bad habits of the zodiac signs

Bad Habits of Each Zodiac Sign

Reveal what Astrology has to say about your bad habits
Stephanie Dempsey

Nobody's perfect -- every horoscope sign has its vices. Fortunately, Astrology provides valuable clues for breaking bad habits. Let's take a cosmic look at ways you can end these patterns and realize your full potential.

Here are some tips for conquering those negative behaviors that get in the way of your ultimate happiness. 

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Rams have a habit of pushing to the front of the line, both literally and figuratively. And while this quality has helped Aries get ahead, it can also compromise their relationships. Putting an animal, child or plant in their care can correct the problem. As soon as this horoscope sign's nurturing qualities are cultivated, their selfishness will diminish.

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Bulls love clutter. Being surrounded by all their possessions gives them a sense of security. It also creates headaches, confusion, and chaos. Storage systems that keep their stuff on display will prevent this horoscope sign from strewing their stuff all over the house. Stacking baskets, glass jars, and open shelving can promote organization.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

While bountifully blessed with the gift of gab, Twins are notoriously bad listeners. A good way to become more attentive is to practice staying silent. At first, Gemini will have a hard time breaking the minute mark. Eventually, however, even the biggest blabbermouth will learn how to button their lips and open their ears.

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

If you've ever wondered how Cancers stay so sweet, take a look at their sugar intake. This horoscope sign loves cookies, candy, and ice cream. An occasional indulgence is fine, but too much dessert can take a toll on waist lines and energy levels. What Crabs are really seeking is oral gratification. Sugar-free gum or dried fruit provides a healthy distraction from candy crunching.

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Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)

The guy who's sitting next to you in the elegant restaurant, shouting to his personal assistant on his cell phone? Probably a Leo. It's only natural that a horoscope sign that is blessed with creativity, charm and wit feels tempted to show off. Actually, this desire to brag is rooted in insecurity. The sooner Lions learn to compliment others, the quicker they'll receive the praise they crave.

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Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

These nit-pickers sometimes compromise their own pleasure for the sake of perfection. Deep down inside, these folks are really sensualists at heart. They need to learn that it is better to feel good than to look good. Allocating a few minutes each day for fun but messy activities like baking or painting can cure Virgos of their fear of filth.

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Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

Librans gave birth to the term "shopaholic". These folks have every credit card known to man. And while their taste is undeniably impeccable, it can get them in trouble at bankruptcy court. What's really at stake here is a quest for beauty. Enjoying simple but inexpensive pleasures like nature walks and museums can quell the urge to splurge.

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Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

Nobody carries a grudge better than this horoscope sign. Unfortunately, hanging on to resentments has a way of crowding out love, happiness and trust. For Scorpions to let go of anger, they must first practice self-care. Getting a massage every month or writing in a journal each day will soften this horoscope sign's heart and enable forgiveness.

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Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Archers have a bad habit of telling the truth. And while these folks have the best intentions, that doesn't take the sting out of comments like, "Gee, those pants make you look fat!" or "Were you drunk when you wrote this report?" The best way for Archers to cultivate tact is through prodigious study. Etiquette books will definitely help this horoscope sign!

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Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

This sign is the original workaholic. Many Capricorns fear that poverty will set in the moment they stop toiling. Keeping a gratitude journal can break this terrible habit. The more Capricorn becomes aware of their non-material blessings, the healthier their behavior will become. No more cutting vacations short for the sake of work!

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Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Water-bearers get into the habit of creating completely self-sufficient lives. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for them to achieve intimacy. Basically, Aquarians are afraid that relationships will compromise their independence. Fortunately, these folks love to experiment. By treating intimacy as an exercise, this horoscope sign can relinquish control for the sake of loving relationships.

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Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20)

As a water sign, it's only natural that Pisces finds comfort in liquids. When those liquids have a high alcohol content, problems can ensue. Naturally, a twelve-step program can be of enormous benefit here. Meditation and yoga can help, too, as they allow Pisces to achieve a healthy sense of nirvana. That's all these Fish are really seeking.

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