12 Zodiac Sign Superpowers, Explained

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The next time you find yourself in a pit of compare and despair, remember that you have something special that everyone else wants. Whether it’s an encyclopedic knowledge of friend’s birthdays, endless empathy, or actual clairvoyance, we all have a super power. Here’s our take on how each zodiac sign saves the day with their special sauce.

1. Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Superpower: Boundless Energy

Whether it’s rallying the crew for another round of shots during bestie’s bachelorette weekend, planning the 6 am hike on the same trip, or a suspicious enthusiasm for carrying all your heavy furniture to the UHaul each time you move, Aries are like the energizer bunny, always going! Ruled by action planet Mars and always ready to add more logs to the flame, Aries can burn the candle at both ends and still want to hit the gym afterwards. If only that joie de vivre was contagious!

2. Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Superpower: Top Ramen Top Chef

Tauruses always have comfort on their mind which is why they know how to turn any house into a home, and any bag of Instant Ramen into a gourmet meal. Next time you open your cabinet to find only dry noodles looking back at you, send your Taurus friend to the market to pick up all the fixings to fancy it up. They’ll come back in five minutes with organic ingredients plus a wine pairing and a tasting menu of mochi for dessert. On top of that, they somehow keep the entire bill under $15, even with inflation.

3. Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Superpower: Gossip Magnet

Your Gemini friend always knows the gossip. This is in part because they’re so affable and charming that everyone wants to open up to them and get their hilarious take on the latest drama. But it’s also because Geminis are excellent sleuths who can immediately track down details of an ex-acquaintance’s career downshift or former boss’ messy divorce. Just remember that they know the tea because they’re also spilling it so be careful of letting your own secrets slip out!

4. Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Superpower: Stand Up Comedian

This one might surprise you, but ruled by the sensitive and adaptable moon, Cancers are experts at reading the room like a book and meeting the vibe where it’s at. Which ultimately is: the job of a stand up comic. Whether telling jokes in front of an audience, hosting a dinner party or intuiting everyone’s needs at the work meeting, Cancers can instantly tell how everyone else in the room is feeling and adjust accordingly. Knowing one’s audience really is a superpower.

5. Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Superpower: Effervescent Glow

Yes, of course, Leos are known for being glam. When a lion enters the room, you simply cannot take your eyes off of them. But why does that happen even when the fixed fire sign enters a space in sweatpants and no makeup? Why are we all so obsessed with Ben Affleck’s Dunkin Donuts runs? Well, Leo is ruled by the sun which means that even when they’ve put in zero effort, they can’t help but glow. This superpower comes in very handy on sick day errand runs, the walk of shame after a hot hookup or hiding a hangover on family vacation.

6. Virgo (August 23 - September 23)

Superpower: Making the Impossible Look Effortless

Virgos are known for being a bit persnickety, but as a mutable sign, they’re actually quite adaptable and flexible. A Virgo will stop everything to come to your rescue. A Virgo will literally move a mountain for you, and then insist that “it was nothing.” And that’s where Virgo’s superpower truly lies: the ability to solve what seemed like an insurmountable problem in five seconds flat, and afterwards have no crease in the shirt or hair out of place.

7. Libra (September 23 - October 21)

Superpower: Reconciliation

Everyone loves Libras for being pretty, charming and intelligent, but also for considering all sides of the story and not rocking the boat. The problem with that is: Libras are ultimately provocateurs and inevitably will rock the boat. “I thought you were nice!” is a refrain Libras often hear from scorned friends and lovers. That said, Libras also know that time heals and a well-timed check-in or apology can erase any bad blood. That’s why even when Libras rub someone the wrong way, their true super power is reconciliation.

8. Scorpio (October 22 - November 21)

Superpower: Clairsentience

“What’s wrong?” my Scorpio friend asks me, the moment I shut my car door and begin walking toward him. I hadn’t said a single word about what was going on, but I was going through it. How did he know? Scorpios are extremely empathetic. Whether actually psychic or “just” intuitive, the fixed water sign can immediately feel when something’s off, especially when it comes to those they love who they also want to fiercely protect.

9. Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Superpower: Fearlessness

Whether hopping on a plane to a foreign country on a whim, trying the spiciest item on the menu at a new restaurant, or jumping in the ocean to surf immediately after it rains, Sagittarius is always chasing adventure and lives with a true sense of fearlessness. Sagittarius bravery is driven by a true zest for life and a (sometimes foolish) optimism that everything will work out. It’s easy to get jealous of how much they experience because they truly live without worry.

10. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Superpower: Closing the Deal

Capricorns are known for their skills with investing. If it’s not good quality, a Capricorn will not buy it. This is why they’re also excellent not only at selecting gifts, but also at convincing others exactly what they need to buy. “You need that” is never hyperbole when it comes out of a Capricorn’s mouth. My Capricorn bestie has convinced me to buy designer jeans, bougie perfume and bespoke sunglasses that were all way out of my budget, but have become staples in my daily life.

11. Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Superpower: The Rolodex

Aquarius may seem aloof, but they are always aware of everything going on in the room. That’s why they have an almost superhuman ability to remember names, birthdays, and pieces of gossip that everyone else (even Gemini) quickly forgets. Aquarius often takes the role of the archivist or historian of the friend group, not via taking photos, but by taking note of where and when everything happens.

12. Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Superpower: Intuition

Like the other water signs (Cancer and Scorpio), Pisces feels everything, but unlike the other two, Pisces might actually be psychic. The one problem with this superpower is that Pisces are so emotionally aware that they sometimes can’t separate their own feelings from the collective. As Karen from Mean Girls (a true Pisces) would say, “It’s like I have ESPN or something.” Pisces might spend hours or even days at the bottom of their emotional wave not realizing that what they’re feeling isn’t even about them. Leave it to Pisces to have a superpower that so clearly helps others more than it ever helps them!

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Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...