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The Personality & Love Compatibility Of An Aquarius, Explained.

This unconventional badass inspires us all to embrace our inner weirdo.

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Born between January 20th and February 18th, Aquarius, a fixed Air sign, is the highest expression of its element. Highly intelligent, these individuals enjoy discussing a wide array of topics from human rights, extraterrestrial encounters, and conspiracy theories. Typically, there are two starkly different expressions of Aquarius—one being the Saturnian, conservative type and the other being the "Wild Child" archetype influenced by its modern ruler Uranus.


As a masculine sign, they have no problem taking the lead whether in their professional affairs or within their relationships. A bit of a control freak, it's important for Aquarius to give others the opportunity to take the reins. Their uncompromising nature can often result in them isolating themselves from others—especially those that they perceive as a threat to their authority.

As the 11th sign of the zodiac, Aquarius represents the voice of collective in contrast to its opposite sign, Leo, which prizes individuality. Although these friendly Air signs enjoy being a part of a group they often find themselves struggling to feel at home amongst their social network. From an early age, Aquarius is keenly aware of just how different they are from their peers which often contributes to feelings of loneliness.

Growing up, there could have been very strict, demanding, and critical influences that made it difficult for them to express their individuality. And if ever there was a display of sovereignty, severe punishment was often the result. Once the Aquarius becomes an adult, they can be quite rebellious as they carve out space for themselves in the world.

Aquarius Zodiac Sign: An Overview

Physiologically, Aquarius rules the calves, ankles, and shins granting many of them long, slender legs (particularly those with Aquarius Rising). In addition to the legs, they are also associated with the circulatory system. Generally, their body temperature can run pretty cold which is why they prefer warmer climates. In the cold seasons, you can usually spot them bundled up in an impressive amount of layers. Depending on what end of the spectrum they're on, you'll either find them dressed down in a simple attire of fashioned in dramatic colors, prints, and textures that make them look like a walking textile factory.

As important as setting themselves apart is for some Aquarians, they are ultimately a woman/man of the people.

Although their motivations aren't typically fueled by their emotions, their strong conviction in what is best for ALL of humankind often positions them as activists, humanitarians, and thought-leaders. Naturally inquisitive, they seek to understand what connects us all at a core level. Given their organizational abilities, Aquarius can easily gather others together for a common cause that can ultimately impact some changes—whether on a small or grand scale.

Aquarius Best & Worst Personality Traits

Best Aquarius Personality Traits:

  • Inquisitive
  • Humane
  • Original
  • Systematic

Worst Aquarius Personality Traits:

  • Temperamental
  • Aloof
  • Uncompromising

Aquarius in Career

Ruled by Uranus, Aquarians are drawn to the world of IT and inventions. Their progressive mindset positions them to be on the leading edge of new breakthroughs not only in the tech industry but in the field of science as well. Given their altruistic nature you can easily find them working in a lab to find a cure for cancer. Due to their clearly defined beliefs of what is right and wrong, they typically bode well in positions of influence such as politics, social work, and teaching.

As a future-oriented zodiac sign, Aquarians tend to consider how they can impact generations to come. "Each one teach one" is a motto that they put into action whether they are formally guiding others or just setting an example amongst their peers. Their motivation to improve the lives of disenfranchised groups can lead them to philanthropic efforts as well.

Aquarius in Love

With an Aquarius, or any sign, it's important to learn their love language. As a masculine Air sign, this isn't the most emotionally expressive zodiac sign (although you'd be surprised by the chaos that is underneath the surface of their steely-eyed gaze). Sometimes referred to as the Ice Queen/King, it can take a little time for them to warm up to a new suitor. In the earlier stages of a connection, they're enticed by the idea of picking someone's brain to figure out who they're dealing with. The road to intimacy is a well thought-out process so you can forget about this sign falling head over heels for you (unless they have some prominent Water or Fire placements in their chart).

Oftentimes, it's common for an Aquarius to end up pursuing a relationship with a long-time friend. They like to know that there is common ground between them and their partner that isn't solely based on a physical attraction or the oh so dreaded feelings. Sometimes they can send mixed signals in an attempt to create emotional distance and to emphasize their independence. If they're not careful, someone can easily take their approach as a lack of interest.

The more Saturnian Aquarians like to take things slow and can easily shy away from dramatic displays of affection. If you're coupled up with one of these types, acts of service may be one of their love languages. On the other hand, the charismatic Uranian Aquarians typically have many varied types of friends. Even when they break things off with a romantic interest, they don't have a problem maintaining a platonic connection. Generally, other Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) and Aries and Sagittarius are good matches for this rebellious genius.

Famous Aquarius Celebs

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  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • The Weeknd
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Michael Jordan
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Kerry Washington
  • Brandy

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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