Aquarius in Love

To Aquarius, love and marriage do not necessarily go hand in hand. You are the freedom fighter of the zodiac: your Aquarian antecedents were the Suffragettes, who chained themselves to railings, demanding the right to vote! And there's something of the Suffragette in every Aquarian female. Regardless of your physical attributes, you could never be regarded as a 'doll', a pretty, empty-headed thing - you have a fine mind, strong opinions and a desire to do something worthwhile with your life. Thus, you attract a certain kind of man, and alienate others. Strong women are feared by a lot of men.

Friendship is a key component of your romantic relationships. Whether it is because you are a little frightened of losing your heart and being out of control, you tend to keep the men you are fiercely attracted to at arms' length. In this way, you give very mixed signals: a man senses the attraction between you yet he is confused by your apparent indifference to him.

Part of the conundrum of being an Aquarian is that while you are an air sign, and therefore a creature of ideas and ideals, you are also Fixed, which means you can be resistant to change and somewhat set in your views and behaviours. Also, while you can hold a very liberal attitude to sex and sexuality, you tend to be faithful and possessive. A paradox indeed.

Like Ms. Capricorn, you need to trust your feelings a lot more, to allow yourself to express your needs and reveal your vulnerability. Staying in a relationship through a misguided sense of loyalty and fear of change is no route to happiness and fulfilment, nor is keeping your heart locked firmly behind an armour-plated wall. Then again, the men who fall in love with you, and remain locked in your aura for eternity, do so because you are such an enigma, she-who-cannot-be-possessed, their very own Greta Garbo.

The Aquarian Man

If you want, cuddles, passionate exchanges and gestures of undying love, please give Mr Aquarius a wide berth. This man is the most emotionally inarticulate chap in the zodiac - he has deep feelings but he simply cannot deal with them. If he is in danger of falling in love with you, he'll treat you with apathy, he may even seem to actively dislike you. But that's his way of protecting his feelings.

He is on very firm ground when he's with his friends or with a group of people, discussing current affairs and telling jokes; he'll be in a serious state of panic on a one-to-one basis with a woman he finds attractive. Like all cerebral men, he is deeply drawn to passionate and emotionally complex women, who drive him stir-crazy and prove the point that love is for the birds. He is kind of endearing though in his ingenuousness, and he can be very faithful once he's found his heart's desire.

Who's For You

You have a natural affinity and a serious degree of attraction for your fellow Fixed signs - Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius. Mr Scorpio is almost irresistible. There is something of the night about him - he has all the passion and dark mystery you could ever want to experience. The question is: do you want to go on and on feeling permanently drained of your life's blood! Mr Taurus, is another sensuous beast. This man is also very reliable, and able to stand his ground when you go off on one of your tangents: with him you can stay the marital course.

Your true opposite is Mr Leo, and like all opposites there is both attraction and repulsion. This fire sign warms the cockles of your heart and makes life fun, although this has to be balanced against rather a lot of heated arguments and temper tantrums. Another Aquarian can also prove to be a loyal and durable mate: you look at life through the same window, although you could do with looking more into each other's heart. Aries and Sagittarius are two signs with whom you get along famously - wonderful friends, enduring travellers on life's path and very warm and loving.

Your Stone

What you should wear in your wedding or engagement ring

Amethyst, jade, chalcedony.

Life Love Money The Year Ahead for Aquarius

November marked the beginning of a new six-year cycle for Aquarius. Jupiter arrived at the zenith of your horoscope and over the next ten months will provide opportunities for your upwardly-mobile progress. For many Aquarians this progress will be focussed on your career but for others it is about establishing your place in the world, which can mean finding a new home and expanding the family unit, whether by birth or marriage. Uranus, your ruling planet, reaches the base of your chart in mid-May and from this point on will inspire changes at root level. Ruts that have prevented you from fulfilling your potential will disappear and you will be exposed to entirely new circumstances, whether in your personal, family or professional life. 2018 is the second year in a row that has featured eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis, and especially if you were born on or near the 31 January or 15 February, fate will play a stronger role than ever in your life.

And speaking of those eclipses… Relationships are the most likely focus for any fateful developments. You may fall suddenly and violently in love or a relationship could end abruptly, leaving you with many unanswered questions. It may be difficult to accept that there are bigger and better things for you, although you will need a period of mourning first, which may last a couple of years. Venus will pass through your sign from mid-January to early February so there could be many Aquarian engagements and weddings early in the year. And should someone new enter your life around the times of the eclipses (31 January, 15 February, 27 July and 11 August) expect a romantic roller-coaster ride. Mid-June to mid-July is another starred period for Aquarian nuptials and new romances.

2018 is the year to make it. With this in mind, park any activity or interest that is detracting you from your ambitions. Neptune has been having a debilitating effect on many Aquarians’ finances, and although there is no guarantee you’ll make good money this year, there is a trend for lucky breaks and benefits coming to you from past efforts and allegiances. (You’ll still have to ensure that agreements are watertight, though, and that you aren’t being given a fairy story.) Mars will go to and fro in your sign from mid-May through mid-November, firing your ambitions and enabling you to beat the competition. Have the confidence to end an unsatisfactory job and embark on one in a totally new field. You may have to watch your assertiveness doesn’t morph into aggression, but neither should you compromise your success by backing off from a fight. This is your year to make it.

Penny Thornton

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