The Best Compliment for Every Zodiac Sign

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Compliments for each zodiac sign

What's the nicest compliment you've ever received? Chances are, at least a couple immediately popped into your head. Compliments are powerful! A good compliment is one of the best gifts you can give someone, and a great compliment can live in someone's heart for years. One way to give a great compliment is by learning the best compliments for each zodiac sign.

"The key to giving a great compliment is to be sincere and personalize it. Avoid flattery while showing your admiration and appreciation for the other person," says Jan Goss, who's been an etiquette expert for over 30 years and is the founder of Show Up Well. Knowing their astrological sign can help you do just that. "Every zodiac sign has some signature core positive traits, so if you know their sign, you can see those traits and highlight them."

Susan Miller, an accredited astrologer who has been practicing for more than 30 years and is the author of 14 bestselling books on astrology, agrees. "Using astrological signs is a great way to personalize compliments because it gives you a glimpse into that person's talents, proclivities and unique nature," she says.

As someone who has written more than 50 etiquette stories for Reader's Digest alone, I know that polite manners matter. But where do the stars come in? To find out, I talked to astrology and etiquette experts, who explained the ins and outs of coming up with a great compliment and tailoring it to every person in your life, based on their astrological sign. Read on for the best compliments for each zodiac sign.

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the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Aries (March 21–April 19)

"You're a great problem-solver. You're always thinking three steps ahead."

Looking for how to compliment an Aries woman or man? According to Emily Ridout, a professional astrologer of 15 years and the author of AstroYoga for an Aquarian Age, Aries of all genders are great at making snap decisions and can "see the vision" of what needs to happen, which often leads to them being labeled as visionaries and great leaders. Focus on these leadership qualities to give them a satisfying compliment.

Go ahead and mention their creativity too—as a fire sign, Aries is highly inventive. "Their particular creative gift often lies in business or solving problems, as they are great out-of-the-box thinkers," Miller says.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

two friends doing a handshake and giving a compliment

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

"I really appreciate how steadfast you are. I know I can always count on you."

Taurus is an earth sign, and true to their bullish name, Taureans are practical and steady, Ridout says. Complimenting their practicality is always safe.

That said, Taurus is ruled by Venus. Combined with their propensity to be wealthy, this means a lot of Taureans take pride in beauty and are highly attuned to luxurious details, like a signature scent. Looking for how to impress a Taurus woman or man? "They'll really appreciate a compliment on their perfume or telling them they look beautiful," Miller says.

Zodiac signs can be very complex, especially for those who are into all the details of chart readings, but resist the urge to stuff all of that into a compliment unless you are a professional astrologer and the person is asking for your opinion. "Don't make compliments overly complicated," Goss says. "Highlight one or two good things you've noticed and share how they've benefited your life."

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Gemini (May 21–June 20)

"That was a genius idea! It really brought everyone together."

As an air sign, Geminis are curious and social—a combination that makes them naturals on social media, Miller says. These characteristics exist offline too. "They are interested in everything and everyone and like to share the truth that they find," she says.

While Geminis often get a bad rap for being indecisive, "the truth is, they like to take time to consider their options and can come up with really ingenious solutions," Ridout says. The ideal compliment for this zodiac sign touches on both their social skills and great ideas.

Just be careful to avoid giving backhanded compliments when talking about zodiac signs, Goss says. Because each sign has characteristic positive and negative traits, you may be tempted to say something like, "Geminis are usually so bad at making decisions, but good for you for figuring out what you want right away!" Don't do this. "Simply highlight the positives you see and leave out any negative observations," Goss says.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Cancer (June 21–July 22)

"You have created such a beautiful, warm, welcoming home and family. Thank you so much for having me over. I can feel how much you care."

Cancers live up to their water-sign natures by being family- and home-oriented. "Cancers are often very nurturing and hospitable, are great cooks and wonderful at making a house feel like a home," Miller says. Complimenting their home—from their design style to a new remodel to their choice of paint color—will make them light up, as will kind words about their cooking.

Cancers often feel taken for granted, so adding a few words of appreciation to your compliment will help them feel seen, Ridout adds.

What makes the words above so perfect for this zodiac sign? Because Cancers are all about feeling connected, compliments like this "enhance that feeling of deep connection with you," Goss says.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)

"You sparkle. You absolutely light up the room."

Leos, as one would expect from a fire sign, are glamorous and artistic, and they love an audience. "A shocking number of actors are Leos," Miller notes. "And they absolutely adore compliments."

This astrological sign may experience some self-doubt, however, so your compliment shows that you believe in them and can give them just the boost they need, Ridout says.

Consider mentioning a specific occasion when you saw them shine—for instance, "You really glowed during the concert last night. It was beautiful to see you in your element." Leos may be easy to compliment, but the more specific you can make it, the more meaningful it will be to them, Goss says.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22)

"I can always count on you for good advice, and I trust your opinion."

Virgos, an earth sign, live by a firm ethical code, pay attention to detail and strive to do their best in everything. They're often very wise and willing to share their wisdom with those they love. So show the Virgos in your life the recognition they deserve. "Give a Virgo [the equivalent of] Employee of the Month—but in your life—and it will make them so happy," Ridout says.

If the compliment above doesn't suit the Virgo in your life, Miller has an alternative. As she explains, Virgos usually have a keen fashion sense, so you can compliment the details of their outfit—accessories, shoes, hairstyle—and how harmonious their look is. These aren't just sweet things to say to a Virgo woman; Virgo men also have great style and love when people notice it.

Do Virgos like compliments? Absolutely, if given correctly. "Whatever you choose to compliment, be heartfelt," Goss says. "People can tell when you're being genuine, and that's what will really touch them."

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22)

"I love spending time with you. You bring such a unique perspective."

When crafting compliments for each zodiac sign, avoid generic statements or cliches. The more specific you can be, the better. That's what makes the compliment above so great. "A compliment like this will make the other person feel recognized, as it goes beyond 'typical' compliments and highlights a key facet of who they are as a person," Goss says.

That's especially important when complimenting a Libra. This air sign is used to being admired, so you should take care in how you compliment them. "Saying 'You look nice' is not what they love to hear," Ridout cautions. "Instead, compliment the things that make them unique, that perhaps aren't the most obvious."

Libras are also known for being excellent matchmakers and people-connectors who throw great parties. So another way to compliment a Libra would be to rave about their get-together or note that they helped you make a great personal connection, Miller says.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

two loyal friends walking together outside

Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

"You are the most loyal friend I've ever had. You have made a huge impact on my life and believed in me even when I didn't even believe in myself."

Scorpios, true to their water sign natures, are devoted to those in their inner circle. That said, they often like to be alone and don't love small talk—so skip superficial compliments, Miller says. Focus on their depth and how they've made a meaningful difference in your life, Ridout adds.

Scorpios are known for being intensely passionate, which can make them highly sensitive. Take this into consideration when complimenting them, Goss says. "If you're worried about how they might take it, start with a soft opening like, 'I just want to share this with you because I want you to know how much you mean to me,'" she says. From there, you can praise them for being a great friend, an encouraging partner or a true cheerleader in your life.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

"You're my most fun friend. You really expand my horizons and motivate me to try new things."

Sagittarians are explorers who love visiting new places, trying different foods, meeting all kinds of people and sharing all of those things with their loved ones. "They don't just like to travel—they need it, and they base all their decisions off of this desire to explore," Miller says. Compliments about this fire sign's travel, trip-planning skills or ability to introduce you to new things are always welcome.

Nervous about giving someone a compliment? Take a chance and act on that kind impulse, Goss says. "Compliments are always the right thing to do, as long as you're being sincere," she says. Sagittarians, in particular, will love that you went out of your comfort zone to compliment them.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

"You really make a difference in the world—I see how hard you're working, and you're doing a great job. Thank you so much for your efforts."

Capricorns love tradition, celebrations and history—a combination that explains their readiness to celebrate a holiday (even a small one) with their loved ones, Miller says. This earth sign has a real desire to build a lasting legacy, Ridout says. Traditional compliments will definitely bring a smile.

"Sharing your admiration and appreciation in a compliment takes it to the next level," Goss says. "Everyone loves to know that you see their hard work, especially if it's behind the scenes."

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)

"I'm always blown away by how smart you are, and I learn something new every time I talk to you."

Aquarians are confident, intelligent and innovative—and they don't need you to tell them that! "They tend to have many friends but are hard to get really close to and may not accept compliments from people they don't see as sincere," Miller says.

Giving Aquarians compliments can be tricky, but it's not impossible. Start by understanding the sort of things Aquarius likes to hear: Compliments about their intelligence (this is the smartest zodiac sign, after all), ideas or inventions are always welcome. Or give them kudos for how they've expanded your perspective or taught you something new, Ridout says.

Because this air sign has such a strong sense of self, you want to be particularly careful to avoid vain flattery or being extra flowery in your words. They'll see right through it, Goss says. "Going overboard will make you come across as insincere or disingenuous," she says.

the best compliment for every zodiac sign

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Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)

"I love you for who you are. I can feel your care without you even having to say anything."

Pisces are altruistic, good listeners and wise advisors, Miller says. Because they give so much to others, they crave space to be themselves and be free from performing or having to be "on" for others, adds Ridout. People born under this water sign may love being around others but find too much social interaction draining.

It's also important to consider the situation in which you give the compliment, Goss says. Pisces (along with Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn) are known for not loving the spotlight and may feel embarrassed if you compliment them in front of a large group. "Consider writing the compliment in a heartfelt note or text or telling them in private," she says.

FAQs

Which zodiac sign loves compliments the most?

While little compliments are universally appreciated, Ridout says that each sign differs in the kind of compliments they enjoy the most and in how they respond to receiving them.

But who will be most appreciative of your kind words? "Compliments are like oxygen to Leos," says Miller. "They try so hard to be noticed, and they love to be showered in attention."

Which zodiac sign struggles to accept compliments?

Some zodiac signs bask in the light of heartfelt compliments. "Aquarians, on the other hand, don't care what others think, so it makes it a little trickier to give them a compliment they truly appreciate," Miller says.

Genuine compliments are the way to go for people who approach such kind words with skepticism.

Is it bad etiquette to mention the zodiac in my compliment?

Not necessarily, but be sure you know if the person is into astrology before asking about or complimenting their sign, Goss says. "Some people with certain religious beliefs may find an astrological compliment to be offensive, so good etiquette says you should only use this if you know they like it," she cautions.

About the experts

  • Susan Miller is a professional astrologer, accredited through the International Society for Astrological Research, and has been practicing for more than 30 years. She is the author of 14 bestselling astrology books and is a contributing editor to Vogue Japan and other magazines.
  • Emily Ridout, MA, has been a practicing professional astrologer for 15 years and is the author of AstroYoga for an Aquarian Age. She first studied astrology in India, then completed a master's degree in folklore, specializing in yoga, astrology and the esoteric.
  • Jan Goss is the CEO and founder of Show Up Well Consulting, which has been providing training in all areas of etiquette for more than 30 years. She focuses on a commonsense approach that blends protocol with kindness and is the author of Protocol Power.

Why trust us

At Reader's Digest, we're committed to producing high-quality content by writers with expertise and experience in their field in consultation with relevant, qualified experts. We rely on reputable primary sources, including government and professional organizations and academic institutions as well as our writers' personal experiences where appropriate. For this story on compliments for each zodiac sign, Charlotte Hilton Andersen tapped her experience as an etiquette writer, interviewing an etiquette expert and two astrologers to ensure that all information is accurate and offers the best possible advice to readers. We verify all facts and data, back them with credible sourcing, and revisit them over time to ensure they remain accurate and up to date. Read more about our team, our contributors and our editorial policies.

Sources:

  • Susan Miller, accredited astrologer with more than 30 years of experience, author of 14 bestselling astrology books and contributing editor to Vogue Japan and other magazines; phone interview, June 8, 2024
  • Emily Ridout, MA, professional astrologer with 15 years of experience and the author of AstroYoga for an Aquarian Age; phone interview, May 28, 2024
  • Jan Goss, etiquette expert, CEO and founder of Show Up Well consulting and author of Protocol Power and Bedroom Etiquette; phone interview, June 6, 2024

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