Learn more about Isla through her star sign – Aquarius. What does her future hold? What’s her personality like? All the details are in the stars!
Birthdate: February 3rd 1976
Star sign: Aquarius
Chinese sign: Dragon
Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, and Aquarians are the perfect representatives for the Age of Aquarius. Those born under this sign have the social conscience needed to carry us into the new millennium. These folks are humanitarian, philanthropic and keenly interested in making the world a better place. Along those lines, they’d like to make the world work better, which is why they focus much of their energy on our social institutions and how they work (or don’t work). Aquarians are visionaries, progressive souls who love to spend time thinking about how things can be better. They are also quick to engage others in this process, which is why they have so many friends and acquaintances. Making the world a better place is a collaborative effort for Aquarians.
Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer. In much the same way that the Water Bearer brings that precious liquid as a gift, Aquarians shower the world with their thoughts and new ideas. Luckily for Aquarians (and the rest of us), they are at a near-genius level, so their minds churn out some amazing things. Their thought process is also inventive and original. While Aquarians are happy to bestow these ideas as a gift with no strings attached, they are much happier when the rest of the world agrees with them. Naysayers will quickly find out that Aquarians can be impatient, even temperamental, with those who disagree. Yes, these folks can be quite fixed in their opinions, in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this sign. Even though Aquarians are happy to give, and they do, it’s often on their terms and within their comfort level. Generally, that means ample space, since these folks are freedom-loving and individualistic and need to roam (and yes, they do enjoy travel). While Aquarians are generally sympathetic and compassionate, they like it when things go their own quirky way. Some might call their behavior eccentric (and they would be right), but when you consider that the Aquarian’s heart is truly in the right place, a few oddities should be overlooked. In their own way, Aquarians treasure their many friends and acquaintances and want to give back as much as they can.
Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus. Powerful Saturn was considered the father of many gods in ancient Roman times, and was the original ruler of Aquarius. Uranus is the oldest of the gods in Roman mythology; this planet was discovered much later than Saturn and was only more recently assigned to this sign. The combination of these planetary energies is strong and vibrant. Saturn’s force field is that of the stern taskmaster, which is one reason why Aquarians love to think and put their ideas out to the world. They also love to think they’re right! It’s Uranus which instills Aquarians with their visionary spirit. If it’s new, radical and rebellious, Aquarians are all over it. The fact that these folks can think so creatively and inventively is one of their greatest assets. Water Bearers are all about progress and technology — they love the latest gadgets, gewgaws, computers and next-generation technologies. Thanks to a genius that borders on insanity (!), those born under this sign have the unique ability to present ideas that will revolutionize the world. Their approach in doing so may be unpredictable, impersonal and at times cold.
The element associated with Aquarius is Air, and that means the rarefied air of the intellectual. Aquarians will accomplish much with their broad and logical minds, entertaining complex and scientific ideas for the betterment of all. That said, they are also artistic and inventive. It’s all in the spirit of creating a better world, hopefully one in keeping with their broad-minded beliefs. Aquarians believe that their offbeat, original approach will win the day, and that new thought is what is needed to change the world. Those born under this sign are altruistic, humane people who are determined to make a difference.
At play, Aquarians like to surround themselves with lots of people, preferably family and friends. That said, if they don’t know the ‘players,’ they soon will! Baseball and tennis are fun for these folks (though they should watch for weak ankles), and a daily swim would also be nice. Aquarians favor watery colors, like shiny silver or aqua blue. When it comes to love, Aquarians will also be playful, even flirtatious. While they play for keeps, it won’t necessarily feel that way, since these folks are the opposite of jealous.
The great strengths of the Aquarius-born are their vision, intellect and humanity. They are determined to make the world a better place and to help everyone they can along the way. They are truly the trailblazers of the zodiac.
Quick Guide to Aquarius
Symbol: the Water Bearer
Ruling Planet: Saturn / Uranus
Ruling House: Eleventh House
Body Parts: ankles
Date with destiny: Gemini, Libra
Run for the hills: Taurus, Scorpio
Where you glow: in a picket line
What makes you tick: philanthropy
Fitness forecast: yoga
Play date: attending a technology fair
Perfect jobs: environmentalist, computer whiz
Best accessory: a time machine
A sure thing: being original
Destination: Costa Rica
Pleasure: innovation, originality, friends
Pain: conservatism, being categorized, emotional outbursts
What’s my line? Think outside the box.
Likeable traits: Friendly, People-oriented, Outgoing
Motto: “I know”
Magical Birthstone: Amethyst
Special Flower: Orchid & Violet
Special Color: Electric Blue
Compatible with: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius
Chinese Sign – The Dragon
The Dragon is one of the most powerful and lucky Signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Its warm heart makes the Dragon’s brash, fiery energy far more palatable. This is a giving, intelligent and tenacious Sign that knows exactly what it wants and is determined to get it. Dragons possess a certain natural, charming charisma that ensures they can always influence their peers and often find themselves the center of attention in social situations. This Sign is truly blessed, too; Dragons are considered to be very lucky in love! The Dragon’s friends are always keen to hear what this firebrand has to say and when it comes to dispensing advice, the Dragon has the floor.
Its ego can get in the Dragon’s way, but even so, this larger-than-life creature has a knack for initiating projects and keeping the troops motivated. According to Dragons, it’s their natural born right to lead the way — because who else could do it so surely and so well? As lucky as they are, Dragons have a good chance of achieving considerable material wealth during their lifetimes, although it isn’t mere money that’s this Sign’s main motivation. Power is what the Dragon wants and truly believes it deserves. Dragons are quite the opportunists, forever searching for ways in which to consolidate their considerable power. Contrary to all this strength and fire, a weakened Dragon is a sad sack, a creature that refuses to take defeat with even a modicum of grace.
The role of leader is the only one the Dragon wants, the better from which to give orders and be king of the hill. They make solid leaders, too, knowing instinctively what needs to be done to stay on top. Crossing the Dragon is never a good idea — this beast can singe! A valuable life lesson for this clever creature would be to absorb the principles of flexibility, compassion and tolerance. Being high and mighty can serve to inspire others, but it also keeps Dragons from living their lives to the fullest. If Dragons can learn to balance their quest for success with an appreciation for the little things, their life will be more than worthwhile.
The most compatible match for a Dragon is the Monkey or the Rat. astrology.com
Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.
While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast!
Considering their hard-working nature, Dragons are healthy overall. They do get stressed and suffer from periodic tension/headaches, likely because they take so many risks. Dragons could benefit from incorporating mild activity into their lives. Yoga or walking would be good as these activities can work both their minds and their bodies.
Dragons prefer leading to being led. Jobs that allow them to express their creativity are good choices. Some good careers include: inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.
Dragons will give into love, but won’t give up their independence. Because they have quick, sometimes vengeful tempers, their partners need to be tough-skinned. Dragons enjoy others who are intriguing, and when they find the right partners, they’ll usually commit to that person for life. chinesezodiac.com
Chinese Element (By Year – 1976 Dragon) – Fire
The quality of excitement, expansion, quickness; too much fire energy can leave you stressed out and anxious
A Fire Dragon’s emotions can flare instantly. Fire Dragons put themselves on pedestals, and because they react quickly and recklessly, they sometimes make wrong decisions. Fire Dragons need to slow down and keep their tempers in check as that’s when they’re best. chinesezodiac.com
In Chinese Taoist thought, Fire attributes are considered to be dynamism, strength and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. The fire element provides warmth, enthusiasm and creativity, however an excess of it can bring aggression, impatience and impulsive behavior. In the same way, fire provides heat and warmth, however an excess can also burn. In Chinese Medicine, fire is associated with negative emotions of hate and the positive emotion is joy. wikipedia
To the Chinese, the Dragon is born in the most desirable year. Possessing magical powers, the versatile Dragon is capable of soaring to the highest heavenly heights or diving to the depths of the sea. On one hand shrewd, healthy and full of vitality, the Dragon also possesses a mystical side, intuitive, artistic and strangely lucky. However, Dragons can plunge pretty low, becoming irritable, stubborn and impetuous. The Dragon’s mystical allure may become a bit too other worldly, making him or her difficult to get close to. A Dragon’s unsatisfactory love life may lead to a string of loves and marriages. Believing themselves invincible, Dragons must beware of excesses, for with their uncommon strength, they can harm themselves, or “scorch their wings.”
Flexible and accommodating, they fit in with whatever is going on around them — but for only as long as it suits them. This is because they are self-determined types and don’t take kindly to being dominated by others. Although seemingly affable and agreeable, they can be as ferocious and dangerous as the mythical beast on whom the sign is based.
Temperamentally, Dragons are somewhat hot-headed and quick-tempered; when angered they will give as good as they get. Dragons can also be hypocritical if things are not quite right or not up to their expectations. Dragons are idealists and perfectionists; they demand a lot and they give a lot. Enthusiastic to the point of impetuousity, Dragons have big mouths. Their words overrun their thoughts, and their hearts run away with their heads. Intellectually, they are clever, bright, sharp people, yet on occasion they will throw all logic to the wind and follow their hunches. Fortunately for them, they are strong on intuition and invariably all works out well. In a confrontation, Dragons have a tendency to misjudge the situation, and are not too adept at extricating themselves from difficulties. Interestingly, no matter what surprises Fate may have in store, whatever difficulties or hardships these people may encounter along the road, Dragons will always ultimately land on their feet. They will be a success wherever they go, regardless of their chosen careers.
Dragons may devote themselves to a great cause or work, and if so, they will see it through to the end. This talent work two ways, as they can be equally devoted to a bad cause and equally successful in it. Dragons can’t help but win!
This is undoubtedly due to the fact that of all the Chinese signs, those born under the influence of the Dragon are considered the luckiest of all and good fortune simply follows them wherever they go. Not only that, they also have the Midas touch. It is said that the Year of the Dragon is good for business and all money-making schemes. Consequently, those born in this year have an inherent knack for attracting money and they generally enjoy financial prosperity. The Chinese say that the Dragon leaves wealth and prosperity in his path. Hence, the Dragon leads the street processions during Chinese New Year. The Dragon brings the Four Benedictions of the East — wealth, virtue, harmony, and long life.
Righteous, outgoing and competitive, he expects a lot from everyone. Fortunately, his enormous energy allows him of offer much in return, although dictatorial tendencies and overzealousness may make people fear or avoid him. He is open and humane, given to impartiality and objectivity. He is also insatiably ambitious, short-tempered, inconsiderate and unable to put up with anything less than perfect. metaphysicalzone.com
Chinese Element (By Sign – Aquarius) – Air
There are two classifications of the Signs of the Zodiac — Elements and Qualities — and they each refer to core human characteristics. The Elements, which are also known as Triplicities (as in groupings of three), speak to the basic nature and temperament of a Sign, whereas Qualities address their manner of expression. The Elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) are based on ancient Greek philosophy. The ancients took it back to square one, the building blocks of life: the solid earth upon which we stand, the running water we use as a resource, the air we breathe and the fire which keeps us warm and aids in the creation of additional resources. It’s easy to see a kinship to science in this elemental plan.
The Element of Air is attached to the Signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. It also rules the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Houses. It is rarefied air which usually surrounds those graced by this Element, as this is the marker of the intellectual. Airy people are smart thinkers and handle abstract reasoning well. They love to analyze, synthesize and probe. Do you have a dilemma? Hand it over to an Air Sign and watch them go to work.
Air Signs are also about communication. These individuals want to get the word out, and it’s not likely to be fluff. They are alert, curious and perceptive. The world as seen by an Air Sign will be an interesting one, as their analysis and subsequent explanation (hopefully in terms we can understand) will indicate. Those influenced by Air are inventive and clever. They see all sides of the equation and are able to glean the best approach. Balance is important to these airy folk.
So, are Air Signers fresh as a summer breeze or howling like the wind? Probably both, depending on when you catch them. While these folks are often cool, calm and collected, they can turn cold if their equilibrium is upset. A word to the wise: there’s little upside in baiting an Air Sign.
Another plus with Air is that it manifests itself in a most humane way. Those influenced by Air can truly wear another’s shoes, as it were. They are objective, cooperative and really want to help make a better world. There’s no prejudice with these folks, just a bright and shiny idealism which can accomplish much.
Air Signs are communicative, intellectual, clever and fair. They can blow hot and cold, though, so beware of a chilly draft!
Chinese Quality – Fixed
Within an astrological chart, the Quality describes a person’s attitudes in life and the way they approach projects. The three Qualities are Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. The Fixed Signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. These four Signs are the members of the Zodiac who dedicate themselves to seeing projects through to completion. Their common characteristics include determination and persistence; they are stable and self-reliant. On a team, Fixed Signs are the people who keep a project going and see it through to the end, but they can also be stubborn and inflexible. The Fixed Houses are Second, Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh; if a chart has a number of Planets in these Houses, the chart is weighted toward Fixed energy.
A Fixed Quality is attached to the Signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. The Fixed Houses are the Second, Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh; if an astrological chart shows a preponderance of Planets in these Houses, its energy is weighted toward fixity.
Fixed Signs understand that steadiness is the key. Those influenced by this Quality are happy to forge ahead with their projects, calmly working away until they have achieved their objectives. This is no struggle for Fixed folks, rather it’s what makes them tick. These individuals are stable, determined and resolute. They want to get to the finish line and have the persistence and ability to concentrate, characteristics which will get them there.
There is no lack of confidence in Fixed individuals. Self-reliance could be a Fixed person’s middle name. Those possessed of a Fixed nature are powerful, yet purposeful. There are no wasted motions here: Fixed folks move patiently and steadily toward their goals. They are also steady and reliable and always remember those who helped them out. Conversely, those born under a Fixed Sign can at times be stubborn, my-way-or-the-highway folks. They may have a tendency to get stuck in their ways and to believe that they are always right.
Those influenced by a Fixed Quality are determined, reliable and persistent. They have great strength, and strength of purpose, and love to get the job done. So what if they refuse to budge? They get results.
Aquarius Beauty Profile
As an Aquarius, you are a gorgeous vision of shimmering awkwardness, a lovely mess of high self-respect but occasional insecurity, a brilliant innovator with a charitable, giving heart. Your regard for the citizens of the world — including the non-human citizens of the world — compels you to make conscientious and respectful decisions. When it comes to beauty, you like to keep it natural and cruelty-free, but you do love a little flair here and there. You were thrilled when shimmery powders came back, and you jumped at the chance to accent your eyes with a light dusting of glitter.
Underneath the socially progressive exterior of this Fixed Air Sign lurks a future fetishist — you have a weakness for gadgets, and you love any product touted as revolutionary or new, especially if it’s also all-natural. Since you bore so easily, you’re always looking for the next great moisturizer, hair color or cuticle treatment.
Although you have the utmost respect for yourself, you’re lacking in the self-esteem department at times. You’re always worrying that you don’t look good enough or that you’re not feminine enough. No need to worry, Water Bearer, you look stunning no matter what you do. Your beauty comes from your ability to accept yourself and make the best of the gifts you’ve been given. You set your own beauty standards, and this independence raises your beauty to a transcendent level. Your beauty is not of this world — it’s out of it.
Aquarius Career Profile
For a lone wolf, the Water Bearer sure likes to have a lot of people around. Aquarians are humanitarians above all else, idealistic in their beliefs and ardent pursuers of causes. Non-profit organizations and trade unions would be a natural for them — anything that will help the greater good. This unconventional rebel-with-a-cause cares so deeply about his fellow man that the quest for knowledge and answers is never-ending.
The mentally-quick Water Bearer enjoys a challenge and anything at a rapid-fire pace, whether it’s a team meeting or a battle of bantering wits. Aquarians are firm in their beliefs — they’ve spent plenty of time thinking about them — and are bound to get the job done. Their inquisitive nature always has them considering what’s new, different and mysterious and how these things can help people in the future. Is the Water Bearer a pioneer or a renegade? Perhaps a bit of both, but there’s no doubting that they see the world in their own unique way!
The old “company man” mold is given a firm boot by Aquarians. To them, that world is inconceivable, a total waste of resources. The Water Bearer wants no boundaries and to be able to continually push the envelope — now that’s living! And working, since it’s part of the plan. Aquarians will spend countless hours mulling over the possibilities for a project and may even come up with some startling conclusions, but it’s all in a day’s work. And it’s never boring! A dull day is a nightmare for the energetic Water Bearer.
The Aquarius office is probably Zen-like in character, with a low working table and cushions all around for its occupant and guests (remember, everyone is an equal member of the team). That futuristic clock in the corner was probably made by the Water Bearer. An electric car or the newest Beetle would provide loads of fun and make for a handy-dandy way to get to lunch at an avant garde spot with stunning world food and delectable Rainforest Crunch.
Aquarians are well-suited as inventors, politicians, writers, scientists, astronauts, artists and, you guessed it, astrologers!
Aquarius Travel Profile
If you hit the trail with an Aquarian, you’ll be …… traveling with the trailblazer of the Zodiac. Those born under this sign are nothing if not different, willing to go anywhere, anytime, with anyone for most any reason. If the reason feeds their social conscience, all the better, for Aquarians are great humanitarians and supremely interested in helping the less fortunate.
Saving the planet for the masses is a good idea, too, so you’re just as likely to find the Water Bearer in the rainforest of Brazil as in the wilds of Borneo. Face it, eco-travel was designed with these folks in mind! Aquarians are also sociable creatures, quick to make friends and eager to share their world view with them. Hence, it’s likely that they’ll travel with a gang, and even if they’re not the obvious leader of the pack you can bet they’re controlling the agenda. If not, they won’t play along.
One thing the Water Bearer doesn’t want to handle are the small details — these folks paint in broad brushstrokes, so it’s best to leave the train schedules to someone else. As an Air sign, Aquarians crave mental stimulation, so these nomads need many and varied experiences while on the road. Visionaries that they are, they’re also fascinated with new technologies, so there’s bound to be a nifty gadget or two in their bag!
Books: Unconventional and scientific, Aquarius will enjoy books that are as out there as they are. Science fiction, fiction and adventure are moving along with you at warp speed into the new millennium and beyond. Check out the classic works of Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and Aldous Huxley for your glimpse at the future.
Career: Academic, Adventure travel guide, Advisor, Affiliate, Airline personnel, Alternative healer, Astrologer, Astronaut, Aviator, Chancellor, Consultant, Electrician, Entrepreneur, Extreme sports professional, Guide, Inventor, Humanitarian, Legislator, Market researcher, Mechanic, Navigator, Pilot, Senator, Sociologist, Technologist, Science fiction writer
Chocolates: Skips chocolates altogether — they prefer a box of carob and raisins health bars.
Food: Aquarius rules the olive tree, which works well for an Air Sign who wants to snack and run. They like a variety of strong flavors, too, including garlic and ginger. Though they’ll eat almost anything, the Water Bearer would rather eat takeout.
Movies: Weird, futuristic, idealistic and anything different will be occupying the mind of the Water Bearer. Try anything Kubrick, The Matrix or 2001 — if you haven’t already, that is! You’ll also want to check out that new foreign or indie flick playing at the art cinema.
Music: The Water Bearer’s favorite goal is to change the world. You’ve already worn out several copies of the Hair soundtrack, as you like to listen to music based on an era where everyone was trying to make the world a better and more unified place. From the Grateful Dead to the Allman Borthers, you are now likely to be an avid fan of Phish — or any party band for that matter. Aquarians are social and appreciate a good sing-along classic.
Restaurants: Original and inventive, the Water Bearer seeks out new and different foods, if they’re not cooking up some new creation on their own. Your eccentric and intellectual nature will lead you to sample exotic foods from the world over.
Sports: The visionary Water Bearer will be partaking in the newest sport before anyone has even heard of it, and the sports will be of the extreme variety like snowboarding, surfing, wind surfing, sky diving or bungee jumping.
Travel: Costa Rica, Dallas, Greece, India, Mexico, New York City, Venezuela
Television: The encompassing Age of Aquarius has you reveling in everything from the voyages of the Star Wars crew to the madcap gaiety of That 70’s Show. Seriously wanting to change the world, though, you also tune in to the news to find new causes to champion.