In a world where we are taught from birth that we need to couple off with a partner eventually, we spend so much of our lives relying upon others to “complete us.” Many of us have no idea how strong we really are, or how little we need the help of others.
We downplay our ability to carry through with things on our own, and we take pride in how we are part of a team. And we can learn this lesson from the self-reliant zodiac signs in astrology.
Teamwork is great, and doing things together is even better, though sometimes we simply can’t find others to do what we want to do.
You know those folks who refuse to go to the movies alone, or the people who cramp up with neurosis at the idea of eating alone in a restaurant? I’ve never related to that and have never understood how eating a meal alone can somehow turn a person into a paranoiac, yet I know many people who would rather die than eat alone.
And then, there are people like me, who firmly believe in the old adage: If you want something done, do it yourself. Oh, how true this statement is. I want something done. I don’t wait for Mr. Right to show up to take my fragile female butt to dinner, to prove to the world that I’m worthy of a man’s purchasing power; I take myself into the restaurant and I eat what I want. Because I am self-reliant.
1. LEO (July 23 – August 22)
You love it in groups, and you love it alone. There’s not much that you don’t love, Leo.
And when it comes to self-reliance, well, you’d probably prefer doing it with others, but you always end up having a great ol’ time on your own. There’s something very exciting to you about NOT having to thank someone for doing you a favor.
2. ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Aries, you do it all on your own, mainly because you feel you are the best one for the job, no matter what the job is. That’s not ego; that’s wanting to get things done.
Aries has no problem taking pro-active moves towards getting what they need done. Self-reliance is just another notch on your belt of natural achievement.
3. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
You are motivated by success, and to have it you don’t wait around for others to make it happen. You’re self-reliant, independent, and incredibly ready to take matters into your own hands, no matter what task is ahead.
Virgo is a very driven, very private sign, and they very much enjoy spending time by themselves, doing what’s needed.
4. CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
As a Cancer, you like your space. You like to make things look good, you like to cook for others, and you’re generally a people pleasing person.
But the number one person you like to please is yourself — and that’s a good thing. In doing so, you make sure you get everything you need, your way, without the opinions or judgements of others, a thing that really bugs you.
5. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
You are self-reliant to a fault, and that is because you can’t stand depending on others. As the most independent sign of them all, you do not see self-reliance as something you turn to as a last resort; instead, doing things on your own is your first choice.
You don’t trust that others can get the job done, and why would you even bother, considering you can whip it ten times better than another? Go eat alone in that restaurant, Sagittarius! You can do it!
6. GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
When you’re a Gemini, you’re already on your own, and that’s exactly the way you want it. You write your own script; in fact, you rebel against the ways of others.
You prefer your own company, and you take joy in accomplishing great tasks on your own, without anyone else’s help.
Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.