AQUARIUS + ARIES (March 21 - April 19) ♥♥♥
You’re laugh-a-minute friends who make a fine comedic duo, but the romance isn’t as hearty as your side-splitting guffaws. You’re amazed by how quickly the other delivers a hilarious comeback or a clever opinion, and it turns you on. Banter leads you to the bedroom fast, where the sex is playful and experimental (though not heavy on the emotional connection). It’s as though you’ve met your twin; and alas, you may soon feel more like siblings than lovers. After a couple weeks, the Bickersons sideshow routine gets old, especially for Aries, and you run out of things to talk about. While casual Aquarius likes to keep the conversation light, Aries has intense, brooding spells that demand way too much emotional attention. For Aquarius, problems are solved with steely logic or left alone, but Aries is unable to curb obsessive thinking, which drives Aquarius mad. Your styles of affection are different, too. Cool Aquarius gets overwhelmed by the Ram’s passion and physicality—there’s way too much touching, grabbing and kissing for the airy Aquarian temperament. If you’re determined to be together, push yourselves to go beyond platonic borders by traveling, taking classes, even performing on stage together. Closeness breeds more ennui than affection. Cultivate mystery through time apart. Your independent signs need to develop your own lives, then reunite with thrilling tales from the road.
AQUARIUS + TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) ♥
Your signs have so little in common, it’s hard to make a go of this. Old-fashioned Taurus craves tradition, order and security. Rebel Aquarius is an oddball who lives to defy rules and convention. Taurus is an Earth sign who plants deep roots; Air sign Aquarius is an adventurous nomad who goes wherever the wind blows. While you may start out fascinated by each other, the magic ends faster than you can say “pixie dust.” Taurus will quickly offend Aquarius with his heavy-handed opinions and staunch political views. Free-spirited Aquarius will flee from the Bull’s possessive grip, which only clenches tighter the more Aquarius flits about. Then there’s the matter of your social circles, which rarely overlap. Aquarius habitually befriends the most eccentric people—the corner wino who’s solved the string theory, the local fortune teller, his bus driver. While Taurus may humor these characters in passing, all hell breaks loose when Aquarius invites his tribe of wayward souls to spend the weekend, or to sleep on the couch “until they get their act together.” Not on Taurus’ leather club chair and alpaca throw pillows! You can try to compromise, but you’ll only end up short-changing your natural gifts. Aquarius rules the zodiac’s eleventh house of friends and society; he’s the unofficial mayor wherever he goes, and is meant to spread himself among the people. Homebody Taurus has much more earthbound goals. Neither of you will get the satisfaction you crave unless you work hard to compromise.
AQUARIUS + GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) ♥♥♥♥
This match of compatible Air signs can feel a bit like high school romance—teasing, texting, movie dates with jumbo popcorn and licentious groping during the previews. You bring out each other’s breezy, buoyant spirits, and that’s a plus. You’ll bond over TV shows, favorite sci-fi novels and superheroes, obscure philosophers, music. With your clever comebacks and verbal repartee, you could take a comedy act on the road. Although you can both be overly cerebral at times, you prefer laughter and light conversation to emotional melodrama. Eventually, though, you need to get out of the shallow end of the pool. Intimacy is a challenge for your signs. We’re talking true intimacy—being caught with your pants down and no clue how to get them back up. Telling each other your entire life stories in monologue form (which could have happened on the first date) doesn’t count. You must soldier through the post-infatuation “awkward phase,” or you’ll end up feeling like buddies. That would be a shame, as you can make excellent life partners and playmates. The biggie: you’ll both need to give up fibs and lies—particularly lies of omission. You’re excellent storytellers and politicos, gifted at crafting a spin to fit your agenda. However, the naked truth is the only way out of the Matrix. Though it may topple your PR-friendly public image, it’s a necessary risk you must take to build the character and depth of a lasting commitment.
AQUARIUS + CANCER (June 21 - July 22) ♥♥
This oddball match is as fascinating and perplexing as a Proenza Schouler pump—and like the highbrow fashion house, few understand its power. Here we have Cancer, sentimental and family-oriented, possessive, anchored by deep roots and tradition. Mix in Aquarius, the sci-fi nomad, a butterfly escaping the net of convention, laughing with you and at you all at once. How on earth…? This is a coupling that doesn’t happen often, and for good reason. Cool Aquarius doesn’t need much affection, and Cancer withers without physical touch. The Crab clutches his loved ones in powerful pincers, and scuttles after Aquarius, practically begging for love. Naturally, free-spirited Aquarius feels smothered and trapped by these demands for intimacy, and constructs little trap doors everywhere—a basketball team, a drama class, a post on city council. Yet, when wounded Cancer withdraws into his shell, Aquarius is suddenly intrigued. Where did my lifeline go? What Aquarius takes for granted is Cancer’s loyalty, which can resemble a mother’s love for her troubled teen. The Crab can see the vulnerable child underneath the surly bravado. Beyond that, you owe each other a karmic debt so profound, you can’t even articulate it. Explains one Aquarius, who’s been with her Cancer mate for 35 years: “I’ve learned that sometimes you have to do what the other person likes, even if you don’t like it.” In other words, if you want to stay together, eat your broccoli. You’ll certainly grow in spirit and character. Sometimes, your soul needs a challenge more than a smoothly-paved road.
AQUARIUS + LEO (July 23 - August 22)
These opposite signs can be volatile match. Leo is the sign of the self, a born star and showstopper who commands attention wherever he goes. Aquarius rules the zodiac’s eleventh house of groups and society—he’s both the class president and its rabble-rousing radical. You’re competitive spotlight-grabbers who can fight dirty, especially as you jostle to outdo each other. Case in point: Leo Whitney Houston and Aquarius Bobby Brown. Their destructive, drug-addled marriage brought Whitney’s singing career to its knees. Yet, Leo is a hopeless romantic filled with haughty pride, standing loyally by a mate, fiddling while Rome burns. You both spark each other’s jealousy, Leo by flirting with everyone in sight, Aquarius by treating his bazillion friends as though they’re on equal par with Leo (they are). Leo is needy, demanding constant attention, but cool-headed Aquarius feels smothered by too much affection and togetherness. Aquarius will listen patiently to Leo’s dramas, but only to a point. Leo must keep a stable of supportive friends on hand, and not turn the relationship into an exhausting soap opera script. Aquarius will need to show a little more emotion (besides anger) and tenderness, stepping aside to allow Leo’s star to shine.
AQUARIUS + VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
To say you’re an odd couple is an understatement—and there certainly will be odds to beat. Just figuring each other out could take years, and it might not end well. (Remember tabloid train-wrecks Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, or Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley?) Judgmental Virgo is an introverted Earth sign with a habit of thinking too much. Breezy Aquarius, a carefree Air sign, is the unofficial town mayor, best friend to everyone from the street sweeper to the CEO. While you complement each other in some ways, your lifestyles are very different. Virgo likes time alone with his books and thoughts, while social Aquarius rarely misses a party and can’t be bothered to take life as seriously as Virgo does. Where can you come together? You both like to help people in need, and you’re passionate about social change, especially through responsible business practices. Saving the planet is a particular passion for your environmentalist signs. You’re as likely to meet at a drum circle as you are at a conference on climate control, or volunteering in the Peace Corps. In fact, this relationship is most likely to succeed if you have a larger common vision. Why not funnel your ideals into a successful enterprise? Go start an eco-village, or open a raw juice bar in an up-and-coming neighborhood—Virgo can grow organic produce in a backyard plot. It will stop Virgo from nagging and nosing into Aquarius’s affairs, and will keep restless Aquarius from feeling smothered.
AQUARIUS + LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) ♥♥♥♥
You’re one of the zodiac’s easiest matches: just two carefree Air signs breezing through life with a full roster of friends, travels and adventures. Together, it’s twice the fun. Although Libra is more the dashing diva/dandy and Aquarius the quirky Bohemian, your sunny social dispositions pair well. Every stranger is greeted by your hail-fellow-well-met embrace, and you collect friends wherever you go. Indeed, you may meet while chatting at the cheese counter, lounging poolside on the Riviera, or in a dog park scene reminiscent of an Ephron rom-com (picture Aquarius’ retriever pouncing on Libra’s dainty teacup terrier—what a metaphor). Your conversational chemistry guarantees a great first date, even if the prevailing vibe is platonic. If you hit it off, you’ll host lavish parties with an eclectic mix of Aquarius’ artsy, leftist comrades and Libra’s highbrow circle, bringing them all together with panache. Caution: your casual natures can impede intimacy. In private, you can both be moody, making pouty, indirect plays for affection and sex. Aquarius is also far less romantic than Libra, at least in the traditional sense. That humanitarian bent will clash with Libra’s caviar wishes (animal cruelty!) and fondness of bling (blood diamonds!). Most days, you take those differences in stride. Having a lifelong playmate is worth it.
AQUARIUS + SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
Years after their modern-day Mrs. Robinson relationship ricocheted the term “cougar” into cliché-dom, the Scorpio-Aquarius pairing of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher can still baffle the naked eye. Scorpio is an intense, seductive creature with ruthless ambition, eagle instincts and a complicated psyche. Aquarius is a silly prankster and a cold-souled nomad who avoids emotion, then releases it in embarrassing blurts of sloppy sentiment. You’re certainly an odd couple, down to your values, style and interests. Then there’s the power issue to settle. Scorpio wants ultimate control over everything, while rebel Aquarius chafes at any restraint. While Aquarius is happy to hand rulership of the household to Scorpio, any breach of personal freedom will be an instant deal-breaker. Possessive Scorpio must accept that Aquarius is a social creature with friends from all walks of life, and curb the jealousy. Aquarius will need to cut off a few friends (the ex you met at a strip club, the swingers “who are actually really cool”) and adopt a few of Scorpio’s interests, like Kaballah for Ashton. So where’s the click? Different as you are, you both prefer a mate who’s hard to figure out: it staves off boredom. To keep this strong, borrow each other’s strengths. Aquarius needs Scorpio’s depth, and Scorpio lightens up from Aquarius’ outrageous jokes and impersonations.
AQUARIUS + SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) ♥♥♥♥
Sagittarius and Aquarius are two of the most free-spirited signs, whose joie de vivre and starry-eyed idealism make you perfect playmates. The “best friends with benefits” label was practically invented for you. Finally, someone who cherishes independence as much as you do! Like Sagittarius Brad Pitt and Aquarius Jennifer Aniston (who shared a hair colorist), you may even look like siblings. It’s all so beautiful—until one of you messes up the party by demanding a commitment. Strangely enough, you remain loyal while the terms of the relationship are vague, sneaking out of work for mid-afternoon trysts and leaving with carpet burn. You both love the feeling of “getting away with something,” the adventure of the unexpected. Yet, once it becomes an obligation rather than a choice, your libido nosedives. You’ve now killed off the very thing that attracted you to each other: no-strings attached excitement. Instead of trysting the night away, you’re hosting Scrabble tournaments and turning in early. Boring. Because you’re so alike, you’ll need to work hard to keep each other interested for the long haul. Mix it up by developing separate friends, hobbies and interests—then come back and share your adventurous tales with each other.
AQUARIUS + CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
This is the match of the traditionalist and the rebel, the rule-maker and the rule-breaker. Capricorn is the guardian of history, and Aquarius is an innovator who has little regard for the past. If you can meet somewhere in the present, it’s sure to be interesting. Disciplined Capricorn can teach Aquarius the value of structure, and Aquarius can help Cap think outside the box. You’re both competitive and controlling in your own ways, and few signs can rival your work-shared work ethic. The wheeler-dealer light never switches off in either of you—you’ll hand out business cards at a funeral. Still, you might be better off as professional partners, since your bedside manner is so different. Lusty Capricorn may be aloof in public, but this sensual Earth sign is a bona fide freak in the sheets. Although Aquarius may love to shock people in public, behind closed doors your interest in sex can be tepid at best. (As the ruler of electricity, gadgets may be preferable.) Socially, Capricorn can be cold or snobbish, choosing friends based on status. Popular Aquarius befriends everyone—don’t be surprised if the Chinese food delivery guy ends up at the dinner table sharing your Hunan chicken. Still, Capricorn can be an important grounding force for Air-sign Aquarius, preventing you from floating off into the ether. Life is never dull with an unpredictable Aquarian.
AQUARIUS + AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
Aquarius is the sign of friendship, which would be perfect if you were looking for a platonic pal. But…you’re not. Which means you’re both going to have to get pretty damn uncomfortable to pass Go and enter the spine-chilling waters of commitment. Intimacy is not your strong suit, and heavy emotions make you break out in hives. Although you may have your own personal guru and swami, spirituality is just an escape hatch—a way of convincing yourself that you’re “above” all those petty feelings that mere mortals have. Rather than connect deeply, you compensate with charm, impish pranks or your Obama-watt smile (he’s got an Aquarius rising). Trouble is, the funny-guy shtick doesn’t work with each other. There are better matches, to be sure—at least ten or eleven of them. Your only hope is working together on a shared humanitarian vision. Love could bloom as you defend labor union picket lines, toss paint on fur-wearing fashionistas, or grow your own medicinal marijuana. At least you’ll have something to talk about instead of your feelings. Then…only then…you might just give this piece a chance.
AQUARIUS + PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Old and new come together in an interesting combination. Pisces is an ancient velvet boudoir with dripping candles and fainting couches; Aquarius is a modern, steel-and-glass construction heated by solar panel. Yet, this strange match can work if it’s built around a shared cause or passion. You’re both die-hard humanitarians, and if you share a common vision, you’ll stay together for life. Pisces is a Water sign, more emotional and complex in nature than Aquarius. Contrary to myth, Aquarius is an Air sign (not Water), though it’s symbolized by the water-bearer holding an urn. The lighter Aquarian touch lifts Pisces out of the murky, depressive swamp, while enchanting Pisces adds tassels and trim to Aquarius’ cold, clinical reality. You both morbidly fear being trapped in a boring, conventional commitment. Since you can never really figure each other out, the attraction stays strong. A little mystery will keep you fascinated, though too much (ahem, Pisces) will make the relationship way too much work for Aquarius.