If you're on a mission of self discovery (and really, aren't we all?) then you'll probably be interested in hearing more about the fears most common for your Zodiac sign. I mean, why wouldn't you want a little more insight into why you are the way you are, or why certain things scare the pants off you, or make your blood run cold?
As it goes with personality traits, there's a long list of fears that seem to go hand-in-hand with certain astrological signs. "Your sign has its own values and ideals, and therefore related fears or worries," professional astrologer Rachel Lang tells Bustle. "These fears are often inherently related to personality traits. Also, each sign has a shadow side, or a side that’s not as easily understood. Some of our fears come from deep shadow parts of ourselves and relate back to our past."
What you're inherently afraid of can also have a connection to what you find most important in life. "We often fear threats to our safety or the loss of something valuable to us," Lang says. "We structure our lives according to these values and ideals, and so fear is an indication of what we most desire to protect in our lives."
Want to know more? Read on for what you're most likely to be afraid of, based on your sign.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
As a fire sign, you're very competitive. "[Aries] absolutely need to be the best at everything they do," says astrologer Valerie Mesa. "They're natural trendsetters who strive to leave a legacy, and losing is just not in their vocabulary." So what's your biggest fear likely to be? Failure, as even the smallest defeat can totally throw off your day.
Taurus (April 20 – May 21)
Anything that involves change or stepping outside your comfort zone is not Taurus' cup of tea, and can even leave you frozen with fear (and inaction). "Taurus lives to be comfortable and part of that comfort is having stability," Mesa says. That's why you might be afraid of anything that'll lead to a sense of insecurity, such as a job change or a big move.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
As a freedom-loving Gemini, your greatest fear in life is falling into a boring routine, which can include a fear of commitment. And that can make sticking around in a long-term relationships incredibly difficult. As Mesa says, "Their curiosity gets the best of them, and the thought of commitment is literally their worst nightmare."
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Fear of abandonment is a big one for Cancer. "When they invest their hearts in a relationship, they go all in," Lang says. "Therefore, they like to have a sense of emotional security. If they allow these fears to take over, they run the risk of isolation."
Leo (July 22 – August 22)
Since Leos are natural born attention seekers, I bet you love to be in the spotlight. But this desire is also at the center of your greatest fear. "Leos fear disappointing others, or worse, rejection," Lang says. "These fears can lead to strong feelings of insecurity."
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgos are all about keeping things orderly in life, so you likely shrivel with fear at the thought of chaos and disorganization. "The perfectionist of the Zodiac, Virgo's precision and attention to detail is extraordinary," Mesa says. "There's just no room for mistakes when they're around."
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and relationships. So for you, life is all about finding someone to share it with. But that's also why, as Mesa tells me, your biggest fear is ending up alone.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21
Scorpios are all about building strong, trusting relationships. That's why you love and crave a deep connection, as well as security. But this also fuels your rather intense fear of betrayal. You also hate the thought of being lied to, and may even look out — often a little too suspiciously — for signs of it at every turn.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius' biggest concern is FOMO. You know, the classic "fear of missing out." As Mesa says, "Sagittarius wants to experience everything and anything. This fire sign is always looking for the next best thing, and they're totally OK with insomnia if that means they're experiencing life to the ultimate fullest."
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
As a hardworking Capricorn, you dread failure and the thought of not reaching your true potential. "Determined and focused, Capricorn has a plan and no one will ever get in the way of that," Mesa says. "This earth sign is so practical it can almost seem ruthless. They are fiercely ambitious and failing is never an option."
Aquarius (January 29 – February 18)
A major fear for you, Aquarius, is the loss of autonomy and individuality. "The rebels of the zodiac. Aquarius' biggest fear is not being able to think for themselves," Mesa says. "This air sign will not tolerate being categorized." Sound familiar?
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Since Pisces are known for their wistful, dreamy ways, it makes sense why your greatest fear in life would be too much responsibility. I bet the process of "adulting" makes you stand wide-eyed in fear, and you probably avoid your to-do list at all costs.
Recognize any of these fears in yourself? Knowing what your biggest fears are in life can provide insight into what matters most to you, by revealing just a little bit more about your personality.
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