Aquarians basically possess strong and attractive personalities.
They fall into two principle types: one shy, sensitive, gentle
and patient; the other exuberant, lively and exhibitionist,
sometimes hiding the considerable depths of their character under
a cloak of frivolity. Both types are strong willed and forceful
in their different ways and have strong convictions, though as
they seek truth above all things, they are usually honest enough
to change their opinions, however firmly held, if evidence comes
to light which persuades them that they have been mistaken. They
have a breadth of vision that brings diverse factors into a
whole, and can see both sides of an argument without
shilly-shallying as to which side to take. Consequently they are
unprejudiced and tolerant of other points of view. This is
because they can see the validity of the argument, even if they
do not accept it themselves. They obey the Quaker exhortation to
"Be open to truth, from whatever source it comes," and
are prepared to learn from everyone.
Both types are humane, frank, serious minded, genial, refined,
sometimes ethereal, and idealistic, though this last quality is
tempered with a sensible practicality. They are quick, active and
persevering without being self-assertive, and express themselves
with reason, moderation and sometimes, a dry humor.
They are nearly always intelligent, concise, clear and logical.
Many are strongly imaginative and physically intuitive, so that
the Age of Aquarius, which is about to begin, is much anticipated
by psychic circles as an age in which mankind will experience a
great spiritual awakening. The Aquarian philosophical and
spiritual bent may be dangerous in that it can drive the subjects
into an ivory-tower existence where they meditate on abstractions
that bear little relevance to life. On the other hand it can help
the many who have scientific leanings to combine these with the
Aquarian yearning for the universal recognition of the
brotherhood of man, and to embark on scientific research to
fulfill their philanthropic ideals of benefiting mankind. When
some cause or work of this nature inspires them, they are capable
of such devotion to it that they may drive themselves to the
point of exhaustion and even risk injuring their health.
Both types need to retire from the world at times and to become
temporary loners. They appreciate opportunities for meditation
or, if they are religious, of retreats. Even in company they are
fiercely independent, refusing to follow the crowd. They dislike
interference by others, however helpfully intended, and will
accept it only on their own terms. Normally they have good taste
in drama, music and art, and are also gifted in the arts,
In spite of the often intensely magnetic, forthcoming and open
personality of the more extrovert kind of Aquarian, and of their
desire to help humanity, neither type makes friends easily. They
sometimes appear to condescend to others and take too little
trouble to cultivate the acquaintance of people who do not
particularly appeal to them. They do not give themselves easily -
perhaps their judgment of human nature is too good for that - and
are sometimes accounted cold. But once they decide that someone
is worthy of their friendship or love, they can exert an almost
hypnotic and irresistible mental attraction on them and will
themselves become tenacious friends or lovers, ready to sacrifice
everything for their partners and be faithful to them for life.
However, they are sometimes disappointed emotionally because
their own high personal ideals cause them to demand more of
others than is reasonable. And if they are deceived their anger
is terrible. If disillusioned, they do not forgive.
Aquarians work best in group projects, provided that they are
recognized as having a leading part in them. They have a feeling
of unity with nature and a desire for knowledge and truth that
makes them admirable scientists, especially astronomers and
natural historians. They may excel in photography, radiography,
electronics - anything connected with the electrical and radio
industries - aviation and everything technical. On the arts and
humanities side their progressive tendencies can be expressed in
writing, especially poetry, and broadcasting, or as welfare
workers and teachers. Some have gifts as entertainers and make
good character actors (having an ability to mimic) and musicians.
The more psychic among them possess healing gifts, especially in
curing the mentally sick.
Among the faults to which they are liable are fanatical
eccentricity, wayward egotism, excessive detachment and an
inclination to retreat from life and society, and a tendency to
be extremely dogmatic in their opinions. Circumstances - for
example, continuous opposition to a cause they hold dear - may
cause the atrophy of the openness of mind that is one of the
Aquarian's most attractive traits. They may express a lack of
integrity in broken promises, secretiveness or cunning. Simmering
anger and resentment, rudeness or, worse, a tense, threatening
silence which may suddenly burst out in eruptions of extreme
temper, these are all part of the negative side of the Aquarian.
This can also reveal itself in a sustained hatred for enemies
that is capable of enlarging itself into a misanthropy toward the
whole of mankind.
Physically Aquarians are said to be of below average height,
stocky and inclined to stoutness. Their constitutions are poor.
They have long skulls and faces and are usually good looking -
the men are sometimes handsome in an almost feminine way - with
ruddy complexions and light flaxen or sandy hair which darkens as
they grow older. They have blue or hazel eyes.
As Aquarius is said to govern the legs from knees to ankles and
the circulation of blood, its natives are susceptible to ailments
particularly in the legs and ankles, such as cramps, and are also
liable to spasmodic and nervous complaints, as well as wind,
catarrh, diarrhea, dropsy, goiter and delirium tremens - so that
the avoidance of alcohol is important for those Aquarians who
have a taste for it.