The Zodiac Report: Aquarius
January 20- February 18
Aquarians are visionaries.
Ruled by Uranus, planet of originality, Aquarians are the zodiac’s most innovative thinkers. Unlike their fellow air signs, often characterized as passive-ponderers, Aquarians put their out-of-the-box thoughts into action.
History highlights how the fresh-Aquarius-perspective leaves a lasting impact on our communities. They are symbolized by the "Water Bearer", a motif that signifies their ability to spiritually feed others with life. That’s right, they give us life. From first-of-its-kind technology, avant-garde fashion, to jumpstarting civil rights revolutions (looking at you, Rosa Parks)—Aquarians propel society into the future.
Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Bob Marley, Rosa Parks, Justin Timberlake, Emma Roberts, Alicia Keys, Michael Jordan, Christian Dior, The Weeknd, Toni Morrison, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Mischa Barton, Virginia Woolf, Tom Hiddleston, Kerry Washington, Mia Farrow, Wolfgang Mozart, Uzo Aduba, Sheryl Crow, Amal Alamuddin Clooney, Diane Lane, Chris Rock, Mariska Hargitay, Portia de Rossi, George Stephanopoulos.
Open Living Room With California View
Adjacent to the dining room, the bright and open living area features a gray, tufted sofa paired with two ottomans. Large windows offer expansive views of California.
Gamble + DESIGN
Aquarius design should mirror their personality—modern and bold, with exceptional functionality.
Gray Stone Kitchen Countertop and Shelf Structure With Matching Floating Shelves Over White Wall
The gray stone structure creates a kitchen countertop and attached lower shelving in this sleek kitchen design. Matching gray stone shelves float above give height to the room and creating space for decorative storage. A black floor and white walls create a simple two-tone background for the room.
Aquarians spend the majority of their time working alongside friends and searching for effective solutions. To maximize the functionality of their home, special attention should be paid in designing their home office and living areas. An airy open concept floorplan will best serve these air-signs—allowing them the space they’ll need to think up the next “great idea.”
They gravitate towards industrial finishes, making steel bedframes, reclaimed wood flooring and concrete counters ideal for their homes. Notorious patrons of local artists, their colorful artwork collection serves to saturate walls and enliven spaces.
High-gloss leather sofas and state-of-the-art tech gadgets make for sleek additions, while graphic paintings and political posters speak to their point of view. Hand-blown vases work double-time—perched pretty on shelves and mantels, while also serving as subtle, eclectic nods to their water bearer symbol.
Art Steals Show in White-Walled Dining Room
Paintings by John Hundt provide a punch of color on the white walls of this modern dining room and speak to the converted firehouse's industrial past. Built-in shelves are painted the same white as the walls for a streamlined, contemporary look.
Tokyo, Stockholm, Seattle
Sommelier + Sips
Chenin Blanc; Rosemary + Blackberry Fizz
Fresh pomegranate seeds
Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut
Think scents as fresh as the Aquarius POV — Eucalyptus, Green Tea + Sage.
Aquarians are natural-born humanitarians, so it should come as no surprise that they prefer giving to receiving. (Oprah, anyone?) Throw them a low-key birthday lunch and ask guests to donate to their favorite charities or local shelters in lieu of gifts.
For the Maker
Causebox, a subscription-based, quarterly gift box, features handmade, upcycled and socially-conscious products. The items inside each box inspire DIYs, crafts and cooking in your home while also empowering artisans around the world with meals, clean water and education. Subscriptions start at $50 per quarter.
For the Music Buff
With the new iPhone 7 losing its headphone jack, a wireless alternative will be a welcome gift this year. And the Bluetooth options from LSTN are gorgeous. We're gushing over the beautiful zebra wood featured in their headphones ($179). Even better? For every item sold, LSTN helps give hearing aids to those in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
For the Dapper
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson founded Tie The Knot with a simple mission: advocate for LGBT equality while looking good. Each quarter, Tie The Knot partners with The Tie Bar to release a series of exclusive, stylish bow ties designed by fellow stars, from Cyndi Lauper to Tim Gunn. Bow ties are $25-35 and $20 of every $25 purchase (or $30/$35) is donated to fight for LGBT civil rights around the world.
For the Adventurer
The outdoor clothing and gear company Cotopaxi is on a mission to erase global poverty by donating proceeds to causes in three specific areas: health, education and livelihood. You can see where your dollars went each year in their impact report posted online. We love the unisex down jackets and durable duffel bags for $120.
For the Caffeine Addict
Laughing Man Coffee, founded by actor Hugh Jackman, is a fair trade coffee company that features ethically-sourced coffee from countries like Ethiopia and Colombia. All profits from the New York City cafe go back to the Laughing Man Foundation, which supports education and social entrepreneurs around the world. Can't make it to NYC? Keurig has partnered with the company and you can order four different single-serve varieties online.
For the Crafter
Any DIYer will appreciate the attention to detail in Ichcha's handmade quilts and tapestries. They'll also appreciate the preservation of skills almost lost forever. Ichcha was created to save the art of block printing, hand weaving and hand embroidering textiles in countries like India, where families are abandoning unique weaving styles for more lucrative trades. Ichcha empowers artisans and the result is beautiful. We love new blankets like this indigo throw or this lotus block print for $200.
For the Wine Snob
Drink for a cause? Yes, really. Each bottle from OneHope Wine benefits a different cause. Varieties of reds, whites and roses range in price from less than $20 to $80. We love the sparkling wine glitter bottles. At $59-69 each, it's a great splurge to ring in the new year. The gold and silver bottles benefit child hunger, the pink glitter benefits breast cancer research, the red bottle benefits heart disease research, and the rainbow glitter funds The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth.
For the Beauty Queen
Subscription box Love Goodly features natural products for a toxin-free beauty routine. Five percent of the proceeds from each box go back to causes like Cure Cervical Cancer. For a one-time gift, Glow for a Cause has a new makeup bag featuring samples of all of their body butters. Five percent of each purchase gives back to non-profits like Cowgirls vs. Cancer.
For the Sports Fan
Play for a cause this holiday season. Athletic outfitter 4Point4 partnered with non-profit streetfootballworld to give back to youth soccer teams and the result is a line of (seriously cool) designer graphic jerseys. Every purchase benefits soccer groups around the world, from India's Shakti Girls Project to Amandla FC in South Africa.
Pura Vida's popular beachy bracelets are already ethically-sourced, provide fair wages for artisans in Costa Rica and give to 1 percent for the planet, meaning the company donates one percent of its annual net revenue to environmental organizations worldwide. But the company goes a step further with a line of bracelets that benefit specific charities. Each bracelet ($5) or stack ($30-$40) features colors that represent a specific cause, from Save the Sea Turtles to U.S. military branches.
For the Teacher
If you haven't heard of Yoobi, the company makes school supplies in a series of bright, fun colors. And for every item you buy, Yoobi donates an item to a classroom in need in the U.S. They recently rolled out a series of products just for teachers. The hall passes and stickers make a great gift for less than $10.
For the Chocoholic
Seattle Chocolates' motto reads "All you need is love and chocolate," which is also a great motto for the holiday season. For every Jcoco bar purchased, a meal is donated to a food bank. With couture flavors like, Bali Sea Salt Toffee and Veracruz Cayenne Orange, stock up on these for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.
Don't forget your furry friends this holiday season. Animal Rescue Site has adorable clothing and accessories for cats, dogs and pet owners. Proceeds from every purchase provide food and care for rescued animals and you can see exactly how much your purchase funds. This hooded rain coat (around $20) funds 14 bowls of food.
For the Tech-Obsessed
Buying gadgets for people who love gadgets can be tough. Chances are they already have the new, hit product on the market. But any tech-obsessed person will always appreciate extra juice. (RED) recently partnered with Mophie to create exclusive, red-colored phone and tablet chargers and five percent of the net profit will go to The Global Fund to end AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. We love the travel-sized Powerstation Reserve Keychain at about $35.
For People Who Hate Winter
There's always someone on your list who gets a little too excited about fuzzy slipper-socks. Why not bundle them up with a sweater that gives back? Slumlove sweaters and scarves are ethically sourced and produced in Kenya and give scholarships to children living in some of the world's largest slums.