Not everyone who doesn't keep their word is an intentional liar. Still, some people struggle with holding on to promises, commitments, and secrets. And rather than maligning someone's intentions, sometimes it's best to look at personality indicators to understand why one person would be less dependable than another. In this case, looking at the flakiest zodiac signs might provide you with some particular insight.
"I think every person has the capacity to flake every now and again," astrologist Lisa Stardust tells Bustle. "It’s mostly dependent on the state of their Mercury." These below signs, however, regardless of how mercurial they may be, might often commit to more than they can deliver. Rather than being a sign of ill will, these four zodiac signs' personality dispositions make them more likely to offer promises they can't keep. As a result, they're likely in over their head, not out to get anyone with bad intentions.
Still, you have every right to feel trepidatious around untrustworthy people. Whether you've recently experienced someone not keeping their word on a secret, or are tentative about going into business with someone, there are a variety of reasons that you may want to uncover why someone may be hard to trust. While exploring the zodiac and the intentions behind different signs' behaviors, you may be able to find some insight you didn't quite see elsewhere.
Here are four zodiac signs that are least likely to keep their word, according to astrologers.
1. Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cancers don't mean to lie, or to be untrustworthy, they simply are more prone to a change of heart than other signs.
"Cancers change their minds, just as fast as the Moon changes signs..." Stardust says. "This allows the crab to frequently change their vibe and not follow through on certain things, as their emotions have the capacity to grow and transform fast." So while a cancer might fully intend to help you move when they agree on a Monday, by Saturday it's possible they've found other, more pressing things to focus on.
2. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
If a Libra promised you something that they couldn't deliver on, the chances are likely that they happened to overcommit.
"As an indecisive air sign, Libras often overcommit to projects," Stardust explains. "They take on more than they can handle because they thrive in a fast-paced environment and live in the realm of possibilities." So, if they've backed out on their word, there's a fair chance it's because something tipped their scales. And the Libra may not be able to follow through until they can achieve balance again.
3. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
The Aquarius is a do-gooder. They're really trying. But, sometimes, they do have a habit of overextending.
"A humanitarian by nature, the cup bearer loves to help others, sacrificing their needs for the greater good," Stardust explains. "However, this can mean overextending their generosity, which often leads them to feel overwhelmed, as they put the needs of others before theirs." If they feel emotionally depleted as a result, Aquarius may not be able to follow through. So if an Aquarius you know broke a promise, it's possible they're taking a much-needed mental health break, and trying to realign their priorities for a bit.
4. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Pisces aren't self-absorbed in an egotistical sense, but they do sometimes operate with a bit of disconnect.
"Pisces often escape the mundane world, allowing them to live in their beautiful dreamy headspace," Stardust says. "While this is sweet and charming, they often have issues keeping up with day to day routines and schedules, making it hard for them to follow through on many matters, mostly because they thrive in the artistic and spiritual world, using their intuition to guide them and swim at their own pace." If you know a Pisces who tends towards this personality trait, it may be better for you to rely on someone else when you are depending on follow-through. The Pisces doesn't have bad intentions, but perhaps they aren't the most reliable.
While almost everyone goes through one time or another where they can't keep their word, there are some personality types that may be more inclined towards these behaviors than others. Any zodiac sign can be unreliable, but these four tend to have other things going on in their heads that cause them to struggle with holding a promise.