Astrology and Relationship Compatibility

Trying to explain the minutiae of astrological relationship compatibility in a single article is like trying to write the Complete Works of Shakespeare on a napkin with blunt lipstick.

If you want answers specific to you, then it would probably be well worth it to consult an astrologer who can tell you exactly where you should be looking.  However, here are a few tips that can help you to make sense of it all.

Using Sun Signs to Determine Compatability

Many astrologers use the classical Sun signs to determine astrological compatibility.  This is the tried and tested method, but some modern astrologers take issue with it not being specific enough to give personalised results. This is simply a case of taking one sign and showing which other signs are most likely to be compatible based on common personality traits associated with those signs.

For example, if you are a Capricorn and you are dating a Sagittarius, this system will tell you that the Sagittarius will whisk you off your feet for a whirlwind romance, but ultimately the relationship might prove difficult to sustain, as you both want very different things out of life.  Here is a quick break down of compatibility by star sign, using Sun signs.

Aries – Compatible with Leo and Sagittarius, but not with Libra

Taurus – Compatible with Virgo and Capricorn, but not with Scorpio

Gemini – Compatible with Libra and Aquarius, but not with Sagittarius

Cancer – Compatible with Scorpio and Pisces, but not with Capricorn

Leo – Compatible with Aries and Sagittarius, but not with Aquarius

Virgo – Compatible with Taurus and Capricorn, but not with Pisces

Libra – Compatible with Gemini and Aquarius, but not with Aries

Scorpio – Compatible with Cancer and Pisces, but not with Taurus

Sagittarius – Compatible with Aries and Leo, but not with Gemini

Capricorn – Compatible with Taurus and Virgo, but not with Cancer

Aquarius – Compatible with Gemini and Libra, but not with Leo

Pisces – Compatible with Cancer and Scorpio, but not with Virgo

But using Sun signs is not the be-all and end-all of relationship compatibility.  Some astrologers will argue that it takes into account only a few out of hundreds of factors that can influence the way we are compatible.

Synastry, or the Astrology of Venus

Venus, the sign most closely associated with Love, has a great part to play in whether or not we are meant for each other.  The discipline of Synastry attempts to understand how the position of Venus at any one time (usually the time of meeting the other person) influences whether or not we are compatible with that person.

Venus sign compatibility focuses on the romantic aspects of each sign, and gives far more detail on whether or not two people will end up happily together.

In order to get a good understanding of this, it is necessary to understand where Venus appears, and how she intersects with both your sign and the sign of your lover. This information can be extrapolated from a chart showing the position of Venus at any one time.