So let’s say you’re at a restaurant or window shopping on eHarmony or Tinder and this amazing guy floats across your radar. He is perfect, checks everything off your dream man list and still has enough mystery leftover to be intriguing and tantalizing. But you hesitate; you’re a smart girl, you’ve been burned before by diving into something too fast. So you wonder, what is the catch with this guy? What mistake will he likely make (consciously or unconsciously) which could potentially derail and destroy your fledgling relationship?
Aside from being a mind reader or having the ability to see into the future, there’s not a lot we can do to help you out, Smart Girl. Instead, we can bring you digital ice cream and a list of the most likely mistake he’ll make in the relationship based on his Zodiac sign. Sure, there’s a very strong chance that he’ll borrow a different sign’s mistake and make that one instead but at least this gives you a pretty good general guide of what to be on the look-out for in an otherwise perfectly healthy potential romantic partner. Note: it might help things a lot if you could find out his Zodiac sign early on so you don’t waste a lot of time cyber-stalking him and second-guessing what it could be based on two coffee dates and one dinner out.
16 Aries: His Impulsivity May Get The Best Of Him
First up we have Aries who is represented by the ram, which is quite fitting if you know one in real life. Born between March 21st and April 19th, Aries begins the season of spring with a massive burst of energy which suits spring perfectly. After all that death and harsh coldness of winter, everyone generally welcomes spring with wide open arms. Aries is best known for being courageous, determined, passionate, moody, impatient, confident, impulsive, aggressive, optimistic, short-tempered and honest. He’ll plow through every obstacle and be brutally honest about it the whole time.
Unfortunately for him, he isn’t a very good judge of character (which means he’ll likely fall for someone toxic or abusive and never fall out of love with them even if he has moved on since then), and he’s massively impulsive which means he will definitely do something stupid at some point in the relationship. If it’s a tie-breaker for you that he breaks, he won’t figure it out till after you’re long gone. According to Elite Daily, Aries “won't think about the consequences. In fact, you don't think at all. You'll be blinded by lust and will abandon the love of your life just because you got swept away in a moment that wasn't even real.”
15 Leo: He Could Be Too Full Of Himself To See The Error Of His Ways
You can spot a Leo across the room at events. They are usually the center of attention and glow with this brightness that can be very attractive. Leos are born between July 23rd and August 22nd and are represented by the lion. They thrive in the height and heat of summer, matching it with their fierce inner fire and burning brightly as they celebrate life with a grandness that exhausts the rest of us. They are best known for being creative, passionate, stubborn, arrogant, generous, warm-hearted, self-centered, lazy, cheerful, humorous and inflexible.
They think the world should revolve around them and don’t understand why it doesn’t. Which means that the most likely mistake this gorgeous guy will make in your relationship will be letting his ego take over. He’ll want to be in charge, make all the decisions and be the best at everything, even your thing regardless of whether he gets it or not. As Elite Daily puts it, Leo is “ambitious, and you crave someone just as powerful as you are. So what's the trouble with all this? You consider yourself most amazing creature in the world, so you think you deserve the most amazing creature in the world. You're just always lookin' for better.”
14 Sagittarius: His Sarcasm Could Land Him In Hot Water
Oh, you just love a man with wit and humor and this guy has it plus looks and everything else. Sagittarius arrives on the scene between November 22nd and December 21st, right at the height of the holiday season which suits him perfectly as he wows all the relatives and becomes the life of every party you attend. Known for being generous, idealistic, very impatient, prone to promising more than he can deliver, great sense of humor and says anything that pops into his head no matter how undiplomatic it may be.
Leo likely won’t be a hit with your family if they don’t get his humor. He will always be on the move looking for that next big adventure or ball of excitement which means that, unfortunately for you, he will probably cheat on you at some point for the sheer excitement and adrenaline rush it gives him. According to Your Tango, “The sign of the archer, the Sagittarius often feels the need to conquer and go on a hunt, even to the detriment of a previously established relationship. More likely to stray than other signs, it's important that a Sagittarius is given an opportunity for excitement in the relationship so that they don't feel the need to abandon loyalty.”
13 Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces): Too Intuitive For Their Own Good
Alright so you’ve met all the fire signs and ruled them out as your guy or you wouldn’t still be reading this list. Now we’re going to introduce to you the amazing water signs. These guys are highly in tune with their emotions and can better understand your emotions because of it. They are intuitive, compassionate and often have a different angle on something that we’d previously considered. They tend to be safe and secure since they like being safe and secure. In many ways, they are the complete opposite of the fiery guys you’ve already encountered which means that they will likely be a nice change for you.
These water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. You may have heard of at least Cancer, possibly Scorpio but Pisces tends to float under the radar and emerges only occasionally. As Astrostyle puts it, “Intuitive, emotional and ultra-sensitive, water signs can be as mysterious as the ocean itself. Like water, they can be refreshing, or they can drown you in their depths. These signs often have intense dreams and borderline-psychic intuition. Security is important to them—after all, water needs a container, or it dries up and disappears.”
12 Cancer: He Has The Potential To Be A Stage Five Clinger
Most of us have all encountered at least one guy who seemed super perfect except for the teeny tiny annoying fact that he was super clingy. Unfortunately, this will be how Cancer defeats his own best relationship unless he gets a hold of himself. If not that, then his mood swings might throw a wrench into the works. Born between June 21st and July 22nd, Cancer is represented by the crab and best known for being tenacious, moody, highly imaginative, pessimistic, loyal, suspicious, emotional, manipulative, sympathetic, persuasive and insecure.
This guy will be the safe haven we need if that’s what we’re looking for and he’ll make a great dad since he is so home and tradition-based. He’s built for nurturing but not necessarily adventuring. Still, sometimes that’s what we want in a man after we’ve had our fun with those adventurers. As Romper puts it, “Cancer is seen as the nurturer who is extremely dependable. Yet, similar to the animal who represents the sign, a Cancer can get quite ‘crabby.’ Since they are so nurturing, they can get very attached to those they love and unfortunately become insecure or suspicious that their partner's eyes are wandering elsewhere.”
11 Scorpio: He May Suffocate You With His Love
You know that one guy that everyone calls when they are in trouble or need something done or fixed or just need something? Betcha he is a Scorpio. He is also likely to be that guy at the office who is always taking charge and getting the job done, especially if he is the boss.
Born between October 23rd and November 21st, Scorpio is represented by the scorpion and he is a natural born leader. He’s best known for being resourceful, brave, distrusting, jealous, passionate, stubborn, secretive, violent and a true friend. He is loyal to a fault, always dependable and he’s in touch with his emotions although he won’t express them like Cancer does.
He doesn’t always have great communication skills and he will likely mess up the relationship by becoming too possessive of you. He doesn’t mean to behave that way but he does and it can get weird. According to Thought Catalog, Scorpios “seem to only trust yourself which is a good quality to have but when you shut out good people out of fear of vulnerability you miss out on basic emotions that everyone shows but you think is a sign of weakness.
10 Pisces: He Could Be Leaving You Hanging One Too Many Times
There is always that one mysterious guy at every party or gathering who is intriguing and full of undiscovered depths to his character. He might also be the shady or creepy guy in the corner too. It goes either way for poor Pisces. Born between February 19th and March 20th, Pisces is represented by the fish and is best known for being compassionate, artistic, fearful, sad, overly trusting, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical, prone to escaping reality and can be either a victim or a martyr. This all translates to a tendency for being overly dramatic and unpredictable.
The most likely mistake he will make in your relationship will be his lack of reliability. He’ll say he’s up for a date next week and then change his mind the day of the event, or he’ll hedge around the idea of setting long-term goals till you get frustrated and stop asking him about them. Your Tango points out another problem Pisces has: “Pisces, with their idealistic dreams and flights of fancy, are not great with money. More likely to hide big purchases and have a low credit score, their flippant relationship with money can be problematic in a partnership.”
9 Earth Signs (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo): They Bring No Fireworks To The Party
Well, this is the last group of guys so yours is probably one of these guys. This final group is known as the earth signs and they are dependable, steady, loyal to the death and the kind you want for a long-term relationship. They aren’t super prone to emotional outbursts like those water signs, they won’t exhaust you with their endless supply of energy like the fire signs and they will actually listen to what you say and pay attention (most of the time anyway; they’re men after all), unlike the air signs.
They do have their downsides in that they like tangible things, they are slow and steady. So, if excitement is what you’re after then a fire sign might be a better match, and they look for long-term mates more than just fun flings. These guys are Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. As Ivy Roses describe them, “People born under the earth signs…are often described as reliable and responsible, a 'safe pair of hands', people who can be trusted to get a job done without being distracted by whatever else is going on or whoever happens to come along.”
8 Capricorn: He Never Clocks Out
You know that guy at the office who is always the first to arrive, the last to leave and most likely to get promoted this year? He’s probably a Capricorn. They are born between December 22nd and January 19th and are represented by the goat. They tend to be responsible, disciplined, know-it-alls, self-controlled, unforgiving, condescending, well behaved and always expecting the worst (likely so when the worst does happen they aren’t taken by surprise and can say, “See, I told you so.”).
These guys are workaholics which is the biggest mistake they will make in the relationship. They will focus too much on work, pouring all their time and attention into it till there's nothing left over for you. Ironically they really want to have a steady long-term relationship with you. They just have a bad sense of balancing their priorities. As Romper puts it, “Who doesn't love a half-fish, half-goat? Eager to accomplish any task set out before them, Capricorns are phenomenal professionals. Yet according to Fox, a Capricorn is "ambitious and hardworking, but don’t let work get too far in the way of romance." Watch out that all those late nights at the office don't ruin too many date nights.”
7 Taurus: He May Always Have A Streak Of Immaturity
Born between April 20th and May 20th, Taurus is represented by the bull and it is a very fitting symbol for this guy. He is best known for being reliable, dependable, loyal, stubborn, possessive, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable and uncompromising. Once this guy has made up his mind about something, literally nothing will change it again unless he changes it himself.
Thus, his biggest relationship mistake he will make with you will be his intense stubbornness paired up with his inability to compromise. He is also a bit prone to jealousy and an immature bull can throw a jealous temper tantrum like no one else. Once he’s aged a bit, this tendency settles down. He’s very much marriage material and won’t kid around when he tells you he loves you, It just might take awhile to hear it.
As Romper puts it, “Practically everyone knows that a Taurus has plenty in common with its astrological symbol, the bull. But when it comes to relationships, that stubborn attitude can turn into something of a more possessive, all-or-nothing vibe. Though the Taurus may think they're just being loyal and committed, it can come off as clingy or too intense to others.”
6 Virgo: He's Right And You're Wrong, Got It?
Virgos are born between August 23rd and September 22nd, with the virgin as their representative. They tend to be loyal, analytical, shy, kind, hardworking, worried, practical, critical and prone to being all work and no play. They are hyper-organized and need everything done just so in their way. And nothing really ever seems to please them, despite our many efforts. This guy will be hard to live with but he has his benefits.
The big mistake he will make will be his tendency to want control and to hyper-criticise everything and everyone. He just thinks he’s right about everything so we should do what he says after all. He’s very loyal though so he will never cheat and he’s kind. He shows it in quiet ways. As Bustle puts it, “Virgo needs to know that their mate longs to feel as if they're good enough, and being fussy about everything—from the way they dress to the route they chose to drive, to the amount of spice in the sauce—doesn't do much to rev up their partner's confidence. If Virgo can realize that we're all perfectly imperfect, they will give much relief to themselves and their partners."
5 Fire Signs (Leo, Aries, Sagittarius): Their Energy Knows No Limit
First off, we’ll introduce you to the fire signs of the Zodiac calendar. These guys are usually hyper-energetic, draw people around them like magnets and party till everyone else drops before moving onto the after-party somewhere else. If given a bold new interesting idea, they will grab it and run it into the ground regardless of who might be in their simply because they are super focused on the idea and the urge to conquer it.
Dating one of these guys can be a thrill but they do have their downsides. They’re prone to outbursts, tend to think highly of themselves and they’re plain exhausting after awhile unless you’re a fire sign too or know how to keep up.
These guys are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Once they’re exhausted themselves, these guys burn out and need time to recover, just like a real fire when it burns to coals. As Astrology Zodiac Signs tells us, “This is the element that represents energy itself, and even though there is a lot of earthly energy in the element of Water, it cannot be compared with the amount of energy that lives in the Sun, even though they might be equally important to the human race.”
4 Air Signs (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini): Flitting And Fluttering, They May Never Actually Make A Move
Okay, so you’re still reading this which means that your charming man isn’t a fire sign or a water sign. No worries, we’ll just move onto the next set of guys. These guys are air signs. They are the dreamers, thinkers, communicators of the Zodiac calendar. They will come up with the idea and the fire signs will run with it. It’s called teamwork apparently. These air signs are often a bit spacy and might not always be in the moment but they are a whirlwind of fun and they always have a new angle or insight to something. These guys are Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini.
As Astrostyle puts it, “Air signs are all about action, ideas, and motion—they are the “winds of change.” When a strong gust hits you, you can’t help but move. While some within their ranks may be true-life “airheads,” others are as powerful as a gravity-defying G-force. Air signs bring everyone a breath of fresh air when things start to get stale. Like the breeze, you can’t quite catch them, and you never know where they’ll drop you once they sweep you up. It will almost always be an adventure, though.”
3 Libra: This Guy Will Languish Over Every Little Thing
Libra is a unique creature. He’s born between September 23rd and October 22nd, with the balancing scales as his symbol. He is best known for being cooperative, diplomatic, indecisive, gracious, fair-minded, nonconfrontational, social, self-pitying and likely to hold a grudge. The Libra strives to find balance and harmony in his life, making sure everyone is happy—often at the cost of his own health and happiness. A lot of people take Libra for granted till he finally calls it quits and then they wonder where he went.
While all this might sound great, unfortunately, he will sabotage the relationship by his indecisiveness. He won’t want to rock the boat and will, therefore, hesitate over every little decision till you go crazy or end up making all the decisions yourself. As Your Tango puts it, “Yet, it's that same desire for fairness which can cause the Libra lover to be indecisive when making important decisions. The Libra wants to consider every possible scenario, making it hard to finalize some choices, like buying a home, where to get married, or even what kind of take out to get. It can be frustrating for someone partnered with a Libra, causing unnecessary arguments.”
2 Aquarius: He'll Want It His Way Or No Way
Aquarius is born between January 20th and February 18th and is represented by the water bearer. As an air sign, this is a weird mix but he gets the job done so no worries there. Aquarius tends to be progressive, original, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof, independent, humanitarian and prone to running from emotional expression. While he is a member of the communicative signs, Aquarius doesn’t like to feel vulnerable and discussing his emotions makes him feel that way. It will take a long time for him to work up the nerve just to say, “I love you.” And the biggest mistake he’ll make in the relationship (aside from hiding his feelings about the new curtains) will be his inability to compromise.
All healthy relationships need compromise to survive and he just won’t do it. He also might not be completely there in your daily activities and conversations, possibly because he is wrapped up thinking about something else. As Romper can confirm, “So one of the most common mistakes they make in relationships is allowing their aloofness and stubborn nature to get the best of them. Maybe next time you should let your partner win that argument or compromise on where to eat.”
1 Gemini: He'll May Never Evolve, And He May Not Want You To Either
Born between May 21st and June 20th, Gemini is represented by the twins and has something of a dual personality. He is best known for being gentle, affectionate, curious, nervous, adaptable, inconsistent, indecisive and able to learn quickly and exchange thoughts and ideas like lightning. These guys are born communicators though what they’re actually talking about half the time can be hard to follow since they jump from idea to idea so quickly. But like their brother the Libra, they have a hard time making decisions and staying consistent—mainly because they want to keep themselves available in case something more interesting or exciting comes along.
At least Libra has a good reason for their hedging. Thus, the biggest mistake that Gemini will make in your relationship will be his lack of dependability. He’s unpredictable and unreliable in many ways. As Thought Catalog puts it, the Gemini will “ruin your love life by lying to yourself about who and what you really want. Your inability to make a decision leaves you with a few options but being frozen with fear of making the wrong ones leave you staying in place, not moving forward at all.”