Like a perfectly-ripe avocado or a high fantasy novel, good things take time. And while our patience is usually rewarded (with a batch of fresh guacamole or a gripping read), sometimes it’s just our duty to infuse the world with a little compassion. But good luck trying to convince these zodiac signs of that. Below, meet the three impatient hot-heads of the zodiac, and the three signs who act as a soothing ice pack.
The Most Impatient Zodiac Signs
1. Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Life is a sponge, and Sag is hellbent on wringing out every single drop. With a backpack perpetually slung across their shoulder, these freedom-lovers are always on the move. They’re driven to take risks and experience thrills worth telling their grandkids about. No one wants to hear stories about the time they sat around in a towel waiting for their hair to dry. Or when it took an hour for the check to arrive after they’d finished their pasta. Sagittarians loathe the mundane. They’re ready to set sail on their next adventure and wholeheartedly reject anything or anyone that tries to anchor their ship. (So someone get them a hot air brush, stat.)
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2. Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Brilliant intellectuals on the one hand, obstinate know-it-alls on the other. Aquarians are forward thinkers (so forward they might feel they’ve regressed from another dimension). They were sipping from reusable water bottles and eating tofu before it was trendy. And they wish everyone would stop lagging and catch up with their progressive ideals, already. Want to test Aquarius’s patience? Have them teach a tech novice how to convert a word doc into a PDF. Or watch the air signs debate someone who thinks “This is how it’s always been done” is a valid argument. Aquarius has no time for incompetence; they’re busy building their global utopia.
3. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Patience is a virtue. But so are pizza delivery and straight-to-Netflix movies. Instant gratification is an Aries thrill. The fire signs act on impulse and approach tasks with fierce urgency. So nothing stokes their emotional flames like the indecisive friend struggling to choose a movie to watch or an outfit to wear to get the mail (sorry, Libra). Aries are built for action and can’t stand getting dragged down by the details. This impatience coupled with their direct communication style means fiery tirades are inevitable. But don’t worry, they’ll get over it once their overnight shipment arrives.
The Most Patient Zodiac Signs
1. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
For Taurus, life is meant to be savored, like the Alicia Keys song they’re playing on a loop or their nightly pint of Cherry Garcia. Rooted in the material world, the earth signs are practical and level-headed. They’re acutely aware that an incorrect coffee order isn’t the end of the world. Instead of obsessing over the time they’re wasting at the café or badgering an unwitting barista, mellow Taurus simply asks for a new cup. There are few things worth losing their cool over. Plus, they’ll probably get a free latte out of it.
2. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Empathic Pisces is tuned into the hidden struggles of their fellow humans. The fish dive beneath our surface-level reality and feel out the deeper emotions at play. While some would honk, swerve and sling expletives at a car crawling down the fast lane, Pisces gives them grace. Maybe the driver is a careful parent bringing their newborn home from the hospital. Or a potter transporting 20 hand-sculpted ceramic vases to an art show. Pisceans are able to see beyond their own needs to focus on serving the greater good. We’re all connected, remember?
3. Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Capricorns are the stern, sensible dads of the zodiac. They lead with maturity and exercise rigid emotional control. So, there’s no way they’re letting a frustrating situation—like the 30-minute wait time at the dentist’s office—get the better of them. Instead, Cap will maximize every minute by responding to emails, reading the news and planning out her dinners for the next two weeks. If Capricorn can see a goal on the horizon (like leaving the building with a sparkling-clean smile), they’re willing to struggle a little to get there. Patience is just another test for self-disciplined Caps to ace.