Break-ups are never fun and no one enjoys them, despite whatever brave face they’re presenting. Whether we're doing the dumping or getting dumped, it hurts either way and we need time to chill out and mend our broken hearts. How we each react to a break-up varies from person to person and what our Zodiac sign contributes to our post break-up reactions. This is especially true the more connected we are to our particular sign as even our individual personalities differ from the standard of what to expect.
Some of us will drown our sorrows in ice cream while others will seemingly go on the rampage until they finally collapse. If you’re thinking of leaving your man and want to know what his reaction to the break-up will be, analyzing it through the lens of his Zodiac sign could give you considerable insight into what to expect when you pull the cord on the relationship. At least any grand gestures or hysterical meltdowns won’t catch you off guard if you know to look for them. To help simplify matters during this highly emotional time, here is a nice tidy list of how he might react to the break-up for your convenience. Might want to read it while he’s not around.
16 Fire Signs — The Most Passionate Breakup Ever
We’ll start our list off with the powerhouses of the Zodiac calendar — the all-consuming Fire signs. These signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Aries is cardinal, which means he comes first and begins the cycle, Leo is fixed and therefore steady and as reliable as fire can be. Lastly, Sagittarius is mutable which means he ends things and changes scenes easily. Cardinals are notable for beginning a season with a burst of energy — such as spring or summer — and for mutably closing out those seasons with a different level of energy — such as the smooth transition from summer to autumn or autumn to winter.
The fixed signs hold the energy of the season at its height steady and at full force, making sure that they create a nice lasting impression as they merge the elements and manage the changes from the beginning to the ending.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “This is the first element with strong masculine energy, and it easily neglects the feminine principles within, burning everything around a person and making all the Water in their body and life evaporate. A life without love isn’t worth living, and in order to make them happier, all fiery people have to respect their emotional side and acknowledge their emotional needs.”
15 Aries: This Breakup Will Leave Your Head Spinning
Aries reigns supreme from March 21 to April 19, bursting with all that spring energy that comes as such a relief after the harshness of winter. Represented by the ram, an Aries is known for being courageous, determined, impatient, moody, confident, enthusiastic, short-tempered, impulsive, optimistic, honest, aggressive and passionate. They are often caught swinging from one extreme to the other and dive headfirst into a new activity without fully closing the door on the last. When Aries gets dumped, they launch themselves into new levels of intensity — whether it’s work, social engagements, a new partner or a hobby.
It’s only after the initial shock and burn of the break-up that they begin to process what happened and to mourn the loss. As Go Mag puts it, “Once it’s over, it’s over. You will not blink before setting fire to all the memories of an ex. The few weeks after a breakup are the busiest weeks for you. You’ll pile things in your schedule and meet new people. You’ll say it’s because now, finally, you get to do these things and that the relationship was holding you back. But in reality, it’s because you can’t be alone and think of your ex.”
14 Leo: Bring Out The Drama, Baby
Sweeping in between July 23 and August 22, Leo is the height of summer and matches the endless heat with endless energy and enthusiasm — often exhausting for everyone around him. Represented by the lion, Leo is known for being creative, passionate, arrogant, stubborn, generous, warm-hearted, self-centered, cheerful, humorous, lazy and inflexible. Leo can be relied on for a good time but only if it’s done by their rules.
When Leo does the dumping, he’s usually fine — but when you dump Leo, he first goes into shock that you lost interest in him in the first place and then he goes a bit dramatic and crazy.
According to The Love Queen, “Male Leos tend to think too highly of themselves in terms of relationships. There are times they feel the need to prove that their partner is wrong and feels that the partner has to be the one to apologize first. When their beaus leave them they feel that eventually, these people will go back because they are just too important to the partner. They can at times throw hissy fits of frustration.” Oftentimes we leave Leo because of his ego and inability to compromise within the relationship, which Leo doesn’t understand at all until it’s too late.
13 Sagittarius: He May Not Go Away So Easily
Sagittarius comes into play between November 22 to December 21, right at the end of autumn and the beginning of winter when all the holidays are in full swing. Represented by the bow and arrow, Sagittarius is known for being generous, idealistic, promising more than he can deliver, great sense of humor, impatient and will say anything no matter how undiplomatic it may be — this will not always gain him favor with the in-laws. He tends to speak first and think later. If your man is a Sagittarius and you’ve managed to land him for a long-term relationship then you’re one of the lucky few who can boast of such a feat. Unfortunately, this means that he will crash hard after the break-up.
According to Allure, “When a Sagittarius is unexpectedly dumped, though, they sing a very different tune, making it their mission to reclaim their love. It may seem romantic, but in reality, these valiant efforts often have more to do with impulse than adoration: Sagittarians will stop at nothing to satisfy their passions, so whether their journey leads them down the Amazon River or to their ex's door with boxes of roses, archers will only be satisfied once the goal is achieved.”
12 Water Signs — Their Emotions Flow Like H20
Water is the opposite of Fire and is easily consumed by the powerful blazing signs. Water is powerful in their own way, gradually carving out canyons and caves with patience and sheer force of will. Never underestimate a Water sign. They may seem highly emotional, flighty and prone to meltdowns, tantrums and mood swings but in the end, they get the job done and usually achieve whatever it was that they set out to achieve.
The Water signs are Cancer, who is cardinal and fierce despite their size; Scorpio, who is fixed and calm but deep; and Pisces, who is mutable and unpredictable.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “Typical representatives of the element of Air have often been said to be too emotional. They could deal with a lot of suffering before they realize that there is no such thing. Their sensitivity and fragile nature make them perfect for advisors and compassionate therapists, helping those with deep emotional problems.” Water also helps to balance out and nurture the Earth signs and can co-exist with the Air signs in a nice friendly way since both are powerful elements that can be consumed by Fire or beat Fire at its own game.
11 Cancer: This Crab Will Claw His Way Back To The Surface
Cancer rules as a supreme leader from June 21 to July 22 and is the most emotional of the Water signs. Cancer is represented by the crab and is known for being tenacious, highly imaginative, moody, pessimistic, loyal, emotional, suspicious, manipulative, sympathetic, persuasive and insecure. Prone to mood swings, this sign highly values family and traditions. Once you get to know a Cancer — a tricky thing to achieve — they become an intuitive loyal friend who will show up at your house with wine and chocolate after you’re dumped to comfort you and share your pain.
When you dump a Cancer, he’ll take it very hard as Cancers already struggle to build their relationships. He’ll likely break off all contact with you and retreat to the comfort of his family to heal. According to Bolde, “Cancers really do have deep feelings during certain stages of the breakup. However, unlike Pisces, who tend to make a theatrical display of their emotions, Cancers will bottle it up and only let it out in private. Outwardly, these Crabs will show a hard exterior and will act stoic, stubborn, and at times, aloof. Don’t be fooled, though. They do suffer — especially when the reality of the breakup sinks in.”
10 Scorpio: Like A Venomous Scorpion, He Might Sting You When You Threaten His Security
Arriving between October 23 and November 21, Scorpio is the calm deep waters of the Water signs and has unfathomable depths to his character. Scorpio is represented by the scorpion and known for being clever, brave, distrusting, jealous, passionate, stubborn, secretive, aggressive, and a true friend in times of need. Due to their amazing zealousness and loyalty, Scorpios make excellent leaders and this leadership quality can be highly attractive. It can also be destructive if it goes to their heads.
When everyone is coming to them for help, Scorpios needs to remember to set strict priorities and take care of themselves and their families before the rest of the world.
According to Allure, “The ability to regenerate and rise from the ashes requires symbolic death, but that doesn't mean breakups are easy for Scorpios. In fact, they have an extremely difficult time letting go. Whether a Scorpio initiates or not, they always feel jilted after a breakup. It's not about whether the relationship was healthy (they can fully acknowledge when a dynamic is longer working): Breakups trigger Scorpios' signature control issues, sometimes causing these sensitive water signs to obsess over their broken partnerships.” He’ll likely cyberstalk you or scheme for revenge when dumped.
9 Pisces: He'll Be Scaling The Walls On The Heels Of Heartbreak
Pisces swoops in between February 19 and March 20, right at the tail end of winter just before the huge burst of life and growth that signals spring. The undercurrent of energy and change flows strongly with Pisces and innocent bystanders are often swept away by this current. Represented by the fish, Pisces is known for being compassionate, artistic, fearful, overly trusting, intuitive, sad, gentle, wise, prone to escaping reality, musical and a tendency to be the victim or martyr. Once Pisces chooses to trust you, they have a hard time letting go and break-ups tend to be processed in a very overly dramatic manner for these signs. They just can’t help themselves in that regard.
According to Go Mag, Pisces comes to pieces after getting dumped. “Do not contact a Pisces post-breakup, ever. The amount of time that passes does not matter because Pisces don’t really experience time. A day and a year [are] the same to them. Just let them chill because they already believe they are in telepathic communication with you. Oh, that’s right. Pisces knows exactly what is going on with their exes lives, who they’re dating, and their career.” Just watch for signs of self-destruction from a distance and the break-up should heal just fine.
8 Earth Signs — These Breakups May Be The Most Unpredictable
Earth is all around us and at our core; we are all a little bit of Earth. Arguably not as essential to life as air or water, Earth is a formidable opponent to Fire’s path of unintentional destruction, a haven of retreat for Water and an anchor for flighty Air.
Everyone needs Earth and often takes him for granted until he finally calls it quits and vanishes in a cloud of dust — leaving the rest of us wondering what happened to our stable rock.
The Earth signs are Capricorn, who is the hardworking cardinal of the trio; Taurus, who is fixed and most deeply rooted in all the signs; and Virgo, who is mutable and capable of earthquakes.
According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “The biggest challenge Earth has to face is the recognition of something as fast, unstable and transparent as Air. Earthlings out of balance need to shake off their stiff habits, make changes to their life and their routine without regret, and stop questioning every decision they’ve already made. Their sense of purpose has to be clear and their contact with emotions strong and unshakeable, and this takes a special effort for someone like Virgo, taking Venus into fall.”
7 Capricorn: Watch Out For The Hooves On This Goat
Capricorn rules from December 22 to January 19 and matches forces with the harshness of winter. Represented by the goat, Capricorn is known for being responsible, disciplined, know-it-all, unforgiving, self-controlled, condescending, always expecting the worst and for making excellent managers. Often described as strict with a strong tendency to become workaholics, Capricorns are great at multitasking and managing busy schedules but often don't take the time needed to recharge their batteries or work on the important relationships in their lives.
According to Bolde, “For Capricorns, breaking up is a major no-no. They want to see families stick together unless the person they’re dating is a [bad guy]. Goats may stubbornly pursue ways to talk things out, even if it’s somewhat fruitless in nature. However, if their partner decides to cheat [on] or [mistreat] them, Capricorns will cut them out in an instant. Because of their very down-to-earth, balanced outlook, they’re also the most likely to focus on finances and logistics during a breakup.” If you dump a Capricorn, he will be hurt but he will likely accept the new reality and move on without looking back. There’s no time to waste on dramatic attempts to get you back when there is work to be done.
6 Taurus: He Won't Take Betrayal Lying Down
Born between April 20 and May 20, this sign rules the height of spring in all its fullness with strength, efficiency and sheer stubbornness. Represented by the bull, Taurus is known for being reliable, patient, stubborn, possessive, practical, devoted, uncompromising, responsible and stable. Tauruses are the most rooted and grounded of all the signs, which makes them the most stable and reliable as well as the most stubborn.
Many fights will occur when a bull has decided on something and remains unmoved.
According to Allure, “There is no room for compromise once a decision has been made. What's more, hell hath no fury like a Taurus scorned. Loyalty is everything to a Taurus, so if Taurus's lover proves to be unfaithful, the breakup won't be fueled by obstinance alone — it will also be driven by rage. (Other signs be warned: When these celestial bulls see red, it's best to get far, far out of their way.)” If you dump a Taurus, there will be no outward signs of distress or dramatic reactions, but your former man will be in crippling pain on the inside. Once a Taurus falls in love, they fall hard and love deeply for years.
5 Virgo: He Might Cling To Those You Love If He Can't Love On You
Ruling from August 23 to September 22, Virgo closes out summer and greets autumn with a nice clean slate before quietly vanishing until next year. Represented by the virgin or the goddess, Virgo is known for being loyal, analytical, shy, kind, hardworking, overly self-critical and critical of others, practical, and prone to being a workaholic. The old saying of all work and no play fits this sign to a T. Virgos are very detail-oriented and hyper-organized which can lead to obsessive compulsiveness and frequent spats over where to put the salt shaker or the toothpaste.
According to Elite Daily, “Virgos go out of their way to be helpful to their exes during the relationship, both because it's in their nature to make themselves useful, and because maybe on some level if they can make themselves indispensable. When that fails, the Virgo might adopt a habit of ‘helpful stalking,’ by offering their services to members of their exes family.” If you dump a Virgo, he’ll be shocked and then shoulder all the blame and responsibility for the relationship ending. And then he’ll try to convince you to keep him anyways. It will take some time but eventually, he’ll get it.
4 Air Signs — The Most Peaceful Breakup You're Gonna Get
Air signs can be that gentle cooling breeze that eases all our aches and pains on a hot summer’s day or a powerful gale that destroys everything in its path without a care in the world. Air is essential to life and very often taken for granted until we choke on its absence and frantically search for it. Air balances out Earth and Water while fueling, teasing and taunting Fire, running the risk of being burned in the process.
Air best balances out Earth, who can be too focused on the material possessions of life to take time out to actually smell all the roses.
The Air signs are Libra, who is cardinal and beautiful; Aquarius, who is fixed and firm; and Gemini, who is mutable and ever-changing. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “Looking at the bigger picture, people born under the strong influence of these signs have a problem fitting into a regular order of their surroundings, no matter if it is their country or their workplace. Their main goal in life is often just to stop pleasing others and worrying about their opinions, so they can be able to follow their brightest and most liberating ideas.”
3 Libra: He Won't Long For You For Too Long
Libra is triumphant. Sitting between the dates of September 23 to October 22, they rule during the height of autumn with impeccable fashion sense. Represented by the scales of balance, Libra is best known for being cooperative, diplomatic, indecisive, avoiding confrontation, gracious, fair-minded, prone to carrying grudges, social and self-pitying. Libras are highly social creatures who love to please people and chat with everyone they meet, often forgetting to take care of themselves and putting their needs first sometimes.
According to The Love Queen, “They see that a relationship is a social contract and that if it falls they get hurt and embarrassed. They want their partners to fall in love with them again if the other one is falling out of love. They have a good atmosphere around them and would turn the unfortunate breakup into the eyes of the public as something like ‘it was an opportunity for me to grow’. People born under the Scales want to find balance right away, so if [their] relationship does not get mended, they will move on and find another heart to love them.”
He’ll be heartbroken if you leave him but he will likely move on fairly quickly after he wastes a lot of time hoping to win you back somehow.
2 Aquarius: He'll Never Let You See Him Sweat
Born between January 20 and February 18, Aquarius is fixed at the height of winter just after the rush of the holidays and before the changing seasons that lead to spring and warmth. Represented by the water bearer, Aquarius is known for being progressive, original, and avoiding emotional expression. He is independent, a humanitarian, temperamental, uncompromising, and aloof. Aquarius can either be shy and quiet or energetic and eccentric depending on their unique personalities.
They tend to be deep thinkers, thriving on stories from a young age and excellent problem-solvers.
According to Allure, “Whether or not they ask for a split, they approach separation from a highly intellectual perspective, closely analyzing the relationship's successes and failures. They may even find academic studies that support their theories. This clinical approach to heartache may seem detached, but it's how these heady air signs cope.” Aquarians are also sneaky when it comes to ending relationships; they just goad you into breaking up for them so they can sail onto new greener pastures without initiating any confrontations themselves. If you dump an Aquarius, his reaction will be to withdraw and overthink everything that happened. He’ll eventually form some conclusions and finally be able to let go after a while.
1 Gemini: He'll Likely Drift Peacefully Out Of Your Life
Born between May 21 and June 20, Gemini is the ever-changing current of wind that rustles the tree leaves and steals our hats in fierce playful weather. Represented by the twins, Gemini is best known for being gentle, affectionate, nervous, curious, adaptable, inconsistent, indecisive and able to learn quickly and exchange new ideas at lightning speed. Gemini is very mental, often losing track of time as they dive into books, magazines, articles and anything remotely interesting to them. They don't like to be alone or be in confined spaces (however metaphorical they may be), and they are excellent communicators.
According to Go Mag, “It’s true — a breakup makes a Gemini go deep into an emotional vortex first. It’s because you do not know how to handle emotions. The only way you know how to counterbalance the unbearable pain is to crack a bunch of jokes about yourself and your ex. Let yourself laugh. You need it. If you want to be friends with an ex eventually, it is possible. Gemini is a flexible sign that will learn from the past.” If you break up with a Gemini, he’ll ghost you for a while but the possibility of being friends down the road is always there, especially if you’re a Libra.