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Your Greatest Strength (Which Is Your Biggest Weakness), Based On Your Zodiac  

Lauren Poe
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All things in moderation. This sage wisdom can certainly apply to personality traits. Life is tough, though, and maintaining personal balance isn’t always as easy as it seems. We often think of the good and bad traits of each zodiac sign as being different items in two columns, but we’re going down a less traveled path. Here, we’re going to take a look at the two sides of each stellar coin and how the zodiac signs' greatest strengths can also be their most devastating downfalls. Even things we always think of as positive, such as confidence or ambition, can have their dark sides.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Your Greatest Strength (Which Is Your Biggest Weakness), Based On Your Zodiac
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The extreme confidence Aries display can carry the Ram quite far in life. After all, “confidence is everything” is a saying for a reason. Confidence is alluring and powerful, which can be very enticing both in business and personal relationships. Promotion? Oh that’s theirs. That hottie they’ve had their eye on? Flirted, wooed, and the number’s already in their phone.

This great trait can go sour, though, as it can become cocksure arrogance. Some who find even the most wholesome confidence to be too much can attempt to take them down a peg, which can harm Aries. If people challenge them too often, or seem to be vying for the top position they feel they deserve, their ego can become fragile - and that unleashes that classic Aries aggression

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Your Greatest Strength (Which Is Your Biggest Weakness), Based On Your Zodiac
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Who doesn’t love having someone around that really has their life together? Structure-focused Taureans always seem to manage that. Even in their time off when they’re getting cozy and enjoying snacks in a mountain of blankets, that time was planned.

While structure and stability can be priceless, it can also get a little domineering at times if it becomes a case of "my way or the highway." Taureans are known for being stubborn, and it can often be because they’ve built this impenetrable fort of structure for their lives. If they don’t occasionally relent, the top of that blanket mountain might end up deserted at home.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Your Greatest Strength (Which Is Your Biggest Weakness), Based On Your Zodiac
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What can go wrong with multitasking? After all, Geminis are the royal twins of getting biz done! Sometimes we look at Gemini’s accomplishments and think they must actually be two people with that kind of output. When balanced, it’s an impressive one-person circus.

This all unravels quickly, though, when Gemini begins to take on far too much, something they don’t always think is possible. When this happens, even the Twins are spread too thin and all projects and relationships begin to suffer from neglect. Eventually, Gemini will burn out, and sometimes many of the projects and relationships will burn up with them. Geminis who never accept defeat might try to just bury the wreckage and move on to a new set of tasks, sometimes permanently burning important bridges along the way.

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Your Greatest Strength (Which Is Your Biggest Weakness), Based On Your Zodiac
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Loving and open Cancers make for great companions of any kind for those who want someone involved. They’re always there for you, cheering you on or propping you up. Their hearts are wide open, pouring out love and welcoming you inside. This kind of raw vulnerability can be too much for some people, and things can get very dark when Cancers feel they’ve been wronged. Spiraling into victimhood, they feel taken advantage of once again.

Even if all of this is true, Cancers can tend to stew inside their shells over it. With proper healing time they’ll be fine, but if someone says “I need you,” Cancers can’t help themselves and will often run to the side of whoever needs help. This can lead to extreme emotional burnout, making some Cancers come across as cold, distant, and passive aggressive to those genuine people trying to fill their cups. What do good people do when they’re treated poorly? Leave! This can often lead to a horrible cycle for Cancers, leaving them bitter and lonely.

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