These Zodiac Signs Are More Likely To Be In More Stable, Longer-Term Relationships

When thinking about long-term relationships, and which zodiac signs are most compatible, it really comes down to who is most likely to live in harmony together. The process of matching signs is a complex one, but it starts with comparing each sign's element, and matching them up based on a few core values.

"For example, fire signs get along with other fire signs. They have similar personality traits and understand one another," professional astrologer Rachel Lang tells Bustle. "Same with water, air, or earth." But there do seem to be a few signs that are more relationship-focused, and thus a little more likely to couple up long-term.

Among them we have Taurus, a sign ruled by Venus, the planet of love and relationships. "As a fixed sign, Taurus has what it takes to stay committed," Lang says. "They value stability, and they make reliable partners — the ones you can count on to support you in all ways."

There's also Cancer, a sign that truly values family. "And because of that, they like the emotional stability of a solid, long-term relationship," Lang says. And the same is true for Libra, the sign associated with partnerships. "This sign is also ruled by Venus, the relationship planet. So, they are good at keeping romance alive for years and years."

Keep in mind, though, that long-term love isn't unique to these three signs. "All signs have potential to have lasting, committed, loving relationships," Lang says. So if you're dating someone, or just starting to look for love, read on below for Lang's take on the best matches for each sign, so you can have an even better shot at staying together.

1Aries (March 21-April 19) & Leo (July 23-August 22)

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Remember what I said about the elements? As a fire sign, Aries will get along best with other fire signs, like Leo. "They relate well because of their passion and common interests," Lang says.

2Taurus (April 20-May 20) & Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

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For Taurus, the best match is Capricorn, another earth sign. "Both need stability in relationships, and they have what it takes to make a long-term relationship work," Lang says.

3Gemini (May 21-June 21) & Libra (September 23-October 22)

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Gemini has a pick here between Libra and Aquarius for their best match, as both air signs will be able to keep Gemini's interest. "They like sharing ideas, and for a sign that can get bored easily, this is super important," Lang says.

4Cancer (June 22-July 22) & Pisces (February 19-March 20)

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Lang explains that since Cancers are an extremely sensitive lot, they need to be with someone who can be sensitive right back. That's why super sympathetic Pisces are a great match, since they'll totally understand.

5Leo (July 23-August 22) & Aries (March 21-April 19)

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Leo, one of the signs that loves to love, pairs up well with Aries, who are equally fiery and passionate, Lang says. They also have lots of common interests, and that can keep them together.

6Virgo (August 23-September 22) & Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

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Capricorns can be reliable and stable, which is perfect for Virgos, who tend to question everything. But a Virgo and Capricorn pairing can work for other reasons, too. "This is a pair that values hard work. They often reach success together," Lang says.

7Libra (September 23-October 22) & Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

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Another lover of the LTR, Libras are most likely to have success with an Aquarius, who shares a lot of their same ideals. "They are always interested in expanding their minds by learning new things," Lang says. "Also, they enjoy socializing together."

8Scorpio & Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

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Scorpios and other Scorpios do surprisingly well together, since they can equal each other's depth and passion. But they're also a deeply committed bunch. "Because Scorpio is a fixed sign, they stay committed to one another through anything," Lang says.

9Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) & Aries (March 21-April 19)

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A Sagittarius and Aries pairing will make a great match. Both signs need a lot of freedom and adventure, Lang explains, so if they can find someone who feels the same way, things will be all the more likely to work out.

10Capricorn (December 22-January 19) & Cancer (June 22-July 22)

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For Capricorns, love is most likely to be found with that third love of the long-term, Cancer. "Though they are opposite signs of the Zodiac, they both like to have a stable family life," says Lang. "They find ways to balance home and professional lives." And that can mean having a stable relationship, for years to come.

11Aquarius (January 20-February 18) & Gemini (May 21-June 21)

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Gemini or a Sagittarius are both great picks, since both signs will be totally cool with the freedom-loving Aquarius. "Aquarius needs a partner who lets them be free to socialize, and one who isn’t jealous when they go out with friends. Both Gemini and Sagittarius have free-spirited tendencies," says Lang. So it really can work.

12Pisces (February 19-March 20) & Cancer (June 22-July 22)

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The Pisces/Cancer mix was mentioned above, but Taurus and Capricorn can also make excellent partners for pisces too. "These down-to-earth signs are a nice balance for dreamy, idealistic Pisces. They help Pisces keep their feet on the ground," says Lang.

Whether you're searching the stars for love or not, if you're looking for a long-term partner, or already have one and your signs don't seem to "match" up, all that truly matters is compatibility. If your partner's personality and ideals mesh well with yours, you'll be all the more likely to stay together, oh so happily, for years to come.