The most prudish zodiac sign, according to astrologers

We all have different approaches to public displays of affection and sex. At one end of the spectrum, you have people who will happily tell you every detail of what’s going on in their room (and boy, is that adventurous!). On the other side, you have those who hardly hold hands in public. While our upbringing and experiences certainly have an impact on our position on this spectrum, our star signs also have something to do with it. Here, expert astrologers tell us the most prudish zodiac signs. Read on to see how they rank, from mildly disgusted to passionately puritanical.

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This highly intelligent sign isn’t prudish in the most traditional sense, but they can be slow to open up to a new partner and show that person to the world. “They keep their relationships and desires secret at first,” says the professional astrologer Anna Kovatch. They also avoid showing affection overtly, and their partner may have to beg for a compliment or a tender hug. However, in the bedroom, Aquarians are just as innovative as they are in real life. “This sign can be quite evil,” adds Kovach. You’ll just have to get to know them first.

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You might not expect zodiac carnies to be somewhat prudish, but it turns out they can be, especially in groups. “King of the jungle, Leos pride themselves on a fault, always wanting to show their best side,” says the astrologer and spiritual coach Tara Benet. “For Leo, public displays of affection are a big no-no.” These incidents could leave them vulnerable and potentially damage their image, she says. And a Leo will always protect their image.

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This calm, serious, and hard-working sign takes a private approach to sex and romance. “They dislike people in their business at the best of times and remain cautious even about their finances and address,” says a famous fortune teller and astrologer Inbaal Honigman. “Matters of the heart, which are unpredictable and confusing, belong behind closed doors for Taurus and don’t need to be shared with the world.” In addition to avoiding the PDA itself, this sign also despises seeing it from others. “That said, they’re masters at the art of subtle contact that no one but their partner will notice,” Bennett says.

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Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, romance, and beauty, this sign prefers romantic gestures to sex. “Libras talk about love, not raw passion, and prefer to let their hearts speak,” Honigman says. “Elegant and well-presented, they will feel no gratitude towards an excitable partner who rips off their buttons or lays them on the forest floor in a show of romantic fervor.” To impress them, you’ll need to plan a candlelit dinner with a sweet monologue about your love.


Emotional, sensitive, and romantic, people born under the sign of Cancer love hugs, kisses, and cuddles. But when it comes to anything more, they can be quite prudish. “While Cancer people are often affectionate, even clingy, in public, they aren’t naughty or adventurous in the bedroom,” says Kovach. “They prefer to keep their fantasies to themselves and can be inhibited in bed.” This is another sign that you will need to have a drink and talk about your feelings to convince them.

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Modesty and discipline are the names of the game for Virgo; in fact, the symbol of the sign is the maiden or the virgin. “That doesn’t mean Virgos are meant for a life of abstinence,” Kovach says. “It does, however, mean that those born under this sign are not driven by lust. They can abstain from pleasures, including affection and sex, for long periods of time and all is well.”

Virgos avoid public displays of affection, keep their fantasies a secret, and can easily suppress a crush. They are also very intentional with dating and sex. “They are health conscious and want to avoid intimate contact until they are sure their partner is a perfect fit,” Kovach explains. “They’re not casually dating and rushing to have sex.”