Astrology and love: when opposite star signs attract

by Archie Dunlop on March 4, 2010

It’s clear that a lot of visitors to my website are desperate to know about their love lives, and they want information about astrological compatibility.  So in this article I’m going to  focus on the compatibility between two opposing star signs.  These are the six pairs of signs which are on opposition sides of the Zodiac to each other, and they’re as follows:

Aries and Libra
Taurus and Scorpio
Gemini and Sagittarius
Cancer and Capricorn
Leo and Aquarius
Virgo and Pisces

When discussing opposite star signs, I always think of Bonnie and Clyde, the gangster couple of the 1930s, who just couldn’t get enough of each other.

Clyde Barrow was an Aries.  He was a man of action, who had complete disregard for the law.  Bonnie Parker was the opposite sign, a Libra.  Librans often live in there heads, and ideas can be important to them.  In Bonnie Parker’s case, she was someone who was very verbal, who enjoyed writing poetry.  Yet she needed an Aries lover to find wholeness – even if this wholeness was a death sentence, that culminated in a hail of bullets.

The search for wholeness is integral to the interpersonal dynamics between two opposing signs.  We know who we are, and it’s only half the story – to find completion we have to find what we’re not.

From a positive point of view, a relationship between opposite signs can be highly fulfilling.   There’ll be plenty of excitement, and it’ll be a long time before there’s any chance of them getting bored of each other.

A possible example of such a relationship is that between Gemini Angelina Jolie and Sagittarian Brad Pitt.  There’s clearly something that’s keeping them together, in spite of media speculation, and it’s perhaps connected with a shared versatility.

Which brings me to the astrological ‘qualities’, or ‘modes’, that are Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable.

The Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn; the Fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius; the Mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.  Cardinal signs put a great premium on taking the initiative.  Fixed signs regard stability as being crucial.  Mutable signs regard variety as being the spice of life.

And when two signs are opposite each other, they will, by definition, have the same quality.  Gemini and Sagittarius are both Mutable, Cancer and Capricorn are both Cardinal.  Which means that opposite signs will have, at some level, a similar way of dealing with the world.

An example of a successful Fixed couple, who had opposite star signs, was Marie and Pierre Curie.  She was a Scorpio and he was a Taurus, and they were both super-successful scientists, who got to share a Nobel Prize in Physics (along with Henri Becquerel).

Marie and Pierre Curie made the most of their Fixed signs.  They concentrated on their scientific work, and kept going until they found what they were looking for.  In particular, they spent ages and ages sifting through tons of pitchblende looking for radium.

However if a Scorpio-Taurus couple don’t have a common goal, the Fixity can be a problem.  There’s a danger that each partner becomes entrenched in their particular view of the world, and compromise can become difficult if not impossible.

Overall, the relationship between two opposite signs is very powerful, and there tends to be a magnetic attraction.  However it’s a relationship that’s challenging, and if it’s going to work in the long-term both partners have to display intelligence and honesty.

Copyright © 2010 Archie Dunlop

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