How To Flirt With Anyone, Based On Their Astrological Sign

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Depending who you ask, flirting can feel like a delightful game of witty repartee or an awkward conversational dance where no one knows the steps. If only there was a cheat code that let you know what sort of joke or remark would impress the person you're flirting with before you even opened your mouth.
Well, if you mainly hang out with horoscope readers, knowing someone's Zodiac sign can at least hint at the right way to approach them. Not that every Leo will respond to the same exact come on, but you can bet that a Pisces will prefer a softer approach than, say, a hot-headed Aries. And, it's safe to say it will always take a unique icebreaker to impress an Aquarius.
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Whether you want to impress that cutie at the coffee shop or chat up your neighbor from downstairs, you can learn a lot about how to connect with them if you know their sign. And, if you don't know their astrological identity, just go with the old chestnut: "So, what's your sign?"
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Aries
Catch their interest with: overt innuendo.

Talk is cheap, said an Aries, probably. If they're attracted to you, a Mars-ruled Ram won't tiptoe around the matter — they'll come right out and tell you. So, if the feeling is mutual, let them know ASAP, preferably with an eyebrow-raising remark that borders on explicit but stays firmly within the bounds of flirty. Making an Aries blush is a sign of great bravado and a move they won't forget anytime soon.
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Taurus
Catch their interest with: a direct approach.

This down-to-earth sign knows what they want and they'll respond if you show them that you do, too. You might touch their arm while you're chatting (as long as they're amenable to being touched). You might maintain eye contact. You might just tell them straight away that you're interested in going on a date — yes, it can be that simple when flirting with a head-games-averse Taurean.
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Gemini
Catch their interest with: wit.

Can you keep up? A Gemini won't just respect you if you can keep pace with their mile-a-minute conversation style — if your wit dazzles them sufficiently, they'll want to bring you home to mom and dad. Have your best one-liners and humorous observations at the ready and don't forget to brush up on the news before chatting up someone born under the sign of the Twin.
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Cancer
Catch their interest with: chat up their friends.

To quote the Spice Girls: "If you wanna be a Cancer's my lover, you've gotta get with that Cancer's my friends." Most Crabs maintain a close-knit group of friends who mean the world to them — and their opinions are just as significant. This doesn't mean you should spend the night buttering up everyone who came out with the Cancer you're interested in, but don't ignore them, either. Show that you mesh with the whole group.
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Leo
Catch their interest with: your full attention.

Wanting to date a Leo is like vying for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar — excellence is a must, but so is willingness to direct the spotlight elsewhere. After all, Leo is the star lead of the Zodiac. These folks love being showered with attention, so try talking to them apart from the group or in a quieter part of the bar, to show that they completely have your ear.
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Virgo
Catch their interest with: little favors.

There are a few consistent truths about this world: Death is inevitable, we don't deserve dogs, and most Virgos are tired. You're bound to impress them if you can beat them to one of their many, many tasks, no matter how small. Maybe you pick up the tab before they ask for it or maybe you bring them a coffee the next time you meet up. Sure, they might be annoyed if you didn't do it exactly the way they like to, but the gesture will have a major impact all the same.
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Libra
Catch their interest with: flattery.

For the record, we're not calling every single Libra shallow, but if there ever was a sign that knew how to take a compliment, it's this Venus-ruled air sign. Libras tend to take great care in how they present themselves to world, and acknowledging that with a meaningful remark (don't be creepy) will boost their confidence. Point out something that makes them stand out from the crowd.
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Scorpio
Catch their interest with: the cold shoulder.

Alright, that's probably an overstatement — don't needlessly play hard-to-get, but don't worry about being too outgoing, either. This private water sign likes to reveal personal details gradually, as they feel more comfortable around a date or new partner, and you can follow suit. In fact, some Scorpios have a bit of a detective streak, so maintaining an air of mystery may actually make them want to get to know you better.
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Sagittarius
Catch their interest with: going full cornball.

Save your silliest, most eye-roll-worthy pickup lines for the next time a Sag chats you up. Not only will they actually keep talking to you after you drop a ridiculous one-liner, they'll likely get a genuine belly laugh out of it. Members of this sign rarely take themselves too seriously and they're drawn to those who maintain a similar sense of humor. Save your smoldering gaze for someone else.
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Capricorn
Catch their interest with: sarcasm.

Caps are used to being the most acerbic people in the room, so they're bound to notice when someone tops their scathing remark with one of their own. One of the Zodiac's biggest proponents of tough love, Capricorns actually tend to respond well to dark humor and teasing, especially when it's directed at themselves. Don't worry, if you go too far with your ribbing they'll put you in your place — all in good fun, right?
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Aquarius
Catch their interest with: a startlingly deep question.

It's no secret that Aquarians think a little differently than most. They're the innovators, the geniuses, and the quirky best friends of the Zodiac. Asking them something unexpected, something they haven't had to answer in a million dating profiles, will let them know that you want to them to feel comfortable showing their most eccentric side. If you ask us, lead with a question about their thoughts on AI.
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Pisces
Catch their interest with: self-deprecation.

With some signs, confidence is key — we're looking at you, fire signs. But, a sign like Pisces, which values vulnerability and sensitivity over bluster, is much more likely to hit it off with someone who's willing to poke fun at themselves. Crack a little joke about how you're always late or took the wrong train to get to the party, and they'll start to warm up. Pisces are drawn to humanity, and what's more human than admitting your little imperfections?
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