Are you single and looking? If so, life’s dealt you a few more challenges this year, hasn’t it?
Each year, when the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, singles start looking around for someone to spend the winter months with—often lowering their standards a bit to avoid being alone. And “cuffing season,” as this phenomenon is called, is even more complicated in the age of COVID-19. Dating’s just not that simple anymore.
Once upon a time, things like hobbies, backgrounds, and political leanings might signal whether someone was a good match. But now we have other things to consider. Like gauging the sort of health precautions a person takes. And arranging virtual hangouts and first dates. And getting a COVID-19 test before actually meeting up in person–definitely before any sort of physical contact.
But what about actual compatibility? Well, your old friend astrology is here to help you suss out what kind of person you should be looking to spend the upcoming months, and possible lockdown 2.0, with.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You’re not always the most patient person, Aries, so at times it might be tempting to eschew all the precautions and just charge straight ahead toward the object of your affections. You need someone who can match your energy but also bring some patience and balance to the party. Look for a Leo, Libra, or Gemini.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Quarantining hasn’t been all that bad, has it, Taurus? If you’ve got good food, entertainment, and the finest creature comforts around, you don’t mind staying cozy inside. Make sure to partner up with someone willing to veg around as much as you. You two probably won’t be that great at motivating each other, but who cares? It’s couch potato season. Look for a Cancer, Virgo, or Pisces cuddle buddy.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
It takes some serious intellectual stimulation for you to fall head over heels, Gemini, so you need to make sure your crush can carry on their side of the convo before things get serious. Luckily, long phone calls and video chats are basically a mandatory part of dating right now, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know their mind. A Libra, Aries, or Aquarius should fit the bill.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re a born nurturer, Cancer, and are happiest when you’re taking care of the people you love. And a strong emotional connection is an absolute requirement. Look for a partner who’s happy to stay in and watch the world spin outside your door with you. A Scorpio, Taurus, or a Virgo might be perfect for you.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
You’ve got a big, generous heart that loves being around people, Leo. The pandemic has been really tough on you. Find yourself someone who shares your gregarious and playful nature, who hopefully can balance those equally big emotions of yours. Look to a Gemini, Aries, or Sagittarius.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
You’ve always been health-conscious, Virgo, and the pandemic certainly hasn’t toned that part of you down. It’s incredibly important to you that your bf/gf takes things as seriously as you do. And if not, you just might be just as happy going solo for a few months. A Taurus, Cancer, or Capricorn could be a good choice.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
You’re the peacekeeper of the Zodiac, Libra, and the last thing you want out of someone you’re spending a lot of time with is drama. Find someone who shares your intellectual curiosity and laid back ways. A Gemini, Aquarius, or Sagittarius would keep you mentally stimulated and still give you room to breathe.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Your intensity can be a little much for some people to handle, Scorpio. You just need to look for the ones who thrive on it. A partner who can keep up with the deep emotional dives but also balance out some of those dark moods is in order. Like maybe a Capricorn, Pisces, or Cancer.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
You’re a big thinker, dreamer, and doer, Sagittarius. Someone keeping you “locked down” is your worst nightmare. Look for a bf/gf who will go on adventures with you, even if those adventures have to look a little different these days. A Libra, Aquarius, or Aries would be an excellent partner-in-crime.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
You can tend to take things a bit seriously, Capricorn, and sometimes people force you into the “parent” role because of that. The last thing you want is to feel like you’re babysitting an obstinate teenager all the time. Look for an equal and adult partner in Taurus, Virgo, or Cancer.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
You march to the beat of your own drummer, Aquarius, and the thought of your options being limited this winter might be making your skin crawl. Find someone who keeps you on your toes but still lets you have your oh-so-important freedom. A Gemini, Libra, or Sagittarius will give you that space.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Emotional connection is the name of the game for you, Pisces. You’ll go with the flow as long as your partner is happy and affectionate. Find a partner who appreciates your whimsical nature and emotional depth, but who also makes you feel seen and taken care of. A Taurus, Scorpio, or Capricorn could give you that balance.