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Which Men Tend To Say 'I Love You' First, Based On Their Zodiac Sign

No matter how new or old a relationship is to you, there's no denying how fun the ups are — and even how exciting the drama can be when there are the downs! We go out on dates with nice, attractive people who like us and who we like back, we get to discover a whole new person underneath the usual exterior, and we aren't alone. There's always someone we can count on to watch movies, go shopping, or cuddle under a cozy blanket with.

And we all want love.

For those of us who over-analyze and over-think just about everything, finding true love is a challenge and a half. When we're in a relationship, we're enjoying ourselves immensely, but part of our mind is always wondering when he'll say the three magic words and take our couplehood to the next level. Pinning guys down is a fine art, and anything that gives us an edge in the dating game is always welcome. One key strategy you can use is to find out his birthday and look up his Zodiac sign. There is a wealth of information hidden there and definitely helps in finding out when he'll likely say, "I love you."

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16 Full Of Burning Love — Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

Ah, Fire signs, the powerhouses of the Zodiac calendar. These signs are capable of running the world and destroying it all on a whim. A male Fire sign can be great fun to have around with his big shiny personality and intense focus on his goals, but he can also burn everything around him and melt weaker signs into thin wisps of nothing.

According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, Fire signs are physically strong with intense energy and serve as an often exhausting inspiration for others. Because he jumps headfirst into everything he does, it's not too surprising that he jumps into love frequently and wholeheartedly. At the same time, he can crash just as hard — so recovery from a bad break-up can take tough.

When a fire sign's madly in love, he's all in with no hesitation.

He tends to make relationships very interesting in that he strives for complete control and will bulldoze over anyone in his way (usually unintentionally — it's in his nature to seek control and conquer any obstacles in his path).

For weaker or indecisive signs, this trait can be either good or bad — on the one hand, you won't have to make any decisions, but on the other hand, your opinions will likely be overridden.

15 Fast-Paced Mind: Aries—Will Likely Happen In A Spontaneous Moment

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Aries men are a mix of aggression, decisiveness, courage, confidence, mood swings, honesty, impatience, and passion. They find something they like, and they don't quit until it's theirs. This sign needs to win or conquer the challenge in some way or another. Then they'll move on to a new adventure.

According to Thought Catalog, sometime in the first six weeks of a relationship or sooner is when an Aries man will spill his guts and profess his love. This will likely happen at a weird or spontaneous moment (not necessarily the ideal romantic moment we all picture when imagining the day he finally breaks down and confesses his undying love) so roll with it in that regard. But he's decisive and honest, so we know he's decided quite clearly that he's really in love — and not much will change his mind on that score, since he's a man after all. (They can be very stubborn.)

Aries' greatest compatibility is with a Libra or a Leo, signaling that it takes a very strong sign to live happily with this powerhouse. Ironically, Libra is their opposing sign, being that of tact and diplomacy, which Aries often lacks in his social interactions.

14 Lionhearted Man: Leo—It'll Take A Few Months

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Born to rule summer and match it with all its golden hazy heat and light is Leo. The Leo man is known for being passionate, generous, warm-hearted, arrogant, stubborn, lazy, cheerful, and creative. According to Your Tango, Leos hate being tied down, but one very clear sign that he's in love with us is when he stops being so selfish and is content to stay at home and cuddle.

Adventures are still important to him, and it's a good idea to take a guy with this sign out for a day at the park occasionally, so he can run and get some of that energy burned out of his system!

It'll likely take Leo about one to two months in a new relationship before he says the three magic words, but once he's in, he's in. A Leo's greatest compatibility is with Aquarius and Gemini, which signals that he gets along better with people who give him his space and let him run with his own ideas. A Leo also needs a partner who is his intellectual equal, someone who is self-aware and reasonable and doesn't mind going head to head to express and fight for themselves.

13 There For You: Sagittarius—Any Time In The Beginning Stages Of A Relationship

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Coming in at the tail of the Fire signs is Sagittarius. He's rather timid-looking compared to his powerful brothers, but Sagittarius is a force to be reckoned with just as much as they are. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, Sagittarius is known for being generous, idealistic, impatient, and bad at following through with promises, for having a sense of humor, and for not always saying the most diplomatic things.So while social gatherings can be either a riot of humor or a diplomatic disaster, at least we aren't bored with our Sagittariuses.

He is harder to pin down for a precise time to typically say those three little words. It could happen at any time within beginning phases of a relationship. Not much help there, but at least it's not months of waiting!

Sagittarius gets along best with Gemini and Aries, which is interesting considering that Aries is a fellow powerful Fire sign.

Apparently, it really does take fire to fight fire! This relationship would be explosive and intense but highly exciting for the two who actually get to be in it. Everyone else will likely wind up exhausted just watching them interact with each other on a regular basis.

12 Emotional And Wrung Out—Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

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Water signs are the most emotional signs of the Zodiac calendar, and make great writers, artists, actors and such due to their close connection to emotions and feelings. This does have its drawbacks, of course, but for the most part, these wet signs are great to have around and can really balance out the fires of the more passionate signs, as well as the light airiness of other elements. Water sign guys get along really well with Earth signs but their opposite — and therefore, those they butt heads with — are the Fire signs.

According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, a Water sign man is as mysterious as the depths of the ocean, and while we may never fully know what's going on in his head, we can always count on him to be there for their friends and family members. Water signs are generally incredibly creative, and there is nothing he can't do once he sets his mind to it and finds a line of direction.

Fire is a great inspiration and motivator for this sign but can burn him up very quickly.

This leads many to believe that fire and water are better as friends than lovers in the grand scheme of things. Water's greatest challenge is understanding himself and his many intense emotions.

11 Intimidating Little Crab: Cancer—Two Weeks Tops

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First up of the water signs is Cancer. The Cancer man is rather known for dropping into the world ready to take it all on and then stumbling a bit as he realizes he might have bitten off more than he can chew. This never seems to stop him — the Cancer man is mighty.

According to Your Tango, what a male Cancer wants from a relationship is an equal who can stand on their own and bring their own passions and independence to the relationship. He is known for being tenacious, loyal, emotional, moody, pessimistic, suspicious, sympathetic, and imaginative. Since he's already pretty in touch with his emotions (always a nice rare find in a man), it won't take Cancer very long to say, "I love you." Maybe two weeks tops.

Cancer's greatest compatibility is with Capricorn and Taurus — two very anchored Earth signs that help ground Cancer and give him the security he needs to process his mood swings and ambitions in life. Interestingly enough, Cancer also strongly dislikes any criticism of his mom. This can be either a good sign or a bad one in a relationship, depending on how close he is to his mother.

10 Scorpion Of Power: Scorpio—About Six Months

Hovering around the end of Autumn — before the chill of Winter sets in — is Scorpio. Known for being resourceful, brave, stubborn, passionate, jealous, distrusting, and secretive — with a hint of violent thrown in, to keep things interesting — Scorpio makes a true friend, but watch out for the stinger if he's crossed. Scorpio's strength lies in being a resourceful leader and he is in touch with his emotions but expresses them differently than other signs do.

He will always keep your secrets — which is great, if you have any.

According to Thought Catalog, however, you might be in for a little wait for those wonderful words you want to hear. Usually, it's about six months, but a few rare ones will jump in within the first week or two if you're a good fit. Scorpio gets along best romantically with Taurus (a very rooted and stubborn earth sign, who will serve as a good anchor for Scorpio) and Cancer (a fellow Water sign and thus able to really understand Scorpio's emotional side better than other signs). The Scorpio man is very passionate and values intimacy; he'll want to take time to build trust and respect for you — his partner —which is always nice.

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9 Trusting To A Fault: Pisces—You'll Probably Have To Say To Him First

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Rounding out the water signs is Pisces. Pisces is known for being passionate, gentle, wise, intuitive, musical, fearful, sad, overly trusting, and always looking to escape reality (though nowadays, who isn't?). According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, Pisces are very friendly and always ready to help out without expecting anything in return. The Pisces man is the quiet member of the Zodiac calendar and often gets overlooked, but he's a rare and precious gem when found by the right woman. Hint, hint.

Unfortunately for you, due to his trusting nature and back-history of having been burned too many times, he takes his time declaring his love, and you can often find yourself impatiently waiting for a year or more before you hear them say, "I love you." At this rate, you are likely to say it first yourself.

Pisces compatibility is most excellent with Virgo and Taurus, both of whom are strong and calm Earth signs which provide stability, trust, and an anchor to reality for the wandering Pisces. Often — in order to get attention — the Pisces man will assume the role of a martyr which can lead to some overdramatic instances but generally, he's a pretty good person to have around. He understands the life cycle better than any other sign.

8 The Breath Of Life: Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

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If you look around, you can find air almost everywhere. In the gentle breeze whistling through the grass, in the substantial powerful gusts sweeping across the oceans and deserts of the world, and in your lungs — filling you up and keeping you alive. Air balances all the other signs and creates particular tension for the Earth signs, who can never quite make up their mind regardless as to whether or not the air is actually real.

According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, Air signs are very social, the most communicative of the signs, and they're great at giving advice (but tend to be superficial and don't always follow their own advice).

In the male air sign, their advice can either be the sweetest thing you've ever seen or your worst nightmare — depending on whether or not you've earned his wrath.

He'll also talk your ear off.

The Air sign man typically has a hard time fitting into a regular order of life (such as the workplace with its dreary routine and monotony), and one of his main goals in life is to stop wasting so much time worrying about others' opinions. Instead of trying to please everyone else, the Air sign man really should focus on himself and what makes him happy. This usually means focusing on his creative ideas.

7 Balance Is Key: Libra—It Could Take Years

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Libras bring in the new season of Autumn on a gust of cold air, with plenty of earthy color tones and a few stray warm days. They're all about balance and looking good. The Libra tends to be cooperative, gracious, diplomatic, fair-minded, indecisive, self-pitying, always avoiding confrontations, and he definitely can hold a grudge. When he's done, he drops you like a ton of bricks and never looks back. This guy is flirty and fun to be around because he keeps the peace and makes you feel good about yourself.

According to Thought Catalog, Libras are very unpredictable and could say, "I love you" at any time after the first week of the relationship, but they could also take years to get there. He'll likely show you with his actions sooner than he tells you with his words. Libra's greatest compatibility is with Aries and Sagittarius, though it can be argued that he gets along moderately well with all the signs. Sometimes they can blend better with other signs depending on whether Libra is male or female. Libras don't like violence or injustice and can become fired up over these things, so maybe it's wise to take the remote away and limit his time spent watching the evening news.

6 Known To Be Shy And Quiet: Aquarius—Three To Six Months

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This cool and detached sign suits Air perfectly. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, Aquarius is best known for being progressive, original, independent, humanitarian, aloof, uncompromising, temperamental and prone to running from emotional expression. The Aquarius man can often be shy and quiet but he's still social and good at making friends.

He's a fighter and he won't back down once he's set his mind on something.

The Aquarius man will look for someone to love him equally as much as he loves them — and once he's found that love in you, he's in it for the long haul. The first month or so, a relationship with an Aquarius will be exciting and passionate; then he'll settle down into cuddles and conversations, deciding around three to six months to say he loves you. He'll also tell you in an amazing way.

Aquarius will find their best romantic pairing with Leo or Sagittarius, as they tend to balance each other out remarkably well. Intelligence is the greatest attraction for an Aquarius. So, maybe flaunt a thick book or two on an early date to really get their attention and be prepared to hold long discussions on various topics far into the wee hours of the morning.

5 Mr. Indecisive: Gemini—He Won't Say "I Love You" First

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Gemini rounds out the air signs and is a unique person. He's likely to be gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, able to learn quickly, nervous, inconsistent, and indecisive. The Gemini guy is a social butterfly and hates to be alone (unless you've encountered a rare introvert, in which case he's likely chatting people up on the Internet and pretending he isn't). He's extremely curious and loves to learn new things, so your best approach is to become an appealing mystery that he can't wait to sink his teeth into.

According to Your Tango, Gemini will likely be texting other people besides you when the relationship starts; but as it progresses, he'll focus more on you and ask you in-depth questions about yourself as they learn about you. He'll also happily listen to you rant and ramble for hours.

Gemini's greatest compatibility is with Sagittarius and Aquarius, though they can get along well with almost anyone and make great parents, too. The Gemini man is flexible with an adaptable mind, which makes for a great artist or writer, and he shines brightly in trade- or sports-related careers. Because he's so inquisitive and generally a happy person, Gemini is fun to be around and you're guaranteed never to be bored as he's always finding new adventures. Again, because he's a bit indecisive, he won't say "I love you" first, but once you say it to him, he'll be putty in your hands.

4 All About The Stability— Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

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Earth signs are the most grounded, steady, and down-to-earth of the Zodiac signs. There are plenty of pros and cons to this, with Astrology Zodiac Signs stating that they are mostly conservative and realistic with a few emotional ones thrown in for kicks. They also tend to be very loyal friends. The male earth sign is often the stable one in any relationship and sticks with you through the hard times when no one else will.

He can focus too much on material possessions to the point of corruption, but this is balanced out by pairing himself up with the other signs who will keep an eye on him and hopefully bring out his better qualities.

Earth sign guys have the hardest time realizing that something as light and intangible as air exists, while he gets along well with water and can coolly go up against fire. Earth also sticks very strongly for years to a mundane routine or a job he hates simply for financial stability or because he feels he has to and is afraid to break that routine. The male earth sign generally needs a less grounded partner to help pry himself out of his shell and into the world for adventures, and apply changes to his routines periodically.

3 Looking For A Best Friend First: Capricorn—It'll Take Six To Eight Months

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The opening round of earth signs is the ram-headed Capricorn. Known for being responsible, self-controlled, disciplined, good managers, unforgiving, condescending, and always expecting the worst, while being a know-it-all, Capricorns are the responsible ones of the Zodiac calendar and do what they want to do. The Capricorn guy is often traditional and serious by nature but opens up to those he feels close and comfortable with.

Your Tango says that a Capricorn man is looking for a best friend more than a lover and wants to be sure you can go toe to toe with his passions and still keep up. He'll try to impress you with his smarts, which can make the first few dates a bit awkward, but he'll loosen up and relax after awhile. It'll still take an impressive six to eight months for him to say, "I love you".

Capricorn's greatest romantic compatibility is with Taurus and Cancer, which is interesting considering Taurus is a very grounded earth sign, while Cancer is a highly emotional water sign. The Capricorn man has the drive, stubbornness, and solid work ethics to go far in life, but he does need you to help him relax occasionally and focus on fun things instead of work.

2 Very Bullheaded: Taurus—Not Very Good With His Words, It Could Take A Year

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Ah, Taurus, the most grounded of all the signs combined — and therefore the most stubborn as well. Once a Taurus guy sets his mind to something, nothing will change it except, perhaps, an earthquake. Taurus men are known for being reliable, patient, practical, devoted, stable, stubborn, possessive, and uncompromising. He has a hard time being in intangible or unrealistic things, which includes religion and compliments about himself, but he makes a great friend and can always be relied upon.

He's incredibly physical and is often drawn to potential mates based on looks more than anything else —until, of course, he gets to know you better.

According to Thought Catalog, a Taurus man is not very good with words and it could be a year or more before he finally verbalizes what he's feeling for you. But he's truly in for the long haul once committed. Taurus's best compatibility is with Cancer and Scorpio, who are both emotional water signs. The Taurus man tends to balance other signs out pretty well but can cause friction in his relationships due to stubbornness and the difficulty he has with making compromises. He will dote on you once he finally decides that you're real and feels confident that you're not going anywhere. As a father, he's strict but loving to his children.

1 Patience Wins Out: Virgo—It'll Take Six Months

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Virgo is like a big boulder. He might look all big and impressive, but if you keep patiently dousing him with water, he'll eventually give way and break down for you. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, Virgo is the last earth sign and known for being loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical, shy, worrying, self-critical, and prone to workaholic tendencies.

Virgo men don't like feeling vulnerable, so being in love and then expressing that love is a huge and scary step for him, but this is where your patience comes into play. Eventually, he'll figure out he is safe with you and can tell you anything. So look for him to express his love verbally anytime three to six months into the relationship, but occasionally it can be longer. He'll stick around to see the relationship through though, which is good news.

Virgo gets along best romantically with Cancers or Pisces who balance him out exceptionally well, but always remain true to themselves at the same time. Virgos make great authors, journalists, and other communicators. Their need to help others makes them feel good, so they also make great caregivers. Virgos tend to not have many other partners before settling down, which makes them long-term-commitment material.

References: Your TangoThought CatalogAstrology Zodiac Signs

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