For skeptics, zodiac signs reveal one thing about them, and one thing only: the time period in which they were born. For the believers, a person's star sign can reveal almost everything about them, from what their strengths and weakness are, their likes and dislikes, and even what kind of lovers they'll be. Your zodiac sign can also hint at more abstract qualities, like what makes people look up to you, and what people envy the most about you.
Although believing in astrology is seen as a binary (either you believe the stars affect our personalities and you own a bunch of crystals, or you don't), there is a third option. Even if you aren't sold on the idea that your star sign has the power to shape your personality, reading about the characteristics of the zodiac can be a fun way to gain personal insight. I, for example, am a Scorpio, and according to astrology, I am one of the most sensual and mysterious of the signs. And while I'm currently wearing an old pair of running shorts that I spilled a bit of peanut butter on earlier, maybe my mystique and sensuality are thing with which I'd like to connect.
Even if you don't believe in astrology, keep an open mind about exploring different parts of your personality — including what people envy the most about you.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Aries, people envy your irrepressible energy. You're always ramped up and ready to go. (!!!) In the morning, while most people are groggily working through their third cup of coffee, you're like, "Here are the papers you asked for! I already went for a jog this morning and filed two reports and reorganized my desk and did a loop around the block to blow off some steam and gosh, is it 11 a.m. already? I've gotta get cracking!"
Honestly, it can be a little exhausting for the rest of us, but we (mostly) only complain because we're jealous.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Tauruses have impeccable taste. You're tactile and sensual, and enjoy cooking, music, romance... the finer things in life. People envy you your bespoke suits, your subtle yet commanding perfumes, and your ability to differentiate a Chardonnay from a Viognier. Does this occasionally make you insufferable? Absolutely. (You don't have to do the full swirl-and-sniff at your friend's housewarming party, it's freakin' Two Buck Chuck in a solo cup...)
Still, when your friends are perusing the wine menu at a fancy restaurant with their boss, they can't help but wish they possessed your slightly snobby set of skills.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
People tend to be jealous of Geminis' charm. You're the social butterflies of the group, the ones who can walk into a room of strangers and suddenly become the life of the party, which is amazing for everyone except the shy friend who came along with you and now finds themselves alone at the snack table, pretending to carefully read the label of a beer bottle.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Cancers are known for your close friendships. Being extremely emotional, loyal, and sensitive, cancers are able to connect with people in an extremely deep way that can make others jealous. Occasionally however, you can go a bit overboard with the sensitivity, and even the smallest snippy comment from a friend can make you lock yourself in a bathroom stall and cry.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
"What don't people envy about me?" Leos are probably asking themselves. And people do envy how many parties you get invited to — you're one of the most cheerful, generous, and outgoing signs, after all. But Leos can also be arrogant and self-centered, so maybe don't spend so much time listing your best qualities in alphabetical order.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
People are jealous of how quickly Virgos get promoted. With your analytical, practical mind and impeccable work ethic, Virgos tend to advance quickly within whatever company or organization they're working. This can also make you come across as a bit of a know-it-all though, so maybe think twice before asking Karen whether her desk set-up is really the most efficient use of space.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Libras are balanced, social, and love the outdoors, so you probably have a great Instagram full of carefully staged shots of like, you doing tree pose under a waterfall or something. People would hate you for how peaceful and photogenic your life seems, but you're far too nice to hate.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
People envy Scorpios for their sexual know-how. The most sensual of the signs, you always seem to know what your doing in the bedroom. Occasionally however, you can get a little possessive and jealous, so after a passionate evening with your partner, fight the urge to stalk all of their exes on social media.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Sagittariuses (Sagittarii?) are the wanderers of the signs. You're adventurous and love exploring new and exciting places, and people are jealous of all your cool travel pictures on Facebook. You so have a tendency to be a bit flaky, but you're some of the few people who can kind of play it off by claiming to be a "free-spirit."
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
When you're serious about something, Capricorns, you're very serious about it. You're self-discipline is awe-inspiring. Trying to eat healthier? No cookie in the world can tempt you. Want to run a marathon? You won't miss a chance to run those miles. Your discipline serves you well, and people envy everything you're able to accomplish with it, but it would help you to lighten up once in a while.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Sweet Aquarius. As the resident hippies of the zodiac, you're fun, progressive, and independent. People admire how engaged you are with social issues, but you can also be a bit uncompromising, so just remember that not all of your friends will want to participate in a hunger strike with you.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
People envy what a born artist you are, Pisces. Whether it's painting, writing, music, or theater, you're able to imbue anything you do with beauty, emotion, and authenticity. Too much emotion, sometimes. You can tend to get a bit emo, but that just adds to your mystique.