Astrology helps you deepen your understanding of yourself and others, fueling empathy, compassion, and kindness across all relationships. It can also help you figure out what revs your boo’s engine… and, alternatively, what causes them to come to a screeching halt. Behold, the sexual turn ons (and offs) for each zodiac sign!
Aries are notorious for their impulsive, fast-paced approach to life. They’re fueled by passion, so they’re extremely turned on by random, sudden bursts of desire.
Though it may sound crude, nothing fans their flame quite like an unexpected hookup in a bathroom stall or backseat of a car. So if you’re thinking of something slow and comfy, you may want to look elsewhere. Aries have short attention spans, so they’re not into excessive foreplay. Action is key.
Governed by Venus (the planet of love and beauty), Taurus is the most romantic sign of the zodiac. They love exploring their senses, so their sexual appetite is closely connected to sound, sight, taste, smell, and touch.
Turn on your Taurus lover with a fully immersive experience, complete with chocolate, wine, candles, and oils. (FYI, Tauruses are obsessed with desserts, so don’t be afraid to bust out the whipped cream when the time is right.) Remember that Taurus is turned off by sloppiness, so bringing them to a tidy bedroom will keep them happy.
Everything in Gemini’s life is about duality. While some Gemini may embrace this quality quite literally (*ahem*, threesomes), these air signs have more than enough charisma to make a monogamous romp feel like an orgy. In short: Nothing turns on Gemini more than lots of sexual experimentation. They’re also governed by Mercury, the planet of communication, so sexting is definitely in their wheelhouse.
Seriously, they’re down to try pretty much anything! In fact, the only thing Geminis are turned off by is monotony, so don’t be afraid to get freaky (with their consent, obviously).
Intimacy is a big deal for these sweet, sensitive water signs. Symbolized by the crab, Cancers need to feel safe before emerging from their shells, and the fastest way to foster loyalty is through physical closeness. This sign is all about cuddling, spooning, and sensual caresses, so don’t be shy about cozying up with your Cancer lover.
But when you’re getting down, remember that everything needs to be reciprocal. Be sure to allocate plenty of time for a mutual satisfaction. Cancers may guard their sensitivities with tough armor, but they’re not afraid to use their claws when they need to.
Leos are all about drama, so when it comes to sex, the bedroom can quickly transform into a stage. Performative and bombastic, the biggest turn-on for these lions is to feel desired. They purr at the thought of being wanted, especially when the passion leads to cinematic lovemaking.
Leos love to be wined and dined through luxurious dates, tabloid-worthy expressions of adoration (think John Cusack in Say Anything), and grandiose displays of affection. But make them feel even the least bit snubbed, and you can expect some angry roars from them.
Traditionally, the sign of Virgo is symbolized by the virgin archetype—an outdated association that sometimes leads to the false assumption that Virgos are prudish. The truth is the contrary. Like a horny teenager, Virgos are absolutely obsessed with sex, and really savor every moment of it. Governed by Mercury (the planet of communication) Virgos also love to talk about getting down.
But when it’s time to act on your temptations, make sure you’re approaching everything… hygienically. Virgos are extremely detail-oriented, and they’re instantly grossed out by anything that they deem unsanitary. So, if you’re planning on some kinky kitchen-counter play, let your Virgo lover know you’ve already stocked up on antibacterial wipes—I mean, what could be sexier than that?
Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. Accordingly, Libras tend to treat their lovers like precious works of art. With such a refined palate, it’s no surprise that Libras are turned on by elegance and sophistication. Taking the time to make your Libra a cocktail and put on some great music goes a long way.
Though Libras have a physical side, the fastest way to their heart is always through the mind. AKA, even if someone is ~perfect~ in bed, a Libra will be instantly turned off if the post-coital convo is boring (or non-existent).
In medical astrology, Scorpios rule the sex organs, so it’s no surprise that they’re considered one of the most erotic signs of the zodiac. A Scorpio’s energy combines steamy passion with soulful emotional intimacy, making them magnetic AF.
Governed by Pluto, the planet of the underworld, Scorpios love to dive into power play, and are extremely turned on by explorations of dominance and submission. They aren’t afraid to explore taboos, so try getting extra kinky with your Scorpio with their consent. But whatever you do, make sure you act with feeling. Scorpio is all about chemistry, and sexual tension needs to be palpable.
Sagittarius are explorers, so their biggest turn-on will always be adventure. Sagittarius view physical intimacy as an opportunity for emotional discovery and intellectual expansion. This fire sign is extremely aroused by anything that has a hint of danger, so don’t be surprised if your Sagittarius lover is into public sex.
On the flip side, Sagittarius are totally turned off by sex that feels overly sentimental. Sagittarius are masters of seduction and are great at making love, but they prefer to focus on the more playful aspects of getting down.
Capricorns are the most ambitious sign of the zodiac, and their sex drive is no exception. These enterprising earth signs take getting down seriously and expect their partners will, too. They want to have a rich private life filled with lots of kinky adventures, so don’t be afraid to turn up the heat with these naughty sea-goats.
Nothing turns them off more than someone who’s all talk, especially if they don’t actually deliver in bed. Sexting is nice, but Capricorn lovers need to physically get down and dirty.
Aquarians are the aliens of the zodiac–these eccentric nonconformists always have their head high in the clouds. But when it comes to sex, this rebellious air sign isn’t afraid to get down. Aquarians are turned on by anything that goes against societal conventions.
If anything, your Aquarius lover may be turned off by more traditional approaches to sex—they’re simply not bizarre enough for this free-thinking air sign. Hot tip: Aquarians love sci-fi, so try incorporating a piece of technology (like a vibrator) into your play.
Pisces are highly spiritual and empathic, so it’s no surprise that they’re extremely turned on by deeply spiritual connections. They’re aroused by out-of-this-word explorations, so be sure to explore the nooks and crannies of your psychic world with this water sign.
Pisces are curious souls, so really the only thing that turns them off is rigidity. As long as you’re flexible and open-minded, Pisces will be delighted to swim in your direction.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US