Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, it's nevertheless super fun to read your horoscope each week and see what the ~stars~ have in store for you. From finances to fashion to romance, your astrological sign can tell you a lot about yourself. If you're open to self-improvement, being aware of how the planetary movements can impact you isn't such a bad idea. One major way the stars can help? By telling you the best dates for your zodiac sign, so you're guaranteed to have a good time.
Though your interests aren't necessarily dependent on what time of year you were born, it can't hurt to explore more exciting first date options than the boring, overdone dinner-and-drinks thing. You don't have to go too far outside of your comfort zone, but it's always good to be open-minded — you never know what you might enjoy in the company of someone else (especially if that someone is super hot).
I spoke to Mecca Woods, an NYC-based astrologer and owner of MyLifeCreated.com, to learn more about how your zodiac sign can influence your dating life. "Tailoring a date to your Sun sign makes sense because it complements your best self, and that's the self you ALWAYS want to bring to a date," Woods tells Bustle. If you're out of creative ideas and have a date coming up, read on to find out what kind of date you should plan according to your sign.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Woods describes Aries as "active, sporty, physical, [and] competitive," so on your next date, try an outdoor activity that will get you and your partner moving. If you want a more chill atmosphere, find a park to hike through and pack a picnic. If you're feeling extra feisty, play a game of pickup basketball or frisbee to get the competitive juices flowing. Trash talk can be surprisingly hot.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Taureans (like yours truly) like to live a bit of a luxe life: Things like fine dining and shopping greatly appeal to the bulls of the zodiac. Though fun, cheap dates are always good (because most people have this thing called a budget), a Taurus will be most satisfied if they feel pampered on a date. Luckily, it's possible to simulate the feel of a fancy date at home without spending so much cash: dress up a bit, make chocolate covered strawberries, and prepare an at-home imitation of surf-and-turf. If you have enough wine, even the cheapest meal can taste fancy.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
If you want to win the heart of a Gemini, tap into their desire to experience and discuss pop culture. Going to see a new film or browsing a bookshop and arguing about the classics is a great way to connect with a Gemini. If you're feeling a little more low-brow, a Gemini will also appreciate a trip to the arcade (or better yet, an arcade bar) for some friendly gaming and a bit of nostalgia.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
To bond with a Cancer, all you need to do is cook a nice meal together. It doesn't have to be filet mignon — just the act of doing something as intimate as cooking a meal together will bring out the best in a Cancer. Another solid option for Cancers? Going to a wine tasting, where the two of you can have fun trying different kinds of Cabernet and getting tipsy in style.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Leos tend to be the party animals of the zodiac, so it's best to plan a date that's upbeat and lively. Anything involving music or dancing is perfect for a Leo — even going to a party together will do. Take it easy on the tequila, maybe, but otherwise don't be afraid to let loose and get out of your shell.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Health-conscious Virgo will enjoy dates centered around activities that are good for the body or the soul. If you're not into sweating it out on a date by doing couples yoga, you can also suggest a day volunteering at an animal shelter or soup kitchen. You'll feel good about yourself, and it will bring out one of your best qualities: compassion.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
As artists at heart, the perfect date for a Libra would be an outing to a new art exhibit in your city. While museums are a safe backup, the fashionable, hipster-y side of a Libra would appreciate something a little edgier. Whether you and your date love or hate the exhibit, it will definitely give the two of you something to discuss. Another option? A free summer concert, because Libras are music lovers.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Edgy Scorpios will be most interested in a date at a dive bar with a cool scene (maybe even a kitschy, themed place). All you need is a cheap beer/shot deal to get the conversation flowing, then the two of you can cozy up. Though dive bars may sound boring, getting to know each other in such a small setting can actually be pretty intimate.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Sagittarians appreciate diversity, and would thrive on a date that taps into their love for other cultures. Try finding a part of your city with lots of unique restaurants, then take a 'sampling tour' of the different cuisines, making notes of your faves. Sagittarians also love learning, so hitting up a museum or taking a class together is also a guaranteed recipe for a successful date.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Capricorns love to go with the flow, and are really just chill, laid-back people. You don't need to plan an extravagant outing to woo a Capricorn. Simply pack a picnic, make a relaxing playlist, and go people-watch in the park while the two of you cuddle up.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Quirky Aquarians tend to march to the beat of their own drum, Woods says. A date with a sci-fi vibe is perfect for an Aquarius: have a Star Trek or Twilight Zone marathon at home, and snuggle up under the same blanket. And like Virgos, Aqaurians are also into showing off their humanitarian side, even on a date. Spend the day doing good deeds together to bring the two of you closer.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
It's no surprise that those of the fish sign love the water and the beach. Thankfully, it's summer, so it should be all too easy to plan a romantic waterside date. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated, and the two of you can splash around while you make a love connection.
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