In casual dating, ghosting someone (or being ghosted) is so commonplace that it often feels like a matter of how rather than a question of when.
Fortunately, the stars are here to help you figure out exactly how any fair-weather bae might dip without notice. Read on to find out how each sign ghosts and learn how to avoid being left on read, astrologically speaking.
With Aries, a flame is ignited within them in less than a second and burns out just as quickly. As the first sign of the zodiac, they’re an impulsive and spontaneous person who dives head first into romance, but as soon as the going gets rough (or a DTR convo is initiated), they might disappear. Their sign practically wrote the book on ghosting.
How to keep an Aries from ghosting:
The keyword for Aries is ‘new,’ so as long as you keep them on their toes (think weekend trips, impromptu date nights, and random acts of passion), you’re sure to keep the fire lit.
Taureans—the first earth sign of the zodiac—are known for their steadfast loyalty. Once someone forms a relationship with them, they’ll do whatever it takes to maintain the bond. Romance is rather black-and-white for them (they’re extremely stubborn), so if they say they’re not interested in a relationship, the person they’re seeing needs to take that sh*t seriously.
"hey, what are you doing tonight? let's go–"
taurus, cancer: pic.twitter.com/5zpr7YRh3w
— mama jake (@jakesastrology) September 13, 2018
How to keep a Taurus from ghosting:
Taureans always stick to their guns, so the only way to avoid being ghosted by one is to steer clear from getting involved with an unavailable Taurean. The only sure way to win a bullfight is to not participate at all.
Ah, Gemini. Anyone who’s dating one should brace themselves for their signature vanishing act. Their sign is the most gifted at flipping the script. They aren’t trying to be deceptive–they just get bored extremely easily. It’s easier from them to dissolve into thin air than explain themselves.
Dating a Gemini is fun. We can plan a baecation, pick out baby names, and break up all in the same conversation
— Boriqua (@xavillaneda) January 2, 2017
How to keep a Gemini from ghosting:
Grab a shamrock and wish for the best. Not to be harsh, but if they stick around, you’ll know that your bond is impenetrable. Otherwise, don’t worry—Geminis will always be that ghost who periodically slides into your DMs after they’ve gone missing!
Cancers are extremely sensitive creatures. Just like the crustacean that symbolizes their sign, they protect their soft interiors with hard, sturdy armor. Simply put, it’s hard for them to open up. One of their greatest fears is unrequited vulnerability, so when it comes to ghosting, they usually dip before they get too close. At the end of the day, all they’re seeking is partnership that’s honest and dependable–so if they get flaky vibes, they’ll leave before they are left.
How to keep a Cancer from ghosting:
Establish a safe space within your relationship early on. Let your Cancer know that their emotions are okay, and you’re down to celebrate all their feels. When a Cancer knows they’re safe, they stick around.
Leos make a terrific first date because they’re theatrical and love to entertain. They easily captivate acquaintances with stories, perks, and special talents. But some Leos are best at shows that are one-night-only—they aren’t afraid to close the curtains on the romance.
leos when people arent talking exclusively about them now that its leo season pic.twitter.com/LO29ffHzC2
— mama jake (@jakesastrology) July 22, 2018
How to keep a Leo from ghosting:
Try enchanting your Leo with a long, deliberate applause. Let them show off! Leos are seeking someone who’s more than just a partner—they’re also looking for a fan. Let your fabulous lion know they’re the best, and they’ll stan your relationship in return.
Though Virgos are known for their kindness, they’re actually one of the biggest ghosters of the zodiac because they can spot all of the incompatibilities very early on. They’d rather bounce ASAP than watch a relationship go downhill. This leaves people they ghost scratching their heads, especially since Virgos can seem SO into the relationship at first.
Virgo when you do something that bothers them vs Virgo doing something that bothers you pic.twitter.com/mSqx4uU6Cr
— Astro Bebs (@astrobebs) August 25, 2017
How to keep a Virgo from ghosting:
Unfortunately, once a Virgo has decided that a bond is doomed, there’s little you can do to convince them otherwise. Try appealing to their sweet nature. Small tokens of appreciation and acts of service go a long way with this practical earth sign, so don’t be afraid to show your Virgo lover that you really care.
Symbolized by the scales, Libras are constantly trying to find harmony and balance within interpersonal relationships. But because their sign perceives itself as the ‘peer mediator’ of the zodiac, they don’t want to be limited to just one bond. If they suddenly feel like a newfound relationship is becoming a bit too constrictive, they’ll simply drift away.
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How to keep a Libra from ghosting:
Let them know you support their social obligations. Libra wants to attend six back-to-back happy hours? No problem, you’re down for it! As soon as they know you’re along for the ride, they’ll be sure to stick around.
Scorpios have a bit of a reputation. While not all astrological stereotypes are true, they are intense and people need to be careful with them. Once they form an emotional connection, it’s not easy for them to let go. They protect their heart at all costs, which makes them an expert ghoster.
How to keep a Scorpio from ghosting:
It isn’t easy to change a Scorpio’s mind, but they are excellent at hauntings since they have a hard time letting go. They will absolutely watch your Insta stories long after you called it quits.
Symbolized by the celestial archer, Sagittarius is all about exploration, adventure, and discovery. What other people perceive as ‘ghosting’ is simply their default spirit. They’re *all* about dipping, so people really shouldn’t take their vanishing acts personally.
when ur talking to a sagittarius/gemini/pisces and ask if they're seeing anyone else: pic.twitter.com/nKpFJtzAfX
— mama jake (@jakesastrology) May 2, 2018
How to keep a Sagittarius from ghosting:
Embrace their roaming tendencies. They’ll feel confident in building a strong future together if you play the role of a co-pilot who’s always down for anything.
Capricorns are often painted as unemotional workaholics, and that’s not entirely true. They definitely know how to let loose and have fun, but when it comes to dating, the end need to justify the means. They just don’t want to invest in a relationship that has no future, so if anything feels annoying or imperfect off the bat, they’re quick to lose interest.
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How to keep a Capricorn from ghosting:
Be very clear with what you want early on so your Capricorn can determine whether the relationship is feasible on their end. This earth signs really appreciates honesty, so when in doubt, always lead with the truth.
Passionately humanitarian and highly intellectual, Aquarians are revolutionaries. They care deeply about equality, but have a difficult time applying these values to their interpersonal relationships. This makes them notorious flakes, because they struggle to know if they really *want* a relationship to begin with, or how to sort out their feelings for you.
“you could just tell them how you feel.”
— neutral spiritualist (@icuarius) January 19, 2019
How to keep an Aquarius from ghosting:
If you start to notice your Aquarius lover pulling away, call them out with straightforward questions. Get real. The fastest way to their heart is through spirited debates and picking apart their non-committal b.s.
Pisces are known for their incredible empathy and emotional depth. Symbolized by the fish, they’re highly intuitive and can pick up on subtle, extrasensory experiences that otherwise go unnoticed. But the breadth of their perception can be overwhelming, and in turn, they swim away quickly. After all, fast movements are a fish’s primary defense mechanism.
even though literally nothing was happening i started crying and said “sorry i’m a pisces” and the vet tech was like “honey i’m a cancer i understand” and honestly i needed that
— Rachel Whitehurst (@RachLWhitehurst) February 8, 2018
How to keep a Pisces from ghosting:
These water signs have rich inner worlds, so they need to spend lots of time exploring their own psyches. If they seem absent from the relationship, they probably migrated upstream. Don’t try to catch ‘em—these mysterious creatures aren’t always meant for land. Pisces remind us that the journey is always the destination.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US