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The reasons why people divorce can be as complex and varied as what makes people fall in love in the first place. However, the act of calling it quits may have something to do with a person's sun sign—you and your spouse could be astrologically predisposed to certain habits associated with failed relationships. "Every sign has its own problem spots that can lead to partnering trouble, whether physically, emotionally or intellectually," says astrologer John Townley, author of Composite Charts: The Astrology of Relationships. "But it's not the individual signs that tell the tale; it's the dynamic interplay of both individuals' total planetary picture." (And of course, factors outside of astrology can also place a strain on your marriage). With this in mind, consider these seven common catalysts for divorce and the sun signs most likely to fall trap to them.
Praise-adoring Aries and Leo might be led astray if "someone is stroking their ego—or another body part," says astrologer Elizabeth Ball, romantic compatibility specialist and founder of astrology company It's in the Stars. Meanwhile Gemini and Sagittarius might turn to a lover for the thrill. If sensual Scorpio doesn't get enough sex, it's possible that they will drift from their marriage to get more, Townley adds.
When Libras, Cancers and Pisces venture outside of their relationships, it's probably in the name of love and connection, which they value over sex, says Ball. If Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) in particular don't get enough emotional attention at home, they may be tempted to find it elsewhere, Townley adds. "You've got to keep their tanks full, or someone else will fill them," he says.
Signs thought to be unpredictable as partners—and as people, for that matter—don't always make model spouses. This can be especially true among signs that have trouble finishing what they start. Geminis can be inconsistent and don't seem to care enough, which can trigger insecurity in their partners, according to Townley. Both Gemini and Sagittarius are prone to being marriage shy or, conversely, could end up marrying more than once. Aries, too, are believed to have a hard time sitting still and following through, which can make them fickle and restless in relationships.
Contrasting Confrontation Styles
Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are usually the most argumentative, as they all can be incredibly stubborn and unwilling to admit when they are wrong, Ball says. While Fixed signs are often reluctant to budge in a fight, Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) go with the wind and will take any side that's convenient or works for them in the moment, Townley adds. ("Both can be terminally annoying," he says.) On the flip side, some signs have a reputation for being averse to arguing. Specifically, Capricorns, Libras and Pisces may be unwilling to assert themselves or let on when something is wrong. Over time, their reluctance to speak up could drive them to divorce if unresolved relationship issues fester, according to Ball.
Whether marrying too soon or too young, some signs are more likely than others to make rash decisions. Aries and Sagittarius especially gravitate toward Las Vegas-style weddings, say Townley and Ball. However, Libras (as well as Cancers and Taurus) like having a partner, but they may need "a marriage or two to realize that they don't have to marry for that," Townley says. Libras particularly don't want to be alone, which might lead them to rush into marrying their first love, Ball adds.
With the possible exception of grounded Taurus, every sign in the zodiac can set the bar too high when it comes to their marriage expectations. (Perhaps this explains the sky-high divorce rate.) In general, Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) can be the most unrealistic about marriage and may not fully understand the level of commitment required to make a relationship work, Ball says. In addition, she adds, Virgos and Capricorns are prone to having ridiculously lofty standards for how their partners should behave. Yet Water signs come with their own issues, too: Cancers tend to expect marriage to be a repeat of their childhood, and therefore project parental images on a partner, Townley says. Dream-dwelling Pisces are also likely to find that their relationship aspirations don't match reality, and Scorpios sometimes expect the initial passion in a romance to last forever.