When it comes to love and commitment, everyone is looking for the same thing, right? Actually, that isn’t entirely true. Aside from the fact that we all have individual needs, our dreams and desires can change from one phase of life to the next. While some of us seek enduring love, others want something a little less binding, and perhaps a little more temporary. Some people seek the fun and spontaneity of dating, while others can hear wedding bells ringing in their ears from the very first “hello.” How does your Zodiac sign feel about long-term, committed love? How about your sweetheart’s sign, or that cutie you’re crushing on? If you’re hoping for lasting love, it helps to know whether your partner is likely to be open to a continually deepening and intimate bond. And if you’re looking for something a little more casual, it’s also handy to know which signs tend to be more open to spontaneous, possibly shorter-term connections. Read on to learn more about your Sun sign’s natural approach to intimacy and commitment in love.
Aries (March 20th - April 19th)
While it’s too simplistic to say that Aries isn’t built for commitment, this sign isn’t known for its follow-through. Rather, the impulsive Ram is known for falling hard and fast in love. Aries tends to leap first and look later, which can lead to getting involved with someone before they’ve really gotten to know them, or even determined whether they have compatible personalities or interests. The Ram’s main issue with commitment comes from the simple fact that such blazing heat can burn out fast if there isn’t enough substance to the relationship to keep the love fires burning. Thus, relationships for Aries can be rather hit-or-miss. Sometimes, this sign will jump into a new love affair that turns out to be an ill fit, while other times, Aries can luck into a connection that turns out to be the perfect match. Commitment works best for this sign when it’s with someone as strong and independent as Aries is.
Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
The sign of the Bull is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, and is also a Fixed sign — an astrological quality that lends Taurus its natural endurance and follow-through. Together, these influences mean Taurus is built for long-term love. This sign is certainly quite happy being involved in an affectionate relationship that is grounded in mutual trust and loyalty. In fact, the main issue that Taurus has with commitment is its tendency to stick with the status quo through thick and thin, no matter what. While this is a wonderful quality when Taurus is involved in a healthy, harmonious and dynamic relationship, if the love affair is less than functional, Taurus might stay committed simply out of habit or a misplaced sense of duty. This sign might even stay with a lover through betrayal or other types of mistreatment, since the idea of change can be quite daunting — even positive change in the name of growth and health.
Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
As a rule, the sign of the Twins adores variety, and that extends to love and romance. This sign might prefer to play the dating game for quite some time, enjoying the experience of connecting with different personalities as they dance their way toward that one, special soul who truly makes their heart sing. Gemini is certainly capable of committing to one person in love, but this sign needs a strong mental connection if they’re to stay engaged at the heart level. Gemini is also known for intellectualizing their feelings, a habit that can lead to a lack of emotional intimacy in a love affair. Another issue for this sign is its tendency to be fickle in love: Gemini might suddenly lose interest in someone they were previously wild about, or they might have trouble deciding between two admirers. Thus, for this sign, dedication in love depends on building a sense of playfulness and variety into the relationship, so that commitment feels less like an obligation than a choice.
Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)
The sign of the Crab is made for commitment in love. This deeply feeling, vulnerable sign operates best in a stable relationship that is built on loyalty and trust. Cancer needs to feel secure with a lover in order to relax, open up and be intimate. This sign actually expects commitment; for Cancer, the idea of “playing the field” is both foreign and distasteful. Thus, this sign can quickly become deeply involved in a new relationship, simply because they don’t know how to approach affairs of the heart casually. Thus, anyone who gets involved with the Crab should be ready to take the relationship quite seriously, because it’s certain that Cancer will do the same. Once mutual commitment is established, Cancer makes a highly nurturing and protective lover who will do anything to safeguard their partner and the relationship itself.
Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)
The sign of the Lion tends to be surrounded by admirers and quite enjoys the dating game. While the drama and attention are a lot of fun for this social, charming sign, beneath that bright, glamorous exterior, Leo has a tender and loyal heart. Ultimately, this sign is looking for committed love with just one special person. This Fixed sign is a natural at endurance — a definite bonus for a lasting love affair — and is also quite family-oriented. Whether Leo is open about it or keeps it more under wraps, this sign is likely to want children, perhaps even several, and dreams of having a large, colorful, happy family. Leo needs to feel properly adored in a relationship, however, so gifts, love notes and other demonstrations of affection are a must. When this sign feels cherished, they will return that devotion whole-heartedly.
Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)
Dating multiple partners at once isn’t for Virgo; it’s simply too messy. Thus, this reserved, sometimes shy sign isn’t exactly comfortable with the dating game, or, for that matter, any kind of game-playing in romance. Virgo seeks true love and devotion, and prefers a relationship that is as drama-free as possible. It’s no wonder, then, that it can take this sign quite a long time to progress from initial interest and courtship to a place of deep and natural intimacy with a lover. But once that level of intimacy is reached, grounded Virgo is devoted down to their very soul. This selfless sign adores caring for their partner, and doesn’t mind taking a back seat to their lover’s needs or more vibrant personality. Virgo is built for commitment in love, as long as their partner doesn’t mind waiting patiently for that devotion to become firmly established.
Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)
Not only is Libra ruled by Venus, the planet of love, it is also the sign of Partnership, which really says it all. Perhaps more than any other Zodiac sign, Libra is in love with love — a true romantic at heart who operates best when happily coupled. Libra is also a natural diplomat, which can be a great benefit in a relationship: This sign works to keep the peace and find creative ways to compromise when it seems as if there’s just no common ground. There is also a downside to this quality, however; sometimes Libra will remain in a romantic affair that isn’t working because it’s difficult to declare their needs or set firm boundaries. Libra might also stay in a less-than-optimal relationship out of a simple fear of loneliness, which is unfounded; this gregarious, stylish sign almost always has plenty of admirers and a full social calendar. Still, while Libra may come across as a social butterfly, this sign craves the comfort and stability of a committed and harmonious love affair.
Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
The Scorpion is known for its intensity, passion and emotional depths. While this complex sign might make their lover jump through plenty of hoops before declaring a commitment, ultimately, Scorpio seeks a deeply intimate connection in love, and wants a lover who can prove their devotion. Jealousy can be an issue for Scorpio, who doesn’t deal well with infidelity or any other betrayal of trust. As long as this sign is involved in a love affair based in openness, honesty and faithfulness, their best qualities can shine — namely, loyalty, an intuitive connection to their partner, and the perseverance needed to hang in there through the rough patches that inevitably befall any long-term relationship. As a Fixed sign, Scorpio is a natural when it comes to lasting commitment, and can have a hard time accepting it when a relationship has come to its natural conclusion. This is simply a part of Scorpio’s strong drive toward a secure and devoted connection that will stand the test of time.
Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)
The sign of the Archer is known for its wide-eyed, adventurous and searching outlook on life. This optimistic sign seeks freedom and experience — two goals that can be rather incompatible with a monogamous relationship. However, while the common view of Sagittarius holds that this sign isn’t one to settle down, it really isn’t that simple. It’s true that Sagittarius has a lusty appetite for new experiences, and for some Archers, that can extend to love affairs. It is also true that this sign is more open to change than other signs might be, which can make it easier for Sagittarius to accept the natural end of a relationship and the exciting beginning of a new one. However, any savvy Sag knows that with the right partner — someone as optimistic, big-hearted and daring as Sagittarius — a long-term commitment like marriage can be the ultimate adventure, and exploring the uncharted terrain of the heart can take as much courage as any outward-bound escapade.
Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)
The hardworking sign of the Goat is no stranger to dedication. This sign tends to pursue career goals with great focus and diligence, and views family responsibilities through the same lens. Thus, Capricorn might not make much time for playing the dating game. This sign takes relationships quite seriously, and once a mutual commitment has been established, Capricorn may skimp on the frills of romance. While this can leave their partner feeling lonely or unappreciated, Capricorn just doesn’t see the purpose of mushy, gooey declarations of love; after all, doesn’t their genuine, deep devotion speak for itself? For a more romance-oriented sign, this could be hard to accept — and yet, Capricorn was made for stable, grounded commitment in love. For a partner who can see through this sign’s ambitious, responsible exterior to the true heart that beats beneath, Capricorn’s innate drive toward relationship security and commitment makes this sign a solid catch.
Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)
In relationships, as in life, the progressive Water Bearer seeks the freedom to express its unique interests and highly individualistic personality. This sign tends to be rather social, and yet also requires plenty of alone time — two qualities that might outwardly seem not to mesh well with the demands of an intimate love affair. Furthermore, Aquarius tends to skimp on the sentimental frills of romance and might also shy away from intense displays of emotion — and yet, despite all that, this Fixed sign is actually built for commitment in love. While they may not wear their heart on their sleeve, Aquarius does seek lasting love with someone who understands them, through and through. For this sign, a strong friendship and intellectual connection form the stable foundation for a love that endures the test of time. Once that lasting bond is established, Aquarius makes quite a loyal and devoted partner in love.
Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)
The sign of the Fish may be the most romantic sign of the Zodiac. Ruled by the Moon, this is certainly the most deeply feeling and intuitive of all the signs. In fact, Pisces might have a hard time not committing to their partner in love; tuning in to their sweetheart’s needs and emotions comes naturally to Pisces, bringing out its selfless nature. This sign wants nothing more than to do and be everything for the one they love, no matter the cost. Of course, this depth of compassion and generosity can get Pisces into trouble if they happen to fall for someone who would take advantage of these gifts. This sign can also have a hard time leaving a damaging or dysfunctional relationship in order to search for a better, healthier or more balanced connection. Still, this simply speaks to Pisces’s innate desire for loyalty, intimacy and commitment.