The 4 Types Of Aquarians You’ll Meet In Your Life

Photographed by Rochelle Brock.
Did it just get cooler in here? Nope, that's just Aquarius season, stargazers, imbuing us all with a little extra quirk and eccentricity from January 20 to February 18.
It may sound like a cop-out to call people born under this sign "interesting," but there really is no quick and dirty way to describe all of Aquarian-kind. Sure, every sign of the Zodiac contains multitudes, but as a group Aquarians are flat-out walking contradictions.
On the one hand, they can seem cold and detached, too busy with weightier matters to listen to your latest roommate drama. On the other, they're known for grand acts of altruism in the name of what is right and good. They're a tricky bunch to figure out — and every single Aquarius will be slightly different, as the rule of the human condition dictates.
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But, in honor of the Water Bearer's solar season, we're exploring four key varieties of the Aquarian personality. Maybe you've met folks who fit all of these types before — or maybe you've only ever met one type of Aquarius. Either way, your definition of Aquarius is about to broaden. Read on to learn more about this complex sign.
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The Mingler

The Mingler

You meet this Aquarius briefly, at a bar or wedding, as they make their way across the room, greeting others as they go. They're happy to see you, but can't stay to chat for long. These Aquarians are air signs in their truest form. Social yet impersonal, interested yet distracted, the mingler loves attending big gatherings and expanding their social horizons, but they can be difficult to get to know on a deeper level. That will require plenty of alone time and conversations borne out of off-the-wall topics to keep them engaged. But, when you finally connect with a mingler, they're sure to bring you along for the ride.
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The Futurist

The Futurist

This is the Aquarian who seems like they'd be more at home aboard the Starship Enterprise than at a regular old desk job. They might be a scientist, inventor, or architect, but regardless of their exact career, this type of Aquarius is an innovator to the core. Their sights are set on the years ahead, with visions of space exploration, medical innovation, and A.I. breakthroughs dancing in their heads. The futurist's outlook may sound pie-in-the-sky, but what sets them apart from your average daydreamer is their eagerness to do the work required to see real progress in their fields of passion.
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The Contrarian

The Contrarian

As principled and morally grounded as this sign can be, there are those within it who'd rather play devil's advocate — for the sake of discussion, of course. These Water Bearers delight in exploring ethically grey areas and are quick to remind others that anything that can be debated should. It's great to have a contrarian on your side in an argument, but when these rebels lack a cause, it can be difficult to find common ground with them.
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The Voice Of A Generation

The Voice Of A Generation

Oprah Winfrey, born January 29, is anything but an outlier when it comes to her sign. In fact, her work as a humanitarian and community-builder makes her an exemplary Water Bearer, as more than a few people born under this sign share her do-gooder instincts. This type of Aquarius tends to be politically engaged and actively involved in family matters to boot. Concerned more about what's best for the group than any one person, they always mean well — but some can come off as a little preachy if they don't pause to read the room before expounding upon their latest cause.
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