Let’s be real: Navigating the fiiiiine line between love and lust can be tricky. Yeah, it might seem obvious, but sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to figure out if it’s true love or if you’re just, um, horny or binge-watched a few too many rom-coms. So here’s some guidance—according to your zodiac sign, duh, what else!—that can help decipher if you are in fact falling in love with that someone special! (Or, LOL, not!)
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, the planet of energy, action, and desire. Nothing is subtle when an Aries is in love. If you find yourself having raw, passionate, impulsive energy towards your S.O., literally willing to fight to the death for them (casual), you just might be in love. Your aggressive approach is more playful than other signs and you have no problem being direct and blunt about your feelings or what you want in the bedroom. Love to an Aries is like cliff diving, exhilarating and a tad dangerous. You might even demand your new bae to seriously commit after only, like, three weeks of dating and find yourself straight-up acting like a puppy with a new bone when you around them. Like I said, nothing is subtle. Oh, P.S.: some Aries are known to be the players of the zodiac, so if you find yourself deleting your Tinder, you’re def in your mushy feels.
Taurus does not fall easily, so when you do it’s usually for keeps. It comes down to the basics for you: You need to feel that animalistic connection with a potential partner but also know that you can build a safe cozy roost for your strong nesting instincts. So once you start fantasizing about picking out bed linens with your new boo, it's the first clue that you are falling! Taureans love language is to be of service to the object of their affection so when you find yourself offering to run errands (totally messing up your busy nap schedule, btw), then there is your second clue. Now if you find yourself a night owl and you accept an invite to go clubbing AND don’t flake on them, yeah sorry you are in L-O-V-E! Although you will demand to be right back in your Netflix and chill game soon afterward with bae.
Gemmy, you have the ability to see the positive in everyone, and you have an open mind about who you spend your time with. So nice! But this is also probs why you get labeled as a heart breaker. Hey, you come from a place of seeing the glass half full in your relationships! One sure way to know you might be in love is if you find yourself spending an entire day with your boo without meeting up with your crew. You might have the biggest FOMO of the zodiac so if you flake on a dope party to be alone with someone, you are FALLING in it, through time and space.
You like to express and relate your life to pop culture so once you start making playlists and mixed tapes for your S.O. you might want to check in with your heart. You will flirt with a wall but when it comes to intimacy, you do not open up unless you are feeling deeply for a person. If you find yourself shedding some tears, you have found someone to truly uncork yourself with.
Ruled by the Moon, Cancers are more on that all or nothing vibe. You know you are falling for someone when you invite them into your shell, er, home. It’s your sanctuary where you can escape from the world. Cancers like to accumulate belongings (somewhere Marie Kondo is screaming) that have sentimental value so if you let someone touch your stuff, or borrow your crystals, you must have a sense of trust and devotion to them. You are one of the most nurturing signs of the zodiac so when you feel your tender maternal instincts start to kick in, you are reeeeally feeling your boo. And even if you are the world's worst cook, you will try and play chef for your lover when you are in love.
Leo the Lion roars it loud and proud when they fall for someone. The first clue you’re in love for reals: when you want to show them off on your Insta. You are proud to be in love and you want the world to know just who captured your heart. You might be one of the hardest signs for people to recover from because you love so passionately and overwhelmingly. When you feel your inner life coach come into play (you know, ya bossy), you are most likely falling for someone, because you want to create the perfect world for the two of you in your love bubble. You are fiercely loyal and possessive so when the claws come out it is only out of love.
Time is money to you, Virgo, so once you find yourself making space in your days to spend with your S.O. you are on your way to love island. The road to get there will take a while as you are very conservative by nature, but when you start to integrate your boo into your five-year life plan you are playing for keeps. You’re a smarty bb, so when you find yourself with someone with whom can have an open debate or learn something new from, you’re hella turned on.
Hygiene is also of utmost importance to you, so once you start sharing your toothbrush with your S.O. (gross but cute, I guess!!), then they are definitely on their way to stealing your heart. You are also a lowkey sex kitten so the right person will summon this part of you. You have a loooong list of requirements so when someone fulfills 90 percent of them you can safely say you may have met your soul mate.
Ruled by Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, Libra admires loveliness in all forms. As a Libra, you love to be engulfed in luxury and enjoy the finer pleasures of life. When you shack up with an easygoing lover that can match you in these dreamy realms you will open up your heart fully. You are one of the most charming signs in the zodiac, able to talk endlessly about any subject, and when your witty banter is matched you can't help but float away with stars in your eyes. You will find that what you love in your partner will echo what you love in yourself. Many people are drawn to you so the ones that make it into your heart must be truly special and able to be patient with your popularity. It takes time to get you to fully commit to one person so if you find yourself doing so, you are definitely in love with your bae.
For Scorpio, there is a very fine line between love and obsession, so navigating these deep waters can be tricky. Contrary to what you’ve heard about Scorpios (i.e., that you’re hornballs), you are rather traditional when it comes to intimacy and prefer to be in a deeply committed relationship than, say, a one-night-stand. You will know you are in love when you start sacrificing yourself to ensure the happiness of your bae. So intense! So you!
As a very secretive person, it takes a while for you to open up and be vulnerable, so once you hit that level you are definitely ready to go in deep and let yourself fall in love. You give yourself entirely to the person that owns your heart and the right person will bask in your intensity with open arms. You want to know anything and everything about your partner, especially about their sexual experiences and secrets, so when your creeper tendencies start to surface you might be falling for your lover. Known to be one of the most jealous signs in the zodiac you will feel the possessiveness start to bubble up when your heart starts to get involved.
Sag, when you really fall in love, it is legit a cause for a celebration! Admit it: you like to go about your adventures solo. If you invite your bae to come on a trip with you, this means serious things in the mushy feels department. Now, if you also let them take the lead in planning anything on this adventure, you are seriously falling for this human. You love to call the shots and not feel tied to any sort of itinerary.
You are an extremely positive sign and with that comes the ability to see the best in people, so it is hard for you to pick just one person to share your time with. Once you start bringing your S.O. around with you to your various social circles, this is another sign you are knee-deep in love. Communication is very important to you and if you have found someone that can talk about art, culture, and philosophy until the sun comes up you have met your match.
As a sign ruled by Saturn, the planet that teaches us about structure in our lives, Capricorn appreciates a firm foundation and a relationship based on routine. Once this is in order Cap, you will be able to show your boo just how wonderful a life with you is. You most likely have a very busy schedule and need to have a partner who appreciates your workhorse mentality. A boo thing who naturally takes you out of your shell and shakes up your self-imposed routine might be a keeper.
As a person of fairness, you like to cut everything down the middle, so once these lines become blurred and you stop splitting the bill or let them make you feel completely wooed, you just might be letting your guard down and falling for this person.
When it comes to love Aquarians are very pragmatic and forward-thinking. They are unique individuals here on this earth to raise human consciousness, so love with an Aquarius is eccentric and otherworldly for the right persons involved. Basically, for you Aquarius none of the standard dating rules apply. Someone who can appreciate your sense of humor, humanitarian outlook and freaky taste in art and culture is your ideal match. Usually, this bond forms over time so you might find yourself marrying your BFF in the end.
Status quo situations make you uncomfortable so if you find yourself conforming to any sort of traditional situationship status, you might be falling. Known to be very hard to read, once you show an inkling of your emotions and vulnerability you might just be in love. And when you start to spend more time with your boo than volunteering or running your neighborhood co-op, know this: you’ve pretty much become the heart-eyes emoji.
When you are in love, Pisces, you give it your all, you go deeper than any other sign. (PSA: Be careful or you’ll drown in those feels!) When you find yourself in a room full of people but all you can hear and see is your bae, you know you are falling in love. A very giving creature you love to shower your honey in gifts, so when half your paycheck is spent on bae, you can safely say you are smitten. You can be a very jealous creature and to those that ignite this part of you, take caution: landslide ahead. When you feel a sense of possessiveness toward your S.O., you are on your way to saying those three little words. But, like, chill, mmkay?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.