To understand the mystique of the Water Boy, simply absorb the significance of naturalist Charles Darwin, actor James Dean, publisher Helen Gurley Brown and radical Angela Davis all being born beneath this sign of our time.
Not every Aquarius is out to change the world, of course-at least not the whole world. Idealistic, creative, and above all, individualistic, he is dedicated to serving man kind-on his own terms.
The mythology behind Aquarius contains strongly gay overtones the straight world rarely mentions. The Water Bearer is identified with Ganymede, a handsome youth who caught the heavenly eye; first of Eos, Goddess of the Dawn, who abducted him from a lonely sheep-field.
She, in turn lost him to Zeus, King of the Gods, who, having an appropriately Greek interest in young Shepherds, sent an eagle to retrieve him for a houseboy. Following a great deal of drama over this affair, Zeus was forced by his furious wife to put his boy-toy away among the Constellations for all to admire.
Why are we telling you all this? Why, so you can use it for conversation starter when making time with an Aquarius, of course!
Naturally, you’ll have to wait in line, because in the cookie-cutter world of speed dating, nearly everyone feels about him as the ancient Greek Gods did…like snatching that one up before he becomes a collector’s trophy.
Aquarius is ahead of his time and somewhat uppity about it. Don’t be surprised if he delivers a wild-eyed sermon on some new groundbreaking idea he had-while watching Discovery last week.
Aquarians will be found wherever conventions are being bucked and change being promised-Pride marches will have a healthy contingent of Water Bearers leading the charge, but issues like the environment, and social justice for the poor, will attract as much of his commitment.
Despite his watery name, Aquarius is ruled by the Element of Air, and the planet of-you guessed it-Uranus. And, yes, for those who were wondering, the overwhelming conventional wisdom is that it fits.
You’ll find that his preferred mode of communication is the unstructured debate. Don’t even try to agree with him, no matter the topic; he’ll just change the subject and offer more and more deeply improbable premises, until you relent to spar with him. At that point, his response to every attempt at reason will be a pouting, “you aren’t understanding what I’m saying at all!” which you may as well concede, before he starts speaking Martian to prove his point.
If you have the good fortune to be seated across the table from a friendly, flirtatious Aquarius, and feel that making a move is called for, consider initiating a hidden game of tootsie with him while your friends seated beside you have no clue. This will not only stir his sense of daring, but plug you in directly to his sensitive spot, which happens to be the calves and ankles.
As things get more serious, be open to literally anything-a garden of bizarre pleasures awaits the playmate who can play along. Just agree that you are whatever strange character he insists that you are, without probing for details, and you can be a stand in while he pretends you are a team of alien scientists performing erotic tests, or some three-headed beast-man from a forgotten 60’s horror flick, or whatever other twisted fantasy has a hold on his strange imagination.
What to expect on an Aquarius date
Aquarians thrive in urban bustle, and expect to be entertained. Small theatre groups and comedy clubs are a great way to evoke the warmth beneath his cool exterior, as well as giving him a framework to compare with his life in the ensuing hours. Protagonist of his own first person story, Aquarius is apt to relate nearly any drama to a parallel (though not necessarily in any way similar) event in his own life.
He’ll usually buy coffee and pie, but he’s rarely loaded; his eccentricities have probably kept him from climbing the corporate ladder. Nor is he particularly susceptible to conspicuous displays of wealth; in fact, he tends to resent attempts to buy his affections, and loading on the bling-bling will surely backfire.
Inviting you back to his place is hardly a bad sign, but he might merely have tea in the porch in mind; Aquarius is most comfortable in his home, and generally prefers familiar surroundings. The Water Boy usually stakes his teepee near a comfortable river for many years.