In terms of different astrological strengths, it’s clear that different people have different cosmic superpowers thanks to facets of their natal chart. Some, for example, may have the power of empathy, or the ability to pick up on the emotions of others. As it turns out, there actually are empath zodiac signs, and those that belong to the water element especially tend to find empathy to be a natural predisposition.
“Think about the properties of water,” says astrologer Maria Sofia Marmanides. “It becomes easy to see why [they are zodiac sign empaths], as this is an element that physically dissolves boundaries, pouring and absorbing itself into any environment—and then becoming part of it.”
And while water signs are natural empath zodiac signs, there are certainly others that are known for their superpower of picking up on the feelings of others. Below, Marmanides breaks down the six signs that are all in their feelings (and everyone else’s).
What to know about the 6 empath zodiac signs, according to an astrologer.
Cancer has a reputation for getting moody, and given that they carry the emotions of others, it makes sense why. They “can read the energy of the room very easily,” says Marmanides. “As a result, these cardinal water energies can have a more difficult time maintaining boundaries about which emotions are their own and which ones they are picking up from other people.”
And it’s not just those with Cancer sun signs who will feel empathic powers. Cancer moon signs will feel even more intensely than many other cosmic combinations on the zodiac wheel. “Fiercely protective and as the natural ruler of the moon, which governs our emotions in astrology, Cancer moons are naturally born as nurturers,” says Marmanides. “This zodiac sign’s energy is amplified when it lands in a moon placement. Feelings are deep and seep into the subconscious. People with this placement often need some type of psychic protection. They’re more likely to absorb the energy of their family and loved ones.”
Leo is typically known to be warmed in the spotlight, which might imply a sense of detachment to other people. But as it it would turn out, Leo’s role as a performer is actually what makes them attuned to people’s feelings and responses (and that helps when performing to an adoring crowd).
“Because Leo rules the heart, they will perform great acts of generosity, kindness, and give of their own energy, like the sun that rules them, if it means they can help someone they love,” says Marmanides “It all comes from a warm, heart-centered place for them.”
Virgos are eagle-eyed for changes in demeanor. As Marmanides says, no detail is too minor or too subtle for an ever-perceptive and discerning Virgo. “They’ll register subtle shifts, like a change in tone or inflection or something as quick as an eyebrow flash,” she says. “As a sign of service-based healing, Virgo will then want to come up with remedies and cures as a way to care for the people they love. They will even go to great lengths to anticipate their loved one’s needs before the other person can even verbalize it.”
Though Libra may occasionally seem flighty, these empath zodiac signs have a really loving core.
“Known for their indecisiveness, it is that very trait of Libra that speaks to their deep capacity for empathy,” says Marmanides. “This cardinal air sign has an innate desire for peace, harmony, and mutual understanding. A Libra will always consider the thoughts, feelings, and wishes of another person and give it equal weight to their own respective desires. They are the embodiment of the idea of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
While it’s easy to interpret Scorpios as guarded people who dwell in the shadows, they are in deed (wait for it) water signs.
“As the emotional detectives of the zodiac, Scorpio is a sign that will plumb any depths in their quest for true, soul-centered intimacy,” says Marmanides. “In their search for understanding, Scorpio recognizes the emotions and vulnerabilities of other people, which can lead them to become easily overwhelmed by the intensity of their own feelings as well as of others. It can lead them to become quite rigid about personal boundaries, as well.”
“As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces is the sign that is considered a gateway between this earthly realm and the spiritual plane,” says Marmanides. “As a result, Pisces will be extra sensitive to all kinds of energetic fields, and as emotional processors, Pisces can easily use their powers of perception to tune into their various environments, sensing what is said or unsaid, seen or unseen, by the people around them.” And this psychic quality isn’t just limited to those born under a Pisces sun; Pisces moon signs may actually have even more intense empathy waves.