Aquarius horoscope dates
Spanning a part of the year that might feel best suited to hibernation, given frigid temps around most of the U.S.
The start of a new year often brings waves of hope and visions of change. Although the first few weeks of January might be dedicated to moving out of that holiday season-induced fog and attacking New Year's resolutions, the second half of the month is when we often hit our stride. We might also enjoy a boost to our social lives, as friends return from winter breaks with family and colleagues return to work. This community-oriented, intellectually-stimulating time of year is brought to you by Aquarius. Annually, between January 20 and February 18, the sun moves through the eleventh sign of the zodiac, Aquarius, symbolized by the Water Bearer.
Spanning a part of the year that might feel best suited to hibernation, given frigid temps around most of the U.S., this period also occasionally hosts Martin Luther King Day, as well as Groundhog's Day and Valentine's Day. If your energies are a bit scattered but you're generally amicable and open to whatever these wintry weeks have to offer, chances are you're simply feeling Aquarius season, a moment made for embracing the unconventional, anticipating change, and working toward progress. These traits are owed to Aquarius' ruling planet Uranus, which oversees revolution, originality, individuality, and sudden change.
A few famous, quirky Aquarian change-makers: Kerry Washington, Shakira, Chloe Grace Moretz, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Aniston, and Elizabeth Banks are all astrologically wired to use their universal appeal and significant platforms to speak up and make a difference.
Here, everything you need to know about the friendly, forward-thinking air sign.
Aquarius Personality Traits
The free spirit of the zodiac
Those born between January 20 and February 18 can generally assume that their sun sign is Aquarius. (It's not definitive, because the sun moves between signs on different days annually.) Also note that while we tend to refer to ourselves as our sun sign, it's just one detail of a natal chart, which is basically a unique snapshot of the sky when you were born. But it's a detail that helps color your core sense of self, identity, personal style, self-esteem, and confidence.
Typical sun in Aquarius traits include being incredibly cerebral, motivated to create dynamic change, thinking in a futuristic, inventive way, striking out on their own and rebelling against convention at every turn, and even coming off as a bit quirky or eccentric. They're the flower children of the zodiac, preferring to live by their own, self-written code versus conform to anything society tends to think of as normal or standard. This could mean they're into all things indie: music, fashion designers, films, even politics.
These characteristics reflect many themes covered by the Eleventh House of Networking, which Aquarius rules. The Eleventh House covers groups of all kinds — those you form with friends, colleagues, neighbors, other members of your political party. It also speaks to wishes, destiny, and hope, and the aspirations covered here are often those you'll achieve through collaboration.
The fixed air sign
Every sign is assigned a quality (cardinal, mutable, or fixed), which explains the sign's basic energy. There's a cardinal, mutable, and fixed sign within every element (fire, earth, air, water). Aquarius is the fixed one of the air group, meaning they're just as stubborn as Taurus (earth), as well as Scorpio (water) and Leo (fire) — but also rock-steady and achievement-oriented. They naturally get locked into a set pattern of behavior or perspective, which means it can be challenging for them to redirect.
Aquarius’ best personality traits:
Free-spirited, friendly, personable, independent-minded, and humanitarian, the Aquarians in your life will motivate you to question and perhaps even reject the status quo, then embrace a path that might be less taken, but bolsters your spirit. Their appetite for community is also inspiring, as they're drawn to connect with a wide network of people and form unlikely alliances, often for the purpose of achieving a goal that, in their opinion, will benefit others. They're compelled not only to rebel but to question, think, mull, explore, and experiment. They're the scientists of the zodiac, eternally curious and seeking answers to big questions about the world and those who inhabit it. This wide-eyed view often makes it easy for them to strike up a conversation with just about anyone. They are the childhood best friend who also happens to be naturally well-liked and therefore, friends — or at least friendly — with everyone else who knows her. They're the boss who ensures that philanthropy and activism are prioritized as highly as the bottom line.
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Aquarius’ worst personality traits:
The fixed air sign's rebellious, quirky, yet stubborn way of being in the world can frustrate anyone who is a fan of conventions, traditions, or social norms. Aquarians tend to go against the grain simply for the sake of it, which could be perceived as antagonizing at times. And while some are open to exploring the spiritual side of life, many are so dedicated to science that they quickly become the world's most outspoken, know-it-all skeptic, railing out against institutions or belief systems they see as outdated or irrational. Their Uranian influence can also cause them to get irritated at a moment's notice, unleashing a biting remark or argumentative tone that is sure to sting.
What Aquarians Are Like in Love & Bed
Aquarius’ romance style
If your date sounds like they might be quietly trying to save the world through their work and/or personal activism, seems to be well-known and well-liked by people in their industry, and is proposing a date that's anything but old-school options like a drink, dinner, or physically-distanced hike, you're probably connecting with someone born under the influence of individualistic, unconventional, global good-pursuing Aquarian energy. The air sign is an idiosyncratic, free-spirited rebel at heart, which appeals to anyone who is open to paving their own, unique path in a relationship.
If you're looking to connect with an Aquarius in a lasting way, you'll need to be on board with their tendency to dig their heels on their often idealistic visions and refusal to conform to certain romantic conventions. (For instance, Aquarians are fairly notorious for preferring to shrug off marriage.) Their intellectual airiness can also read as an aloof coolness, which might be a difficult pill to swallow for anyone looking for more passionate self-expression from their S.O.