For those who believe in it, astrology can be a powerful tool for introspection and self-knowledge — or you can use it to talk shit about your ex and obsess over your crush. Journey with us as we do both, and then head to the comments to live your truth.
Vanessa Friedman, Community Editor
You know what, my main takeaway from this exercise is that I do not understand air signs AT ALL, and I would say of all the air signs I do not understand, I understand Aquariuses the least. Hot but intimidating. Smart but inscrutable. Hilarious but under the radar. Laneia is an Aquarius. Do you see what I’m saying here? Laneia is so hot, y’all.
Drew Burnett Gregory, Senior Editor
The moment I went from “Oh astrology is fun” to “Holy fuck this is real” was earlier this year when I realized 80% of the people I’ve dated/hooked up with/crushed on were Aquariuses. That can’t be a coincidence!
Part of me is like I should break patterns and stop dating Aquariuses. Another part of me is like Aquariuses are the best and I should stay on the path life has chosen for me. I’m not saying Aquariuses are the easiest sign to date, but why would anyone want easy? I’ve had the longest, most loving relationships of my life with Aquariuses as well as some fun flings and friendships.
Full disclosure: my mom is also an Aquarius but we’re not gonna talk about that okay?
Stef Schwartz, Vapid Fluff Editor
I have a significant Aquarius ex, and while we’re close friends now we were TERRIBLE at dating each other. We looked up our astrological compatibility once and cackled at the website’s description of our pairing as “an odd choice,” but in the end we really were. Her air sign needed a lot of space to breathe during conflicts, and my water sign desperately needed to process my thousands of emotions constantly. We fought like crazy. I like having Aquarii as friends, because they’re mega weirdos with valuable insight and perspective, but in retrospect whatever website told us we were “an odd choice” was 100% correct.
Ryan Yates, Writer
Aquarians are weirdo aliens but don’t tell most of them that, they don’t like to hear it even though it’s part of their charm. What’s not part of their charm: being epically terrible at keeping plans or being on time or communicating about how they are about to not do either of those things; being condescending; and being idealistic in theory but rarely in practice.
Mika Albornoz, Writer
Positive: it’s hard to describe it because language transcends it; just trust me, Aquariuses are dope signs. In my opinion the most sensitive sign in the universe; people just don’t know it or understand it, but also it’s hard for me to explain it because I have such intense Aquarius placements
Negative: lmao same as Sag, meaning they avoid and would rather run away, but with even more icing because they don’t enjoy conflict like Sag does. Also, stubborn.
Rachel Kincaid, Former Managing Editor
I don’t think I’ve ever dated an Aquarius sun, but have certainly put the miles in as far as people with a lot of Aquarius elsewhere. Y’all are so fascinating and also absolute terrors tbh! I can usually get a pretty good and thorough read on people, it’s hard to surprise me, but Aquariuses manage to do so endlessly because they truly are that weird and full of inexplicable, seemingly out-of-nowhere ideas and life choices. Why did they do that? We will never know! Because they will never tell you, choosing instead to spiral away into actual literal outer space rather than have a conversation or explain themselves. They are excellent at things that require unconventional abstract thinking; they could come up with a new religion or an unbelievable strategy for direct action in 10 minutes, while being completely categorically incapable of having a basic text conversation that says “hey it hurt my feelings when you started brunch without me, could you be more aware in the future,” preferring instead to avoid you for the next 10 years.
Also, Aquariuses are another fixed sign, like Leos (me), meaning we are both completely intractable and refuse to ever budge or change our minds about anything. Nice to have that in common but also, obviously, completely impossible to live with.