Each zodiac sign comes with its fair share of positive qualities, as well as some that aren't so great. While the positives probably helped attract your partner, the others may be affecting your relationship. So, how can you improve your relationship based on your zodiac sign? You can start by being aware of any negative qualities and bad habits, and then working to balance them out.
Whether you follow your horoscope or not, it never hurts to look into all the ways you might be impacting the health of your relationship. If your sign is known for being jealous or controlling or vindictive — all traits that obviously don't make for a healthy relationship — it may be time to work on making some changes and finding ways to improve.
To learn more about these negative traits, I spoke to astrologer Lisa Allen, MH, who also explained why we should look to the stars. "Knowing your Sun Sign (i.e., zodiac sign) can help determine your strengths and weaknesses in relationships," she says. "Knowing your sign's traits means you can mindfully strive for balance, rather than operating from habit."
Again, are you giving and loving, but kind of controlling? Your sign is one tiny way you might figure that out, so you can work on creating a healthier relationship. Read on for some more tips from Allen, as well as ways to improve your relationship.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries are known for rushing into things, which can lead to misunderstandings — and even arguments — with their partners. If this describes your relationship, try pausing before reacting and/or making decisions. It may be tough at first to slow down and be in the moment, but this habit will get easier with time. And it's definitely worth the effort.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
If you're a Taurus, you may find yourself on "auto pilot" most of the time, which can cause you to miss out on your partner's needs. Do you fail to notice when they're feeling down? Do you accidentally ignore them when they talk? If so, try to be more open and flexible with your routine, and make a point of letting your partner into your life. Once you make any effort to truly include them, things should run way smoother in your relationship.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
While it's awesome you're so independent and open to adventure, it can often seem like you lack focus. If it's been affecting any one area of your relationship, take the time to sit down with your partner and figure out how you both might be able to fix things. They'll really appreciate your concern, and your commitment.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cancers tends to get upset over things that don't seem to bother their partners, all while expecting them to figure out what's wrong. If this sounds familiar, make a point of explaining what's bothering you and offering ways your partner can help. Doing so will keep you both on the same page, and hopefully prevent more disagreements down the road.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
As a Leo, you love attention. And there's nothin' wrong with that. You do, however, want to give your partner some love, too. Yes, they'll appreciate the occasional gift or trip to the restaurant. But what they really want is you. Take the time to turn off your phone, sit down, and simply listen to their concerns. They'll love you for it.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
As you probably know, Virgos are known for their attention to detail. And while that might mean your life is running smoothly (and your apartment is immaculate) it can cause problems in a relationship. Are you overly critical of your partner? If so, try to give them a break while focusing on what they do right. You might also want to save your incredible focus and perfectionism for kicking ass at work.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Ever ask someone which movie they'd like to see, then you have to wait three hours while they decide? This likely describes you, Libra. For all your positive qualities, it certainly does take time to weigh all your options, and that can be very frustrating for your partner. To hurry up the process, start focusing on the things that will have the biggest impact, while keeping smaller decisions from getting in the way.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpios love their freedom, but they don't always afford the same rights to their partners. It can seem demanding and controlling, but what your partner may not realize is it often comes from a place of hurt. If you've had relationship issues in the past, it's important to start working on them now. Once you and your partner develop trust, you'll both be much happier going forward.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
As a Sagittarius, you're incredibly witty and fun. And yet also incredibly blunt. As you probably already know, this habit can cause problems and hurt feelings in your relationship, so start making an effort to soften those edges a bit. While you don't have to lie, you should be able to find a way to share the truth in a kinder way.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
OK, so everyone knows you have incredible work ethic. No doubt about it. But being in a relationship often means finding that work-life balance. Even if you consistently have to work late or spend hours in the library, make a point of setting aside time to relax and reconnect. It'll be good for both of you.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
It's amazing that you're such an individual, and that you have big plans for your life. But ever notice how your partner often gets lost in the tussle? If they've complained about your distance, it may be time for some bonding activities. Think about going on a couples vacation, or setting up a weekly movie night. Little activities like these can make all the difference in the world.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
As a Pisces, you're incredibly imaginative and daydream-y. And that's great. But throw a partner into the mix and they can start to feel ignored — especially if they don't understand your need to "check out" on occasion. If that seems to be the case, have a heart-to-heart with them ASAP. And if that doesn't work, start setting aside personal time for meditating so that, when it's time to hang out as a couple, you can be fully present.
While you certainly don't have to change your personality for your partner, it's always good to recognize how your habits may be affecting others. Sometimes, for the sake of your relationship, it is worth making an adjustment or two.