Jean teaches astrology, tarot & metaphysics. She is an author, ordained nondenominational minister, & member of the NJ Metaphysical Ctr.
Learn the Negative Zodiac Traits
Many, many articles have been written to help people understand the characteristics of the signs of the zodiac. Most discuss the positive traits of each sign, but wherever we have good, we have bad. We could not understand cold if we did not have hot. We would not recognize love if we never experienced hate. So too there are opposite traits evident in each of the astrological signs. Just as we have discussed all the positive characteristics of each sign, the negative characteristics should be discussed as well. So let’s take a look at those difficult traits, but not in a mean-spirited way. In a spirit of fun. Feel free to share some of your experiences in the comments below.
Aries: Self-Centered, Poor Planners, Hot-Tempered
Since Aries is the first zodiac sign, Aries people are astrological babies. That is why everything is about “me, me, me.” You could be dying and your Aries companion will still be going on and on, not even noticing you are having a problem. They are a bit self- absorbed and do not really listen to other people when they are speaking. Do not be surprised when you ask their opinion about whatever your important dilemma is, and just get a blank look. Aries people do not understand the concept of forethought, so they never plan ahead. It’s up to whoever they are with at the time to make plans or prepare for contingencies. Aries people say whatever is on their minds; they just blurt things out before they think. They have bad temper tantrums. Then they cannot understand what is wrong with you and why you are upset with them. They think they are right all the time.
Taurus: Passive- Aggressive, Lazy, Stubborn
Taurus is ruled by the Bull, and bulls mostly like to rest in the shade of a nice tree for long periods each day. So your Taurus friend is a tad lazy, and will try to get by with doing as little work as possible. If they can get someone else to do it, that’s even better. Taurus people like to get their own way, and will not budge an inch. They are as stubborn as mules. But since gentle Venus is their ruler, they go about it so sweetly they can catch you unaware. And if they do not want to do a certain thing, be prepared for the passive aggressive approach. They are masters at it. Taureans will act really kind, give you that calm smile, and gently continue not doing whatever it is they were supposed to do. Taurus people have a great love of beauty, art, music, and the opposite sex. But they tend to try to ignore the harsher realities of life, and guess who has to face them? You. Because you are so good at whatever it is. See, I told you they would try to charm their way around it.
Gemini: Can't Keep Secrets, Superficial, Talks Too Much
Gemini people love to talk, talk talk. If you have a secret, do not tell them, unless you want the whole world to know. Geminis have quick minds and both think and talk about several subjects at one time. This can be confusing to the other people listening, as it is hard to be sure which subject they are talking about when. It can be very hard to keep up, and it will annoy them if you are having trouble. Gemini people are normally in a hurry and do things fast. This gives them nervous stomachs and sometimes headaches, because they are thinking and doing too many things at once. They will be cranky when their minds get frazzled. Also, be aware they are not opposed to telling the occasional white lie if you find out they exposed your secret, or if they slipped and said the wrong thing and do not want to take responsibility for it. Geminis can be fickle and superficial.
Cancer: Needy, Holds Grudges, Creative
It’s only 6 p.m., and your Cancer friend has already checked in with mom for about the fifth time today. Learn to get used to it, or maybe just include mom in more of your activities. It’s just easier that way. Cancer people are kind and understanding. They will give you all their attention as they listen to your problems, but they expect the same from you. They do not take criticism well at all. If you want to give them advice and you think they are approaching an issue the wrong way, choose your words very carefully. Cancers never forget it if you offend them or someone they love. I hate to say they hold grudges, but they hold grudges. Also, never make a negative comment about their children or loved ones. They can do it, but don’t you dare. They are also big worriers, and can drive you up the wall with all the little things they worry about. They are prone to getting sick easily and require rest, so do not wear them out. It’s mostly because they are so emotional; they just drain themselves. Their moods change, like their sign's ruler, the Moon, moves into new signs every 2 ½ days. Buy one of those astrological calendars and keep track. Then you will understand the behavior pattern. Keep a journal too!
Leo: Self-Centered, Stubborn, Arrogant
Leo people act very regal. In fact, sometimes forget they are not really royalty. They are always late when you make plans to go out with them. This is annoying, because your time is valuable too. They love to make a grand entrance because they are such drama queens. Leos are generous and like to throw parties, but it is usually after they have just bought some expensive new toy or room full of furniture. The party is really just an opportunity for them to show it off, not because they want to see you. Like their Lion symbol, Leos love to rest and feel that others should cater to them and do most of the work. This is another fixed sign, so they are also very stubborn and do not like to change their minds. They love to advise others on hairstyles, clothing, home improvement projects, and career, but sometimes forget others have different opinions. It is difficult for a Leo to understand that not everyone thinks the way they do and will not always agree with them. Their arrogance and self-centered attitude can get old fast.
Virgo: Obsessive, Hypochondriacs, Perfectionists
Virgo people are big, big talkers. They can chat away all night. The problem is that they talk about very trivial matters that can drive you crazy. If you go out to lunch, the Virgo can take 15 minutes to compare two kinds of salad dressings and will expect you to sit and listen. They are intelligent and witty, so they can be fun, but they just cannot stop talking when their minds grab onto something. They are big worriers and hypochondriacs and will also worry about chemicals and ingredients of medications. They're likely take about 20 kinds of vitamin supplements for all sorts of reasons, deciding they are safe because they are “natural.” Even so, they will have lyme disease, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and several other health-related problems every day. Never let them read medical books or see commercials about any disease, or they will think they have that too. Virgos vent about the things they need to do, instead of just doing them. The issue is that by the time they waste so much time venting, the work or problem could have been finished. Some Virgos can seem prissy. They are always very neatly dressed. In a working environment, every document must be perfect, every folder in order, and each paper clip in place. Virgos insist on a neat and clean environment, but they lack the sense to see that some situations do not require so much attention. They are too critical, as we cannot all be as perfect as they are.
Libra: Vain, Financially Irresponsible, Passive-Aggressive
Libra people are also ruled by Venus, so they want life to be pleasant and for their days to pass by smoothly. This is nice, but they will hold in their feelings if you do something to upset them because they want to avoid what could be an unpleasant conversation. They do not want to rock the boat. Their sense of balance is important to them. Because Libra people want to fit in and be liked, they are easily influenced and must learn they should not always go along with the crowd if it is wrong for them. They have a deep love of beauty, and both the men and women love fashion and nice clothing. This also means they will flirt with anyone they think looks good. They also like good furniture and like to live in beautifully decorated homes. They can be manipulative, because behind all that sweetness and light they like to be the leaders of whatever is going on without coming right out and saying so. The women can be slaves to fashion to the point where their shoes are hurting their feet and posture and they are running up huge clothing bills. They believe they deserve the best and have no qualms about not keeping to a budget. They know if they need more money, somebody will bail them out. They get very upset if you disagree with them and may accuse you of “screaming” at them, even though you may have just expressed a different opinion. Libra people also like to show off.
Scorpio: Obsessive, Competitive, Secretive
Scorpio people may have the most fixed opinions of all. Disagree with them on something dear to their hearts, and you will be the recipient of the famous “icy glare.” It’s like a death ray. To say they are strong-willed is an understatement. Determination is their middle name. Scorpios are very competitive, although they may not seem that way at first. They cover it well. They are usually secretive, have a dark side, and are obsessed with death. They are possessive and jealous in love relationships. When they are interested in any subject, they will research it so they know every last detail. This is the reason so many of them are research scientists. Many of them are vegetarians or some kind of picky eater, so it is hard to go out with them. The Scorpio believes the whole group has to cater to their likes and dislikes, and thus always eat at the place of their choice. They are also very frugal, so do not expect them to chip in extra for the check if you go out. They are blunt in speech, but have tender feelings themselves. They will also hold a grudge, insisting they are not holding a grudge. They are individualists and do not care what other people think. They live life on their own terms.
Sagittarius: Blunt, Klutzy, Overly Optimistic
There are two kinds of Sag people: the talkative ones and the very quiet ones. They all are intelligent and interested in higher education, philosophy, different cultures, and such. Most of them love to travel. When they do speak, they are very blunt and get right to the point—sometimes not realizing they hurt feelings along the way. They like sports, especially outdoor ones, but are very klutzy and reckless, and often break bones and hurt themselves. They are almost annoyingly optimistic. They are likely to cheat on you. They will get involved in many causes trying to save the world, but they can have so many petitions going and meetings to attend that they get frazzled and exhaust themselves. Sagittarians think big and like to leave the little details to other people. Sag people always get in philosophical arguments with others and it is hard for them when others have different views. They are freedom-loving people though, and will not like it if anyone tries to clamp down on their activities or freedoms. Try not to talk about politics or religion with them.
Capricorn: Easily Embarrassed, Ambitious, Social Climbers
Capricorn people are generally serious and will not appreciate it if you are joking around about something that is meaningful to them. They are very ambitious people and may engage in social climbing, so do not be hurt if your Capricorn friend dumps you to hang around with someone who can help them. If they are the principal of a school, they most likely want to be the superintendant of the district one day. If they are going to town meetings to advocate their views, they have their eye on a council seat or the mayor’s job. They are workaholics and do not like to be spontaneous. They do not like to take risks unless they are very well-calculated. Although Capricorns are emotional, they dislike public displays of emotions and will die of embarrassment if you take them out to dinner on their birthday and tell the waiters to bring a cake and sing. They hate to be involved in scenes of any kind. These are people who always think ahead and want to be in charge. Your relationship with a Capricorn will go smoothly as long as you understand they are very ambitious and are always thinking years ahead of everyone else.
Aquarius: Aloof, Uncaring, Annoyingly Nonconformist
Aquarius people are always nonconformists and if you try to tell them what to do, they will act even more outrageous just to annoy you. They love the attention it brings them and are usually living in the future already. If you do not like to try new things and take risks, an Aquarius will be hard for you to understand. They change like lightning and barely understand themselves. These are people who think rules are for other people. They need a lot of freedom, as they bore easily. An Aquarius mind is a stubborn one, but since they enjoy freedom so much they understand when other people want to do things their own way too. Aquarians have unusual friends from all walks of life. If this makes you uncomfortable, these are not the companions for you. They love to try out new personas all the time. They may insist they love you madly, then they will forget your birthday or forget to call you. Aquarius people can come across as aloof and uncaring.
Pisces: Dreamy, Not Judgmental, Easily Led
Pisces people are the dreamers of the zodiac. As the last sign, they are the most complex people. Having been through every incarnation in all the other astrology signs, they understand most of what anyone confides in them. But being so dreamy, they do not really offer good advice. Water signs, and Pisces in particular, need to be careful with drugs and alcohol. They are easily led and are followers, not leaders. Restless and bored, they often start new projects or interests and then abandon them. They are very kindhearted but must be careful they do not let others take advantage of them. Pisces people also do not like to handle serious affairs, having a bit of a Peter Pan complex. they like to leave the details to others. They often get scammed because they want to help others, but do not always use good judgment. Pisces rules the feet, and many of them have tons of pairs of shoes. Go ahead, check out their closets.
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Questions & Answers
Question: I was born on the 18th of September. Is it sun rising or moon? I don't understand why is it important.
Answer: The Sun, Moon, and Rising Sign, or Ascendant, are called the Trinity in astrology. It's the way many astrologers begin to interpret a whole astrology chart. The Sun is the way you are and what drives you. I think you are Virgo, but in the future, always include the year of birth, and if you wanted a whole chart, there's a whole lot of other info needed, so never just send me a bunch of junk like most people do. So Virgo Suns are smart, practical, loyal, hardworking people. Without the birth info and time of birth, I can't tell where your Moon is. There are online Moon sign charts, I have one on every one of my Moon Sign Emotions articles, if you use it and put your data in you will find your moon sign. The rising sign is the way you appear to newcomers or people who don't know you well. I can't do that for you, if you don't know, you need a chart done. There are the same ascendant astrology tables that can look up your ascendant, go to an astrology site. You need to know the time of birth within two hours and the time zone where you were born.
Question: I was born on may 22, 1968 my life with my relationships, job and money sucks why ?
Answer: I'm sorry, this is part of the info that entails casting a whole horoscope. I do provide that service, but not on this writer's forum, and not for free. You can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want serious answers to your questions. Best Regards.
Question: My daughter was born on 03/30/2018 at 9:44 a.m. in Brooklyn, NY. What I found is that Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are in the 8th house. I am extremely worried. Does this mean anything bad?
Answer: Congrats on the baby! Her Sun is in Aries, Ascendant in Gemini, and Moon in Virgo. No, planets in one house or in one zodiac sign are never inherently bad. They can be positive or negative, depending on how they interact with the all the rest in a chart. The 8th house does rule sex and death, but this rarely means physical death, so please don't worry. It's usually a big spiritual change or transformation she will go through when she's an adult. The 8th house is the Scorpio house, no matter what sign she has there, so it means she may be intensely interested in math, she will get to the bottom of anything when she wants answers, and will be strong and independent. This house rules money of the partner, insurance policies, shared real estate, stuff like that. So it's all for much later in her life, probably once she has a partner. Plus I can't cast a whole horoscope here on a group site. But I can assure you that she is safe and she is not going to die, which I think is what scared you.
Mars in the 8th house means she is going to be a strong willed person. She will persist until she accomplishes her goals. I think she will have a corporate career in which she manages other people's money. She may have strong intuition or psychic abilities if she chooses to develop them. Later in life, she could have issues with inheritances, or taxes. She is going to be secretive.
Saturn in the 8th house again gives her responsibilities with joint finances, corporate money, taxes, insurance, and inheritance. She will need a strong stance on justice if she will be trusted to deal with other's finances. She may get divorced and have a big settlement to pay, or marry someone who is a financial burden. But with Pluto, the planet of drastic change and awakening, she will realize this fast and act in her own interests. She can suffer from nightmares, but I think we are still speaking of years in the future. Saturn takes 30 years to go through all the signs of the zodiac, and we have what's called our first Saturn return at 30. It's sort of a judgment point of how far we have come as adults by this age.
She will be bold and enterprising. She has a lot of planets in Capricorn and Aries, so will be a leader in what she does. She will be lively, playful, whimsical. She is going to be aggressive and forceful, but I don't see anything bad about her health. I see what worried you, someone saw aspects called squares to the planets in her 8th house and interpreted it with doom and gloom, but don't listen to that. She's going to be fine. I can always cast a chart if you look for me on Google.
Question: I was born March 22nd, my Dad was born the 23rd. Could negative astrology be why we bump heads all this time?
Answer: Without the birth years, I can't tell if you have the same Sun Sign or not.
Question: I was born 09-07-04, and I see that you talked about how we like natural things. We do like natural things, but because we like natural things we are very healthy. We barely have diseases. Why would you think that we have diseases?
Answer: I wrote that piece in jest. It is Negative Astrology Characteristics, so some negative traits of the signs were exaggerated, in an attempt to soften the blow and make it fun to read. I was suggesting that Virgos worry too much about having health problems, and that it's silly because they usually live such healthy lifestyles. It's humor. I don't think Virgos have diseases, but they can become hypochondriacs if the sign's traits are taken to extremes. All of the sign descriptions were extreme; it was supposed to be a fun piece, so please don't take it so seriously.
Question: I was born 9 Aug 1960 but I'm nothing like a Leo. Could I be taking my moon traits?
Answer: Yes, that's entirely possible. All of the other nine planets in your chart are in astrology signs. Plus there are twelve houses, and they all have three or four meanings. You have a rising sign. The distance between each planet matters. It takes around 12 hours for me to interpret an astrology chart, that's why questions like this are difficult to answer in this question and answer format. If you look on Exemplore.com, I have articles on every Moon sign, with a table so people can find their own. On Letterpile. com, I have a whole series of Venus articles. Between Hubpages.com and Exemplore.com, I have over 100 articles on astrology which explain the basics. If people actually read them, I wouldn't be getting all these questions they are designed to answer.
Question: I was born May 28, 1971, around 6 a.m and am a double Gemini with a Cancer Moon and a ton of planets and in Taurus. I am neither talkative or superficial, however, I find that I do take on a lot of Taurus traits and some Cancer as well. Is that a common thing? I also have Taurus in the 12th house and when I read about it in astrology it sounds so negative and sad but it really resonates to my life experiences. How can I change the negative affects of Taurus in my 12th house?