Warm weather is here, and it's time for outdoor pleasures. (Ok, and some indoor pleasures, too, if you're lucky. Wink wink.) Spring and summer barbecues not only offer good eats and plenty of sunshine, but it's a great opportunity to meet new people and do some heavy flirting.
If you're in the market for romance, try these BBQ pick-ups that work on every horoscope sign -- as long as you don't have corn-on-the-cob in your teeth, that is.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
When Aries isn't commandeering the grill, he or she is usually running after a ball or frisbee. This highly active sign prefers flexing their muscles to lolling about on a blanket. The Ram will periodically nip from a plate that's piled with food rather than just sit and savor their meal. If you want to pick up this ball of fire, pour him or her a cool drink. Offer Aries a wet paper towel at half-time or between innings. Discuss your favorite sports teams, and then invite the Ram to the next big game.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Like Ferdinand the Bull, this sensuous sign loves lounging outdoors. You'll usually find Taurus lolling beneath a leafy tree, nibbling a delectable tidbit from the picnic basket. This sign is usually the first one in line for dessert, and likes to work off the calories with a leisurely stroll through a bucolic spot. The best way to lure Taurus into your web of intrigue is to appeal to their love of nature. Ask this sign the name of surrounding plants, trees and flowers. He or she will be happy to enlighten you. You can also win the bull's affection by offering the most comfortable seat and presenting him or her with a plate of the choicest food.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
If you go to a barbeque and hear the sound of chattering, it's not necessarily a flock of sociable birds. It could very well be a Gemini holding forth about the hottest book, movie or headline. This talkative sign thrives on good friends and lively conversation. People born under the sign of the Twins enjoy gesturing with their hands. Winning a Gemini's heart is a matter of posing provocative questions. Ask this sign for the five CDs they'd take to a desert island. Find out which historical figure they'd most like to be. Inquire about which three things they would do in an ideal universe. Your talent for stimulating talk will act like an aphrodisiac on loquacious Gemini.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
A barbeque is serious business to Cancer. Food is like a religion to this sign. Throw a cookout and the Crab will come with a tray of marinated meat, a tub of homemade potato salad, along with a fresh fruit pie. This sign also prizes the comforts of home, and can be trusted to remember the cutlery, condiments and napkins that would otherwise go forgotten. Cancer is really a big kid at heart. If you'd like to pick up this sign, tell a few corny jokes. You'll know you're getting somewhere when you hear the Crab's loony laugh. Initiate a game of tag or prisoner's base. In the event there is a playground nearby, offer to push Cancer on the swings. Make a date, and then seal the deal with a dandelion necklace or flower crown.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Lions will use any excuse to go outside and soak up the rays of the Sun. While everybody else is busy fixing the food, this sign will be working on their tan. This sign is associated with royalty, so it should be no surprise they prefer their own folding chair to sitting on the ground on a blanket. Leo also likes to sport big movie-star sunglasses. Flattery will get you everywhere with this regal sign. Begin by complimenting their flowing locks, sleek physique or glowing skin. Lions are also quite active, and enjoy a game of touch football or basketball. Be sure to give Leo a run for their money, as they are fierce competitors. Letting this person win at the last minute will cement your friendship.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Although this sign loves nature, eating outdoors isn't their favorite activity. That's because it's such a messy prospect, and the Virgin hates mess. You'll often spot this sign brushing ants off the picnic table or swabbing their face with a moist towel. Virgo also enjoys taking charge of the grill, where he or she will ensure that the food will be cooked to perfection. The fastest way to Virgo's heart is to make yourself useful. Volunteer to put out the plates and cutlery. Help clean up the mess after all the food's been eaten. Offer your sunscreen if you see the Virgin's skin getting red. (Never apply it yourself -- that would be too gauche for this sign's delicate sensibilities.) Virgo sets great store by good manners -- make a proper dinner invitation. Coy hints to meet for coffee will fall flat.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Charming Libra loves the idea of the great outdoors, but has a very different attitude toward its harsh realities. This sign often can be found wearing a hat to protect their complexion from the Sun's harsh rays. You won't catch Libra wearing cut-offs and an old tank top, either. This fashionable sign favors designer duds, even at the risk of getting them spotted with barbeque sauce. If you want to win Libra's heart, express an interest in music. Tune the radio to this sign's favorite station. Discuss current events, but don't be dogmatic. People born under the sign of the scales prefer polite conversation to heated debate. Finally, be witty and sophisticated. Librans can't abide bumblers. Pattern your behavior after Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Secretive Scorpio isn't a big fan of sunlight -- this sign is far more apt to attend a nighttime barbeque. If this sign does attend a daytime cookout, they're apt to be lurking beneath a shadowy tree. You might also catch sight of Scorp gazing intently at a colony of insects -- this sign loves to observe secret worlds! This sign favors dark or mirrored sunglasses. One of the best ways to captivate Scorpio is to make a brutally honest observation. This sign admires honesty, and can spot a phony compliment from a mile away. That doesn't mean you should be unnecessarily cruel, but it does mean you shouldn't sugar-coat the truth. If Scorpio asks questions about your past, be evasive. This sign loves a mystery, and will make it their mission to uncover yours.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
The Archer is in their natural element at a barbeque. This sign loves eating out of doors -- the messier the meal, the better! Both male and female Sagittarians are fans of the backwards baseball cap. They are also fond of sports jerseys, cutoff jeans and battered tennis shoes. This sign is a dog lover and is usually found with a four-legged friend in tow. One of the best ways to capture Sagittarius's heart is to summon your inner philosopher. Beneath this sign's devil-may-care appearance rests an old soul. Express an interest in religion, politics or ethics. The archer is also an adventurer, and won't be able to resist an invitation to go hiking or rock-climbing through a beautiful nature spot.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
You can always spot sophisticated Capricorn at a barbeque. This is the person who brings their own special sirloin burger to grill, along with a few bottles of imported beer and some pastries from the French bakery. The ambitious Goat is also a tireless worker who is prone to fielding cell phone calls and periodically checking their Blackberry, even during down time. If you'd like to pick up Capricorn, make some dry jokes. This sign is famous for their wry sense of humor. Goats appreciate taste and discernment, and will perk up if you compliment any special gear they've brought along, like a camera or high-powered binoculars. When you ask this sign out, make sure it's to a china and linen napkins kind of place -- Caps aren't cheap dates!
Aquarius January 20 - February 18)
Free-spirited Aquarius adores a barbeque. Because this person is an air sign, he or she can often be found flying a kite, bird-watching or star-gazing. If the object of your affection is looking toward the heavens, you can bet he or she is a Water-Bearer. This sign is also known for being highly unconventional, and can be found decorating their hot dog with pineapple slices or gathering rare plant specimens while everybody else is playing frisbee. The best way to attract Aquarius is to captivate their mind. If you're a nature expert, offer a few fun facts about the great outdoors, like "hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards," or "ants can carry more than 50 times their own weight." Be open-minded and inquisitive; if there's anything the Water-Bearer hates, it's a blasé sophisticate. Finally, focus on becoming this sign's friend before making any romantic overtures.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Dreamy Pisces can often be spotted walking barefoot through the park at a barbeque. You might also find the Fish leaning against a tree, reading a good book. This sign loves to escape to their own private fantasy world. Pisces also enjoys photography, and can often be found snapping pictures of the festivities. Be sure to show your softer side when seducing compassionate Pisces. Express your love for animals, concern for the environment or appreciation for children. If the fish looks dehydrated, bring him or her a cool drink without being asked. Thoughtful gestures never fail to thaw out a cold fish. Don't kill any ants or spiders that happen to wander into your picnic area -- instead, guide them to safety. You'll win this sign's ever-lasting loyalty … not to mention their phone number.
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