Your 2021 Love & Sex Horoscope: Astrology for Your Relationships

Raise your hand if you’re ready for a romantic reset? Here comes 2021 with new energy and a fresh start for relationships—almost from the get-go.

Let’s be honest: 2020 put Cupid through some serious stress tests. “Dating” and “distancing” obviously do NOT make happy bedfellows, which left many singles isolated. Couples were separated by travel restrictions or aggravated by sharing space without the escapes that previously gave the relationship room to breathe. So if you’re looking forward to turning the calendar over and starting fresh with those #LoveGoals, we can’t blame you one bit! And 2021’s forecast is decidedly different than last years. *whew*

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Astrologically, 2020 was doomed to be intense. Love planets Venus and Mars were both retrograde for extended spells—and in difficult placements. Seductive Venus reverse commuted through variety-loving Gemini from May 13 to June 25 and hung out in the sign of the Twins from April 3 to August 7—four times longer than the usual stay. Communication was strained, attention spans shortened. Some couples had a “freaky Friday” moment, where they took on each other’s best and worst qualities. Your mate became your mirror! Mars, which was retrograde in its home sign of fiercely independent Aries from September 9 to November 13, hung out in the Ram’s realm for six months (rather than its usual six weeks). From June 27, 2020 to January 6, 2021, we were served lessons in personal responsibility, setting boundaries, vocalizing our needs and balancing autonomy with dependency. Woosh!

But in some ways, 2020 set the stage for a more mature approach to romance. With hookup culture in the timeout chair, we couldn’t just burn through those Tinder lists—or run away from the buried issues brewing with bae. In 2021, we can integrate the powerful lessons we learned last year. There’s a greater appreciation for the power of human contact and connection! So whether you’re starting out with digital love letters or cementing a soulmate connection, here’s what the stars have in store for your year ahead. Feel free to read both for your Sun sign and rising/ascendant (which is based on your time of birth and can be calculated here.)

P.S. Catch us giving our cosmic compatibility advice on Lifetime’s Married At First Sight kickoff special January 6, 2021, at 8:00pm EST!

Aries 2021 Love Horoscope

Cupid launches a crowdsourcing campaign on your behalf as lucky Jupiter and stable Saturn unite in your communal eleventh house. Although you’re not naturally a “joiner,” love may be found through your participation in groups, organizations and online communities. Digital dating brings luckier swipes for single Rams, but a fateful introduction could just as easily come via mutual friends. No matter your relationship status, this is a year to be experimental and open. Need to let go of a past love? Grieve and heal while Jupiter in Pisces loosens the ties that bind from May 13 to July 28. Long-term goals come to the fore November 5, as Venus embarks on an extended, four-month tour through Capricorn, but ease off the throttle while the love planet’s retrograde from December 19, 2021, to January 29, 2022. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Taurus 2021 Love Horoscope

Steady, enduring relationships are the preference for many Bulls, and with Jupiter and Saturn united in your tenacious tenth house for most of 2021, you’re playing the long game. But don’t rule out sexy exploration! (That can happen within the container of a committed bond, you know.) Not only is shock-jock Uranus spending the entire year in your sign, making you extra spontaneous, but when Jupiter electrifies your liberated eleventh house from May 13 to July 28, you could rebel against structures that feel confining. The trick? To feed both your traditional side and your naughty one. On November 5, Venus kicks off a four-month-long tour through Capricorn and your adventurous, free-spirited ninth house. Cross-cultural connections sizzle and long-distance arrangements thrive. Looser restrictions can also be fun for couples, but be warned! When your romantic ruling planet turns retrograde for six weeks on December 19, chemistry experiments could blow up if you race into anything impetuously—or without clear agreements. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

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Gemini 2021 Love Horoscope

Meant-to-be mates or star-crossed lovers? Whether they emerge for a reason, a season or a lifetime, relationships have a destined quality in 2021, thanks to the karmic South Node spending the whole year in Sagittarius and your partnership-oriented seventh house. Two tide-turning eclipses in Sagittarius, on May 26 and December 4, could bring rapid (and potentially exhilarating!) developments in your love life. The trick to seeing people’s true colors is to remain as “in the now” as you possibly can—even if every part of you wants to project a fantasized future. That said, happily coupled Gems could embark on a grand adventure this year, like traveling the country by van for three months or starting a bespoke business from your kitchen table. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Cancer 2021 Love Horoscope

Ready to set new depth records in the Love Olympics? Serious Saturn and adventurous Jupiter plunge into Aquarius this year, making waves in your eighth house of intimacy, seduction and shared resources. Surface encounters were never your sensitive sign’s thing to begin with, so you’ll navigate these seas with greater ease than most. Still, the transformational energy of the eighth house can bring some stormy endings, scintillating beginnings and a lot of ups and downs in between. Erotic exploration can get downright freaky during wild-child Jupiter’s two laps through Aquarius until May 13 and again from July 28 to December 28. Business partnerships can also get off the ground, whether you’re raising funds for a startup venture or funneling savings into a group investment. While there’s no such thing as “too close” for most of the year, you could get a case of cold feet when Jupiter darts into Pisces for a brief spell, from May 13 to July 28. During that indie-spirited circuit, relationships with plenty of breathing room will be your jam. But you’ll be back into full-on twosome mode on November 5, when seductive Venus camps out in Capricorn, your seventh house of relationships, for an extended four-month spell. Head’s up: radiant Venus goes retrograde from December 19, 2021 to January 29, 2022. This can reignite an old flame or revive a nostalgic activity you once loved sharing with your partner. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Leo 2021 Love Horoscope

Relationships are your raison d’etre in 2021, as expansive Jupiter tours the most twosome-focused parts of your chart—Aquarius and your committed seventh house, and Pisces, the ruler of your intimately bonded eighth house. Indeed, pairing up can bring the greatest adventures this year! But there’s a price of admission to enjoy those rides. Weighty, somber Saturn drops anchor in Aquarius (your seventh house) all year, bringing its maturing influence to the mix. The dopamine-fueled highs of “new relationship energy” that cascades through romantic, creative and business partnerships can keep you excited about possibilities, thanks not only to Jupiter, but also to a pair of exhilarating eclipses on May 26 and December 4. Simultaneously, Saturn demands “adulting.” How do your values mesh emotionally, spiritually and financially? Are you and your other half stable enough to weather the long-range challenges that come with collaborating? All this and more will be on the table, but if you can negotiate your way through the highs and lows, you might be on solid footing as a dynamic duo before the year is through! Read your full 2021 Horoscope >


Virgo 2021 Love Horoscope

Simmering passion gets turned up to a boil several times in 2021—especially if you’ve devoted ample time to self-care. From May 13 to July 28, boundless, bawdy Jupiter sails through Pisces, activating your seventh house of partnerships for the first time since 2011! During this cycle, which resumes again on December 28, you could liberate yourself from a restrictive relationship or rewrite the rules of romance. Long distance? Living Apart Together (LAT)? You may surprise yourself by being extremely open-minded. Both of the love planets, Venus and Mars, will visit Virgo in 2021. Glow-up goddess Venus swings through your sign from July 21 to August 16, joined by her dance partner Mars from July 29 to September 14. Hello, romantic and erotic renaissance! Venus takes an extended tour through Capricorn and your lovestruck fifth house from November 5, 2021, to March 6, 2022. This four-month cycle could bring anything from pregnancies to proposals to a passionate affair de coeur. But easy does it after December 19, when Venus ends the year in a signal-jamming retrograde. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Libra 2021 Love Horoscope

Ready to create some lasting love in your life? Cupid is back in your corner in 2021, slinging golden-tipped arrows while simultaneously putting you through relationship boot camp. On the upside, expansive Jupiter soars through Aquarius, activating your fifth house of love, fertility and creativity until May 13, then again from July 28 to December 28. Amour could arrive from a long-distance locale or via a scintillating cross-cultural connection. Coupled Libras could take off on your dream trip or relocate to a juicier destination. Pregnancies may be on the agenda, or you could spend more quality time with the kids you already have. But there is a catch: Boundless Jupiter will share a flight path with restrictive Saturn, who is also in Aquarius all year (and until March 7, 2023). Even if you want to be swept off your feet, you’ll feel like you’re wearing heavy-soled combat boots instead of lightweight glass slippers. But hey, Libra, you’re kind of a “warrior for love” in 2021. If it’s worth having in your life, it’s worth fighting for…or at least, putting in the necessary hard work that goes along with relationships. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Scorpio 2021 Love Horoscope

Relationships take a turn for the intimate, which is just the way your security-loving sign likes it. As Jupiter and Saturn anchor in your fourth house of nesting and emotional security, closeness is what you crave. (As long as you have some sort of privacy, too!) Cohabitating, starting (or blending) families, building your dream house—topics like these could be on the agenda for coupled Scorpios. Single? Traditional types will make you swoon, but make sure there’s enough “spice” to accompany the “nice.” Bawdy Jupiter bolts into Pisces mid-year, setting your head-turning, romantic fifth house on fire from May 13 to July 28. Circle these dates as “high season” for love—and get ready for a sexy surprise at the June 10 solar eclipse! On November 19, the lunar eclipse in Taurus could cement a relationship that’s been growing closer all year. Sharpen your communication skills when Venus embarks on a four-month tour of Capricorn starting November 5. When the love planet turns retrograde for six weeks on December 19, your words can make or break a relationship! Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Sagittarius 2021 Love Horoscope

Relationships don’t have to be so serious, do they? In 2021, the answer is no…and yes. With the lunar North Node (destiny point) in Gemini, a meant-to-be bond could develop, perhaps in the afterglow (or aftermath) of 2020’s events. But with sober Saturn and your ruler, adventurous Jupiter, mixing and mingling in your friendly, flirty third house, you’ll be torn. Part of you wants to lock things down, but not at the expense of your autonomy. Lovers may accuse you of keeping them at arm’s length, and it’s kind of true. Thanks to the karmic South Node in Sagittarius all year, your lens is flipped inward. First step? Give yourself space to be authentic about what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. No, it might not be what society or your lover(s) say is the “right” answer. But thanks to a rare pair of eclipses in your sign on May 26 and December 4, you’re ready to dig deep in the name of personal discovery. Once you’re clear, Saturn and Jupiter will support you in communicating your vision and creating love by your own design. The June 10 solar eclipse in Gemini activates your relationship zone, which could shake up the status quo and spark a brand-new chapter in amour. When Venus turns retrograde at the year’s end from December 19 until January 29, 2022, money matters could become a sore spot. Buffer yourself from the breakdown in advance! Spend this year learning to budget with your partner. Single? Start setting clear boundaries with dates and would-be-mates about who pays for what. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Capricorn 2021 Love Horoscope

Curate a playlist of sexy slow jams. They’re the perfect soundtrack for 2021’s chilled out vibes. With Jupiter and Saturn mingling in Aquarius and your sensual second house for most of the year, you’re not rushing toward any climactic finales. Take your time and enjoy the buildup of sweet affection. (And if you’re feeling it, lean into the experimental Aquarian energy!) Make regular deposits in the “emotional bank account.” Prepare healthy breakfasts for two, send supportive texts before your partner’s big meeting. Show that you can be trusted by keeping your word and being on time for plans. These considerate actions might seem small, but they’ll be important capital when Saturn in Aquarius gets embroiled in three squares with chaotic Uranus in Taurus and your fifth house of romance on February 17, June 14 and December 24. Jupiter’s brief tour through Pisces activates your flirty third house from May 13 to July 28. Intense feelings could cool, or you may require a little more space before making a big commitment near the year’s end. You’ll be back to love magnet status by November 5, when Venus embarks on a four-month tour through Capricorn. You may have a big announcement near the Taurus lunar (full moon) eclipse on November 19, like a proposal or pregnancy. A past “situationship” could heat up again when Venus pivots retrograde for six weeks, starting December 19. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Aquarius 2021 Love Horoscope

Romance takes a back seat to solo pursuits in 2021, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix! But you might have to opt for quality over quantity as serious Saturn and jovial Jupiter team up in Aquarius and your self-possessed, trailblazing first house. Personal growth and passion projects will be all-consuming at times. You’re not purposely ignoring your heart! (Or regions further south.) But with so many dreams to pursue, you may find it difficult to focus on just one person. If you don’t want relationships to wither on the vine, tap into Saturn’s planning powers. Fostering healthy dialogue is especially crucial if you share a home or co-parent with a mate, since wrench-throwing Uranus (your ruler) is creating instability in your home sector all year. If you can only put one date night on the calendar per week (or month), make it a good one! Pull out all the stops and unleash your creativity. Circle June 10 as a power day for love. Under the Gemini solar (new moon) eclipse, you could unite with a soulmate, propose to the LOYL or leap toward another milestone like making babies or buying land together to turn into a retreat center. On November 5, Venus trails through your twelfth house of fantasy and healing, softening boundaries. But with the love planet spinning retrograde for six weeks starting December 19, you may be processing old blocks around relationships, too. Single? Freedom could be your aphrodisiac this year. Heck, even the most devoted Aquarians will require more alone time. Traveling, taking classes and exploring new interests will be a turn-on for couples. Bring on the shared adventures! Read your full 2021 Horoscope >

Pisces 2021 Love Horoscope

Love on the brain, Pisces? Your status as the hopeless romantic of the zodiac will be more obvious than ever this year, as serious Saturn and carefree Jupiter dance through Aquarius and your twelfth house of fantasy. You’re ready to write the fairy tale and self-publish it—then livestream yourself getting swept away when exhibitionist Jupiter darts forward into Pisces for a brief visit from May 13 to July 28. Careful what you commit to though! Jupiter’s fleeting tour of Pisces will revive your carefree, liberated nature. Relationships that are heavy and entangled could feel like an albatross around your neck, especially at the year’s end, when Jupiter returns to Pisces for a longer stretch. But if you’re excited to build a life together, create a home or make babies, the June 10 solar eclipse could accelerate developments. Commitments may be tested again near the November 19 and December 18 lunar eclipses. With a willingness to communicate and negotiate, you could wind up closer than ever. Being your S.O.’s best friend—and remembering that it takes a village to keep a relationship thriving—is the best strategy for staying together in the last quarter of the year. Assemble a supportive crew and lean on them instead of making your love interest play therapist, extra important when Venus turns retrograde for six weeks on December 19. Read your full 2021 Horoscope >


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