Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Fear of imperfection
Remember the full mental breakdown that would happen to Monica from “Friends” when something was spilled on the floor? If you walked into a Virgo’s apartment spilling wine on the carpet, throwing used tissues on the ground or wiping your greasy hands on their dishes, they’d file assault charges.
The slightest bit of disorganization in their personal lives or their physical world can trigger feelings of despair for Virgo.
It doesn’t take much to send Virgos into a spiral of negativity because they happen to be naturally negative people, although they’ll claim they’re just being “helpful” or “realistic.” Staying organized is one of the ways they try to keep their emotions at bay.
While they consciously fear external imperfection, what they truly fear is their own internal imperfections.
Libra (September 23 – October 22): Fear of being alone
Intelligent, loving, passionate people, Libras are exceptionally good romantic partners. It’s hard to imagine them spending their lives alone. It’s especially for them to imagine it, but they do, all the time. Because nothing frightens them more.
Libras are typically either serial monogamists or perpetually depressed. I should know, my Dad is a Libra. When my mom divorced him, he ate nothing but condiments and deli meat for a year.
He also proposed to the first woman he dated because he’d fallen down a flight of stairs and was scared that no one was there to help him up, even though he wasn’t hurt. Bless his heart.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Fear of intimacy
Scorpios are dark, deep, complex people. You may have read that Pisces is the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, but that’s because a Pisces will (boldly) wear their emotions on their sleeve.
Scorpios, I would argue, are even more sensitive than Pisces, because Scorpios are too sensitive to give full expression to their feelings. A Scorpio’s sensitivity is actually paralyzing.
Abandonment and engulfment are the two factors that create this fear of intimacy in Scorpios. They are afraid of others eventually leaving them, or they are terrified of losing their individuality to a relationship.
As a result, they tend to draw partners toward them to eventually push them away, either by engaging in extramarital affairs or through emotional withdrawal. Even being friends with a Scorpio will lead you to wonder “What’d I do??” every few months.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Fear of enclosed spaces
Sagittarians are natural explorers. They love to travel the world in search of their personal truths, like trust fund kids after college graduation.
The difference is, they’ll do it on their own dime without regretting the cost. They are ruled by the planet Jupiter, also known as the planet of expansion. They are wild horses made to roam, and that’s the truth.
Perhaps it’s Jupiter’s influence that endows every Sagittarius with a certain degree of claustrophobia, whether they are afraid of actual confined spaces or of daily responsibilities that make them feel confined, like checking their bank accounts before going on that trip to Morocco. Nothing scares them more than a hindrance to their freedom.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Fear of failure
Capricorns happen to be very business-minded people. They’re workaholics, which is pretty much the best kind of addiction.
But the shadow side of their ability to climb the ladder to success is a deeply embedded fear of failure. This fear is also what sets their slow-and-steady pace in everything they do.
Being Capricorns, they may have inherited this desire for success/fear of failure from some kind of twisted relationship with their father figure — either by putting their father on a pedestal or having no relationship with him at all.
Capricorn is ruled by the 10th house, which is associated with the father, fame, and honor. Regardless of their daddy issues, Capricorns are a lot like Leo in that their fears often motivate them to succeed. Once they do, they can fund their therapy sessions to work on their issues with Dear-Old Dad.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Fear of institutionalization
Aquarius will spend their lives avoiding any kind of intellectual entrapment. They’re a lot like Sagittarius in this respect, except that their claustrophobia is directed at institutions — like corporate work, school, hospitals, or marriage.
They view all of these institutions as a kind of intellectual imprisonment, and hate the idea of subscribing to any kind of “group mind.” They’re so original, it’s hard to blame them.
Leave an Aquarius to make up their own minds, or leave them alone. They’re probably much happier that way.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Fear of responsibility
The Peter Pans of the zodiac, Pisces live in a fantasy world where they just don’t want to grow up. Not that they could, even if they did want to. They are a study in contrasts — they’re somehow full of the wisdom of the ages, without an ounce of true maturity.
Pisces was given the gift of unending creativity, and with that comes a total incapacity to deal with day-to-day life. This is why so many Pisces turn to drugs and alcohol to effectively “turn off” the nagging responsibilities of the outside world, and why most of them only reach maturity with the help of a 12-step program.