The Cambridge Dictionary defines a stereotype as “a set idea that people have about what someone or something is like, especially an idea that is wrong.”
Stereotypes are prevalent throughout our society, creating both positive and negative opinions of races, cultures, countries, and various other groups of people. In some cases, these opinions are based in reality, built upon facts that have collected over years, however, as the Cambridge Dictionary definition pointed out, there are also many situations where these opinions are nothing more than unfounded myths.
The Zodiac is another way that we classify different groups of people, creating groups of like characteristics, personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. This provides another opportunity for stereotypes to be formed, painting an image of how any one zodiac sign acts.
Here we will debunk the most common myth associated with each stereotype:
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Myth: Aries actively seek out conflict.
While the ram is known for holding their own when they are confronted, they don’t generally ENJOY the battle when they are in the midst of it. What most people see, from the outside, as a desire for conflict is really their need for respect. If you respect an Aries, you will have no problems, however, if you cross an Aries they will stand up for themselves, those they love and what they believe.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Myth: Those born under the sign of Taurus are inherently lazy.
To the outside world, the Taurus is often seen as someone who is sitting back, enjoying the luxuries in their life. What you can’t see from the outside is the blood, sweat, and tears that Taurus has put into earning these very luxuries. They have a very high work ethic and will put in the time, energy and effort to allow themselves to enjoy the finer side of life.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Myth: Geminis lack any sense of morals.
Gemini is highly adaptable in any situation that they may encounter. They don’t view the world as black and white as others may, but instead as a spectrum of gray. It is this open-minded way of viewing the world around them that creates the belief that they lack morals. It’s not that they don’t have morals, just that their idea of morals is far more open to interpretation.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Myth: Cancers are oversensitive and emotionally weak.
There is no denying that Cancers are overly emotional individuals, but that doesn’t mean that they are weak. The truth is that their ability to embrace their emotional side actually makes them stronger, allowing them to work through a variety of situations, accepting the emotions that come with them and persevering regardless of what life may throw at them.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Myth: Leos are incredibly self-centered and egocentric.
There is a solid confidence and power in the demeanor of a Leo. It is this confident persona that leads many to believe that they are egocentric – unwavering and unrelenting, confident in who they are and what they have set out to do. Leos are actually incredibly sensitive under this hard demeanor and incredibly conscious of the opinions of those around them.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Myth: Virgos are antisocial, hating on everyone around them.
While Virgo may give off the impression that they don’t like anyone around them, it isn’t that they are completely antisocial, but rather that they are highly selective about who they want around them. They aren’t about to waste their time and effort on just anyone. However, if you can earn a spot in their inner circle they are a lot of fun to be around.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Myth: Libras are inauthentic and fake individuals.
Libras are actually incredibly honest and focused on the well-being of everyone around them. They are natural mediators, desiring nothing more than to keep everyone happy. They will rarely tell a lie, and if they do it will only be a small ‘white lie’ in order to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. They highly value the truth and figuring out how to make sure that it stays on the forefront while still sparing the feelings of everyone involved.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Myth: Scorpios are cold and distant.
While it may appear that a Scorpio is cold and distant towards everyone that they encounter in their life, this couldn’t be further from the truth. It takes time and effort for Scorpio to build trust in someone, but once they have that trust there is nothing that they wouldn’t do for their friends. They are incredibly loyal, beyond trustworthy and surprisingly open with those that they hold dear.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Myth: They are always on the go, with no end to their energy.
Sagittarius are known as the energizer bunny of the zodiac to many, however, even the energizer bunny has their lows. Highly upbeat, bubbly and fun to be around, they are always the life of the party, however, they still need their down time to rest and recharge. Their need to recharge is often missed as their ‘me’ time is often private and out of the public eye. They are far more balanced in their highs and lows than most people give them credit for.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Myth: Capricorns are overly serious and hate to have fun.
Often seen as workaholics, Capricorns aren’t afraid of hard work, in fact, they embrace the effort and commitment that goes into a job well done. However, this dedication to their work doesn’t mean that they are serious, boring and dull. If you take the time to get to know a Capricorn and befriend them you will find that there is a fun, happy and interesting personality behind the mask of seriousness and hard work.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Myth: Aquarius are cold and detached, incapable of deep feeling.
Deep down Aquarius are incredibly loving and compassionate; however, this doesn’t always translate well to those around them. The reason that this often fails to be seen is that Aquarius are not quick to verbalize what they are feeling. When they don’t communicate these deeper feelings, they go unnoticed, lost in the shuffle. If you take the time to ask enough questions, and Aquarius will open up and allow others to glimpse their true feelings.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Myth: Pisces are crazy and unpredictable.
While others, who are more down to earth in life, may see the mind of a Pisces as crazy or wild, this is only because they have a very unique and different perspective about the world around us. They are optimistic, upbeat and passionate about life. Their biggest flaw is that there are times that they spent too much time living in their dreams, which can lead to them forgetting about reality.