It doesn't matter if you're single or in a relationship. The desire to try something different in your love life can easily rise to the surface at the start of a new year. If you're not the type to make relationship resolutions, or if you've already tried all the dating advice you've gotten from your friends, your romantic self may be better served by consulting the stars.
Every sign of the Zodiac approaches dating differently — and
2018 is on course to be a very different year for all 12, too. So, if you're in a rut, sick of swiping left, or are just curious about what you could be doing differently, trust us: The cosmos has a suggestion or two.
Ahead, we've rounded up love recommendations for every sign. If you don't see your specific romantic situation reflected in your sun sign, check out what the stars have to say for your Venus, moon, or Mars sign —
these planetary placements play a major role in your relationships, too.
Aries If you're single Get a little extra. Aries rarely need an invitation to show off, but this year demands some of your signature swagger: Throw an over-the-top theme party, go out on a weekday, and splurge on an attention-getting ensemble. Breaking out of your already broad comfort zone is sure to lead you toward new and exciting people. If you're coupled Talk it out. Dynamic fire sign that you are, Ram, you like to show how you feel through your actions — but clamming up can prevent you from finding an even deeper connection with your partner. This year, make communication your priority and share something with your S.O. you've been holding back.
Taurus If you're single Have regular check-ins with your heart. That doesn't have to be as corny as it sounds, skeptical Bull — getting in touch with your emotions can look like journaling, a 5-minute meditation practice, or a restorative bath. It'll serve you to know where you stand with yourself before you charge into a relationship. If you're coupled Cultivate stability. Taureans aren't wont to part with their routines for just anyone, and your partner probably knows that. Make it clear that they matter by including them in the rituals that mean the most to you, whether that's your Sunday errands or your regularly scheduled Buffy rewatch.
Gemini If you're single Go deep. You flex your small talk muscles on a regular basis, Gem, but when was the last time you let yourself engage in a heated debate or swap lengthy stories from your childhood? Give this conversational approach a try on you next date or just when you're out with friends. Either way, you'll get to show off a new, equally stunning side of your gift for gab. If you're coupled Touch base on boundaries. For some Gems, any amount of spark is reason enough to skip straight to an LTR, but this year the stars will urge you to pause before you swap house keys. If they aren't also a Gemini, your partner probably likes things a little more black-and-white than you do, so take an evening to DTR or simply decide whose house is best for sleepovers.
Cancer If you're single Be wary of any dating "scene." We don't mean you should clear you cal of any upcoming dates, but consider waiting to meet up with someone who actually piques your interest — and resist the urge to grab a coffee with someone "just 'cause." To nurture is your nature, Crab, but you don't have to make time for everyone. If you're coupled Get some space. As fulfilling as you relationship may be, you haven't been making enough time for yourself, Cancer. Find a solo activity that helps you unwind, like reading an engrossing book or finding a new video game (your S.O. can even be in the room with you, doing their own thing, too).
Leo If you're single Lead with honesty. Your feelings are rarely far from your sleeve, Leo, and you shouldn't feel obligated to apologize for that. So, the next time you feel the urge to approach someone new or save your energy and just stay in, act on it. Your fiery sign hates compromise — and when it comes to your relationships, you shouldn't have to. If you're coupled Enjoy a little PDA. Leos radiate warmth anyway, so don't be afraid to show it. Your partner is no doubt drawn to your passion and will be more than happy to share a smooch in the Starbucks line or take a corny selfie. And for the more private Leos out there, yes, holding hands in the comfort of your own home can totally count as PDA, too.
Virgo If you're single Find a change of scenery. You might love your neighborhood haunts, Virgo, but only a fresh setting (and the flipped perspective that comes with it) will do it for you this year. Book a weekend trip or at least use your PTO to explore a new part of your town. Taking a mini-adventure will help you broaden your horizons while keeping your feet firmly planted on sweet Mother Earth. If you're coupled Ignore your milestones. Whether you're moving in with your partner, having kids with them, or just getting used to having a partner, period, you've already got your next goal on your mind, Virgo. But that can easily lead you to overlook all that you already have with your S.O. This year, tap the brakes and just enjoy being with them, wherever you may be.
Libra If you're single Call the shots. The time to decide is now. You set the dates, send the first texts, and initiate the Big Talks. Anyone who hits you up expecting a wishy-washy, people-pleasing Libra should keep moving, because this is your year of action. Just take a deep breath then hit send. If you're coupled Celebrate your differences. Perfect harmony rarely exists outside of the Libran imagination, and it may prove difficult to let go of that ideal image. But you and your S.O. don't have to share the same interests and hobbies to have amazing chemistry. Show that you care about them (even if you scratch your head at their pastimes) by showing up to their next kickball game or kazoo concert.
Scorpio If you're single Maintain your connections. You're not exactly a trophy holder in small talk, Scorp, but that doesn't mean you can't network with the best of them. You never know who you may meet (or what opportunities may arise) while mingling as your pal's plus-one. If you're coupled Go on an adventure. You and your partner have more than likely shared plenty of personal truths to reach this point, but how many experiences do you have in common? Ignore your lone wolf instincts for once and plan an excursion into the unknown as a pair — you'll still be talking about this trip long after you return.
Sagittarius If you're single Keep an open mind. Your curiosity and intrepid spirit makes you the Indiana Jones of the Zodiac, Sag, and your explorer's instincts ought to play a role in your dating life. This year, date against type (if you have one) and break the ice with unconventional questions. Even if you don't end up in an LTR, you'll absolutely end 2018 having learned a thing or two from those you meet. If you're coupled Savor the stability. Sags can find it difficult to stay in one place or relationship for very long, but in your relationship lies a sturdy foundation that allows you to chill out when you really want to (yes, even Sags need their down time). Plus, your partner can no doubt keep up with you — and every Archer needs a partner in crime.
Capricorn If you're single Focus on your flirting game. Sure, "flirtatious" is hardly the first word that springs to mind when we think "Capricorn," but that doesn't mean you don't have it in you, dear Goat. Your dry wit is magnetic to many. You just have to let it shine once in a while. Leave your furrowed brow and clenched jaw at home and dazzle a few folks who'll be surprised to hear you crack a joke. If you're coupled Do something new every week. Your convention-loving sign can and should shake things up this year, even if "shaking things up" simply translates to going out twice a week rather than once. Even small tweaks to your routine will make you look forward to spending time with your S.O. more than you already do.
Aquarius If you're single Be a romantic. Your heart is always talking to you, if you'd just stop to listen to it now and then. When does it go pitter-pat and when does its beat remain steady and unchanged? Water Bearers are a cerebral bunch, and you might not even be looking to date someone at the moment, but you'll gain a whole new view of yourself if you give your heart as much time on the mic as your head. If you're coupled Get silly. Your inner child is ready to come out and play, Aquarius — and it sure would like your partner to join in on the fun. Build a pillow fort on a rainy day and swap scary stories, or take an art class that lets you get messy. You can be a tad serious when it comes to love, so seek out opportunities to inject your relationship with a little whimsy.
Pisces If you're single Resist the urge to fix people. Pisces are undeniably the healers of the Zodiac, but if you take in every bird with a broken wing, you'll just become their go-to nurse (and you'll lose time to spend on yourself). Potential partners shouldn't be projects or lost causes, Pisces. Date someone for what they'll add to your life, not what you'll have to give to them. If you're coupled Dream together. Share the subject of your daydreams with your partner — and see how it compares with their own. Do you share visions of picket fences? Have you both been harboring the wish to own a dog? Discussing your wildest fantasies just might prompt a deeper discussion about where you're headed as a couple IRL.