If someone were to ask you to list the qualities you want in a partner, chances are that list would be pretty long. But somewhere on that list, there's probably one value or personality trait that stands out from the rest. It's the characteristic that anyone who hopes to have your heart for the long-haul will need to embody. And it turns out, that quality might be more connected to the stars than you think. Yes, the quality each zodiac sign values most in a partner can depend on the individual person, but it can also have a lot to do with each sign's general personality traits.
The quality some zodiac signs prioritize most in a partner is one they themselves embody, because they want to be in sync (and thus, as compatible) as possible. For other signs, the quality they value most is one that provides more balance in the partnership; traits that help them address areas where they struggle or that meet an emotional need. Here's the quality each zodiac sign won't go without.
Aries (March 21 — April 19): Enthusiasm
Aries is a bold and passionate fire sign that's always seeking out new experiences and excitement. They're highly spontaneous and like to follow their instincts. They really appreciate a partner who shares the same enthusiasm for life and is ready to go along with them on any new adventure.
Taurus (April 20 — May 20): Affection
Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet associated with love and romance, so it's no surprise that this sign really appreciates a partner who isn't afraid to show their love. Taurus is confident and loving, but a lack of affection will bring out this sign's stubborn and jealous side. That's why a SO that isn't afraid to pile on the PDA brings out the best in the bull.
Gemini (May 21 — June 20): Wit
For a highly intellectual and complex air sign like Gemini, the world is one great mystery to crack. While Gemini can get very interested in and focused on a new potential partner, if there's no depth to intrigue them, they move on quickly. They're seeking someone who can match their level of wit; someone who keeps them on their toes and continually excites them.
Cancer (June 21 — July 22): Kindness
Cancer has a soft and vulnerable heart once you get through all their outer emotional armor. They love with their whole being, but they can be a bit sensitive. Because of this, it's important for them to have a partner who's kind and gentle with their heart above all else.
Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22): Loyalty
Leo may have a reputation for being a little self involved, but that's really not always fair to say. Sure, Leo has a strong sense of self worth, but they're also the most loyal to people they love. Once you're in Leo’s inner circle, they'll protect you fiercely and they expect the same level of loyalty in return.
Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22): Thoughtfulness
Virgo has a tendency to take care of all the people in their life. They're the first person to show up when you're in crisis, and are more than happy to step in and take care of what needs to be done without being asked. But this can be exhausting for Virgo over time, so a partner who's thoughtful and reciprocates without being asked is like a dream come true for them.
Libra (Sept. 23 — Oct. 22): Fairness
For Libra, balance is everything. Ruled by Venus, the planet associated with love, Libra has no problem at all with showing affection and being romantic, but they do expect reciprocity in all things, lest they become resentful. A partner with an innate instinct and desire for fairness in all things gets Libra on a deep level, and knows just how to treat them right.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 — Nov. 21): Trustworthiness
For a water sign like Scorpio, trust both their greatest desire and struggle. All Scorpio truly wants is to be able to fully trust their partner and feel safe to share their softer, more emotional side.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 — Dec. 21): Optimism
Sagittarius is a born optimist. Because they're ruled by Jupiter, the planet associated with luck, life just seems to have a way of working out for them. As a result, they just don't get pessimists. Why focus on negativity when life is so full of opportunity and excitement? Instead, they're drawn to people who share their perpetually upbeat attitude about life.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 — Jan. 19): Responsibility
Listen, Cap is working hard. They've got goals and have every intention of achieving them, so they need a partner who shares a similar level of ambition and the responsibility to follow through. They don't want to babysit or manage another person's life. Everyone needs to be a grown up in a relationship with Cap.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18): Independence
Aquarius is a very independent sign. They're comfortable in their own company and need a fair amount of space in their relationship to be happy. That's why a partner who's also independent and won't put pressure on Aquarius to conform is just the right fit for this unique sign's heart.
Pisces (Feb. 19 — March 20): Romance
Pisces is a true romantic at heart, and chances are, they've long dreamed of a relationship with someone who will sweep them off their feet on a regular basis. It's these gestures, both grand and small, that make Pisces feel the most loved and appreciated.
Truth be told, the perfect partner for all the zodiac signs is a combination of some or all of these traits, but if push comes to shove, there's usually one that stands out above the rest. Once you know what that trait is, you can feel empowered to never settle for less than what you need to feel truly fulfilled in your partnership.