Your Dad's Zodiac Sign, Explained

Illustration by Louisa Cannell
Of all people, your dad is probably the last person you need to astro-stalk. But that doesn't mean reading up on his Zodiac sign won't prove enlightening.
Whether your pops reads his horoscope every morning or scoffs at the very idea of astrology, he probably expresses certain aspects of his sign. Maybe he's a warm and fuzzy Pisces. Or maybe he was the classic Aries dad who argued with the ref during your peewee soccer games. Viewing your dad's parenting style through an astrological lens might help you see him in a new light — or understand him better.
In honor of Father's Day this Sunday, we're taking a closer look at the signs of the Zodiac in dad form. Read on to get the cosmic low-down on your dad — then, if you want, give him a call.
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Aries

With a Ram for a dad, you might have grown up believing that participation trophies were not nearly enough. "Give it 110%" is his favorite piece of fatherly advice, and he probably enforced a regularly scheduled game night. And, looking back on it, he never really cared if you didn't win the gold. He just wanted to teach you the value of trying with all your might.

Strengths: protective, playful, positive

Weaknesses: short-sighted, competitive, pushy
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Taurus

Is your dad the type who tells the same story every time you call? Is he also the type who pins a lesson to the end of these stories? If your answer to both is "yes," your dad just might be a Taurus, the steady earth sign who lives by a clear sense of routine and believes we can learn from every experience.

Strengths: kind, dependable, certain

Weaknesses: stubborn, overly cautious, picky
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Gemini

Gemini dads tend to seem younger than they really are. Whether that's due to their genuine interest in what's "hip with the kids these days" or the fact that they probably eavesdropped on you and your friends throughout your high school career, we'll never know. No question is too small to bring to a Gem dad — he's probably asked you smaller ones already

Strengths: curious, energetic, friendly

Weaknesses: nosy, immature, unpredictable
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Cancer

If your dad's a Cancer and you're close with him, he and your concept of "home" probably go hand in hand. His hobbies probably include cooking, gardening, woodworking, or all of the above — anything that results in a warmer, more unique home interests him. Even a five-minute phone call with him is comforting. He might not volunteer updates about his life, but he'll always ask how you are.

Strengths: compassionate, caring, patient

Weaknesses: overly sensitive, withdrawn, passive-aggressive
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Leo

Your Leo dad was always in your corner growing up — maybe a little too much, to be honest. Leos' loyalty and care for their loved ones can border on overwhelming, but you can trust that it's coming from a sincere place. As protective as your dad may be, he never has (or will) fight your battles for you, but he'll make sure you go in armed to the gills.

Strengths: honest, warm, generous

Weaknesses: dramatic, confrontational, hard to please
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Virgo

He promised he wouldn't wait up, but he did anyway. He said this was the last time he'd help with your student loans, but he chipped in for three more months. Virgo dads don't do grand gestures and they certainly aren't loud. But they're always, somehow, right where you need them to be. You might call it a psychic thing, but we'd argue it's an earth sign thing.

Strengths: thoughtful, helpful, prepared

Weaknesses: anxious, critical, overwhelmed
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Libra

Libran dads want to be your friend, plain and simple. Sure, he's also your parent — that much is clear in the love and care he freely shows you — but he never enjoyed playing the role of the disciplinarian. He likely left matters of punishment up to your other parent, conflict-averse as Libras tend to be. To loosely quote Amy Poehler in Mean Girls, he's a cool mom dad.

Strengths: fair, kind, witty

Weaknesses: evasive, nervous, overly idealistic
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Scorpio

The world knows no chiller dads than those born under the sign of Scorpio. We're talking dads that are so quiet and happy to be by themselves that you don't even know when they're actually in the house. Your Scorp dad just likes to do his own thing — which, in a subtly powerful way, made you feel free to do the same.

Strengths: intuitive, nonjudgemental, open-minded

Weaknesses: distant, private, reserved
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Sagittarius

Being raised by a Sag dad likely meant a childhood of spontaneous road trips, long dinner table discussions, and a lot of dad jokes. Your dad wanted to instill in you the same curiosity and sense of adventure that fuels him every day — a well-intentioned, if kind of exhausting, goal. Luckily, you know you can also hit up old Dad if your friends bail on your next vacation.

Strengths: funny, easygoing, enthusiastic

Weaknesses: easily distracted, overwhelming, flaky
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Capricorn

Whatever goals you set for yourself, you can bet that your Capricorn dad will do whatever he can to help you reach them. Cap dads can be hard to read and can even seem cold, especially when it comes to their affections. But what your pops lacks in hugs he makes up in frequent phone calls to see how you're progressing toward those goals.

Strengths: supportive, attentive, driven

Weaknesses: demanding, tough, unsentimental
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Aquarius

The mark of an Aquarian dad is a pile of half-read books on the coffee table and a barely assembled train set in the basement. He's a tinkerer who loves nothing more than diving into a new project, but how far he gets before moving onto the next thing varies. Luckily, he takes a different approach to his relationship with you: Water Bearer dads remember every little thing about their kids and they love to reminisce.

Strengths: creative, quirky, cooperative

Weaknesses: arrogant, detached, moody
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Pisces

If there's anything warmer and fuzzier than a Pisces dad, we've yet to find it. He's your shoulder to cry on and your go-to source for heartening pep talks. He's never too busy to check in on how you're feeling, though he might not have been great at making sure you turned in your homework. In short, this dad hugs.

Strengths: wise, empathetic, imaginative

Weaknesses: absent-minded, easily stressed, out of touch
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