Why are we the way that we are? Well, there are a ton of things that go into shaping our personality, from our family dynamic to our peers growing up. But there’s an easier way to tell what someone’s personality traits (at least some of them) are right off the bat: find out their zodiac sign.
Whether you check your horoscope religiously or once in a blue moon, there’s no denying that feeling when your reading just gets you and what’s going on in your life. And what makes your horoscope so personal to you is the fact that each zodiac sign has their own symbol and accompanying set of personality traits. You might be skeptical at first, but it’ll start to make sense when you read about your weaknesses and strengths, as well as those of the people closest to you. It may even explain why you go to Mary for gossip (she’s a Gemini, FYI!) or why you have a tough time talking about your feelings (typical Virgo!)
You can even see it in your favorite characters. Damon Salvatore happens to be a Gemini. And as you’ll see below, they’re the sign who has two sides to them, and is known to be witty, restless, devious, and impulsive. Sound familiar?
So what does your sign say about you? Here’s what you need to know, whether you’re a competitive aries or an easygoing libra.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
As the very first in the zodiac sign, Aries, aka the ram, are the leaders of the astrological pack. You’ll never find an Aries sitting quietly at the back of the class or not engaging in a conversation at a big party. These people are active go-getters — they take initiative and are totally fearless. Associated with fire, these overachievers have a fiery, bold personality too. They’re intense, competitive, passionate and incredibly impulsive — daredevils, if you will. While they may not be big planners, you definitely don’t waste an Aries’ time as they’re incredibly impatient.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The Taurus is represented by a bull, which makes sense because they’re certainly strong and majestic like one. Because of this, they excel in the the business world. Taurus peeps are determined and patient but tend to be stubborn and inflexible — so don’t try and change your plans on them out of the blue! But don’t worry, there’s a warm soul under that tough exterior. Tauri are known to be generous, compassionate, and stellar huggers.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Their symbol is a mythological set of twins, which describes how people born under the sign of Gemini tend to have many different sides to them. They’re easy to get along with and are constantly curious about the world aaround them — which can mean they’re that nosy friend that you go to for all the latest gossip. They also have great imaginations, which probably comes in handy since they tend to be restless and despise routines. Never one to keep quiet, you can count on these social butterflies to speak their mind.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancers, who are symbolized by the crab, are protective and defensive. They’re the loyal friend you turn to when you need a hug or someone who will actually listen. They’ll not only give you their undivided attention, but they’ll support you in your decisions, too. They’re the nurturer of the zodiac, so they will never let you down in this regard. Yup, they’ll be your pal for life. But at the same time, you should be just as ready to listen to them vent, too. They’re known to be a tad self-absorbed and clingy from time to time. (Oh, and despite their usually congenial nature, you may wanna watch out for that cranky side.)
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Symbolized by a lion, Leos crave power and control, which is great because they’re badass leaders. They’re ambitious, intense folks who love to be in the spotlight. Shyness is not in their blood — they’re an energetic bunch who knows how to live it up (think YOLO lifestyle). And, they know how to charm a crowd, so you’re definitely going to want to invite them to your next party. Yet, with their desire for control, they can also be domineering and vain. While they’re typically generous to those around them, their reputation is also precious to them and they won’t let anyone try to tear them and their loved ones down.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Virgos are the most practical peeps in the zodiac. They’re organized, structured perfectionists who don’t let their emotions get the best of them. You can always count on them to solve your problems logically because they’re reliable and helpful people by nature. Though with their analytical mind, these straight thinkers can come across as cold or emotionless. So, if you’re someone who wants your friends or partners to talk about their feelings and open up often, you may get very frustrated with Virgos.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Libras are represented by scales to symbolize their desire for fairness and harmony. As the diplomat of the zodiac, you can count on the Libras in your life to always want to keep the peace in their surroundings. Think of them as your calming force when you’re stressed or upset. They’re easygoing people-pleasers and they’ll listen to you. They love surround themselves with people, and they’re the type that’s friends with everyone. If the zodiac were high school superlatives, they’d be voted “Most Friendly.” But in being Ms. Popular, Libras can also be a bit unreliable and superficial. Hey, no one’s perfect and that’s totally okay.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
There’s no doubt about it: Scorpios are passionate and mysterious people. They have two symbols, the scorpion and the eagle, which symbolize their defensive and wavering emotions. They’re strong, persistent, passionate and will do whatever it takes to get something accomplished. They’re not super social, but these dynamic folks are loyal to those close to them. To others, especially people who have weaker personalities, scorpios can be controlling and manipulative. And if you have beef with a scorpio? Better say sayonara now — they’re not ones to forgive and forget.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
The archer, which is half man, half horse, signifies a Sagittarius’ desire for knowledge and philosophy. Sagittarii are all about their independence and freedom. They crave change and are always up for an adventure —they simply can’t be tamed! These curious peeps are pretty stable too, so you won’t see them super stressed or suffering from emotional meltdowns every other week. But that also means they’re emotionally detached, which can be an issue for others who are in touch with their feelings. Instead of discussing their feelings, they like to forget and move on — literally. This quality makes them a bit reckless.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
Capricorns are symbolized by the goat, which demonstrates their impressive drive for success. Because of their crazy ambition and active mind, Capricorns crave a full, successful life. They’re patient but certainly not pushovers. They’re self-disciplined and like to be in control of their life and those in their life – including romantic partners. To friends, however, they’re caring and selfless. Because they have a difficult time trusting people, which is why they desire control and tend to be independent, they may come across as reserved. Yet, their structure and responsible nature is one of the reasons they’re so successful.
Aquarius (Jan. 21 – Feb. 19)
The water bearer symbol represents the sign’s wisdom and truthfulness. You won’t find an Aquarius conforming to what everyone else is going. These independent folks crave intellectual stimulation and typically do their own thing to find it. Basically, they don’t care what others think. And their unconventional lifestyle leads them to explore new places, people, and ideas. Because of their exciting lives, they’re inventive and spontaneous, but also aloof and unemotional. If you’re friends with one of these progressive thinkers, expect exciting adventures and a kindhearted soul. Aquarius peeps want to do something useful with their lives, which is why they tend to be politicians and social workers.
Pisces (Feb. 20 – March 20)
Represented by a fish, Pisces are always motion. They’re spiritual people who operate at extreme: when they’re happy, they’re ecstatic and when they’re sad, they’re just miserable. Compassionate and loyal, they’ll go above and beyond to help out a friend — so much so that they can lose themselves sometimes. They’re also the most sensitive of the zodiac signs and they’ll feel your pain just as much as you do when you’re hurting. They tend to try to avoid painful realities, because they’re so affected by them, which make Pisces escapists.
Do you agree or disagree with these assessments? What would you add/change about them? Also, what’s your favorite thing about your respective Zodiac sign? Tell us in a comment!