Are Horoscopes Accurate for Love?

by The AstroTwins

We’ve assembled this resource guide to answer: Are horoscopes accurate for love?

You’ve heard a lot of conflicting advice. If you’re a fire sign you should date a fire sign because your passions and temperaments are so in tune. But never hook up with a water sign because they’ll bring you down with their sensitivity and moods. Next thing you know, you swipe right on someone who is supposedly incompatible and you’re totally hooked. But you can’t get that nagging doubt out of your mind and it’s driving you crazy! It makes you wonder: are horoscopes accurate for love? Or should I just ignore them altogether.Our answer is: both. 

We believe that any two zodiac signs can make it work

Truth be told, there ARE some matches that are easier than others. That doesn’t make the challenging mashups better or worse. For example, there’s no greater teacher than someone whose sign is opposite yours since they can mirror back the very qualities you’ve been denying within yourself. 

Studying and practicing astrology for over 20 years, we’ve come to believe that everyone is in your life for a reason. And that reason is encoded in the angle between your signs. Astrology is based on angles (called “aspects” in astro-speak), each one creating a unique interpersonal dynamic.

So, are horoscopes accurate for love?

Yes they are. And the secret of compatibility is in the distance between your zodiac signs. To follow is our guide for the seven possible matchups. Choose your own adventure!

The 7 Angles (The Secret of Distance)

So, what does the comparison between two planets mean, anyway? To determine this, we measure the distance between them. There are 7 major angles (or “aspects” in cosmo-speak) that can be formed between the two planets in question—and these are so important that they even have their own names in astrology, such as “trine” or “square.”

These angles/aspects represent different energies, some easy and others challenging. So whether you’ve been busily searching “accurate love horoscopes for singles” or praying that you’ll get good news when you research the cosmic compatibility between you and your long-term bae, discovering where things are easy can help you play to those strengths and add more of that energy to the relationship. Finding the rough spots shows you where you may need to compromise a bit more in order to keep your connection harmonious. 

To follow are the 7 angles.

pastedGraphic.png Conjunct (Same Sign) Blending
pastedGraphic_1.png Semisextile/Inconjunct (1 Sign Apart) Friction
pastedGraphic_2.png Sextile (2 Signs Apart) Ease
pastedGraphic_3.png Square (3 Signs Apart) Tension
pastedGraphic_4.png Trine (4 Signs Apart) Harmony
pastedGraphic_5.png Quincunx (5 Signs Apart) Adjustment
pastedGraphic_6.png (6 Signs Apart) Balance

Same Sign: Twin Temperaments

As they say, how can you love somebody else unless you love yourself? If you date someone of the same sign, congratulations. You’ve probably embraced your quirks and accepted your humanity. Now, you can celebrate that with a kindred spirit! If you haven’t learned to love yourself, warts and all, this relationship can inspire some crucial self-acceptance. Remember, though: #twinning might be comfortable, but autonomy is important to keep that frisky friction. Maintain some separation between your lives, even if it’s easy to hang out together. Otherwise, passion may cool to a brother-sister vibe. 

Energy: Self-acceptance

1 Sign Apart: Awkward Moments

Aries: Pisces, Taurus                Taurus: Aries, Gemini              Gemini: Taurus, Cancer

Cancer: Gemini, Leo               Leo: Cancer, Virgo                  Virgo: Leo, Libra

Libra: Virgo, Scorpio               Scorpio: Libra, Sag                  Sag: Scorpio, Capricorn

Aquarius: Capricorn, Pisces     Capricorn: Sag, Aquarius         Pisces: Aquarius, Aries

About This Match:

Like next-door neighbors with a completely different style of decorating, gardening and living, the signs on either side of yours can stir up an instant love/hate vibe. Of course, all that friction can lead to explosive sexual chemistry, even an obsessive quest to figure each other out (you never will). Some astrologers believe that each sign is an evolved version of the one before it. The sign after yours is a teacher. However, like a rebellious teen seeking emancipation from a parent, you may never admit that this person has taught you anything. This cosmic combination can make for painful breakups, and a seething sexual tension that lingers for a lifetime.

Energy: Friction

2 Signs Apart: BFFs with Benefits

2 Sign Apart (Sextile) Love Matches:

Aries: Sagittarius, Aquarius      Taurus: Pisces, Cancer             Gemini: Aries, Leo

Cancer: Taurus, Virgo             Leo: Gemini, Libra                  Virgo: Cancer, Scorpio

Libra: Leo, Sagittarius             Scorpio: Virgo, Capricorn        Sagittarius: Libra, Aquarius

Capricorn: Scorpio, Pisces       Aquarius: Sagittarius, Aries      Pisces: Capricorn, Taurus

About This Match:

It’s easy and breezy to date a person who lives two zodiac signs away. Your signs are always of a compatible “element” (for example, they’re a Water sign and you’re an Earth sign, which are both of the “feminine” quality). You’ll often have similar values and attitudes about politics, raising a family, which movies to rent. Friendship and communication are the hallmarks of this aspect. Being best friends is easy. Keeping the sexy spark alive? A little challenging. You’ll need to structure “date nights” or set up scenarios that get you out of buddy mode.

Energy: Friendship, communication

3 Signs Apart: Friction

3 Sign Apart (Square) Love Matches:

Aries: Cancer, Capricorn          Taurus: Aquarius, Leo             Gemini: Pisces, Virgo

Cancer: Aries, Libra                 Leo: Taurus, Scorpio               Virgo: Gemini, Sagittarius

Libra: Cancer, Capricorn         Scorpio: Leo, Aquarius            Sagittarius: Virgo, Pisces

Capricorn: Aries, Libra            Aquarius: Scorpio, Taurus       Pisces: Gemini, Sagittarius

About This Match:

Mommy and daddy issues, anyone? The square aspect is a harsh, 90-degree angle between two signs that creates a push-pull dynamic. It’s the relationship that helps you work through issues with a difficult parent, usually by reactivating old, painful wounds. There can be power struggles and clashing agendas. Don’t expect to kick back and put your feet up in this match. The dynamic tension will keep you active and keyed up. Of course, that could be exactly what you want. The opportunity of the “square” aspect is to teach you how to compromise with an equally strong-willed partner. When you strike that delicate balance, you can make an undeniable “power couple”—a true force to be reckoned with.

4 Signs Apart: Easy Breezy

4 Sign Apart (Trine) Love Matches:

Fire: Aries-Leo-Sagittarius                   Earth: Taurus-Virgo-Capricorn

Air: Gemini-Libra-Aquarius                 Water: Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces

About This Match:

Ah, home sweet home. The trine sign mate has the same “element” as yours (fire, earth, air or water), creating an unspoken kinship and harmony. At last—you don’t have to constantly explain yourself. You’ve never felt so comfortable, so understood on a core level. This is the person you can burp and fart around, or pee with the door open when they’re home. But don’t invest in a wardrobe full of elastic waistbands just yet. In trine relationships, you’ll need to preserve some mystery to keep things exciting. Make sure you stay active and on the go, and don’t do everything together. A little autonomy goes a long way to keep the passion alive.

5 Signs Apart: Karmic Strangers

5 Sign Apart (Quincunx) Love Matches:

Aries: Virgo, Scorpio                Taurus: Libra, Sagittarius        Gemini: Scorpio, Capricorn

Cancer: Sag, Aquarius              Leo: Capricorn, Pisces             Virgo: Aquarius, Aries

Libra: Pisces, Taurus               Scorpio: Aries, Gemini             Sagittarius: Taurus, Cancer

About This Match:

This is a fascinating, complex combination that defies explanation—the original odd couple. You’ll either feel like you’re with your soulmate or the devil incarnate. “How did those two end up together?” people will wonder. Your bond is intense, unspoken, almost secretive in a way. The person five signs away from your sign has nothing in common with you astrologically. You’ll need to adapt to your differences, which could take a great deal of adjustment, even discarding a former lifestyle. For one of you, the relationship will be about sex and intimacy; for the other, duty and service. If you’ve both done the requisite self-awareness work, you can make a formidable team when you pool your strengths. You might also come together for karmic purposes—for example, to have a child.

Energy: Karma, compromise, mutation

6 Signs Apart: Opposites Attract?

Opposite Sign Love Matches:

Aries-Libra                   Taurus-Scorpio                        Gemini-Sagittarius

Cancer-Capricorn        Leo-Aquarius                           Virgo-Pisces

About This Match:

Your opposite sign lives directly across the zodiac wheel from you. However, you’ve got more in common than the name suggests. This sign can be highly compatible, even a soul twin match. You each have a distinct role, but you’re a tag team, too. With an opposite sign, you’re challenged to grow as a person and take responsibility for your part of the relationship. It’s like taking a big step back to get a clear perspective of your life. We tend to view things from a close-up, missing the whole picture by hyper-focusing on a detail or two. With an opposite sign, your life appears in full relief, like a finished painting. Suddenly, it all makes sense. This can be a little uncomfortable, but if you’ve manifested an opposite sign partnership, it means you’re ready to grow up.

Energy: Perspective, contrast, responsibility, growing up

How compatible are your Sun signs as love match? While we believe any two signs CAN get along, there are some that vibe better than others. Learn about the keys to compatibility and if your horoscope is accurate for love in our extensive love matcher horoscopes. We reveal the recipe for a lasting bond in love, sex, romance and relationships—sharing all of astrology’s time-tested secrets! Find out more details about the compatibility between any two zodiac signs by using our love matcher tool:

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The AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.