How the signs navigate adulthood

How the signs navigate adulthood

There’s no rulebook to adulthood, but this astrological primer might be the next best thing.

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Every sign walks through life a little differently. Whether you’re a sprightly Gemini, a stubborn Taurus, or a moody Scorpio, it affects the way you see the world.

Growing up isn’t just self-improvement, but growing in self-awareness — embracing your strengths, understanding what makes you tick, and recognizing the psychological blinders you’ve put in your way. Here’s a quick rundown of the things each sign needs to know themselves better and get through early adulthood with as few hitches as possible.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

As the most headstrong of the signs, you make for the perfect go-getter. Paired with your natural spunk and charm, this makes you nearly unstoppable. You blaze your way through the world, not always caring whom you burn along the way.

Never lose that badass charm, but keep your stubbornness in check and try to see things from other points of view. Stop fighting everybody; it’s not always worth it.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Like a bull, you charge into the world, intent on reaching all the goals you’ve set for yourself. Your love for material rewards comes in handy, too, because it pushes you to work harder.

However, you really tend to be stubborn. You’re the most likely sign to believe your own PR. Realize that not everybody sees things the same way as you do and that doesn’t immediately make them wrong.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Geminis get a lot of flak for being all over the place, but really the world would be far duller without you. You’re the life of every party. Communication is an inborn skill for Geminis, so you’re fantastic at presenting ideas and building rapport with everyone you meet.

Sometimes, though, you are all over the place. Learn to keep your thoughts in order and not talk people’s faces off, and you’ll do great.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Your creativity comes in handy at the workplace, whether or not you decide to work in a creative industry. You’re great at channeling your emotions into work. This sounds like it’s just a coping mechanism but it’s actually one of your greatest strengths.

You need to learn to communicate more openly because you clam up when faced with criticism or conflict, thinking people are out to hurt you. Newsflash: Not everyone is.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Being a charming egotist, you naturally draw attention to yourself and your talents. You so easily give the impression that you’re sure of yourself even when, deep down, you aren’t always so confident. People remain in awe of you, and you revel in it.

But life is an ensemble production, and you can’t always be the star. Learn that sharing the spotlight with other people doesn’t necessarily diminish your shine.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Virgos love two things: taking care of people and maintaining order. People often turn to you for advice or comfort and you’re always grounded enough to hold their hand through it and set them straight.

Especially in work settings, it’s admirable that you’re so fussy about the details, but don’t let these consume your life. Not everything is worth the trouble you’re willing to go through. Relax your perfectionism, or you’ll die.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Libras value harmony, and understand that their actions don’t happen in a vacuum, and inevitably affect everyone around them. As someone who knows how to weigh out differing perspectives, you’ll find yourself great at conflict resolution.

However, because you spend so much time examining every point of view, you tend to become indecisive. This will frustrate those around you, especially prospective romantic partners. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge, then figure things out from there.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Scorpios are innately passionate individuals. You love to hide your intense emotionality beneath a polished, opaque exterior. This emotional impenetrability comes in handy in situations where you’re under pressure to deliver, but bottling up your emotions can become terribly unhealthy.

You have this fear of talking about your feelings; unlearn it. Not everyone can read your mind as well as you can read theirs. So tell them what you’re thinking. It makes things simpler for everyone.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Your sense of adventure will have you craving to do something a little different everyday. Embrace these mercurial tendencies — after all, Sags just want to have fun — but learn to appreciate small doses of stillness and routine. In the real world, not every day can be an adventure.

You have this natural warmth that draws people to you. Use this to your advantage whether in personal or professional relationships.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

The mountain goat’s determination is unparalleled. Let that guide you, but don’t let it destroy you. Delegate work instead of hoarding it for yourself, just because you don’t think you can trust others to do it right.

Don’t forget to nurture personal relationships amidst work, or you’ll wake up one day and realize you’re alone. You’re great at fixing other people’s problems, but sometimes you have to be reminded to take your own advice.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius is an intellectual sign, one that cares deeply about making the world a better place. You insist on living your life with purpose, trying to see ways the world around you can be improved.

You love being honest — but sometimes too honest. Learn to temper that frankness because it can get in the way of your goals. Your intellect can also make you somewhat detached emotionally. Remember that it’s good to feel things, sometimes.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Because of your sensitivity to people’s emotional needs, a Pisces makes for the perfect “office mom.” But who cares for the caregiver? Find out. You will want to be flexible to accommodate others, but figure out when it’s time to stand your ground, because you can’t always be a martyr.

Every Pisces is a dreamer and will want for so much in the world. Know that you can achieve your dreams, but you have to start moving instead of just ruminating on it all the time.

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