With all the positive characteristics to each of the zodiac signs (and there are many), there are also a few unique challenges each sign faces.
Thank God we live in the age of self-help, where there are books, workbooks, articles, books on our phones, notecards, call lines and pretty much any other form of help you can get for ourselves available to us.
As somebody who's been reading self-help books since the 8th grade and studying astrology for my entire life, I feel particularly qualified to make a few suggestions.
Here are the self-help books each zodiac sign should read:
Aries are self-starting go-getters with a ton of energy and zero chill. When they hit a snag in whatever it is they've set their mind on accomplishing, they lose their shit.
This book by Ronald Potter-Efron explains how the brain operates during times of emotional stress, and how to better handle emotions that cause the anger, like shame, guilt and fear.
One of the greatest challenges every Taurus faces in this life is their love of being lazy, coupled with their need for financial security. They worry about planning for retirement while they sit on the couch binging on cheese curds, just so they can still be lying on the couch in 60 years eating cheese curds.
Sure, they could stand to read "The Power of Now" to try to enjoy the moment, or they could actually adapt their work life to fit the life they really want right this minute, and this is the book to show them how.
Dale Carnegie has sold over 6 million copies of the worry-wart's bible, and I'd be willing to wager my left arm that 3 million of those sales went to people who are Geminis.
Geminis love to worry because it feels productive. It gives them something to mentally untangle, and if they aren't busy doing 13 things at the same time, worry keeps them from being bored.
In spite of how it might feel, worrying isn't productive at all. When a Gemini learns how to conquer their habit of worrying, they can conquer their corner of the world in ways they never deemed possible.
Look Cancer, you could be in the best shape of your life, reading this and thinking to yourself, "Fuck this writer! She doesn't know what she's talking about!"
But after that emotional roller coaster you took yourself on, just wait and see which you'll grab first: a copy of this book or a donut.
As a water sign, Cancer is deeply sensitive.
When they're going through a tough time, Cancer will hole up in their apartment and eat their feelings, which run so deep they need a user-friendly guide to work through them.
Voilá! See above.
Tony Robbins reminds me of a Leo, maybe because he loves to roar so much, but also because his approach to self-help seems almost designed to speak to this proud, noble sign.
Leos are all about confidence, self-expression, courage, and heart. They believe in themselves (or they at least long to) and they need a self-help book that affirms their confidence and gives them an action packed way to create the life they deserve.
Tony Robbins doesn't harp on old wounds, but he doesn't shut the door on them either. He shows you how to move past them through action, and Leos love a little action.
Virgo - "Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance and Self-Acceptance" by Ann W. Smith, MS, LMFT
If there is anything a Virgo loves, it's a systematic approach to things. They hate mess, disorder and recklessness. These things give them anxiety.
A Virgo keeps his or her feet planted firmly on the ground, and doesn't bother getting lost in fantasy. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that a typical Virgo has already read the self-help books on this list, or at least has the titles on their Amazon Wish List.
While perfectionism is rewarded in our society, the truth is it can have a stifling effect on personal freedom.
That's why I would suggest every Virgo read renowned author Ann W. Smith's book about how to get over your perfectionism and start learning to love yourself.
If you're a Libra, the sign of partnership, justice, equality and love, you've probably been recommended this book several fucking times already, and you might be rolling your eyes.
Consider this a sign. If everyone in your life is telling you your shoes untied, maybe you should take a look at your shoes, buddy. Libras are born feeling like they're meant to be one half of a partnership, and that partnership makes them feel whole.
The truth is, you are not incomplete, and you don't need someone else. This book will show you where these beliefs come from, and how to get over them.
...Oh, and don't even think about asking a buddy to read it with you. You can do this alone.
I've dated enough scorpios to know that your typical self-help book just doesn't appeal to them. They need to be spoken to by a realist. Someone who recognizes that the world is fucked and that "thinking positively" isn't gonna solve it.
Every Scorpio, although they might not seem like it at first, gives way too many fucks about things they don't need to give so many fucks about, and this New York Times best-seller by Mark Manson will help.
By giving less fucks, you can be more useful to yourself and to everyone else around you, and you'll be able to stop trying to constantly hide your feelings all the time.
If there's one thing that a tactless, dogmatic and overconfident Sagittarius needs to remember, it's the fact that they are not always indisputably correct about everything.
A free copy of Dale Carnegie's "How To Win Friends & Influence People" should be given to every Sagittarius, since even the most successful of them tend to rub people the wrong way (ahem: Ann Coulter, Steve Bannon, Miley Cyrus).
If you're a Sagittarius, trust me. You need a serious how-to guide for seeing another person's perspective, and for putting yourself in another person's shoes.
The bad side of every Capricorn's unending ambition is that they can come off as snobbish and incredibly bossy. They're never satisfied, as others simply don't seem to care as much as they do about getting things done right.
To put it simply, they are textbook workaholics, and they need some help learning how to loosen up and have a good fucking time every once in a while.
In her book, Dr. Barbara Killinger writes about the emotional makeup of the workaholic, and offers some practical strategies to gain quality of life.
You need this, Capricorn.
Sure, Aquarians might seem like the last sign that needs a book about introverts, but underneath their extroverted facade, most Aquarians have a feeling of being somehow different, detached from the rest of the world, like aliens visiting a foreign planet.
"Quiet" will guide a detached Aquarian toward self-acceptance and help them love themselves for their introverted tendencies, as well as remind them that in fact, they aren't alone on this planet.
Pisces - "Whose Stuff Is This?: Finding Freedom from the Negative Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You" by Yvonne Perry
Ask any Pisces going through a difficult time how they're doing, and they'll answer, "I'm tired." Why?
Because Pisces are all incredibly sensitive to the energy around them. They're just born that way. They may have tried to shut it off with drugs, alcohol or medications. They may have tried to eat away the feelings with food.
But the best way for a Pisces to deal with their hyper-sensitivity is to embrace it for the gift it is, and to use their power for good, like the X-Men.
This book by Yvonne Perry employs empowering, proactive techniques to manage your own energy when you seem to be a magnet for the energy of other people.
Trust me on this one, I'm speaking from experience.