Have the answers been in the stars all along? Here’s a comprehensive (and straight-up stellar) reference of astrological pairs for you to gaze upon.
It’s always exciting to meet someone for the first time and begin to explore the chemistry. There is an abundance of fresh energy, and every step, even those into the unknown, are filled with the hope of possibility.
While determining whether or not you and a potential mate will be compatible is based on many different facets of personality, astrology is a fantastic way of getting to know the person behind the mask. In fact, one of the first things I look into when I am reading a client’s compatibility with a new love interest is whether their two Sun signs are known for being compatible. Just like planets, zodiac signs form Aspects with one another that are either favorable or unfavorable.
Let’s explore what signs are best paired together, providing you with a greater foundation upon which you can build a lasting relationship.
Aries is a fire sign ruled by Mars, which means they are feisty go-getters with a desire for fun and enjoyment. Aries need people who have pep in their step and who are willing to go toe-to-toe with them in and out of the bedroom.
A willingness to think outside the box, keep things spontaneous, and have a healthy sense of competition are a must to keep an Aries interested. They are quick to fall in love, but quick to fall out if they are not stimulated on a mental, physical, and emotional level. They need those who are self-assured and capable of keeping their emotions in check, as there is only room for one emotional tantrum at a time.
Best Matches for an Aries: Leo, Aquarius, Sagittarius, and Gemini.
Taurus is a fixed (immovable) earth sign ruled by Venus, which is primarily concerned with prosperity, calmness, safety, and reliability. While being ruled by Venus makes them have a keen appreciation for fine food, fine sheets, and beauty in its many forms, their earth quality requires they do not seek any of these things at the expense of their security.
Romantically, Taurus needs someone who is loyal, calm, and can check their drama (and debt) at the door. They need someone who can seduce them with some wining and dining—which means a cooking class may be in order for those seeking a role in the Taurean life. Water signs help to open up the otherwise solid steel heart of a Taurus.
Best matches for a Taurus: Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer, and Pisces.
Gemini is a mutable (changeable) air sign ruled by Mercury. This makes our Gemini friends quick witted, good communicators, and very open to change. Though they are often considered scattered because of their tendency to flit about from one idea or drive to another, there is usually a well thought-out reason motivating their actions.
Gemini needs someone who is open to change, well-versed in both pop-culture and world affairs, and someone who is willing to push their limits in the bedroom. Water signs in general are not the best matches for Gemini. Gemini is not known for being gushy or super romantic.
Best matches for Gemini: Libra, Aquarius, Leo, and Aries.
Cancerians are watery cardinal (assertive, strong) signs who are rather difficult to profile. Just as no two stretches of water are alike, no two Cancerians are alike. While those who fall under the sign of Cancer can range from boring and repressed to entertaining and extroverted, there is one thing just about every Cancer needs: a stable home life.
Stability, nurturing, and sensitivity are all important to most Cancers and, as such, will need to be considered by anyone looking to take up residency in their hearts. They do not trust easily and because of this tend to enter into commitment slowly. They need to know you are in it for the long haul, so those who are looking for emotionless affairs need not apply.
Best matches for Cancers: Scorpio, Pisces, Virgo, Taurus.
The mighty Lions of the Zodiac are a fixed fire sign ruled by the Sun. They are high energy, flamboyant, and perhaps even exceed the quick wit often attributed to Geminis. Not just into the superficiality of being the center of attention, Leos want to succeed in all that they do. This means they tend to take charge, even in their romantic liaisons. Though they are just as capable of having a long-term relationship, they are quite capable of separating emotion from sex. This allows them to still have fun even while continuing their search for someone who will measure up to their ideal.
Leo needs someone who doesn’t mind that once they find something that works they rarely stray from that. Leos also require validation that they are doing a good job as a partner and, as such, need someone who doesn’t mind lending them encouragement.
Best matches for a Leo: Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, and Libra.
Virgos are a mutable earth sign. Virgos seek self-perfection, strength of character, reliability, and efficiency. Virgos are exceptionally confusing in love: they have a steely exterior that often causes them to treat their partner like a project they have to fix… all the while hiding a very soft, warm, and vulnerable center.
Virgos are not known for their effusive romance, so those who are looking to be showered with affection and told they are beautiful several times a day are better off looking elsewhere. Virgo will show their love through acts of service and need those who already have a solid foundation of confidence beneath them.
Virgos will play hard to get at first because they are afraid of showing just how vulnerable they really are. If your Virgo lover is a hyper-perfectionist who spends more time critiquing then they do offering encouragement, chances are they have been taken for the proverbial romantic ride and are guarding their hearts carefully. They also need things to follow a natural progression, so they will move slow and take time in each phase of a relationship.
Best matches for a Virgo: Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer, and Scorpio.
Librans are the sign that loves love! They are a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus. They are most concerned with partnerships, romance, fairness, harmony, and sophistication.
Librans are the great analyzers of the zodiac and rest assured every little aspect of a potential mate and the connection will be evaluated in great detail before Libra will proceed. They are not a fan of drama—while this is true for just about all of us, Librans tend to take this to another level. Their sense of inner peace is highly related to their outer circumstances. If there is drama and chaos in their lives, they will not be able to find any sense of inner balance. Because of this, they tend to be cautious when choosing a mate. Whether or not the relationship will last is a question they will analyze ad nauseam. Until they are sure the connection has the potential to go the long haul, they will not open their hearts fully.
Best matches for Libra: Gemini, Leo, Aquarius, Sagittarius.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by Mars and Pluto, making Scorpios one of the most mysterious of all the signs. They are concerned most with understanding the great mysteries of life and death, transformation, secrets, and the collective unconscious.
This is not a sign that is concerned with trivial small talk and will zero in on what makes you most interesting. They are great at getting you to divulge your deepest secrets—even those who try to resist only fuel the interest of the Scorpion. This innate curiosity and desire to truly know someone and understand them oftentimes leads others to think that Scorpios are more attached than they really are. In truth, Scorpios are naturally incredibly curious and equally incredibly guarded with their hearts.
Scorpios need someone who will provide them with unyielding loyalty. They are highly independent which means they do not “need” a relationship and are just fine holding tight until they find someone who is truly suitable. Someone who is highly intelligent and communicative coupled with a strong and stable foundation is needed. Sexually, they are in need of someone who is high energy, as they are known for being one of the most sexually explosive and adventurous of the signs.
Best matches for Scorpio: Cancer, Pisces, Virgo, Capricorn.
Sagittarians are ruled by Jupiter and are a mutable fire sign. They are most concerned with idealism, freedom, optimism, and pleasure. Sagittarians are the great explorers of the zodiac and are constantly jaunting off on their next adventure.
Pleasure is always high on the priority list for a Sagittarian, but relationships are not. Sagittarians often see relationships as confining and, as such, tend to avoid them. It’s not that they do not want a relationship, they simply find the responsibility of a relationship outweighs the potential fun. Sagittarians need someone who is capable of flying by the seat of their pants, to enjoy having an open relationship for a while with the potential for progression to commitment. Most of all, they need a partner who understands their need for freedom and to occasionally fly off and do something on their own. Anyone who can provide this will be rewarded immensely. Sagittarians are incredibly fun, supportive, and loyal once they commit to you.
Best matches for Sagittarians: Leo, Aries, Libra, and Aquarius.
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and the element earth. They are very much the practical Pennies of the zodiac and place a premium on what each of the five senses has to share with them. This can make their romantic MO a little lackluster for those signs who are looking for more overt displays of affection and love.
They prefer to show their love and affection through providing stability and structure. They also do not fall easily for they are exceptionally cautious and aware that the world of emotions can lead to a certain level of unpredictability (which they are not always comfortable with). They desire security—for them, relationships take a great deal of time to build because Capricorns don’t easily give trust. Additionally, they will not let their emotions hang out for the world to see. They will be subtle and private about what is in their heart.
Best matches for Capricorns: Virgo, Taurus, Scorpio, and Pisces.
Aquarians are ruled by Uranus and Saturn and the element of air. They are known for dancing to the beat of their own drum and in love this is all the truer. They are not quick to jump into commitment; in fact, they love the chase and can easily separate emotion from the physical act of sex.
They can be exceptionally confusing; warm one moment and aloof the next. This is due in part to their ruling planets Uranus (rebellion) and Saturn (structure). They will often rebel against traditional relationships, but this should not imply that once they commit they are not loyal. They are actually quite loyal and will support you fully. They need partners who are capable of holding their own—if constant validation is preferred, they are not likely your bowl of cereal.
Best matches for Aquarius: Libra, Gemini, Sagittarius, and Aries.
Pisces are ruled by the element water and the planet Neptune. They are a sign ruled by love, but this should not imply that being with them is easy. In fact, they can be difficult to roll with.
You have your upstream fish and your downstream fish—those who go after what they want and those who are more apt to go with the flow and even be self-sacrificing to a fault. Some Pisces fish can alternate between the two. They need quite a bit of external validation, but rest-assured they will give back what you lavish them with.
Those who are critical or like to act superior to their Pisces partner will find themselves facing another facet of the fish: the cutthroat, vicious shark. They need signs who are comfortable with deep conversation and are unafraid of showing and verbalizing their affection. Even signs who are not typically the most emotionally open will find their Pisces lover opening them up in ways they never imagined.
Best matches for Pisces: Cancer, Scorpio, and Taurus.
Now before you begin greeting your date with “Hey, baby, what’s your sign?” remember that astrology is a multi-layered discipline. We are shaped by a variety of circumstances, and astrology is but one of the spokes on the wheel. For example, my husband is an Aquarius who is not commonly considered a good match for a Pisces, such as myself; yet, we make it work.
Just because you are not necessarily considered a “good match” shouldn’t leave you feeling that the relationship is doomed to fail. Trust your gut and use astrology as a means of deciphering whether there is enough foundation to build upon. If you each work together to turn similarities into new shared bonds there is no limit to what you can create together!