Aries: clear instincts
You often know, in your body, what you want and when you want it, Aries. And it's this sixth sense that shines in your romantic relationships. We think of the water signs as the ones with intuition, but we shouldn't sleep on the power of intuitive fire. This generally means that you can cut to the chase and avoid wasting your time or the time of a [prospective or current] partner with months of texting before a meet-up or by staying in a relationship that's not working.
You're totally attuned to mental and physical pleasure, as the sign that's perhaps most grounded in all five senses. And you can really share that comfort with a loved one, if you feel so inclined. Dating a bull can feel like being lavished in permanent luxury. And because you tend to feel comfortable in your own body, that vibe can instantly calm your partner's nervous system and put them at ease, too, she adds.
You live for a good heart-to-heart, Gemini. You're the person who will stay up all night chatting with a partner about anything and everything, savoring the getting-to-know-you stage of any relationship through every syllable. That twin energy also makes you receptive to both the teaching and learning one does while dating, she adds.
Cancer: ability to nurture
You're adept at making a partner feel at home—wherever they may be. Connecting with you tends to make a partner feel like they're being burrito-ed in a warm blanket of love and care. And given your strong ability to feel your own emotions, you're also capable of deftly handling a partner's emotions and even their past trauma, whenever it might bubble up.
Like the lion by which your sign is symbolized, you will stop at nothing to protect the ones you care about, Leo. And that strong sense of loyalty can make it easy for your partners to place their trust in you. Once you decide that someone is your person, you take their happiness as your own and may even go so far as to humiliate their enemies in public in order to prove your allegiance.
Known for your keenness for detail, you tend to pick up on all the things, big or small. And as a result, you're a pro at identifying any kind of discomfort in a partner or the hidden source of a relationship issue that might go unaddressed by less aware folks. Immensely sensitive, you just always seem to know what to do to fix a problem and can whip chaos into submission.
As the sign of the scales, you won't be surprised to learn that your best relationship skill is all about restoring harmony whenever it's been thwarted. You're able to calmly, and often quietly, assess imbalances in an early dating scenario or an established long-term relationship without getting into a screaming fight about it. Classically, you have a penchant for weighing both sides of any situation, but in the context of a relationship, you may even prioritize your partner's viewpoint; they don't call you a true romantic for nothing.
It's almost as if you were born knowing how to be in an intense, emotionally vulnerable relationship, says Weiss. That is, your ability to open up to others and to receive from them is practically innate. There is no middle ground here. A relationship with you often gives way to an ocean of desire and a nearly unfathomable depth of passion.
You're generally on the glass-half-full side of things, Sagittarius. And that can work well within a relationship—in terms of quickly moving on from conflict and not holding grudges—as well as in a dating context, where you're less likely to get discouraged by foiled dates and more likely to hold onto the belief that the right person for you is still out there. You bounce back like a rubber ball, always looking at the bright side.
You don't waver or wilt in the face of conflict, Capricorn. Quite the contrary, you're typically comfortable with having a responsible and logical conversation (even if it's about a heated topic), and owning up to any of your missteps. More than just being a great planner…you're willing to take serious accountability for your actions whenever the moment calls for it.
Aquarius: capacity for friendship
Aquarius innately understands that being true friends is at the heart of any successful partnership. And as a result, your top strength in a relationship is maintaining the friendship—be it through creative dates or deep-dive conversations—whether you're newly dating someone or have been with a partner for years.
You thrive on offering up romantic gestures in service of your partner, Pisces. Every dating scenario is a love poem for you. You can fall in love extremely easily and will often treat even those that you're just getting to know with the kind of care you'd treat someone to whom you'd committed for life. In other words, you don't take love lightly, and the right person will love you all the more for it.