The Zodiac and Motivation

Disclaimer: with astrology, it is possible to decipher our behaviour or to get a glimpse of the future. This is a theory which cannot be systematically tested. On the other hand, one may wish to follow an easier path, which puts into practice the principles listed in astrology textbooks. In a way, this is precisely the type of practical exercises that we suggest in this Lifestyle column.

We recommend that you follow our advice with both a light and observing mind. Beyond entertainment, the aim is to understand how each of us behaves in various fields; thus, we can better define and fathom, by deduction, how we have developed our natal predispositions. In addition, why wouldn't we be able to guess the talent(s) which we could harness in the future, according to our astrological profile.

The following information is given for signs in their purest form. Depending on the case, it is advisable that you check your planetary dominant or the sign of your Ascendant, the position, quality and aspects of the significators of the area involved, and if applicable, the position of the planets associated with it. For instance, for family affairs, examine the 4th House and its ruler, as well the Moon; for romance, examine the 5th House and its ruler, as well as Venus, etc.

The large number of books we have read, and more particularly, the experience we have drawn from the study of thousands of charts, urge us to be cautious. However, we thought that it may be interesting to provide a few concrete indications, which will turn out to be accurate, quite often.

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Aries' motivation

Motivation for Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

If you are a typical Aries, your motivation is of an impulsive kind. It is an integral component of your very nature and plays a crucial role in everything you do in the professional, emotional, physical, or even sports areas. You are not among those who can pull up a nice face driven by a sense of duty or by ambition. You need to be stirred to take the plunge.

It is necessary that your interest comes from your guts and that you ask yourself no questions, otherwise you feel that it is not worth your time. Beware of passing fads. When you grow tired of them, you tend to throw in the towel.

Suggestion for Aries

You have a considerable advantage over people, because you are strong-willed. If your enthusiasm is genuine, you will be able to convince the most reluctant people. Lay your cards on the table and go ahead!

Some Aries Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Aries, Aries rising, or Mars dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 1st House.

These texts about the sign of Aries and Mars might interest you.

Taurus' motivation

Motivation for Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

To make up your mind requires quite some time. You are cautious and do not fall into the trap of crazes just because they seem nice and enjoyable. You need weighty arguments to get started. Once you are sure of yourself, you do not give up.

In other words, although your motivation is not immediately noticeable, it is strong. You believe that it is important to give it substance and to see the tangible results of what has spurred you into action. Then, nothing will be able to hold you back, on the contrary, and hurdles will have a stimulating effect. You do not mind making efforts, provided they bear fruit.

Suggestion for Taurus

Be patient with yourself. Start only when you are convinced, because this is what works best for you.

Some Taurus Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Taurus, Taurus rising, or Venus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 2nd House.

These texts about the sign of Taurus and Venus might interest you.

Gemini's motivation

Motivation for Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

Your motivation is unstable, let's face it. Like other spontaneous signs, you are drawn to innovations. However, all that glitters is not gold, and you are aware of it, because you are both intelligent and fond of zapping.

Avoid annoying the members of your entourage as soon as an idea germinates in your head. Try to remain silent and to nurture your desire by listing the benefits it may bring about. You are probably your best motivation coach, even though it is useful to gather different opinions.

Suggestion for Gemini

Use the rational part of your temperament to evaluate an idea or a project. With two columns – pros and cons – you will understand what is meant for you, and you will not be wrong.

Some Gemini Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Gemini, Gemini rising, or Mercury dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 3rd House.

These texts about the sign of Gemini and Mercury might interest you.

Cancer's motivation

Motivation for Cancer, Cancer rising, the Moon dominant, or strong 4th House

Like all Water signs, you are driven by feelings and empathy more than by motivation. Therefore, this is an aspect of your nature on which you need to work and to stimulate.

Try to take your cue from more upbeat persons, and you will realise that, finally, your problem is to get started. Furthermore, you sometimes find it difficult to express your commitment. This is why you must also improve your capacity to tell what you feel fearlessly.

Suggestion for Cancer

Proceed progressively. It is useless to apply high-level athletes' or big managers' methods. Begin by practicing this quality in your close environment, for instance with the help of your family.

Some Cancer Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Cancer, Cancer rising, or the Moon dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 4th House.

These texts about the sign of Cancer and the Moon might interest you.

Leo's motivation

Motivation for Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

There is no doubt that you do not lack motivation. It is almost offending to imagine that you may commit yourself reluctantly or halfway. You tend to take on the role of leader. This trait of character consists mainly in inspiring people.

There is nothing you find more pleasant than to provoke a positive emulation and to see that a team follows you or take you as a model, even though you did not look for it.

Suggestion for Leo

Do not believe that you must constantly force yourself. It is normal and human to feel uncomfortable in some places. This does not call into question your sincerity.

Some Leo Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Leo, Leo rising, or the Sun dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 5th House.

These texts about the sign of Leo and the Sun might interest you.

Virgo's motivation

Motivation for Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

It is very discreet yet very real. It is based on a meticulous analysis of the projects coming to you, in a cold and rational manner. Indeed, you are the type of person who weighs the pros and cons without being influenced by emotions at first.

Your will to commit yourself often includes a sense of duty. For any given task, you believe that you need to show the entire world that you deserve your position. Actually, nothing happens by chance in your life. In this regard, you are probably one of the most motivated signs of the zodiac.

Suggestion for Virgo

Do not let those who say loud and clear that they are gifted step on your toes. Remain true to yourself.

Some Virgo Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Virgo, Virgo rising, or Mercury dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 6th House.

These texts about the sign of Virgo and Mercury might interest you.

Libra's motivation

Motivation for Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

Yes one day, and no the next day. It must be admitted that you are a weathervane in terms of motivation. You spend all your time comparing everything, often unsure of your initial choices. You reconsider them, and seek the views of many persons; you weigh up the pros and cons, and you keep on hesitating.

This behaviour may affect your commitment, which is certainly part of your appeal but not an asset when it comes to leadership. In this regard, rest assured that no one will request you to lead people. You should understand that motivation is an issue between you and… yourself.

Suggestion for Libra

Relax, and quietly watch how the people you consider exemplary behave. If harmony is your ultimate goal, you will find your way.

Some Libra Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Libra, Libra rising, or Venus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 7th House.

These texts about the sign of Libra and Venus might interest you.

Scorpio's motivation

Motivation for Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

More determined than anyone, you automatically dismiss all questions about your motivation. Not only do you show implacable willpower when you covet something, but you never give up. Never.

You do not mind obstacles, conflicts, or the price to be paid. You are ready for anything, and you will not change your mind. You grit your teeth and spare no efforts. It must be underlined that in general, if you are able to progress, you have no compassion for those who are left behind.

Suggestion for Scorpio

Try to be more flexible if you are unable to mellow. You could sometimes use different means to fulfil your objective without causing too much collateral damage.

Some Scorpio Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Scorpio, Scorpio rising, or Pluto dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 8th House.

These texts about the sign of Scorpio and Pluto might interest you.

Sagittarius' motivation

Motivation for Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

You are the zodiacal sign which has a powerful joker in terms of motivation, i.e. optimism. You are self-assured, certain that you will meet your target, once you have chosen it. You do not even imagine a defeat, because this prospect is not part of your options.

Your other asset, though less important, is that your enthusiasm and your thirst for movement are capable of dragging people with you. Your desire is so intense that you are astonished to see how far you can go. Sagittarius is aiming at the sky, isn't it?

Suggestion for Sagittarius

Provided you do not confuse megalomania with your natural inclinations, you can give them free rein.

Some Sagittarius Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, or Jupiter dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 9th House.

These texts about the sign of Sagittarius and Jupiter might interest you.

Capricorn's motivation

Motivation for Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

You always feel very deeply motivated. This does not mean that you are glad to get ready for action. You take yourself so seriously that you need to be concentrated, to isolate yourself from the world and to gather everything you deem necessary before you start.

Like all Earth signs, you are pragmatic, and motivation must not remain in a state of concept. Therefore, you plan without qualms each step of your projects, and you think for the long term. You are not deterred by the time required to reach your goal.

Suggestion for Capricorn

You do not need to force yourself any further. Instead, try to express what you would like so as not to go it alone.

Some Capricorn Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Capricorn, Capricorn rising, or Saturn dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 10th House.

These texts about the sign of Capricorn and Saturn might interest you.

Aquarius' motivation

Motivation for Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

It is necessary to confess that people do not always understand your motivation. One may even say motivations. You are interested in innovations. You are curious, open-minded, brilliant and intelligent, and you tend to veer into all kinds all directions.

This is why you can perfectly well dedicate yourself to a cause or a project that arouses people's boredom. You are visionary and creative. Somehow, you replace traditional methods of motivation with personal flashes of intuition.

Suggestion for Aquarius

Since you have a gift for communication, take the time to explain. You will be surprised to receive a lot of support, which is a good thing for you, because while you are an individualist, you also appreciate collective projects.

Some Aquarius Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Aquarius, Aquarius rising, or Uranus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 11th House.

These texts about the sign of Aquarius and Uranus might interest you.

Pisces' motivation

Motivation for Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

Like Cancer, you are not a champion for motivation. To begin with, you love to stay quietly lost in your world. In addition, you are not too fond of efforts. However, in our modern society, one cannot live on love, fresh air, and romanticism alone.

Your talents and centres of interest are real. Therefore, do not hesitate to acknowledge them and to let people know them. Once involved in a project that you find enjoyable and exciting, although you have not formulated it prosaically, you will be able to go a long way. This amounts to saying that, yes, you can be motivated.

Suggestion for Pisces

For once, do not hesitate to claim your share of selfishness.

Some Pisces Examples

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Pisces, Pisces rising, or Neptune dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 12th House.

These texts about the sign of Pisces and Neptune might interest you.

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