If you're a lover of all things astrology, then you probably already know that personality traits associated with your zodiac sign can run the gamut of super positive, kind of negative, and somewhere in between. While it's always nice to zero in on those positive traits — and pat yourself on the back for being so cool — it never hurts to learn more about the
zodiac personality flaws, either.
While astrology isn't always 100 percent accurate when depicting all of our characteristics, sometimes referring to your sign can help you learn more about qualities you can work on, like your possible knee-jerk thoughts, unhealthy habits, and all the little issues that — when experienced daily — can kind of hold you back in life.
While there are lots of other ways to learn more about yourself and any traits to work on — such as popping into a therapist's office, chatting with your loved ones, or discussing life over coffee with a friend — taking a gander at your zodiac sign can offer an alternative insight into what makes you tick. Here are the two traits astrologers say may reveal some bad habits or behavior patterns for each zodiac sign, and what to do about them.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
As far as traits to work on goes, Aries tends to be known to astrologers as aggressive and forceful. When they want something done, they'll do whatever it takes to get it done — which occasionally may mean looking past others in the process.
This trait can come in handy when it comes to getting sh*t done. But since it can also cause stress, it's important to balance it out with a healthier mindset. "To balance their energetic flow, Aries can incorporate a morning mantra to start their day," Jaye, an astrologer at
Gifted Astrology, tells Bustle. This can include mantras that allow Aries to let go of expectations, or reminders to breath before reacting.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Taurus has a tendency to move slowly, and to give into self-indulgence,
astrologer Linda Furiate tells Bustle. Which is, of course, fine to do on occasion, but can cause Taurus to fall behind in life if they do it too often.
"Suggestions to balance these traits may be to understand the intimate or personal value of their partner [or friend], [so that they can] equally share in the enjoyment and lust for life," she says. By remembering there are other people to take into consideration, it may help Taurus see beyond traits that are a little "indulgent."
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
For Gemini, astrologers say they may be high-strung and stressed out. Which can, for obvious reasons, be a bit difficult for them to deal with on a daily basis.
But there is something that can be done. As Jaye says, "Calming the mind is a challenge for a Gemini," so Gemini might want to try yoga and meditation in order
to relax, and feel more at ease.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
As Furiate says, Cancer may struggle with being overly cautious and fearful, which in and of itself isn't a big deal. But these traits, when not kept in check, can begin to hold them back in life.
"Cancer has a strong need to
feel protected and safe," she says. "A good way to balance these traits might be ... to develop a like-minded tribe of friends who share familial qualities." Surrounding themselves with caring people can offer the stable foundation that Cancer wants.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
According to astrologers, Leo tends to be a bit silly, while also sometimes feeling superior to others. These traits, in many ways, are lovable and helpful in life. But in larger doses, can be a bit over-the-top.
"A good way to balance this trait might be for the Leo to find a partner or loved one with whom they may share their love and creative connection with, transferring that sense of specialness onto the other person," Furiate says. Volunteering is another great way to channel that energy into something that's super useful.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
For Virgo, two things astrologers say to work on include a
fear of commitment, and an inability to relax and enjoy life. If this sounds familiar, "a good way to balance these personality traits is to plan and organize one’s time and schedule well in advance to include both work and fun," Furiate says. "This may allow the Virgo to feel a sense of accomplishment and productivity." Which can allow them to relax.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Libra's traits to work on include an inability to make decisions, as well as a strong desire to please others. These qualities also have their positive points, as well as their negatives.
"A nice way to balance this out is to seek a friend or partner to communicate with, who can walk the Libra through the decision-making process," Furiate says. "Libra loves to know all sides of a situation before moving forward. This satisfies that desire to please all parties involved."
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
According to astrologers, a Scorpio's tendency to be distrustful and secretive may lead to judgment and jealousy — two traits that don't always feels so great. And that's why it's important to balance them out, and seek understanding in relationships by
opening up during communication and building trust, whenever possible. This way, these tendencies will not lead to a lack of connection in a Scorpio's life.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
According to Furiate, Sagittarius often struggles with exaggerating the truth, as well as a
slight superiority complex. That's why she says "it may benefit a Sag to hear what others have to say," before getting too hung up on their own ideas. It may be a challenge at first, but once Sag gives others the floor, they may feel a lot better within their personal relationships.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Astrologrs say Capricorn tends to have a strong sense of self-righteousness, which can be charming, but may also get in the way. They also tend to believe that things have to happen
their way, or not at all. "A possible way to balance this personality trait is to affirm their strong belief in self and to offer up a likeminded, sensible, and practical solution," Furiate says. This way, Capricorn can channel their confidence and practicality for the better.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
According to Jaye, Aquarius tends to lose motivation quickly in life, and may get frustrated by setbacks and delays. When that happens, they should remind themselves that delays can be the universe's way of protecting them, Jaye says, and allowing space for something better that they may not have thought about. This way, Aquarius can continue to plunge forward without letting minor setbacks stop them from progressing.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces tends to feel over-worked and under-appreciated, whether that's actually true or not — usually because they're super generous with their time. "A way for Pisces to shift this personality trait is to become more [discerning] when choosing to help another," says Furiate. "They must learn how to say ‘no’ more often while intuitively knowing when to selflessly serve and when to walk away."
By keeping certain traits to work on in mind, it's possible to make the most of your good traits, while working to have a healthier take on the bad.