Some zodiac pairs are said to not go well together. However, there’s much more to consider with synastry, which is the study of relationships, astrologer Clarisse Monahan tells Bustle. “For example, some elements work better together than others. As a general rule, fire works well with air, while earth works well with water. However, that doesn’t limit us to date strictly within our signs element’.
Comparing your Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars placements with your partner can give you a more accurate picture of your relationship. So, there’s really no need to worry right away if you and your love interest have incompatible signs. But if you are just interested in comparing Sun signs, Monahan says these shouldn’t work but somehow do.
Virgo (August 23 — September 22) & Leo (July 23 — August 22)
Virgo and Leo is another Earth-Fire combo that can make for a challenging relationship. For instance, Virgo needs a lot of reassurance, emotional stability, and consistent nurturing to feel like their relationship is good. While Leo has no problem expressing their feelings or getting emotional, they don’t always pay close attention to how their partner is doing. It’s not that they don’t care; they’re just too busy doing their own thing. “However, if you are a Leo with Mercury or Venus in Virgo, this makes a difference,” Monahan says. “This grounds their fiery energy and works really well with a grounded Virgo partner. Also, Leo can be very fun for Virgo people and help get them out of their more critical nature.”
LIbra (September 23 — October 22) & Scorpio (October 23 — November 21)
Zodiac signs that neighbor each other, like Libra and Scorpio, don’t always make the best match. According to Monahan, this is known as “semi-sextile” in astrology, and it indicates difficulties or challenges because these energies feel alien to one another. However, that’s not always the case. “As Mercury and Venus travel very close to the Sun, there are usually quite a lot of Libras with Scorpio placements, and vice versa,” Monahan says. “This helps ease up this connection, and it can actually turn out to be a richly rewarding one.” Libra will bring romance to the relationship, while Scorpio will bring passion. They’ll be attracted to each other right away and enjoy exploring everything they know about each other.
Aquarius (January 20 — February 18) & Cancer (June 21 — July 22)
Traditionally, these two signs don’t go well together. Cancer is warm and affectionate in relationships, while Aquarius tend to be more aloof. However, Cancer may be just what the Aquarius needs. According to Monahan, Cancer draws out the sensitivity in everyone they meet and encourages them to feel safe enough to laugh and cry. “This can be so cathartic for the cold Aquarian,” she says. Aquarius will also help the more traditional Cancer look at the world differently. Like any combination of zodiac signs, these two will have to work hard at finding a middle ground that works for both of them. Each partner’s challenge would be to own up to what they’re bringing or not bringing to the table. Overall, they both have a lot to teach the other.
Pisces (February 19 — March 20) & Sagittarius (August 23 — September 22)
Pisces and Sagittarius form a “square aspect,” which means they’re separated by 90 degrees. According to Monahan, this is another difficult aspect of astrology that doesn’t lead to sexual chemistry. But Pisces and Sagittarius are examples of two signs that have hot sexual tension due to the irritation they feel towards each other. Sagittarius may seem a little too immature and reckless to Pisces, while Pisces may seem a little too odd and in their heads for Sagittarius. They’ll bicker a lot, but something there keeps the two of them coming back together. Both Pisces and Sagittarius also have a Jupiter connection, which further cements their bond.