The significance of astrological signs originates in Babylonian astrology—priests used them to determine the will of the gods, which were thought to manifest in different celestial images. This is a tradition that has been passed down in different forms since 1800 B.C. and links the activity of the heavens with that of earth, working on the principle of of “as above, so below”.

Today, most of us have at least a passing familiarity with the 12 zodiac signs—each is loosely based on a constellation which is visible during a certain time of the year. Astrologers determine which sign you were born under, and use this sign to make predictions about your life, personality, strengths, and weaknesses.

One of the most popular predictions involve love, of course. A skilled astrologer can predict which other signs you might be most compatible with, and what romantic pitfalls you might have to look out for.

Whether or not you believe the zodiac signs have any special significance, it can’t hurt to try them out for yourself, so let’s uncover the secrets of the 12 zodiac signs, and find out what yours means for your lovelife!

Aquarius: January 20th to February 18th

Individuals born under Aquarius can be independent, original, and empathetic, and are often highly intellectual.

Because of this, intellectual stimulation is one of the biggest romantic pleasures for an Aquarius—look for a date that can engage you in conversation and match your level of education and wittiness.

Avoid relationships that seem based in pure physicality—things will quickly grow old, and you’ll want out sooner than you think.

Those born under this sign are most compatible with Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. These signs compliment and share in the same intellectual passion as the Aquarius.

Pisces: February 19th through March 20th

Those born under Pisces are the artists of the world, and are often gentle, wise, and intuitive.

In the world of love, Pisces are incredibly romantic, and are loyal and generous to their lucky partners. They do, however, need to feel a deep connection with their loved ones in order to be satisfied.

If this is your sign, stay away from one night stands—they’ll leave you feeling empty and depressed. Instead, foster relationships that begin as friendships, and you’ll find that your lovelife becomes richer than you could ever imagine.

Take care, though, not to allow your romantic loyalty to blind you. Don’t allow yourself to be used, abused, or taken advantage of—this can happen all too easily to a Pisces.

Pisces has romantic compatibility with Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Capricorn—these signs are capable of the dedication it takes to make a Pisces happy!

Aries: March 21st to April 19th

If you were born during the time of Aries, you’re likely courageous, determined, confident, and above all, passionate.

Those born under Aries feel the desire to take the initiate when it comes to romance, and become energetic and excited about love, showing their partners with gifts and affection. Physical pleasure is important to most born under Aries, so look for a partner that is sexually compatible.

Watch out, though, that you take time with your partner in order to get to know them past the initial rush of physical and emotional excitement. Take care to be tender, loving, and gentle—don’t scare potential partners away by coming on too strongly

Aries is romantically compatible with Sagittarius, Leo, Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra, all of which are capable of both cooling an Aries down and heating him or her up.

Taurus: April 20th to May 20th

This sign produces those who are responsible, patient, and highly reliable.

The Taurus is very responsive to his or her senses, and potential lovers must be able to engage all of them, creating a safe and loving environment for any romance to occur. Stability is a must for people born under this sign, and so those born under Taurus should avoid thrill seeker and partiers who might take them on a wild ride they won’t enjoy.

The Taurus should take care not to become too enmeshed in tradition and expectations—it’s easy for these individuals to simply take the path that has been laid out for them. Don’t be afraid to gradually become more and more adventurous as you get to know your potential partner!

This sign is compatible with Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, and Pisces, all of whom have the patience and gentle nature needed to keep a Taurus happy.

Gemini: May 21st to June 20th

If you were born under Gemini, you are likely to be an adaptable, quick-learning individual who enjoys a wide variety of interests.

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