Aquarius traits make this sign one of the most unique in the zodiac. They are a rebellious, enigmatic, and free-spirited sign who doesn’t like to be put in a box.

Traditionally, it’s a sign of hope, spirituality, purpose, and a granted wish.

Uranus is associated with the future, innovation, technology, and sudden changes. Saturn, on the other hand, is associated with karma, time, punishment, order, old age, and the system.

Together, they make Aquarius an eccentric revolutionist who brings real change to outdated systems.

To learn more about this fascinating sign, let’s dive deeper into the traits of an Aquarius.

General Info:

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Aquarius season: January 19 to February 18

Ruling planets: Uranus and Saturn

Element: Air sign

Modality: Fixed sign

Symbol: Water-bearer

Tarot card: Star card

Aquarius eminent personalities: Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Elijah Wood, Ed Sheeran, Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Hiddleston, Ellen DeGeneres, Cristiano Ronaldo, Christian Bale, Shakira, James Dean, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Galileo Galilei, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Michael Jordan, Bob Marley, and James Joyce.

Aquarius Personality Traits

Let’s forget about the stereotypes and see what Aquarius women and men are really like. What is their true nature, and how do they behave in different relationships in life?

Aquarius in love

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1. Expressive about their feelings

If an Aquarius woman or man falls for you, be certain of one thing: you’ll know it. Everything is pretty much out in the open with these people since they’re always in touch with their feelings.

The Aquarius horoscope sign doesn’t have a habit of repressing their emotions, nor do they run away from them. And you know what the best part is? They’re quite expressive about them as well.

Therefore, if this is your Sun sign, you’ll be having many deep conversations about your feelings and some serious talks about your relationship. Don’t avoid this because it’s definitely one of the pillars for a healthy relationship.

In fact, if you need relationship advice for dating this astrological sign, I would tell you to let them talk. I assure you that they always have something to say, even when it looks like a ton of blabbering.

2. Commitment issues

Here is the dark side of dating this sign: they’re pretty afraid of commitment. This is not connected to the love they feel for their partner – they can deeply care for you but struggle with their commitment issues anyhow.

Why is that so? Well, this sign is literally terrified of being controlled or held down. In fact, they run away at the first sign of their partner trying to tie them down in any way.

So, if your zodiac sign has the tendency of being clingy, it’s better to reconsider a relationship with an Aquarius.

3. Independence is mandatory

These people have a personality of their own. When I say this, I’m referring to how they never try to fit in with the masses.

They won’t pretend to be something they’re not just for their potential soulmate to like them more.

Consequently, they’re extremely territorial about their independence. This sign belongs to no one but themselves, and their partner has no way of changing that.

Aquarius is self-sufficient. They don’t need anyone to function properly, and if they’re in a relationship, it’s because they chose to let that person in.

Sadly, this personality trait often leaves their partners feeling emotionally neglected, and one might say that this is a negative side of dating this zodiac.

4. Intellectual stimulation

Aquarians need constant intellectual stimulation. They need to be challenged by their partner’s thought process and academic accomplishments.

They’re not as interested in the other person’s looks as they can be infatuated by someone’s mind. They’re strongly attracted to sharp-minded and intellectual people.

When they fall in love with someone, they desire deep conversations, and they ask all the hard questions.

This sign is anything but superficial. They’re not interested in showing their partner off or competing with others for their attention.

They want a best friend and someone they can learn new things from. They want their forever person to be someone they can explore the world with and someone who will be thrilled to improve their mind the same way they are.

5. Idealistic expectations

Beware of one thing: Aquarians don’t settle for average. They have their standards, which they’re not ready to lower for anyone.

This sign is a dreamer. They have a perfect relationship imagined in their heads, and they base their dealbreakers on these expectations.

I’ll be honest with you: sometimes, these idealistic expectations are not just difficult to meet – they’re actually impossible to fulfill. But this realization won’t make Aquarius give up their standards. After all, they’re anything but quitters.

Aquarius in marriage

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For many, marrying an Aquarius looks like a real nightmare due to their deeply rooted commitment issues. They’re not into formal things, which means that in many cases, a marriage certificate is nothing but a useless piece of paper to them.

Nevertheless, Aquarians can make great wives and husbands – it all depends on your preferences and expectations of marriage.

If you hope for them to magically lose their whole personality and comply to societal standards the moment they tie the knot – think again before marrying this sign.

Nevertheless, if you see marriage as a loving union of two adults, who get to keep their individuality even after signing the papers, they’re your perfect match.

If you don’t try to take away their freedom, you’ll see how loyal and devoted Aquarius actually is. You’ll see that they’re not just your lover but also your friend.

Another good side of marrying this sign is, without a doubt, their ability to listen, understand, and not judge.

When you argue with them (because, let’s face it, every married couple engages in a fight every now and then), they’ll always be perfectly reasonable and do their best to find a solution and middle ground.

And let’s not forget perhaps the best part about marrying them: all the fun that comes as a bonus. Even when you grow old and retire, Aquarius will never lose their ability to entertain others.

Aquarius in bed

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If you had to choose one word to describe this sign in the bedroom, it would definitely be: open-minded. They’re always (and I really mean always) up to trying new things and exploring their and their partner’s bodies and sexuality.

And you know how expressive they are about their feelings? Well, this personality trait comes in handy in the bedroom.

They won’t hesitate to tell you all about their preferences, kinky sides, likes, and dislikes. Nevertheless, if you’re not ready for their honesty, this might not be a good trait for you.

You see, Aquarians will be straightforward about the ways you could improve your sexual skills.

They won’t lie to you about having the best sex of their life – instead, they’ll point out all the bad and good things about your bedroom activities together.

The way to rocking their mind is being willing to look out of the box, try new sex games, and invest a lot of energy in foreplay.

Aquarius in friendship

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You have to trust me on this one: Aquarius is one of the best friends you’ll ever have. If you happen to cross paths with someone belonging to this zodiac, consider yourself lucky!

First of all, you’ll never get bored around them. Even the most ordinary day can turn into a real adventure around this sign.

If you have an Aquarius friend, congratulations because it’s likely you’ll never feel blue again. They’re one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever meet.

It doesn’t matter what kind of trouble you’re in; they’re always there to help you find a way out. Their positive outlook on the world is everything we all need.

They’re non-judgmental and amazingly good at giving advice. But they’ll never tell you what to do.

Instead, they’ll act like a licensed therapist. They will inspire you to make your own choices and guide you through the process of making your own decisions without allowing anyone else to impact you.

Finally, they’re that brutally honest friend you don’t even know you need. They’re the ones who’ll tell you the truth, no matter how harsh it might be.

Aquarius at work

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People belonging to this horoscope sign are extremely creative. They have this amazing ability to come up with a solution, even when everyone else reaches a dead end.

They’re forward-thinking people, which makes them great leaders and excellent managers. At the same time, their adaptable nature allows them to function great in a team.

They can be rebellious employees, but their innovative ideas and the fact that they never give up make them valuable workers.

Aquarius Zodiac Traits

Aquarius good traits

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Let’s start on the bright side. Check out the positive Aquarius personality traits and all the reasons you’ll simply love them.

1. Independence

Aquarians are known for their love of freedom. It’s probably their most favorite word that exists. In order to be free, they must be independent.

Even though they like to have a big circle of friends, they always know they can care for themselves alone.

Similarly, they respect and value their loved ones and family members but choose to live independently as soon as they can and aren’t sentimental about it.

They are primarily motivated by their own unique ideas and that’s what sometimes makes them loners.

However, their natural charisma and determination often make them popular and therefore they easily find like-minded people who are interested in what they have to say.

They want freedom for everyone. Their ideas are always universal and they welcome everyone.

This doesn’t mean they’re exclusively fighters for human rights but depending on the situation and other placement in their chart, they always look to revolutionize something, be it conditions in their workplace or school or joining a protest.

2. Uniqueness

Planet Uranus joined with Saturn makes a unique combination. There’s not much that connects the two. Uranus is the weirdo of the planets and Saturn is the serious one. The former looks into the future, the latter can’t forget the past.

Uranus is the bringer of new ideas and Saturn is the one who changes the system once it no longer serves. That’s why this combination is so unique.

Personality-wise, Uranus always makes people stand out in some way. Whether it’s their different belief system, hair color, or the way they dress, there’s always that little something that tells them apart from the group.

The best thing about it is that Aquarius has no problem with being the different one. They have no problem accepting the fact that some people may dislike them; in fact, they’re sometimes motivated by it.

They like to provoke others, usually not in a malicious way but in a way to tickle their long-held beliefs. In other words, they’re the walking-talking call for change and reconsideration of old ways.

At the core, they are the sign that truly embodies the idea of staying ‘true to oneself’. They’re uncompromising when it comes to their needs and wants and they follow their path without questioning themselves.

That’s because they honestly believe in their purpose in this life and what’s more important, they believe that they can reach that purpose by being themselves.

This is why there are so many accomplished people with this sign and why sometimes they’re seen as ruthless.

3. Humanitarianism

The sign of Aquarius has a deep-rooted need for justice (coming from their Saturn rulership) and a strong sense of unity for all people.

As the eleventh sign of the horoscope, Aquarius is the sign where all people accept unity, and then in Pisces, they merge into one consciousness.

Humanitarianism is the result of the need for justice and idealism; even though Aquarians have the most balanced relationship between their rational and idealistic parts, this is the same reason why they actually make real-life transformations.

They’re often the one who is the voice of the underdogs and people who are either lost or never had a voice in society. They’re also interested in environmental and animal protection-related causes.

4. Progressiveness

As we already mentioned, Aquarians are very progressive people; they make their ideas real and don’t wait for others to do it.

They’re exceptional thinkers with original thoughts and their style is rather analytical and assertive but efficient.

Even though they follow great ideas, they are very rational in the way they come to realize them. That means they utilize everything that’s in their power and make progress one by one.

They’re not too shy to stand up for themselves and ask for what they deserve; in fact, they are happy to do so. All in all, they’re very proud people.

5. Nonconformity

Aquarius loves reviewing outdated rules and shocking others with their new and sometimes provocative approaches to life. This can be seen in people with Aquarius moon signs or rising signs as well.

Almost every astrologer mentions Aquarian eccentricity but rarely do they mention how that eccentricity is needed to normalize new things that will benefit people in the long run, even if they don’t understand them yet.

Aquarius sees further into the future than most people and they are not afraid to take steps that other people don’t understand or are afraid to take.

That’s why sometimes they’re seen as freaks or weirdos but that doesn’t bother them as they know they’re always two steps ahead of time.

6. A love of freedom

No other sign loves freedom as much as Aquarians do. That’s their main life objective: to experience true freedom and to give it to others.

They are not dramatic or clingy types, they just love quality time and unusual people, places, and ideas.

They search for freedom in every aspect of life, be it romance, career, or family. They love and value authenticity, which in their eyes is just another reflection of personal freedom within people.

Because of their love of freedom, they’re ready to push the boundaries, both personal and societal.

This trait combined with their work ethics and energetic approach to problem-solving makes them a great contributor in any environment they end up in.

7. Quirkiness

This trait is one of those that goes in and out of fashion depending on how saturated popular culture gets with quirkiness. Nevertheless, this star sign paved the way for the quirky protagonist in recent times and made the weird kids look cool.

They made nerds and geeks cool and we’re thankful for that.

That’s just one of their subtle revolutions. In a very Aquarian way, they made something unpopular become universal and liked by many.

Sci-fi, technology, modern art, and everything else that wasn’t as wildly popular as it is now, it’s all thanks to Aquarians and the Age of Aquarius.

There’s a quote by T.F. Hodge that depicts the difference between the Age of Aquarius and the Age of Pisces that ended before it: “The Piscean age was and is about believing. The Aquarian Age is about knowing.”

Aquarius bad traits

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Don’t get your hopes up by thinking that this is the most perfect sign of the entire horoscope. Here are the negative Aquarius personality traits:

1. Unpredictability

Unpredictability comes from their ruler, a king of sudden changes. Aquarians are mostly content and not easily triggered, which makes them a good representative of whatever cause they choose to fight for.

However, they’re known to make unpredictable moves in every area of their life. Sometimes that’s good but sometimes it makes it hard to follow or relate to them.

It’s especially hard when it comes to close relationships and their sudden changes of course. However open they are in their views, there’s still a little bit of mystery in them and that’s why you never get to know them fully.

You just can’t make a one hundred percent sure assumption on what they’re going to do next even if it seems obvious. They’re unpredictable and they secretly enjoy it.

2. Rigidness

Aquarius men and women often appear cold and sometimes they are cold, at least to most people. However fiery they are about their ideas, that doesn’t always translate into their relationships with people.

There’s something detached about the way they perceive people, at least individually. They’re more comfortable with grasping the idea of people and humanity and their needs rather than actually providing that for one specific person.

This shouldn’t be judged because it’s just the way their mind works. It doesn’t mean they don’t care, they just don’t feel as comfortable sharing or showing their feelings as most people do.

If you want to know if Aquarius likes you, be aware of how they talk to you. As a matter of fact, if they don’t like you, they probably won’t talk to you at all.

If they like you, however, they will want to know more about you, especially where you stand ideologically.

This ‘coldness’ often makes them appear rigid because they have no filter and they don’t understand emotions as other people do.

This trait is also an issue when they get to the point when they realize that some of their ideas are not sustainable, possible, or right. It’s extremely hard for them to change their ideas once they have given their all to make them a reality.

Aquarius Traits: Male

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“Falling in love with an Aquarius is like taking a vacation away from dramatic love affairs.” Anonymous

The traits of an Aquarius man include excellent communication, a sharp intellect, and natural charisma. They’re often very or at least a little bit nerdy but in most cases, you can’t tell right away.

Nevertheless, they’re not shy and they’re very self-expressive and opinionated, though that doesn’t mean they’re easily triggered. If there’s one sign that is truly open-minded and tolerant, that’s an Aquarius man.

That’s why they make good friends and that’s how a relationship with Aquarius feels; like an honest, good, and deep friendship. Together, you’ll have a lot of fun and you’ll learn a lot of things.

They don’t like playing games or any kind of dishonesty. The more you act like yourself, the more they like you.

When it comes to love and intimacy, Aquarians are known to be unafraid to experiment and, well, be unique in that matter too. If you like experimenting and trying new things in the bedroom, then you’ll have a good time with an Aquarius man.

Aquarius traits: Female

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“The good news is that she is one of the nicest people in the universe. The bad news is, that’s because she always does exactly what she pleases. An Aquarius female is rebellious, headstrong, and contrary. She can be selfishly independent and exasperating, especially when she is running through the house screaming, ‘freedom!’” Hazel Dixon-Cooper

An Aquarius woman is a mystery to many. She can appear cold but there’s an obvious passionate side to her and that’s very appealing about her.

She’s independent, eccentric, and always looking to the future. She’s definitely not a damsel in distress.

At first, you won’t be sure whether she likes you or not but if you notice she laughs at your jokes, be sure that she likes you. Aquarian women have a distinct sense of humor and they appreciate the same in other people.

If you want to seduce her, don’t be demanding and don’t be manipulative in any way because she’ll see right through you. Instead, be yourself and introduce her to new ideas.

There’s nothing more exciting for Aquarius than new ideas and people who are on their wavelength.

Women of this zodiac sign are unpredictable and exciting and it takes very long to earn their trust. Once you earn their trust, they’re very loyal.

It’s almost like they become one of the ideals they defend so fiercely and that’s a wonderful feeling.

Moon In Aquarius Traits

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If you have a moon in Aquarius, you’re likely free-spirited and forward-thinking. At the same time, people often accuse you of being emotionally detached from them and the rest of the world.

You spend most of your time fantasizing and daydreaming. You’re a born rebel, and you hate making plans – it’s always better when things happen spontaneously.

Nevertheless, your imagination doesn’t prevent you from interacting socially. You have tons of friends, and you always manage to find enough time and energy to hang out with them.

Aquarius Rising Traits

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For as long as you can remember, you’ve felt like the rest of the world doesn’t understand you. Whatever you do, somehow, you end up standing out from the crowd.

At the same time, you’re incredibly fun to be around, and when people get to know you better, they see that you have a bunch of amazing qualities.

When it comes to romantic (and other) relationships, you value your personal space over everything.

You don’t allow anyone to take your freedom away, and you’re ready to fight for your independence with your life, if necessary.

Aquarius compatibility with other signs of the zodiac

AQUARIUS AND ARIES – Medium/high compatibility

AQUARIUS AND TAURUS – Low compatibility

AQUARIUS AND GEMINI – High compatibility

AQUARIUS AND CANCER – Low compatibility

AQUARIUS AND LEO – Medium/high compatibility

AQUARIUS AND VIRGO – Medium compatibility

AQUARIUS AND LIBRA – High compatibility

AQUARIUS AND SCORPIO – Low/medium compatibility

AQUARIUS AND SAGITTARIUS – High compatibility

AQUARIUS AND CAPRICORN – Low/medium compatibility

AQUARIUS AND AQUARIUS – Medium/high compatibility

AQUARIUS AND PISCES – Low/medium compatibility

FAQs

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What are Aquarius’ weaknesses?

You might not know this, but Aquarians are overthinkers, and they’re pretty bad-tempered (even though they do their best to hide this side of themselves).

They’re even known to be one of the most positive signs of the zodiac, but even the smallest ray of pessimism can destroy their motivation.

Besides, you never know what to expect from them. What will they do tomorrow? What will their next move be? Even they can’t tell.

What are Aquarius’ skills?

The best thing about this zodiac sign is its humanitarian side. They’re concerned about social justice, and they really do put all of their efforts into making the world a better place.

Aquarius has the power to inspire people and make a real difference, and that is their greatest ability.

Why are Aquarius so hated?

​People hate Aquarius for two main reasons: because of their unpredictability and because they don’t fit into society. When you’re in a close relationship with them, the first reason makes perfect sense.

​They seem unreliable, and they’re definitely inconsistent. Truth be told, these things are difficult to tolerate.

​But what about their quirkiness? Well, it only bothers people who are used to living by strict rules.

The Aquarius zodiac sign really does have a problem with respecting authority. They’re often the black sheep of the family, but that doesn’t make this horoscope sign any less amazing.

​Who should an Aquarius marry?

It’s pretty much a dead heat whether Aquarius should marry Gemini or Libra. Both of them are their fellow Air signs and a great match for this horoscope sign.

To Wrap Up

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Now that you’ve found out everything about Aquarius traits, it’s safe to conclude that they’re really unique.

Will you love them or hate them? Well, it all depends on the way you look at life.

If you hope to enjoy every day as if it were your last, this sign is your match made in heaven. On the other hand, if you follow the rules and like to have everything in order, it’s probably better to avoid Aquarius men and women.

Either way, I can swear on one thing: when you meet someone belonging to this zodiac sign, they’ll definitely leave an imprint on you.