Recognizing what your sign needs can strengthen your relationship.
Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a while now or are looking to start a new one, it’s important to take a step back and do some self-reflection from time to time. If you’re in the latter camp of looking, for example, you might ask yourself if you’re truly ready to dive back into the dating game.
Regardless of what stage you’re at, you have needs. Unlike wants, you can’t compromise your needs. Needs are necessary for your general happiness, and your partner must at least understand them for a healthy relationship.
One way to help understand your own needs is through astrology. Your sign’s element can help pare down your needs, but it’s not as specific as your zodiac sign itself. Your zodiac sign can show you what you need — both in your partner and within yourself — for a happy, healthy relationship.
It’s not just about zodiac compatibility: it’s important to recognize what is specifically necessary for you, regardless of who you are with.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
First and foremost, the first sign of the zodiac needs honesty in any relationship. This is a given for any healthy relationship, but this sign needs space to speak their mind. They need someone else who understands the truth, but can put the truth in perspective and calm a raging, all-consuming fire this fire sign may get started.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Steadfast and dependable, Taurus is considered the anchor of the zodiac. Every anchor thus needs a ship: they need someone who will help them out of their comfort zone and explore the wide world beyond and within themselves. They need reminders that not everything can be up to their standards of perfection and that that’s okay.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
This sign is sometimes likened to being the chameleon of the zodiac, as Geminis are able to read a room and take on its vibe. In a relationship, this sign simply needs to feel comfortable enough to be their true self. They need someone who will challenge them creatively, though they are often good at challenging themselves.
Geminis need partners who understand that despite outward appearances, this sign sometimes needs time alone.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancers are very good at knowing what others need. They are extremely emotional, so a grounding partner (often an earth sign) is what they need to keep them somewhat tethered to the ground: not to keep them restrained, but to help actualize their dreams. Cancers can commit fast, so they need a partner with high emotional intelligence.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
This sign needs a partner that won’t be embarrassed by Leos’ need to be a little extra. They need someone who is comfortable with who they are, too. Their partner is someone who shares many of the same interests as them since Leos frankly do not want to waste time on things in which they have little to no interest.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Ultimately, a Virgo needs a partner they can trust wholeheartedly. This may seem obvious for any relationship, but Virgos need to feel comfortable telling secrets that will stay secrets and making plans that won’t fall through. Virgos need patient partners who allow them to be who they truly are, and therefore be their best selves.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Libras are known to be all about harmony and balance, and often focus on the big picture to achieve these ends in all aspects of their lives. They need help seeing the small details that go into making these things happen. This sign needs a partner who will also help them shake off their pragmatic attitude a bit and live life to its fullest.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
As the most mysterious sign of the zodiac, Scorpios most need honesty in a relationship. That is, they need a partner who is extremely honest, to encourage truthfulness from both parties. They need a grounding force to remind them what’s truly important in life, which will help them get out of their own heads and live life to the fullest.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
As a sign that’s almost always on the go, Sagittarius needs someone they can call home. They need someone who also values honesty, and can help them find their way back into their own shoes, as Sags can sometimes get lost in empathy. They need a deep connection with themselves before they can have a deep connection with others.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
The world is not governed by end-all, be-all rules: this can be paralyzing for Capricorns, who revel in structure. They can get down on themselves if they don’t do something “perfectly,” so they need someone to remind them that perfection isn’t necessary. What matters is if they put in their best effort. They need to recognize that their own happiness is as important as their partner’s.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
This sign needs to feel free in any situation, including relationships. They are visionaries, not just for themselves but for all.
For a healthy relationship, Aquarius needs to safe in expressing their thoughts and feelings. While they need to feel supported in their efforts to help others, they also need to be reminded it’s okay to take time for themselves.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
A connection is necessary for anyone in a romantic relationship: for Pisces, deep connections are crucial. As a water sign, even seemingly surface level things are important. For example, music is more important to a Pisces than most other signs. They need someone to help ground them in their own shoes, as this sign is the most empathetic of the zodiac.