5 Hidden Clues That Reveal How Truthful Each Zodiac Sign Is

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Can you tell if someone is truthful or not? Their astrology chart can.

Don’t you hate being lied to? You know which of your friends are more likely to exaggerate than others, but what about someone you just met?

Maybe your newest date seems too good to be true, and you’re wondering if he’s lying through his teeth to make himself seem more impressive. Or maybe there’s some great gossip going around, and you want to find out if the source is likely to have the story straight, or if they’re twisting the truth to stir up trouble.

Lying just seems to come naturally to some people, but learning who to trust can be a hard lesson.

Looking at their astrology chart can give you an advantage. It won’t tell you if someone is lying about something specific (I’d use the tarot or a horary chart for that), but it can give you a pretty good idea about whether or not they’re an honest person in general. But to learn how to tell if each zodiac sign is lying, let's explore a few different traits.

1. The Air Signs

Start with the “Air” signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius). These signs all have something to do with communication and how one relates, on an intellectual level, with other people.

The houses that these signs are in, and the planets found in them, will tell you a lot about how someone expresses themselves. If there are a lot of problem aspects here, that doesn’t necessarily mean that person is a liar, but they will almost certainly have problems making their true thoughts and feelings known.

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2. Gemini and Sagittarius

Of all the signs, Gemini and Sagittarius have the biggest problems with telling the truth.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. They naturally adapt their personality and opinions to please whomever they’re speaking with, so they’ll tell you one thing, and then turn right around and say the exact opposite to someone else.

The ability to charm a lot of different people is great, but not so much when you’re trying to get a straight answer. The frustrating thing is that they really believe whatever they happen to be saying at the time!

Sagittarius presents a paradox. They’re actually quite honest and forthright when it comes to sharing their opinions. But they’re ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance, and that makes Sagittarius prone to exaggeration — in a big way.

They can’t tell a story without turning it into an epic adventure. Sagittarius probably isn’t outright lying, but whatever they’re telling you is a lot more exciting in their own mind than it is in reality.

3. Where is their Mercury?

As the planet of communication, Mercury’s position in the chart and its relationship with the other planets has a lot to do with what someone has to say and how they say it. Mercury in Cancer can make someone secretive and unwilling to tell the whole truth. Mercury in Gemini (the sign that it rules) amplifies Gemini’s flighty nature. Mercury in Libra might tell a lot of “little white lies” because they’re so concerned about pleasing others.

If Mercury forms a lot of negative aspects with the other planets in the chart, this person definitely has some communication issues.

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4. Mercury Retrograde in the Natal Chart

One more note about Mercury: three or four times per year, this planet appears to be going backward in the sky. We call this “retrograde motion.” No doubt you’ve heard about how the Mercury retrograde interferes with daily life, but can you imagine what it would be like to have this energy in your birth chart?

People born during Mercury retrograde don’t understand information or their social environment like everyone else does. They tend to make their own rules. And while that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to be outright liars, it does mean that you’re going to have to do some digging and adjust your own perspectives when you try to understand their motives and process what they tell you.

5. Where is their Neptune?

The planet Neptune rules dreams, the imagination, and delusions. Neptune would much rather have “story time” than deal with anything in reality. Sometimes this can be enchanting, but not when you just need to hear the plain truth.

If someone’s Neptune is in one of the Air signs or makes a difficult aspect with their Sun, Mercury or Mars, you might be dealing with a liar. At the very least, this person has trouble telling the difference between reality and imagination. 

If it seems like the whole world has trust issues these days, consider that Neptune is currently in the sign of Pisces, the sign that it rules, which only adds to that delusional energy. It won’t move on until 2025, so get used to it.

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Trudi Mentior grew up in Great Falls, Montana, where she spent her formative years wondering just what might be beyond those vast plains, on the other side of those distant mountains. She now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband, three cats, and a loudmouthed hyacinth macaw (who loves to scare the cats).