When it comes to relationships, there are quite a few zodiac signs who naturally thrive as part of a couple. This may be due, in some way, to their relationship-oriented personalities, which serve them well while dating. But on the flip side, there are a few signs who are more prone to breakups. And it’s these folks who may find themselves either breaking up with partners — or being broken up with — more often than not.
Of course, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If a sign prioritizes their individuality, and appreciates being free-spirited, then they can take that and run with it — as is often the case with one of the signs listed below. But for others, figuring out what may be causing their relationships to end can be quite eye-opening.
To do so, it can help to look at the signs who have those natural, relationship-oriented personality traits, as mentioned above. “For example, Taurus likes peace and contentment and they are also very steady and loyal,” astrologer Lisa Barretta, tells Bustle. Because they prioritize these things, Taurus may not be as prone to breakups as other signs.
There’s also Scorpio, a sign that can be immensely loyal, and thus interested in creating long-lasting relationships. And Capricorn, who may prefer to focus their energy on fixing problems with their partner, Barretta says, instead of jumping ship.
The two signs listed below, however, may have a few traits that propel them towards breakups. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have a healthy, long-term relationship if they so choose. Read on for a few reasons why they may struggle, as well as what they can do about it, according to an expert.
1. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
As one of the most nurturing signs, Cancer tends to desire security in a relationship more than anything else. But since they can also be quite insecure, they may have a tendency to stand in their own way.
“They can be suspicious by nature because of their own insecurities, and unfortunately they project that energy onto their partner,” Barretta says. “This [can lead] to multiple breakups, oftentimes with the same person, over and over again.”
Cancer might also go through multiple breakups because they take things personally, and often see problems and faults with their partner that aren’t even there. According to Barretta, some Cancers even thrive in dramatic situations, and may find themselves embroiled in breakups as a result.
They can stop the cycle, however, if and when they’d like to make a relationship work. “Cancers can find more stability in their relationships by looking for security within themselves,” Barretta says, “before looking to outside relationships to provide it. Once Cancer finds the right relationship, this sign flourishes.” And they often end up with that feeling security they always wanted.
2. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
As a free-spirited sign, Aquarius may feel a bit smothered or held back while in a relationship. And this is a trait that can prove to be quite challenging for them, as well as their partners.
If their relationship has rules — as most of them do — Aquarius can shut down, and even become cold and impersonal towards their partner, which can lead to a breakup. They can also be difficult to connect with on an emotional level, Barretta says, making a long-lasting relationship even less likely.
That said, Aquarians really do love people, and can make a relationship work if they so choose. “If this sign wants to find stability in their relationships and forego breakup drama, it serves them well to seek out partners who have a similar temperament,” Barretta says.
Being with someone who also doesn’t want to be tied down can make all the difference. “Aquarians do well with independent, free-thinking, creative types,” Barretta says. “Finding someone on the same trip as them will help avoid frequent breakups.”
Of course, a breakup can happen to anyone — even for the signs who are naturally “good” at relationships. But by focusing on the traits that make them work, anyone can create a successful connection.