How Your Zodiac Sign Deals When Life Gives You Lemons

Do you go make lemonade? Or run and hide?

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Everyone knows the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," which basically means when life gives you someone you don't know how to deal with — or something difficult and uncomfortable (and sour like lemons) — you make it work and you make the best out of a bad situation.

But sometimes, life doesn’t just hand you lemons and say, "Make it work!" like Tim Gunn.



No, sometimes life gives you like 10,000 orders of lemons like that Olympic team with the eggs and you have to decide if you want to actually try to make lemonade out of this crazy amount of lemons or if it's just better to throw them all away and start over.

Because, unlike eggs, you can't really return your lemons and get your money back... especially if life is giving you these lemons.

Life is difficult, there's no denying that.

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But whenever you make it work in your favor, especially when life is really hard, it makes it that much sweeter to know that you can do pretty much anything and succeed.


But the way you deal when life gives you lemons isn't the same as any of the other zodiac sings when life gives them lemons.

Sure, you might have the same general idea in mind - like making lemonade or throwing them at people who try to tear you down (not recommended IRL) - but for the most part, every sign handles hard times in life differently.

Think of making lemonade from lemons the standard response to a problem; life hands you a problem and you tackle it. Easy, right?


Some zodiac signs see a problem and magically turn it into a situation where they come out winning instead of just handling it and moving on.

Others know that the problem they have to deal with isn't going to be a pretty one, so they try to make it as painless as possible by adding some alcohol and making like a hard lemonade instead of regular lemonade.

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Whatever makes sense to you will make sense to your zodiac sign.

Like I said, everyone deals with problems differently, but as long as you actually make something work for you, life will never get you down.

Even if you need to borrow a lemonade recipe from a friend or just wing it and hope it doesn't taste too bad, it's at least important to try instead of giving up just because you didn't expect this problem to happen.


And once you tackle one problem, you're pretty much already a pro at tackling a bunch of problems.

So, keep reading to find out how your sign deals when life gives you lemons, based on your horoscope and astrology.

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

Squeeze them in people’s eyes!

Aries, you’ve never been one to let others run your life, but you also aren’t someone to just sit around and let life happen to you. You tend to take pleasure in being in control of your life, even if your idea of control is a little bit more aggressive and “grab life by the horns” –ish than other zodiac signs.


When life hands you lemons — or throws them at you — you don’t sit by and hope things work out. You toughen up and you show life who’s boss. If that means reminding everyone that you’re the captain of your own ship or skipping the niceties and going straight for the lemon-in-the-eyes move, so be it.

You want to live your own life on your own terms. Anyone who wants to try to take that away from you should probably expect some of that lemon-squeezing action of yours.

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TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

Make orange juice and let everyone wonder how you did it.

Taurus, you’re not someone who lets a few tough times get you down, even when everyone else would be way too stressed to keep pushing through. For you, when life gives you lemons, it’s a chance to contemplate what you really want out of life and go for it.


Your stubbornness and inability to let things go that you really care about is very important here. When life gives you lemons, you like doing things your own way.

You won’t tell anyone your next moves because you believe in keeping your success quiet, but you should be prepared for a lot of questions when you end up with orange juice instead of lemonade. You’re a force to be reckoned with and after seeing what you can make out of lemons, everyone is sure to be impressed and a little intimidated.

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GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Throw them at people!

Gemini, you’re another zodiac sign that wants to be the boss of your own life, not the other way around. And if that means you have to be a little pushy and throw your lemons at people who want to try to bring you down, then that’s exactly what you’re going to do.


You might be a little confused about what to do with these lemons at first, and even give life a questioning look, but you tend to figure it out quickly. A lot of people in your life know that you can sometimes be persuaded to listen to them if you’re already feeling somewhat indecisive about life giving you lemons. (Do you make lemonade?

Do you do nothing?) But once you figure out exactly how to handle your problems, these same people better back up because you have an incredibly throwing arm — only YOU can decide what to do when life gives you lemons.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Make lemonade – and some cookies.


Cancer, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade – simple as that. There are going to be times when you want to cry and just let the lemons rot until you can’t take it anymore, and there will be times when you try pawning your own lemons off on someone else, but in the end, you know the only way to handle your problems is to solve them.

And if you’re going to solve the problems you have in life like a pro, then you’re going to do it on your terms and then some. So, when life hands you lemons, you make some delicious lemonade, bake some gooey chocolate chip cookies, and share them with your friends. Because chances are, they have their own lemons to deal with, and you’re the kind of person to share your lemonade recipe with others.

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LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Make lemonade… and sell it for a profit.


Leo, you’re not afraid of anything life throws at you — including lemons. Life might hand you some crazy, mutated lemons or just straight-up chuck them at your head, and you’ll still come out on top with some prize-winning lemonade. It’s just in your blood! But one thing you won’t do is give away your secrets for free.

I’m not implying that you’re going to charge someone just so they can hear how you overcome your problems in life, but you will capitalize on your knowledge, that’s for sure. The way you deal with life giving you lemons so effortlessly is enviable, but you’re willing got cut people a deal.

Maybe that’s having them teach you something new in exchange or writing a book about it and reaping the fame, but you do you, Leo.

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VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

Pucker up for a bitter taste.

Virgo, it’s unfortunate that I have to say this, but you do not handle life giving you lemons very well. You usually look at life and go, “Why? Why give me lemons? I don’t want these!” and I get it — it’s hard to deal with the tough stuff in life.

But that doesn’t mean you run away from your lemons… oops, I mean problems. You just prepare for a bitter taste. When handling problems, you try very hard to perfect your lemonade recipe, but you aren’t surprised when things go wrong; too many lemons, accidentally using salt instead of sugar — it’s a mess.

But you know that having friends and family around to help you out when you need it makes it a little less bitter. You definitely appreciate having people in your life to help you solve your problems when you need it.


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LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Make orange juice and add a splash of champagne.

Libra, when life gives you lemons, you look life in the eyes and say, “Bring it on.” You’re not afraid of a little challenge, but you will do things your way, which means glamming it up a bit and getting smart.

When life gives you lemons, it isn’t about who can make the best lemonade. It’s about throwing away all the ingredients and getting fancy — AKA your specialty.

You know how to turn lemons into orange juice and make everyone scratch their heads wondering how you did it. And while they’re still baffled over how you seem to make every problem you have in life seem like a breeze, you add a splash of champagne, put your feet up, and call it a day because that’s just how you roll.


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SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

Make a vodka on the rocks with a wedge of lemon.

Listen, Scorpio, life gets hard. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. And you know that when life is a little painful, you need to suck it up and get through it so you can get back to the fun times again. It won’t be pretty, but you of all signs know that when life hands you lemons, you either make lemonade or you don’t.

For you, though, when life hands you lemons, you tend to make a vodka on the rocks and add a wedge of lemon to it. It’s not exactly the same, but you’re still handling your problems, aren’t you?


You’re just doing it in a way that makes the tough times go down easier. And hey, sometimes you need to loosen up a bit when you’re down on your luck, which as everyone knows, vodka definitely helps with that.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Crush them with your bare hands.

Sagittarius, you don’t take crap from anyone, least of all life what with its sneaky attempts to make things difficult for you. You’re a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of sign that wants to enjoy life without having to deal with problems.

But when life hands you lemons, you don’t just ignore them. No, you acknowledge the lemons and then crush them with your bare hands because lemons can’t tell you what to do. When people try to make trouble for you, you tell them to chill out and enjoy life just like you enjoy it.


You are definitely the type of sign to stay as far away from these negative people as much as possible. So, when life tries to do the same thing, you know you have to remind yourself to chill out and enjoy life; even if that means crushing a few lemons in the process to really bring your message home.

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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

Eat them raw and show everyone who’s boss.


When life gives you lemons, Capricorn, you don’t care how many, how bitter and sour they are, or how long it takes you to make lemonade – you know that you’re going to crush any problem that comes your way with dignity and professionalism.

So much so that people are probably a little bit scared of you. How on earth can you turn lemons into lemonade so easily?! What they don’t know, however, is that you’re not just making lemonade.

When life gives you lemons, you eat them raw — rind and all — and show everyone that you don’t mess around. Everyone is going to have problems in life; if you deal with yours head-on with absolutely no fear, you know you’ll always come out on top. So, you get over the sour taste and dive in like the boss you are.

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AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

Make orange juice and share it with your friends.

Aquarius, you’re not one to lay down and let life walk all over you and you certainly aren’t one to let life give you lemons without demanding something better. When you care about something deeply, you will learn to get over any kind of speed bump if it means achieving your goals.

And when you have problems in life, you always try to make them little teaching moments instead of caving under the pressure. That said, you also want to do things your way or the highway, so when life gives you lemons, you tend to rebel and make orange juice instead.

But rather than keeping your success to yourself, you love helping your friends get ahead in life, too. So, once you’ve mastered the art of making orange juice from lemons, you’re more than happy to share how you did it with the people you care about most.


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PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

Make extra sweet lemonade.

Pisces, when life hands you lemons, you can sometimes get a little overwhelmed. There’s so many ways you can make lemonade and you don’t want to mess up at all, so it can be a little nerve-wracking.

But, you know that if life hands you lemons and you don’t make great lemonade the first time, there’s no harm in trying again. And being the sweet Pisces you are, you love making your lemonade a little sweeter than normal.

You try not to let life beat you up too much, so you try to make yourself feel better during the hard times by putting a smile on your face and keeping a sweet demeanor. So, when life hands you lemons, make extra sweet lemonade and put a paper umbrella in your glass, too.


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Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She's passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes. She plans on writing a non-fiction book in the future.