Relationship Challenges You Might Face As A Fixed Sign

There's so much more to astrology than your Sun, Moon, and Rising. Your chart also consists of signs, planets, and houses. Each house has unique properties (i.e., the 10th house is the house of career), each planet represents an aspect of your being (Mercury is the planet of communication), and each sign dictates how the houses and planets manifest in your personality.

Signs can be divided into multiple properties, first in terms of nature (Earth, Fire, Water, Air) and then in terms of modalities (fixed, cardinal, mutable). The modalities of each sign depend on where it falls in a specific season. Fixed signs, Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, and Aquarius, fall right smack dab in the middle of their respective seasons. They are known as the "doers" of the zodiac. They don't initiate change (look to the cardinal signs for that), but they know how to buckle down and get the work done. If any of these signs dominate your chart, or activate something especially powerful, like an inner planet, then you take on a lot of fixed properties.

What exactly does that mean? In the most basic terms, fixed signs are dedicated, immobile, and controlling. Like everything in astrology, though, the knife cuts both ways, and fixed signs can make for incredible partners or absolute nightmare situationships. If you've got a lot of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius in your chart, there are a couple of triggers you need to overcome to keep your love life conflict-free.

Fixed signs are all in

If you're a Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, or Aquarius, you're not one to back down. This can be a great quality — you stand strong in your convictions and don't give up until you get your way. Fixed signs put their heart into anything they do, whether it's job hunting or dating. However, this can be your downfall when it comes to romantic relationships.

Take Taurus, for example, the bull of the zodiac; you'll never find a more dedicated partner, but if you want to make any major life decisions or drastic changes while dating a Taurus, expect some pushback. "Taurus is hardworking, reliable, passionate, romantic, and consistent, but Taurus is also blunt, traditional, possessive, assertive, unidirectional, a homebody, and stubborn," Emily Newman told Well + Good. Then there's Aquarius. Equally immobile and loyal, Aquarius has a reputation for becoming overly passionate about anything other than relationships. So while Scorpio, Leo, and Taurus need a partner who loves to be doted on, Aquarius needs a partner who gets on board with their passions and is comfortable taking a back seat.

Because fixed signs become so passionate about everything they do, getting them to change their mind or meet someone halfway can be hard. However, "my way or the highway" is rarely a healthy relationship standard. If you're a fixed sign, remembering to take a breath and meeting your partner where they are can be a game changer for you.

Learn to share

Aside from stubbornness, fixed signs are known for their possessiveness; a death knell for many relationships. Again, their penchant for jealousy comes from their total dedication to the people and things they love. If they've committed themselves to someone, they're in it for the long haul — there is no changing their mind. This is why many fixed-sign-dominant people get a reputation for clinginess or jealousy when they start dating someone new.

Scorpio, especially, likes to dig in and not let go. In addition to being a fixed sign, Scorpios love a little mystery, so it tracks that once they commit to someone, they're looking for intrigue and conspiracy everywhere. "As Scorpios start to fall in love, they feel intensely and will fixate all of their attention on their lover," Lumi Pelinku told Well + Good. Leo may not be as outwardly suspicious as Scorpio, but they have an equally big ego and must always be number one in their partner's eyes.

As a fixed-sign dominant person in a relationship, the best thing you can do is ease up on the reins. Remember, your partner is their own person, and as much as you may be inclined to see them as an extension of yourself, things will flow much smoother if you give them the space and trust to do their own thing.