Astrology can be a useful resource for evaluating the suitability of a potential mate. There is much more to astrology than just your primary sun sign, which represents the position of the earth in relation to the sun on the day you were born. The basis for astrology dates back thousands of years. Ancient astronomers divided the solar system into twelve zodiac zones, each representing a different astrological sign. About every four weeks, the sign changes and if you were born on or near this time, you are said to be on the “cusp” of the two surrounding signs and may display characteristics of both signs.
The sun sign alone may not reveal enough about you. The first step is to do a complete chart and find out how all the planets were aligned on the day you were born. The position of each planet represents a different facet of your personality and if several of your planets are concentrated in a particular sign different than your sun sign, this should be taken into consideration when analyzing your compatibility with other signs. If you want to do a deep analysis of your compatibility with someone, you need to know their complete astrological chart as well. In order to determine your “rising sign,” you must find out the exact time of your birth. This can be found on your birth certificate. If you don’t have a copy of your birth certificate, ask your mother and if that’s not possible, order a copy to make sure you have the correct time of birth. All the other planets can be determined without this information, but the rising sign has great influence in modifying the characteristics of your sign and a full picture of your personality is not complete without knowing your rising sign. If your rising sign is the same as your sun sign and you are not on the cusp of two signs, you are a solid representation of that sign, especially if you have some other planets which also fall under that sign.
The astrological signs are grouped into four interdependent categories; Water, Air, Earth and Fire. If you are a fire sign, such as Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, water signs such as Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio are not your best match since water will snuff out a fire, but since fire needs air to keep burning, you will generally be more compatible with an air sign such as Libra, Aquarius or Gemini than with a water sign. The earth needs water to keep producing life, so grounded earth signs such as Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo match better with water signs than with air signs since wind only irritates and upsets the earth. Of course it’s not all as simple as this since the fire and air signs are positive and masculine and the water and earth signs are negative and feminine. One sign out of each group is also either cardinal (leaders,) fixed (organizers,) or mutable (communicators).
In order to sort all of this out, it is highly recommended to get the “Bible” on the subject of astrology and romance, Linda Goodman’s “Love Signs” manual. This 910 page book is as thick as a dictionary and is a comprehensive guide to the compatibility between every possible combination of sun signs. If you are interested in the subject of astrology and romance, pick up a copy and chances are, it will describe your previous relationships and give you some good advice when deciding what signs you are most compatible with and which signs you may want to avoid like the plague.