Everyone wants that happily ever after that Hollywood and general optimism have made so appealing. Finding that one true love is hard and wading through all the almost and not-quite-right loves is exhausting at its worst—and a fun side adventure at its best. Some dates are great, very memorable and promising but then after time and life gets added into the mix, they turn out not to be the one we thought they were and we end up having to move on. Other dates are memorable in how bad they are and boy, are we glad that things didn’t progress very far with them.

Some of us are getting tired of the dating game and want an edge in the quest to find true love. Surprisingly, the stars might hold the answers we seek. Based on our Zodiac sign alone, we might be able to weed out some of those annoying dead-end dates and actually shoot for something that could last longer than dinner and a movie or three months of wild reckless fun. So here are 12 signs that we really shouldn’t date at all and 12 we should seek out above the rest—all contained in one nice easy to find place.

24Hard-Working Capricorn Should Date Virgo

Sure, it seems like an odd match at first, but when you really think about it, you’re perfect for each other. Capricorn rolls around between December 21 and January 19, right at the start of winter during the coldest months. You tend to be very hard working, responsible, goal-oriented and brutally honest.

Despite some potential issues over control, you and Virgo share very similar objectives in life.

According to Thought Catalog, “You can’t date someone who won’t speak up for themselves when you being too stubborn for them. The person you date needs to be able to hold their own. The ‘nice’ guy won’t cut it for you.”

23Capricorn Should Avoid Dating Libra

Since you like goals, achieving them and having your life neatly organized before you (usually in a nice planner), Libra’s airy and indecisive approach to life will annoy you until you just can’t take it anymore. Your tendency to control will likely annoy Libra right back until you’re both silently fuming or coldly avoiding the one topic you’re thinking about. According to Elite Daily, “Capricorn wants to plan for the future. Libra wants to keep the party going and save the difficult conversations for a more convenient time. Capricorn will be much happier if they find someone who looks into the future as far as they do.”

22Reliable Taurus Should Date Libra

You’re an Earth sign which means you’re pretty grounded, reliable and stable which makes you the perfect anchor for airy Libra and makes Libra just what you need to shake you out of your rut and mix up your routine a bit. You arrive on the scene between April 20 and May 20, balancing your spring with Libra’s autumn beautifully.

Besides, Libra might let you make all their decisions for them.

According to Your Tango, “Libra, ruled by Venus along with Taurus, is a good match for shared appreciation of the arts. Taureans rely on their self-sufficiency, sometimes afraid to merge with others.”

21Taurus Should Avoid Dating Aquarius

While you like things nice, calm and steady with clear-cut rules you can follow, Aquarius thrives on chaos. They even go so far as to break the rules just for fun. This will really annoy you and strain your relationship. Trust is important and Aquarius isn’t exactly the most trustworthy sign out there. According to Your Tango, “It’s not that you’re a stick in the mud, Taurus, but you like things a certain way and you’re a big believer in if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Aquarius individuals, on the other hand, break things—like rules—all the time, just for the fun of it.”

20Tidy Virgo Should Date Capricorn

You’re born between August 23 and September 22, making you the closer of summer just before autumn arrives while Capricorn (a fellow Earth sign) begins winter. You like things neat, tidy and organized. Capricorn likes things scheduled and planned out.

There could be some control conflicts down the line, but you’ll make it because you know how to prioritize the important things in life.

According to Bustle, “Not only do they complement each other, but they share a practical approach to all that life has to offer. And honestly, practicality and practicality go together like peanut butter and jelly.”

19Virgo Should Avoid Dating Sagittarius

One of the fire signs, Sagittarius is a free spirit and a wanderer with no filter. They will say the first thing that pops into their head, no matter how bad it sounds or whose company they are in. This will considerably mess up a lot of your plans and neatly ordered life, Virgo. Maybe sample the enthusiasm but don’t buy it for the whole season. As Your Tango puts it, “Let me break it down this way: Sagittarius love the chase, and Virgos detest it. Sagittarius are too carefree and free-spirited, and would have a tendency to not take into account how their actions would affect you.”

18Courageous Aries Should Date Sagittarius

You’re born between March 21 and April 19, right before spring starts. Sagittarius is born right before winter starts so you guys like to start things—or at least—you thrive on the high energy levels required to start things.

Plus, no one besides a fire sign could really keep up with you, Aries.

Sagittarius will definitely give you a run for your money in the energy department. According to Your Tango, “Aries’ need for adventure and action means they will mesh best with Leo and Sagittarius, the other Fire signs of the zodiac, who understand their fiery temperament and can match that fire with more fire.”Featured Today

17Aries Should Avoid Dating Pisces

Yes, we pretty much just said go date Leo, but depending on just how much Pisces they are and how much Aries you are—this relationship could potentially literally burn the house down. You are two powerhouses locked in a fight over something—like buying more stamps—and things get way too heated too fast. Besides, Pisces is a lot of work to maintain. As Elite Daily puts it, “If you chose to be friends, Aries and Pisces would make a great dynamic duo, but the only reason they should ever go home together is if they actually want to burn a house down.”

16Passionate Leo Should Date Aries

Born between July 23 and August 22, you make the perfect match for the height of summer and fellow fire signs. Aries is the perfect match for the ferocity of your personality. Unfortunately, you have the potential to outshine Aries and burn the house down with your fights.

Learning calming techniques to maintain relationship stability is advised.

According to Your Tango, “Leo likes to think everyone loves them, but not everyone can manage or work well with Leo’s fiery passion and larger-than-life personality. Leos mesh well with Aries and Sagittarius, the other Fire signs, who are as strong as Leo and unafraid to offer honest feedback, which Leo needs.”

15Leo Should Avoid Dating Virgo

Your enthusiasm for life and the passion with which you pursue it will clash horribly with their need for neat order and tidiness. Virgo doesn’t do adventures like you do and they tend to be pretty controlling which you really won’t like. Best avoid this particular earth sign if possible. You can still have fun with them and be friends, just don’t commit for the long haul. According to Bustle, “Leo and Virgo lack the emotional bond and intimacy that makes a relationship work, so when you date a Virgo, you’re dating a great friend, but that could be where it ends.”

14Sarcastic Sagittarius Should Date Libra

You’re born between November 22 and December 21, just a couple months after Libra’s autumn reign. You’re a fire sign, which pairs nicely with their air sign.

As long as you don’t hog the spotlight too much and Libra’s indecisiveness doesn’t get too much on your carefree nerves, you two should be able to adventure quite happily together for years—or until it’s no longer fun anymore.

According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is an extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes.”

13Sagittarius Should Avoid Dating Virgo

This earth sign might seem appealing due to their neat and ordered life. They have everything together and can pack a suitcase in minutes if needed, but Virgos are control freaks and will ultimately weigh you down on your quest for enthusiasm and adventure. Befriend them sure, but don’t fall in love and marry them. According to Bustle, “A lot of this has to do with the fact that you’re a Fire sign and Virgo is an Earth sign, so where you want to take risks and try new things, Virgo is likely to be more reserved. It just won’t work in the long run.”

12Diplomatic Libra Should Date Taurus

You’re born between September 23 and October 22, right during the glorious beginning of autumn while Taurus heads up the height of spring. These seasons balance each other out just as nicely as you two do.

Taurus can be the anchor in your life and help make all those pesky decisions while you can spice up Taurus’ mundane routines better than anyone else.

As Thought Catalog puts it, “You are quite the diva and know that you should be treated like royalty. Don’t ever date someone who makes you insecure in yourself and who questions your worth.” Taurus will treat you like a queen.

11Libra Should Avoid Dating Cancer

Your inconsistency and indecisiveness will jar with Cancer’s mood swings and insecurity issues. If you happen to find a very Cancer-y Cancer, then the manipulation and overly suspicious imagination will strain your relationship until neither of you is having any fun at all—and fun is something you both really enjoy. According to Elite Daily, “They’ll always want to hold Cancer’s feelings aloft, and when they can’t, they’ll get frustrated with the relationship. Cancer, meanwhile, will feel guilty for bringing Libra down. This tide-dweller will clam up, and after giving it some consideration, Libra will finally pull the plug.”

10Progressive Aquarius Should Date Gemini

You’re born between January 20 and February 18, balancing your winter with Gemini’s end-of-spring theme rather well. You like adventure and intellectual pursuits. Gemini likes to learn new things and collect knowledge.

Also, you’re both weird compared to some of the other signs, so you get along really well in that regard.

According to Bustle, “As much as all these signs enjoy people, they put their freedom and independence above all else. Because of this, the need to have some alone time will never be an issue for a Gemini or Libra who dates an Aquarius, because they understand that need in ways that other signs may not.”

9Aquarius Should Avoid Dating Virgo

They are super controlling with a need to have everything neat and tidy no matter what. This will clash terribly with your hobby of breaking the rules and doing random things just for kicks. Plus you’re a bit the chaos enthusiast of the Zodiac calendar. As much fun as Virgo might seem (opposites attract you know), this is a relationship disaster waiting to happen. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “Virgo can represent everything that Aquarius runs from—practical, worried about health and earthly things, down to Earth, cleaning obsessed maniac. Imagine how incredibly irresponsible, chaotic and unrealistic Aquarius looks to them.”

8Curious Gemini Should Date Aquarius

You’re born between May 21 and June 20 (happy birthday!), and pair quite nicely with the winter arrival of Aquarius.

You both are wildly curious, interested in learning new things and you’re likely to be bookworms to a certain degree which is always nice.

On cold days you can stay indoors and devour books and literature together until the sun comes up. Air and water are surprisingly compatible with this relationship. As Bustle puts it, “Although the two personality aspect of Gemini can seem daunting, they’re actually quite affectionate and sweet. Because of this, they appeal to Aquarius and Libra.”

7Gemini Should Avoid Dating Capricorn

Sure, the hard-working sign can probably afford to indulge your every academic interest (even when you drop out halfway to change your major), but in the long run—you two just won’t gel right. Capricorn will seem too controlling for you, and your dual personality will bother neatly ordered Capricorn. According to Your Tango, “Yes, Capricorns are good people, but they aren’t exciting or stimulating enough for a Gemini. Also, Capricorns are way too honest for Gemini and are prone to offer their honest opinions at the worst moments. Capricorns like to plan things out, and you like to be spontaneous and go with the flow.”

6Compassionate Pisces Should Date Cancer

Yep, your fellow water sign. You arrive between February 19 and March 20, while Cancer reigns during the warm summer months.

You are the fish to their crab and you get along so well because you two know how to understand each other’s emotions and actually communicate instead of fighting or falling into miscommunication ruts like other signs.

According to Bustle, “For Pisces, the need to be with fellow water signs, Scorpios, and Cancers, is the best way to ensure a relationship that’s harmonious and long-lasting. There’s an understanding of moods there, because of the shared water sign.”

5Pisces Should Avoid Dating Gemini

Sure. On the outside, this water and air pairing might look promising, but Gemini has dark depths just like you do and they won’t mess well when the light gets turned on. You’re too similar and too wildly different to make heads or tails of a stable relationship that actually lasts as long as you want it to. According to Elite Daily, “Pisces values harmony, and Gemini does, too—until their evil twin rears their head and starts chaos. Gemini needs to be with a partner who can hold space for their dualities, and Pisces needs to find someone who values their message of everlasting peace.”

4Resourceful Scorpio Should Date Capricorn

Born between October 23 and November 21, you handle the height of autumn just as well as Capricorn handles the beginning of winter. You’re both hard-working, honest and like things done a certain way.

While your dueling control issues could train wreck your relationship, you’re both cool-headed enough to find a compromise that actually works.

According to Thought Catalog, “You are incredibly assertive and don’t take crap from anyone. If you are dating someone who can’t keep up with you, walk away now. As a fierce being, you shouldn’t date anyone who doesn’t know how to deal with your character.”

3Scorpio Should Avoid Dating Gemini

While you like things stable, calm and preferably in your control, Gemini likes to be free and wild. They do have that dual personality thing going on—attractive and frustrating at the same time. Gemini will mean well but end up a headache for you in the long run. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, “Scorpio trusts everyone until they don’t. They have this weird, possessive nature that can give ultimate trust to their partner until the first worm of suspicion is created, usually by flakiness and disrespect. They like things clean and without a doubt, and are prepared to give unconditional honesty, expecting the same in return.”

2Emotional Cancer Should Date Pisces

You’re born between June 21 and July 22—the beginning of summer. Pisces comes at the end of winter. You balance each other out like hot and cold, as well as both being water signs.

You can communicate your emotions, insecurities, and passions better than most signs.

You’re the crab to their fish. According to Your Tango, “Cancer has to tread carefully in partnership because they are the most easily hurt of all the zodiac signs, and many signs are just too rough for their tender souls. Cancer meshes well with the other Water signs, especially imaginative and loving Pisces, who isn’t afraid to cry and feel with them.”

1Cancer Should Avoid Dating Aries

Aries. This wildfire sign will burn you up and dry you out faster than a towel dries in the summer sun. You like things safe and secure while Aries is impulsive and impatient, often living on the wild side of life which translates into dangerous in your mind. According to Elite Daily, “Communication is what breaks up these two signs. Aries has the tendency, to tell the truth in a flippant, no-holds-barred way that will drive Cancer’s nervous system to a full-blown collapse. Aries will be confused by Cancer’s emotional outbursts and will be too impatient to stick around until Cancer chases their moody clouds away.”

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