Misconceptions about astrology and zodiac signs abound in this day and age, ranging from whether or not it is legit to if someone’s sign is actually the correct sign for them. Within each sign itself, there are common traits of good and bad behavior as well as characteristics that many people tend to fixate upon. It can be too easy to forget that people are more than what their Zodiac sign is and that the common personality traits for each sign aren’t set in stone. There is some borrowing between the signs and each person’s unique upbringing and individualism can help sway someone’s characteristics into a more favorable light. Some traits will strongly apply and others simply won’t.
Each sign has a representative symbol and a common overarching trait, whether it’s positive or negative varies from sign to sign. These first impressions can determine what we think immediately of each sign when we encounter them in our daily lives — regardless of any previous impression we may have already formed of the person. Learning someone’s sign can throw them into a different light — sometimes simply based on our knowledge of that sign. We either connect, disconnect or stay tuned to learn more. To help make things easier, here is a nice list of the five common misconceptions about each sign for both men and women. Enjoy!
24 Aquarius Man: Unemotional, Stubborn, Aloof, Cold And Uncompromising
It can be hard to be an Aquarius man sometimes. Born between January 20 and February 18, Aquarius is represented by the water bearer and — like water — is often very unpredictable. Aquarius men have a hard time interacting successfully in romantic relationships because they have such a difficult time expressing their emotions and connecting with their partners on a level that does not become intimidating. They also tend to be more stubborn and uncompromising because they feel that they have done the research and know that their way is the right way — and will hopefully work with the best end result.
Aquarius men are friendly and deep thinkers that are always studying, watching and learning as they go, following through on something until the very end.
They are dedicated, determined and have the best of intentions at heart. Also — like all men — they can be trained to verbalize their feelings in the right environment. As Cafe Astrology puts it, “Popular and gregarious, some Aquarius men seem to know everyone. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone understands him. His feelings are often hidden and his reactions complex. The prodding questions and indecipherable actions are just part of a game of discovery to find out what his friends really think or feel about people and places.”
23 Aquarius Woman: Unreliable, Demanding, Stubborn, Independent And Uncompromising
The Aquarius woman has a lot in common with the Aquarius man, but — being a woman — she is better able to verbally express her emotions to a certain degree. When she is young and in love, she fears losing her freedom and values her independence to the point where she scares off potential dates. Once she is in a relationship, this drive to stay herself can lead her to have high expectations and come across as very demanding. She is also known for being stubborn and uncompromising. She likes to shock and awe people with her outrageous habits and ideas.
When she settles down and matures a little, the Aquarius woman is loyal to a fault and ready for any kind of adventure. Her stubbornness and uncompromising tendencies will aid her in the business world and she’ll learn to modify her expectations of her partner. According to Speaking Tree, “It is very natural for Aquarius woman to start advising every time when she finds an opportunity. However, she always dislikes being advised. She rarely cares for what other people say about her and will rarely go by them to correct her ways and approach. She is highly stubborn and wishes to stay within her comfort zone irrespective of whatever happens.”
22 Pisces Man: Unreliable, Flighty, Dishonest, Social And Weak
The Pisces man is adaptable but still has a hard time actually fitting into various situations or settings he may find himself. Born between February 19 and March 20, he is represented by the fish. Many find that he is unreliable and flighty in a relationship, which frustrates his partner. Pisces simply has his own way of doing things and values emotions to the point where he lets his own lead him around on a whim. He also appears to be dishonest, super social and weak in many social circles. This occurs because he is a chameleon and able to adapt.
He might appear social and have tons of friends; at his core though, Pisces is a loner and needs that alone time to recharge.
Due to his sensitivity to his emotions, Pisces is more compassionate and understanding of other people's struggles — thus earning him the scornful label of weak. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “Every Pisces man is a man on a mission, and he has to know that when he is gone, he will leave something behind. There are often too many expectations he sets for himself and he can have trouble meeting any of them, getting lost in irrelevant things to avoid dealing with his own inner disappointment.”
21 Pisces Woman: Daydreamer, Fearful, Dual Personalities, Gullible And Aloof
The Pisces woman is a perfect match to the Pisces man, like the opposite side of a coin. She trusts too easily, resulting in her being labeled as gullible and marked as a target. The resulting heartache forces Pisces to build a shell around herself and thus provide the world with a tougher and more aloof exterior. Due to her ability to empathize and feel multiple emotions at once, many people call Pisces bipolar and wonder what is wrong with her. She often fears people’s reactions to her and tends to keep her true opinions and thoughts locked up safely inside.
This eventually results in her being intimidated by intimacy until she is able to find someone understanding and gentle enough to coax her out of her shell. It takes time and patience, compassion and care, to really open her up. According to Love Devani, “Pisces loves to live in a fantasy world of her own a bit too much. She may find herself daydreaming a couple of times a day. It’s a quality that can help her to become more creative but it can definitely backfire. Daydreaming can cause a Pisces woman to lose her focus. It can affect her performance or even her relationship with other people.”
20 Aries Man: Impatient, Angry, Stubborn, Cold and Cruel
Often labeled as one of the powerhouses and darker signs of the Zodiac calendar, Aries is painted in a negative light when he really has a lot of positives going for him. Born between March 21 and April 19, Aries is represented by the ram and leads with his head everywhere he goes. Often labeled as angry, impatient, stubborn, cold and even cruel sometimes, Aries has an uphill battle with his negative traits and first impressions. He is focused and determined, giving him the appearance of stubbornness, coldness and often anger when his impatience battles his will to see a project through to the end.
When a Fire sign becomes angry, everything around him is liable to catch flame and burn along with his wrath, earning him the accusation of being cruel and heartless.
He really doesn’t mean to, but once he gets the job done Aries is magnificent to be around. According to Your Tango, “As an Aries, you enjoy the rush of taking risks. You love to be spontaneous. You put a lot of effort into pursuing what you love, which is why when other signs think of fire, you're at the top of the list. The Ram is the most passionate zodiac sign of them all.”
19 Aries Woman: Aggressive, Loud, Impulsive, Impatient And Insensitive
The Aries woman is an equal powerhouse to her Aries male counterpart. These strengths can be off-putting to many and lead people to label her as aggressive, impatient, loud, impulsive and insensitive. Sometimes the young Aries woman fits these labels all too easily. Once she has found herself and let her fire burn down to glowing embers, she will warm up to us and be a loyal passionate force in our lives. She follows her ideas on a whim and leads with her head, often without thinking about consequences or people’s concerns. She is loud and aggressive so that her opinion is always heard and never taken for granted. She wants to be noticed and strives to create a lasting impression to sear her into our memories forever.
As Speaking Tree puts it, “Often an Aries woman likes to express herself aggressively, in a loud way. If this happens, understand this is her natural side. One good thing about this is that you will instantly get to know what is in her mind. If you give her enough space to work on herself and her emotions, you will find her moving towards resolution easily. This will avoid conflicts and pave way for a peaceful relationship.”
18 Taurus Man: Stubborn, Lacking Initiative, Unimaginative, Lustful And Lazy
Taurus men often get a bad rep when they are actually noticed; the rest of the time they are taken for granted. Born between April 20 and May 20, Taurus is represented by the bull and is very suitably bull-headed in many situations. The most stubborn of all the signs, Taurus likes to get the job done and does it well — giving him a focused drive. When it comes to romance, Taurus can be taken by surprise and lack initiative in many ways as he analyzes the situation and the woman before finally working up the nerve to ask her out.
His passions are fierce, often giving him the hurtful label of 'lustful' when all he wants to do is please his partner.
Since he is an Earth sign, Taurus likes tangible things and doesn’t bother with a lot of airy ideas — leading many to categorize him as unimaginative. When he’s finally worked himself out, he likes to indulge in the fruits of his labor to the point where he gets nothing done and needs new motivations to get up again. According to Your Tango, “When it comes to achieving your personal goals, you sometimes lack the proper motivation and it can be hard for you to remain dedicated.”
17 Taurus Woman: Cold, Fearful, Dislikes Change, Perfectionist And Jealous
The Taurus woman is one of the most nurturing and loving of all the signs. She’s fully capable of managing a home that every man dreams of coming back to at the end of each long workday. She showers her family in affection and attention of every form — from gifts, meals, clean clothes and an organized environment. She works hard and plays hard. Due to her nature, however, she hates change and can stay stuck in a vicious cycle for longer than she should.
She is deeply afraid of being hurt which leads her to become fearful, and her perfectionist ideals can be frustrating for herself and others. When she is unfulfilled in a relationship, she emotionally withdraws and presents a cold exterior. Due to a history of trusting someone only to be burned, she can become intensely jealous — fearful that she will get hurt again. As Astrology puts it though, “Once she sets her heels, the Taurus woman is rooted to the spot in her position, so forget about trying to sway her back to your point of view. You might be surprised by her sense of humor, which can be playful and even shockingly raunchy!”
16 Gemini Man: Unpredictable, Untrustworthy, Unreliable, Inconsistent And Indecisive
Born between May 21 and June 20, Gemini is represented by the twins and thus has a dual personality that can confuse and frustrate many in his life. He is often called untrustworthy, unpredictable, indecisive, inconsistent and unreliable due mainly to their dual nature. Gemini values his freedom and flexibility, making him loathe settling down for long-term or planning out his future in any concrete way that signals captivity to him. Thus he is often unreliable, inconsistent and indecisive because he doesn’t want to hurt his partner’s feelings — but he also doesn’t want to fully commit to something when a more exciting adventure might come up instead.
Due to his intrigue of these adventures when they pop up, he is unpredictable and hard to pin down for dates or whereabouts — making him appear to be very untrustworthy.
Gemini will always loop back around to us if we’re important to him, though. Besides, he likes company on adventures. According to Astrofame, “Geminis are very passionate people and their enthusiasm means they love trying out new things and activities. Although, their passion is at times misconstrued as flakiness. The reality is Geminis have so much vigor and adore focusing their energy on several things, not just one sole activity.”
15 Gemini Woman: Unreliable, Flighty, Unpredictable, Impulsive And Known To Bend The Truth
The Gemini woman is a perfect twin to her male counterpart and is often labeled under the same misconceptions. She values her freedom and strives for the exciting things in life above the bland and boring to the point where she is often titled as unreliable, flighty and unpredictable. When she is happy in a relationship, everything is good with Gemini. When things are going south or become boring, however, she begins to look for fulfillment elsewhere. This can land her in trouble with an affair or a frustrated spouse at home while she is off having wild adventures.
She dives right into things and speaks her mind clearly, often being called impulsive when she is simply being herself. With a Gemini woman in our social and romantic circles, life is guaranteed to never be boring. As Keen puts it, “True to the Twin archetype of your sign, there is another side to you that people don't often see. You would prefer to not be single. You are at your best when you are in a dynamic, yet stable relationship. You prefer a relationship that is caring and tender, and even romantic – but never boring.”
14 Cancer Man: Rigid, Avoids Conflict, Pessimistic, Moody And Weak
Born between June 21 and July 22, Cancer is represented by the crab and is known for his ambitions. The initial first impressions of the Cancer man on strangers isn’t favorable if they know he’s a Cancer; they tend to view him as pessimistic, moody, weak, rigid and avoiding of conflict to the point where everyone is unhappy or his partner up and leaves him in disgust. Since he is in tune with his emotions, Cancer feels more than he lets on, but due to societal pressures on how a man should appear, he keeps these emotions bottled up inside until he explodes.
He wants everyone to be happy so he tries not to rock the boat.
These tendencies all lead to a moody pessimistic Cancer who avoids conflict and appears rigid in his relationships and decisions. If Cancer finds himself in a supportive loving relationship where he feels safe, he can unlock his emotions and truly be himself, amazing his partner with his depth of emotion and understanding. According to Zodiac Fire, “Cancer’s true strength is in their sheer determination and unwillingness to quit when they want something. Their motivation can be inspiring and they possess a mental strength that allows them to push through almost any hardship and not give up.”
13 Cancer Woman: Contradictive, Moody, Wild, Distrusting And Manipulative
The Cancer woman has a lot going for her and is capable of great change while still prioritizing her traditions and personal values. She is the type of woman that every man dreams of marrying and coming home to every night. She is reliable and deeply nurturing, but she is also subject to many misconceptions that have grown from her desire to protect her vulnerable interior and keep herself from being hurt again. She is often called moody due to her sensitive and emotional nature, crazy and contradictory because she values different things than what others value and strives to maintain the peace and avoid pain.
She is distrustful once burned and often manipulative in order to avoid conflict and further pain in her life. If she is in a loving situation where she is safe, Cancer will thrive. According to Elite Daily, “We cancer women do not trust easily. We are terrified of being hurt and try to do everything in our power to keep that from happening. Like the crab that symbolizes our sign, our soft side is usually hidden within our hard exterior. No matter how far we let you into our lives, we maintain a level of mystery.”
12 Leo Man: Arrogant, Self-Centered, Shallow, Bossy And Controlling
Born at the height of summer between July 23 and August 22, Leo is represented by the lion and it is a very fitting symbol for this sign. Leo’s first impression is a fun loving guy, but once we get to know him a bit better and find out that he is actually a Leo, the usual list of misconceptions emerge along with words like arrogant, controlling, shallow, bossy and self-centered.
It’s not his fault that he knows what he likes and gets the job done.
He values looks and is visually attracted first to great beauty, often earning him the accusation of being shallow. He has a strong sense of self-confidence and self-esteem that can intimidate others who wish they had such levels of confidence. Thus they say he is arrogant and self-centered.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “The most important thing to remember about Leo is that his seemingly superficial nature is not superficial at all. The depth of Leo reaches a point in which no compromise has to be made for everyone around him to be happy. He has a difficult task as a leader and a ruler, and he should be respected because of the responsibility that follows, no matter if he is aware of it or not.”
11 Leo Woman: Intimidating, Lazy, Blunt, Indiscrete And Domineering
The Leo woman can join forces with the Aries woman in being intimidating and confidence to the point where they could easily rule the world and everyone around them would just have to deal with that fact. Due to her self-confidence and self-esteem levels, the Leo woman intimidates many people around her in her fearless approach to life and ends up being called such things as lazy, intimidating, indiscrete, blunt and domineering. She knows what she likes and isn’t afraid to speak her mind or take control and have things done her way.
She does have bursts of energy followed by periods of laziness, but so does the powerful lioness that she so strongly represents. When she sets her mind on a task, she lets everyone know what she’s about to do — hence the charge of indiscretion. According to Your Tango, “To other signs, us Leo women might be slightly intimidating but to everyone else, she is one to emulate. A Leo woman inspires us all, as we all yearn to love ourselves in a way that leaves us unafraid to face life head-on. You know, the way a Leo woman naturally does.”
10 Virgo Man: Emotionally Insecure, Critical, Superficial, Annoying And Perfectionist
Virgos are born between August 23 and September 22 and are represented by the virgin though they are not all virgins. In fact, they can be extremely passionate lovers if their interest is fully engaged and they’re in a loving, supportive relationship. He is often called critical, emotionally insecure, superficial, annoying and a perfectionist. Virgo likes things to look a certain way and be done in a certain manner, which can lead many to think of him as only viewing the surface and leaving everything else behind. He can tend toward obsessive-compulsive which is annoying for many people and his habit of criticizing everyone — with good intentions at heart — won’t make him very many friends.
He has trouble convincing himself that he is in love which can lead to emotional insecurity.
According to Zodiac Fire, “Sometimes Virgo can get a bit of a reputation for being anti-social types that despise everyone but the truth is when they are with people that they are genuinely fond of they can actually be a heck of a lot of fun to be around. They’re also capable of sparking some of the most fascinating of conversations too thanks to their sharp intellect.”
9 Virgo Woman: Shy, Weak, Self-Reliant, Critical And Cold
The Virgo woman is often the complete opposite of the Virgo man while still managing to share many similar traits and personality quirks. They are both accused of being critical of others that they do tend toward — but it isn’t done simply to be mean. The Virgo woman is also accused of being shy, weak, self-reliant and cold due to her tendency to not fully understand her own feelings when she falls in love. She needs a man who is more dominant than her to fall in love with her first which can make others think she is weak. She would rather be alone than with someone who makes her life miserable, gaining her the appearance of being far too self-reliant.
When she has reached a point in her relationship where she is silent, and then she is called cold and distant. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “She doesn’t have to do everything on her own, all the time, but she doesn’t seem to understand this. Out of her need to help, she might make her partner feel incompetent or even stupid, and she really needs to be careful not to cross the line in criticizing or contempt.”
8 Libra Man: Selfish, Cold, Indecisive, Childish And Disrespectful
Born between September 23 and October 22, Libra is represented by the balancing scales and he strives to find balance in his life with everything he does — though this often lands him in a pickle of indecisiveness and frustration. Libra is often called childish, disrespectful, cold, indecisive and selfish by those who don’t know him very well or have met a broken, damaged Libra man. He may get a pretty bad rap, but overall we think his intentions are good.
While he can swing from one extreme to the other, generally the Libra man strives for good and to find that perfect sense of balance that is so elusive in life.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “Too much responsibility makes him incredibly indecisive, for he understands what many of us don’t – his responsibility for each decision he makes and the set of consequences that might follow. His ego is bruised and his priorities seem to be shuffled, while he might be lost on his own character and wishes, just out of a need to please others. In order to find peace, this man needs to break all his dependencies, be able to be alone, and leave any image or an opinion people might have about him without fear.”
7 Libra Woman: Insecure, Snobbish, Lazy, Shallow And Angry
The Libra woman has a lot going for her and will give Leo and Aries a run for their money if it suits her plans and purposes, but in general, she would much rather be the power behind the throne than the actual figure wearing the crown. She is prone to working too hard to please others and then getting flack or being called lazy when she finally takes some much-needed self-care time. Since she values appearances, she can be accused of snobbishness or of being shallow, and she is very insecure when in certain relationships or situations. Due to her sign’s strong habit of holding a grudge, Libra can appear to have a deeply angry side that few people ever see.
According to Speaking Tree, “Libra woman will always look forward to balancing the life. This means she will look forward to following a strict schedule in daily routine. Though she will have preferences, likes, and dislikes, she will always love to make a perfect balance. To divide her loyalties equally among all commitments, she will never be willing to compromise with anything and will, therefore, take up the extra stress to attend to everything she feels important and therefore will be highly stressed out.”
6 Scorpio Man: Possessive, Lustful, Bit Of A Weirdo, Insecure And Edgy
Born between October 23 and November 21, Scorpio is represented by the scorpion and is one of the most romantically passionate of the signs — often leading many people to call Scorpio lustful, possessive and creepy. They do tend toward hoarding mentalities, but not when it comes to romantic relationships. They often have difficulty clearly expressing themselves and can land themselves in some pretty big verbal pickles; often with the result that they keep their mouths shut and overthink everything they want to say which can cause others to identify them as insecure.
They do have a dark edgy side which can emerge in the form of cutting sarcastic comments; in general, though, Scorpios are very resourceful and make excellent leaders.
They are unafraid to assume command and tell people where to go. They are fiercely loyal and make the best of friends. According to Horoscope, “Passionate, independent, and unafraid to blaze their own trail no matter what others think, Scorpios make a statement wherever they go. They love debates, aren't afraid of controversy, and won't back down from a debate. They also hate people who aren't genuine, and are all about being authentic — even if authentic isn't pretty.”
5 Scorpio Woman: Jealous, Wicked, Vengeful, Closed Book And Flighty
The Scorpio woman often has a bad reputation due to her strong passionate nature but once we get to know her better, we will find that she isn’t as bad as we feared she would be. Often called jealous — usually by an angry jilted lover — a closed book — because she keeps herself to herself and only lets in the few trusted people — vengeful, flighty and even evil — possibly by that same jilted lover — the Scorpio woman could land the role of a wicked witch on reputation alone if she was aiming for that achievement. In reality, however, she simply knows exactly what she likes and how to get it without a lot of preambles and wasting precious time.
If we had to choose someone to be on our side in a battle, we would definitely pick the Scorpio woman. According to Zodiac Fire, “Part of the reason that it can seem like Scorpio is putting up a wall is because they simply take longer to build up trust with people and they are careful about who they allow into their world. But if you give them time and don’t try to rush them then the wait is more than worth it!”
4 Sagittarius Man: Afraid Of Commitment, Rude, Lazy, Uncompromising And Impatient
Born between November 22 and December 21, Sagittarius is represented by the bow and arrow, signaling strength and accuracy in skills and goals. They have earned themselves something of a nasty reputation which they tend to adhere to for a certain period of time simply because they love to shock people and don’t mind going to any extremes to do so. They often speak their minds in very undiplomatic blunt ways which earn them the title of rude. They like to do things at their ease, resulting in being laid back and partying too much.
Despite their longing for a nice steady relationship, Sagittarius finds it hard to fully commit and ends up flying from relationship to relationship, looking for fulfillment and excitement.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “In general, it is good to keep this man on a distance for a while, until his intentions become clear and his emotions stable. Even though he will enjoy spontaneity and romances that start on a whim, he will have the chance to deepen his feelings only when he has something to fight for. He belongs to the Fire element after all, and it is always important for him to be active and challenged in his passion, on his way to win someone’s heart.”
3 Sagittarius Woman: Cold, A Bit Of An Airhead, Unfriendly, Unfunny And A Party Girl
The Sagittarius woman loves to party and have a good time, but her reputation can often get in the way. Many people see her having fun and doing her own thing and accuse her of being a party girl who is cold, stupid, unfriendly and not at all funny when the reality is so different.
Sagittarius is super friendly to the point where she needs to put up some walls to keep a part of her safe and secure for those vulnerable moments with the one special person in her life. She knows how to crack a joke but her sense of humor is of a level beyond many other people. She is incredibly smart but chooses to save that to wow unbelievers.
According to Astrology, “A Sagittarius woman is a blast to spend time with – if you can keep up with her, that is. She tends to have a lot going on, all the time. She honestly means it when she says she’ll make time for you, and she can be a true-blue lover and friend, but try not to take it too personally if she gets caught up in her own whirlwind. Be patient and trust that the wild Sagittarius wind will blow that fiery filly back your way, one day.”
2 Capricorn Man: Boring, Greedy, Ruthless, Stubborn And A Workaholic
Born between December 22 and January 19, the Capricorn man is represented by the goat and has a sturdy reputation for responsibility and hard work that often leads many people to describe him as boring and a workaholic. His priorities are always carefully planned out and he knows what he wants out of life so he works toward those goals with single-minded focus, often to the expense of the relationships in his life if he isn’t careful.
Called greedy, ruthless and stubborn for this singular focus, the Capricorn will make his riches and bask in the fruits of his labor at the end of the day when all is said and done.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “It is not easy to understand a Capricorn man. He seems to be cold and distant, way too rational and critic, but we rarely stop to realize that he is actually afraid of failure, strict toward himself and always trying to remain in control. He doesn’t want to make a mistake, for he understands the consequences of any action better than anyone else. This makes him cautious, careful not to challenge karma and focused on himself and the practical goals that give him the idea he has life under control.”
1 Capricorn Woman: Suspicious, Pessimist, Moody, Cold-hearted And Her Own Worst Enemy
The Capricorn woman is a perfect copy of her male counterpart in many ways yet she manages to have her own positive and negative characteristics to set herself apart from him and the rest of the crowd. She is often called suspicious, pessimistic, cold-hearted, moody and fully capable of being her own worst enemy. Many of these accusations stem from the fact that she keeps a tight grip on her emotions, never lets them get out of hand and focuses on the task ahead of her to the point where she has successfully run it into the ground and conquered it before moving onto the next challenge.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “In most cases, she will choose her partner wisely, with a lot of thought, and she will not make the ‘wrong’ decision. Her sense of responsibility can be such a strong priority, that she won’t allow herself to take any risks, always choosing the safe thing to do and the safe partner to be with. This can make her deeply unsatisfied, but she won’t be able to understand that there is no room for rational decisions when love is in question, no more than there is room for brain in matters of the heart.”