When talking about sign compatibility, we first have to explain something about the astrological or zodiac signs.
The twelve zodiac signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces) are divided into, what astrologers call, quadruplicities (modes or modalities) and triplicities (the elements).
This division is one of the most important ones in astrology.
If you understand the deeper basic meanings of this division, you have knowledge of the fundamentals of astrology and you will better understand sign compatibility.
A very good and comprehensible overview and still one of the best about the general meaning of the elements can be found in Stephen Arroyo's book Astrology, Psychology, and the Four Elements: An Energy Approach to Astrology & Its Use in the Counseling Arts.
The quadruplicities (qualities) represent basic modes of energy and modes of operating: cardinal, fixed or mutable.
The triplicities represent the elements that we find in nature: fire, earth, air and water.
Zodiac signs of the same 'trinity' (element) are said to harmonize.
Example: planets in Aries and planets in Leo (both fire signs) harmonize because they are placed in a sign of the same triplicity.
But it is common sense that fire signs not only are compatible with each other but also with air signs.
Fire and air stimulate each other.
You can grasp the signification of the elements and the combinations if you materialize them.
From the above you can see that -- in theory -- sign compatibility is related to the four elements.
A marvelous overview on astrological signs, sign compatibility and the elements is written by Amy Keehn in her Love and War Between the Signs: Astrological Secrets to Emotional Compatibility (with a foreword by John Gray, Ph. D.).
According to Amy Keehn, there are profoundly different types of individuals: the Feelers (with the sun in a water or fire sign) and the Thinkers (with the Sun sign in earth or air).
She hereby makes a difference between men and women too.
The author also mentions whom you best relate to, and why.
Does sign compatibility mean that you should look for somebody whose sign is of the same or a compatible triplicity (element) as yours?
In theory, yes, in practice it's not that simple! Next to read more about sign compatibility ...
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