Aquarius: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Aquarius is the mad scientist and humanitarian of the horoscope wheel. Futuristic Aquarius energy helps us innovate, unite for social justice and follow our utopian ideals.

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The Aquarius Personality

Aquarius Traits At a Glance

Symbol: The Water Bearer
Element: Air
Quality: Fixed
Ruling Planet: Uranus — planet of originality
Body Part: Ankles
Good Day: Communicative, original, open-minded, fair, logical, inviting
Bad Day: Guarded, detached, self-destructive, out-of-touch, irrational, desperate
Favorite Things: Computer programming, teaching, team sports, anything with a cause or mission, independent films
What You Hate: Injustice, drama queens, feeling isolated, owing money or favors, having to choose just one thing
Secret Wish: To experience total freedom
How to Spot Them: Cute smile, quirky movements, darting eyes, long legs
Where You’ll Find Them: Backpacking through the Swiss Alps, picketing a company with unfair hiring practices, coaching a Little League team, revolutionizing the industry you work in
Keywords: Friendliness, Eccentricity, Teamwork, Humanitarianism, Technology, Futuristic, Groups

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What Is Aquarius’ Symbol? The Water Bearer

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The Aquarius horoscope symbol is the Water Bearer. The Aquarius sign symbol usually depicts the waves of water or electricity. Friendship, collaboration and innovation are the main Aquarius traits. Thus, the Aquarius symbol of the waves of water or electricity depicts this future-forward zodiac sign’s desire for progress and change.

What Is Aquarius’ Element and Modality? The Fixed Air Sign

Aquarius Element: Air

Aquarius is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the air element. The other two air signs are Gemini and Libra. Aquarius is the last air sign in the zodiac, a bit more detached and observant than the other two. But that’s only by comparison, because the air sign personality is naturally social and interactive. The job of air signs is to spread information to the rest of the world. As the sign of society and groups, Aquarius brings people together around a larger common cause or issue. During Aquarius season or an Aquarius planetary transit, we become more aware of community and the issues that impact society at large. Because Aquarius is ruled by tech-savvy Uranus, this sign may express its air sign traits through innovation, digital platforms and other technology.

Aquarius Modality or Quality: Aquarius is a Fixed Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. There are four fixed signs—Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. These signs fall in the middle of every season. They’re the stabilizers—the ones who set up a solid goal or foundation, then start building. Fixed signs can take the enthusiastic ideas that cardinal signs spark, and craft them into something real. They pick up the ball when the cardinal sign passes it, and run the distance to the goal. Fixed signs are the trustworthy types who like “to-do” lists and fancy titles. If a cardinal signs says, “Let’s go on vacation!” the fixed sign will call the travel agency, book the tickets and hotel, and send everyone a list of what to pack.

What I The Ruling Planet of Aquarius?

Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius. Uranus rules emotional detachment, unpredictable energy and rebellion. In mythology, Uranus was the Sky God who mated with Gaia the Earth Goddess. He hated their children and imprisoned the youngest ones in the earth where they tormented Gaia. She made a sickle and asked her children to castrate Uranus. The youngest, Cronus (Saturn) did it.

After that, the Sky and Earth became separate. Interestingly, Saturn was considered the ruling planet of Aquarius until Uranus was discovered and named. Structured Saturn is still thought of as the “minor ruler” of Aquarius. This can explain why many Aquarian can be “Type A” and totally quirky all at the same time.

Aquarius love and compatibility

In love and relationships, Aquarius is an open-minded sign that can toggle between easy-breezy friendship and surprising bouts of emotional vulnerability. Simply put: As the sign of groups, Aquarians are sometimes slow to settle down.

While unpredictable Aquarius can fall in love easily and suddenly, this is the sign that rules emotional detachment. Dating an Aquarius means weathering a lot of hot and cold spells. The Aquarius ruling planet is rebellious Uranus (need we say more?)

Ultimately, a long friendship is the key to Aquarius’ heart. This sign is often branded a cheater even when they aren’t one. The prankster in them gets a kick out of letting people speculate about their love life. Breakups rattle Aquarius, no matter how cool they come off. This sign is deft at emotionally detaching, but sitting in the feels is the only way to move on. Should they make it to the altar, the Aquarius wedding emphasizes the fun, as they are often uncomfortable with tons of sentiment and emotional outpourings and would rather speed up the ceremony to get to the party.

Aquarius compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together better than others.

Most compatible signs for Aquarius:
For Aquarius, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius).

Least compatible signs for Aquarius:
Aquarius may find their most incompatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn).

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Aquarius in career and money

The Aquarius career path requires room to express your individuality. Independent Aquarius loves freedom. The gig economy was made for your sign, as long as you don’t isolate yourself. As a natural “people person,” you can thrive in an office environment, provided it’s not too strict of a setting. You rebel under the supervision of anyone bossy or controlling, and are better off leading a team or working in a position that gives you lots of breathing room.

When it comes to money, Aquarius can be flighty. But you’re also capable of being cool and rational, a natural investor. You have a big appetite for life, and you love taking on major projects. You’ll build a nest egg then spend it all on an epic mission. This leaves you plugging away to refill the bank account you just leveled down to a zero balance. Learn to “work smarter, not harder,” so you can take time to enjoy family and friends, rather than driving yourself into the ground.

Aquarius in a family: Aquarius parents and Aquarius kids

For social Aquarius, friends become part of the extended family. This is the sign that has chosen family in large numbers among blood relatives. Aquarius is the sign of groups and friends and wants to include everyone (they like!) to the party. And for Aquarius, family gatherings are parties.

As a parent, the Aquarius mom or dad is forever young and future-looking. As the ruler of progressive thinking, Aquarius moms and dads are cool with just about any non-traditional scenario. Their free-thinking view of the world can set a solid example of acceptance for their kids.

The Aquarius kid can be socialized from a very young age. They crave company and hanging out with friends. As the sign of social justice ruled by Uranus, they will stick up for their friends (and certainly themselves) if they encounter anything they believe to be unjust.

Read more about Aquarius family dynamics

Aquarius taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness

Aquarius Style + Home Decor

The Aquarius style is casual, making it easy for this sign to float from one group to another. Originality is a must for this sign. And as the zodiac’s idealist, ethical fashion is important. Aquarius home decor can lean modern and futuristic but never at the expense of comfort. The Aquarius pad is often where friends and family will hang for hours on end.

Aquarius Health + Wellness

When it comes to Aquarius health and wellness, these people are love a team sport or a fitness buddy. Aquarius rules electricity, so they have a lot of energy to burn. Group exercise is their jam and a lot of Aquarians become instructors. When this sign is ready to slow roll, they can try a meditation for their sign or one that invokes the air element.

Famous Aquarius & Aquarius Celebrities

Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Bob Marley, Harry Styles, J. Cole, Justin Timberlake, Emma Roberts, Alicia Keys, Bobby Brown, Nick Carter, Sarah Palin, Mischa Barton, Michael Jordan, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Lautner, Ed Sheeran, Shakira, The Weeknd, John Travolta, Chloe Grace Moretz, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Dre, Ayn Rand, William Henry Harrison, William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, Charles Dickens, Toni Morrison, Christian Dior

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