Sure, your astrological sign influences your sex drive and what workout you might be most likely to stick to this season, but it also shapes how you tend to handle your anger. What’s that? You never get angry? Suuure you don’t, Libra. Or maybe you actually tend to fly off the handle at a moment’s notice and then get over it rather quickly? Hey, what’s up, Aries! See. It’s so real.
Here, your temper summed up in one word, based on your zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21–April 19)
As a fire sign, ruled by Mars, the planet of action, an angry Aries are unpredictable and tend to get really friggin’ heated—and mean. The good news is that you’re also pretty damn impulsive and move at such a rapid pace with everything in your life that you don’t tend to stay angry for very long. Whew!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Because Taurus is associated with Venus, the planet of beauty and romance, those born under this sign tend to want to keep the peace. Mix that up with their tendencies to be super-stubborn, it’ll probably take you a while to actually lose your cool. But when you finally do, those in your path better watch out, cuz you will dig your heels in.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
As an air sign with a rapid pace thought process, you tend to be impetuous and lose your shit completely out of the blue, scaring the pants off of whoever the target of your ire happens to be. As master communicators, you’ll go for the juggular with snippy language that can feel especially cruel to someone who’s sensitive and takes your words to heart.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Since Cancer is ruled by the maternal moon, which is associated with our emotional selves, you’re not really one to lash out right away, but you will retreat “into your shell” and make a point to block out, well, everyone, but especially whoever’s pissing you off. That said, if something extremely dear to you (your family, your kid, your home team!) is threatened, you’ll most definitely fight to defend it.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Ruled by the confident sun, Leos are usually happy-go-lucky, positive people, but question your loyalty, leadership, or mess with your loved ones, and you’ll freak TF out. You are a fire sign after all. And you tend to believe—no, know—you’re the kween, so all that self-focus often prevents you from seeing things from your adversary’s perspective. A little empathy can go a long way to making sure all your roaring is justified.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Associated with the sixth house of service and communciator Mercury, cerebral Virgos are innately people pleasers. So, you’ll likely avoid getting angry or being involved in a conflict. That said, if you do get pissed off, you’ll throw all of your information-gathering energy and smarts into launching a logical but likely very critical attack, nipitcking your opponent ’til they just can’t take it anymore.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
As an air sign ruled by Venus, the planet of love, and associated with the seventh house of partnership, your nature is to keep things in balance, so giving into anger is the last thing you want to do. So, when you are agitated, you resist and attempt to brush things under the rug. But eventually, you’ll end up expressing your displeasure in the form of resentment, annoyance, or even biting language delivered in a backhanded way.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
As an emotional water sign, you just can’t avoid being dramatic, but the way you express your anger is anything but loud. Nah, on the contrary, you rage on the inside and outwardly freeze out the target of your fury, giving them a silent treatment like they’ve never experienced. Once you finally address the situation, you’ll choose your words very carefully and make sure they sting. Then, you’ll hold a grudge forever. Ouch.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Associated with the ninth house, which involves adventure and philosophy, Sagittarians are generally free-spirited, maybe a bit rebellious even, and high-minded. But if you feel like you’re being prevented from doing your thing or like your way of doing things is being questioned, you’ll strike in a fiery way that catches others off-guard—usually by mouthing off in a way that’s 100 percent unfiltered and way too honest.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
As a hardworking, grounded earth sign, you would really prefer to avoid any emotional nonsense that’s a distraction from reaching your goals. But if someone’s threatening your professional advancement or pushing you in a direction that you’re not comfortable with, there will be hell to pay. You’ll get extra uptight, grumpy, and go into a whole, lecture-y rebuke. In other words, you’re like the most pissed off professor on campus.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
As an air sign, you’re usually all about being friendly, easy-going, “live and let live,” but Aquarius is also ruled by Uranus, the planet associated with sudden change. So you have the tendency to hold back from from expressing yourself for too long, allowing negative emotions to build up, and laying the foundation for a nasty temper tantrum that can strike out-of-the-blue. Oof.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
The greatest empaths of the whole zodiac, Pisceans—associated with the twelfth house of spirituality—would prefer to write angsty poetry, hole up in bed, or engage in some form of escapism (getting high, binge-watching Game of Thrones, or both at the same time) than face a conflict. One of the most common emotional traps for a Pisces is turning your anger inward and ending up depressed. Best case scenario: You give yourself time to do your moody blue thing, and then talk it out.