Typical Aquarians value intellectual prowess and uniqueness over physical appearance or other more shallow attributes when choosing friends and lovers. Only intelligent, creative, and original companions tend to hold their attention.
Aquarians have odd or obscure standards for what they want in friends and lovers, and may have trouble relating to mainstream or conservative people. If they get involved with traditional or clingy individuals, they will soon wander off in search of companions they find more interesting.
When Aquarians do find clever, eccentric companions who meet their unusual criteria, they tend to be extremely loyal, whether those people are good for them or not. Ideal companions for Aquarians are progressive, open-minded, intellectual, eccentric, and not exceptionally sensitive.
Generous and Sociable
Aquarians are generous with their time and money, though they may have trouble providing emotional support to others, as they tend to attack problems intellectually rather than intuitively. Moreover, an Aquarius is just as likely to provide assistance to a stranger as a friend, and possessive lovers may become jealous of the fact that the Aquarian belongs to the world rather than any one individual.
Aquarians also have an exaggerated need for freedom, which can be upsetting for more needy types. This means that Aquarians do best with mates who are as independent as they are, and who also prefer spending time with groups of people rather than cozy evenings at home with just the two of them.
Emotionally Detached and Even-Tempered
Aquarians have a tendency to provide intellectual answers to emotional questions, which can be hurtful to more sensitive people. On the other hand, they are often pleasant to live with because this detachment makes them easy going, tolerant, and even-tempered. While they love to engage in spirited debate, typical Aquarians are unlikely to be purposefully cruel or pick real fights about sensitive issues.
Aquarians are extremely tolerant of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of others (and have quite a few of their own). They are also nonjudgmental, and will listen to the problems and personal views of others with an open mind, offering unique solutions and fresh perspectives.
Experimental and Change-Loving
Aquarians love new experiences, which can make their behavior erratic and unpredictable. They have low boredom thresholds that prevent them from establishing routines and being satisfied with ordinary activities. They are most compatible with friends and lovers who share their need for novelty and exploration, and who are comfortable with change (because Aquarians will often turn their lives upside down on a whim if things get too stagnant).
Aquarians will try almost anything once, and as a result, they often develop unusual or obscure interests, hobbies, and collections of things. They are more likely to establish friendships and romantic relationships with those who have equally eclectic and unusual tastes, and who can introduce them to new activities.
The Atypical Aquarius
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, an Aquarius with Taurus rising will be more stable and domestic, and Pisces rising makes an Aquarius more sensitive and intuitive.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
For more on Aquarius, see the Aquarius Personality Profile. To see personality and marriage profiles for all the sun signs, visit the main Astrology page. To get an astrology chart, see the Astrology Charts page.
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