In theory, it's easier than ever to try and meet someone special these days. From dating websites to apps, we've got technology in the palm of our hands that promises to offer up the perfect person in just a swipe right. Yet, for some reason, finding a real connection is harder than ever.
While you might have already covered your mutual hobbies and favourite holiday destination, discovering whether you share the same values as someone can take a lot longer to discover. Helpfully, there is a way that you can quite quickly narrow down your compatibility with someone - and that's your star signs.
It's a little more complex than discovering they're a Libra and instantly knowing they're "The One", but star signs can hugely help you get a feel for someone's inner workings. Compatible star sign matches mean that you'll have a similar approach to tackling problems, will complement each other's personalities and have a stronger chance of a long-lasting relationship. Whether you're about to go on your first date or you've been dating for years, there's no harm in checking how your star signs align.
We've gone through every sign of the zodiac and explained which are their most and least compatible star sign matches. Now, obviously, if you meet someone and get on really well, poor star sign compatibility is no reason to ditch them. This is a guide to what astrology says about how well you could work together - the real test is how you feel when you're with that person.
That said, it can be thoroughly intriguing to know what the cosmos thinks about your match, so get reading. Scroll down to find your star sign matches below and find out who you're most and least compatible with.
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Aries: March 21 - April 19
Most Compatible With: Sagittarius
Least Compatible With: Capricorn and Cancer
Aries are the first sign of the zodiac and are know for being fiery, determined, impulsive and energetic. As a partner, they are warm, loveable and give as good as they get.
Friendly and open, Aries can get on with most star signs, however, they get on particularly well with their fellow fire elements - Sagittarius and Leo. Dating them is not for the faint-hearted though as they can be pretty needy if they aren't getting as much physical affection as they like. Leo and Sagittarius can keep up with their passion, although there's potential for clashes as they're all very independent signs.
If you want a partner that can keep you on an even-keel, Aries and Libra are very good at balancing each other out. Cancer and Capricorn are ones to avoid as their conservative natures and carefully planned lives can bore Aries.
Taurus: April 20 - May 20
Most Compatible With: Cancer
Least Compatible With: Aquarius
Most of the time, Taureans are laidback, charming, with a love for the finer things in life and a hefty dose of romanticism, but they aren't known as the bull sign for nothing. They can be hard-headed and stubborn and may lock horns with other obstinate signs like Leos and Aquarians.
With a reputation for being sensual, Taureans are known as good lovers and nearly every sign is attracted to their chilled out, hedonistic side. However, it's the earth-earth and earth-water combinations that have the edge in relationship compatibility. Taurus should look to fellow earth signs Virgo and Capricorn, and water signs Cancer and Pisces for a lasting love - with Cancerians being particularly well suited.
Gemini: May 21 - June 20
Most Compatible With: Libra and Aquarius
Least Compatible With: Pisces
Geminis are represented by the twins because of their duality; they are known for being fickle, mercurial and in constant need of stimulation. They are social butterflies, always in search of adventure, and born with a natural adaptability and intellect that helps them flit between friendship groups. Don't be put off - Geminis are creative, communicative and so much fun to be around!
Their fellow air signs of Libra and Aquarius share their like-minded appreciation for adventure and fun and they'll have a blast in a relationship together. However, that need to be free and untethered can sit badly with Pisces who have a more sensitive and intuitive approach to life. They could take Gemini's capricious nature as a personal affront.
Geminis are actually one case where opposites do attract. They can get on very well with Sagittarius, another naturally friendly and freedom-loving sign who can really pin Geminis down when they're being flighty.
Cancer: June 21 - July 22
Most Compatible With: Pisces and Scorpio
Least Compatible With: Aries
Cancers are known to be guarded - like their symbol, the crab, they have a hard shell but underneath is a soft, emotionally sensitive interior. They go hard with their emotions, which means really loving someone or really hating someone. If you're in their good books, they are one of the most passionate, loyal, sexy, intuitive and funny signs. They are huge flirts too, so start practising your best lines!
Cancers need to establish trust before they can be vulnerable with their partners and will put their guard back up quickly. With their great capacity for intuition and communication, like-minded water signs Scorpio and Pisces are best for Cancers. Pisces
On the other end of the scale, outspoken and direct signs won't be on board with Cancer's habit to be passive-aggressive and keep walls up. Fiery Aries is a particular one to avoid, as are straightforward Libras, if you don't want to argue all the time.
Leo: July 23 - August 22
Most Compatible With: Aries and Sagittarius
Least Compatible With: Scorpio
One of the most mesmerising of the zodiac signs, Leos are the kings and queens of the jungle. They are theatrical, passionate, confident and fiercely protective of others. Expect a cinematic romance if you end up with a Leo as they see themselves as the lead character in their life and everyone else's around them.
As lovers of attention, Leos adore flirting. This goes down well with their fellow fire signs of Aries and Sagittarius who shine similarly brightly and match Leos in enthusiasm and positivity. Interestingly, they can also get on well with water sign Aquarius who can keep them in check.
That love of the limelight comes across as arrogance to Taurus and Scorpio, and independent and controlling Scorpio especially can clash spectacularly badly with fiery Leos.
Virgo: August 23 - September 22
Most Compatible With: Capricorn
Least Compatible With: Sagittarius and Gemini
Virgos are intellectual, conscientious, practical and perceptive. The symbol of a maiden holding a wheatsheaf symbolises the fertilisation of ideas and Virgos love coming up with pragmatic solutions and helping others. The other side of the coin is that they can be their harshest inner critics when they think they've made the wrong move.
They feel very deeply and, as such, get on very well with grounded and stable signs that share their same logical approach to life. Earth signs Capricorn and Taurus won't rock the boat and will complement their rational energy. Virgos tend to prefer a settled, secure relationship versus dating and want a sign that has the same mission.
Pisces is a good match too as they are very intuitive and love helping others too - Virgo can cover the practical side, while Pisces works on the emotional healing.
Impulsive, fickle Gemini does not work well with Virgo's need to plan everything, nor does adventurous Sagittarius who have a spontaneity that will panic Virgo. That's not to say they can't bring out the best in each other, but their opposite attitudes have the potential to irritate.
Libra: September 23 - October 22
Most Compatible With: Aquarius and Gemini
Least Compatible With: Capricorn
Libras are the scales: balanced, diplomatic and fair. As people-pleasers, they get on with everyone and always try to keep the peace - and do it very well with their charming and smooth manner! They avoid conflict whenever they can and only ask for a drama-free life in which they can share their refined tastes with an equally flirtatious partner.
Ruled by Venus, Gemini and Aquarius share Libra's appreciation for arts and culture, self-indulgence and pleasure. Together, they make a harmonious pairing and will be the life and soul of any dinner party.
Like every sign, Libra does have a few flaws: their eagerness to avoid conflict can lead them to procrastinate and struggle to commit. They can come across as preoccupied with their public image and Cancers and Capricorns may view this as a desperation on the half of the Libra for people to like them. Libra tries to be agreeable to everyone in every situation, while Capricorn especially has a cooler, more practical approach to life that doesn't fit together.
Scorpio: October 23 - November 21
Most Compatible With: Pisces
Least Compatible With: Leo
Intensely passionate, fiercely independent and very resourceful, Scorpios set their eyes on a prize and go for it, whatever it takes. Their dedication to their cause translates into relationships; they are incredibly loyal and will analyse relationship problems all day long to get to the bottom of them.
As you'd expect from a sign with a scorpion as a symbol, they are a little dangerous. Scorpios are very secretive and this can come across as sneaky in a relationship. Leos often rub them up the wrong, with Scorpios finding Leos openness difficult and Leos finding Scorpios evasive. In many respects they are hugely similar, but here it doesn't work - they will both want to be the dominant force in the relationship.
Water signs are very emotionally intelligent so Cancer and Pisces will take the time to understand Scorpio's intensity. Together they'll delve into each other's psyche and truly understand one another. Their matching magnetic sexuality isn't bad either! Pisces are after the most security though and can find a match with a protective Scorpio is a dream.
Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21
Most Compatible With: Aries and Leo
Least Compatible With: Virgo
As adventure lovers and captivating storytellers, Sagittarians always have an audience for their tales of intrepid travels and happy-go-lucky life experiences. Lively, optimistic and playful, they never fail to make friends, although their independent and untamed approach to life can wear on some of the most pragmatic signs.
Represented by the archer, Sagittarius are driven and direct and will chase after what they want. Their directness, creativity and adventurous side partners really well with Aries and Leo. Each values their freedom and will let the other get on with what they need to feel fulfilled. If they can figure out a way to support each other, Gemini and Sagittarius are compatible too: both believe in living life to the fullest.
Sagittarius have a reputation for speaking what's on their mind. Without meaning to, they can hurt more emotional sensitive signs like Pisces and over-analytical Virgo. Sagittarius have a tendency to take control, which can leave these earth and water signs feeling second fiddle.
Capricorn: December 22 - January 19
Most Compatible With: Virgo
Least Compatible With: Libra
Determined, ambitious and hard working: you can't fault Capricorn's discipline. They love feeling secure and will be a rock to lean on in any relationship. They are solid and loyal in their personal and professional life, but don't think that doesn't mean they don't have a wild side. Capricorns let out their true self around people they trust and they are hugely funny and will do anything for family.
In love, they are seeking out a partner that values stability as much as them. The earth signs of Taurus and Virgo are on the same wavelength and they'll find plenty of common ground in their shared values and beliefs, which tend to be more traditional.
Laid-back Libra are least compatible with Capricorn. Libra can get frustrated with Capricorn's ambition and stoicism, while Capricorn find Libra's approach to life to be too glib. Leo too can find it tough to be in a relationship with Capricorn if they feel like there isn't enough drama to satisfy their theatrical side.
Aquarius: January 20 - February 18
Most Compatible With: Gemini
Least Compatible With: Scorpio
Aquarians are humanitarians who want the best for the planet and people on it. They are highly intelligent, but can get wrapped up in their ideas and opinions and come across as emotionally distant. In truth, they are visionaries with a very admirable aim to leave the world a better place than when they arrived.
Fellow air signs Gemini and Libra get on very well with Aquarius on a cerebral and emotional level. They get off on each other's intellect and understand each other's needs very well. Gemini's love of travel and exploring works particularly well with Aquarius' big-picture view of the world.
Scorpios are ambitious and can be driven by status and material possessions; this doesn't sit well with Aquarius. Equally, Aquarius can come across as righteous, which irritates Scorpio. Think of them as the Gryffindor and Slytherin of the zodiac - it would take a heck of a lot of tolerance on both sides for a Aquarius-Scorpio relationship to last long term.
Pisces: February 19 - March 20
Symbol: Two Fishes
Most Compatible With: Cancer and Scorpio
Least Compatible With: Gemini
Pisces are the last sign of the zodiac but certainly aren't the least. They are empathetic, open-minded and soulful, making them a pretty good match for most of the zodiac. They are sensitive though, and feel very deeply, which spurs on their compassion but can leave them vulnerable to the cruelty of the world.
Pisces are romantic and they tend to understand people, meaning that a good relationship can be hugely rewarding. Like-minded water signs of Cancer and Scorpio get on well with Pisces and can be very grounding when the emotions run too high. The opposite zodiac sign of Virgo is also compatible with Pisces: they are both kind and supportive and feel deeply.
Fickle, extroverted Gemini can come across as far too cold for Pisces. They won't know where they stand and can end up unintentionally hurt, while Geminis can find Pisces too in their head. As a Pisces is the most intuitive of the zodiac signs, they should be able to trust their own judgement when it comes to partners and knowing what they need and can offer.