Astrology is a wonderful tool when it comes to relationships. If you know the signs of two people, you can get a general idea of how well they will get along together and what difficulties they may have with each other. Some signs work better with each other than others. Most of the time, the compatibility between signs makes sense. Even if you do not know astrology, when you know the traits of the signs, you can guess who like each other and who will not. There are some surprises, though. There are signs that should not be compatible with each other, but are. This article will talk about some of astrology’s most mysterious matches.
How compatibility is determined in astrology
In order to understand the mysterious matches in astrology, it is helpful to understand how compatibility works in astrology. In most cases, the compatibility between zodiacs signs is determined by their respective elements.
One of the ways of categorizing the zodiac signs is by the four classical elements, Air, Fire, Earth, and Water.
- The Air Signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
- The Fire Signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius
- The Earth Signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn
- The Water Signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
Signs that are of the same element are considered the most compatible with each other. For example, the best matches for Scorpio are Cancer and Pisces. The elements themselves can be grouped into two main categories, Day and Night, which are known as sect. The Day Elements are Air and Fire, and the Night Elements are Earth and Water. Signs of the same sect are generally well suited to each other, while signs of the opposite sect are not. For example, Scorpio does well with Virgo, but does not do well with Gemini.
This makes logical sense. The Day Elements, Air and Fire, are busy and active. They tend to be extroverted. They like to do things. The Night Elements, Earth and Water, are quiet and passive. They tend to be introverted. They generally prefer to take things a bit more slowly. Day Signs often exhaust Night Signs, and Night Signs often bore Day Signs. There is an adage, “as different as night and day,” and the Day and Night Signs have little in common with each other.
There are some exceptions to this rule. There is an astrological relationship between signs that creates some of the strangest compatible pairs in the zodiac. This relationship is known as antiscia.
Signs that should not be compatible, but are
Most Western Astrology uses what is known as the Tropical Zodiac. This zodiac is not based on the actual constellations but is instead tied to the seasons. The Summer Solstice is when we have the longest day, and that is when the sign Cancer begins. The Winter Solstice is when we have the longest night, and that is when the sign Capricorn begins. Signs that are mirror images of each other along the solstice line are known as antiscia, and they have the same amount of day and night as each other. These signs are highly compatible, even though they are of opposite sect and would otherwise seem to have nothing common with each other. They are said to be able to “see” each other, and their relationship is one of equality and mutual respect.
Here are these most mysterious matches formed by antiscia pairs:
Gemini and Cancer
It is hard to imagine that the shy and quiet Cancer would be compatible with the lively and talkative Gemini. They do just fine with each other, though. Gemini’s optimistic and easy going nature can draw Cancer out of its shell, and Gemini appreciates Cancer’s nurturing. Gemini does not push or threaten Cancer, and Cancer’s moods can keep Gemini from getting bored.
Taurus and Leo
An even stranger pairing would seem to be Taurus and Leo. Not only are they of opposite sect, but they are in what is known as a square relationship with each other. The square is an aspect of friction, and usually signs that are in a square relationship annoy each other. Taurus and Leo are able to understand each other though. Taurus is a steady, calming influence on Leo, and Leo can amuse and entertain Taurus. Taurus does not try to steal Leo’s limelight and is not bothered by Leo’s roar.
Aries and Virgo
One would think that a bossy Aries and a fussy Virgo would do nothing but fight with each other. This is not the case, however. These two signs have a lot of respect for each other. Aries, for all of its faults, is an extremely hard worker, which Virgo admires. Aries, in turn, has deep respect for Virgo’s competence and attention to detail. Virgo does not mind if Aries takes charge, because Virgo would much prefer to quietly stick to the task at hand.
Pisces and Libra
Of all of the antiscia “odd couple” pairings, this one is probably the easiest to understand why it would work. Libra is polite and courteous and can tolerate Pisces’ vagueness. Pisces tries its best to be nice, so does not upset Libra with rudeness or unpleasantness. Both signs are masters of indirect communication, and strangely enough, they understand each other. Pisces, who tends to be empathic, can sense what Libra wants without Libra having to say anything. Libra, in turn, pays attention to Pisces’ needs even when Pisces is unable to express what they are.
Aquarius and Scorpio
Like Taurus and Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio are square each other, so they really should not get along. They do, however. Scorpio can have as many storms as it wants without moving or upsetting Aquarius. In turn Aquarius’ tendency towards eccentricity and contrariness does not bother Scorpio in the least. While either of these signs can overpower less powerful and less stubborn signs, they are equally matched with each other.
Capricorn and Sagittarius
One would think that the conservative, hard-working Capricorn and the freedom-loving, adventurous Sagittarius would have little in common. These signs are actually quite harmonious, however. Neither of them makes excessive demands on the other. The Capricorn is usually busy working, so does not restrict Sagittarius’ freedom. In turn, Sagittarius does not need a great deal of time or attention from a partner, so does not interfere with Capricorn’s work. Capricorn respects Sagittarius’ deep philosophical understanding, while Sagittarius respects Capricorn’s practicality and hard work.
In conclusion, Zodiac Signs that are mirror images along the solstice line are known as antiscia pairs. These signs are very compatible with each other, even though, at first glance, they seem to have nothing in common with each other. These are the “odd couples” of the zodiac and are astrology’s most mysterious matches.