how to have a summer fling, based on your sign

hot fun in the summertime

Illustrations by Sariel Friedman

Summer starts on an indelibly steamy note, with almost all 12 signs fixating on flings and hookups in June. But just as you lean in for that kiss, Venus, the planet of love, romance, and sex, takes a giant step backward into a retrograde period lasting from July 31 to September 6. Bummer—right? Not necessarily.

Venus’s retrograde period is a rare fruit of summer 2015, even if it’s more about setting the foundation for better love connections later this year and into the next. And with Venus perching on prideful Leo during her journey, most lessons during this period will focus on self-love. Because in the sage words of RuPaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

That doesn't mean that you'll be left high and dry this summer—plenty of opportunities for endlessly romantic, hot summer nights abound.