Some people prefer hugs, while others prefer handshakes. It could have something to do with being affectionate and astrology if you’ve ever tried to cuddle a significant other who wasn’t feeling it, or had a friend tell you they prefer to keep their distance.
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Self-understanding has become more important than ever. In a tumultuous world, we search for meaning anywhere we can scrounge it up, trying to make sense of why we are the way we are.
That’s why it’s no surprise that nearly ⅓ of Americans said they believed in astrology in a 2017 Pew Research survey, and why it’s recently enjoyed a surge of popularity, especially among younger generations.
We can only imagine the number would be higher if it included the number of semi-believers and recent quarantine hobbyists.
Almost all of us know our zodiac sign and the traits we supposedly have, and a solid chunk of us take it seriously.
And for the true believers, the new believers, and those in denial, the best place to search for meaning is the same: Google.
That’s right, you read that correctly: It’s possible that the reason you’re not a hugger is inscribed in the stars. Continue reading to learn about the six least affectionate zodiac signs, which range from somewhat touching averse to outright anti-touch.
Because Virgos are notoriously analytical, they can be too in their head to enjoy affection. Jill Loftisof Nuit Astrology says, “While they’re busy spread sheeting the situation or trying to fix it, they can lose track of conveying an emotional understanding or affectionate response.” Instead of showing love, they’re “more focused on offering solutions to the problem.”
Astrologer Maria Hayes explains that Virgos quietly make their feelings known by doing things for the person they have feelings for, even when they don’t verbalize it.
“Their obvious acts and willingness to sacrifice for those they hold close shows how despite difficulties, they’re more than willing to show love in their own ways,” she says.
While most people show affection by kissing, hugging, and being playful, Christopher Renstrom, author of The Cosmic Calendar, says that “Scorpios show affection by looking you dead in the eye and asking, ‘What’s wrong?'” Instead of bonding through affection, they “bond through pain,” he explains.
Loftis adds that Scorpios can be “quite calculating and tough,” which could lead to them seeming insensitive. They can be tough to crack.
Aquarians are often very detached and uncomfortable with demonstrations of affection. “If they want physical affection, it must be on their terms,” says Loftis.
“They often don’t notice others’ distress or discomfort and have to work at understanding emotional responses.”
Hayes agrees that while Aquarians aren’t necessarily affectionate, they show their love in other ways.
“It may not seem obvious, but their definition of ‘affection’ is being supportive of their significant other,” she says. “They’ll hype their partner up and give them the motivation they need.”
Sagittarius can be generous, but they are most interested in themselves. Astrologer Virginia Castiglione says that the sign is more focused on “having adventures than keeping solid friendships.”
This attitude can easily transfer over to their romantic relationships because “they have a hard time committing.” Thus the thought of being affectionate might not even cross their minds.
Capricorns are all about work and building wealth. Because of their single focus on the future, “showing affection to those around them isn’t a priority,” Castiglione says.
That doesn’t mean they’re bad friends or significant others, though. “They’re the friend who bails you out of jail without asking any questions but never expresses any affection,” she explains.
Loftis concurs that while Capricorns can be “tender,” they’re formal and practical, which leads to demonstrating “love and affection in ways that might not feel particularly emotional or sweet.”
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