You've probably heard that "opposites attract," and it's also true when it comes to astrological signs. Technically speaking, there are six primary opposite zodiac sign pairings — meaning, each of the 12 astrological signs attracts their, well, opposite sign. Who knew?! You may have dated your opposite Sun sign plenty of times without even realizing it. After all, I doubt many people meet somebody and immediately ask, "What sign are you?" Instead, you see if you click and then start dating (or not). While some people prefer to date someone that's almost a twin of themselves, they have so much in common, others appreciate all the differences he or she has regarding their partner.
"We all know the saying that 'opposites attract,' and if you find yourself falling in love or lust with an opposite, this can be a really thrilling adventure in a relationship," Wave Rayne, Metaphysical Teacher, Spiritual Guide and Author, and leads courses during rare cosmic events like All Planets Direct Motion (APDM), tells Bustle. "Each partner finds the differences really attractive, new, interesting, and fresh. Something truly uplifting happens when opposing forces come together and balance things out."
The Benefits Of Dating Someone Who's Your Opposite
Linda Furiate, a consulting Astrologer, Healthy Habits Expert, Reiki I&II, Inspirational Guide, and the founder of Of Universal Mind, agrees that there are many benefits from dating your opposite sign. "Overall, our interaction with another brings out qualities and traits that we may like or dislike about our own personality," Furiate tells Bustle. "Just like with the full moon when the Sun and Moon are opposite one another, the moon is fully illuminated. With two signs opposite one another, this sense of fullness and light allows us to see within ourselves — the good and not-so-'good.' If we want to learn the most about ourselves, or bring out apparent qualities that we feel we may lack, it may be quite beneficial to be with someone who is the opposite sign."
All that said, here are the six opposites-attract astrological pairings, so you can see for yourself how their opposite qualities merge to create a solid relationship.
1. Aries (March 21-April 19) & Libra (September 23-October 22)
"We have often heard the phrase 'he/she completes me,' and this could not be more true a statement for zodiac signs that are opposite each other," Furiate says. "When we pair up with a mate who is the opposite sign of our own, the other's influence has a way of creating balance within the relationship. In most relationships, the other person acts as a mirror into ourselves.
For instance, Aries may be best teamed with a Libra. Aries tend to be more aggressive and self-oriented whereas Libras are more concerned about what others may feel and may want to support them. Together, Libra may show Aries how thinking of others first may help to ease their sense of selfishness, and Aries may show Libra how being more assertive may boost their drive and self-confidence."
2. Taurus (April 20-May20) & Scorpio (October 23-November 21
Dating an opposite sign can help introduce you to a new side of things, like learning to slow down if you're a go-go-go type. "Taurus, an Earth sign, may tend to be more stationary with a stronger emphasis for self-pleasure, as he or she indulges in the richness of life," Furiate says. "Scorpio, a Water sign, feels a strong pull to intimately unite with another for the sheer purpose of conjoining forces to create a union of pleasure and indulgence. With the team-up of this opposite pair, Scorpio is able to pull Taurus out of its myopic mode of operation to offer a deeper sense of joint connection. Meanwhile, Taurus' gentle nature shows Scorpio that it is OK to spend moments alone enjoying the comforts of being. This combination can also make for a highly sensual and romantic partnership — as long as each partner is willing to meet the other half way."
3. Cancer (June 21-July 22) & Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Cancer and Capricorn signs, too, are opposites who attract. "In terms of astrology, dating someone whose Sun sign is opposite yours can be beneficial because that person compliments you," Mecca Woods, a New York City-based astrologer of MyLifeCreated.com, tells Bustle. "They bring things to the table that you may be missing, and vice-versa. For example, Cancer and Capricorn are both security- and family-oriented signs, so they tend to want the same things in life, yet they have different ways of doing it — Cancer tends to be more emotionally intuitive and nurturing while Capricorn is pragmatic and diligent. Together, they make a power team."
4. Virgo (August 23-September 22) & Pisces (February 19-March 20)
It goes without saying that being with someone of an opposite sign will bring new perspectives to your life. For instance, just look at what happens when a Virgo and Pisces get together. "Virgo and Pisces together may feel a deep spiritual union and bond," Furiate says. "Virgo, an Earth sign, is able to offer grounding insight to the numerous mystical and creative ideals and dreams of watery Pisces. Pisces may motivate Virgo to seek beyond an earthly plane while Pisces may help inspire Virgo to serve with compassion — this may help to instill a deeper sense of purpose and meaning to the acts of giving and receiving. Together, this pair may offer abundant healing to those in need."
5. Leo (July 23-August 22) & Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Opposites attract with Leos and Aquarians, too. "Leo and Aquarius are poles apart, yet with just a single variation of the same theme," Rayne says. "Leo is the ruler of all, the Queen of the land, and Aquarius carries the desire to free people from any repression or rules that aren't for the people. If the royal being of Leo and the Aquarius find a just cause that suits them both, they have a target to shoot for, especially in terms of non-profits, like saving the whales or veganism, or preventing the deforestation in South America. Good causes will keep them interested in pursuing their goals. Furthermore, they can find an interesting moment in their sex life when they begin to deeply trust each other's styles and differences, which may take a while because the two are so very different from one another."
6. Gemini (May 21-June 20) & Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
What do you get when you put together a Gemini and a Sagittarian? A great opposites-attract match! "Gemini and Sag is a much easier oppositional relationship, just because the two are 'natural truth-seekers,'" Rayne says. "This means they will never ever lack for things to talk about — learning, sharing, teaching, and discussion. Their attraction to each other may be predominantly through the love of the mind, and it works."
In both the Leo and Aquarius pairing and the Gemini and Sagittarius one, Rayne says, "it is imperative for them to take the time and get to know and trust each other more deeply by touching and feeling each other's bodies in a way that brings closer connection. Also, both pairs have the potential to really become the greatest of friends throughout their lives, whether they are together or not."
But, In Opposites-Attract Pairings, Take Things Slow
As fun and exciting as an opposites-attract pairing can be, there are also a few things to watch out for in order to make sure you and your opposite are attracting, not repelling. "Well, opposites, above all, means differences," Rayne says. "On their own, before any pair finds the magical merging moments, they are essentially — individually — completely different. They have two different styles and two different separate approaches to everything, from one's spiritual path to the best places to go on vacation and, most importantly, what activities to do together in their spare time. It takes a lot of love and patience to work through so that each individual's needs are met — love and patience are key here, and in any relationship."
But if you can, take it slow when you're with your opposite to learn more about them — even though you may not want to at first. "Most of the time when opposites attract, it's like: BANG ZOOM," Rayne says. "Let's go to the Moon! The sparks are flying like crazy! That means there is no such thing as holding the energy back, because it simply is not going to happen! If you both are sure you want to spend more time together, then one suggestion that could help a lot is to search for the things that fulfill you both equally — emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally — and commit to making those things happen together and often."
Point being, if you find yourself falling for a sign that's opposite your own, know that there are many benefits to the astrological pairing. Like Rayne says, love and patience are key in any relationship, opposite signs or not.