overwhelm of these two huge planets, Aquarians harness their energies to enact real, lasting, humanitarian change. They understand the values of tradition, the diligence needed to enact beneficial change in our world. And they use Uranus to see things completely differently from Saturn; Aquarians are true revolutionaries, in every sense of the word.

As an Aquarius born on February 17th, you belong to the Libra decan of Aquarius. Though minor, this secondary influence (or third when you count both Saturn and Uranus!) lends a February 17th zodiac sign a bit more aesthetic interest and desire for compromise. Libras are known for keeping the peace and enjoying the beauty of the world around them with someone they love. This particular Aquarius birthday may also prioritize beauty and romance more than others.

February 17 Zodiac: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Personality of an Aquarius

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There is a humanitarian motivation in all Aquarians.

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In many ways, Aquarians are the least subjective sign in the zodiac. They are a fixed air sign, which has a lot of bearing on their personality. Air signs are naturally intelligent, creative, and capable of abstract thought. Fixed signs represent the time of year in which they were born, using their ability to sustain and persevere to accomplish their goals. Aquarius season happens during the dead of winter in the northern hemisphere, a fixed and cold season.

Coldness is certainly something that many people attribute to Aquarius. No matter what, Aquarians typically present in an aloof, unbothered manner. They are highly intellectual and deep-thinking individuals. Chances are, you’ll never feel capable of surprising an Aquarius, given that they’ve likely already thought about what you’re telling them!

There is a humanitarian motivation in all Aquarians as well. As the eleventh sign of the zodiac, Aquarius suns represent how we relate to one another; in astrology, the eleventh house is known as the house of friendship and philanthropy. Aquarians long to help others in their life, similar to Virgo. However, while Virgos help on a earthy, practical level, Aquarians help on a grander scale.

The desire for innovation is evident in every Aquarius. This is a person that knows how things could be done differently and all of the tools, time, and effort needed to get there. Aquarians are often too far ahead of their time and this will frustrate them daily. This sign can become overwrought with helplessness or anger at the world, in an existential way. It benefits just about every Aquarius to use their intellect and mold-breaking ideals in smaller ways, even if it won’t feel as impactful!

February 17 Zodiac: Numerological Significance

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Aquarians are already insightful, often to a fault, and this particular birthday will be even more tuned into our natural cycles.

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The number 8 is present in a February 17th zodiac’s birthday. When we add 1+7, the number 8 begs for attention; this is a very important number in astrology. From a numerological perspective and when we consider angel numbers, the number 8 represents authority, intellectual prowess, and cycles. In astrology, the eighth house is associated with rebirth, death, and Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac.

When all of this pours into the personality of an Aquarius born on February 17th, we see a wise, understanding person. Aquarians are already insightful, often to a fault, and this particular birthday will be even more tuned into our natural cycles. This is especially true when it comes to seeing cycles that no longer work. An Aquarius so linked to the number 8 will almost instinctually know when it’s time to move on from something or start something totally new.

When it comes to the eighth house, many of its themes directly align with Aquarius. There is a sense of opportunity but opportunity that comes at a cost, or an equal and opposite reaction. Aquarians are always weighing the costs of their choices, of their opinions, of their ideal, utopian future. That’s why a February 17th Aquarius may be able to discern what projects and opportunities are worth taking on and which ones should be left well enough alone.

Career Paths for a February 17 Zodiac Sign

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Discovery, especially as a step in the process of innovation, will appeal to an Aquarius born on February 17th.

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Aquarians are a very curious, inquisitive sign. They will likely be drawn to new-age careers or jobs that are still in process. Inventions, new gadgets, and technology all fall under Uranus’s reign, which is why Aquarians may wish to pursue a cutting-edge career that they can help shape and define! Learning new things and exhausting their nonstop intellect will be helpful for any Aquarius, in any job.

When it comes to a February 17th Aquarius in particular, their Libra decan may influence their career path. This may be an Aquarius who innovates in the arts, using their detailed natures to create new forms of entertainment. In a similar vein, a Libra decan may lend this Aquarius an eye for design or fabrication; architecture and design may appeal in particular. This allows an Aquarius to use their attention to detail in interesting ways.

But Aquarians often need to be making a difference in their career in order to feel satisfied. While this definition can vary, Aquarians are well-suited to jobs involving humanitarian efforts, such as social justice or politics. The outdated rules and regulations of some of these careers may wear down an Aquarius, but this is a sign that understands how important it is to work hard in order to achieve your dreams!

Finally, science and the aforementioned technological fascination of Aquarius may lead them to research facilities of many types. Discovery, especially as a step in the process of innovation, will appeal to an Aquarius born on February 17th, whether they realize it or not!

February 17 Zodiac in Relationships and Love

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An Aquarius born on February 17th will likely spend most of their dating life studying their partner.

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If you’re interested in dating an Aquarius, know now that it can be very difficult to fully understand them at first. This is a sign that exudes coolness, an aloof exterior, and a sarcastic sense of humor that is surprisingly attractive. Aquarians are charming because they are mysterious; they attract people to them because they appear to be a puzzle. And in many ways, they are. But an Aquarius is far more interested in solving the puzzle of others rather than themselves.

This isn’t a sign that will want to bring up their past or their fears or their family. An Aquarius born on February 17th will likely spend most of their dating life studying their partner. They will want to uncover all of the mysteries of their crush, even though this occasionally leads to disillusionment and disappointment. It’s easy for an Aquarius to move on in love once they realize their partner is only human, not a grand mystery to unearth.

However, this isn’t always the case, especially for an Aquarius born on February 17th. Given their Libra decan association and their fixed nature, this particular Aquarius longs for a deep, romantic connection. While logical and rational on the surface, Aquarians (and all other fixed signs) want a relationship that they can work on, sustain, be a foundation for. While rarely seen until they are completely comfortable with their partner, Aquarians have a secretive, tender side to them.

Matches and Compatibility for February 17 Zodiac Signs

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A mutable fire sign, Sagittarian energy inspires Aquarians to be free, even within the confines of a relationship.

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When it comes to compatibility in astrology, it’s important to note that there are truly no incompatible matches in the zodiac. While some signs get along better and faster than others, we’re all still people capable of making lasting connections. An Aquarius likely understands this better than many signs given their unique and humanitarian heart! 

Looking at your elemental placement can help you when determining astrological compatibility. Given that Aquarius is an air sign, they communicate best with other air signs. Fire signs ignite and inspire air signs, while water and earth signs may need to work a bit harder to find mutual ground with lofty, calculating Aquarius.

With a February 17th birthday in mind, here are some potential compatible matches for Aquarius:

  • Libra. A fellow air sign, Libras and Aquarians have the capacity to dream big together. Both interested in humanity and how they can help the world at large, Libra’s cardinal modality will be a great instigator in fixed Aquarius’s life. Plus, an Aquarius born on February 17th will quietly devote themselves to partner-oriented Libra in unexpected and romantic ways.
  • Sagittarius. A mutable fire sign, Sagittarian energy inspires Aquarians to be free, even within the confines of a relationship. This is a pairing that will experience everything together, seeking mind-broadening activities and passions. While neither party is likely to admit it, a Sagittarius/Aquarius match strengthens both of these signs in unforeseen and beautiful ways.

Historical Figures and Celebrities Born on February 17th

Just how many famous Aquarians share in this birthday with you? Here is a brief and incomplete list of some historical figures, celebrities, and more that were born on February 17th!:

  • Charles III (Constable of France)
  • Tobias Mayer (astronomer)
  • Aaron Montgomery Ward (retailer)
  • Thomas J. Watson (businessman)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher (social reformer)
  • Mary Frances Berry (lawyer and activist)
  • Huey P. Newton (activist and reformer)
  • Rene Russo (model and actor)
  • Mo Yan (author)
  • Richard Karn (actor)
  • Larry the Cable Guy (comedian)
  • Michael Jordan (basketball player)
  • Michael Bay (director)
  • Chanté Moore (singer and author)
  • Billy Joe Armstrong (singer)
  • Bear McCreary (composer)
  • Jason Ritter (actor)
  • Paris Hilton (actor)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (actor)
  • Ed Sheeran (singer)
  • Bonnie Wright (actor).

Important Events That Occurred on February 17th

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Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States on this day.

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Just like so much of Aquarius season, February 17th hosts many revolutionary and important events throughout history. As early as 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States on this day. Jumping ahead over a decade to 1905, Frances Willard was the very first woman honored for her work in education and the Suffragist Movement. And, further into the future, sales of the Volkswagon Beetle beat out the Ford Model T on this date in 1972!

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August Croft is a writer at A-Z Animals where their primary focus is on astrology, symbolism, and gardening. August has been writing a variety of content for over 4 years and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater from Southern Oregon University, which they earned in 2014. They are currently working toward a professional certification in astrology and chart reading. A resident of Oregon, August enjoys playwriting, craft beer, and cooking seasonal recipes for their friends and high school sweetheart.

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