We all know that stereotyping is harmful. When we stereotype, we can make a bad decision that can have negative consequences. When we rely on stereotypical traits, we don’t make our own judgments about a person and we often don’t get to know who they really are.
We think we know someone because “that’s the way those people are.” It doesn’t matter if those stereotypical traits were ever true because you’re not dealing with someone as an individual.
When studying astrology, whether to understand yourself or a loved one better, it’s best to use the information as a guide. Yes, each sign may have similar traits, but everyone is still unique. Here are the typical stereotypes of each zodiac sign:
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Stereotype: They don’t care about risks and have a nasty temper.
Reality: Aries are adventurous and courageous without being foolhardy.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Stereotype: They are stubborn to the point of insanity. They are also so lazy and love food so much that they spend a lot of their time eating in bed.
Reality: While they can be stubborn, they also can admit when they are wrong. Taurus do love good food, but they love all the comforts of home. When they are working, they are very determined and focused.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Stereotype: They have a split-personality which makes them two-faced and flaky.
Reality: Geminis are excellent at seeing a situation from all sides, which gives them to ability to adapt and thrive in almost every situation.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Stereotype: They are so emotional that they border on the edge of psychologically unstable.
Reality: Cancers are empathetic and compassionate. They are familiar with all the feels and understand what others are going through.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Stereotype: Leos are stage hogs who have to be the center of attention at all times. Their only concern is for themselves.
Reality: They are actually very generous, warmhearted and caring. They love people, period.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Stereotype: Virgos are neat freaks who will chew off your head if you drop a crumb on their couch. They’d be annoying… if they had any personality.
Reality: Virgos are really intelligent and love helping people solve problems. Once they feel comfortable with someone, their energy is contagious and inspiring.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Stereotype: An indecisive and annoying jellyfish, they hate confrontation so much they won’t stand up for anybody or anything.
Reality: Libras value truth and justice above all else, and they will fight for those things they believe in. Of course, they’ll try to find less contentious solutions if they can; if not, they’ll confront a problem head-on.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Stereotype: Scorpios are sex fiends who will try anything, no matter how perverse, if it will give them a sexual thrill.
Reality: While Scorpios do love sex, they are also about sensuality and passion. They throw themselves mind, body, and soul into anything they feel passionate about.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Stereotype: Flaky people who can’t stay in one place very long, they are unstable, unreliable, and can’t form lasting relationships.
Reality: It’s not that Sagittarians are commitment-phobes, they just really enjoy meeting new people and going to new places; traveling feeds their soul.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Stereotype: Capricorns are rigid and unfeeling with a constant stick up their ass.
Reality: Capricorns have many emotions, it’s just that they are so busy working and getting things done, expressing what they might be feeling isn’t at the top of their list.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Stereotype: They are cold bastards who don’t give a damn about anything or anyone.
Reality: Aquarians have huge hearts and will do whatever they can to help somebody out. They are great humanitarians.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Stereotype: They are crybabies who are so wrapped up in their own crap that they don’t have the bandwidth for anybody else.
Reality: Pisces are surprisingly chill. They are always there when someone needs to vent. Pisces use their emotions as inspiration for creative projects.