Your Completely Queer Guide To Horoscope Hookups

This post was originally written in May of 2013.

I promise that I’m an intelligent educated person who understands that science is real and facts are facts. I am extremely well-read. I believe in evolution. I have a degree from a very reputable college. If your discovery of the fact that I’m totally obsessed with the zodiac and lesbian horoscope compatibility changes your opinion of me, so be it. I will try to win you back by posting a picture of myself in boy briefs.

All that said, you’re allowed to take or leave horoscopes, tarot cards, and other “mystical” things that I find fascinating and worth exploring. I know there’s a question about it on your OkCupid profile (and don’t even pretend like you didn’t know that), so I know that at some point in your hook-up seeking lives, most lesbians, gays and queers have to confront the question of whether or not you “believe in it, don’t believe in it, or find it fun to think about”. And weirdly enough, I know that most queers seem to be super into things like the horoscope and the otherwise “esoteric.” Is it because we all went through a The Craft phase? Is it that whole thing where lesbianism equals witchcraft? Whatever it is, it’s working.

I’ve been studying the zodiac until I felt that it wasn’t highway robbery to charge people for star charts. I’m always flipping through my three decks of tarot cards. I find all the results equal parts fun and fascinating.

For those of you who want a little guidance in your queer bedrooms, you might find your horoscope and lesbian horoscope compatibility chart can be of aid. “What’s your sign?” is a totally valid pick-up line, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. For this guide, I’ve chosen to deal with sun signs only, as the multitude of combinations involved with moon signs and ascendants and planets is an intense commitment, to say the least. If you’re genuinely interested in your complex compatibility with someone else, think about getting a star chart done or checking out our series “Starstruck,” as it will tell you multitudes more than sun sign alone.

Oh, and I’m a Leo sun. Just in case, you know, you were wondering.

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Click on your sun sign and check out who you should be hitting on and who you should be avoiding like the bubonic plague.


aries_300x300ARIES (March 20-April 19) As an Aries, you’re all about the chase. You want what you can’t have, so the more unattainable, the better. You want to be teased, led on, and challenged right into the bedroom. While you’re not known for settling into longterm gigs, if only because you crave the excitement of conquering something new and unconquerable, you do well in relationships where your partner is an equal who knows when to fight and when to let you play the big brave queer. You’re going to tear it up in the club and the bedroom, so those who find themselves crushing on an Aries – watch out! It’s always a wild and hot ride with this one.

U-Haul Material – Sagittarius, Aquarius, Cancer

Explosive Fingerblasting Chemistry – Leo, Gemini, Aries

Beware of Trainwreck – Scorpio, Libra, Virgo, Capricorn

Best Lesbros Forever – Taurus, Pisces

ARIES and ARIES Aries wants to play a love game? Good, so does the other Aries. Chasing, teasing, pleasing, and all sorts of intense sexual stuff is about to go down. Both love a challenge, and are more than willing to provide. They’re fiery and passionate people who are going to be dynamic in bed, even if it only lasts a night or two. This is a fantastic bet for a hook-up but maybe not so much for the longterm. Challenges could go too far and drive one of them away, or their selfish sides might take away from the relationship itself. They’re two powerhouses that love to bang down whatever obstacle is in their way, but when that obstacle is the relationship itself, it’s going to get ugly.

ARIES and TAURUS This is a major lesbromance. We’re talking “take a bullet for each other” kind of lesbromance. These two have each other’s back no matter what. They both party hard, dig the same values in their partners, and are super great wingmen. Taurus is extremely loyal, and Aries needs someone to stick around when they’re jumping headfirst into one thing after the other. Aries completely respects Taurus; mutual respect is essential to their bond. If this turns into love, it’s going to be soul-crushingly beautiful, but more often these two are the best of friends, and that’s just fine, too.

ARIES and GEMINI You can’t turn down the heat with these babes. Aries is everything Gemini finds attractive in a partner. The sex is mind-blowingly good. The chemistry flows with witty banter, and you better believe their brains have been doing the dirty before they even got undressed. This is sexy librarian shit right here. While the sexual compatibility is off the charts, longterm relationships might not be in the cards for these kids. Count on Aries to get hot and bothered when they spy Gemini, but Gemini doesn’t like the constant attention and neediness of Aries, while Aries needs to be entertained in order to maintain interest. At the end of the day, these two might actually be too good for each other. They’re smart enough to realize that it’s worth being fuckbuddies, but they’ve got very different needs in longer relationships and there’s no need to sour the sex with emotional malarkey.

ARIES and CANCER Aries and Cancer are the kind of pairing that is perfect for a night of intense loving, or for bringing home to meet the parents. The sex is equal parts emotion and animal lust. Cancer opens up the less-emotional Aries, and Aries throws all their passion into loving Cancer, which is enough to make any sensitive Cancer swoon. A long relationship will require some compromise, since Cancer’s feelings are easily hurt and Aries are not known for their subtlety. Luckily their differences are not enough that they can’t be learned and adjusted. The sex is fantastic and keeps Aries coming back for more, while the deep love and compassion makes Cancer pretty hopelessly in love with Aries. Expect commitment ceremonies and sperm donors in the near future.

ARIES and LEO Aries and Leo will definitely bang. If it hasn’t happened yet, it will happen soon. Aries loves to make the first move and Leo loves to feel attractive. Both of them know they’re good, so the bedroom becomes an epic wrestling match for two giant egos, but it’s a win-win for both parties. There will probably be a lot of fighting over who gets to top first, but it’ll be super hot. When you put two fire signs together, it usually means explosive sex olympics. While they have the potential to be a powerful duo, they’re both egotistical, stubborn, and prone to wandering eyes the moment they don’t feel their needs being met. Unless they’re both actively flattering the other, it’s going to be hard to keep the flame of longevity and commitment going. Better to just be lesbros with benefits.

ARIES and VIRGO Virgo makes Aries want to show off and charm them the old-fashioned way, and Virgo loves Aries’ courageous streak. Expect Aries to woo Virgo by sticking up for them in public, beating off the gross dude at the bar, or straight up asking Virgo to go home with them. While it’ll definitely be a fun night, this is dangerous relationship material. Aries’ ego is needy, and Virgo gives and gives and gives. Borderline abusive behavior could easily become part of this dynamic. Virgos are already prone to worrying and fussing, and trust them to pour all of their energy into loving and caring for Aries, regardless of Aries reciprocating. And Aries might not reciprocate, given the fact that Aries is going to think of Aries first and foremost. Aries also do best with partners they respect, and their differences will make it difficult for them to respect Virgo, which is a recipe for disaster. Aries will get bored and look for something else, and Virgo will likely cling until they’re shaken off, coming away bruised and sorry. Proceed with caution, clamdivers.

ARIES and LIBRA You know that couple who are such utter and complete opposites that no one can understand why they bought a cat together? Aries and Libra are that couple. Opposites in every single way, the “opposites attract” mantra will only work for the first encounter or two. Once they start fully expressing their personalities, it might be time to divide up the fiestaware and vegan cookbooks. Libra values fairness and deep consideration before decisions, Aries values being headstrong and sticking to your gut. Libra thinks Aries is a pompous ass, Aries thinks Libra is a wishy-washy weakling. It’ll take a lot of processing to make this work, and even though we queers love processing, this pair might murder each other before getting all their feelings out. If you can avoid this hookup, it will save you a lot of frustrated tears and grudge-watching The L Word.

ARIES and SCORPIO This is a bad idea for quite a few reasons. The sex will be enticing because they’re both intense personas, and everyone knows that steam is a result of water and fire. This is dangerous because the incredible sex is misleading – Scorpio is controlling; Aries refuses to be controlled. The two of them will start a battle for unhealthy domination as soon as they try to make decisions together. Unfortunately, Scorpios can be manipulative when they don’t get their way, while Aries will run and make bad decisions in retaliation, like cheating with all the girls at Queeraoke. The feelings will be intense and heavy, and they’ll probably say “I love you” on the second date, only to hate each other by the third. Hot grudge sex will be the only way they can work out their feelings or stop fighting, but they’ll swear to be each other’s one true love even while they’re pulling each other’s hair out. Their friends will do a lot of facepalming and suggest dialing things back, but like a car accident, it will be impossible not to stare at this glorious hot mess of a thing. This is that couple you see screaming at each during Pride, and then making out in the bathroom at the afterparty.

ARIES and SAGITTARIUS This is the real deal. This is love that springs from friendship and a deep mutual respect for each other. Sagittarius loves excitement and adventure, Aries loves to provide the fun. They both love their independence and freedom, and they’ll get it. They’re both blunt and don’t like to tiptoe around issues, so decision-making is a piece of cake where they constantly find common ground. They make each other happier than they’ve ever been before. Did I mention that the sex is crazy good? Because it’s crazy good. When they’re not being incredibly passionate, they’re also best friends who offer support in everything they do. These two bring out the absolute best in each other, and love is a guarantee.

ARIES and CAPRICORN Capricorn is no nonsense, and Aries just wants to have fun. The two are an odd couple, and one that probably will fall apart after lots of irritating habits and fighting about nothing. Capricorns are focused on their career, success, and all the goals they’ve made for themselves, but Aries isn’t one to cheerlead or give all their attention to someone else’s dreams. Capricorn doesn’t want to waste time with someone who isn’t going to get them where they want to go, and Aries gets bored so easily that Capricorn’s life strategies will seem predictable and dull. When it comes to actually confronting situations, Aries will yell about everything and Capricorn will be silent. Aries love the gestures and the chase, and Capricorn’s reserved until the last, so sex will be a whole lot of teasing before it gets to the pleasing. This results in pretty great sex from all that pent up frustration, but it’s not enough to keep either party invested for the longterm.

ARIES and AQUARIUS These lovebirds will try anything once, when in the bedroom. The sex is fun because Aries loves an exciting challenge and Aquarius just wants to see Aries get weird in the sack. They’re both independent, but Aries’ intensity works well with Aquarius’ free-spirited side. Trust them to do wild things together, with Aquarius bringing their quirky creativity to Aries’ daredevil recklessness. It’s rare to see any level of dependency or neediness in this relationship, but when there’s drama, hoo boy is there drama. One of those rare combinations where this could be fantastic for hooking up, or fantastic for the long run.

ARIES and PISCES You know those two queers who started out fucking but are now the best of friends? That’s Aries and Pisces. They probably hooked up a few times and it was totally fantastic, but there’s no way they could do a real relationship. The connection between them is life-changing and deep, and as friends they are bosom buddies. Pisces is the compassionate sidekick to Aries’ rough rider ways, and they balance each other perfectly when they’re out on the town trying to pick up girls. As lovers? Not really. Pisces idealizes Aries, and Aries will walk all over Pisces without realizing it. Aries won’t respect Pisces as a longterm partner, but they will respect Pisces as a friend. This is one of those things where you know you need to keep the person in your life, but not necessarily up in your privates.

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    I am very fascinated by Astrology and if there were a school or a college that would give me a degree in Astrology, I would really want to get one. I love Tarot cards and horoscopes and I take zodiac sign compatibility seriously!

    Also, everything written about Pisces is so true!

    “you’re a 24/7 feelings party.”
    “when you crush, you crush hard and frequently.”
    “a shit relationship for you might still look like sunshine and daisies.”

    This is my favorite Autostraddle article to date.

    That is all.

  2. I find it mind-boggling that anyone would make dating choices based on when someone was born, particularly when there is no legitimate, scientifically-verified reason why the position of the planets at birth should affect personality. Luckily, finding out someone believed in horoscopes would turn me off them immediately, so we wouldn’t even need to worry about being compatible sun signs. ;)

    Horoscopes are one of the best examples of confirmation bias – the phenomenon where people give more weight to things that they believe and overlook things that they don’t.

    • I used to post astrological personality and compatibility predictions for people at another queer forum. These descriptions were totally made up and I often added a couple of contradictory statements. It amazed me how seriously people took this total bullshit. I used to make them flattering and positive, which probably helped… Trolling with a conscience or something.

      • All in good fun is a tough one for me to swallow. I understand that it IS all in good fun for you folks here commenting, but that’s not the case overall. My mom is really into homeopathy, which a lot of people also like to say ‘doesn’t hurt’, but she’s into homeopathy to the point that she doesn’t go to the hospital if she(or one of her kids) is actually deathly ill.

        Anyway, astrology CAN have very negative impacts, like in the case of women in India who insist on risky early cesareans so that their children can be born on a particularly auspicious day, or like when my mom who lost her job and has no money spends $75 buying an astrological chart online for me because she thinks I need that information to make choices for some reason.

        • Thanks for the What’s The Harm link – what a great source of ZOMG material!

          Sorry to hear that your mum is afflicted by irrational belief in astrology. That must be tough. :\

    • I’m assuming it’s like the disclaimer they put on ‘psychic’ commercials: For entertainment purposes only. Or perhaps as a friend once suggested to me, “People find it comforting to believe that the universe isn’t a giant, indifferent mass of inevitably increasing entropy.”

      As for experiments, there was a demonstration done by The Amazing Randi (I think…it might have Penn & Teller?), where a class of students were each given a printed horoscope and asked to rate it as to how accurate they thought it was. Many people in the demonstration thought that their ‘personalized’ horoscope was very accurate, but the fun part was that everyone got the exact same horoscope.

      Ah, anyway, The Onion has funny horoscopes. And Weird Al had some great (and accurate!) ones: “The stars predict tomorrow you’ll wake up, do a bunch of stuff, and then go back to sleep.

    • I hear you. I have absolutely no belief in astrology, perhaps because I really like astronomy and I’m aware of how incredibly impossible and contradictory astrology is. I always want to not care about everyone else in the entire WORLD liking it so much, but my mom believes in stuff like this to a genuinely dangerous extent, and it’s just reached a point for me where I really just find it disappointing that so many otherwise cool people waste their time on such complete bullshit. Also, I’ve never been asked my sign by any group of people as much as I have been by queer girls, even girls who are otherwise very rational/skeptical, and I just don’t get WHY this is viewed as the exception to skeptical though.

    • I mean, to clarify, I have absolutely no belief in astrology and wouldn’t make dating choices based on it. But I still think it’s good for a lol or two.

      Like, my last relationship was with a Leo and it turned out to be the exact opposite of this description. We’re totally compatible as people, but no explosive sex. Because he was a dude (I’m bi, for all two of you who don’t know already) and he turned out to be gay. Haha.

  3. Seriously, what is it with dykes and this stuff? I’m a pretty hard-core science-type, but I’ve dated more than one girl who was really in to horoscopes and whatnot. I don’t even want to talk about the weird shit that the last girl I dated was into. (Though I’m a Cancer and she’s a Leo, so I think we all know what was going on in that relationship…)

    • IKR

      I feel like my girlfriend and I are the only two queers we know who are not into this stuff at all. And it’s not like we hang out in hippie-filled circles, at all! I find it innocuous on the internet, but in real life these conversations tend to go on forever and ever while we just stand there giving each other little glances.

      • Yeah, it’s fun to joke around about it, but I tend to think oddly of people who take astrology or other superstitious stuff really seriously. Like someone who would ACTUALLY choose to date or not date someone based on their sign, as opposed to just joking “omg we totes go together because we’re both fire signs!” or whatever.

  4. I’m usually a textbook case for Scorpio because I’m intense, passionate, and lezbehonest, pretty horny, but none of these pairings made sense because I’m not brooding or emotionally hidden or introverted… So I sniff my nose haughtily at the Scorpio-Aquarius disaster predicted.

  5. I’m always interested in astrology and this is truly spot on.
    This is the first time I see such a horoscope hookup for the queers and I love it.
    I recognize myself in the descriptions, I’m stubborn but I have a heart of gold.
    I kinda left a trail of broken hearts behind me because I love giving attention, I love to get attention and I love to love people.
    I’m a Leo and I’ve been always proud of that :D

  6. I love this very much! Thank you!
    I was actually waiting for something like this for a long time =)
    I always feel that the person writing about this knows me way too much for someone that I have never met before =P
    Aries =)

      • As a Gemini I get a little offended by these too. Hey, who are you calling fickle? You don’t even know me!
        … But really I’m more like a Taurus/Gemini which makes it weird because the descriptions of the two are pretty much the opposite of each other.

      • I tend to do the opposite. Every time I read a negative aspect of my sign, I’m like “Oh yeah definitely, I’m totally selfish and self-centered and egotistical and childish.” But then all the positive aspects like “quick to forgive” and “straight-forward about feelings” make me feel terrible about myself, because I’m totally not. I try to blame it on having Libra as a rising sign, but as much as I love astrology I’m still a skeptic at heart, so at the end of the day it’s just more stuff to talk to my therapist about.

  7. I totally had an astrology phase in middle school, but now, while I still think they’re kind of funny, I kind of wonder about people who take it seriously. Like, some girl on OkCupid rejected me because I was an Aries and she was like “I’ll never date an Aries again.”

    and I was thinking, wow, never knew the date of my birth was so important…

    But I like stuff that takes it not-terribly-seriously, like this.

  8. ;)

    1. successful, long-term gemini + cancer relationship here – but the difficulties were spot-on. it does take work!
    2. weekly/monthly queeroscopes would be quite welcome!!

    • Good luck. I tried using being an Aries as an excuse for everything (“Of course I got mad during Cranium. I’m an Aries. We’re competitive people.” “Of course I made that decision without thinking. I’m an Aries. We’re impulsive.”) Didn’t work out too well.

  9. Never believed in these until I read a personal profile on my sign and I am text book Libra and too diplomatic and indecisive for my own good.
    Always wondered though about premature kids though- my girlfriend is a Leo by birthday but a Scorpio by predicted due date and she fits a Scorpio profile better? Veryyy confusing.

  10. Thank you. Just thank you. I’m so tired of reading heteronormative horoscopes.

    If anyone ever wonders why I’m so emotional I really just want to say “I’m a cancer”. Unfortunately, my everyone accepts this answer :)

  11. I’m a leo and these things are never true for me. I’m fairly chill and reserved and have absolutely no desire to be the center or attention. I’m not quite on the cusp with Virgo, but a few days before (august 15) so most of the time I read the Virgo stuff too and that tends to be a little more accurate

  12. TBH the only reason I never “believed” in horoscopes is that I’m smack dab in the middle of Sagittarius and have never ever idenified with that description at.all. so it was always ruined for me. Now tarot cards, on the other hand…

    basically I see the ~esoteric~ as various ways of understanding more about oneself because of how one interprets the results (very meta !) but horoscopes never did it for me for a very basic reason.

    HOWever. I was over 2 weeks late and was supposed to be born in the middle of Scorpio so…maybe that’s it? :D

    • Ah, tarot cards. I had a tarot card reader once tell me that my true love was ‘tall, light-haired, and the son of a craftsman.’ She more or less blew it with that prediction. ^_^

  13. Every time I want to toss the horoscopes to the side I come back to my ‘sign’ (Virgo here) and it reads scarily accurate. So yeah, the nurturing component but then I’m also something of a free spirit so then my skepticism pipes up. Round and round it goes …

  14. As a sag who’s relationship with a taurus recently ended, the horoscope compatibility explains everything!

    I love that this is the first woman/woman compatibility horoscopes I’ve ever found.

  15. I’m loving this post. With a recent bad break-up, I’ve really started looking into astrology because every issue Caps and Sags could have, my ex and I had in our relationship. This post just adds to my new obsession.

  16. in allegedly typical selfish Aries fashion I’m only fluent in the signs I’ve dated and my own. And to be honest, I won’t learn the others till I’m given reason to. Aries and Scorpio are a homicide waiting to happen. I love Geminis but they tend to find me ‘meh.’ Taurus turned beautiful friend, check. Pretty funny, and even if by coincidence, accurate.

  17. ‘“What’s your sign?” is a totally valid pick-up line, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.’

    I reeeeeeeeally disagree. I’d expect to be greeted by a blank stare and a “what, did a time machine take me back to the seventies when I wasn’t looking”?

    People’s interest in horoscopes doesn’t change my opinion of them, but I am a little surprised that you’re willing to say that horoscopes and star charts can actually help people when you haven’t offered any evidence to back that up.

  18. I never feel right in these! the personality is all on- decision making fail, justice obsessed, flirtatious, but I never feel like I’m as much of an aesthete as I’m supposed to be. Libra here, Sag rising, moon in Scorpio.

    My two longest relationships, including my current, have been wih Aquarius though, so that’s creepy.

  19. It’s nice to see this on AS. Astrology gets a bad rap because people are fixated on Sun signs and they don’t understand how to connect the dots. They see this one dot (Sun sign) and think, “What? What does this dot have to do with me? This makes no sense. I don’t believe in this stuff because I got this one dot that I can’t make sense of, therefore I’m going to ignore what I don’t understand because I’m too lazy to really look into it on my own.”

    The irony of this all is that people believe in many things that don’t make sense, but because it’s “astrology” they close their mind without a second thought and look at it from the wrong angle, at least in my opinion. If you’re looking at astrology through the veil of belief and or truth, then you’re doing it wrong. What you’re doing is taking it too literal, when you should take it in a more metaphorical, symbolic and abstract way. I’ll elaborate…

    Astrology is a lot more in-depth (as stated) and if you really start digging, you’ll actually find some pretty interesting things that tie other stuff together. For me personally, astrology is not about belief, it’s about connecting the dots, making connections and utilizing those connections to my advantage and understanding human behavior in general, through those connections. What are one of those dots and or connections you may ask? Well, take for example the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) co-developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Cook Briggs. For those who are not aware, MBTI is used in career assessment in places like universities and it’s also used in the workplace environment, when employers are trying to understand different personalities and how they intermingle, etc. What does MBTI have to do with astrology you might ask? MBTI and the people who developed it, borrowed and were inspired by the psychologist Carl Jung, who was inspired by astrology (among other things) and wrote a very important book with regards to personalities called, “Psychological Types.” In that book, he coins the term “cognitive functions,” whereby he explains that there are 8 specific cognitive functions and or attitudes of how the brain perceives information, how it registers and interprets that information, etc. To make a long story short, personality psychology ( and personality type theories wouldn’t have evolved as much as they have, if it wasn’t for astrology. You could say that astrology was the beginning and or first “primitive” personality system and it has been built upon that through various personality systems such as MBTI, cognitive functions, The Big 5, DISC, Enneagram, Socionics and so forth.

    In a nutshell, I’ve always been fascinated by human behavior, specifically various personalities and once you understand these systems, you’re able to predict a lot of people’s behavior to some degree. Essentially, it’s like a map and or guide to understanding people in general and the relationships you have with them, whether it’s platonic or romantic (if you value that at all). You just have to learn to decipher that map, learn to observe and connect the dots because those dots start coming together and once they come together, they create the bigger picture.

    Anyways, Kate explained some of this stuff vaguely, but it’s really hard to get that in-depth about astrology without writing huge essays (like I just did), especially when your audience is more laymen, so to speak. Hence, the upcoming AS astrology installments, where Kate will talk about the other signs and what that all entails.

    P.S. – Your Sun Sign is only one aspect of your personality, but do you know that you have a Moon Sign, Venus Sign, Mercury Sign, Mars Sign (and other signs) and that they all represent different aspects of who you are (as Kate stated)? They are merely symbols, an abstraction that tries to explain certain phenomena. Your Sun sign represents your Ego and or “the self.” Your Mercury sign represents how you communicate, your Moon sign represents your emotions, the mother, the unconscious self and so on and so forth. Then you have other stuff (such as houses) that gets more complex. This would explain why people don’t quite relate to the description of their horoscopes/Sun sign because they are only looking at one jigsaw puzzle piece when there are 2432532 more to look at.

    That’s my .02 cents into this discussion, for whatever it’s worth. *shrugs*

    • “The irony of this all is that people believe in many things that don’t make sense, but because it’s “astrology” they close their mind without a second thought”

      There are at least 100 comments on this page that contradict this statement.

      “the psychologist Carl Jung, who was inspired by astrology”
      “personality psychology and personality type theories wouldn’t have evolved […] if it wasn’t for astrology”

      So? In Renaissance times, astronomy and astrology were almost inseparable, and Johannes Kepler, who proposed that the planets have elliptical orbits around the sun, worked as court astrology to a succession of German emperors. You could say that our knowledge about the structure of the solar system and the motion of the planets comes from astrology, but that does not give any validation to beliefs in astrology.

      I can’t believe in astrology because there is no rational explanation why the position of the planets should affect personality. If there is no explanation, and you are required to believe without questioning, astrology becomes like a religion minus the prayers. Astrology doesn’t give you any deep understanding of yourself or other people; essentially you’re selectively reading a list of personality traits (most of which are generic enough to apply to anyone) and thinking you’ve got an insight into someone else’s personality when you cherry-pick the statements you agree with. Astrology is great for demonstrating confirmation bias, propensity for irrational beliefs, and the “who’d make this shit up?” phenomenon, whereby the more complicated the system is, the more likely people are to believe it (e.g. the signs for the moon and the planets influencing different aspects of the personality; also known as the Barnum or Forer effect).

      I know it’s “all a bit of fun,” but if I want fun that involves suspension of disbelief and abandoning common sense, I’d sooner read a book or watch “Lost Girl.” :)

      • I’m actually quite aware of all of this and I’m on the same fence you both are as far as the viewpoints you have stated (that is, if we were to argue and or talk about belief). The thing is, if you had read what I said you would have noticed that I’m not talking about belief in astrology at all. You are both looking at it through belief and because of that, you fail to understand my point. My point? You can still learn something from astrology, MBTI, other personality systems and make interesting connections and those connections, whether they are epiphanies or some other thing, do not require belief. Usually the things I discover are interesting coincidences that can sometimes explain who I am more thoroughly, at a particular moment, so in that sense it gives more insight in the vein of “knowing thy self.” They also give insight into other people as well and really that’s all these things do for me. It’s a way to look at human behavior and their personalities and gain some insightful information. Some of that information is not always insightful or useful, but sometimes it is and you can use what is useful to broaden your perspective on things in general. Hopefully, my point is a little clearer, but if it is not, then I guess we can chalk it up to a failure in communication, or a “lost connection.” Heh. :)

        • No, I just disagree with you. Pretty much everything requires belief. Correct me if I’m wrong, but what I understand you to be saying is that MBTI or tarot or astrology can be thought provokers, the symbols in them triggering new patterns or ideas in your mind which you find a useful way to look at life. I don’t actually disagree with you there, but I think it’s for the reasons girlwithglasses outlines – confirmation bias, cherry-picking, etc.

          I’m actually cool if people want to practice astrology in that knowledge and they want to disclose to others that that is what is going on. But too often, as in the original post, there is no mention of that and people believe or let others assume that the alignment of celestial bodies actually does drives personality and destiny.

          I also still think that requires belief, belief that the symbols in those systems have meaning, that they are a useful way to organise your thoughts, that certain archetypes can tell us certain things about the human condition, etc.

          • Actually, no, everything does not require belief and that is the main thing I keep trying to point out, specifically with astrology. I don’t know how else to explain myself better, so I give you this: If it’s too much reading, skip to the subtitles of, “Examples of Non-Beliefs” and “Differences between beliefs and thinking without beliefs,” as that is what I’m trying to convey to you.

            You can utilize astrology without believing in it, just like you can utilize the MBTI without believing in it. Once belief enters the picture, then it’s over because belief limits thinking and when thinking has been stifled, there is no room for growth. The key is to stop looking at things through belief, stop looking at astrology through belief because that’s what gets people in trouble. Astrology shouldn’t be looked at through concrete thinking, it should be looked at through abstract thinking because it’s an abstract system, not a concrete system and the same thing goes with many personality systems, they are abstractions/abstract systems. Many humans (once they reach a certain age) have the ability to think in the abstract (unless there’s some type of medical abnormality within the brain, etc).

            Abstract thinking/thinkers = Dot connecting, multiple dots
            Concrete thinking/thinkers = one dot, but does not know what to do with that dot, can’t connect dots.
            Abstract thinking = the ability to expand and see multiple perspectives and the underlying relationships underneath the surface.
            Concrete thinking = the ability to see one thing, it’s literal, it’s concrete, it’s myopic, it’s the surface.

            Abstract thinking and concrete thinking –

            Abstraction –

            Of course, there are other ways of thinking, but in this particular context, the concept of abstract and concrete thinking seems to illustrate the difference as to the nature of how belief can be viewed, or not.

          • “Actually, no, everything does not require belief”

            Is that a fact? :P

            Look, I’ve read that website now, and I just disagree with it. My reaction is basically ‘I understand what you are trying to convey to me, and I think you are wrong’. You might feel the same way about what I am saying. But I don’t think we’re going to come to an agreement, so maybe it’s more productive to end this discussion – I don’t want that to come across as aggressive, I’ve enjoyed talking to you, but I don’t know how much further we’re going to get.

          • Fair enough. I’m not into conversations where the end goal is about “right and wrong” because conversations with that end goal never get anywhere. I’m interested in trying to understand and the mental stimulation that comes with that. Unfortunately, those discussions seem to be a needle in a haystack. Likewise, I have enjoyed conversing with you, even if we couldn’t come to an understanding. There’s always next time, right? LOL. :P

        • Sorry, it wasn’t very clear from your initial post what your stance was on astrology. If you don’t believe in astrology, I am not clear what one would gain from it that one couldn’t get from (say) reading a list of personality traits or looking up psychological processes on Wikipedia. If the aim is to increase knowledge about oneself, why would you use a source that lacks any credibility?

          • It’s fine. Reading a list of personality traits or looking up psychological processes comes partly from astrology, as I stated it’s a more “primitive” personality system or language system. In a way, astrology serves as a history to modern day personality systems. By understanding that history and the symbolism and or abstraction of astrology, you’re able to make connections, or bridge gaps. By bridging these gaps, you get a better in-depth understanding of the self and or the nature of others.

            I got interested in personality systems a few years back. First it was MBTI, then it was the culmination of Enneagram, The Big 5 and so on and so forth. Toward the latter half, I really started focusing on Jung’s cognitive functions and trying to understand that. Understanding cognitive functions is really fascinating and very interesting because it attempts to explain the cognitive processes within the brain, however the way in which it attempts to explain these processes is highly symbolic and abstract, meaning that in the context of the “real world” these processes don’t actually exist per se. You might ask, so what is the point then or why do you care about this? The reason and or the point is that there is an explanation and or a symbol that exists, but it doesn’t have a “connector.” I spoke about the analogy of dots and being able to connect the dots. Astrology, personality systems and cognitive functions are dots, some of them connect, some do not and some of these dots are left in the abstract or in their symbolism because there is no “real world” way to explain it more precisely, more concretely and or more thoroughly. Language is a form of symbolism. Symbolism is just another language, mathematics is another language, astrology is another language, cognitive functions is another language… you see where I’m going with this? Not everyone understands languages and or symbolism as thoroughly as others. Carl Jung further advanced the concept of archetypes. What are archetypes? Archetypes (according to the very first line of wikipedia) is a universally understood symbol, term, statement, or pattern of behavior, a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated. You ask that if my aim is to increase knowledge of oneself, why would I use a source that lacks credibility? Quite simply, astrology is not a source for credibility, nor is it a source for belief, which I keep reiterating. Astrology is a source for languages and symbols (for me personally), so it’s not a matter of credibility. I don’t “believe” in these symbols, these symbols are just information that can be utilized to understand other symbols throughout the world. I try to understand these symbols, I don’t believe in them. I try to understand the language, I don’t believe in the language and this is exactly what I meant when I said that not everything requires belief. You can still utilize something without believing in it, you can still learn or take something away from it, without believing in it. Ideas don’t require beliefs, but beliefs require ideas. Ideas are open, beliefs are closed. Does that clear things up? I hope so, because my head is about to explode, LOL.

    • The simplification of personality types for efficient study is fine, but the arbitrary designation of these personalities because of when you were born is what most people find absurd about astrology. I’m the only person that I know that actually fits their Astrological Description, but even then, not 100%. It’s an interesting coincidence that I attribute to the fact that most of my personality traits lend to one another. Passionate? That can some across to people as being intense and focused and successful. These traits don’t express themselves in isolation, so hey look – they’re all pooled together in Scorpio! But that shouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that I’m born at the beginning of November.

      • Weirdly, I found myself thinking season as an influence on birth made the most sense – in terms of possible environmental influences on embryonic development. Prolly moreso in past times.

        Like, mother’s nutritional patterns, movement patterns, ambient temperature, amount of daylight etc.

  20. One time I got my zodiac sign tattooed on my wrist and I’ve regretted it ever since. Luckily, most people think it’s the Roman numeral two or the pi sign. So I guess that works too, or not.

  21. Capricorn on the cusp with Sagittarius here. I dated four, count ’em, four Taurii (sp?) almost nearly right in a row. Three of them had birthdays within two days of each other. In fact, two of them had the same birthday.

    I’m going to be reading this all more. :) I had my chart done and when I read it over I can’t decide if I’m a very balanced person, or a ridiculously impossible mix of contradictions.

    • Very lucky Taurus sun signs to be with you. I am not a Taurus but sun, venus, juipter and mercury are in Scorpio. my moon is in aquarius. You are a beautiful woman on every level. hopefully the possessive nature of the Taurus is safe for you. I have a lot of aquarius in my chart. Freedom is needed in relationships. Good luck beautiful

      Artemis Hannah

  22. i agree with the comments about aries getting bad raps. and also to remember your other signs. i’m aries sun, taurus moon, aquarius rising– and i have no idea what that adds up to other than, well, me.

  23. I generally don’t put too much stock in horoscopes. To answer the OKC question: it’s fun to think about. But, I must say, the Gemini description is startlingly accurate.

    Will I now go around asking random women their signs? No.
    When I’m dumped will I now justify it as being zodiacally incompatible? Yes. (I dub thee zoDumped).

  24. You know, I don’t put much stock in horoscopes. But when I was 16 and my mom offered to buy me my first tattoo, I got a scorpion right on my lower back. Yeaaaaaaah. Sorta regret the placement, but I still like it

  25. Another “it’s fun to think about” zodiac girl here, but I love reading about signs and charts because I’m a Scorpio (and fit the usual descriptions to a T… though I must have some gentler signs in my other houses because I lean extroverted and am not naturally hyper-jealous or posessive), so I’m always being called a sex god.

    And can I say, regardless of anyone’s belief in astrology, how well this article was put together?! Detailed, hilarious information and beautiful artwork. Just excellent article altogether. Thank you!

  26. Capricorn here, have done the long term with another Capricorn, can we say Procrastination to the max, both of us really… but ugh! My other uhaul choices, are more in the friend spectrum, never really successful in the love spectrum, though I tried. I actually have some close friends to this day that are Tauruses, the one i tried to date… um no, lots of drama, lots of need for her to be in control, and not in the good way ;-).
    Also was with many Scorpios, they are stubborn, they think they are all that in bed, yawn…not really. But such intelligence and passion nonetheless.
    The one Virgo, was for a long term relationship too, lovely woman, but the jealousy was too much, in the long run. But hey live and learn, and break the rules.
    Now I am with a Gemini, going on 2 years… and yes, opposites attract, she calls me on my bullshit, she fills my heart with joy,we compliment each other very wonderfully. I love how positive she is, and our sex life awesome! Great article, brought back a lot of memories.

  27. Sun and rising sign in Taurus here, and I love this stuff. I’m still not 100% sure I buy into all of it, but damn it if it hasn’t proved so true in my life. I am a Taurus through and through. My absolute best friends in the world are Leo and Aries, and my most successful romance was with a Pisces. Haven’t managed to date a Capricorn yet, unfortch. Sign compatibility is not my #1 criteria in dating, obviously, but it’s interesting to look back and see patterns.

  28. YES! I LOVE this so much! I am a full believer in astrology in terms of birth charts (not so much daily horoscopes)

    Im a libra with sagittarius rising sign and a capricorn moon so other can get a little confused once they really get to know me and see my inner capricorn control freak that I try desperately to ignore. But my libra sun and sagittarius rising sign blend pretty well.
    I have not yet been in a relationship but I agree as far as friends go with everything you said. I have had a lot of tumultuous friendships with aquarius sun signs though but that may be in part because of my capricorn moon. Also even though I am a libra, I am not the life of the party and dont like too much attention.
    anyways, im rambling. basically I just wanted to say that I absolutely love this article and I will keep your suggestions in the back of my head :)

  29. Astrology is interesting, but being a scorpio, I get a little frustrated with how we’re read. We’re always supposedly super sex driven and people seem to end there. I don’t think I have an above average sex drive, and I’m not really into kink. The passion is there in intellectual/activist pursuits, but I ultimately want a monogamous long-term relationship and I think of myself as quite level headed.

  30. I really can’t believe in these things because I could pick out traits from each sign that match me instead of just my supposed sign (Pisces). I was in a relationship with a Virgo before. We’re supposed to be giving to each other love and help and whatnot but I gave and the other person did not. Towards the end I stopped and that person never did. BUST!
    Anyway, I do sometimes like to read these things and this was a slightly different, yet interesting, take on astrology. Would have been better if I had seen that picture…

  31. When I worked at an old bookstore one summer, I was given the metaphysical section to stock and curate. Let’s just say the skepticism I expressed to the people I worked with didn’t have a leg to stand on after the fifth time I got caught crouched down beneath the shelves reading horoscope compatibility books. This is so cool and so well put-together!

  32. I usually feel that my horoscope is spot on, but I don’t know about this version of Aquarius. A lot of it was really accurate, but I would not consider myself a social butterfly, and I absolutely hate going out to clubs. I would definitely rather stay in with my Cancer best friend and love watch Doctor Who rather than hate watch the L anything. But maybe that’s just me. ^^

  33. Okay, I’m waaayy too much of a physics girl to buy into this stuff (ok, I did read it tho), but as a Taurus and a former Texan I have to know… is the Taurus girl in the pic wearing a pink UT-Austin Hook’em horns shirt?? Cause that would be kinda cool…

  34. love it. I’m a scorpio and I’ve always been amazed at how well i get on with other scorpios, even though i’m not much of a ‘believer’. Ive been told scorpios are the most compatible with each other in comparison to any other ~same star sign~ people. true/false/thoughts?

  35. It’s so weird telling people that I’m the more or less the epitome of Scorpio: “Why hello, we just met but I’m very passionate, secretive, and possessive. Poly relationship? Rawr.”

    Also, the Libra Lesbro thing is so relevant to my life right now!

  36. I just thought of some bad pick-up lines based on me being a fire sign, for the other types of signs.

    Like to a water sign: “You make me melt” or to an air sign “You fan the flames of my desire!”

    Help me guys I don’t know what I’m doing

  37. So…I’m a knucklehead Cancer/Leo cusp. I dated an Aquarius…it was an experience. Good, maddening though :P I dont feel like i’m that emotional, maybe that’s the Leo though? I get confused with this cuspness.

  38. Sag with a Leo rising, a moon in Scorpio and Venus in Aquarius
    I am amazed I even remembered it all.
    and the description isnt me at all, but we shall blame Aspergers for that, and not the hard science that is astrology, which would place blame on the Venus in Aquarius :D

    however as far as past relationship partners go, its kinda accurate.

    also I may tend to be cautious when mercury is in retrograde.

  39. I am an Aries.

    Thus far the following has proven to be true.

    “You’re not known for settling into longterm gigs”

    As I get older, I hope this doesn’t continue to hold truth because I’d eventually like to settle down.

  40. Some love for a Taurus here? :( I totally agree on the romantic part for a Taurus man. I am a hopeless romantic. Totally agree on being comfortable too. Who doesn’t want life with less lesbian drama! Being comfortable isn’t necessary big thing right? :)

    Besides, I don’t think we’re ALL that big of a control freak too. :p Give us Tauruses a chance yeah.

  41. Yo I am completely perplexed as to why some people are getting angry about this…astrology is all in good fun, even if its “uncanny accuracy” is essentially just confirmation bias as someone mentioned above. I put little to no weight in any of these predictions, but it was still fun to read — and exciting that apparently my Pisces/Virgo relationship is destined to be U-Haul material. :P Plus, as others have said, it’s refreshing to read a horoscope that is not painfully heteronormative (oh hai Seventeen, thanks for convincing teenage me that I was a total weirdo for being queer!)

  42. I feel a little let down because astrological descriptions for Aries all tend to describe someone as hot-headed, competitive and aggressive… which I am not AT ALL. In fact, Pieces and Taurus better describe my personality. If someone were to try to hook up with me based on my birthday (April 3), I think they’d be sorely disappointed!

    …then again, no one’s ever tried to use a pick up line on me (ever) so there’s that.

  43. On my 25th birthday, some friends threw me a party at our local gay bar. A girl who’d actively pursued me for some time with no interest from me came up and said, “Oh, you’re a Gemini. No wonder you won’t go out with me.” I guess that made her feel better than the real reason. Regardless, since then whenever someone brings the Zodiac into a conversation, I think of that, her, and am pretty much turned off. Sorry, it’s just not my thing.

  44. This is AWESOME! I don’t make dating/relationship decisions based on someone’s astrological sign, but the descriptions above were kinda spot-on. Sooo, in the spirit of good fun, this Taurus girl is setting out to find her perfect Capricorn, ..or Virgo, ..or Cancer….LOL! ☺

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