First some promising news: Long-term love is back on-trend for 2020. Thanks to a trio of outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto) hunkered down in stable, persistent Capricorn for much of the year, the “keepers” are stepping up—and standards are rising! How swiftly you’ll discern a fool from your future fiancé, sparing yourself hours of needless distraction. Take big steps and make bold plans. Couples could spend weekends sourcing decorative tile for a kitchen renovation or touring vineyards with a wedding planner. Capricorn energy makes us want to BUILD.
Alas, there are a couple curveballs to contend with. In 2020, heavenly heartthrobs Venus and Mars will both abandon their duties for temporary retrograde phases. From May 13 to June 25, Venus reverse commutes through Gemini, the sign of cooperation and communication. Mixed signals and ridiculous game-playing could mess with the good thing you had going on. And if you have a wedding planned during those days, we advise sneaking to City Hall beforehand to secure a more astrologically appropriate “real” wedding date. (No parents have to be informed!)
From September 9 to November 13, Mars turns retrograde, and will be acting like a fuckboi this time around. The randy red planet is backspinning through its home sign of Aries, doubling down on the obnoxious (egregious) antics. Our reptilian brains are still evolving, and Mars retrograde will reveal this. Even the most principled human may still have a hardwired sexual response when the neighborhood Khal Drogo struts by—and the red planet’s backspin doesn’t help anyone think rationally. We recommend a strong system of internal checks and balances before you unbutton, unzip or slip outta anything during that tricky fall timeframe.
But hey, retrogrades aren’t ALL bad. When used strategically, these review periods offer a chance to pull back, reassess and deal with all the stuck emotions that are simmering in the vault. Sure, there might be some blowups, but once the dust settles, there’s room to grow and evolve. And if 2020 offers anything, it’s a chance to make some major strides in the name of progress.
Here’s what Cupid has in store for all 12 signs.
Level up those #LoveGoals, Aries. As Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto activate ambitious tenth house, you’re ready to build something sustainable. Attached? Set some benchmarks with bae. This could be the year where you invest in the starter apartment, get engaged or otherwise cement the longevity of your bond. Work will be ultra-busy however, and you’re somewhat married to the job. Set up a shared calendar so your date nights don’t get sidelined by networking and after-hours conference calls with clients in other time zones. If your partner is enterprising, 2020 could be the year where you start a business together or join forces on a project that plays to your strengths. Single? An office crush could heat up, especially when Venus tours flirty Gemini from April 3 to August 7. Just proceed with caution during the retrograde from May 13 to June 25. For other Rams, Cupid could reveal a keeper in your friend zone. Passionate Mars, your red-blooded ruler, spends an extra-long time in Aries, from June 27, 2020, to January 6, 2021, making you fearless about pursuing what (and who) you want. Try not to come on TOO strong, especially during the retrograde from September 9 to November 13.
Come sail away! Even the most comfort-loving Taurus will be ready to break out of routine in 2020, so if you’ve been stuck in “old marrieds” mode—or “stubbornly single,” everything’s about to change. Even honeymooning Bulls could be in for a surprise. Life could take you in new directions, some that pull you farther from home than you anticipated. For this you can thank disruptor Uranus side-spinning through Taurus all year. The erratic planet is in your sign from 2018 to 2026, something that only happens every 84 years. Stability isn’t exactly a hallmark of a Uranus transit, and your love life may be feeling a little shook as a result. Plus, 2020 features a trio of planets in your independent, worldly ninth house. Long-distance or L.A.T. (Living Apart Together) might not be a configuration you considered in the past, but suddenly, you’re open to it. Traveling with your partner can be the best bonding agent for the two of you, so coordinate your calendars and find a time for an epic baecation. (May we recommend NOT going while Venus is retrograde from May 13 to June 25 though.) Cross-cultural romances heat up, and single Bulls could get your groove back with a far-flung fling. With Venus in your money house from April 3 to August 7, aligning around shared finances could be the big challenge in a relationship this year.
A trio of trysts between wild-child Jupiter and seductive Pluto sets the stage for a scintillating year—especially since they’re mingling in your erotic eighth house until December 19. This is the zone of perma-bonding, and for a change, mercurial Geminis won’t be the ones with cold feet when faced with the prospect of a real commitment. Sexually, 2020 could break heat records, especially with amorous Venus romping through your sign for an extra-long cycle, from April 3 to August 7. But don’t barrel ahead impulsively after one (or five) nights of mind-blowing orgasms. Venus will be retrograde from May 13 to June 25, which could get you all tangled up with a narcissist—or a narcissistic ex! Maybe you will manifest the perfect boo, but you’re going to have to wait until July to know for certain. Two eclipses in Sagittarius—on June 5 and December 14—could reveal secrets and hidden opportunities. Even the most familiar relationships can still bring surprises.
Relationships are your raison d’etre in 2020, as stable Saturn gets in formation with playing for keeps Pluto in Capricorn and your seventh house of partnerhsips. But needy people need not apply! Indie-spirited Jupiter is also in this zone of your chart until December 19. While you’re fine with SOME predictability, if people cling or are too basic, you’re out. This is the year for adventure dates, overseas baecations, cross-cultural connections and possibly trying out a long-distance love affair. With three eclipses activating the Cancer/Capricorn axis on January 10, June 21 and July 5, you’re finding the right balance of “me” versus “we.” You’ll need lots of solo time in between the co-created magic. But don’t be too quick to push the “nice guy” types away. (And if you already did that, make amends, stat.) With Saturn slipping into your intimate eighth house from March 21 to July 1, you’ll need heavy doses of trust to accompany the lust. And when Saturn and Jupiter both shift into your seductive, stick-it-out eighth house in late December, lasting bonds will be cemented and you’ll likely feel like settling down again.
Self-care is more than just a buzzword for Leos in 2020—and if you indulge in it liberally, you’ll set yourself up for a fierce spring awakening. For this you can thank love planet Venus, who takes an extended tour through Gemini—from April 3 to August 7—and activates your flirty, mercurial third house. Which begs the question: Should you play the field or settle down for something real? You’ll feel a tug in both directions this year! From March 21 to July 1, serious Saturn plunks down in Aquarius and your seventh house of relationships, its first visit there since January 1994! Attached Leos could commit to epic future plans, or you may decide to restructure your entire approach to relationships. Even single (and loving it) Leos might start to consider the merits of being part of a serious pair. You might even reconcile with an ex while Venus is in reverse from May 13 to June 25. (Proceed cautiously…) Saturn returns to Aquarius for two-plus years on December 17, joined by daring Jupiter from December 19, 2020, to December 29, 2021. As the year ends, you’ll be a total love magnet. Beam those charms towards someone worthy!
The Sea of Love could bring some strong currents your way, but you’re here for it, Virgo! Big-hearted Jupiter, seductive Pluto and serious Saturn are mingling in your fifth house of amour this year. Passion isn’t just percolating, it’s spilling into every corner of your universe. There will be epic romantic highs and a few crashing lows, but if you remain steady and devoted, you coud have news worthy of an Instagram announcement by the lunar eclipse on July 5. Whether you’re dropping to a knee, getting pregnant or enjoying the sweet, experimental freedom of single life, you’ll be ready to let your hair down and take a chance on romance. On June 27, lusty Mars embarks on an extended tour through Aries, lighting a fire in your erotic eighth house that burns until January 6, 2021. Unleash the Virgo vixen, but watch out for unexpected visits from the green-eyed monster. Warning: You may feel like playing with fire while Mars is retrograde from September 9 to November 13. Pro tip: Get obsessed with a creative passion instead of that hotter-than-Hades ex who has burned you every time.
You may be feeling low key about amour early this year, as home and family matters pull for your attention. Renovating your love nest or enjoying the cozy hygge season vibes with bae will be fine for Q1. If you’re single, even dressing up for a coffee date just might feel like too much work. But just you wait until springtime, Libra! From March 21 to July 1, slow-burning Saturn heads into Aquarius, stoking the embers of your fifth house of love. Passion and stability can coexist in one (seriously sexy) package. Coupled Libras could take a serious step, but there may also be some weighty considerations to deal with before you do. With Venus retrograde from May 13 to June 25, it may be hard to decide what’s actually right for the long-term. If you’re unclear, table the whole “forever after” conversation until December 19 when brazen Jupiter and stable Saturn team up in your true love zone for most of 2021! Plus, fiery Mars will heat up your commitment zone from June 27, 2020 until January 6, 2021. This could make you both courageous and antsy about going “all in.” Keep the couple therapist’s number handy. A few sessions might be needed during an emotionally charged Mars retrograde that lasts from September 9 to November 13.
The Scorpio coquette is unleashed in 2020, as bawdy Jupiter sidles up to your ruler, sultry Pluto, in your variety-loving third house. On April 4, June 30 and November 12, these two planets will make an exact connection, unleashing your flirtatious powers. Because you like to plunge into the depths with people, you generally prefer the intimacy and security of long-term relationships. But in 2020, you’re not above a few experimental flings. Fooling around a little could be healthy, as long as you can curb some of your obsessive tendencies. (May we suggest ordering a la carte instead of returning to Cupid’s buffet for a second helping with bae?) Digital dating could bring a lucky swipe, so try out a couple different apps. Pace yourself while Venus is retrograde from May 13 to June 25 because your normally sharp intuition could be askew. For some Scorpios, a friendship may evolve legit love. Coupled Scorpios should get out more often together. Fill up the shared calendar with concerts, festival road trips and potluck dinners with your mutual friends. On the fence about a commitment? The November 30 lunar eclipse could bring clarity —or a milestone moment. No more waffling then: Are you in or are you out?
The year starts off “all business,” but that won’t last long. A swirl of partnership-powered planetary activity heats up beginning April 3, when love planet Venus spins into Gemini and your seventh house of relationships until August 7. On May 5, the lunar North Node arrives in Gemini for the first time since 2003, calling in a meant-to-be-mate. Attached Archers could embark on a co-created mission, like renovating your dream home or planning a mind-blowing vacation. (How about a birthday trip to Argentina to see the December 14 total solar eclipse?) With red-hot Mars on an extended journey through Aries and your passionate fifth house (June 27, 2020 to January 6, 2020), it won’t take much convincing to get you dressed up and out of the house—and undressed just as quickly when you’re turned on. Alas, 2020 won’t be without a few bumps in the romantic road. For one thing, Venus spins retrograde from May 13 to June 25, and her lusty dance partner Mars will reverse commute through Aries and your passionate fifth house from September 9 to November 13. Old wounds can reopen and exes may crawl out of the woodwork. The lunar eclipse on November 30 could bring a make-it-or-break it moment for rocky relationships. On a bright note, this lunar lift could accelerate developments, like an end-of-year engagement, romantic vacay or pregnancy!
“If you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” As power trio of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto mix and mingle in Capricorn and your first house of self-adoration, you might want to tatoo that RuPaul quote on your forearm. (Or write it in lipstick on your mirror.) People may come and go in 2020, but the love affair you spark up with yourself will stand the test of time. Enough comparing and despairing! Fearlessly do you, Capricorn, and see what rockstars you attract from that space. With maximizer Jupiter in your sign, you could truly level up to a new league in love. Attached? You might need a bit more space from bae as you develop your own passions. Single? Experimental Uranus spends its first full year in your romance zone, which could bring a few NSFW updates to share with friends. Naughty, naughty—and so delicious. Since you’ll be busy doing Capricorn, time for love may be scare, so make every minute you have together with your sweetie count. From April 3 through August 7, Venus will call for support structures to keep your partnerships from fizzling out. Think: date nights, shared calendars, and setting a time to talk every night, even if you’re in separate cities. A pair of Cancer eclipses (on January 10 and June 21) help to accelerate romantic developments and cement relationships—or help you let go if it’s time to move on.
Surrender, Aquarius, and let love in! Early this year, your romantic success rate is directly proportional to your ability to release control. Letting things happen instead of fixating on the future could bring the kind of surprises your experimental sign lives for. And once amorous Venus embarks on a love cruise through your passionate fifth house from April 3 to August 7, you’ll be ready to make some more decisive moves—ones that might involve baubles or bottles. Heads up: this Venus cycle includes a retrograde (from May 13 to June 25) which could bring trouble from an ex or reunite you with “the one that got away.” With the North Node moving into Gemini, along with a lunar eclipse on November 30, romantic surprises await, like meeting the love of your life, getting engaged, making babies or taking an epic leap with a partner. Coupled Aquarians will need more playtime this spring and summer. Alas, this could be challenging as serious Saturn enters Aquarius from March 21 to July 1, prioritizing one of your own initiatives. Don’t let bae slip to the bottom of your priority list. Lock in at least one memorable date night every month—an epic live show, a weekend festival, vacationing with friends—and you’ll find the right balance between personal space and together time. If you’re single, make a point of getting out with friends some times from March through July, even if you’d rather stay in and work on your art.
Tap that app! A trio of outer planets are logged in to your community and tech sector throughout 2020, making you the belle of Bumble and the toast of Tinder. A true love connection could some from that lucky swipe. With two eclipses activating your true love zone (on January 10 and June 21), the first half of the year could bring romance in a surprising package. These lunar lifts bring game-changing milestones, like engagements, pregnancies or other life-changing shared experiences. Ditch the whole notion of who your type is, Pisces, and let Cupid serve up a surprise. If friends offer to fix you up on blind dates, just say yes. (They know you better than you give them credit for…) Coupled Pisces should mingle often as a pair. This is the year to collaborate as entertainment directors for mutual friends. Bring on the dinner parties and beach house weekends! Are you ready to let go of a relationship you’ve outgrown? With heavy Saturn in your twelfth house of release from March 21 to July 1, you may feel the inevitability of this farewell. But one door closes and another opens—when Saturn and Jupiter sync up here again after December 19, the vacancy you create could attract a soulmate.
This article originally appeared on ELLE US.