Aquarius Traits: Open-minded, extroverted, experimental, emotionally detached, eccentric, unpredictable, imprudent, generous, tactless, independent, stubborn, intellectual, progressive, restless
Independent, Friendly, and Idealistic
Typical Aquarians are independent, friendly, progressive, open-minded, and idealistic. These traits, combined with their rationality and love of logic, ensure that they are easy going, interesting, and uplifting companions. However, they tend to be quite radical in their beliefs, and they can be very stubborn in their opinions and intolerant of other belief systems.
Aquarians are rarely frightened or anxious and they tend to be confident and even-tempered most of the time. They cope well with change—welcome it even—and rarely require anyone else to prop them up emotionally during times of transition.
Intellectual and Original
Aquarians can offer fresh perspectives to others, and they are good at figuring out unique or progressive ways of doing things. Creators and inventors by nature, most Aquarians have scientific minds, suited for physics, chemistry, technical writing, work with computers, or the writing of science fiction. They usually have an interest in outer space, the possibility of life on other planets, or anything futuristic. Many are also drawn to occult subjects and anything involving paranormal or unexplained phenomena.
Most Aquarians love conspiracy theories, speculating as to what various people might be doing behind the scenes and how this affects large groups of people. They also tend to come up with a variety of unusual solutions to the world’s problems, which range from brilliant innovations to crackpot schemes.
Eccentric and Unpredictable
Aquarians are highly eccentric and usually prefer the company of other eccentric types. Easily bored and often restless, they seek out people who are unusual and creative (and sometimes even a little dangerous or unstable) because they have an intellectual hunger for novel experiences and interesting conversations.
Aquarians are unpredictable and some develop a reputation for unreliability as a result. They can be quite chaotic and scattered, and they often reject social conventions, though they are susceptible to modern fads. Most Aquarians are wacky and absent-minded, full of brilliant ideas but prone to highly impractical behavior.
Sensation-Seeking and Extroverted
Aquarians are experimental sensation seekers and their tendency to pursue new and unusual experiences can create problems for them, though it does make their lives interesting. They love trying new things and constantly seek out novelty and change. This is a sign in need of constant intellectual stimulation.
Aquarians tend to have a wide circle of acquaintances rather than spending time with just a few close friends and family members. They usually prefer to socialize and work within diverse groups rather than alone or in simple partnerships.
Most Aquarians value intelligence and inventiveness over physical appearance and surface style, and they tend to have friends of widely varying ages, cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, and personality types. Despite a stubborn streak, they are more open than most to listening to and thinking about the ideas of others, and although they are not typically combative or aggressive, they love to give their intellects good workouts with worthy opponents, so they enjoy a good debate.
Technological Aptitude and Eclectic Interests
Typical Aquarians fear boredom, which motivates them to seek constant interaction with both people and machines. Most love modern technologies, especially computers, video games, and gadgets.
Aquarians usually have a talent for learning how to use new gadgets and they tend to collect as many as possible. Most gather a variety of other unusual things as well (often to support equally unusual hobbies), and these eclectic collections end up strewn haphazardly around the house in an order that only the Aquarian can understand.
Generous and Impractical
Aquarians are helpful (to the point of selflessness in some cases). They will give their last $10 to someone in need, and are just as likely to help a complete stranger as a friend or a family member. They rarely discriminate against anyone and are generous to a fault.
A combination of generosity and a tendency to live in the moment ensures that many Aquarians have trouble saving money unless their ascendants are in earth or water signs. Most Aquarians spend their cash as soon as they get it.
Typical Aquarians have a strong desire to make the world a better place, which can lead them into careers or volunteer positions where they can help large groups of people and promote positive social change. They have a strong sense of fairness and tend to identify with those who are ostracized, suppressed, left out, or persecuted for having beliefs that differ from those of the mainstream.
Aquarians are tolerant of the quirks, idiosyncrasies, and strange beliefs of others. Moreover, they are perfectly willing to stick up for unpopular viewpoints, ideologies, or individuals if they believe that these outsider views and people have merit.
Tactless and Rebellious
Aquarians are rarely deliberately cruel, but their tactlessness and emotional obliviousness combined with their natural contrariness can be upsetting to more sensitive individuals. There is also a strong streak of anarchy to the Aquarian personality.
Aquarians are rebellious and freedom loving, which causes them to reject any form of authority. The positive side of this drive to question established orders can manifest as a tendency stick up for the underdog, protest injustice, get involved in causes and humanitarian activities, and even work to overthrow oppressive governments and institutions.
Aquarians’ zealous love of democracy and freedom often spills over into their personal lives. Aquarians will not tolerate anyone who seeks to possess or restrain them. Relationships with jealous types are usually doomed to failure.
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.
Aquarius Ruling Planet: Uranus
Symbol: The water bearer
Gemstones: Aquamarine, garnet (January), amethyst (February)
Parts of the Body: Achilles tendon, circulatory system, shins, ankles, calves
Places: Sweden, Poland, Zimbabwe, USSR, Ethiopia, Moscow, Hamburg, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Salzburg
Animals: Stag, seahorse, large birds
Trees: Pine, rowan, ash
Plants and Herbs: Comfrey, mandrake, hemp, cannabis, pansies, sorrel, moss
Foods: Spinach, parsnip
Colours: Electric blue, purple
Patterns or Design Motifs: Geometric, psychedelic, electric, outer space
Other Aquarius Associations: Radicalism, science fiction, gadgets, astronomy, conspiracy theories, humanitarian activities, debates, discussions, airplanes, flying, inventions, modern conveniences, progress law breaking, protests, demonstrations, revolutions, rejection of authority, rebelliousness, evolution, sociology, computers, radios, archeology, computer games, science, absent mindedness, art deco, kitsch objects, bicycles, comics, electronic equipment, lava lamps, neon, psychedelic art and drugs, chemicals, engineering, physics, democracy, parliament, assemblies, change, chaos, outer space, space ships and space travel, UFOs, invention, innovation
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