When it comes to romance, your tastes may be all over the place, or you may have a “type” — a certain build or personality that you’re attracted to again and again. But even within a certain type, there are all kinds of men out there — funny ones and quiet ones; sweet ones and edgy ones; ones looking for fun, and ones looking for a long-term commitment. How should you approach him when your interest is piqued? And once you know there’s chemistry between you, how should you proceed? Instead of trotting out the same old, tired moves, look to his Sun sign for answers. The Zodiac holds the insight you need into appealing to his desire nature and winning his heart.
Aries (March 20th - April 19th)
There’s one main trick to keep in mind when you have an Aries man in your sights: Make him pursue you, and don’t be too easy to catch. The fiery, hot-blooded Ram adores the chase, and he’ll love it if you make him work for your attention. Competitive by nature, he’s at his best when he views you as a prize to be sought and won. On the other hand, it won’t do to play too hard to get; he needs to know you’re interested, and he can’t help but respond to a brazen, self-assured approach. What does the Aries man not respond well to? A wet blanket — someone overly needy, emotional or negative. He loves a challenge and will be most attracted to you when you’re feeling bold, free and independent.
Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
When it comes to winning the heart of a Bull, don’t be afraid to take the traditional route of a good meal and intimate conversation. Taurus men enjoy sensory pleasures: the decadent flavor of rich food or fine wine, the sweet scent of lilies or homemade cookies, or the tantalizing sensation of silky sheets — or holding you in his arms. This down-to-earth man is seeking a simple, natural and all-consuming love with someone as warmhearted and devoted as he is. He makes quite a generous and indulgent lover, so allow him to treat you to the good life, and be open in showing your appreciation. He has strong appetites himself, and will love seeing you take pleasure in his gifts and attention — especially if you return these favors in kind.
Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
What’s the shortest path to a Gemini’s heart? Straight through his intellect. This witty, intelligent and knowledgeable man loves someone who can match him wit for wit. Your initial, flirty encounter will leave you both laughing and interested in finding out more. So what’s the secret to taking it to the next level? Go beneath the surface, and don’t let him do all the talking. Discuss your deepest interests with him. Open up about your philosophy of life, and you’ll get to see him at his best — making comments, suggestions and connections that astound you. Keep developing this communicative bond in ways both serious and fun — playing trivia and word games, discussing your childhoods and your dreams for the future — and that mental link you share will gradually expand into a sweet attachment at the heart level.
Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)
What is Cancer seeking in love? A true, deep and secure connection. Winning the heart of the self-protective Crab could take time and effort, but the reward will be worth it — the devotion of a deeply emotional, hardworking and family-oriented man. Whatever else brings you two together, your relationship should be based, first and foremost, in a bond of trust. Don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve; while he may not be as open in putting his feelings for you into words, he needs to know how you feel, and he needs to trust that you mean it. Over time, you’ll learn to read his emotions in other ways: the love that shines in his eyes, the protective urge that is evident in how he treats you. And when he finally declares his love, you’ll know you’ve won him over for good.
Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)
So you’re interested in a Leo — perhaps the most romantic, dramatic and passionate sign of the Zodiac. Winning his heart may simply be a matter of letting him win yours! When that happens, the whole world will know it by his Lion’s roar of love and devotion. In the meantime, there are many ways to tether the heart of this charismatic man. First and foremost, he needs to know your affection is lasting and real. Leo’s natural confidence is an effective cover for quite a soft, tender heart; if he isn’t sure you return his affection, he could become surprisingly insecure. Of course, playing hard-to-get — at least for a little while — isn’t all bad; it lends a touch of drama that keeps Leo on his toes. Once he’s certain you can match him passion for passion, the true adventure begins.
Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)
Be patient when wooing a Virgo man. Winning him over might be a slow, painstaking process, but in the end, you’ll be rewarded by the selfless devotion of a truly committed heart. Virgos rarely jump thoughtlessly into romance; rather, they take their time in getting to know someone, slowly building up a bond of trust. Since Virgo can spot insincerity a mile away, don’t bother with corny one-liners or crass displays of attraction. A genuine, heartfelt approach is far more effective with this refined man. He wants to know who you are at your core, including your deepest, dearest values and beliefs. Once you’ve demonstrated your integrity and laid a foundation of trust, you’ll see him start to open his heart more and more. And once he fully gives you his love and commitment, you’ll know he’s yours for keeps.
Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)
Since Libra men lead with their hearts, it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out how he feels about you. And once it’s clear you share a mutual attraction, the relationship could move forward fast, because Libra is one of the most romantic, in-love-with-love signs of the Zodiac. As he falls head-over-heels for you, he’ll treat you to all the best in gifts and general affection, and could easily sweep you off your feet. Just be sure the connection you’re building is deep and true. The sign of the Scales has a tough time handling conflict, and may avoid it in favor of keeping the peace — which can sometimes lead to a slight lack of honesty or authenticity. Encourage him to be truthful in his interests, needs and desires, and show him you’ll still be there for him, even if you disagree.
Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
Winning a Scorpio’s heart is all about creating an aura of mystery around yourself. The Scorpion is all about secrets and intrigue, not to mention deep, soul-shaking passion. Rather than revealing your feelings and intentions right up front, leave some things to the imagination. Tempt him with heated glances along with intimate, suggestive conversation filled with promises of what’s to come — and then let that edgy anticipation build. When it’s time to make a move, leave it to sexy Scorpio, who has probably already planned how he’ll stake his claim on your heart, down to the last detail. Yes, this is one man who definitely likes being in control. His complex, devoted brand of love promises passionate thrills galore. Don’t be surprised if things get intense between you, and fast.
Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)
How to tame the Archer’s independent, adventurous heart? One thing is certain: Don’t bother with a safe, typical or traditional approach. Dinner and a movie? Too boring. Dating, then love, then marriage and kids? Too conventional! If you want to capture this sign’s attention, you’ll have to show him some excitement, and prove to him over time that each day with you is a brand-new adventure. After all, Sagittarius is all about freedom and experience, and these are what he’s seeking in love. He may turn out to be the commitment type, after all — but if long-term love is in the cards, it will grow from a fun, thrilling connection between two individuals who gobble up all that life has to offer. Once he knows you can be his passionate, open-minded equal, he’ll start to see just how sweet mutual devotion can be.
Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)
Winning the heart of a Capricorn is all about impressing him with your sterling character and your hardworking, ambitious nature. After all, these are qualities he possesses, himself, and he seeks them in other people. And he isn’t playing around — not in his career or in his personal life. If you’re hoping for love and commitment, Capricorn is an excellent choice, as long as you can accept that his career may be his top priority. This is simply who he is: a man who strives daily to improve, to work his way up the ladder and to impress others with his accomplishments. This is all part of what makes him such an excellent, dedicated partner and provider. If you can be the one who gets him to set his work aside from time to time and relax, he’ll appreciate you like no other.
Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)
When courting an Aquarius, don’t be afraid to be completely yourself. Toss any standard pickup lines or getting-to-know-you chitchat out the window; instead, go for deeply authentic discussion that fosters a true meeting of the minds. The more of your unique individuality you reveal to the Water Bearer, the more he’ll notice you and appreciate you for exactly who you are. He’s an innovator, after all — someone whose perspective is always focused on improving the world around him. Aquarius seeks a partner in love who shares and supports his commitment to far-reaching yet real-world ideas that promote progress. While he may not be the most sentimental or emotionally expressive lover around, he makes a steadfast and devoted partner whose heart is true. If you can accept him in all his independent, quirky glory, he’ll love you unconditionally.
Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)
Since sweet, romantic Pisces can’t resist a vulnerable heart, all you have to do to win him over is to wear yours on your sleeve. Let him know just how you feel about him with your eyes and your soft touch; make a soul-to-soul connection through gentle, intimate conversation that reveals your innermost needs, fears and desires. And show him you can return the support and devotion he offers you so selflessly. After all, it’s all too easy for the Fish to fall under the spell of a stronger personality — someone who might take advantage of his tender heart. His desire to connect deeply and genuinely can sometimes lead him to reach out to the wrong people. Show him your compassionate and protective side, appreciate his unconditional empathy, and encourage him to express his creativity, and he’ll be yours forever.