When it comes to getting in the mood, everyone is different. While some people enjoy lengthy foreplay as the precursor to some deliciously good sex, others are ready to hop right into the act, no pretenses needed. Then there are those who are content to get off on foreplay alone, enjoying the journey rather than the destination. Luckily, if you’re having sex with a new partner for the first time and are not sure what they’re into, astrology can offer you some insight. Based on your partner’s sun sign, you can learn a lot about what they like in bed and the types of foreplay tactics they might appreciate beforehand.
So while you should definitely still keep an open and ongoing dialogue with your partner about sex, it never hurts to look to the cosmos for some celestial guidance before you begin. HelloGiggles talked to astrologer Lisa Stardust to find out more about what each zodiac sign craves when it comes to foreplay—here’s what she had to say.
Aries (March 21—April 19)
When it comes to foreplay, it’s always a good idea to find out what each sign’s erogenous zone is and go from there. “Gentle head rubs will make any Ram go into a lusty tizzy, as their erogenous zone will be excited,” Stardust says. Maybe try a light head massage, or climb in the shower with your Aries partner, and offer to wash their hair. There’s nothing wrong with starting from the head and working your way down.
Taurus (April 20—May 20)
If you’re getting things started with a Taurus partner, be mindful that this sign is Venus-ruled—which means they like to keep things slow and sensual. Embracing physical sensations and exploring how you can vary them is sure to drive a Taurus wild. “Touch is the ultimate sensual act for Taurus,” Stardust says. “Grab the oils and lotions to massage your Bullish bae.”
Gemini (May 21—June 20)
Geminis like to talk, and that definitely doesn’t stop when you get to the bedroom. Keep things vocal with your Gemini partner, and let them know what you’re going to do before you do it. “Dirty talk will get any Gemini going, as they get turned on by passionate words and sexts,” Stardust says. If you’re new to dirty talk, no worries. Ask your Gemini for some tips, and they will surely have them.
Cancer (June 21—July 22)
Cancer is a snuggly being, and they’ll likely want that type of intimacy before you get down and dirty. When it comes to foreplay, try to incorporate that physical affection in before getting things started. “Cuddling is the best form of foreplay for any lunar babe because they want to feel secure in their partner’s arms,” Stardust says. A little bit of cuddling afterward couldn’t hurt, either.
Leo (July 23—Aug. 22)
Leos can be openminded when it comes to foreplay, as long as they’re being worshipped in the way they desire. “Receiving 100% of their partner’s attention and affection is the ultimate act of seduction to Leos,” Stardust says. While they don’t have to be the only point of attention—you matter too, after all—letting your Leo partner know you’re fully into them in the moment will completely turn them on.
Virgo (Aug. 23—Sept. 22)
For Virgos, ideal foreplay tactics will include different methods of relaxation. “Ear kisses will make Virgo swoon and get them in the mood,” Stardust says. A little neck massage couldn’t hurt to help your partner wind down a bit, too. From there, ask them what they want, and they will definitely tell you.
Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22)
Libras like balance and harmony in all things, and that includes sex and all the acts that come with it. What will get a Libra going is knowing that you’re just as in the mood as they are. “Watching their partner start to pleasure themselves will turn on any Libra,” Stardust says. Mutual masturbation may be something fun to explore with a Libra, too.
Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21)
As an intensely sexual being, Scorpio won’t be afraid to incorporate some kink into their foreplay. “The anticipation of being tied up or blindfolded will be enough foreplay to get any Scorpio hot,” Stardust says. Of course, make sure they consent to some role play before moving forward, but once you’re both on board, don’t hesitate to get creative with it.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22—Dec. 21)
Sagittarius is known for being the adventurer of the Zodiac, and that can certainly translate when it comes to all acts before, during, and after sex. “A striptease will make every archer full of lusty thoughts and desires for their boo,” Stardust says. No shame in asking if you want one in return, either.
Capricorn (Dec. 22—Jan. 19)
Capricorns get a bad reputation for being serious all the time, but when it comes to foreplay, they’re very ready to fool around. Doing something intimate with your Cap partner before sex will help them enjoy the experience. “A seductive bath for two will allow Capricorn to connect on an intense and deep level,” Stardust says. Don’t forget the bath bombs.
Aquarius (Jan. 20—Feb. 18)
For an Aquarius, elements of visual stimulation will get them going during foreplay. “Receiving naked selfies from their boo will get any Aquarius hot, as they are the very visceral by nature,” Stardust says. Throw in some teasing texts while your Aquarius partner is away, and they’ll be ready to get busy the moment they see you.
Pisces (Feb. 19—March 20)
Pisces are highly emotional individuals who crave a bit of romance before sex. Finding ways to light their fire with some classic gestures will be much appreciated by them. “Foot rubs and massages turn Pisces on—especially if there’s seductive music playing in the background,” Stardust says.
If sex is the main course, foreplay can be the appetizer that satisfies your hunger while leaving you wanting more. When it comes to how to tackle foreplay, though, different people will be into different things, so asking someone directly is a good first approach. And then, you can use this gleaning insight about each zodiac sign to take things to the next level.