Unless you live with your S.O., your sex life has probs changed a lot over the past month or so. Whether you’re self-isolating apart from your boo/FWB/situationship or you’re single and matching with new people on dating apps, you can’t exactly head to a bar for a date right now (and seriously, don’t be the person who breaks quarantine to hook up). Social distancing has many of us relying on technology for our sex lives, whether it’s scheduling a cute Zoom date, buying an on-sale vibrator, or, yes, sexting.
If you’re swapping dirty emojis with a new person, sexting can be a bit…uh…awkward to get started. Like, what do you even say after, “U up?” If you’re a sexting pro, well, please teach us your ways. If not, we’ve got a few tips…according to their Sun sign. Yep, that’s right—some zodiac signs like it super graphic, whereas others prefer a bit more ~subtlety~.
ARIES: PG-13-RATED PHOTOS
Ruled by Mars, Aries are feisty, flirty, and direct. However, they do appreciate a little bit of cheekiness. So hold off on the full-frontal nudes…at least at first. Instead, tease them with scintillating soft-core pics that leave ’em wanting to see more.
TAURUS: PICS THAT SHOW OFF YOUR TASTE *AND* YOUR BOD
Sensual Taurus is a natural romantic, but this mighty bull isn’t the most direct—they tend to flirt in a more roundabout way. They’re also all about “the good life,” and they want someone who is a total catch. So show off your taste while looking smoking hot. Sexy pics in lingerie in your high-thread-count bedsheets? Yes. You sweaty in a bikini with a marg on your most recent vacation (’member those?)? Def.
GEMINI: EXTREMELY DETAILED MESSAGES
Geminis are the wittiest sign in the zodiac—they have active imaginations and love dirty talk. They want you to impress them with your sext game—so get specific and watch out for typos. Be blunt with how you want them—and want it. They’re into graphic details. Describe exactly what you want to do with them in prose that would win you a Best Erotica award.
CANCER: COMPLIMENTS—TONS OF ’EM
Cancers are one of the most cuddly zodiac signs, but they can def get dirty after they let you past their shells. When it comes to sexting, you’ll want to warm them up with compliments first. If they’re a regular partner, praise their sex skills in detail or tell them exactly what you loved most about your last IRL encounter. If they’re a new match, tell them in detail what about their pics you find so hot.
LEO: A DIRTY DARE
Fiery Leos demand attention, but they also love giving it to someone who gets them hot. For these playful kitty cats, sexting is a game, so find a way to engage their competitive side—like with a one-on-one Truth or Dare. Surprise, you both win.
Virgos are known for their slow, methodical approach to dating, but don’t be fooled by their innocent grins. These sensual earth signs can get srsly freaky. But they need to know you’re really into them before they feel comfortable opening up. Give them a pet name—Baby, Sexy, Hottie, whatever—to show how much you’re feeling them, and they’ll give you one back…and more too.
LIBRA: A ROLE-PLAY SCENARIO
Romantic Libra is all about the familiar rituals of dating. Start a flirty back-and-forth exchange by taking the lead on a role-play scenario, whether you’re the sexy plumber coming to fix their pipes or just imagining exactly what you’ll do with them when social distancing is officially over. Come up with an elaborate scenario, and Libra will be ready to fill in the blanks.
SCORPIO: X-RATED VIDEOS
Ruled by Mars and Pluto, Scorpio is the most intense zodiac sign. They’re historically linked to sexuality, and they ooze mystery and danger. Scorps are proud to be provocative, and it won’t be long until they suggest trading graphic DIY videos.
Impulsive and adventurous Sagittarius sees sex as, above all, fun and entertaining (otherwise, what’s the point, amiright?). They’re also famously known for their bluntness, and they want *instant gratification*. Patience? Call a Taurus. Send your Sag some nudes, as if you just couldn’t wait to get your clothes off with them in person. They’ll likely send some pics back right away—they have plenty saved in a secret folder, ready for just this opportunity.
CAPRICORN: DIRTY MEMES
Strategic Capricorn isn’t the most direct when it comes to sex—they like to consider all options before making their move. But that doesn’t mean a Capricorn doesn’t have a voracious sexual appetite (they do—trust me on this). They also have a sense of humor, courtesy of their planetary ruler, Saturn. So if you want to get dirty with a cool and calculating Capricorn, start with memes. The combo of humor and desire will make them feel like you really *get them*.
AQUARIUS: A SEXY VOICE MESSAGE
As the zodiac sign that is most connected to the future, Aquarius is sext ~savvy~. They’re clued in to all the new apps—and likely the ones experimenting with VR porn and innovative sex toys. But their preferred way of sexting? Surprisingly, it’s voice messages. So send them a seductive sound bite. Just warn them to listen with headphones on so their roomies don’t hear (unless, like, they’re into that).
PISCES: BASICALLY A ROMANCE NOVEL
Dreamy Pisces is one of the most romantic zodiac signs, so for them, sexting is about building up a scintillating fantasy. Send long texts and paragraphs detailing how, when, why, and where you want to be intimate with them. Not only do Pisces want their erotica to describe what happens, but they also want to hear about how it ~feels~.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.