Man and woman kissing each other in front of green house during daytime.

The summer begins on the solstice, 4:28am (PDT) on June 21, but the weather is already warming up. And while summer technically lasts until the Autumn equinox at 8:09pm (PDT) on September 22 1, once we are all back to school, it is down to business prior to winter’s coming cold snap. So the real summer action is between mid June and the first week of September.

The three themes of summer are fun, sun and fun in the sun. The zodiac is a great tool to predict when your likelihood of romance has arrived and when to take things more casual. If you are not looking for love and just enjoying yourself, you will likely be less aggravated and more yourself during the windows of opportunity that arise with the movement of the planets.

Venus is the planet of love and wherever it is in the zodiac, hearts and passion follow. Depending on your zodiac sign, there will be many opportunities to choose any fish in the sea or your chances of finding a man could be as dried up as the sand of a beach dune. The good news is that Venus moves through three signs during early June, July, August and early September.

In June, Venus is in Leo. This is the sign that rules romance. In mid July the sign of Virgo receives Venus. This is an organizational place within the zodiac and should lead to love becoming more selective and focused on specific needs and wants. By the second week of August, Venus is in Libra, the zodiac’s primary place of partnerships. This is the point where a summer love will either sink or swim. If you make it to mid-September as a couple, you will likely see the dawn of next summer together.

But every sign of the zodiac is different and when one planet’s activity is bringing in good fortune to some, it may be taking from another sign whose luck was better in the spring. Read your sign below to time your summer frolic just right … and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Aries March 21 – April 19

Flirt away through the 4th of July, but then get serious before the end of the month. By August you should be able to proudly introduce him to your parents or other important people in your life.
Lucky Love Day: August 18 – partnership passion is burning like a heat wave.

Taurus April 20 – May 20

The middle and end of July are when a love lifeline pulls you to shore. If you like dating, the man who rubs his fingers through your hair and asks if you would like more is the one who will stand out from all of the others in the end.
Lucky Love Day: July 16 – best day of the summer to have “the talk” as things get serious.

Gemini May 21 – June 21

The plentiful possibilities that the surf serves up this summer will satisfy your ample curiosity. If one in particular tugs at your heart, squeeze in as much fun as you can, as late August is too chaotic to stay consistent, and that could mean it is time for a goodbye.
Lucky Love Day: July 9 – someone challenges you and they will not be able to wipe the smile off of both your faces.

Cancer June 22 – July 22

Get connected early in the summer, perhaps with someone you meet at your own birthday party. A guy who is like-minded and handsome will be interested in making this summer the one you remember.
Lucky Love Day: July 14 – school might be out but that does not mean he won’t ring your bell.

Leo July 23 – August 22

The summer starts with Venus in your sign and the only problems related to love are that there are not two of you to explore all of the possibilities coming your way. Of course, attracting attention from pushy men you do not like will also take up some time.
Lucky Love Day: June 30 – a match made in heaven will occur if you are chatty.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

From mid-July through the first week of August you’ll see many men looking your way. The challenge is to hold to your standards as you traipse through the interview process, aka: flirting.
Lucky Love Day: August 4 – passion becomes a practical consideration.

Libra September 23 – October 22

In August, Venus in your sign assures you will be looking great. In fact, you could play hard to get in July to see who really likes you for what you have to offer as a total package.
Lucky Love Day: August 13 – partnering up for good is better than a cold mojito on a hot summer night.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

You are likely to get a big crush on someone you meet in July and could spend August in a submissive stupor over him. Make sure a good friend on solid ground keeps your head out of the clouds in case he is a player or worse.
Lucky Love Day: July 24 – was the passion level too cool, because one of you just turned up the heat!

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

June and early July will keep you on the road. There you will meet some exciting, inspirational people and a possible soulmate. Pace the relationship in order to make it work for the long-term, this guy is a great catch.
Lucky Love Day: July 23 – changing your mind and moving on is often the best choice.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

The second half of July delivers a passionate man from a wildly different background than yours. Enjoy the temporary passion of the moment, but do not invest your heart in something like a long-range life plan involving him.
Lucky Love Day: August 22 – romance can beat back superficial feelings now and again.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Are you getting too serious too fast? A springtime crush could make this the summer of monogamy for you, but the bliss of true commitment makes the days at the beach alone a distant memory.
Lucky Love Day: July 26 – there is a time and place for everything and together is better than alone.

Pisces February 19 – March 20

The exciting possibility of a soulmate looms in July as a dream matchup practically drops Mister Right in your lap. You will have to move fast, as he is quite the catch and some casual friends may be planning to make their move.
Lucky Love Day: July 8 – a dream lover appears in the flesh.

1. Specificity in dates and times courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory.

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