Meet the air signs: Zodiac's guide to Aquarius, Gemini and Libra

Say hello to the zodiac's wittiest and most intellectual members

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Want a closer look at the air signs? Zodiac's charming, bright and practical beings may seem easy to predict on the surface, but there's a lot more to Aquarius, Gemini and Libra than meets the eye. 

As is the case with all astrological birth charts, there are plenty of layers to uncover. In order to work your way through each air sign's season and take advantage of the energy, you'll need to know a few tidbits. 

Grab a notebook—great gifts astrology fans love—and allow us to begin.

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To get a better understanding, we spoke to the pros to see how air signs interact in relationships, the boardroom and so on.

"Air signs are some of the wittiest and most intellectual members of the zodiac, and they are especially skilled at flirting and charming the pants off of those they encounter... but only if they're in the mood to do so," says astrologer Renée Watt.

What are the air signs: zodiac birthchart 

First thing's first: where do air signs fall on the birth chart? We've narrowed down the important dates and symbols you need to know. 

  • Aquarius: January 20 to February 18 (The Water Bearer) 
  • Gemini: May 21 to June 20 (The Twins) 
  • Libra: September 23 to October 22 (The Scales) 

What are common personality traits of air signs?

Your typical Aquarius, Gemini and Libra may seem like the life of the party and the one to get everyone's attention in a social situation, but they oftentimes keep a lot of information bottled up inside. 

"While their head-over-heart is a strength, it is also the air sign weakness," says astrologer Liz Simmons of The Crone. "These signs typically present the classic 'calm, cool, and collected' exterior. Unlike fire or water signs, air signs tend to be emotionally reserved."

Although it's a plus to be considered one of the smartest signs of the zodiac, it does also present problems. 

"Air signs are such logical, mental people who have a tendency to overthink," Simmons adds. "They may benefit from talk therapy, meditating or journaling."

Are you an air sign? Then we'll help you step away from that desire to overthink. Check out the best meditation apps to help you stay grounded and put that notebook to good use with a few of our favorite guiding journaling ideas. (Heck, even if you're not an air sign, we highly recommend these practices.)

What are some downfalls of air signs?

You might want to proceed with caution when revealing sensitive information to an air sign...especially if it's a big secret or a spoilers for Love Island UK 2022.  

"Gossip is one of the less than stellar qualities air signs tend to lean towards, which can get them into trouble if they allow their tongues to wag too freely," Watt says. 

What are air signs like in love?

They might not wear their heart on their sleeves, but air signs are certainly emotional in relationships—they just might have a difficult time showing it.

"Air signs tend to intellectualize and compartmentalize their emotional states. It’s usually a private act as well, so not many people get to see an air sign truly emotionally moved," Simmons says. "Air signs can be emotional but prefer to keep this part hidden from the public. In turn, they can present as unemotional and cold."

What are air signs like at work?

They're definitely the ones you'd like to see take control in a group meeting, that's for sure. 

"You want an air sign in your corner when it comes to presentations, pitches, and spiels. Air signs have a way with words," Simmons says. 

(Do remember, though, you might not want to share any private work-related info, as they have a tendency to gossip!) 

Who are air signs compatible with?

Although Simmons says all zodiac combos are possible—you just have to be open to it—air signs do have a tendency to be compatible with certain signs, it all depends on planetary aspects. Here's a quick lesson in astrology compatibility: 

Per Simmons, here's a more in-depth look, so you can calculate air signs' info. 

  • Conjunct/conjunction (0 degrees): same sign relationship, such as an Aries with Aries
  • Opposite/opposition (180 degrees): true opposites in the Zodiac 
    • Aries-Libra 
    • Capricorn-Cancer
    • Taurus-Scorpio
    • Gemini-Sagittarius
    • Leo-Aquarius
    • Virgo-Pisces
  • Trine (120 degrees): signs that share the same element 
    • Fire is Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
    • Water is Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
    • Air is Libra, Aquarius and Gemini 
    • Earth is Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo
  • Square (90 degrees): shares the same modality (cardinal, fixed, mutable) but not the same element
    • Aries/Libra squares Cancer and Capricorn
    • Taurus/Scorpio squares Aquarius and Leo 
    • Virgo/Pisces squares Gemini and Sagittarius
  • Sextile (60 degrees): complementary elements (fire-air, water-earth) that do not include opposing signs
    • Aries sextiles Gemini and Aquarius 
    • Libra sextiles Leo and Sagittarius
    • Taurus sextiles Cancer and Pisces 
    • Scorpio sextiles Capricorn and Virgo

Conjunct signs are like a double-edged sword in matters of the heart and trine aspects tend to lead us towards our friends. Our square aspects might give us a run for our money, professionally speaking. 

Liz Simmons

Liz is a self-taught astrologer and tarot reader who blends Hellenistic and modern techniques that utilizes the tropical zodiac, Placidus House system and Whole House system.

Renée Watt

Astrologer Renée Watt has offered her expertise for a variety of publications, including CosmoInStyle, Girlboss and more. She hosts a weekly podcast called "The Glitter Cast" and is a cohost of the occult livestream  “Betwixt The Shadows.”

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