You can probably divide most of your loved ones into one of two groups: huggers and non-hugs. Those in the hug group will greet you with open arms every time they see you, snuggle up next to you on the couch, and tell you how much they love and appreciate you almost weekly. Those in the no hugs category are a little more reserved, saving physical and verbal affection for private moments or special occasions. But today, we’re talking about the former – and how its unique tenderness can be associated with astrology. Read on to discover the six most affectionate signs of the zodiac, from hand-holding to PDA professionals.
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This practical, perfectionist-prone sign is more affectionate than you might think. “When they hug you and rub your back, they don’t think they’re being affectionate,” says psychic and astrologer Inbaal Honigman. “They are fully aware of the medical and psychological benefits.” That same level of sensitivity also comes into play when they comfort someone in trouble. “For a Virgo, saying that everything will work out is literally science,” says Honigman. “There is empirical evidence to suggest that things always turn out well in the end.” All of this means that they are a reliable friend to turn to in a time of need – whether they realize they are being affectionate or not.
Scorpio sometimes gets a bad rap. Of course, this sign is occasionally jealous, secretive, and manipulative. But they can also be intensely loving and loyal to the people they care about most – and that goes for showing affection, too. “For a Scorpio, affection is an intimate thing and they keep it very private,” says Crescent, professional tarologist and astrologer at Crescent Divination. “When Scorpios feel, they feel hard and deep, so it makes sense that they would be one of the most affectionate signs.” If you’re dating a Scorpio, expect lots of cuddles on the couch and kisses in the kitchen; however, they are likely to avoid PDA in larger groups.
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This sign’s penchant for affection is actually written in the stars, starting with Venus, its ruling planet. “Named after the goddess of love and beauty, Venus gives Taurus a strong romantic streak,” says Andrea Scalisi, astrologer and owner of The Haven Shoppe. “However, the Taurus personality is rooted in the Earth element, which means they show affection in practical ways.” So if you need last-minute advice or help with a project, you can count on a Taurus to come to you without hesitation.
In romance, a Taurus loves physical contact within reason. “They don’t like to feel suffocated, so their approach to affection needs to be moderate and is determined by the mood at any given time,” says astrologer Anna Kovach. That being said, most of the affection you receive from a Taurus will be behind closed doors.
A Leo’s affectionate style is best demonstrated by the lion, his earthly representative. “In the wild, a lion is at the center of their pride, and similarly, Leo is happiest when surrounded by friends and family,” says Scalisi. Leos are openly affectionate towards those in their inner circle and are willing to spend enormous amounts of time and effort to make them happy.
This also rings true for your love life. “In romance, Leo loves to impress his partner with exaggerated gestures and shows affection through physical intimacy,” says Kovach. Expect unlimited public displays of affection from this sign.
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Both physical and emotional affection are the main personality traits of a Cancer. “Cancers are known to be a ‘mother’s friend’ because of how affectionate they tend to be,” says Crescent. “Their energy is like coming home to a new batch of cookies – sweet and warm.” A water sign that is ruled by the moon, Cancers are emotionally intelligent and know exactly what to say and do to make others feel loved and cared for.
So why aren’t they number one? The only thing stopping Cancerians on our list is that they can take a while to let newcomers in. .
There is a psychological reason this sensitive and emotional sign is more affectionate. “The element associated with Pisces is water, and like water, Pisces has trouble setting boundaries,” says author and astrologer Lisa Barretta. “They will give too much, love too much, help too much, empathize too much and forgive too much.” Because of this, they are also one of the best signs to visit when you need a shoulder to cry on.
Hugs and caresses are also natural for this sign. “In romantic relationships, those born under this sign love being able to maintain physical contact as a means of finding security,” says Kovach. “They love holding hands, snuggling up in bed and even snuggling up for hours while listening to music or watching television.” Sometimes they may even feel insecure when they are not able to give or receive affection. If you’re in a relationship with a Pisces, check in with him from time to time to make sure you’re giving him the affection he needs.
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