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Aquarius Personality

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Aquarians are multifaceted. They are brilliant, eclectic, sometimes erratic, sometimes quirky, and always stubborn. Aquarians are thinkers who know much about the world but knowing "everything" often becomes an obstacle to their own happiness. As Einstein said, "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

Aquarius: The Water Bearer

The symbol for Aquarius is the water bearer, a person pouring water from an urn. Although this symbol can be interpreted to imply a destiny to serve others, Aquarius also carries water to cleanse the world of errant thinking. The water is symbolic of Aquarius' willingness to share their wisdom, advice, and knowledge with anyone who needs it.

Universal Fixed Air

Despite its symbol and myths, Aquarius is not a water sign. It is the Universal Fixed Air sign of the zodiac. Aquarians yearn for the universal recognition of the brotherhood of man. They are future-oriented, rational-thinking, and intellectual brainiacs, who have a radical independence of mind and are known for their cool emotional detachment.

Key Aquarius Traits

An Aquarian is an original who always marches to the beat of their own drum. They are eclectic, witty, charming, creative, and never boring. Teamwork, groups, and a desire for social justice are all key Aquarian traits.

Socially Versatile

One of the most outstanding Aquarian traits is to collect diverse groups of acquaintances that come from all walks of life. The more interesting the person, the more interested an Aquarian is in getting to know them. Socially versatile, Aquarians mix well with ordinary folks, as well as more influential people. Aquarians are comfortable in any social situation, be it cheering on a sports team or hosting a dinner party after a night at the opera.

Groups and Team Work

The Aquarian personality thrives on the energy found in the dynamics of group activities. The group can be as different as an "Old Boy Network," a civil rights group, or an astrological society. However, most often the groups Aquarians becomes affiliated with will believe it has the answers for the betterment of society.


Aquarians have an altruistic spirit. If you're ever in need, you can trust an Aquarian to respond with kindness and understanding. They'll offer assistance without a second thought and do so without judgment. Aquarians have a "live and let live" attitude and understands that to be human is to make mistakes.

Distaste for Unpleasantness

Aquarians are generally outspoken but uncomfortable with emotional confrontation. Here again, it's their "live and let live" attitude about life that leads them to walk away rather than argue. However, at the same time, they can put you in your place with one little glance or disapproving shake of the head.

Sense of Fairness

Aquarians have a keen sense of what's fair. They'll rile against anything they deem to be a social injustice and are rigid when it comes to opinions that rival their own. Whenever an Aquarian takes up a banner or champions a cause, their dislike for confrontation is set aside, and they'll endure until what they believe is wrong is made right.

The Real Aquarius

The real Aquarian defines who they are in terms of their own uniqueness and doesn't care what others think of them. They can have fixed ideas that can be off-putting to those who are not like-minded. On the other hand, they can also find it difficult to adopt a single point of view, which can be confusing to others. An Aquarian personality is predictably unpredictable

Aquarians have their own:

  • Rationale and objective
  • Non-conformist style
  • Set of rules
  • Unique thoughts, ideas, morals, and standards of right and wrong
  • Perspective on everything
  • Opinions that cannot be swayed by others

All Aquarians tend to keep their emotional distance, but a dark Aquarian can be cold, rigid, and repress their emotions to the point that they explode in bursts of temper.

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What All Aquarians Have in Common

What do Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney have in common with Oprah Winfrey, Yoko Ono, and Franklin D. Roosevelt? They are all pro-active, radically independent Aquarians. Not all Aquarians are progressive; some are rebels without a cause; some forward thinking; while others simply rebel against change and become champions of the status quo. Yet, no matter what their views, Aquarians feel they are, as their symbol suggests, the servants of humanity who pour out the water of knowledge to quench the thirst of the world. An Aquarian can never be put into a pre-conceived mold, they are who they are and you won't change them.

Aquarius Personality