Everything You Need to Know About the Aquarius Personality

Collage of Aquarius celebs like Shakira, Oprah and Harry Styles in a yellow hue.

No two Aquarians are alike—and an Aquarius will be the first to tell you that. They relish their status as the original originals, the true freaks and geeks of the zodiac. But as important as their individuality is cultivating a sense of solidarity with the world. This sign is all about humanitarianism, so everything they do is considered on a global scale. It’s not just about what’s good for them—it’s about what’s good for the world. (Which also usually happens to be good for them too.) If you were born under this sign, or are just feeling very macro, join us as we try to wrap our head around these enigmatic creatures.

What’s Aquarius’ Sun Sign?


What’s Aquarius’ Element?

Air. Air signs are intellectual and abstract thinkers. They tend to be nimble, open-minded and highly social. It can be a little difficult for them to get in touch with their emotions, and they can come off as cold or detached.

What’s’ Aquarius’ Modality?

Fixed. Fixed signs are the stabilizers of the zodiac, continuing on the path that has already been established. They know how to sustain, grow, extend and nurture. They can be stubborn or rigid, often digging in their heels when challenged.

What’s Aquarius’ Ruling Planet?

Saturn. Ancient stargazers recognized Saturn as the most distant planet in our solar system that was still visible with the naked eye. Saturn is the boundary between the known and unknown world, and holding up this boundary requires structure, discipline and maturity. While earth sign Capricorn represents the physical and material sides of Saturn, Aquarius represents Saturn’s airy social side. Capricorn is the faraway stone castle while Aquarius is the wise grandmother who lives in that castle. She spends her days watching the rest of the world from her balcony and circling the perimeter. Observing everything and everyone else from a distance, she only intervenes when she knows her voice is necessary.

What’s Aquarius’ Symbol?

The water bearer. At first glance, it would seem that the Aquarian avatar signals to water more than air (plus the word aqua is in the name). But the water bearer is actually pouring not only water but brain or electricity waves from on high into the watery regions of Pisces, the very next sign. Aquarius not only rules genius but political disruption as well. They are literally making waves.

Aquarius’ Key-Phrase

“I know.”

Aquarius’ One-word mantra

“Humble.” While Aquarians are incredibly brilliant, it can come with an edge that must be tempered with humility. (See every sign’s one-word mantra.)

Aquarius Celebs

We often think of Aquarians as eccentric weirdos which is why it might surprise you how popular many of them actually are. For example, who else but Aquarius Jennifer Aniston would inspire everyone to get “The Rachel” haircut in the ‘90s? There’s also highbrow yet approachable actresses Kerry Washington and Elizabeth Olsen; pop superstars Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Harry Styles; television icons like The Simpsons creator Matt Groening; the peerless Oprah Winfrey; the controversial yet beloved Ellen DeGeneres; the original influencer Paris Hilton; art and music innovators Yoko Ono, Bob Marley and The Weeknd; idiosyncratic actors Laura Dern, Josh Brolin, Elijah Wood and Mia Farrow; and comedians Chris Rock, Patton Oswalt and Ed Helms. 

What Are Aquarius’ Best Traits?

Aquarians are lovers on a global scale. They are among the coolest and most open-minded people you’ll ever meet. It’s said that the way an Aquarius thinks now is the way society will think in a decade (or longer). Their sharp intellect and progressive views combine to create a personality that is magnetic, optimistic and welcoming to all. 

What Are Aquarius’ Worst Traits?

Aquarians are big know-it-alls, which can be compounded by the fact that they are usually right. But in their desire to be more progressive and future-minded than others, they can be rigid and dogmatic, falling victim to trappings of the ego that undercut their own philosophies. Their two modes are either fascinated or indifferent, and it can be hard to get them to care (or even acknowledge) the people in their lives who don’t immediately hold their interest.

What Are the Best Careers for Aquarius?

Aquarians are natural innovators, entrepreneurs and disruptors. Their pet field is technology, but really their professional principle is that of disruption. Whether they are creating the next app that will take over our lives, writing political dissent that stirs revolution or pushing the boundaries of high-concept performance art, the Aquarian impact will be felt.

How Is Aquarius as a Friend?

Your BFF the Aquarius is delighted to get weird with you. These are not the people who constantly ask for reassurance that you validate their normalcy—they don’t want to be normal and they don’t expect you to want that either. “Is it weird if I wear a turtleneck under this slip dress?” is not a question you’ll hear from these mavericks. That’s what’s so refreshing about them: They don’t need you to be anything like them, because the reason they like you is because of you.

How Is Aquarius as a Parent?

An Aquarian parent loves to nurture the individuality of their kids. If the apple falls far from the tree, all the better! But while they are perfectly delighted and content to sit with the differences between themselves and their offspring, they may want to remember that the world is already full of alienation, and sometimes all a kid needs is to hear someone say, “I know exactly how you feel.”

How Is Aquarius as a Partner?

Aquarians are all about agapic love. For the uninitiated, that’s the highest form of love, according to the ancient Greeks, and it supersedes romantic, friendly or familial bonds. When an Aquarian is in love, the relationship is part of something bigger than the couple, so they thrive when there’s shared purpose and enthusiasm for the future. They tend to be very egalitarian and open-minded, and as long as it makes you both happy, it’s on the table. That creativity absolutely translates in bed as well.

What Are Aquarius’ Hidden Traits?

Aquarians have a reputation for coldness because they experience the world in such abstract terms, but they actually have huge, warm hearts. They can feel removed from the concerns of mere mortals because their mental canvas is so wide, but they are fundamentally driven by passion. Everything they do is because they believe it will somehow better their lives and the lives of everyone in the world. If they didn’t care, they’d peace out.

Aquarius at a Glance in 2022

2022 hasn’t been an easy one for Aquarius. Rule-obsessed Saturn has been in their sign since March 2020, but this year especially, the pressure has been on! It feels like every issue or problem is theirs to solve. So it’s been near impossible to catch a break! Saturn also rules aging and maturity so on top of the pressure to perform, Aquarians have also been dealing with aching knees, graying hairs and a lack of inspiration when it comes to personal style. The cherry on top is that Aquarius also has eclipses and disruption planet Uranus bringing constant shake ups to both their private and public life. Whether starting a family, moving across the country for work or breaking into a new professional field, Aquarius’ life is rapidly becoming unrecognizable to what it was before 2022.

That said, this year has also brought blessings. With the abundance planet Jupiter moving through both their income and communication sectors, Aquarius has seen both their world and quality of life expand for the better. Friendships and family ties are deepening, and all that hard work at the office has thankfully come with a raise. The final part of the year finds Aquarius putting more energy than usual into their creative and romantic life. Action planet Mars spends almost seven months in Gemini (August 20, 2022 - March 25, 2023) and in the final part of the year, Aquarius will be reconnecting with former lovers and pulling past artistic projects out from the archives. Time to dig into desires.

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