Breaking up is hard to do. No matter who’s doing the dumping or why, it’s not something anyone wants to confront.
However, if you’re ready to end the relationship but are unsure of the best approach, astrologist Danielle Mercurio is offering some help. Here’s how to break up with someone according to their astrological sign – it might just help ease the dolor of heartbreak.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): Aquarius’ will want concrete reasons why you’re calling it off. In other words, “it’s not working” just won’t cut it, chicas. “Aquarians have a constant need to understand why, so be prepared to answer all the ins and outs of why the relationship isn’t working out,” Mercurio said.
Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20): If you want to tame the empathetic and sensitive fish, “suggest that it’s okay to open up and share how they feel, as it will help you both in the long run to have a real conversation about why it’s time to part ways.” But don’t be surprised if they hold on to that teddy bear you gave them. Let them have it, so they’re not sobbing over your voicemail days later.
Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20): Straight-shooting firecrackers, Aries' don’t take too kindly to excessive excuses. “Whether breaking up in person or via text, it’s likely your former Aries mate will be dismissive and not want to talk further,” said Mercurio. So “don’t try to justify or coddle the situation. They move on fast and don’t want to waste anymore time than need be.”
Taurus (Apr 21-May 20): The bull is all about fairness, logic and practicality, so it’s important to “keep it real when expressing why the relationship isn’t working out,” Mercurio suggests. “They may not be happy about it; however, they won’t judge or resent you.”
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): The twins are persuasive, which is why you need be level-headed when ending the relationship. “Gemini is a great negotiator,” she said, so “make sure you say your peace and then move on.” If not, they may reel you back in with their convincing charm.
Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22): Oh, how the sensitive crab will hurt after a breakup! That’s why you must prepare yourself for tears and even potential pleas to make the relationship work. “Be strong and cut ties as best you can, as it’s likely they will resurface via text,” added Mercurio.
Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): When breaking it off with a Leo, you might need lots of liquid courage. It really is that hard to break up with the “king of the zodiac.” “Best approach is to be direct and honest,” Mercurio encourages. “The lion’s heart may bruise easily; however, they want to know why the breakup is occurring so they can benefit in future relationships.”
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): A Virgo may truly be shocked that you’re ending the love affair. That’s because they love nurturing others, “and when that is threatened they feel completely off their game,” Mercurio explained. “Let them know how much you appreciated all the good things they did for you and be clear about why you need to move on.”
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): When breaking it off with a Libra, be rational. “They like hearing all sides of the situation and don’t want to hear why it’s all their fault it didn’t work,” Mercurio said. If you take a balanced approach, you may even remain friends.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): The seductive PI of the zodiac, you shouldn’t do anything shady to break off the relationship with a Scorpio. “They can see through your lies and track what you’ve been up to,” she warned. Remember: Don’t let the lure of sex entice you back into their arms, or you’ll never get out.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21): Adventurous and spontaneous, it’s best to break up with your Sag when outdoors, like at a park or during a neighborhood stroll. “They want you to be real with them. If done so, there will likely be no hard feelings, and they’ll want the best for you.”
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): The often-guarded Capi may put up a fight when you try to break it off. That’s why it’s important to “stand your ground and share how much you’ve enjoyed the relationship and what they taught you,” advised Mercurio. “Let them know it is not personal, and do not do it over text or email — or you’ll be sorry!”