What are our lives but an endless series of choices that we make, with the consequences of them being heaved upon us? We are always making choices, whether major or minor, at every moment of the day, and they are what shapes the outcomes of our lives. When we think about how we want to improve our lives, we get there by making different choices and understanding how and why we make these choices is the first step toward achieving the results that we desire.
There are many factors that go into each choice that we make, and while many of the choices happen subconsciously, there are big decisions we have to make, such as picking a career path or a life partner, which can consume us until we finally pick which journey we want to take. Many elements go into how we make choices, from our own guiding values to the influence of the people and culture that surround us. Another factor that shapes our ability to choose is something we are less conscious of, but it is no less important, and that is our zodiac sign. The stars above us play a part in how and why we choose certain things over others, and each sign offers a different approach to making those decisions. Let’s take a look at the different decision-making processes of each zodiac sign.
Aries Sign Dates: March 21 - April 19
Aries signs aren’t the kind of people who dilly dally between different options before choosing something. They have an instinctual feeling for what they want, and that’s what they go for. They know that the heart wants what it wants, and there is no reason to try to break things down logically.
While some may think that Aries rush into the decisions they make, Aries balance their quick decision-making by being able to shrug things off if they don’t go their way. Whatever happens, an Aries will accept the outcome, and they won’t beat themselves up over making the wrong choice. However, they have a good sense of who they are and what they believe in, so oftentimes they gut decision is the right one.
Taurus Sign Dates: April 20 - May 20
The opposite of the quick decision-making Aries is the laboriously thoughtful Taurus. They go through the possible options and potential outcomes that are in front of them and they think them all through like a chess player. However, when they finally make a choice, they go for it and never look back.
While they put all of this thought into their decisions, they like to make choices that effectively keep things simple, avoiding what could otherwise be a difficult road ahead of them, though they would take that road head-on if they had to cross it. Despite their commitment and strong-headedness about the choices they make, they know when they have made a mistake, and they are willing to change course when necessary.
Gemini Sign Dates: May 21 - June 20
Geminis are known to have a hard time making up their minds. They may not sweat the little decisions, but when it comes to big choices, they will go back and forth between different options, ask around to get input from friends and family members, and take their time to find the right one for them.
This may seem unnecessary to some, but the care that Geminis put into making decisions pays off as they know that a poor decision will create a cycle with more poor decisions. The time they devote to making the right choices gives them the skill to keep making the right ones in the future, without as much time being spent on them.
Cancer Sign Dates: June 21 - July 22
Cancers think emotionally rather than rationally when it comes to making choices. This is especially true when their choice might affect someone close to them. Rather than logical deduction, Cancers feel their way through their decision-making, which can have mixed results.
Feelings are not always the best source of sound judgment, and in retrospect, we often can see how our feelings have misled us. For that reason, Cancers may find it helpful to slow down a little when making big decisions and try to look at things with a little distance rather than being swayed by what their hearts tell them.
Leo Sign Dates: July 23 - August 22
Leos are great at looking at the big picture when they make decisions. They look at their lives as a whole, considering both where they want to be in the short term and the long term, and they think things through to make those goals happen.
Leos are not always excessively calculated, and they may act impulsively, but they are always guided by their larger life vision. They know how to choose in a way that leaves a positive impact on the outcomes of their lives rather than just looking for an immediate return, and this shows their wisdom.
Virgo Sign Dates: August 23 - September 22
Virgos always commit themselves to what they do, and their decision-making process reflects that. They don’t make decisions lightly, and they are highly analytical in their approach to making important choices.
Virgos excel at thinking through outcomes to see what will happen with the different paths in front of them. With that ability, they often make the right choice and are happy with how things turn out for them.
Libra Sign Dates: September 23 - October 22
Libras have difficulty with the pressure of major decision-making. This can cause a lot of stress for them, as they know that the choice they make may have a negative impact on their life. This is hard for anybody to deal with, and Libras struggle when faced with such a predicament.
Their choices are at times made too impulsively, and then they look back on these choices wishing they had gone in another direction. They can also agonize over tiny decisions though, with more time than is necessary going into things like what restaurant they should eat at or what series they should watch.
Scorpio Sign Dates: October 23 - November 21
Scorpios are great at making decisions, as they have a laser-like focus on what they do. Decisions are treated like everything else, and they give them great thought and attention, knowing that a bad decision may have serious consequences.
Scorpios are analytical about their choices even after they have made them, and if a choice later appears to have been the wrong one, they will have no qualms about making a course correction. They are always ready to solve problems that come up, and they don’t just accept bad outcomes as inevitable.
Sagittarius Sign Dates: November 22 - December 21
For Sagittarians, decision-making is not a solitary process. They like to tell other people about their decisions, both to have others tell them that they are on the right path and to give themselves the pressure to carry their decisions through after they have told other people.
Although Sagittarians like to tell other people about their choices, they believe in themselves enough that, even if somebody feels they are going down the wrong path, they will have the self-confidence to carry forward and prove people wrong.
Capricorn Sign Dates: December 22 - January 19
Capricorns take every decision seriously, knowing that their lives are shaped by their choices. They are careful about the big decisions that they make, and while they may make snap judgments on less important things, knowing not to sweat the small stuff, they take their time to deliberate on matters such as their careers and loved ones.
Some people find Capricorns to be stubborn, as they don’t back down from the decisions that they make even if people around them feel that they chose wrong. However, the risk-averse choices they make often work out in their favor.
Aquarius Sign Dates: January 20 - February 18
Aquarians have a strong sense of who they are, and they don’t rely on others to validate their decisions. When they are tasked with making a big life decision, they go at it on their own, but they are also caring about the people in their lives and always factor their well-being into their own decision-making.
They want not just what is best for themselves, but what is best for everyone, and their creative ways of thinking often find plans to come up with unique solutions that no one else might even have thought of.
Pisces Sign Dates: February 19 - March 20
Pisces can be selfless when they make decisions. They don’t just look for outcomes that are best for everybody, they look for what is best for others at the expense of themselves. It is a true show of their character that they please everybody, even if they lose out on what they want in the process.
This level of dedication to other people is admirable, even though many people would be happy to see Pisces focus more on themselves and think about their own happiness and well-being instead.