Astrological Compatibility

Star Sign Love Matches

One of the most popular uses of astrology beyond the daily horoscope is to assess potential compatibility between people – a sort of cosmic match maker. In the past this was sometimes phrased as “good” or “bad” compatibility however – as with the aspects – this is now considered misleading by some and the terms “easy” and “difficult” are often preferred by astrologers.

Note that “difficult” relationships can sometimes prove the most rewarding and passionate whereas “easy” ones can become boring for some people. Some love the sparks of a “difficult” relationship, others prefer a quiet life. The most important factor in any relationship, romantic or otherwise, is not the stars but the people!

The potential compatibility of an astrological match is usually based on the nature of the various star signs, in particular their element. Each of the twelve signs is allocated to one of four classical elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Signs in the same element are considered to have an easy relationship, signs in in complementary elements also work well together (Fire and Air are complementary as are Earth and Water). However the Opposing sign is an exception to this rule – although it is in a complementary element it is usually considered difficult. This relationship could perhaps be described best as “complicated” or “intense”. Opposites do sometimes attract – the perfect horoscope match may not always make for the best long term relationships.

Applying these rules of thumb we get the following table:

Zodiac Sign Compatibility Table
Very Easy Easy Complicated
Aries Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Gemini, Aquarius Libra
Taurus Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Cancer, Pisces Scorpio
Gemini Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Aries, Leo Sagittarius
Cancer Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Taurus, Virgo Capricorn
Leo Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Libra, Gemini Aquarius
Virgo Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Cancer, Scorpio Pisces
Libra Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Leo, Sagittarius Aries
Scorpio Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Capricorn, Virgo Taurus
Sagittarius Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Libra, Aquarius Gemini
Capricorn Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Scorpio, Pisces Cancer
Aquarius Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Aries, Sagittarius Leo
Pisces Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Taurus, Capricorn Virgo

As with most areas of astrology, compatibility reading can be either simple or complex. At its simplest it just involves comparing Sun signs (hence the classic “What’s your sign?”). Whilst this is a good starting point it misses much of the subtlety of a detailed reading. For this, the astrologer will compare the birth charts more thoroughly looking at other planets as well as just the Sun and considering how the two charts interact overall.

Some people feel that an accurate compatibility analysis – a love match – takes some of the fun and romance out of building a relationship. On the other hand, if both you and your potential partner have in interest in astrology then at least you have one thing in common!