Aquarius: January 21 - February 19

Aquarius Characteristics

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What are the most common Aquarius characteristics? Aquarius is under the dual rulership of the planets Saturn and Uranus and the element of air. Those born with the Sun in Aquarius are innovative, individualistic, current, connected, and idealistic.

The symbol of the water bearer represents Aquarius' ability to refresh society, through innovation or through washing away some portion of the past. Below is our list of some of the most commonly seen characteristics of the Aquarius zodiac sign:

Innovative

The sign of Aquarius has a reputation as an innovative, futuristic, out of the box thinker. For instance, in the political arena, this sign has a track record of running against the grain of current populist political views.

Both Ronald Reagan and Franklin Roosevelt were born under this sign; but the social agendas their respective presidencies promoted were vastly different. Other Aquarian political figures include Sarah Palin and Abraham Lincoln as well as dictators Nicolae Ceausescu and Manuel Noriega. Although their political viewpoints differ radically, their ideas were innovative for their times.

Individualistic

Aquarians characteristically have a strong sense of themselves as individuals acting within a social matrix.

For whichever part of that identity each Aquarian chooses to emphasize (the individual or the larger culture) will further define his or her personality, values and goals. Since we live in a highly pluralistic culture, an Aquarian may also have a strong connection to a specific group or subculture.

Famous Aquarians often become emblems of a certain era, movement or subculture. They may be trendsetters, helping influence the general tone of the culture. Whether famous or not, they tend to have powerful antenna helping them tune into the zeitgeist.

Current

For less evolved Aquarians, the moods, quirks and dictates of mass culture become their church, family and spouse rolled into one. They feel a stronger emotional connection to their favorite movie director or a character in TV show than to the family members or other people with whom they interact with on a daily basis.

These people enjoy becoming as plugged in to the media as possible-they love to own the latest technology and may have a nearly amorous relationship with their newest gadget.

Connected

Other Aquarians seek a more immediate sense of group identity. Whether it is a sports team, a subculture to which they belong or a political movement, they carry a strong consciousness of relating to this group. They may wear clothing associated with the group, read publications related to it and choose most of their friends from this group.

The concept of friendship, of connecting with a large group of people beyond their immediate families is an Aquarius characteristic. If they are artists, they may become part of arts collective or relate to a particular movement in the art world.

For many Aquarians, the ability to socialize with coworkers can be as important a factor in job satisfaction as salary, benefits and opportunities for professional advancement.

Idealistic

This sense of community identity may either be in conflict with or help bolster an Aquarian man or woman's individuality. Aquarians may find themselves in situations where they must choose whether to be true to their own visions and ideals or to be reviled by a large group of people.

While Aquarius' opposite sign, Leo, seeks popularity through being the center of attention, Aquarius more often takes the role either of one among many, swelling the ranks and strength of a group, or of the oddball/outcast whose ideals fall outside the group's boundaries. An Aquarian may play both roles simultaneously, ridiculed by one group, but considered a standard bearer for a different community so long as their ideals remain intact.

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