One sunny, pre-pandemic afternoon, I wandered into an eclectic jewelry shop. Ornate skull necklaces were draped along the walls and bejeweled zodiac rings glinted inside a vintage glass box. As I examined each birthstone, the person behind the counter asked about my sun sign. "Oh, I'm…a Gemini," I replied hesitantly. Their eyes widened as they let out an "Oh…yikes," and proceeded to chat with another customer. I’ve had a few different versions of this exchange in recent years, but each has ended with a joke or a chuckle. This one ended with me wishing I was the tiny baroque skeleton dangling in the store window.
Of course we're not defined by our signs. We’re a vast mosaic of our upbringing, our relationships and our lived experiences. But with more of our peers reading into astrology, tapping through zodiac memes and watching cosmic TikToks, there are some strong negative stereotypes flying around. So let us clear the air. Here are the three most-hated zodiac signs, and why they’re not as bad as you think they are (we promise).