Zodiac Compatibility Chart

Zodiac compatibility charts profess to suggest ideal mates based on how well the personalities of people with the different signs align. This, of course, depends on two conditions being met: That Zodiac signs can predict personalities and that we can predict what personality types are most ideally suited.

Unfortunately, for those looking for their ideal mate, neither of these conditions has been supported by research evidence. Instead, the reality is a little less dreamy and a lot more realistic.

"Compatibility" in the sense of certain personality types being naturally better together is a fallacy. What's more, while Zodiac signs may be a fun topic to discuss over drinks, evidence to support their usefulness in predicting personality is lacking.

Zodiac Compatibility
Illustration by JR Bee, Verywell

History of Astrology

Let's first understand where the Zodiac originates from. Astrology was first used by the Babylonians to predict seasons and celestial events. In this way, for 2000 years, astrology and astronomy were viewed as the same form of science.

Astrology was introduced to the Greeks in early 4th century B.C., and Plato, Aristotle, and other philosophers highly regarded it. As it was embraced by the Romans and spread to the world as a way to predict weather and other phenomena, so too was the concept of the Zodiac—which first originated in Egypt.

The Zodiac was based on the 12 lunar cycles required for the sun to return to its original position and 12 constellations linked to the seasons. Indeed, each Zodiac sign is linked to either Fire (Aries, Sagittarius, Leo), Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), Air (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini), or Earth (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo).

The 12 signs of the Zodiac differ from the 12 houses, which are based on the Earth's daily rotation and are said to relate to relationships, finance, travel, and more. Instead, the 12 signs of the Zodiac are based on the yearlong rotation around the sun and are said to relate to character traits. An astrologer creates a person's chart based on the positions of the planets, sun, and moon at the time of birth and then interprets based on this alignment.

Zodiac Compatibility

If it's not credible to describe compatibility in terms of Zodiac signs (in essence, in terms of when a person was born) and it's not credible to describe compatibility in terms of personality traits (do opposites attract or do similarities create a bond?), how can we use the Zodiac to determine compatibility?

One way to think about this is to understand that the Zodiac describes personality characteristics. The first step in this process would be to look up your sign and decide how well the description matches you.

This is a bit of a gamble since there is no evidence to support that you will be who your sign describes you to be. If you've spent a lifetime not identifying with the description of your sign, it's probably best not to base any compatibility decision on what a Zodiac compatibility chart might say.

Below is a list of some of the common descriptors for the various signs. Have a look and see what you think about how well your sign describes you.

Personality Profiles

Aries (March 21-April 19) 

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and is described as bold, self-centered, impulsive, and independent. Aries is expected to be aggressive in a relationship and faithful if happy.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Taurus is described as practical, dependable, persistent, loyal, and possessive. In a relationship, Taurus is expected to demonstrate affection physically and may be jealous.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Gemini is described as independent, creative, and supportive. Gemini can also be unpredictable and crave change. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Cancer is described as cautious, secretive, sensitive, complex, moody, and needy. In a relationship, Cancer is expected to be nurturing and empathetic, with a desire to please their partner.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Leo is described as a faithful partner who demands loyalty. Leos can be bossy, demanding, flamboyant, outgoing, loyal, and sincere.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Virgo is described as analytical, realistic, knowledgeable, predictable, detail-oriented, and modest. In a relationship, Virgo is expected to be detached and analytical, and expect an equal partnership. They may be judgmental and not forgive easily.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Libra is described as a good listener, loyal, and fair. Libra can also be resentful, spiteful, and overindulging. Libras are seen as creative, sociable, and balanced individuals.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Scorpio is described as powerful, brooding, and magnetic. In a relationship, Scorpio is seen as adventurous and loyal. They may also be viewed as jealous and unreasonable.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Sagittarius is described as upbeat, loyal, open, honest, generous, and happy. In a relationship, Sagittarius may not forgive easily.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Capricorn is described as organized, classy, serious, and practical. In a relationship, Capricorn is loyal, hardworking, but aloof and practical.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Aquarius is described as rebellious, independent, open-minded, and honest. In a relationship, Aquarius is viewed as friendly and loving. However, they can also be unfaithful and distant.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac and is described as dreamy, romantic, compassionate, and sensitive. In a relationship, Pisces is expected to be strongly devoted and to put the needs of a partner ahead of their own. Pisces can also be too sensitive.

Personality Compatibility

Let's say, however, that you do happen to think that the description of your sign matches you well. What's next? Most would suggest you check what other signs are your "best matches" and leave it at that. Again, this presupposes that we can predict what personalities go well together, which science has yet to tell us is possible.

What does research tell us about this issue? Instead of personality match-ups, what is most important is how well a potential partner's personality matches what you perceive to be the personality of your ideal mate.

This suggests that you take a moment and consider what the personality of your ideal partner would look like. Would you be looking for someone who is open, honest, caring, dependable, exciting, adventurous, and more?

If you're not sure what you're looking for, have a second look at the list of descriptions above and figure out which one best describes the personality of your ideal mate. Then, when you meet a potential dating partner, consider how much they fit this profile.

Traits That Matter

Beyond considering what you are looking for in a partner, science tells us that compatibility does not hinge on specific personality traits. Rather, compatibility evolves out of a desire to create it. If you feel a spark of something for someone, you will likely be willing to work hard to make things work. You'll also be more likely to see the other person in a positive light and show him or her respect.

In this way, the following are personality traits that matter most to compatibility, for both you and your partner:

  • An attitude of goodwill
  • A congenial temperament
  • Enthusiasm for your partner
  • Willingness to work through differences

Lasting Relationships

What are the other key ingredients to lasting relationships? Experts tell us that having similar core values is important on issues such as money and children. These are deep and lasting issues that you will need to have some agreement on in order to make things work.

By the same token, enjoying the same hobbies or activities is not as important in the bigger picture. These things can change over time, and a relationship based on these shared interests alone may not survive.

Finally, a lasting relationship should be built upon a sense that you are building something together or that you support each other's mission in life. This goes along with the personality traits of supporting each other and building each other up.

A Word From Verywell

In the end, compatibility is not so much about personality, but about your relationship skills and those of your partner. These skills reflect your willingness to work on being a better person for your partner, which is related to how much you hold them in high esteem (and vice versa). Are you always looking for the best in your partner? If so, whether he or she is a Pisces or Capricorn isn't likely to matter so much.

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