Some signs wear their emotions on their sleeve, to the point you don't even have to guess what they're thinking. But for certain zodiac signs, they can be much more difficult to read. These are the folks who don't always want to share what's on their mind, or open up too quickly. And as a result they can give off mysterious vibes.
The reasons why someone might be difficult to read can be complex, but if you take astrology into account, it can have a lot to do with their sign's primary energy, which will be either fire, air, earth, or water, Jennifer Lakshmi Dove, a relationship astrologer and life coach, tells Bustle.
"In addition, there are three modes in astrology which describe a sign’s way of interacting with the world," Dove says. "Cardinal (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn), Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), and Mutable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). In my experience, the signs that are the most difficult to read are the signs within the Fixed Mode."
While they're joyful and kind, these fours signs can be a bit of a mixed bag. "They love groups, yet at the same time, need their space," Dove says. "They will only act when they are ready," and they can be rebellious when pushed too hard. Add in a few more factors, like their ruling planets, which can create a sense of unpredictability, and you'll see why these signs are typically the most difficult to read.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
As a fixed fire sign, Leo can be the most difficult to read of the zodiac. "Ruled by the Sun, Leo has the reputation of being extremely extroverted, always ready for a party, easily taking the dance floor, or the stage," Dove says. "However, in real life, Leos are often shy and retiring." They shine in public, but need a surprising amount of alone time in order to recover.
"They may need a part of the day where they are not touched and left alone to be creative by themselves," Dove says. "This can be confusing to read, as they often have two very distinct sides to them," which can leave their friends and partners scratching their heads.
It can help, however, to not put Leo in a box. While they may be really outgoing and energetic, that doesn't mean they can't be quiet and chill sometimes, too.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpios are a fixed water sign, and as a result are chock full of mystery. "They have a reputation for being [...] emotionally deep," Dove says. "While this is true, it is also true that you cannot push a Scorpio. If they don’t want to do something, they will never do it. And, they may never tell you about it."
Scorpio has strong feelings, but often keeps it all inside. Even though they're emotionally intelligent and want to connect, they also think twice before opening up. "It’s confusing and hard to read someone who can be on the one hand so deliciously deep," Dove says, and who could also shut down or grow distant.
This sign is all about loyalty, and is constantly reading those around them for signs of betrayal. In order to get them to open up, it'll be important to create a strong bond so they can feel secure first, and so that they'll want to share more of what's going on inside their head.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
"Aquarius is the fixed air signs which is hard to read," Dove says. "Ruled by Uranus, Aquarians are playful and fun, yet they love to analyze things to exhaustion in order to make something better." Instead of embracing their relationships, they may struggle to let people in, often preferring to focus on their own world, instead.
They're eccentric and inventive, which can also set them apart, and make them seem a bit mysterious. Aquarius also requires change and constant stimulation, and they can rebel against routine, Dove says, or go quiet if something isn't going their way.
For Aquarius, it's all about giving them space. They love to show love and affection to the people in their life, but have to balance it out with plenty of time to themselves, too.
Because of their priorities, and the way they interact with others, some signs may simply be a bit more difficult to read than others, but that doesn't mean they're impossible to understand. By recognizing what sets them apart, it can be easier to make a connection, while also allowing them to be themselves.