No person or zodiac sign is without its flaws. But some zodiac signs, at least when it comes to relationships, can be a bit more toxic for you than others. However, it should be noted that the toxicity of one zodiac sign doesn't necessarily mean that sign is all bad. For starters, some zodiac signs bring out different aspects within us.
"When two signs come together that don't fit it can be toxic," Jaye at GiftedAstrology.com tells Bustle. "Your Sun Sign attributes will play strongly into how you get along with other signs, but the influences of your Moon and Venus can be just as powerful. Once your relationship has gone past the Sun sign (how you appear to the outside world) and goes deeper, the Moon and Venus are there waiting to be discovered by your partner, for good or bad, depending how planets match up. Finding out what your partner's Moon and Venus signs are will give you more understanding of what you're working with. The Moon correlates with how people express emotions, while your Venus is connected to love and money, also very important in relationships. Synastry charts, sometimes called 'couples charts,' are a fantastic way to see how all of your planets align with your partner's planets."
So how can you tell if you and your partner are likely to be a toxic duo, according to the stars? "Astrology can get complicated and there are many ways to assess a relationship, including looking at the aspects (the distance) between two Sun signs to see whether you're compatible or not," says Jaye. "In general, the 12 signs can be looked at this way: One sign apart, are really opposites and can rub each other the wrong way. Toxicity is at its highest here. Three signs apart, a square placement, which means hard lessons, but opportunity for growth. Toxicity can be prevalent here if you're not on the same team. Six signs apart, the opposite sign completes your life picture. This is the yin to your yang. Not toxic!"
So here are the three zodiac signs that you should avoid if you don't want drama in your life, according to astrology:
Aries (March 20-April 19)
Pisces, Taurus, and Cancer.
Why? Pisces and Taurus are contenders for the most toxicity because of their placement next to Aries in the zodiac. Cancer, being three signs away, has potential for a toxic situation, as does Capricorn. But Cancer, in their neediness, something Aries doesn't have time for, can create more of an issue than Capricorn.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Aries, Gemini, and Leo.
Why? Looking at the chart, based on Jaye's input, Aries and Gemini are the ones to avoid. While both Leo and Aquarius are three signs apart, Aquarius tends to be more laid back and less self-involved than Leo, making Leo the one that's a bit more toxic to Taurus.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Taurus, Cancer, and Pisces.
Why? Again, Taurus and Cancer are toxic to Gemini because they're only one sign away. As for signs that are three away, we have Pisces and Virgo. Virgo could give Gemini trouble, but probably not as much as Pisces. Gemini's knack for manipulation and Pisces' inability to forgive can be a disaster relationship waiting to happen.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Gemini, Leo, and Aries.
Why? Again, the one sign away issue says it all. But, when we delve into three signs away, which would be both Aries and Libra, it's Aries that's more likely to bring toxicity to Cancer's emotional, stop-to-smell-the-flowers take on life. "Aries can sometimes be self-involved while relating, and also can be someone's greatest cheerleader in a partnership," astrologer Rebecca M. Farrar, M.A., tells Bustle. Aries is also competitive; Cancer doesn't roll that way.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Cancer, Virgo, and Scorpio.
Why? Cancer and Virgo surround Leo, giving them not much room to breathe, and naturally leading to more toxic relationships than they're likely to have with others. As for three signs away, Leo is faced with both Scorpio and Taurus. Although, as Farrar mentioned, Scorpio isn't all bad, for Leo, who is notoriously full of themselves and arrogant AF, Scorpio is a more toxic match, than Taurus — but that doesn't mean being with Taurus, dear Leo, will be a walk in the park either.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Leo, Libra, and Sagittarius.
Why? Leo and Libra bring high toxicity to a relationship with Virgo, because of where they fall in the chart. But as for the signs that are three away, which are both Sagittarius and Gemini, it's Sagittarius who's likely to give Virgo a run for their money. This is due to the Sagittarius' need to be free and wander the world; something that isn't going to sit well with Virgo.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Virgo, Scorpio, and Cancer.
Why? As a Libra, I think that even if Virgo and Scorpio weren't on either side of my sign, inherently leading to the most toxic of relationships, I'd still avoid them both like the plague based on the personality traits of each that really do not mesh with mine at all. As for Cancer, which is three signs away, as well as Capricorn, which is also three signs away in the other direction, Libra will find more toxicity with Cancer than Capricorn, because Capricorn has a coldness that can be appealing to Libra's superficial side.
"Often times people give Libra credit for being the most agreeable and committed to harmony," says Farrar. "The downfall is that without conflict and difficult discussions, relationships become superficial and lacking in true intimacy."
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Libra, Sagittarius, and Leo.
Why? The one sign away situation, once again, comes into play here. As for the three signs away rule, when faced with either arrogant Leo or peaceful Aquarius, it's in Leo that Scorpio will find the less than perfect relationship — like, far less than perfect.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.
Why? Scorpio and Capricorn are automatically off the list of options, due to the potential for high toxic romance. When we look at the three signs away situation, when faced with Virgo and Pisces, it's Pisces that's liable to be more toxic. Pisces is the one who's going to stir up more trouble than Virgo ever could.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Libra.
Why? In a Sagittarius and Aquarius sandwich, Capricorn may face drama and toxicity with those two. As for three signs away, Capricorn finds themselves up against Libra and Aries. In this case, Capricorn's work ethic and ambition are more in line with Aries than Libra, meaning that while there will be a level of toxicity between Capricorn and Aries, Aries is still a better choice than Libra.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Pisces, Capricorn, and Taurus.
Why? Pisces and Capricorn are only one sign away, while Taurus is three signs away. Scorpio, too, is three signs away from Aquarius, and with Scorpio's reputation, an Aquarius should still be hesitant as of this sign in regards to toxicity. However, as Farrar tells Bustle, "While Scorpio may get a bad rap for being secretive or seductive, it also has a huge capacity for depth and vulnerability." Which is definitely something to consider.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Aquarius, Aries, and Gemini.
Why? Both Aquarius and Aries are only one sign away from Pisces, so that solves that mystery. Gemini, on the other hand, is three signs away, which makes them toxic to Pisces, but not as toxic as the other two. Sagittarius, in in also being three signs away, can be toxic, but as a sign that's a bit more reserved and far less manipulative than Gemini, it's safe to say that Gemini might be more of a concern than Sagittarius to a Pisces.
While this is according to the stars, it's also important that you don't run out and dump your partner right now because you're an Aries and they're a Taurus. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule.
"I like to shy away from making really generalized statements about zodiac signs because there is so much complexity in the natal astrology chart beyond just the sun sign," says Farrar. "I don't like putting people in boxes without acknowledging how all parts of the chart interact to create personality or relationship dynamics... Often times dynamics bounce among all these aspects of our personality, revealing the nice sides of our personality and our darkness/toxicity at different moments depending on the situation."