You know how certain personality types just don't mix? The same is true, in many ways, for certain Zodiac signs. While it's always possible to work out your differences, some signs tend to be more toxic for each other. So if you feel like you're being rubbed the wrong way, or totally misunderstood, your astrological chart may explain why.
"Each sign has different needs, as well as emotional triggers," professional astrologer Rachel Lang tells Bustle. "Certain signs mirror back shadow sides of others, which can trigger conflicts or stir unhealthy behavioral patterns."
It can certainly make things difficult, and might not create the most ideal situation. But that doesn't mean you can't be friends, or even have a relationship with these so-called "toxic" signs. "Often, when I see clients with challenging compatibility, I see major personal growth because of those relationships," Lang says. "So, I never believe any relationship is doomed. In fact, compatibility is a complicated art, and at the end of the day, we are so much more than just our sun signs."
With that in mind, read on below for Lang's take on which signs don't always mix well, so you can keep an eye out for toxic situations.
Aries (March 20-April 19)
As an Aries, you're just a tiny bit impulsive. And while that can be a charming trait, it is likely to rub a Virgo the wrong way. Since Virgos are highly organized and like to stick a game plan, your lack of predictability can garner some harsh criticism. And that can get old quick.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
While you can have amazing chemistry with a Scorpio — since they are on opposite ends of the Zodiac — this sign can be a little too intense for your practical, stable nature. Sure, it'll be fun at first. But as your relationship goes on, toxicity can arise.
Gemini (May 20-June 20)
Since Gemini is all about freedom, you might find a Scorpio challenging, too. "Gemini likes to play and needs a lot of freedom. While this could keep Scorpio on their toes, over time, they may question your commitment to the relationship." Since Scorpios can act out — and get a bit controlling — when they lose trust, expect drama to ensue.
Cancer (June 20-July 22)
As a free-spirited Sagittarius, you could be a challenging match for Cancer, who craves emotional security. You're also likely to hurt their feelings, since you speak the truth — often very directly — and that can come off a little strong to such a sensitive sign.
Leo (July 22-August 22)
Leos love to be the center of attention, so it makes sense why you might not get along with hardworking Capricorn. "While Capricorn usually stays committed for the long run, they can prioritize community and career. When this happens, Leo could feel left behind."
Virgo (August 22-September 22)
Speaking of opposite signs, we have Pisces and Virgo, who can have amazing sexual chemistry and attraction. But, that doesn't mean things won't become toxic over time.
"Dreamy (sometimes unrealistic) Pisces has one foot on the ground and their head in the clouds. Virgo tends to be practical. They could end up cleaning up after Pisces (metaphorically and literally), and in doing so, could feel more like a worker than a partner."
Libra (September 22-October 23)
Since Libras are all about relationships, you tend to be invested in making yours work. But watch out for Aries, who can step in and try to take advantage of your kindness.
"Aries does not always like to compromise, and they can be fiercely independent. Because of this, Libra may have to make sacrifices to keep the peace. This pattern could result in a relationship that’s way out of balance, one in which Libra doesn’t have a voice."
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
A Gemini can truly annoy a Scorpio, with their lack of conversational compatibility. "Gemini likes to talk, which works for a Scorpio, but Gemini talks about topics Scorpio might consider [surface-level]. Scorpio likes to go deep."
They can also ignite your trust issues, since Geminis tend to be more free-spirited. Keep in mind, though, it doesn't mean you can't get along. "If the two can learn from one another, you can find ways to make the relationship work."
Sagittarius (November 21-December 22)
You love your freedom, too, which is why you might feel confined when hanging out with Virgo, who is, again, all about that order. "This can challenge Sagittarius, and they could feel criticized by Virgo."
However, your opposite attitudes could provide an opportunity to learn from one another. "The challenges could smooth out over time if Virgo relaxes and allows Sagittarius to surprise them, and Sagittarius learns not to take criticism personally."
Capricorn (December 21-January 19)
As an ambitious and determined Capricorn, you're likely to butt heads with the equally ambitious Aries — especially in a work environment. "Capricorn could feel frustrated by Aries’ need to be number one. When this happens, [you might] feel resentful, and conflict could ensue."
Aquarius (January19-February 18)
Aquarius and Leo are opposite signs, and are therefore drawn to each other. But do prepare yourself for the attention-seeking so often associated with Leo, and the resulting drama.
"If Leo does not feel like a top priority, they can stir drama in the relationship to get attention." When that happens, cue the toxicity.
Pisces (February 18-March 20)
You might find yourself hanging out with a Gemini, since you're both fun-loving and creative. But beware misunderstandings when it comes to your emotional connection.
"Pisces needs to feel emotionally connected, heard, and understood. Gemini doesn’t always want to take the time to process emotions. Theirs is a more cerebral sign, which can make them seem emotionally distant or detached. This could lead to trouble, as Pisces could feel under-appreciated or unseen."
Of course, all of these issues can be ironed out, if you're willing to learn from each other. While some signs might be more toxic for each other than others, it certainly doesn't mean you can't learn how to have a great relationship.
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