Flirting might come naturally to some, but for most of us, things can get pretty awkward, pretty fast.
Luckily, astrology can help you avoid the more painful moments. Knowing the traits of your zodiac sign – and the sign of your love interest – can make it easier for you to figure out what flirting techniques work best.
To get the big picture, be sure to read these for your moon, sun, and rising signs.
How you flirt: You’re as bold and aggressive as they come, Aries. If you have someone in your love crosshairs, they’ll definitely know it. You don’t mind putting it all out on the line with something as easy as saying, “You wanna get outta here?”
How someone should flirt with you: If you’re into an Aries, him or her know! They want you to be straightforward and upfront. They’re not into playing games, so buy them that drink or brush your hand against theirs and see the sparks fly.
How you flirt: You’re the old-fashioned romantic of the zodiac, Taurus. You love sending sweet handwritten notes to the object of affection or surprising them with a box of chocolates and flowers.
How someone should flirt with you: Both Taurus men and Taurus women are huge sensualists, so they love when someone gently touches the crook of their back or gently plays with their hair. They also love food, so offering to share your fries with them will help win their heart – and stomach.
How you flirt: You have a way with words, Gemini, so you love spinning a funny yarn to hook in your latest crush or engaging in an intellectual debate that’s usually stimulating in more ways than one.
How someone should flirt with you: The more brainier you are, the more sexy you are to a Gemini man or Gemini woman. Go head-to-head with them in deep conversation and they’ll want to talk to you all night. Don’t be afraid to show off your playful side, either. Challenge them to a game of pool if or Trivia – they love to play mentally stimulating games, too.
How you flirt: You love to nurture and take care of others, Cancer, so your flirting style is to listen to your crush’s latest ordeal and give them tender loving advice. You’re also an inquisitive soul, so you also love digging deep into your crush’s life and getting to know them as intimately as possible.
How someone should flirt with you: Attracted to a Cancer man or Cancer woman? More than likely he or she is a shy homebody, so you’ll want to plan a romantic dinner at home to get in their good graces and showering them with attention and loving physical touches.
How you flirt: You take charge of any situation, Leo, especially when it comes to love. So you’ll lavish your crush with attention, compliments, and tons of sexy eye contact. You want to make your object of affection feel as beautiful and wonderful as you feel about yourself.
How someone should flirt with you: If you’re into a Leo man or Leo woman, you need to be all about them. They don’t like wishy-washy. They want you to win it, so to speak. Let them know how much you like and appreciate them, and compliment them a lot. They looooove compliments.
How you flirt: You’re a picky person, Virgo, so when you’re interested in someone, it’s a big deal. You like engaging in stimulating conversation with your new love interest while also showing off your quiet sexuality with coquettish-like head tilts and small smiles. Netflix nights in are your jam, too.
How someone should flirt with you: Both Virgo men and Virgo women can be naturally standoffish, so they like when someone approaches them slowly but with sincerity. They are not into playing games, so showing your cards while also respecting their alone-time will win you major bonus points.
How you flirt: The social butterfly of the zodiac, you already have a naturally flirty vibe with just about anyone, Libra. But when you have your sights set on someone special you really lay it on thick with your natural charm and wit, and by wearing your special “date outfit.”
How someone should flirt with you: Because Libra men and Libra women provide the balance of the zodiac, they appreciate when someone is openly flirty with them but doesn’t come off too strongly. Sometimes Libras doubt just how charismatic they are, so if you find them dazzling, let them know.
How you flirt: You’re the most overtly sexual sign of the zodiac, Scorpio, so when you’re into someone, you don’t hesitate to shower them with intense sexual energy. Affection touches, seductive eye contact, and come hither body language is your go-to style.
How someone should flirt with you: Be open to whatever comes your way with a Scorpio guy or gal. They’re wild and intense, so they want someone to match their intensity – not someone who scares easily. Be as kinky as they are, and they’ll be putty in your hand.
How you flirt: Sagittarius, you’re bold, brash, and love a good joke, which is why you have no problem sharing a naughty story with your object of attention. You also love to tease your crush and entice them with tales of your latest exotic adventure.
How someone should flirt with you: Centaur’s are naturally independent, so don’t move too fast with yours. Both Sag men and Sag women need to know that you’ll be able to give them space when they need it. Cracking a joke and being open to taking new adventures are highly attractive to the Archer.
How you flirt: Capricorns don’t really know how to flirt, so by just being yourself – honest, casual, and sarcastic –you are unknowingly flirty. You like to engage with your new love with stimulating conversations and using subtle body language – stroking your hair, touching your face – speaks volumes.
How someone should flirt with you: If you’re interested in a Cap man or Cap lady, let them know. They don’t like playing games – they only play for keeps. Engage them in a playful conversation that to brings out their famous quick wit, and they’ll literally love you forever.
How you flirt: You generally go with the flow of life, Aquarius, so your flirting is fluid, natural, and easy. You love to surprise people and keep them on their toes whether it’s with your quick wit or sharp intellect. You love to show off your carefree free spirit attitude with interesting stories and deep insights.
How someone should flirt with you: Aquarian men and women are unique individuals so whatever usually worked for you in the past won’t work for them. Be as openminded as they are with your approach and engage both their body and mind, and they’ll return the favor and then some!
How you flirt: You’re initially shy but when you’re into someone, Pisces, you’re all about them. You have a quiet yet mesmerizing aura so people are naturally drawn to your spirit. You love to wax poetic on creativity and dreams, which is one of your secretly subtle killer moves that hooks people in.
How someone should flirt with you: Both male and female Pisces loves love, so if you’re into one, sweep them off their feet. Indulge them with romantic gestures and dates, and let it be known how much you cherish and appreciate them. They will return that warm and fuzzy feeling in spades.
Brianne Hogan is a freelance writer currently based in Prince Edward Island. She has a Capricorn sun, Pisces rising with a Taurus moon, so she’s practical, grounded, intuitive, creative but stubborn AF. Follow her on Twitter @briannehogan and on Instagram @briehogan