This isn’t late-breaking news, but since then, the Leo-on-Leo supercouple (both born with possessive Scorpio moons!) has treated us to summer’s greatest eye candy. Ticking all the #RelationshipGoals boxes, they house-hunted in L.A.’s chic Holmby Hills neighborhood, canoodled in private booths, and went on meet-cutes with their mamas. Recently, Affleck was spotted browsing Tiffany’s for engagement rings, presumably hoping to level up from that $6.1 million pink diamond—the one that J.Lo may or may not have given back 17 years ago. (Best of luck, Ben…)

Nearby in Hidden Hills, another Leo celebrity, Kylie Jenner, has rekindled a relationship with her ex. Shortly after teasing her forthcoming Kylie Baby line, the youngest Kar-Jen announced that Stormi would soon have a sibling, fathered by Taurus Travis Scott.

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Libra Cardi B welcomed her second child with on-again, off-again husband Offset (a Sagittarius). In sweet serendipity, the rap duo gave birth on Sept. 4, Beyoncé’s birthday. Pour us a glass of lemonade!

Exes are fall’s new arm candy, and we simply can’t stop watching these sagas unfold. Are these reunions a huge surprise? Not exactly. Familiarity, which bred contempt pre-pandemic, now soothes us with serotonin and bonds us with oxytocin. If you’ve been separated from your former flame for a while, getting back together is sure to unleash a fire surge of dopamine, making the sex even hotter than it was the first time around.

Forgive yourself for pining. If you’ve been secretly spying on your ex’s social, you’re in good company. But know this: The urge to turn back the clock will only intensify this fall. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 18, Mercury spins retrograde in marriage-minded Libra, drawing past loves back into the picture. Thirsting for “the one that got away”? It might be time to abandon your steely resolve to never speak again.

This advice comes with a huge caveat, of course. Relationships fracture for a reason, and it’s not always bad timing. Differing values and life goals, abusive dynamics, and infidelity are all good reasons to run for the hills. But with the specter of mortality looming over the world, maturing insights hit like a Mack truck in 2020. People grew up amidst the pandemic. They got serious and decided to explore settling down, for safety reasons alone.

But is your ex the best choice? Maybe, maybe not. With genuine effort, patterns can be broken. Are you both willing to try? Start by testing the waters. Note: we’re talking “dipping a toe in the pond” not “submerging in a plunge pool” okay? And know this: Once Mercury corrects course on Oct. 18, it reverses the charges on anything that’s not meant to be. Do your best to work it out, but try not to get too attached à la Bennifer.

Sometimes, it’s best to just look for a person who has all your ex’s finest traits and none of their toxic ones. But if you insist on braving a trial run with a twin flame 2.0, here’s the pro tip your zodiac sign needs to know to avert a Gigli-level disaster.

This story originally appeared on ELLE US

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