An often challenging sign to comprehend, a proper Aquarius profile must take several factors into account. For one thing, there is not just one "type" of Aquarius.  At best, we can astrologically narrow it down to two major Aquarius personality types.  The first type is shy, soft-spoken, and generally of a gentle nature.  The second type is loud, lively, and has little hesitation making themselves the center of attention.  This is why Aquarius traits can be difficult to follow, but beyond these two styles of dealing with the outside world, there is a lot that these two types of Aquarius have in common.  All Aquarians are humanitarian, philanthropic, and philosophical.  They believe in investing in the greater good for all of mankind and rarely say no when asked for help from a friend or family member.  They can be serious and refined or eccentric and ethereal, but they almost always have a practical sensibility to them that holds their feet on the ground even when their heads are in the clouds.

In order to combine both types into a single Aquarius profile, one must understand that it is Aquarius's independent nature that drives them to seek different types of interactions with different people.  They don't like following the crowd and often pride themselves on having unusual interests.  Many have a unique, often dry, sense of humor, and most are picky about the people they surround themselves with.

The typical Aquarius personality tends to be a bit judgmental of others.  Despite their strong beliefs in the brotherhood of mankind, they simply don't like certain types of people, and once someone is put into the "disliked" category, it can be nearly impossible for that person to redeem themselves in an Aquarian's eyes.  Though some find this trait to be hypocritical, it doesn't necessarily alter the general Aquarius profile in that every person, to some extent, picks and chooses those the people they prefer to be around.  

The Aquarius personality is just more obvious about it than other signs.  Aquarians do have to be careful about becoming too one-sided politically or idealistically, as their idealism can turn quickly into dogmatic beliefs about life that may eventually separate them from their peers.  Letting go and learning to respect the differing opinions of others is key to finding balance in the Aquarius personality.

The Chinese zodiac sign of each Aquarius has a significant affect on their individual personality.  In Primal Astrology there are 12 different signs for Aquarius, one for each corresponding sign of the Chinese zodiac.  A description of each one is available on the main Aquarius Profile Page.  If you do not know your Chinese zodiac sign or Primal Zodiac sign, you can use this free chart to find yours.