When life and love get messy, people often look to astrology for comfort. According to astrology, your personality is influenced by the positioning of the sun at the time of your birth, and it can determine your fate (or, at least, your next steps). Are you a lonely Leo looking for love? Don’t worry—there’s a social Sagittarius out there waiting for you!

But while you may find relief in believing that your fate is in the stars, you shouldn’t ignore the zodiac’s dark side. See, each sign is assigned certain character traits, and they’re not always flattering. If left unchecked, you could be doing yourself—and your love life—more harm than good…

Aries (March 21-April 19): Just like the ram that symbolizes your fire sign, you are known to be bold and courageous, Aries. You take the initiative, and when you see a challenge, you lower your head and charge right at it. But that can have its consequences…

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See, taking challenges head-on works great—until people are in your way. Then, all that energy and enthusiasm you need to tackle problems can quickly become explosive. You won’t hesitate to turn to seething anger, rage, and even violence. Yikes!

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Taurus (April 20-May 20): Do people call you “down-to-earth?” Well then you just might be a Taurus, perfectly represented by an earth sign! Sure, change might frighten you, but you’re dependable and the pinnacle of stability. Still, you aren’t perfect…

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In fact, you hate change so much that you can become stubborn and bullish (see what we did there?). You’re also a bit possessive. You might cherish material things, but you’ll need to be careful about assigning sentimental value to everything… lest you find yourself on an episode of Hoarders.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): How does it feel to be born under the air sign of “light-minded intellectualism?” Not bad, Gemini! You don’t take things too seriously—you like to go with the flow. Like most things, however, there’s a flip side…

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Those born under the sign of the twins can be a bit, well… two-faced. You like gossip, for instance, and you have this nasty habit of talking behind people’s backs. Thankfully, you can woo them back with your charm!

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Cancer (June 21-July 22): Being a Cancer means you’re in touch with your emotional and sensitive side. You’re usually the one people turn to when they need to share their worries. With all that love and care, however, comes a sort of sick complex…

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You’re so in touch with your emotions and those of the people around you that you begin to rely on it. Everyone owes you. In your own eyes, you’re a martyr, a symbol of strength and power. People depend on you—and you thrive on it. Just don’t let it make you crabby, Crab!

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Leo (July 23-August 22): To a Leo, life is like a box of chocolates—something best tackled by yourself. Your achievements are your own, and you’re successful by honoring your own instincts and values. Way to have integrity! Of course, even that has its costs.

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If you could stare in a mirror all day long, you would. With that lion-like pride comes the need to be center stage and for people to see how much you’ve achieved. Like a plant absorbs light, you absorb the watchful eyes of your audience. You’re a star and you crave attention, much to the annoyance of those around you.

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Virgo (August 23-September 22): It’s all about the details for you, Virgo. And of course, it needs to be. Work, school, beauty—everything needs scrutiny, and that’s how you’re able to work so efficiently and effectively. But have you forgotten that the devil hides in details?

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Not much gets past you if you’re born under the sign of The Maiden, and that can mean you’re a bit controlling. Personal control is your drug; order is your high—and it can kind of upset the people you’re working with.

Libra (September 23-October 22): You’re all about the balance, Libra. You might as well have the scales of justice tattooed on your back—you’d refer to it all the time. You do what you think is right after weighing the facts. Nothing defies logic. Except, well, maybe you…

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Sometimes you can take the whole over-analyzing gimmick into places you shouldn’t. You might not indulge in violence or hatred or any evils of the world, but that doesn’t mean you don’t know what it would take to let out your inner demon.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Oh, dear Scorpio, what are your secrets? Bah, what’s the use? You wouldn’t dish ’em anyway! Deep down, you’re as complex and passionate as humans get… you just keep it locked up tight. That, however, can prove to be problematic…

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See, you’re passionate about some really dark stuff. You’re drawn to that which also repulses you. Tragedy? Murder? From your vantage point in the back of the room, it all looks so deliciously fascinating. But you know better than to talk about that…

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Like the archer, you’re forever looking toward the horizon, Sagittarius. You love striving for—nay, achieving!—the unreachable, and you blaze your own trails to get there. That can get you into some trouble, though…

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Born beneath a fire sign, your lofty goals and self-paved trails promote imagination. This grand vision inspires people to follow you… like, really follow you. Before you know it, you could be leading a cult. Careful about all that wanderlust, pal.

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19): You’re the living embodiment of the ideal interview candidate, Cap. You’ve got drive, spunk, and energy. You get stuff done and leave nothing unfinished. And that leaves other people caught in your headlights…

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What happens when an energetic, ambitious, and determined person like you meets someone who, well… isn’t? You crush them. Without empathy. After all, you’re just doing what anyone would do—leaving no task unfinished. What could go wrong?

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Understanding makes the world go ’round, and you know it, Aquarius. Quiet and contemplative, you tackle problems the way you’ve determined is best, even if it means being a bit unconventional. Or a lot unconventional…

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See, when you know there’s a problem, and you know how to fix it, you tend not to care about how other people would fix it. In other words, you forget all about feelings. Your reason will prevail, but if you forget to tap into your empathetic side, you can look a bit sociopathic.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): Born beneath the sign of the fish, you’re like the Grinch after he stole Christmas and then returned it—your heart’s enormous! You sacrifice for others and you’re on a lifelong quest for meaning. Emotion reigns supreme with you, Pisces, but that can have a downside…

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Being constantly involved with your emotions means people don’t always see you as the brooding heartthrob you might idealize. More often than not, you’re the emotional train wreck of your friend group, and you become saddened easily. Keep your chin up—and keep swimming!

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Do you identify with any of these interpretations—both good and bad? Your zodiac sign’s description might not fit you perfectly, but you’ve got to admit you share some of its darkest qualities sometimes!

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