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Which astrological signs are the most prone to depression

Updated on September 9, 2012

Which astrological signs tend to be the most depressed

(And it won't necessarily be the signs that you think!)

I have always been curious to see if there was some kind of link between astrological signs and depression. I suppose I have always been curious about this because not only have I always been a student of astrology but I have battled depression since I was a teenager. I always wondered if it was destined by the planets and signs in my natal chart for me to be more prone to depression than someone else whose signs/planets/placements were different than mine. I was actually a little surprised to find the answer.

Since I am making this entry somewhat personal as well as informative, I will let you know a little about my natal chart. My Sun is in Sagittarius, my Moon is in Capricorn and my Ascendant is in Scorpio. All of my other planets are also in the signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn and Scorpio EXCEPT for my random Jupiter in Aries. According to my research, I would be just about screwed, for I found the four Zodiac Signs most prone to depression are Gemini, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn. Now, you may be thinking "Gemini? Sagittarius? Really? This girl doesn't know what she is talking about!" Before you write me off completely, let me explain WHY these signs are most prone to being depressed, each for different reasons. (When I say depression, I don't mean 'getting the blues every once in a while', but full blown, life-crippling depression.)

*Scorpio*

The roots and triggers of Scorpio's depression tend to be loss, separation and loneliness. Also, relationships in general can (not always) be a source of anguish and confusion for them. Scorpios love to be close with the person (or people) they love most, but they may fear the loss of control they give up WHEN they love someone, and Scorpios are known for loving hard. Another thing about depression; it keeps people out. Some Scorpios like it that way and are more prone to depression just by way of that fact.

*Sagittarius*

Sagittarius is generally a happy-go-lucky sign and they want to soak up all life has to offer. Sagittarius likes to find the meaning and higher purpose in each experience it undertakes. They may not want to focus on the negative aspects of those experiences, so they tend to push anything and everything negative to the very back of their minds. However, eventually this all catches up with them. If Sagittarius has pushed back too many negative experiences (and not expressed their feelings at the time said experience(s) occurred,) their loved ones could be dealing with a very, very sad and depressed archer somewhere down the line.

*Capricorn*


Capricorn is prone to depression for a few different reasons. They tend to be a little gloomier just by nature, but also because they tend to have the mind set that life is difficult and nothing comes easy/everything is a struggle. While Sagittarius focuses on the higher meaning of life and all it's experiences, Capricorn focuses on the mortality in the world. Capricorn doesn't necessarily see all the possibilities in life, but instead all the limitations. They also feel like they must be responsible for everything (and everyone,) essentially feeling as though they hold the world on their shoulders. When they don't live up to their own expectations of responsibility, the guilt sets in, which only makes the situation worse.

*Gemini*

Since the symbol of Gemini is the Twins, they are prone to wanting two different things at the same time or being two different people simultaneously. When this happens it can cause them great confusion. When it happens for too long, it can mess with their psyches. (Another word for this is "splitting.") Unlike the other three signs who deal with their depressions within themselves, Gemini has a tendency to project theirs onto the outside world.

Of course, if you believe there could be a link between astrology and depression, you could go much more in depth than just these signs. I'm sure different aspects, planet placements, etc have plenty to do with this subject as well. However, you can use this article as some kind of starting reference (if you wanted to pursue this further.)




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      Nikhil 7 months ago

      I guess it's the capricorn.

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      Julia 18 months ago

      Amazing. I've always sort of lumped gemini in there because it's moody. It gets frustrated with emotion in the same way sag does a bit (I have moon in gemini and sun in sag). And because of the extreme positive nature of sag, I do really see that repression becomes a part of them, and so comes on the dramatic depression. My venus is also scorpio, so I feel it in relation to others as well.

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      Anna 2 years ago

      I find it interesting that I'm also a 'Sagittarian' (11/26/82), have struggled to overcome depression (without the use of medication because, true to my sign, I'm a stubborn idealist) and I too have wondered if Sag's are more likely to suffer from depression than other signs, given their particular combination of character traits which can easily be at odds with society at the present moment (although an argument could probably be made that Sag's have been at odds with "society" throughout history and have been the individuals to encourage philosophical dialogue despite efforts by others to stifle it.)

      I'd really like to see an in depth study done regarding this matter. I think it would be enlightening. Thank you for posting. :-)

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      Just Gemini 3 years ago

      I don't know of any Gemini that is prone to depression, I know lots of them and I am one myself. Gemini's are the only sign that don't bottle things up, they explode and vent their rage on anyone and everything and get it all out of the way and are back to normal afterwards, this keeps them from getting depressed. The four signs that I find that bottle things up until they get depressed are Aries, Libra, Pisces and then Scorpio.

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      saga 3 years ago

      Libra...almost every one I know,including myself is on the darker side of life,I think because they are victimized easily: generally kinder and more idealistic than average.

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      Aline 4 years ago

      I know exactly what you are saying. I also am Sagittarius sun and cap moon and all my planets are in those 2 signs except saturn pluto in scorpio 8th house. I brood a lot and I take offense quick. I have had very dark days of either depression or self imposed loneliness like you mentioned of scorpios. Even a tight venus jupiter conjunction can't take me out of depression. Also I think cap cap planets can be prone to other type of mental problems, like depersonalization or OCD. What do you think? I have had these bouts of depression or apathy or depersonalization since I was a kid and have a memory.

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      bcv2716 4 years ago

      I really like this article! Thank you for your enlightening sign thoughts.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Totally awesome!! I have dated a Gemini and am currently dating a Sagittarius. I see these things you talk about so clearly. I'm a Libra by the way. Anything interesting you have to say about my sign? Are Libras not very prone to depression? Why not?

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      Ellie 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike!

      I'm not saying that those are the ONLY signs that can become depressed. All of the signs can certainly be inclined to depression, since depression is psychological and depends on many factors, such as the nature and nurture of the individual (as well as it being in different families genetics.) However, from visiting different websites and studying different astrology books for a while, these are the ones that I came up with. I found that they tend to become full blown depressed (which may be out of their nature and may come on suddenly) as opposed to the signs of Pisces and Cancer who MAY (not always) operate at a low grade depression somewhat naturally. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mike 4 years ago

      Yeah. I got that from another website. But what about Cancer and Pisces? Cancer is a water sign symbolized by the Crab and ruled by the moon. Pisces is a water sign symbolized by the double fish and ruled by Neptune. My sister and I are Scorpio and we have depression. My first girlfriend's a Gemini but I didn't notice any signs of depression in her. I once loved another Gemini but she never got invovled with me but she has depression. Her mom's a Pisces and she has depression too. My mom's a Virgo and she has depression. She got it from my grandmother who's a Cancer.

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      haha.. Thanks a lot :)

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      Ellie 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey!

      Haha, that funny about the hypertension thing....you might be one to something! Those were the four signs that came up with the most after doing a bunch of research on the subject of Zodiac signs and depression. I thought it was pretty neat.

      Oh! Also, I just posted the Scorpio Sun//Pisces Moon combination for you to read. I will be doing the Scorpio Sun//Aquarius Moon later tonight. :)

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Scorpios are definitely prone to depression, no second thought about that.. In fact, they are affected the worst. Rightfully, at the top of the depression chart..

      I wouldn't have imagined Sagittarius and Capricorn though. I keep joking with my friends that the three signs that would normally die from hypertension (high blood pressure) at a very early age are Scorpios, Virgos and Pisces.. LOL!!

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      Ellie 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Farmer Rachel,

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading it/found it interesting. Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Interesting hub! Voted up etc. I was glad not to see Aquarius on here - that's my sign.

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      Ellie 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey you! Thanks for your comment. :)

      I'm sure all signs can be depressed (like Aquarius, etc.) but these were the four that came up the most in my research. Sagittarius kind of surprised me too, because usually everyone writes about how happy they are, but I have met many (myself included) that do the very thing I mentioned Sagittarius do above.....which can lead to very deep depressions.

      Plus, I'm sure it also depends on sign placements and things like that too. I just didn't go that far into it for this article, but I probably will soon.