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The Official Vixen Astrology Guide: Things To Know About Your Sign

Astrology is our survival tool to understanding who we are and the people around us. The world of astrology has the power to open your eyes to a whole new reality and can play a vital role in partner picking or even taking the lead at a new job. Click the pages to read our Vixen Astrology Guide on the pros and cons of your sign, compatibilities and the celebrity women who share your sign!

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Aries (March 21-April 20)

Not only are you a total bad ass and ooze fierceness, but there aren't many other signs who take as big of risks and live as edgy as you do. You have a natural need for challenges and any repetition can kill your soul. You're a total firecracker and even though you like your private time, you can quickly become the center of attention. It's not your fault if other girls take envy. The people that know you  are aware of your gentle kindness and outrageous personality.

You're also a girl on a mission, with as big of dreams and ambition that's too much to hold for the average person. Psh, if you have to wait for anything, there's a problem. With as much energy and tricks as you, any guy would count his lucky stars to pick you as a bed mate.

Cons: Bossy, Moody, Confrontational, Quick tempered, Self-involved

Compatibilities: You can find a true soul mate in your fellow fire signs; Aries, Leo or Sagittarius. Other compatible signs; Libra, and Aquarius and Gemini

Famous Aries Women: Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Kourtney Kardashian, Tami Roman

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Taurus (April 21- May 21)

You're as strong willed and stubborn like the bull you are. Many don't know that you're the sweetheart of the bunch, but you're not afraid to use your horns if needed! You enjoy reaping the rewards of your efforts; usually in some materialistic forms. Taurus ladies, you are flashy! A little self-indulgent? Absolutely. You're all about harmony and tend to achieve that in your personal life, as and you hate hurting the ones you love. You're temperament is cautious, practical and purposeful - far from impulsive.

Cons: Stubborn, extremely materialistic, sometimes you play it too safe

Compatibilities: You can often find harmonious relationships with Virgo, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Pisces and Aries men

Famous Taurus Women: Jessica Alba, Chris Brown, Adele and Janet Jackson

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Gemini (May 22- June 21)

As a Gemini, you're all about intelligence and communication. You take interest in all sorts of things, and love learning something new. The Gemini woman is often sweet and a ball of energy and fun. You take thrill in competition, often because you may think there is none. You're constantly trying to challenge your mental ability and have little patience for those who lack intelligence, or common sense. They may tell you that your two-faced, but that's not true; You just have two sides. One side of you is gentle and a huge social bee, where you really know how to start any party.

Ladies, you can adapt to any environment and that often makes you the light in any room. The other side that many get to witness, is that you can quickly become detached, just like the men of your sign. We've all had some rough experiences with Gemini men!

Cons:  Emotionally detached, Indecisive, Superficial, Inconsistent

Compatibilities: You could mesh well with your fellow Gemini (even though the men are a bit more intense), the gentleness of a Cancer if you don't step all over him. Other signs; Leo, Libra, Aquarius, Aries and Taurus

Famous Gemini Women: Kanye West, Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana

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Cancer (June 22- July 22)

You can be quite a handful as the Cancer woman has a strong emotional nature. You have an affinity for your loved ones and your deeply nurturing and caring. When your girlfriends go through it, you for the most part are their shoulder to cry on; a person of feeling and sensation. If you're a cancer woman, you often ignore your own judgment and rationality, and someone else's reasonable advice, in favor of how you feel. You can care less if you're wrong either! If your all in your feelings, honey, you will act out.

Anyone who knows you will agree that you are one of the best people to connect with if they need advice. You may be private in terms of your own personal issues but friends will turn to you in times of trouble, knowing that your sensitive and compassionate touch will help ease any and all problems.

Cons: Moody, Clingy, Oversensitive, Emotional

Compatibilities: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, or Pisces man

Famous Cancer Women: Lindsay Lohan, LaLa Vasquez, Tia Mowry

 

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Leo ( July 24- Aug 23)

Just like your other fellow fire signs (Aries, Sagg) the Leo woman is a fireball of energy! You're extremely bright and self-motivated. You know exactly what you want and you aim to make an impression in everything that you do; whether it be your love life, work, and personal relationships. As much as you are a people-person, sometimes Leo girls, you can be WAAY too unpredictable. You have the nature to throw people off, and yet still have them intrigued by you. Since you're a generous person, you have that same expectation from others. When you see someone holding back, you find it hard not to dive in and try to change that. Ultimately, you live for a good challenge.

To other people, you can come off a bit of a tyrant, ask more than you can give.

Cons: Pretentious, Domineering, Melodramatic, Stubborn, Vain

Compatibilities:  Aries, Sagg, Aquarius, Gemini

Famous Leo Women:  Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Halle Berry

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Virgo ( August 24- September 23)

You can take some notes from Queen Bey, as Virgo chicks tend to do things properly and meticulously. It doesn't matter how small or large the task, you take pride in how well you do it. You refrain from making impulsive decisions and usually do a little research before diving all in; as you're not so much the big risk taking type.

In your own mind, there's no point in doing anything half-ass, because if so you rather not do it at all. Virgo women, perfection is your thing and your expectations are HIGH! You're well organized and do things like make lists for passtime activities.

Cons: Skeptical, Inflexible, Cold

Compatibilities: Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio

Famous Virgo Women: Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Zendaya Coleman, Keke Palmer

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Libra ( September 24- October 23)

No wonder Kim K loves the limelight; Libra women are social butterflies who adore being the center of attention. You have no trouble in making sound decisions and you're full of brilliant ideas.

Here's a secret: you're the real beauty of the zodiac. It's not by chance that every libra woman you meet will reel in any guy. Even people who don't agree with what you have to say can't resist you and will usually behave on their best around you—as you're simply a nice, with good intentions. Sometimes your actions may say otherwise, but don't worry girls, you're often misunderstood.

Friends love you because you're great with advice and your the mediator to any problems arising in your relationships.

Cons: Superficial, Vain, Indecisive, Unreliable

Compatibilities: Gemini, Aquarius, Leo, Sag

Famous Libra Women: Kim Kardashian, Gwenyth Paltrow, Christina Milian, Amber Rose

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Scorpio ( Oct 24- Nov 22)

Oh to be a Scorpio woman! It's no secret that you are beyond emotional and so often take it to the limits. Although you don't always verbalize it Scorps, you see approval. Men are drawn to you and fortunately you're the most loyal and dedicated sign of them all. But the thing is, you expect the same in return from everyone around you—especially your man. There are definitely no half stepping in your attitude of love. As passionate as you are, you take no prisoners and anyone that crosses you will be subjected to your wrath. And trust, it ain't pretty.

You don't play games when it comes to your heart and vulnerability. You have an idea of love and your expectations are often too high. As you get older, you may need to learn that not everyone is like you in this world—but until then you'll huff and puff until you get your way. You are a head turning sign and strong natured, even in your silence. Admit it too Scorps, you know exactly how to manipulate people to win!

Cons: Jealous, Possessive, Suspicious, Manipulative

Compatibilities: Leo, Aries, Libra and Aquarius men

Famous Scorpio Women: Gabrielle Union, Katy Perry, Ciara

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Sagittarius (Nov 23- Dec 22)

The Sagittarius woman can have the world in the palm in her hands. Not only are you fearless but you're confidence and ability to adapt in ANY environment always makes you the life of the party. So while people are out playing their wallflower roles, you're turning it up, having fun and dancing to your own beat. People love when a Sagg comes around, because you're energy is lively and they know it's a night destined for great laughs. In all aspects of your life you remain 100% positive and nothing seems to stand in your way.

Unlike other women, you believe in your abilities and often prove why you're worth the investment. There aren't many others who have a fiery nature (aside from aries and leos) quite like you. You're a wild card, and men tend to love you as if you're one of the boys. In relationships, they adore your innocent nature and caring heart.

Cons: Blunt, Shallow, Lacks Understanding of Emotions, Lazy, Undisciplined

Compatibilities: Leo, Aries, Sagg, Libra, Aquarius

Famous Sagg Women: Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Tyra Banks

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Capricorn ( Dec 23- Jan 20)

If you're a Capricorn woman, you are fully aware of your abilities and rarely  trust others to finish details, as you like to do it all yourself. You are a true go-getter and all about hard work. Those born under this sign are more than happy to put in full days at the office, realizing that it will likely take a lot of those days to get to the top. That's no problem, since Capricorns are both ambitious and determined: they will get there. Life is one big project for you, and you adapt to this by adopting a businesslike approach to mostly everything they do.

You're practical as well, taking things slowly and being as realistic as possible. Don't have any worries ladies, because you are destined for success, and remain dedicated to your goals.

 Cons: Pessimistic, Secretive, Conceited, Distrusting, Unimaginative

Compatibilities: Virgo, Taurus, Scorpio, Pisces

Famous Capricorn Women: Aaliyah, Michelle Obama, Kristin Cavallari

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Aquarius ( Jan 20- Feb 18)

Want to know the wild card of the bunch? You're a total free spirited and refused to be chained to anything practical or traditional. People love you because you outpour creativity, and when you're with an Aquarius, you never know what you're going to get. One can try to read your mind, but they often won't succeed. The Aquarius woman is extremely independent and can easily come off as detached and unemotional. If a friend catches you in tears over something, it may catch them off guard as you rarely ever let yourself be that vulnerable. Despite your tough exterior, you're a woman who will go out of your way to help others and expect nothing in return.

You love to cheer people up and make them laugh, as you live life freely. The perfect relationship for you is one with no strings attached. Your outlook on sex is completely different from the other ladies of the zodiac, as sex for you is JUST sex. You don't get all of the emotional hoopla behind it all.

Cons: Stubborn, Unemotional, Rebellious, Distant, Sarcastic

Compatibilities: Libra, Gemini, Sagg, Aries

Famous Aquarius Women: Kelly Rowland, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington, Oprah, Alicia Keys

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Pisces (Feb 20- March 21)

You won't find a friend quite as loyal as a Pisces. You will go out of your way to help a friend in need, and will take on their problems and make it your own. This is the weak spot of Pisces because you're often attracted to people with severe problems who desperately need help. This may be just your caring nature, but doing so does more harm than good; and you'll wind up losing your own identity in their situation. As a pisces woman, you always have something exciting in mind and inspired by dreams and real life events. Oh pisces, you're a constant day-dreamer! You can't help but to run off into your imaginary world of happy people and happy endings. Make sure you have people around you to keep you grounded and on the right track!

Cons: Oversensitive, Indecisive, Lazy, Self-Pitying, Escapist

Compatibilities: Scorpio, Cancer, Capricorn, Taurus

Famous Pisces Women: Eva Mendes, Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria

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