Whether you’re in a budding relationship or single and looking to mingle, astrology can be a useful guide when it comes to love.
INSIDER spoke with Ophira Edut, half of the famous “AstroTwin” duo who are known for their expertise in astrology to better understand how romantic couplings can be guided (or led astray) by each partner’s zodiac sign.
“[Compatibility] is all about understanding what each sign needs, and then thinking ‘Well is this a good fit for me?'” Ophira said. “So I recommend first learning about each sign – what they want from love, what their nature is – and then learning about your own sign [. ] It’s like putting two pieces of a puzzle together.”
Couples with the exact same sign are often well-matched.
The most obvious compatible partnerships happens between two people with the same sign. This partnership will usually mean that both people have come to not only love themselves, but managed to find another person with the same qualities. As the AstroTwins explain on their website: ” If you date someone of the same sign, congratulations. You’ve probably embraced your quirks and accepted your humanity.”
“You might have similar traits so you’ll be a little more ‘simpatico’ with each other,” Ophira told INSIDER. “So that’s one way, but what I’ve found is that easy isn’t always what people want.”
While same-sign couples can work, having exact opposite signs is another common pairing.
In Western astrology, the 12 zodiac signs are divided along a circular vector system. If your partner’s sign is directly across from yours on the zodiac vector, it can make for a great romantic pairing.
“You can be polar opposites who want to kill each other or you can be the yin to each others’ yang,” Ophira said. “That opposite person will be like a mirror to parts of yourself that you’re not aware of.”
Another coupling with a lot of potential is a partner who is five signs away from your own.
“The purpose of relationships is not just for it to be easy and live in romantic la la land, but for us to grow,” Ophira said. “So I find that a lot of people actually pick someone who’s five signs away from theirs and it’s this weird karmic thing.”
As the AstroTwins’ explain, these pairings are complex but can lead to an intense bond with a deep level of intimacy. Though the partnership won’t always work because you’re so astrologically different, it can be magical if you find the right person.
Aries + Virgo or ScorpioTaurus + Libra or SagittariusGemini + Scorpio or CapricornCancer + Sag or AquariusLeo + Capricorn or PiscesVirgo + Aquarius or AriesLibra + Pisces or TaurusScorpio + Aries or GeminiSagittarius + Taurus or Cancer
Signs whose elements match are another super compatible pairing.
Each of the 12 zodiac signs is matched with one of the four elements: Water, Air, Earth, and Fire. If your partner shares the same element as you, the relationship is sure to be easygoing and familiar.
“[In this pairing] you’ve never felt so comfortable, so understood on a core level,” the AstroTwins write. But a little extra effort is required for keeping the passion alive – you’ll need to make sure you maintain some independence in this relationship.
Water: Cancer + Scorpio + PiscesAir: Gemini + Libra + Aquarius Earth: Taurus + Virgo + CapricornFire: Aries + Leo + Sagittarius
Power couples are almost always three signs apart.
The AstroTwins say that shacking up with someone whose sign is three away from your own on the zodiac vector will create a sexy dynamic tension. “That angle is one where the couple might fight or break up a lot, but they also can’t resist each other,” Ophira said. “There’s a tension between the signs that keeps it hot.”
Aries + Cancer or CapricornTaurus + Aquarius or LeoGemini + Pisces or VirgoCancer + Aries or LibraLeo + Taurus or ScorpioVirgo + Gemini or SagittariusLibra + Cancer or Capricorn Scorpio + Leo or AquariusSagittarius + Virgo or PiscesCapricorn + Aries or LibraAquarius + Scorpio or TaurusPisces + Gemini or Sagittarius
Couples who are two signs apart are likely to be “BFFs with benefits.”
The AstroTwins call a match between people two signs away from each other “easy and breezy. ” This romance should feel exactly like dating why not look here your best friend – just with more sexual chemistry. Your communication should be stellar, though you’ll probably need to work a little harder to keep the spark alive and ensure you don’t slip into being just friends.
Aries: Sagittarius or AquariusTaurus: Pisces or CancerGemini: Aries or LeoCancer: Taurus or VirgoLeo: Gemini or LibraVirgo: Cancer or ScorpioLibra: Leo or SagittariusScorpio: Virgo or CapricornSagittarius: Libra or AquariusCapricorn: Scorpio or PiscesAquarius: Sagittarius or AriesPisces: Capricorn or Taurus
If your partner’s sign is just one away from yours, you may have a tough time.
“With one sign apart it can be very hard to get on the same page,” Ophira tells INSIDER. This pairing is more difficult due to intense differences in personality and style (which might lead to awkwardness), but that same conflict could lead to a healthy relationship that forces each person to grow.
According to the AstroTwins, these couples can l earn from each other’s differences and force each other out of “fear-based comfort zones.”
Aries: Pisces or TaurusTaurus: Aries or GeminiGemini: Taurus or CancerCancer: Gemini or LeoLeo: Cancer or Virgo Virgo: Leo or LibraLibra: Virgo or ScorpioScorpio: Libra or Sagittarius Sagittarius : Scorpio or CapricornAquarius: Capricorn or PiscesCapricorn: Sagittarius or AquariusPisces: Aquarius or Aries
But at the end of the day, each zodiac pairing has its own collection of common attributes.
The AstroTwins recommend researching both your own sign and your partners in order to gain a better understanding of how the relationship will work. Then you can decide for yourself if the partnership is something you think will improve your life.
“People come into our lives for a reason and we don’t know why, and the distance between the signs can reveal what that person is here to teach you,” Ophira said.
Thanks to the AstroTwins revamped “Love Compatibility” section of their website, you can look up your exact sign pairing and read a deeper dive into the pros and cons of your chosen partner.
And for a wider look at how your zodiac sign might be informing other types of relationships (with friends or coworkers), pick up a copy of the AstroTwins book titled, “How to Get Along With Anyone (Yes, Even That Person).”