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It has been said that every one of us was born with our own unique gift, a set of characteristics and personality traits that help us to rise up and achieve our goals and dreams. While you already possess this gift, the only way to unlock this potential is by first acknowledging it. What makes you powerful? Your zodiac sign may hold the key…

The Western zodiac as most recognize is divided into 12 different signs. These signs are then grouped into four key elements based on a series of shared personality traits – Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). We can start to understand our strengths and abilities by first looking at these elements, then narrow it further based on our specific zodiac sign.

Those born under a Fire sign are confident and bold, with a strong ability to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve their goals and dreams. While confidence can be a great source of strength, it can also lead these individuals into some less than desirable situations! Be careful not to allow your confidence to get the better of our good judgment.

On the other end of the spectrum lie the Earth signs. Often overlooked due to the fact they keep more to themselves, these individuals are grounded, stable and unafraid of a little hard work. They have an incredible level of focus and determination, and when they set their minds to something they often can’t be swayed.

Unlike the determination, focus, and drive of the Fire and Earth signs, Air signs are often seen as the dreamers. They are able to see the world in a unique light, envisioning all that the world has the potential to be versus limiting their perspective to just the ‘here and now’. While this fools many into seeing them as weak, the opposite is true.

Finally, those born under a Water sign are highly intuitive. Their unique understanding of all that is going on in the world and how they fit into the bigger picture empowers them to make recognize situations that others often overlook, empowering them to make incredibly intuitive decisions. While others may not see the rationale behind their choices, they quickly learn why they shouldn’t question their gut.

Interested in learning more about what makes you powerful? Find your zodiac sign and read on…

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

While many people will shy away from situations of conflict or confrontation, this is where an Aries truly shines. Just to clarify, she doesn’t go looking for a fight, it’s not something that she NEEDS in her life, in fact, she’s happier when she doesn’t have to engage with others in this way, but when push comes to shove she’s got some serious skill in being able to stand up for herself and what she believes in. She is no pushover.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

Taurus women are seen as solid, dependable and focused. She’s often underestimated, but don’t discount the power of this unwavering determination. She’s stubborn, which can sometimes get her into trouble, but no one can accuse her of being a quitter. When she sets her mind to something, she’ll keep plugging away until she achieves it. No one is going to change her mind or stand in her way.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

There is no idea or concept that the open mind of a Gemini woman won’t entertain and explore for at least a moment, providing them with an incredible grasp of the world at hand. This empowers them to be amazing problem solvers, able to think outside the box. Their curiosity drives them to discover more, eager to experience everything at least once. While this is a power, she needs to be careful to keep some control over her life, as it can cause her to be seen as flighty and unable to commit.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Often seen as the ‘mama bear’ in her group of friends, a Cancer woman is a natural lover, nurturer, caregiver and protector. Her social circle is relatively larger, and she considers each an every one of them to be under her care. While the world can throw insults and attacks at her, and she won’t bat an eye, you should feel sorry for the person that believes they can come after anyone that she cares for. You don’t want to mess with a mama bear!

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

The incredible strength and confidence displayed by Leo leaves little to the imagination when it comes to what makes her powerful. Leo women know what they deserve, and they aren’t willing to settle for anything less. When they set their sights on a goal or dream in the future, nothing is going to stand in their way. Watch out, because she’s going places!

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Virgo has incredibly high standards, but don’t be fooled – these aren’t just standards that they hold the rest of the world too. In fact, Virgo women are just as hard on themselves. While this can certainly cause some struggles when it comes to their mental health and self-confidence, this type of self-reflection can lead to great personal growth and improvement. They are always learning, growing and modeling themselves into the best version they can be.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

There is no sign with greater people skills than that of the Libra woman. She is a skilled and attentive listener, a charismatic personality and a great conversationalist. While she may not always have the solution, she can make anyone around her feel like she does, quickly gaining their trust and support. She seeks balance and harmony in the world and will eagerly help anyone that is in need of her assistance.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Scorpio women are often seen as irrational, short-tempered or easily angered, however, you may be surprised. While they are incredibly passionate and know what they want, these women are actually incredibly patient. Recognizing that good things come to those who wait, they are willing to take a step back and allow life to run its course but don’t think that they are taking their eye off the prize. This patience will take them far.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

While others may shy away at the thought of stepping outside of their comfort zone, Sagittarius lives for new experiences and adventures. Sure, there are times when this will blow up in their face, but there are also times that taking risks will propel them forward to greater things. Never underestimate her, she’s not afraid to put herself out there in her quest for success.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

There is no sign that can beat a Capricorn woman when it comes to tenacity. When she sets her mind on something there is no stopping her. She understands the value of focus and hard work and will do whatever it takes to make her goals and dreams a reality. This includes self-sacrifice, as well as working harder and smarter than everyone else around her. While success may come quicker to other signs when all is said and done a Capricorn woman always comes out on top.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

A true individual in all sense of the world, an Aquarius woman doesn’t waste her time worrying about what the rest of the world thinks of her. She is comfortable in her own skin; embraces her uniqueness and refuses to compromise who she is for anyone. This gives her an incredibly strong sense of self, able to stand alone in a world that so often demands conformity. While she’s not immune to the criticism of others, she is strong and self-assured in who she is.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Pisces women possess an incredible intuition, one that has proven itself to be strong, accurate and reliable time and time again. She has learned to trust her gut instincts, and they provide her with an idea of what is to come before it happens, helping her to avoid being surprised or having to face the unexpected. While she may not always be able to put her finger on why she knows what she does, she needs to embrace her abilities and exercise them regularly in order to strengthen them.

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