There's something otherworldly about Aquarians. These are people that just know what’s up. They’re like the cool kids of the zodiac, always ahead of the trend, doing their own thing, and trust me when I say—you don’t want to stop them!

Narayana Montúfar, a senior astrologer at Astrology.com and author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power, attributes this eccentric, almost alien-like (in the best way possible) quality to the sign’s planetary rulers: Saturn and Uranus. They stand in the middle of two pulls, she says, rebellious and progressive Uranus, and traditional, practical Saturn.

And, being an air sign, Aquarians have "one of the sharpest, most powerful intellects," says Montúfar.

"Natives from this sign are big thinkers and are often making themselves the most difficult questions to answer," she explains. "They tend to hang out with really smart peeps, who, like them, can push the boundaries of thinking."

By way of example, Oprah "who is having THAT conversation" Winfrey is an Aquarius. (Given this info, is it any surprise how she scored those royal interviews and the exclusive Adele sit-down? I think not!)

Of course, there’s a lot more to Aquarius zodiac signs than that. And, naturally, there are plenty of other astrological factors that make you who you are other than your Sun sign. There’s your natal and progressed charts, your moon sign, and your Saturn return, among other happenings in the zodiac. Still, belonging to the Aquarius sisterhood says a lot about you (don't worry, it's all good stuff).

Aquarius season runs from January 20 through February 18, so in preparation, let’s get to know these other worldly, big picture thinkers. These are the most notable traits of Aquarius signs, plus how they can impact your overall life, according to Montúfar, Donna Page, a certified astrologer in Atlanta, and Valerie Mesa, an astrologer and soul coach.

1. You’re a total trendsetter.

You’ve got your own ~thing~ going on, and you tend to jump on the Next Big Thing before it's, well, the Next Big Thing. That floating above the eye eyeliner look everyone is into right now? Please. That was so last year.

Another example: Harry Styles is an Aquarius. I know he didn’t exactly *invent* nail polish for men, but he certainly brought it back into the mainstream in a way that My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way did not. (Much respect to this Aries king.)

That friend of yours who is into some esoteric poet from the 1700s that just totally speaks to the world today. Oh, she’s probably an Aquarius!

2. But you don’t really care what other people think.

You’ve been doing you since the day you were born, and that's the way you're going to stay, TYVM. You feel more free than other signs to do whatever you want, whether that’s getting a new tattoo on a whim or grabbing ice cream for breakfast. Someone doesn't get it? That's their problem. These are high minded, visionaries, beating to their own drums, Mesa says. So get on board or GTFO of the way!

3. You’re fiercely independent.

In a relationship? That’s cool. But it’s crucial your partner understands that, while you love 'em and all, you still need to do your own thing—whether that means "me" time at home or going to a movie solo. (I mean, it's not like they wanted to see it, anyway.) Friends or significant others who don’t align with your bubble-bath-taking, face-masking, alone-time-loving self just won’t last.

Oh, and btw, being an Aquarius can even put you on the path to stardom:

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4. You'd do anything for your friends.

At your core, knowing you can rely on your buds come hell or high water—and vice versa—is essential. You’ve got several ride or dies and, if anyone tries to come between that squad... let's just say it won't be pretty.

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5. You’re a humanitarian at heart.

There’s a lot of sh*t happening in the world, and you’re definitely not okay with it. You know, deep down, that it’s possible to achieve lofty goals like creating world peace, reversing climate change, and bringing the British royal family back together—it just takes some effort.

6. You always have something to say.

Being the last air sign of the zodiac means Aquarians are the most evolved, oldest, and sure, wisest of the bunch, says Mesa. You can definitely bet on the Aquarius in your life telling you what’s what and who is who. These witty water bearers can always come up with an interesting contribution to the conversation, which is part of the reason we love them!