Pisceans tend to be unusual in some way, which fascinates Aquarius, and Pisces finds Aquarian unconventionality and innovativeness appealing as well, so these two are often drawn to each other.
Both Aquarius and Pisces tend to see the world in grand, sweeping terms. They are idealistic sensation-seekers, so neither can act as an anchor for the other. This combination ensures a very interesting meeting of the minds, but there are a number of significant differences in how these two signs interact with the world that can create problems in a serious relationship.
Although both signs have a tendency toward altruism, Pisces is typically the more compassionate of the two. Aquarius has humanitarian ideals, but thinks in terms of changing the world to make it better for many people (or all of them) rather than ministering to the emotional needs of individuals. Pisceans are very sensitive, both to the feelings of others and on their own behalf. Pisces is easily hurt by careless statements, which emotionally oblivious Aquarius is prone to making, so there is the potential for emotional damage here. On the other hand, both signs tend to be tolerant and nonjudgmental, which reduces the risk of conflicts and allows both members of this pair to be themselves without fear of censure.
Another challenge with this combination is that Aquarius needs a lot of personal freedom, whereas Pisces requires plenty of reassurance (and comforting when bleak moods strike). Aquarius may find Pisces needy or overly emotional (which will send Aquarius packing), and Pisces may find Aquarius devastatingly cold and distant (which will send Pisces off in search of a more sympathetic partner).
Aquarians tend to spread their energies among many different people, treating friends and lovers similarly, but Pisceans need to feel that they are being prioritized by their partners. Typical Pisceans also want to rescue someone else or be rescued (depending on other personality factors) and independent Aquarius is not inclined to fulfill either of these roles, so Pisces may wander off in search of someone who is more needy or has a desire to take care of others. To make matters worse, neither sign tends to be particularly stable in terms of emotions or lifestyle, so they can’t provide stability for each other unless their ascendants are in more solid signs such as Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, or Capricorn.
In a best-case scenario, these two will learn from each other. Pisces can benefit from developing more rationality and a thicker skin, and Aquarius could improve relationships with others by cultivating Piscean strengths such as intuition and sensitivity. Both individuals are prone to streaks of brilliance, so they can come up with fascinating new ideas and insights, and if they work together, they can harness great collective potential for creativity and innovation. However, although this match does have some positive elements, these two will need to compromise on a number of issues. In particular, Aquarius will have to provide more affection and reassurance than is typical for this sign, as well as showing more restraint when broaching sensitive issues, and Pisces must allow Aquarius to pursue friendships and activities outside of the primary relationship.
Note: There is more to astrological compatibility than sun signs alone. Other elements in a person’s natal zodiac also play a role. Ascendants (rising signs), moon signs, and other planetary placements and aspects also shape personality and affect compatibility. For example, a Capricorn with Leo rising will be more extroverted than a typical Capricorn, and a Taurus with Aries rising or the moon in Sagittarius will be more compatible with Sagittarius than a typical Taurus. For more information on other natal chart elements, see Astrology Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.