If you're into astrology, then you already know each Zodiac sign comes with its own set of unique quirks. Virgos are way into details, Scorpios can be kind of jealous, Cancers are super sensitive — the list goes on and on. For better or worse, these traits can lead to challenges in your relationships, which is why the more you can know about them and how they can affect your partnerships, the better.
"When you understand the needs and challenges of your sign, you can create strategies within your relationship to avoid those triggers," professional astrologer Rachel Lang tells Bustle. If you are extra sensitive or a little jealous, you can sit down with your partner to work on these issues. Or even head them off from the start, to avoid them altogether.
"We are never stuck or limited by our sign's potential; it is a starting point for growth and evolution," Lang says. "Conscious awareness allows us to grow beyond those challenges, and then we can maximize the potential of our sign." And have a healthier relationship. Read on for the challenges common to each Zodiac sign, as well as ways to overcome them.
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Aries (March 21 – April 19):
While it's great that you crave independence, your desire for freedom can be so strong that it actually affects your relationships. "A typical Aries has his or her own agenda ... in a relationship. They can seem selfish at times to their partner as a result," says Lang. If this is you, don't be afraid to ask for what you want. "If you need space, ask for it!"
Taurus (April 20 – May 21)
As a Taurus, you live for the couple life. But your cuddly, loving ways can go a bit too far, often to the point of clinginess. "Give your relationships some breathing room," astrologer Lisa Allen, MH tells Bustle. Your partner will truly appreciate it, and your relationship will be healthier as a result.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20
The biggest challenge for you, Gemini, is losing interest the moment things get good. "Any good LTR has elements of predictability and routine, which can bore a Gemini," says Lang. "They may act out in some sort of crisis or threaten to leave the relationship. I find this happens just when some big change is about to occur for the couple... when things are about to get better in some way." If you can keep this tendency in mind, and stick it out, I bet you'll be glad you did.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancers are super sensitive, which is a great characteristic when it comes to relating to your SO. But it can lead to arguments, if you're not careful. "Not only that, [Cancers] pick up on others' emotions and vibes and may not even know how to process all of those feels; which ones are theirs and which are their partner's," Lang says. "As a result, they can become moody and default to passive aggressive behaviors." And that's definitely something you'll want to watch.
Leo (July 22 – August 22)
Leos despise change. "They can have fear about making a big move, starting a family, or even beginning couples' counseling," Lang says. Which is something you'll want to keep in mind when you're suddenly having problems and don't know why. "A solution ... would be to think of change as a step-by-step process, rather than a big ominous thing. Trusting the support of the partnership can help alleviate fears."
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Your fav thing, Virgo, is details. You love to be organized, and are a bit of a perfectionist. This can come at a cost, since it often pushes you to be critical of your partner. That's why Allen suggests recognizing this tendency in yourself, and rethinking how you react. "Get into your heart instead and know that problems can be solved best when approached together," she says. "Discuss what is a must-have and agree to let little things go that aren't truly important."
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Your biggest challenge is codependency, which is a sort of side effect of Libra's natural desire to be in a relationship. "Libras are wired for relationships; they often do better in than out of relationships," Lang says. "That doesn't make them immune to challenges, though." If you catch yourself making too many sacrifices, or becoming a pushover, take note. "Saying [what you want and need] can help Libra become more assertive (and honest) in the relationship."
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Without a doubt, the biggest issue for Scorpios is trust. "Scorpio wants certainty in relationships," Lang says. "For them, trust is a core issue, and they can intuit deception of any sort." But keep in mind, this is often more an issue of insecurity than anything else. "Getting to the root of those insecurities and fears can help Scorpio feel more trusting. When they learn to trust their instincts and intuition, they worry less about whether others are deceiving them."
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
As another sign that craves freedom, Lang tells me Sagittarius often find themselves feeling pinned down and restricted. But that doesn't mean you need to break up with your partner, or stay single forever — if that's not what you want to do. "If a Sagittarius remains aware of this, he or she can plan adventures with or without the partner. They'll [also] want to clearly communicate when they need space or time away." That way, you can have the best of both worlds.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
For Capricorn, life is all about work. And that means you spend a lot of time in the office, as well as out getting super close with coworkers. That's great and all, but Lang tells me your partner can feel jealous as a result. So go ahead and bridge your work/life worlds and bring your SO into the fold. "Communication is important in these relationships; let your partner know what happened in your day. Share your excitement, successes, and challenges." Hopefully, they'll feel less left out.
Aquarius (January 29 – February 18)
You're always thinking two steps ahead, and brainstorming plans for the future. And that's amazing. But this "stuck in your head" way of thinking can be a bit frustrating for a partner. "The snag for you is emotional detachment, which helps with big collective projects but isn't a help when you are relating one-on-one," Allen says. "Your partner will appreciate you going into your heart." And being more down to earth, whenever possible.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisces can be very attention-oriented, and often crave appreciation in their relationships. "They are generous and giving, but they can feel hurt if their partners don't acknowledge all they do," Lang says. "This leads to disappointment over time and can cause them to question the relationship." If you've noticed this challenge cropping up, don't be afraid to ask for a reality check, so you can remember how much your partner actually does care. "Self-help books on codependency might also help a Pisces break free from any unhealthy patterns."
Regardless of your sign, it's not unusual for people to bring unhealthy habits to the table, and create challenges in their relationship as a result. So be aware of what might be holding you and your partner back from a healthy relationship, and don't be afraid to talk it out, listen, and make changes whenever necessary.
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