Understanding the 'Signs' of Love

Think you and your significant other shouldn't be getting along? Find out why you may want to look beyond horoscope signs.

Can You Ever Really Be In Love with the "Wrong Sign"?

Your Daily Horoscope is a wonderful introduction to the miraculous and very complex world of astrology.  Those who take the time to investigate the subject further in order to learn more about themselves are never disappointed. But the heavily-read 12 horoscope signs in newspapers and magazines are less than the tip of the iceberg in a vast and intricate system of splendid cosmic order.

Those seeking the advice of an astrologer typically ask about their family, their job, their health, and what their purpose is in life. By far the most frequently asked questions involve love and relationships. After all, when we have found love and a connection with someone else, everything else seems doable.

Speaking of love and of the stars, one of the most frequently asked questions of astrologers is something like this: "I'm a Sagittarius and my boyfriend's a Cancer.  Our signs say we're not supposed to get along very well, but we do--why?"

The answer is simple: you (and your boyfriend) are much more than your sun sign. Rest assured that if you are in a relationship with someone, be it a friend, a lover, a co-worker, or anyone in your family, your charts are connected.

The truth is that any two signs can get along with each other because 'synastry' (a.k.a. understanding how charts relate to one another) involves comparing and analyzing all of the planets involved in both charts. 

In chart comparisons the Moon represents the home, security, and inner life; Mercury represents communication; Venus represents affection and taste; Mars represents physicality and competition; Jupiter represents philosophy, religion and travel; Saturn represents Karmic responsibility and "time" contracted to spend with one another; "Uranus" represents electricity and instant attraction; Neptune represents psychic attunement; and Pluto represents transformational potential.

Other points to consider are the ascendant (rising sign), descendant, the Midheaven and the IC of the chart as well as the Moon's nodes and Vertex (a point of fate).

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Shelley L. Ackerman
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