There are many types of lovers and partners in the world. While your birth date doesn’t entirely pigeonhole you, it does influence how you interact in an intimate relationship.

Every zodiac sign has a unique energy that their partner will have to interact with. Read on to see some of the unique characteristics of each star sign.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Independent-minded Aries doesn’t mind being single once in a while. They’ll settle down for a perfect match, but don’t look for them to compromise. They’d rather be free and ready to hook up.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

People with this springtime star sign need physical affection from friends and lovers. If you’re not ready for an intense and sensual relationship, don’t get involved with a Taurus.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Communication is key for Geminis. They like to talk things out, and that can drive more introverted partners away. The good news is that they make friends easily and they’re never socially awkward.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

There is no more loving and maternal sign than Cancer. That may sound unsexy, but really, they just love to take care of people. That can work out for both partners if they’re willing.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Leos are enthusiastic, which is a great thing for developing a deep relationship. Their desire to be the center of attention can throw some people off, but they just want to be entertaining. If you can embrace that, Leos make a compelling match.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Virgos are consummate settlers in the best possible way. They embrace their partner’s idiosyncrasies and love them even more for their odd ways. Virgos are also game for experimentation in the bedroom.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Libras love to be in relationships–so much so that they sometimes stay in them longer than they should. These nurturing partners do everything they can to make a connection work but don’t expect them to stay friends with you if you break it off. Seeing exes is a painful experience for Libras.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Scorpios are known for their unselfish ways in relationships. They can be wary of others and hard to get to know. However, once they let you in, you’ll be glad you put in the effort.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

People of this freedom-loving sign find it hard to commit. It’s not that they don’t love and appreciate people, it’s just that they cherish their independence and the ability to meet new people. If you convince a Sagittarius to settle, you’ve accomplished something big.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Capricorns have the reputation of being picky with their lovers, but they just have high standards. They don’t give their trust easily, but when they do, they put all of their effort into the relationship.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Call them cold or call them mysterious–an Aquarius doesn’t mind either way. They are calculating and don’t get overly emotional if it’s not necessary. That can drive some partners crazy, but most of them appreciate the drama-free lifestyle that Aquarius accommodates.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

The modest people born under this sign are forgiving and compassionate. They make great friends and even better lovers. Just don’t take advantage of their kindness, as that is the one thing they won’t accept. /BY BYRON WILES