Everyone deals with crushes in their own little way. While some will do their best to keep it in, others can't help but be kind of obvious about it. When it comes to how to tell if someone likes you, astrologers say there are certain things every zodiac sign will do when they secretly have a crush. So if you're curious if someone you like is interested, astrology can help you out.
"We all have our own way of going ga-ga when we start to fall for someone," astrologer Cindy Mckean, tells Bustle. "Sometimes it's adorable and other times it might be quirky. Either way, it's never anything to be ashamed of."
According to Mckean, some signs are pretty bad at keeping their interest a secret. "Even when they don't say a thing, actions speak louder than words," she says. "Fire signs, like Aries or Sagittarius, wouldn't have any qualms about keeping it a secret at all. Cancers, Virgos, and Scorpios would keep it close to the cuff but let out telltale signs that they're very much into you."
It's funny because sometimes, you may not have even noticed some of these characteristics in someone else, while it may be their telltale signs that they're falling for you. Here's what you should look out for to see if someone likes you back, based on their zodiac sign.
1. Aries (March 21 - April 19): They'll Be Upfront About It
Being one of the most dashing, outgoing, and confident of the signs, it's rare that an Aries will keep it a secret if they have a crush. "They're the most forward among the zodiac signs, so you’ll know right away if they like you or not," astrologer Deniz Kilic, tells Bustle. These Fire signs not only like making the first move, they also really enjoy the chase.
Before an Aries makes their approach, they'll be sure to look their very best. Aries love to win. They'll put in the effort to increase their chances of winning the person they like over. "They'll be full of smiles and a sparkle in their eyes," Mckean says. "Not too long into the conversation they'll bring up going out for dinner."
2. Taurus (April 20 - May 20): They'll Make A Joke
The Taurean bull is a fixed earth sign ruled by Venus. According to Mckean, being a fixed sign means that they tend to stay in place. "If it wasn't for Venus, the planet that represents love, romance, beauty, among other things, the Taurus love record would be quite scant," she says. "Luckily, Taureans have finely tuned senses and feel deeply, so if they found someone they're interested in, there are telltale signs." When a Taurus sees someone really worth pursuing (because they will wait for someone they deem worthy), they'll make their move. "They'll approach you and tell a joke to break the ice," she says. They're masters at subtle flirtation. "Taureans like their space, but if they give you little taps on your arm or shoulder, they're fully on their way."
3. Gemini (May 21 - June 20): They Might Act Hot And Cold
"Dualistic by nature, sometimes you don't know if you're coming or going with a Gemini," Mckean says. Geminis are "equal opportunity communicators". Meaning, they'll talk anyone up. But if a Gemini is starting to fall for someone, things can get confusing. "One of the Gemini twins will be regal towards you, while the other will be cold," she says.
Although it may not seem like the best situation, it's actually a good thing. Because as she says, "When a Gemini acts contradictory, that means they're falling hard and fast for you." If they're just crushing, they will be increasingly and creatively expressive. Being an air sign, Geminis like to talk. When they're crushing, they'll also speak with their body language. They may unconsciously flex more, run their fingers through their hair, blink a lot. "When they ask you out on your first date, their eyes will light up, their body language will perk up even more, and their smile will be from ear to ear after they hear you say yes," she says.
4. Cancer (June 21 - July 22): They'll Be Extra Shy
Cancers love to nurture. According to Kilic, you’ll know they like you because they'll try to feed you and shower you with affection and gifts. They just want to make sure you're comfortable.
Even though Cancers are cardinal energy, which means that they initiate actions, they're also a water sign. That tends to make them sensitive and shy, Mckean says. When a Cancer likes someone, they'll be very shy about making an approach. "When they're crushing on you, they'll keep you in their space, and if you make eye contact, they will blush and look away," she says. "They rarely ever will come out and tell you they like you. They will hem and haw; however, the minute they think you're getting away or that someone else caught your attention, they make the fastest beeline towards you that can even outpace an Aries."
5. Leo (July 23 - August 22): They'll Show Off A Bit More
Fire signs are known for going all out. So when it comes to crushes, it's no surprise that Leo isn't the subtle type. According to Kilic, they'll attempt to woo you with grand gestures and attention. They're also not afraid of public displays of affection. If a Leo puts their arm around you, tries to hold your hand, or be as close to you as possible, they're definitely into you.
Leos are known for loving the spotlight. "Although they like to be the center of attention, they'll show off a little more when they like someone," Mckean says. When they get more proactive about pursuing you, they will find ways to get you one-on-one. Once they're finally alone with their crush, they'll be warm, sweet, and very attentive. "If you decide to pursue a relationship with a Leo, they will be loyal and affectionate and expect that in return," she says.
6. Virgo (August 23 - September 22): They'll Do Small Favors For You
Virgos might have a nervous disposition. According to Mckean, their "crushing state" is rather subdued because they're often busy with studying you. "Their crush might not notice because they don't like to be obtrusive," she says. "But while they're crushing, they'll observe you, note your patterns, your habits, and your likes and dislikes. This all takes time." You'll know when a Virgo likes you when they start doing you small favors without you even asking. "They'll make sure the environment is the way you like it and they'll start to wear more of your favorite colors," she says. "They rarely initiate the action of asking you out on a first date, but they would invite you out with a group of people to have a chance to get closer to you in casual setting."
7. Libra (September 23 - October 22): They Will Mimic Your Mannerisms
Libras are ruled by Venus. So it's no surprise that love to a Libra is "one of life's basics of existence like water or eating," Mckean says. "When they're crushing on you, they don't keep it much of a secret. They'll share with others how amazing they think you are. They aren't shy at all about making the first move, although some of them may act coy, it's just an act."
Libras have a very old-fashioned take on romance. They're more likely to ask you out on a traditional date like dinner and a movie rather than lunch or coffee. "This might sound boring, but ever graceful, and full of romance, your first date with your Libra will feel like something out of a romance novel," Mckean says. Libras will also mimic your body movements as a way to be in sync with you. After all, it's all about balance with them.
8. Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): They'll Play Games
Scorpios tend to secretive and love keeping their cards close to their chest. But when a Scorpio finds someone they can't resist, you'll feel it, Mckean says. Usually it starts with the classic Scorpio stare. "You'll be doing whatever task, chore, or activity, and inexplicably turn around because you felt the weight of their stare on you," she says. "It's not creepy, it's intriguing. With that intrigue, you know a Scorpio is crushing on you." They'll initiate the connection, but they also set things in place so their crush can make the first move. As Mckean says, they typically do this as a sort of "validation test" to see if the crush is mutual. "It may sound like too much of a game for some signs, but the Scorpio knows how to successively raise the intrigue to keep you hooked," she says. "They are very loyal and are known to be intense and passionate."
9. Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): They'll Let You Know In An Adorable Way
Out of all the zodiac signs, Sagittarius value their freedom the most. They're known for being busy and always on-the-go. Because it's hard to pin them down, Kilic says you may not even realize a Sagittarius likes you right away. But if they invite you to join them on one of of their trips, that's a really good sign they're into you.
Sagittarius is another sign that can't keep a secret. "It's not because of malevolence in any way, but the archers were born to sling the arrows of truth everywhere they go," Mckean says. "Sagittarius is a fire sign, so they will not beat around the bush when they meet someone they like." Sagittarius need positive interactions in order to crush on someone. But once they do, they make it obvious. According to Mckean, they're the type to "trip over their own feet as they bend down to rip a bunch of dandelions for you." It's very sweet.
10. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): They'll Make You A Priority
Capricorns are known for being pretty reserved and disciplined. For them, it's all work before play. By the time they "allow" themselves to find a partner, Mckean says they're likely happy with where they are in their career. That's really good if you're looking for a stable long-term partner as they'll be ready to invest their time into building a relationship with you.
Capricorns, like other Earth signs, will make the approach slowly but surely. "When a Capricorn is crushing on you, they approach you like something they learned out of a good-manners textbook," she says. "It might feel unreal, but the awkwardness will verify how genuine the Capricorn is being." Caps really aren't known for being awkward since they always like to give off the illusion that they're super composed and put together. "Their manners are impeccable when they're crushing on you and they'll make you feel on top of the world," she says.
11. Aquarius (January 20 - February 18): They'll Be Nervous Around You
You'll know an Aquarius likes you when they start making you a part of their world. According to Kilic, this Air sign typically has a large circle of friends. If they think you're relationship material, they'll test the waters out by letting you meet their friends.
When an Aquarius has a crush, you might also notice little changes in their behavior. According to McKean, they're gifted with the ability to be detached about emotional issues and to be objective about solving problems. So that makes them pretty chill in general. But when an Aquarius starts acting differently, like they'll get nervous or start fidgeting, that's when you know they have a crush. "While this is happening, they have a smile on their face and a new glow to them," she says. "They might even walk with a small skip in their step. This is an Aquarius that's majorly crushing on someone new."
12. Pisces (February 19 - March 20): They'll Make An Effort To Be Around You
"The fish is good at keeping secrets, but they also wear their heart on their sleeve," Mckean says. "Natural romantics, you might not be able to tell if a Pisces is daydreaming or falling in love." According to her, the telltale signs of a Pisces seriously crushing is that they become incredibly consistent with you. "Symbolized by two fish, this is a sign that enjoys its freedom and their alone time," she says. "But after they started falling for you, you'll find that they hang around you more." It's all about making the small sacrifices with them because they'll make the effort to be around you. "You'll undoubtedly feel comforted if you're involved with a Pisces," she says.
As you can see, everyone deals with crushes in their own little way. If you want to keep yours secret, you'll know what to look out for. On the flip side, if you're interested in seeing if someone likes you back, be sure to check out their zodiac sign to see what they do.
This post was originally published on May 3, 2018. It was updated on June 4, 2019.
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