According to astrology, the alignment of the stars and planets on the day you were born determines pretty much everything about you: your strengths, weaknesses, hobbies, and even what makes you a special snowflake in the blizzard of humanity. Broadly speaking, it's possible to figure out the most unique thing about you based only on your sign, so you don't have to beg your best friend for insights into your psyche anymore. Your online personality quiz results will never be the same.
Astrology has existed for at least 2,000 years. According to the American Federation of Astrologers, the practice of examining the skies to better understand things down on Earth can be traced back to the Babylonians, whose astrological charts predicted celestial events and kept track of the seasons. They later introduced astrology to the ancient Greeks, who taught it to the Romans, and it spread across the world from there.
Today, it isn't particularly well-regarded as a field of science, but people still rely on horoscopes for advice or to help figure themselves out. At the very least, astrology makes for great small talk at parties. So read on, my special snowflake, to see what makes you — yes, you — unique.
Aries (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19)
Hotheaded and reckless, your impulsive nature gets you into all kinds of shenanigans — but it also means you have the best stories to tell. Be honest. You actually subscribe to the YOLO lifestyle, don't you?
Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20)
Taurus has a reputation for patience and hard work, but that doesn't mean you don't know when to slow down and enjoy life. You're a sensual person in the truest sense of the word, making you the most physically affectionate sign of them all. Hugs, caresses, or even just linking pinkies as you watch a movie are what you live for.
Gemini (May 21 - Jun. 20)
Gemini is an intense sign, to say the least. While you're always looking for someone new to join in on your adventures, you have very specific tastes that don't necessarily appeal to everyone. You love obscure art and music, which can be a bit of a downer when you're trying to find someone to go with you to a concert held in a barn in Nashville at the last minute. Let's be honest: You lean toward the hipster side of the social spectrum sometimes.
Cancer (Jun. 21 - Jul. 22)
Romantic and creative, Cancers are known for their fabulous sense of style. Add in a healthy dose of competitiveness, and you've got a knack for negotiation — for clothes, apartments, and pretty much everything — that no other sign can match.
Leo (Jul. 23 - Aug. 22)
Every Leo already knows they're a natural born leader. They take charge of pretty much every situation, which can pose a bit of a problem when another Leo is involved. But in the end, you're a friendly person, and you throw the best parties because you know when to delegate and when it's time to organize the costume contest yourself.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sep. 22)
Regardless of whether they actually work with books, Virgos are basically the librarians of society: rule-abiding, nurturing, and orderly. This makes you great at putting together IKEA furniture, and your sense of grammar is impeccable to the point of being pedantic.
Libra (Sep. 23 - Oct. 22)
Symbolized by the scales, Libra is all about balance. You have a way of putting things in perspective, although you're certainly not immune to drama every once in a while. All this combines to make you an amazing listener to friends, family, and random strangers on the train.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Intense to the point of being judgmental at times, Scorpio sees things in black or white. Fortunately, your cynicism manifests as a dark sense of humor that keeps people entertained.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Much like Miley Cyrus in 2010, Sagittarius just can't be tamed. You love to take risks and put yourself out there, and if your tattered passport is any indication, you love travel. See you at the backpackers hostel.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Once a Capricorn decides to do something, they get it done some way, somehow. It doesn't hurt that you're fearless; you won't let any obstacle get in the way of the things you want, whether that's a promotion or to skydive. (Obviously, you've thought about skydiving before. If you were waiting for a sign to do it, here you go.)
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Open-minded and temperamental, Aquarius is a difficult personality to pin down. You have plenty of interests, but one issue will always be close to your heart: social justice. You're a natural activist and a familiar face at protests in your community.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20)
If you're not already moonlighting as a tarot card reader, Pisces, you should be. Intuitive and compassionate, you're so good at reading people, you're practically telepathic. You might as well lean into it, right?