These Are The Least Compatible Zodiac Signs, According To Astrologers

Most of us have mixed emotions about dating, especially in the age of social media and dating apps. On the one hand, it's fun to socialize and meet new people. But dating can be a real drag, especially when you end up wasting time on someone that you just don't vibe with. Some savvy daters will try anything to weed out the duds — from numerology to human design, anything goes when you're searching for that special someone. It's probably no surprise, then, that astrology is a popular way to find out if you and your beau are romantically compatible.

For those who embrace astrology, you might think of this divinatory practice as a handy little set of cheat codes that can help you better understand yourself and your partner. Your zodiac sign — which corresponds with your birthday — is characterized by a distinct set of personality traits. When compared with your sweetheart's astrological sign, the zodiac can offer guidance about your level of compatibility.

But before you go swiping left on every questionable zodiac sign, astrologer and psychic reader Emily Newman has some advice. "People with different zodiac signs have different personalities, but compatibility does not always depend on the zodiac signs; their maturity and willingness to handle relationships also matter," Newman told The List. "Regardless of astrological signs, establishing a solid foundation of trust and respect will help you get through any difficulties in a relationship."

Aries and Capricorn

When it comes to whirlwind romances, Aries knows how to deliver. Their romantic style is just like their approach to life: spontaneous, passionate, and adventurous. As a fire sign, Aries is full of ambition — a trait that could draw the attention of the earthy, goal-oriented Capricorn. When these visionary signs get together, they'll have aspirations of being a power couple. However, due to their contradicting personalities, this relationship could fall short of expectations.

According to astrologer Amy Tripp, "The differences in temperament and priorities between Capricorn and Aries can often lead to conflicts in their relationship dynamics." She told The List, "Capricorns tend to be more cautious, reserved, and traditional, while Aries is impulsive, enthusiastic, and seeks constant excitement." Aries' impulsive streak won't sit well with Capricorn, who is more intent on making plans. Likewise, Aries could grow bored of Capricorn's hyper-disciplined attitude toward life.

Moreover, Capricorn's quest for status contradicts Aries' desire for personal freedom. "This difference can create tension when Capricorn's ambitions clash with Aries' need for autonomy and self-assertion," Tripp told The List. If these two want to make the relationship work, they must be willing to cooperate on their goals and future plans.

Taurus and Gemini

With a fondness for pleasure, indulgence, and luxury, Taurus is a natural-born romancer. Taurus is a fixed sign, meaning that they like to operate on their own terms — especially when it comes to matters of the heart. These earth signs are slow to act on their romantic feelings. However, once the relationship becomes serious, Taurus is loyal for life. Often described as homebodies, Taureans are perfectly content in their own private world. Gemini, on the other hand, is busy, sociable, and endlessly chatty. When these zodiac signs get together, Gemini inspires Taurus to loosen up and enjoy life. However, it's not all fun and games for this mismatched pair.

As astrologer Amy Tripp explained to The List, communication is an issue for this duo. "Gemini, an air sign, thrives on intellectual stimulation, quick thinking, and adaptability," Tripp told us. "On the other hand, Taurus, an earth sign, values practicality, stability, and consistency. This disparity can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts, as Gemini may perceive Taurus as slow or obstinate in decision-making, while Taurus might view Gemini as flighty or unreliable."

In order for their romance to flourish, a Taurus-Gemini union requires clear communication and mutual respect. They must also learn to tolerate their emotional differences. "Taurus tends to be emotionally grounded, relying on a calm, steady approach to feelings," Tripp divulged. "Gemini takes a more logical and mental approach to feelings and may struggle with connecting deeply to their emotions."

Gemini and Scorpio

Gemini is a virtuoso of social situations. These air signs are characterized by their friendly nature, their perpetually-booked social calendars, and — let's face it — their appetite for hot gossip. Scorpio, by comparison, is far more discreet, and these watery individuals prefer to keep a small social circle. Nevertheless, these two endlessly charming zodiac signs can hit it off romantically. Unfortunately, Gemini and Scorpio may be in for a tumultuous ride.

"The relationship between a Gemini and a Scorpio can be challenging due to their contrasting traits and approaches to life," astrologer Amy Tripp told The List. A water sign, Scorpio craves emotional depth. They love the idea of sharing a secret, intimate world with their lover. Gemini, on the other hand, tends to be less emotionally expressive. Tripp explained, "Gemini often displays a lighter and more playful demeanor, which can appear superficial to Scorpio. This difference may lead to misunderstandings and difficulties in establishing a deep connection."

Scorpio has a reputation for being possessive, which may be intensified by Gemini's outgoing personality — things could get toxic when these traits collide. According to Tripp, "Gemini's flirtatious nature and need for independence can trigger Scorpio's jealousy, creating trust issues within the partnership." In order for this romance to survive, both partners must be willing to embrace their differences, rather than trying to change each other.

Cancer and Aquarius

Cancer's reputation as the mother of the zodiac is well-deserved. Nurturing, generous, and deeply intuitive, they are natural-born lovers. They also have an unapologetically moody side, bringing a whole new meaning to their symbol, the crab. When it comes to relationships, Cancer thrives on security and emotional connection. Meanwhile, Aquarius is less preoccupied with emotions — these air signs tend to be more focused on intellectual and humanitarian matters. Still, charming Aquarius could capture the affection of romantic Cancer. As a couple, Cancer and Aquarius might seek to balance each other out. However, Aquarius is notoriously aloof, which doesn't bode well for sentimental Cancer. 

According to astrology expert Amy Tripp, emotional differences could doom a Cancer-Aquarius union. "Cancer's emotional sensitivity and desire for security clash with Aquarius' intellectual detachment and need for independence," Tripp told The List. "The need for security versus the desire for autonomy can create conflicts, as Cancer craves stability. At the same time, Aquarius seeks freedom." Aquarius may struggle to understand Cancer's emotional complexity, which can lead to serious heartache.

To make matters worse, there could be a clash of values between progressive Aquarius and traditionalist Cancer. Ultimately, this relationship requires cooperation, humility, and compassion.

Leo and Cancer

Ruled by the sun, Leo's radiance never goes unnoticed. These flashy fire signs live for the spotlight — but they're hardly superficial. Warm, loyal, and protective, Leos are inherently quite romantic. With so many charming qualities, it's no wonder that Leo has plenty of admirers, including lovable Cancer. Leo's protective nature speaks to Cancer's desire for security, whereas Leo will fall hard for Cancer's sensitive soul. On the surface, they might seem like a perfect combo. However, these misaligned lovers could be destined for disaster.

According to psychologist and astrologer Matthias Dettmann, Leo and Cancer might have trouble relating to each other due to their contrasting elements. "Leo, being a fire sign, is passionate, confident, and seeks attention and admiration," Dettmann told The List. "On the other hand, Cancer, as a water sign, is sensitive, nurturing, and values emotional security and stability." Leo's attention-grabbing personality doesn't mesh well with low-key Cancer, who might feel like they're constantly being pushed to the side. Moreover, Leo and Cancer are a stubborn pair. If both sides refuse to budge, there could be monumental levels of conflict.

Dettmann stressed that a Leo-Cancer partnership can succeed if both signs are willing to work through their differences. "Both signs have a strong sense of loyalty and commitment, which can create a deep bond when they learn to appreciate and embrace each other's unique qualities," the astrologer told us.

Virgo and Libra

As an earth sign, Virgo is happy to be a grounding force for their friends and loved ones. Their practical, reliable nature shapes their romantic style, too. Virgo is the partner that you can depend on for unconditional support. Plus, these detail-oriented individuals love to express their affection through small gestures and helpful deeds. That said, it's no surprise that Virgo might catch the eye of romantic Libra.

On the surface, a Virgo-Libra relationship has some promising qualities. Libra, who is ruled by romantic Venus, will be swept off of their feet by Virgo's generosity. Likewise, Virgo will adore Libra's charming, upbeat vibe. However, as astrologer and author Lisa Stardust explained, their values don't align. "Libra has a very laid-back energy while Virgo has a productive nature," Stardust told The List. "This can be the main cause of a clash between the two signs, as Virgo can view Libra as lazy or unmotivated."

Communication issues could also shut the relationship down. For Libra, life is one giant balancing act (literally — this zodiac sign is symbolized by a set of scales!). These individuals will do just about anything to keep the peace, even if it means withholding their true feelings and emotions. Likewise, Virgo's restrained nature compels them to keep their feelings close to the chest. Without honest communication, these lovers will struggle to find common ground.

Libra and Sagittarius

 As an air sign, Libras don't take themselves too seriously. In fact, Libra is known for their playful, laid-back demeanor. Sagittarius, a fire sign, is equally fun-loving and silly. With a mutual passion for deep intellectual conversation, this pair could generate a spark. However, incompatibilities between Libra and Sagittarius might extinguish their flame.

According to Bella Nguen, an astrology columnist at Indieology Magazine, commitment can present a roadblock for these signs in a relationship. "Libra, being partnership-oriented, may desire a higher level of commitment and security sooner than Sagittarius, who values personal freedom and exploration," Nguen told The List. And even when this pair finds their footing, communication issues could knock them down again. Venus-ruled Libra tends to prioritize harmony in their loving connections. "They have a diplomatic approach to communication and can often avoid conflict to maintain peace," Nguen explained. However, Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius tends to favor straightforward communication. "They value freedom and direct communication, which can sometimes come across as too blunt for the harmony-loving Libra," the astrologer concluded.

Despite its complications, this partnership has major potential. As Nguen told us, "A relationship between a Libra and Sagittarius can thrive with mutual respect and understanding for each other's unique approach to life and love."

Scorpio and Leo

Scorpio is an alluring mash-up of personality traits. On one hand, these water signs are irresistibly charming. On the other, they're a titillating mystery. Just like their emblem, the scorpion, Scorpio has a hard exterior — an impenetrable layer that hides their emotional vulnerability. However, on the surface, Scorpio is confident, captivating, and intuitive. These keen observers are always on the lookout for others who match their powerful presence. That said, Scorpio could easily set their sights on majestic Leo.

By nature, Scorpio and Leo have different ways of perceiving the world. As a water sign, Scorpio is driven by emotion and intuition. Leo, however, is motivated by their desires. Scorpio's emotional complexity might seem completely alien to cheery, optimistic Leo. Moreover, ambitious Leo may be too distracted by their goals to acknowledge Scorpio's needs. As such, these lovers could struggle to form a satisfying emotional connection.

To make matters worse, Scorpio and Leo are fixed signs, meaning that compromise isn't their strong suit. In fact, astrologer Lisa Stardust explained that this pair could be in for an astronomic power struggle. "Scorpio and Leo are both stubborn signs," Stardust told The List. "While Scorpio has a hard time budging, Leo always wants to be in control and have it their way, which can cause the disconnect between these two." She added, "Scorpio won't usually move along with Leo's rhythm, which can upset Leo. It is very difficult for these two to adapt to each other or compromise."

Sagittarius and Virgo

Sagittarius is a bold member of the zodiac — these free-spirited fire signs are known for their adventurous ways and unfiltered communication styles. Ruled by powerful Jupiter, Sagittarians will stop at nothing to achieve their goals — a quality that could grab the attention of ambitious Virgo. When Sagittarius and Virgo are together, these two go-getters will be ready to take on the world. However, their incompatibilities might stop them in their tracks.

Sagittarius moves through life like a total renegade. They're impulsive and optimistic, which gives them the confidence to take risks. Their brazen style could be jarring to Virgo, who relies on planning and schedules. "Sagittarius seeks freedom and exploration, while Virgo craves stability and order," astrologer Matthias Dettmann told The List. "These differences can lead to conflicts and misunderstandings, as Sagittarius may find Virgo too nitpicky and critical, while Virgo may view Sagittarius as irresponsible or unreliable."

According to Dettmann, communication is another hurdle for this zodiac romance. Sagittarius' super direct communication style is legendary, while Virgo is restrained and analytical with their words. Ultimately, this relationship requires work. "Finding a balance between freedom and stability, and learning to appreciate each other's unique qualities, can help Sagittarius and Virgo navigate their differences and build a stronger connection," advised Dettmann.

Capricorn and Pisces

From their personal style to their career goals, Capricorn puts maximum effort into everything they do. These earth signs live for the grind, and they love being commended for their hard-working ways. Described as practical and disciplined, they are the go-getters of the zodiac. Capricorn's ambition could easily catch the eye of Pisces, who has some big dreams of their own. Initially, Capricorn is fascinated by Pisces' creative and intuitive nature. Pisces is the artistic visionary, whereas Capricorn has the ambition to make things happen. Together, they might seem like the ultimate dream team — but in reality, this match could feel more like a nightmare.

As a water sign, Pisces spends a great deal of time in their imagination. Capricorn, however, is extremely pragmatic. They're not into daydreaming just for the sake of it — they need to have a plan and a course of action. As such, this pair might have trouble relating to each other. "Pisces are very unrestricted and open to moving quickly through life while Capricorns are very sensible by nature and always put thought into decisions they make," Lisa Stardust told us. 

Escapism is a potential weakness for Pisces. When there's conflict afoot, these folks might shut down and completely ignore the problem at hand. Similarly, Capricorn has a natural tendency to bottle up their emotions. In order for this pairing to last, they'll need to embrace their differences and be willing to open up emotionally.

Aquarius and Taurus

Aquarius is a natural-born rebel with a revolutionary spirit. True to their element, air, these folks are cerebral, inquisitive, and benevolent. They're always bursting with grand ideas, and they're eager to share them with the world. However, sometimes Aquarius needs a little bit of grounding energy. That's why Aquarius might gravitate towards Taurus' mellow, down-to-earth style. At first glance, Aquarius and Taurus might seem to balance each other out. However, this relationship could ultimately be a bust.

Ruled by Venus, the planet of love and relationships, Taurus lives for romance. In a partnership, these earth signs are devoted and sensual — touch, kisses, and passionate moments are the way to a Taurean heart. Unfortunately, romance doesn't come naturally to Aquarius. It's not that they're unlovable — it's just that they tend to get absorbed in their own thoughts and ideas. When their emotional energy is mismatched, it might be difficult for this pair to sustain their intimate bond.

In order for this entanglement to work, both partners must be committed to nurturing their emotional connection. As celebrity astrologer Inbaal Honigman explained to Bustle, "If the Taurean brings the love together with their big heart, the Aquarian will keep it going with their honesty and loyalty. That is, if there's an initial attraction in the first place."

Pisces and Aries

With their gentle and dreamy nature, Pisces are the ultimate lovers. They're compassionate, generous, and committed to seeing the good in everyone they meet. Even Aries will be drawn to the ethereal charm of a Pisces. Unlike the mellow water sign, Aries is notoriously intense — however, Pisces will adore Aries' warm, passionate persona. At their best, Pisces could help cool Aries' fiery soul. But with their night-and-day personality traits, this could be a troubled union. 

Just like their element, water, Pisces tends to go with the flow. They don't care much for taking control, which can frustrate proactive Aries. At worst, Aries might perceive Pisces as wishy-washy and unreliable. Likewise, Pisces could be turned off by Aries' impulsivity. As astrologer Lisa Stardust pointed out, their clashing communication styles are also a major obstacle. "Pisces are very concerned with others' emotions and how they feel, while Aries usually doesn't have that trait — they are straightforward and brutally honest, which can shock Pisces," Stardust told us, adding, "Aries also tend to be hot-headed while Pisces are more emotional and will likely have tears."