How to recognize AQUARIUS
Lots of people like rainbows. Children make wished
on them, artists paint them, dreamers chase them, but
the Aquarian is ahead of everybody. He lives on one.
What's more, he's taken it apart and examined it, piece
by piece, color by color, and he will believes in it.
It isn't easy to believe in something after you know
what it's really like, but the Aquarian is essentially
a realist, even though his address is tomorrow, with
a wild-blue-younder zip code.
Like the bewildered Alice, taken through the maze of
wonderland by Aquarian Lewis Carroll, you'll have to
be constantly prepared for the unexpected with Uranians.
Generally kindly and tranquil by nature, Aquarians nevertheless
enjoy defying public opinion, and they secretly delight
in shocking more conventional people with occasional
erratic conduct. These normally soft-spoken and courteous
souls can suddenly short circuit you with the most amazing
statements and actions at the most unpredictable times.
The typical Uranian is half Albert Schweitzer, and half
Mickey Mouse. His feet can be wearing sandals, boots,
oxfords, or hush puppies, and he'll seldom bother to
check whether they're appropriate for the occasion.
He'll show up barefoot if he feels like it, and laugh
at you for laughing at him. Aquarians often deliberately
adopt weird attire to show their refusal to conform.
Look for a strange, faraway look in the eyes, as if
they contained some kind of magic, mysterious knowledge
you can't penetrate. Aquarius eyes are typically vague,
with a dreamy, wandering expressions, and often (but
not always) blue, green, or gray. The hair is frequently
straight and silky, likely to be blonde, sandy or light
brown; the complexion is pale and the height is usually
taller than average (though the ascendant can modify
the appearance of any sun sign) you'll notice a marked
mobility of profile. Uranus features are finely chiseled,
suggestive of Roman emperors cut on old gold coins.
True Aquarians will often adopt a problem, or just after
they've asked a question. The head drops abruptly forward
or cocks to one side, waiting for your reaction. Curiously,
thanks to the dual sexuality of Uranus ' there are often
feminine characteristics in the male bodies, such as
broad hips, for example- and masculine characteristics
in the female body, such as broad shoulders.
Freedom-loving Uranians can be acutely funny, perverse,
original, conceited and imdependent, but they can also
be diplomatic, gentle, sympathetic and timid. The Aquarian
will almost desperately seek the security of crowds
and saturate himself with friendship. Then he'll fall
into a gloomy, morose spell of loneliness, and want
to be strictly left alone. But whether he's mingling
or singling, he'll retain his sharp perception, which
is at once both deeper and quicker instinctively feels
that all old customs are wrong, and that drastic alteration
and revolutionary change is what the world and people
need ( although if he's in politics, he's clever enough
not to broadcast his views prematurely and spoil his
To this end, Aquarians are always analyzing situations,
friends and strangers. It can be disturbing when they
start asking pointblank questions, with a bare minimum
of tact, as they probe into the heart of your private
feelings. When they discover the puzzle wasn't so complex
after all, they become bored, sometimes even upset.
Nothing is more become bored, sometimes even upset.
Nothing is more insulting than to have an Aquarian tire
of his game of microscopic examination and turn to the
next interesting person, just when he's convinced you
he thinks you are the most important human being on
earth. It sings.
Despite their fixation on friendship, Aquarians don't
have many intimates. They seek quantity rather than
quality in their associations, and they seldom settle
down to a steady relationship for more than a limited
period. There's too much to discover around the next
corner to remain tied to one or two friendships exclusively.
It does little good to make a emotional appeal to such
an impersonal nature, but if you touch the heart of
an Aquarian (which is not the same thing as mere emotion)
he'll usually get off his bicycle and come back to see
what he might have missed.
Uranians are a curious mixture of cold, practically
and eccentric instability and they seem to have an instinctive
empathy with the mentally disturbed. It's curious fact
that almost any Aquarian can substantially reduce the
anxiety of the insane simply by talking to them quietly.
He has a marvelous knack for calming hysterical people
and soothing frightened children. Is it because of his
own thinly-covered, highly acute nervous system that
he has such a deep understanding?
The Aquarian outlook is so broad that you'll seldom
find one who is prejudiced, unless there are severe
planetary influences in the natal chart. Even then,
he'll be deeply shocked when his prejudice is pointed
out. The brotherhood instinct is so strong in him that
when a rare Aquarian is guilty of being intolerant,
he's not only unaware of it, he hates the label. Ordinarily,
everyone is his brother or sister. He'll wander through
affluent society and the slums alike with his symbolic
jar, gathering the waters of knowledge and pouring them
out again, except for those occasional lapses into hibernation.
But his hiding out periods seldom last long, and before
you get a chance to miss him the Uranian is back gregariously
making the rounds again. Don't try to interrupt his
solitude. When he wants to be alone, he wants to be
alone, but he hasn't retired from the mainstream permanently,
even if he does take a sudden Uranus notion to get an
unlisted phone number. His address hasn't changed, and
neither has he. He can never renounce people for long.
Ignore him and he'll soon be walking around town on
those home-made stilts, as alert and inquisitive as
Ordinarily it's difficult to get an Aquarian to make
a precise appointment. He'd rather keep it loose, because
he doesn't like to be pinned down to specific duties
or obligations at specific times. He prefers a casual
"I'll see you around-may be sometime" Tuesday"
to a definite hour for a meeting. (And he sometimes
means the second Tuesday of next week) However, I will
say that once you've succeeded in nailing him and he
gives you his word he'll meet you at a particular hour
he will be there on the dot. You can count on it, even
set your watch by his punctuality, and you'd better
not be late yourself. He'll show up dependably, unless
he's been kidnapped on the way (which being an Aquarian,
he could be. Anything can happen to these people at
any time. I mean but anything)
You can expect him to give his opinion frankly, but
he won't try to dictate how you should think or how
you should live your life. Conversely, he doesn't intend
to let you tell him how he should think or live his.
Unlike Aries and Leo or Gemini, he has no desire to
hard sell his ideas to others. The Aquarian philosophy
is that everyone has his thing, his special yearning.
Each person dances to his own fiddle music, and individually
should be respected. It's interesting to see that, as
the world moves into the Aquarian age, the heralds of
the new era are the flower people and the Gurus. In
exaggerated fashion, they are simply reflecting the
Aquarian ideals, equality-brotherhood-love for-all-live
and let live-seek the truth -experiment-and retire to
You'll rarely find the Aquarian fighting fiercely for
a cause. They live their code, and feel that's enough.
Let Aries, Scorpio, Leo and Sagittarius grab the sword
and battle gloriously to free the downtrodden. The Uranus
ruled souls are too busy figuring out the reason for
the revolution, listening to people's troubles and sharing
sympathetic understanding. Aquarius believes in violent
change, but he leaves the violence to others. He's not
a moral or a physical coward. He just isn't geared for
battle. When a fight catches him unaware, he may strike
out blindly in confusion, or he may simply agree, to
end the argument. His reaction is unpredictable , but
one thing is certain. The next day his opinion will
be as fixed as it was before. Anyone skilled in debate
usually get the best of him, since his attention can
so easily wander to the abstract in a battle of wits.
The Aquarian fights best with his hat. He puts it on
and leaves. His truth-respecting mind, however, won't
budge an inch when he has a firm conviction, despite
his distaste for unpleasant confrontations. All the
shouting and emotional pressure in the world won't keep
him from determinedly going his own way with his independent
ideas, while the fireworks explode all around him. Our
two Aquarian presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin
Roosevelt, demonstrate this principle perfectly. The
concepts were equally original and strikingly unpopular
in both cases. There was no aggressive insistence on
personal theories, yet the sweeping reforms were made,
regardless of lack of cooperation and bitter opposition.
Trusting people doesn't come naturally to the Aquarian
until after he's scrutinized your motives, even your
soul, if possible. It's easy to grow restive under his
intent analysis of your every word and gesture. You
get the feeling it's all being filed away in that penetrating
mind for future reference, and it is. He may seem to
be in a dreamy fog now and then but don't you believe
it. He can probably tell you how many eyelashes you
have. Never expect the Uranian to take you at face value.
His innate courtesy will never keep him from shining
the Uranus spotlight on you from head to toe. He wants
to know that once you're accepted he'll loyal and his
friendship will be unshaken by malicious gossip. If
you're his real friend, he won't believe the nasty whispers
of your enemies, although he'll undoubtedly listen to
them out of sheer curiosity. Rest assured however, that
he'll make up his own mind in the final analysis.
Aquarians don't have the best memories in the world,
but then they really don't need to memorize much, since
they seem to pick up knowledge out of thin air, with
some kind of invisible antennae. Why should they clutter
their minds with information they may never need, when
they can reach out by osmosis and grasp just about anything
they want? They're likely to come home from the store
without the most important item on the grocery list,
because they can't be bothered with remembering what
is, to them, non-essential. The typical Aquarian is
the embodiment of the legendary absent-minded professor.
I know one who planned to meet his wife in front of
the city squire motel at noon. But he arrived early
and ran into an old friend. ( Aquarians are always running
into old friends. In Africa or the Aleutians Islands
they will be sure to find somebody they know) The Uranian
was engrossed in conversation with his pal when his
wife approached, all smiles. As the came closer he started
at her blankly, gallantly tipped his hat, then turned
,took his friend's arm and walked down the street, deep
in conversation, leaving the furious, frustrated woman
standing on the corner, alone and forgotten.
The Uranus power of concentration can be awesome. Yet,
they're also able to pick up things going on around
and behind them when they choose, like a radar screen.
They can carry on a complicated discussion and still
not miss an inflection of what's happening in the other
part of the room, if they decide to tune in. Sometimes
you could swear the Aquarian paid no attention to anything
you said, but the next day he'll repeat it back to you
like a tape recorder. Never underestimate the Uranian
process of soaking up knowledge while they seem to be
oblivious even though now and then they get lost in
concentration like my friend who left his wife standing
on the street, in a mood to kill.
Yet there's nothing superstitious about their thinking.
A true scientist even if he's a mechanic or a musician,
the Uranian won't jump to a conclusion until it's passed
the test of his keen mind. However, once he forms an
opinion, it remains firmly fixed in his brain, and I
do mean firmly. As strongly as he loves change in society
and government he won't change his own iota for anybody.
He's completely open-minded about world progress, but
his mind clamps shut when it involves his personal behavior,
which can be unexpected conservative. You can see that
his liberalism has its boundaries.
His mind and body must both be as free as the wind.
To try to pin down the Aquarian is to try to stabilize
the butterfly, to stuff a spring breeze into a closet
or confine a winter gale in a bottle. It can't be done,
and besides, who in the world would want to try? Though
he's so far ahead of his time that you have trouble
catching his view-point immediately, it's still worthwhile
to make the attempt. You'll always come away a little
wiser, if a little bewildered. His astrological flower
is the daffodil and now you know the derivation of the
The soul of the water bearer is constantly from asunder
by Uranus the unpredictable and violent planet of change
which lets him see ahead with electric blue clarity
to the future. Aquarius belongs to mankind. He represents
its truest hopes and its deepest ideals. Even his metal,
uranium, is not really a metal, but a radioactive, metallic
chemical, found only in combinations. It's important
in atomic research , and it can undergo continuous fission.
The magnetic majesty of eight bolts of brilliant lightning
reflected in the Aquarian sapphire can split open his
secrets for those who seek to know him-but only for
an instant can you see into his lonely heart, long ago
infused with Saturn's ancient wisdom unless you too
live in tomorrow.
Famous Aquarius Personalities
Francis Bacon, Jack Lemmon, Charles Darwin, Paul Newman,
Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Carroll, Katharine Cornell, Kim
Novak, Galileo, Ann Sothern, Jimmy Durante, Louis Nizer,
Paul Newman, Ronald Reagan, Franklin Roosevelt, Mia
Farrow, George Burns, Somerset Maugham, Jeanne Moreau.