You might text an ex when you're bored, but sliding into their DMs is a special type of bold that's rife with flirtation, intention, and drama. It's also a sneaky move — you have the advantage of knowing exactly when they've read your message — so they'll feel like a jerk if they read it and don't respond to you right away. If you've ever been subject to an ex DMing you on Instagram out of nowhere, you can thank (or get frustrated at) astrology for that.
"There are definitely times when people are more likely to succumb to the urge to texting or messaging an ex," astrologer Clarisse Monahan, tells Bustle. For instance, when Venus goes retrograde, you're more likely to look back on past loves and wonder what's going on with them. When Mercury goes retrograde, you may even receive communication from a former flame, since Mercury rules communication.
But according to Monahan, most people feel the desire to get in contact with an ex when they have planets transiting their seventh house of relationships. If you're single or in an unhappy relationship and Mercury is transiting your seventh house, you might find yourself texting your ex without really even thinking about it.
Although there are certain times throughout the year when anyone will have the urge to slide into an ex's DMs, there are three zodiac signs who are bold enough to do it at any time of the year without hesitation.