After the dust has settled, the ways in which people move forward from a breakup are as varied as the breakups themselves. Response to loss and change are key factors in deciding how relationship endings are handled. Even if you’re the one who’s calling time on a partnership, you’re still leaving something behind. And change is uncomfortable, even if it’s for the best. Read on for a brief overview of how each sign handles themselves after the relationship is over.
He may be hurting, but that’s not going to slow him down. This action-oriented sign doesn’t dwell on the past, because he’s already initiating the future. He may start dating again fairly soon, even if he’s not ready for a serious commitment. Aries thrives on challenge, so he’ll approach a breakup as an opportunity to get back out there and keep fighting.
Taurus dislikes change immensely. Even if the relationship was brutal, and she was the one who (reluctantly) ended it, she’ll go through a period of withdrawal. There may be some depression and comfort eating. However, public tears and talking about how much it hurts is unlikely. Taurus knows how to look out for herself, so after a few weeks or months, self-preservation will kick in and she’ll move forward (slowly). But it may be a long time before she’s ready for a new relationship.
Gemini may tell everyone about the breakup before it actually happens. If he’s thinking about ending things, or suspects it’s going to end, he’s already discussed it on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and his blog. After it happens, he’ll discuss with anyone who will listen; communication is essential for Gemini to process his feelings. Even if he’s devastated, he’ll maintain the light facade, although his conversation will be peppered with caustic asides about his ex, or love in general. He may start dating before he’s ready, to distract himself from his discomfort.
Cancer doesn’t let go easily, so when it’s over, she’ll feel gutted and vulnerable. There will be a number of weeks where she’ll curl up in bed alone, or with pets. Comfort food, pajamas and Netflix will be essential. She’ll cry — to herself, her friends, her cat. Perhaps she’ll call her ex up and cry (there’s slight potential for stalkerish behavior). But after a period of intense mourning, it will be time to move on. She is a Cardinal sign, after all. But she won’t be ready to date until she feels her emotional armor has been refortified.
Drama. Lots of it. There may be public displays of vitriol (aimed at the ex) and colorful stories (slightly embellished) on social media. She’ll post selfies of her tear-streaked face, looking gorgeously vulnerable. But despite the public displays — which some may view as superficial — Leo loves with all her heart. She will be more deeply wounded than anyone realizes. While she may get back out there fairly soon, it will be a while before she’s ready to put her heart on the line again.
Virgo processes discomfort by staying busy. After a fews days of obsessive analysis about what went wrong (and a detailed goodbye email to the ex) binge cleaning will ensue. Any items belonging to the ex will be returned or thrown out. Virgo will deep clean his entire apartment. This will eradicate any remaining traces of his relationship, but it’s also symbolic: he enjoys the challenge of a fresh start, because it’s a whole new opportunity to get things right. Dating will only happen after a few months of intensive scribbling in the diary, deep self-analysis, and a new diet/exercise regime.
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