Your Mom's Zodiac Sign, Explained

Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
Even if you already know exactly what makes your mom tick, a quick skim of her horoscope can still prove enlightening.
Of course, no two moms are alike — even if they're the same Zodiac sign. Consider this simply a new way to look at the same mother you already know and love. Maybe her adventurous streak will suddenly make sense when you learn that she's a Sagittarius. Or you may find an explanation for her constant need for "me time" in the fact that she's a Taurus.
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And if you reach the end and still feel like a piece of your mom is missing from her astrological makeup, why not invite her to get both of your birth charts drawn up together? Nothing like an activity with mom that'll allow for a little celestial snooping.
Here's your chance to get to know your mom on an astrological level. Once you're more familiar with her sign, check out the perfect Mother's Day gift for her, whether she's an Aries, a Pisces, or anything in between.
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Aries

Aries moms can be found backstage at all your recitals, cheering you on at the science olympiad, and, yes, probably arguing with the ref at your soccer games. These moms will stop at nothing to show their kids support — and they are anything but subtle about it.

Strengths: attentive, big-hearted, supportive

Weaknesses: hardheaded, argumentative, short-tempered
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Taurus

If your Taurus mom taught you one thing, it's that there's no shame in being a little high-maintenance — as long as you're willing to look after others. As much as your mom enjoys spending time on herself, she's also your go-to shoulder to cry on.

Strengths: generous, caring, patient

Weaknesses: stubborn, overprotective, hesitant
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Gemini

Gemini moms are always quick with a question and one or five follow-up queries. This may have felt like an interrogation in your teen years, but nowadays there's nothing more comforting than calling up your mom for a quick, hour-long chat.

Strengths: insightful, curious, energetic

Weaknesses: nosy, mercurial, distracted
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Cancer

Moms born under this naturally maternal sign have nurturing down to a science. They always seem to have the perfect piece of advice, even if you have to wrestle it out of them. (Cancer mothers can be a little guarded — we blame the shell.)

Strengths: comforting, understanding, empathetic

Weaknesses: moody, sensitive, closed-off
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Leo

At one time or another, all Leo moms have taught their kids this lesson: "Don't worry about what other people think." Having a Lioness for a mother is basically a crash course in originality, though she's usually just as quick to ask, "Why?" as she is to say, "Yes."

Strengths: encouraging, playful, open

Weaknesses: bossy, combative, self-centered
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Virgo

Children of Virgo moms grew up with a lot of rules, but they were probably the kind you look back on and thank her for. Whether or not you want to admit it, Virgo mothers are often right, which makes them great for a gut-check (possibly with a side of gloating).

Strengths: organized, witty, tireless

Weaknesses: strict, critical, anxious
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Libra

Growing up, there's a slight chance your mom was a bit of a pushover — not that you'd ever take advantage of that. It's in her Libran nature to want to please. Regardless of how that affected your house rules, it means that, to this day, you have a best friend and a mother, all in one.

Strengths: kind, creative, fair

Weaknesses: indecisive, overwhelmed, indirect
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Scorpio

In general, Scorps are known for their mystery — this might not seem like a particularly maternal trait on the surface, but having a Scorpio for a mother means having a mom who understands and respects your privacy (but can tell almost instantly when something is wrong).

Strengths: perceptive, strong, familiar

Weaknesses: manipulative, secretive, willful
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Sagittarius

Archers are young at heart and your Sagittarian mom is no exception. She's always up for taking a trip, playing a game, or trying something new — especially if she can count on you to keep up.

Strengths: enthusiastic, honest, brave

Weaknesses: pushy, blunt, impulsive
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Capricorn

Your Capricorn mom might not cheer as loudly as the other parents (and she might not understand or agree with your choices 100% of the time), but you never have to wonder if she's in your corner. Cap mothers strive to be a sturdy, consistent presence in their kids' lives.

Strengths: responsible, driven, persistent

Weaknesses: conservative, cold, impatient
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Aquarius

Aquarian mothers are not like the other mothers. You probably got to watch R-rated movies and use a real knife way earlier than your friends, all thanks to mom. She nurtures the individual in everyone, although she might not get it if you tell her you're not interested in bucking the system.

Strengths: innovative, forward-thinking, smart

Weaknesses: overly idealistic, preachy, uninterested
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Pisces

Sometimes your mom may seem like she's on another planet, but when it comes to genius ideas or perspective-flipping advice, she rarely misses the mark. Like her fellow water sign, Cancer, your Pisces mother is nurturing and warm — but, unlike Cancers, Pisces don't hold back with their feelings. There's no guesswork required with your mom's emotions.

Strengths: wise, imaginative, receptive

Weaknesses: gullible, flaky, absent-minded
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