Affection looks different depending on your expectations. We tend to expect love to be returned in the same way we give it out, but each of us show love in a different way. Become more attuned to your lover's signs of affection by discovering how he or she shows love. And if their style doesn't work for you, this rundown of love-styles can point you toward the person who will satisfy what you're looking for!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Regardless of age or gender, there's one absolutely infallible way to know if an Aries loves you: they'll pick a fight. Not a physical fight, of course, but a playful war of words, designed to simultaneously flirt and test your mettle. Aries was the ancient God of War -- so, far more than romance, they want a worthy opponent. They also want to count on someone to have their back. Banter, fight back and play practical jokes on them. Keeping up is tiring, but oh, so worth it.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Taureans express love the way they do everything else -- slowly and thoroughly -- so they won't say the words you're longing to hear until they feel the time is right. Be patient. If you need reassurance, pay attention to their actions. The wining and dining, the sincere compliments, the unwavering reliability ... oh, and the gifts! A thoughtful gift given simply because it reminded them of you, or they knew you'd enjoy it or "just because."
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
They're always funny, but you'll know they've got it for you -- and bad -- when they've gone out of their way to make you laugh. They'll hang around a lot, too, regaling you with all kinds of trivia. If you're co-workers and they get in trouble for devoting too much time impressing you, they won't stop -- they'll probably just quit. The only thing that will stop them is if you tell them to. But why would you do that? How many people do you know who have their very own charming, brilliant stand-up comedian?
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Stop wondering if the Cancer you're attracted to -- okay, madly in love with -- feels the same. You can find out by watching carefully for these rock-solid, classic astrological indicators: first, they'll cook or bake for you. Of course, they love their kitchens, so a frosted Bundt cake won't always tell you what you want to know. The flowers and compliments, however, indicate Stage Two, hopefully followed by an evening at their place, poring over old photos ... an extremely good sign. The clincher? When they not only worry about you, but actually mention it.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Ever since they tossed you "the eyes" from across the room, you knew the game was on. The thing is, you don't want it to be just a game, and Leos are notorious flirts. So how do you know whether they love you or you're just a candidate for Flavor of the Month? It's simple. Their schedule will suddenly open up wide, including lunch, dinner ... even entire weekends.
Virgo (Aug.t 23 - Sept. 22)
Want to call one of these meticulous creatures your own? Great, but you'd better get your stuff together, because if you don't, they will. You'll find them at your place some afternoon, happily alphabetizing your CDs or arranging your books by height on the shelves of your freshly waxed entertainment center. Virgos show their love by creating clean, organized environments for those they love because they believe you deserve it. It's a tremendous compliment, so don't dare get territorial. Kiss them, thank them and help them finish.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Rather than trying to decide whether that lovely Libra is attracted to you, watch them with others. They're always "nice," especially when they're chatting one-on-one, but that's their nature. And while we're on the subject, if you get jealous easily, choose another sign. But if you're focused on making a partnership of it, once you've seen them being "nice" you'll recognize them being "nicer" -- and that's how you'll know they're in love. The absolute clincher, though? They'll create a pet name for you, and only use your given name for official matters or arguments.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
You'll only pick up on your first clue if you're naturally perceptive -- and you'd better be, if you want to keep a Scorpio interested. They'll watch you intently, for long periods of time. They won't stare at you directly, though. That would be far too obvious, and these intriguing creatures are born equal parts detective and analyst -- which is why you're so fascinated, right? Anyway, the absolutely dead giveaway will be when you realize their eyes are on you, via reflections -- mirrors, sliding glass doors, large windows -- then you'll get the message.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
If a Sagittarius loves you, it's because you've learned to hold on with an open hand. You'll know you've succeeded when they call every day (almost), but more so when you're invited to travel with them. Whether it's a weekend at a B&B or a plane ticket for a week in Rome doesn't matter. Either way, it's the brass ring. Don't be surprised if it takes a while, though. Freedom is important to Sagittarius.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Rules, regulations and doing things the way they're supposed to be done -- that's what your Capricorn is all about, so if they're happily attached, "fuggedaboudit." When they're devoted, they're impossible to distract. If they're single, get busy proving yourself "worthy." You won't have to do that forever, though. Once they get to know you, (or "interviewed you," so to speak) and they decide you're worth your salt, you'll know it. They'll make their love clear, via a serious chat -- and you'll know that they're not kidding.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Aquarians are the unconventionals of the zodiac. These creatures tend to be a bit detached, so you'll need to look out for out-of-the-box ways of expression when it comes to love. They may studiously scan parts of your body and suggest what type of tattoo or wild hair color would look good. Or ask you to go to the Ren Faire with them, dressed in period garb that they provide. If you weren't the type to consider these adventurous outings, you may want to keep a little more distance from this out-there rebel!
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Pisces tend to be more than a tad on the shy side -- some more than others. So if you're waiting for them to make the first move and they're one of the especially shy types, you may end up watching your nails grow. Like all the Water signs, you need to watch them to see if they care. The one and only tip you'll ever need: if they love you, they may find it tough to speak at all at first. But once they get to know you, they'll be chattier than any Gemini you've ever met.
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