The signs of the zodiac can be an interesting signpost to our personalities, and a way to understand if you’re going to be compatible with someone. Many wonder which is the best zodiac sign, but the truth is, this can depend on many things, including the zodiac sign of the person asking.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the main traits of each of the 12 signs of the zodiac, good and bad, as well as the elemental properties.
Find Out What Your Zodiac Sign Means
If you’re looking to find the best zodiac sign in terms of compatibility for your personality, it helps to understand the common traits of each of the 12 signs. It’s also useful to understand that each zodiac sign is also grouped under the elements: fire, earth, air and water.
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
As the name implies, earth signs tend to be down to earth and practical. They like to have a schedule and be organised, in both their life and work.
Earth people are also very faithful, and expect the same in return. If an earth person loves you, they’ll love you with all their heart.
If you need a job done properly, ask an earth person. They’re perfectionists and they like to get results.
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Those born under air signs tend to be both creative and intelligent, with a great capacity for absorbing information. They tend to be quite idealistic and full of ideas, although they are also fickle so they change their minds often.
Although they are social creatures, they can find it hard to connect with others emotionally. They value freedom and can sometimes find relationships stifling.
Aries, Leo, Saggitarius
Full of energy, creative and energetic, fire people can be quite the performer and often strive to be the centre of attention. However, they tend to work well with all of the other elements despite their sometimes unpredictable nature.
Fire signs are also very outspoken and blunt, which can be both a blessing and a curse in equal measure.
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
The water signs tend to be emotional and sensitive, often with a strong spiritual side. Being so sensitive, water people can be good at empathising with others, but can also find it hard to socialise.
Water people are generally quite balanced and happy, but can also find that they bear the world’s pain heavily, although they may not outwardly show it.
What Your Zodiac Sign Means For Your Personality
Although the elements have a strong bearing on the traits of each sign of the zodiac, of course the 12 signs are strongly unique. If you’re wondering which are the most hated signs of the zodiac, or which is the nicest sign of the zodiac, this list may have your answer.
The first sign of the zodiac which comes as no surprise as they love to be competitive. Aries people are clever, focused and optimistic. These traits can be manifested as both the best and the worst of someone, but can also cause them to be unliked, sometimes quite strongly, by others.
To add to these strong qualities, Aries people also have a short temper and they don’t suffer fools gladly. It’s unlikely that Aries will be winning the prize for the nicest sign of the zodiac any time soon…
If you’re looking for someone you can trust and who will stick by you through thick and thin, choose a Taurus. Taureans are known for their loyalty to both friends and lovers and they can be incredible fun once you get to know them, which could make them the best zodiac sign for some.
They tend to be honest, smart and hardworking too. Their focus on getting the job done has also earned Taureans a reputation for being stubborn and hard headed, which isn’t an unfair assessment. However, Taurus is also always looking for the truth, so that stubbornness isn’t set in stone.
The sign of the Twins, Gemini’s are known for their lust for life, their seemingly boundless energy and their optimism. Gemini is most at home in social situations, so much so that they can be social butterflies, they adapt well to different social situations and love to talk and chat. This manifests itself in one of the negative traits of a Gemini in their love of gossip, rumours and being a little two faced at times.
Perhaps unfairly, Gemini seems to often be perceived as the most hated zodiac sign, perhaps for their quick temper and perceived two faced nature. However, this is usually down to their social nature and their attempts to please everyone, rather than outright malice.
One of the most emotional and spiritual signs of the zodiac, Cancers are fantastic friends and lovers, and are also strongly maternal (or paternal). Despite this, they can appear cold and abrupt as they dont enjoy small talk and prefer to avoid forced social encounters such as large parties.
Cancers are also very creative, and as mentioned, they’re often very in touch with their spiritual side. Even for non-spiritual Cancers, they may approach life with the view that there is so much more than meets the eye.
Born leaders, Leos are bold, hard working, charismatic and fiercely intelligent. With such a strong personality, and the high self esteem that goes with it, Leos can sometimes be perceived as arrogant, although often unfairly. Leos understand their worth and the value of their time, and they’re not afraid to put themselves first to get what they want. They’re also very honest, sometimes too much.
In relationships, Leos are passionate and fiery, but make excellent friends. They’re incredibly generous and like to make fabulous shows of affection. To their close friends, families and lovers, perhaps this makes them the best zodiac sign…
Characterised by being fantastically organised and presentable, Virgos are hard workers and love to plan and strategize their work and their life. They like both themselves and their environment to look good, which can become an obsession. Virgos are also kind and graceful, which can make them seem shy sometimes, but once you’ve made friends with a Virgo you’ll see their best side.
Their fastidious nature and penchant for worry can aggravate some, although this is just the Virgo way of organising their life. Most Virgos would also prefer a quiet night in, as opposed to a big night out. However, Virgos are normally in the shortlist for nicest zodiac sign.
The peacemaker, Librans like to keep harmony and balance among their friends and colleagues. One of the strengths of this sign is the ability to see everybody’s point of view and to mediate between parties. They get on well with all sorts of other people, although they can sometimes be accused of being overly pragmatic with romantic relationships.
Being the scales doesn’t always work however, and the Libran can sometimes find themselves missing out just to keep others happy. However, Librans are creative and inspired, although they can be quite fickle and indecisive too, which frustrates many people.
On the one hand, Scorpios are fiercely independent, honest and loyal, but on the other, they can be obstinate and very closed minded. Like a scorpion, their outer shell can be hard to penetrate, but once you’ve made friends with a Scorpio you’ll find them to be intensely loving and loyal.
Scorpio loves to live life, and enjoys both good company and good times. But, if you cross them, there is definitely a ‘sting in the tail’, and they can be a formidable enemy. Although Scorpio isn’t often seen as the most hated zodiac sign, there are definitely some traits that many would choose to avoid.
Adventurous and creative, Saggitarians are often explorers or leaders. They love to travel and indulge their creative urges by reading or watching movies, or even trying to make their own! Saggitarians can also be very independent, and are happy to go and do things their way, or on their own. This adventurous nature translates well to the world of work, with many business leaders being Sagittarian.
Sagittarians are often honest and forthright, which is often perceived as being tactless or crass. But they also keep secrets well and are very loyal and loving.
Being hardworking, and great with sticking to the rules and instructions, makes Capricorns excellent at many professional challenges. When it comes to building a career, or anything else goal oriented, Capricorns have the ability to put their head down and go for it – and they’ll most likely succeed. However, with this drive to succeed, they hold people to their own high standards and can be hard on both themselves and others who let them down, which can put them at odds with some.
The Capricorn tends to be detail focused, and less creative, but they’re also happy to learn new skills. Some people might find Capricorns too stuffy or even boring in their laser like focus, often accusing them of being the most boring of the zodiac signs. But they often have a wicked sense of humour and a great way with words, especially in social situations.
Often perceived as intelligent and humanitarian, Aquarians are great warriors for both social justice and the environment. As such they make great listeners, diplomats, leaders and innovators, with many of the world’s most famous visionaries being born in Aquarius. They often see the best in people, and are great at encouraging others to achieve their potential.
Their struggle for a better world can often be perceived as arrogance, for example if your opinion doesn’t meet their standards. If an Aquarius sees the opportunity to do something else that they believe is more worthwhile, they can also be accused of dropping or ignoring previous commitments, much to the frustration of those around them.
This sign is very creative, often with a very strong sense of intuition that can be borderline psychic. In fact, Pisces is another of the zodiacs most spiritual signs, although they couple this with a wonder for the physical world too. Their minds can straddle the creative and the technical with great ease, which can also lead others to accuse Pisces of being dreamers.
With this comes a problem relating to people, or opening up emotionally. Pisces people can often be quite closed to others, bottling up their emotions in an unhealthy way which can manifest itself in addictions or depression.
Which is the best and worst zodiac sign?
As we’ve seen, all zodiac signs have pluses and minuses, making it tricky to say which is categorically the best or worst. Although Gemini might be perceived as being short tempered and two faced, they also make great friends and listeners and the life and soul of the party. And although Saggitarius might be seen as creative and humorous, they can be loud mouthed and tactless.
What this means is that there is no definite answer for which is the best or worst zodiac sign!