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A Tribute To Aquarius, The Weirdo Prophet Of The Zodiac

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They know things

Is there someone in your life with whom you're totally obsessed, but you're also not sure they even know who you are? That person is probably an Aquarius. They are complicated, crystalline, enigmatic, all-knowing, sometimes oblivious, prophetic weirdos, and the fact that they are shrouded in mystery only makes the pleasure of getting deep into their psyches all the more rewarding. Oh, and also, an Aquarius is always hungry. But we'll get to that later.

Out of all the zodiac signs, Aquarius has always been the most confusing to me. And I don't think I'm alone in this. Though maybe this is why I pretty much always love an Aquarius. There is something about them, something inherent to their very nature that is so internally contradictory, that if you are not an Aquarius and you find yourself thinking about this contradiction too hard, it just might make your head spin around and twist off your body and go sailing out into space. And if an Aquarius saw that happening, saw your head go soaring off and into the distance, an Aquarius would just follow your flying head's trajectory, smile peacefully, and then walk away, because they've got other things to think about. They've always got other things to think about.

But let's go back for a second to their dichotomous nature. It's not only that Aquarius is the only sign to be ruled by two planets (Saturn and Uranus), but also that Aquarius is an air sign—which makes sense, because they are always thinking, thinking, thinking—yet it's personified by a Water-bearer, a twin set of waves, which speaks to the huge amounts of emotional depth and over-abundance of feelings that Aquarians carry around with them everywhere. These two things though—air and water, intellect and emotion, thought and feeling—are not natural companions; in fact, they clash. But whereas that clash could potentially cause conflict and chaos, an Aquarius is capable of carrying all that around within them and using it to, well, see into the future. Whereas the weight of the world, of knowing all there is to know, would be too much for most people (a Pisces could not handle it at all; a Cancer would be reduced to tears), an Aquarius takes all that knowledge and looks into the days ahead and figures out how to navigate them. (Okay, sometimes an Aquarius is reduced to tears, but then they taste the salt on their lips and get distracted and maybe even a little turned on, because an Aquarius is a freaky, freaky freak.)

All of these contradictions, all this mysticism, all this... freakiness, all of this makes Aquarians seem weird. Which, you know, they are legitimately weird! They say things that often make other people uncomfortable, but that is because the truth makes people squirm. An Aquarius loves to make people squirm. But they can't help that they know things and aren't afraid to let you in on their treasure trove of knowledge. An Aquarius loves to spread the truth, and is even something of an authority on it. After all, only an Aquarius could have trademarked the phrase What I Know for Sure (Oprah... hi), because only an Aquarius knows anything for sure. The rest of us might think we do sometimes (Gemini, Capricorn), but only an Aquarius really does. This is why an Aquarius is so good to have as a friend. Nobody gives better advice. Nobody will better be able to tell you when you're full of shit. Nobody will be more willing—and able—to help you manifest the future you want—because they can already see that future go down, because they are prophets.

And yet, despite all this, Aquarius can seem absent-minded. They are usually late to things. They don't like to sleep, and they don't think of sunrise as being a signal of the morning, but rather a sign that the night is just getting good. Their internal clocks just don't exist. But this does not mean they are not getting things done. The scariest thing about an Aquarius is just how much they are getting done. An Aquarius is incredibly prolific, even if the work they're doing is all happening while you are still fast asleep. I mean, compared to an Aquarius, we are, all of us, always sleeping. 

Here is a list of some famous Aquarians, and don't tell me a single person on this list hasn't gotten more done within the span of 24 hours than you probably have in your whole life: Oprah Winfrey. Toni Morrison. Abraham Lincoln. Angela Davis. Dr. Dre. Audre Lorde. Thomas Edison. Kerry Washington. Judy Blume. Alicia Keys. Harry Styles. Ellen DeGeneres. Ed Sheeran. 

All of those people have done... so much. Most of it very good! And now, look, maybe somewhere an Aquarius is doing some things that you don't really like (see: Sheeran), but you can't deny that they are getting things done. And that they are really, really good at understanding what it is that other people will like. An Aquarius is usually very popular (see: Sheeran) because they know what people will like, because they can see the future.

But what does an Aquarius like? This is the real question! Because we all like an Aquarius, and are often obsessed with them, but what do they like? The truth is that it's hard to know! Like, even though every year Oprah reveals a list of her "favorite things," are those really things that give her joy permanently? No! Of course not. Because that list is different every year. No Aquarius places real value on anything material because, as a weirdo prophet, they know that everything is ephemeral. This is why an Aquarius is someone who will tell you to get a tattoo that has no meaning attached to it, because pretending that meaning can ever achieve something resembling permanence is dumb. And yet—and yet!—an Aquarius will have the kind of tattoos that scream out SYMBOLISM!! But if you try to tell an Aquarius that, they will look you in the eye and promise that any meaning you find is all in your head. But isn't that the point? you'll think, and maybe even shout. But an Aquarius will just remind you that there is no point to anything, and then they will take a long drag on their e-cig and take off running and sliding down a snowy street with total abandon. If you tried to make an exit like that, you would have fallen. An Aquarius will never fall.

But so, what then does an Aquarius like? Are you wondering now if Aquarians are just totally cerebral mystics, who take no pleasure out of anything sensual? Stop wondering that! Because it is not true. In fact, Aquarians are total sensualists who like to feel lots of things, and usually all at once. But what does an Aquarius like most of all? I think I've got it figured out. An Aquarius likes to eat. Here's something I know for sure: An Aquarius is always hungry.

Right now I am thinking about two different Aquariuses I have known. And I am also thinking about chicken. One Aquarius and I shared a doomed love story ("doomed love," how redundant!), but before the doom, there came a point in which he told me about going home one night and being so frustrated at my absence in his home that he ate an entire chicken. With his hands! And he was a vegetarian. The other Aquarius and I share a Google doc that is all about places we want to eat chicken. What is the connection here? It is and it isn't chicken. What it really is, of course, is appetite. An Aquarius is always hungry, and sometimes that hunger can be satisfied by food, and sometimes food is just a placeholder, and, sometimes, an Aquarius has a hunger that can take over the world. 

It's this hunger that keeps an Aquarius moving. It's this hunger that is why, if they were an animal, an Aquarius would be a shark. If they were a flower, an Aquarius would be a Venus flytrap. If they were a monster, an Aquarius would be a vampire. If they were a color, they would be white, because they would be swallowing every other color in existence. If they were a piece of jewelry, they would be a studded collar, because they'd be trying to contain all that was within them, and they'd want to remind you they were a little bit dangerous. 

Really, though, an Aquarius is a lot dangerous, because the truth is always dangerous, and it's always weird, and it's always exciting, just like an Aquarius, who does things all the time that might make you scared if you were them (like that time I saw Styles stage-dive into a crowd of teenage girls who had... not enough in the way of upper-body strength to keep him aloft), but that don't make them scared, because somehow they just know they will be okay. An Aquarius will ride you around on their bike's handlebars, and encourage you to lift up your arms along with them as you start to descend a hill. Never mind that it's raining and the road is slick and slippery, raise your arms along with them. If an Aquarius is telling you to do something, you know everything will be alright. An Aquarius knows things. You can trust them.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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