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What You're Deathly Afraid Of, According To Your Zodiac Sign

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What You're Deathly Afraid Of, According To Your Zodiac Sign
Is fear taking over your life? We’re all afraid of something, but when asked, we usually say something like, “Oh, I’m afraid of spiders and heights,” rather than telling everyone that you have intimacy issues or that you’re terrified that you’re going to end up alone. But it makes sense, too.

Talking about your fears is not easy, especially because it can make you feel vulnerable and exposed.

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If someone asked you to be totally honest about what you’re deathly afraid of – besides bugs and roller coasters and ghosts – would you be able to actually be totally honest with them? I don’t know if I could, maybe not at first.

It’s definitely easier to be able to relate to someone about their fears, too, so you don’t feel totally crazy or different. I think I’m most afraid of feeling trapped. Like, not being able to be who I want or go where I want; always being tied down to one thing or place. To me, that’s the scariest thing of all because feeling trapped doesn’t just mean physically, it means emotionally and mentally, too.

Being an Aquarius, this makes a lot of sense as to why I would crave my freedom so much.

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Other zodiac signs are the same – they each want something in their life so much that the exact opposite can scare them. Or, sometimes, zodiac signs want something in life so much that that is what can scare them. Just because you have these fears doesn’t mean you can’t work to get rid of your fears, just like you would if you were scared of heights or snakes.

I might be deathly afraid of not being able to have freedom, but that doesn’t mean I have to convince myself that I don’t already have freedom. And I can also travel the world, move to different cities, and try new things all the time.

It’s only when you let your excuses take over that you realize you’re allowing yourself to live with these fears.

So, if you want to get rid of your fears, you need to first know what you’re deathly afraid of, according to your zodiac sign.

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

Aries, you are afraid of losing friends. You know that no matter how difficult and stressful life gets that you can always count on your friends to be there for you, so you always try your hardest to keep them as close as possible. Even if you don’t talk to them every single day, you still make a serious effort to keep in touch.

That said, you’re also known for being a pretty impulsive and reckless person at times. That means you don’t always say or do the right things, even when your heart is in the right place. If your worst fear does come true and you lose a friend, it’s most likely because of those moments of irresponsibility. But you do know how to be reflective and remorseful, especially when it comes to friends, so you always try to make things right.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

Taurus, you’re terrified of instability – financial, familial, AND romantic. Whenever you put your whole heart into something, you do it knowing that it will last forever. So, while people might see you as miserly or even controlling, they couldn’t be more off-base. You hold the things you love very close to your heart because you’d be heartbroken if you lost them, which in reality, makes you frugal and cautious in love.

The thought of instability in any area of your life terrifies you. You have a big heart and a lot of big plans for your future, so you want to know now if you will have to worry about things like instability and not feeling in control of your life. You know better than anyone that these things can happen, which is why you’re always working your butt off to get the things you want and to create lasting relationships.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini, you’re most scared of commitment. You’re well aware of the fact that you’re not very good at making decisions and actually sticking with them, which is why you like to lean on others for advice and keep things casual whenever possible. Whether it’s relationships, jobs, or even whether or not you should buy or rent, you can’t get yourself to just choose something.

What scares you most about commitment is the very real possibility that you could change your mind almost immediately after making a decision. And even if you are in a position where you commit and you never actually change your mind later on, the fear that it could still happen is just too much for you. As the twins of the zodiac, you’re constantly in a state of conflicting wants and needs, which only wreaks havoc on your emotions.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer, you’re deathly afraid of the unknown. As the crab of the zodiac, you like having everything that’s most important to you very close to you. I mean, heck, the crab lives with its house on its back – it’s always there, wherever it goes! And you, like the crab, are a homebody. You are comfortable with the familiar, no matter what that means specifically for you.

But you’re not just afraid of the physical unknown. You’re also deathly afraid of the emotional unknown. You protect your heart very carefully and you almost never take risks – be that in relationships or in life. You’re happy where you are and who you are, but this fear of the unknown only makes it harder to be the person you want to be for fear of it backfiring on you. Oh, but what if it all works out in your favor?

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LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Leo, you are afraid of losing yourself; the parts of your identity that make you Leo. There’s no denying that you are crazy confident and self-assured, and you use these skills to get ahead in life, no matter how much of a challenge it is. But there’s that little inkling in the back of your mind that gives you pause every now and then.

Whenever someone gives you the credit and recognition you deserve for your work, you can’t help but preen a little. But you also can’t help but worry that you’ll one day only ever be remembered for what you’ve done, not who you are. You want to show the world who you are unabashedly so that this fear never comes true, which is why you love being in the spotlight and putting yourself out there.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

Virgo, you are deathly afraid of imperfection – both within yourself and in general. You spend so much time working on the little details that make everything just so Virgo in your life that if even the smallest thing is out of place, you feel totally out of sorts. You need organization and discipline in your life because it brings a methodical approach to your life – AKA it makes sense to you how you do things.

While some might complain that you’re nothing but a perfectionist, you love the label (plus you also don’t care what others think). Being a perfectionist – along with a color-coded planner and a phone full of reminders and notes – keeps you sane. When life gets chaotic, you know that you can keep cool under pressure. Of course, when it inevitably does get chaotic, that’s when the fear strikes that you’re gonna seriously lose it.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Libra, you’re terrified of being lonely. You don’t mind being alone – we all need some alone time – but the thought of being seriously lonely just freaks you out. You really need that balance between alone time and social time to feel like your best self. It might seem shallow to some people, but you have a TON of FOMO (fear of missing out) that you just can’t shake.

FOMO can rule (and ruin) your life if you’re not careful. This is why you love staying connected to people online and IRL. You make these connections not just out of want but out of necessity, too. This fear of not having any friends or love keeps you on your toes. When you can find passion and support in the people you care about, it makes you feel happy and fulfilled.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpio, you are most scared of intimacy. You tend to keep your heart under lock and key – and guard and barbed wire and alarms – because you want to know that the person you finally give it to will keep it safe forever. It’s not that you want to be so stingy with love, but rather that you do it out of necessity. Opening up and being vulnerable scares the sh*t out of you.

I know, you’ve tried before. And you probably ended up with a broken heart, a bruised ego, or both. So instead of risking that vulnerability again, you close up your heart to intimacy. You have no problem making friends and having casual relationships, but when things start to get serious, you need to know that this person isn’t going to hurt you again, which is sometimes too scary to even think about.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius, you’re deathly afraid of feeling claustrophobic – both physically and emotionally. Any sense of constriction and you suddenly can’t breathe, move, or think anymore. You need to be able to see the endless horizon before you and know that nothing can possibly hold you back or tie you down. This can make it hard to have serious relationships or even commit to anything, but you like taking risks anyway.

To fight this fear, you need freedom and lots of it. An open mind, soul, and future are what you’re always striving for. You also need room to grow – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. Life for you is a growing opportunity, so you’re always looking for an adventure or opportunity to really grow into the person you want to be. For you, always moving forward keeps the fear from creeping in.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorn, you are most afraid of failure. There is no one out there who can say that you don’t try your hardest at every single thing you do, that’s a fact. You could even say that you are addicted to success. Maybe it’s an adrenaline high you get or you just like the satisfaction of a job well done, but you feel the need to succeed on a daily basis.

You are actually one of the few zodiac signs that are really, truly fearless. Of course, you are afraid of failing, too, but your confidence in yourself really does help keep that fear at bay. When you have something to look forward to – like the end of a big project or marrying the person you’ve been dating and in love with forever now – there is no fear. Because looking to the future means that you’ve been learning from the past.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

Aquarius, your horoscope is scared of conformity. To the naked eye, you’re a rebel bad ass that does whatever they want, but inside, you know that all of the effort you put in to act this way is because of that fear of being sucked into the conformity that’s plaguing the world. If you have the option to choose between doing what everyone else is doing and going your own way, you go your own way (a la Fleetwood Mac).

In addition to conformity, you are terrified of losing your identity in a group. If people can’t see the individual trees in the forest, then you don’t want anything to do with them. You need freedom and originality to survive, and will even go to extreme lengths to get it – even going so far as to rebel just to make a point.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces, you’re terrified of responsibility. If asked honestly, you will say that yes, you do like being mature and “adulting” but you also like being taken care of. It’s not that you’re lazy or childish, but the thought of having someone say, “I got this,” so you don’t have to just draws you in. Having other people handle the real world when it gets too messy for you is just too nice to pass up.

As the last zodiac sign in astrology, you have a way of being very wise at times; being able to give amazing advice and being more ethereal in thought. But just because you have a way of seeing the world in a larger, wiser sense of the word, you have a very hard time with everyday things. Whether it’s because you can’t or you’re scared and you won’t, this fear only drives you deeper into itself – like quicksand.

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Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She's passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes. She plans on writing a non-fiction book in the future.