The zodiac signs in astrology: their personality traits and more
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12 Zodiac Signs: Their Personality Traits, Meanings & More

Have you ever wondered what the personality traits and meanings of each zodiac sign are? Well you are in luck because in this post I am breaking it all down for you! The good, the bad and the ugly sides of each zodiac sign!

For those of you who are just dipping your toes into astrology, a zodiac sign is a term used in astrology to describe the position of the sun at the time of a person’s birth. There are 12 zodiac signs, each corresponding to a specific time period and representing different personality traits and characteristics. The 12 zodiac signs are: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. 

As a disclaimer it is important to note that every zodiac sign has it’s positives and negatives. When a person lacks self awareness or needs to do inner work, they tend to show more of the negative traits of their zodiac sign. Likewise, when a person is doing the inner work and has self awareness, they show more positive traits of their zodiac sign. We all are only human and are bound to display the good and the bad at some point in our life. Your full chart also should be taken into consideration. 


the 12 zodiac signs in astrology and their personality traits


ARIES

In astrology, Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of fire. Aries is also a cardinal sign. When we think of the 1st sign, we think LEADER, INITIATOR, and NEW BEGINNINGS. People who are born under this sign are said to be confident, assertive, courageous, and bold. Someone who has a lot of Aries placements are probably very independent and self-motivated. 

However, Aries can also have negative traits that can be seen when someone lacks self awareness. They can be impulsive, impatient, short tempered, and selfish. Aries rules the 1st house in astrology which is the house of self, therefore they can be too focused on the self and can easily forget about the needs of others. People take this energy as being insensitive. Aries’s planetary ruler is mars and this can add an impulsive energy. They can jump into things too quickly and easily burnout. They may struggle at times to follow through on their commitments. 

Personality traits of an Aries

TAURUS

In astrology, Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of earth. It is a fixed sign and ruled by the planet Venus. People who are born under the sign of Taurus are said to be PATIENT, RELIABLE, GROUNDED and RESOURCEFUL. Taurus placements are drawn to all things that embody beauty. They also love to connect with their senses. Whether it’s eating a comforting meal or connecting through physical touch. 

However, just like any zodiac sign Tauruses can have their negative traits. They tend to have a fear of change and can be extremely stubborn and resistant. They also are overly cautious which can hold them back from going after something new or making important life changes. I also find that Taurus placements have a passive aggressive side and at times can be extremely possessive of their loved ones and belongings. 

It’s really important for Taurus placements to be honest with themselves when it comes to toxic cycles and loops in their life. There could be changes that they are needing to make, but often they put off doing so. They can easily hold onto a grudge, but letting go and healing is ultimately the key! They should also be mindful of holding on too tightly to material things. Finding inner security is a game changer.

The good and bad personality traits of Taurus

GEMINI

In astrology, Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of air. Gemini is a mutable sign and is ruled by mercury. People born under this sign are said to be ADAPTABLE, COMMUNICATIVE, and CURIOUS. Gemini placements have a lot of positive traits like their ability to socialize and intrigue others with their wit!

However, Gemini can also have negative traits. They are prone to engaging in gossip and are often times BIG over thinkers. They also tend to change their mind a lot which can come off to others as inconsistent and unreliable. Gemini placements are also easily distracted and restless. It’s important for their minds to be stimulated in order to keep their interest. Ultimately they are just wanting to learn and interact with those and the world around them.

The good and bad personality traits of a Gemini

CANCER

In astrology, Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of water. Cancer is a cardinal sign and ruled by the moon. People born under this sign are said to be NURTURING, INTUITIVE, and SENSITIVE. Cancer placements are often very family-oriented and can be extremely protective of their family.

They are always willing to help and can be seen as a care taker. They have a lot of compassion and empathy for others but at times they can lack boundaries. It’s important that Cancer placements are setting emotional boundaries and are also prioritizing their own needs.

Just like any zodiac sign. Cancers can also have negative traits. Cancers can be seen as moody, overly sensitive, co-dependent, and emotionally manipulative if they lack self awareness. I also find that Cancer placements tend to “mother” those around them which can come off as irritating to many. 

Good and bad personality traits of the cancer zodiac sign

 

LEO

In astrology, Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of fire. Leo is a fixed sign and ruled by the sun.  People born under the sign of Leo are said to be: CHARISMATIC, CONFIDENT, and CREATIVE! Leo placements tend to be very expressive and typically enjoy the spotlight. They have a child-like energy to them and are always up for a good time! Leos have BIG hearts and are extremely generous. 

However, Leos can also have negative traits. They can come off as dramatic, self-centered, arrogant and immature if they lack self-awareness. It’s important for Leos to understand that the spotlight can be shared. I also find Leos can get lost in this never ending seek of external validation. Learn to validate yourself & enjoy channeling your energy into creative pursuits. 

The good and bad personality traits of Leos

VIRGO

In astrology, Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of earth. Virgo is a mutable sign and is ruled by mercury. People born under the sign of Virgo are said to be OBSERVANT, HELPFUL, and ORGANIZED. Virgo placements tend to have an acts of service love language. They love to help others and tend to put others’ needs above their own. Virgos are also extremely detail oriented and can spot things that others might not notice. If you are wanting guidance, Virgos can offer great advice. 

However, Virgos can also have negative traits. If a virgo lacks self awareness they can come across as a critical perfectionist who is extremely judgmental. It’s really important for Virgo placements to self reflect and realize where they may be over-stepping boundaries. Offer your guidance only when asked because unsolicited advice may not go over well.

Virgo placements also need to realize that it is not their job to fix others. It’s common for Virgos to be people pleasers. They love to take care of others, but if their acts of service go unnoticed they can quickly become resentful. I find that it is crucial for Virgos to make sure they are communicating their needs and that they are prioritizing themselves just as much as others.

The good and bad personality traits of virgos

LIBRA

In astrology, Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of air. Libra is a cardinal sign and ruled by Venus. People born under the sign of Libra are said to be CHARMING, DIPLOMATIC, and FAIR-MINDED. Libras thrive in harmony. They love creating a harmonious connections and environments. Seeing both sides of the coin is a special quality that Libras have. They usually know how to put themselves in another person’s shoes.

However, Libras can also have negative traits. They tend to avoid conflict which can lead to people pleasing tendencies and resentment. They also can be extremely indecisive and because Libras are very relationship focused, it can lead to them losing themselves in other people. It’s important for Libras to maintain their independence within their relationships. Since Libra is ruled by Venus they can also appear vain, superficial or materialistic at times.

the good and bad personality traits of libras

SCORPIO

In astrology, Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of water. Scorpio is a fixed sign and ruled by Mars/Pluto. People born under the sign of Scorpio are said to be PASSIONATE, MYSTERIOUS, and PERCEPTIVE. Scorpio placements tend to see through the manipulation and lies. They know how to get to the bottom of things which can make them come across as very intense.

Scorpios have a passionate side to them and they crave intimacy, but at the same time they fear it. Most Scorpio placements come face to face with their fears throughout their lifetime which can make them extremely resilient and transformative. They also have the ability to transform the lives of those they come into contact with.

However, Scorpios can also have negative traits. If they haven’t done the inner work they can come across as possessive, controlling, guarded, and manipulative. Most Scorpio placements have been hurt one too many times which makes it hard for them to let other people in. Once they’ve done the inner work and you have gained their trust, they can be an extremely loyal, protective, and passionate partner. 

Good and bad personality traits of Scorpio

SAGITTARIUS

In astrology, Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of fire. Sagittarius is a mutable sign and ruled by Jupiter. People born under the sign of Sagittarius are said to be OPTIMISTIC, ADVENTUROUS, and PHILOSOPHICAL.

When it comes to Sagittarius placements they tend to see the world around them from a higher perspective. They are filled with wisdom and are constantly questioning the way things are done. Sagittarius placements can be very spiritual and big free thinkers. They don’t like to be controlled and they are always seeking out their own truths. 

However, Sagittarius can also have negative traits. Although Sagittarius placements tend to be honest, at times they are too honest and insensitive with their delivery. They can also come off as self righteous if they lack self awareness. It’s important for Sagittarius placements to understand that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs.

It’s also important for Sagittarius placements to slow down from time to time because they can come across as reckless with a lack of commitment. At times they also offer advice where it is not wanted which can lead to conflict. When Sagittarius is in alignment they can be a very inspiring soul who teaches those around them the life lessons that they themselves have learned.

Good and bad personality traits of sagittarius

CAPRICORN

In astrology, Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of earth. Capricorn is a cardinal sign and ruled by Saturn. People born under this sign are said to be RELIABLE, HARD-WORKING, and MATURE. Capricorn placements are very goal driven.

They love to set and achieve their goals and thanks to their ability to be self-disciplined, they often times DO exactly that! They make great leaders and have a lot of wisdom to share. Capricorn placements also have a very patient side. They know that hard work, persistence and dedication pays off in the long run.

However, Capricorn placements can also have negative traits. They tend to lose themselves in their work. It’s also really easy for Capricorns to place their value on their achievements. Capricorns can also have a very rigid and pessimistic way of thinking. They could benefit a lot from allowing more room for spontaneity and fun! Due to early on experiences in life they probably had to grow up fast. This can often times lead to emotional detachment. 

good and bad personality traits of Capricorn

AQUARIUS

In astrology, Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of air. Aquarius is a fixed sign and is ruled by Uranus/Saturn. People born under this zodiac sign are said to be INNOVATIVE, INDEPENDENT, and INTELLIGENT. Aquarius placements have a unique and quirky side to them which can make them feel like an outcast at times. They tend to see the world differently than many around them. They also have this desire for freedom.

Aquarius placements are very intellectual and are always thinking about how they can improve the world around them. They are innovators at heart, but they also can be very humanitarian driven. Making a positive impact on the collective and world is important to them.

However, Aquarius placements can also have negative traits. They can come across as emotionally detached and aloof. When it comes to their emotions they tend to intellectualize them rather than allowing themselves to really feel and process them. Aquarius placements can also struggle with seeing things from different perspectives. Since they are so intellectual and intelligent, they can be quick to believe that they are right when they might not be. 

The good and the bad personality traits of Aquarius

 

PISCES

In astrology, Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac and is associated with the element of water. Pisces is a mutable sign and ruled by Neptune/Jupiter. People born under the sign of Pisces are said to be COMPASSIONATE, ARTISTIC, and INTUITIVE. Pisces placements are often deeply connected to the mystical sides of life. They tend to have a very spiritual side and a strong imagination. Pisces can be highly sensitive to the energies around them so it is crucial that they are setting energetic boundaries. They also tend to have a strong intuition so it is important for them to listen to it. 

However, Pisces can also have negative traits. They can be seen as delusional, self-sacrificing, easily deceived and manipulative. Since Pisces placements are highly sensitive to energy, they can take on the emotions of those around them. They can also easily lose themselves in other people, almost like a chameleon.

It’s important for Pisces to listen to their intuition because it’s easy for them to be manipulated and deceived by others. However, if they lack self awareness they can also be seen as the manipulative one. Pisces can easily get stuck in their emotions and a victim mentality. At times it’s as if they just want someone to save them.

It’s really important for Pisces placements to do the inner work and heal so that they can make the necessary shifts to move forward. It’s also important for them to be aware of the fact that they love to escape their reality and because of this, they can be easily prone to unhealthy addictions.

The good and the bad personality traits of Pisces

 

I hope you found this article helpful! If you enjoyed this post then you might want to check out this one next! What each house in the natal chart represents. 

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