Sign Compatibility, Meaning Sun Sign Compatibility, is Incomplete...

When talking about sign compatibility most people talk about Sun sign compatibility.

Indeed, when people talk about their sign, they mean their Sun sign.

When you say that you're a Scorpio, this only means that, at the time of your birth, the Sun was in the sign of Scorpio.

BUT the Sun is just one single point in the horoscope.

There are the other points/bodies and planets too: the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, the Ascendant, the Midheaven and the Moon's Node (to name just these!).

Each planet has a different meaning.

The Sun symbolizes - among other things - your vital energy, willpower, the self, the ego and your physical body and its (creative self-)expression.

The Moon signifies your mood, emotions, instinctive needs for comfort and security etc....

According to their position in the natal chart and in the astrological signs, all planets have their own particular meaning.

When we talked about sign compatibility we already mentioned that sign compatibility is related to the four elements.

With sun sign compatibility it's just the same.

Sun signs are compatible when they are posited in signs of the same or a compatible element.

But if you only compare the sun signs you are only looking at the possible solar compatibility (Sun sign compatibility) and neglecting all the rest.

And, by the way, do you think that a Virgo is ALWAYS compatible with all Capricorns? Nope!

So, you see, it has no sense to only compare the Sun signs and look at Sun sign compatibility because you only have a very very small and incomplete piece of the total part/puzzle.

You can't judge the cover of a puzzle by only analyzing one single piece in isolation!

Read more about the truth about (Sun sign) compatibility in Carol Allen's splendid and highly insightful Right Man Report.

Sun sign compatibility does make astrology more intelligible for the general public though (most people know their Sun sign) and that's why this kind of sign compatibility is so widespread.

You need no software to know your and your partner's Sun sign.

This is also due to the fact that the Earth's path around the Sun is fairly regular so that its place in the zodiac can be determined by reference to a calendar day.

This cannot be said of the position of the other points and planets...

However, this does not mean that Sun sign compatibility is useless or worthless.

On the contrary!

You may be happy to know that some research exists that points to statistically significant results regarding Sun sign compatibility!

In Switzerland, Gunter Sachs has done some scientific research (with the help of the Faculty of Statistics of the "Ludwig-Maximilians-University" in München, Germany) during 1995-1997.

Though the results of the research were highly significant in favor of astrology, the research was very controversial and much disputed.

Of most interest here, is the fact that his research has been looking at Sun sign compatibility too, delivering highly significant results as well.

Only a few people know that Gunter Sachs' research was done over in France, during 1999 by Didier Castille.

In 2014-2015, Bernt Hunze, a (retired) Medical Doctor, analyzed the results again (1,004,390 Swiss marriages concluded between 1987-2010 and investigated by Gunter Sachs and 6,498,320 French marriages concluded between 1976-1997).

The results regarding the investigation on Sun sign compatibility confirmed the initial results by Sachs!

What have these investigations found?

There is a highly significant correlation that a marriage occurs when partners have the following Sun sign (meaning that there is a lot of attraction):

Male Sun sign Female Sun sign
Aries Aries
Taurus Taurus
Taurus Libra
Gemini Gemini
Leo Aries
Virgo Virgo
Libra Libra
Scorpio Pisces
Sagittarius Sagittarius
Sagittarius Aries
Capricorn Capricorn
Aquarius Aquarius
Pisces Scorpio

From the above listed Sun signs, you will notice that:

  1. female Aries statistically often marries a male Aries, Leo or Sagittarius (his Sun sign is in a fire sign!)

  2. Scorpios and Cancerians statistically often make a match in heaven!

  3. People tend to statistically often marry someone who is born around their birth sign (same or adjacent zodiac sign).

    This makes sense if you consider that Mercury and Venus, for example, are never far away from the Sun and thus may help to trigger the partner's Sun.

When the researchers took the number of divorces between the Sun signs into consideration, the following results showed a highly significant correlation of endurability in marriage:

Male Sun sign Female Sun sign
Aries Aries
Gemini Taurus
Taurus Cancer
Capricorn Pisces
Pisces Scorpio

The divorce rate was significantly high between the following Sun signs:

Male Sun sign Female Sun sign
Aries Leo
Gemini Capricorn
Libra Aries
Scorpio Gemini
Sagittarius Gemini

So, Sun sign compatibility absolutely has its merit, but our point is just that mere Sun sign compatibility is INCOMPLETE.

In a 2011 study, Raj Paode, Ph.D., scientifically tested two astrological claims:

  1. does your Sun sign influence your personality?
  2. does Sun and Moon sign compatitibility influence your marriage choice?

The results were published in his book The Scientific Truth About Sun and Moon Signs.

Regarding the 2nd claim, the researcher wanted to find out if couples with harmonious Sun signs are more likely to marry while couples with disharmonious Sun signs have lower chances of marriage.

The quality of the marriage (happy or unhappy marriages) was not part of this research study!

To investigate this claim, Raj Paode compared actual marriages between couples with compatible signs and couples with incompatible signs, with expected marriages based upon random chance.

Each zodiac sign has three compatible zodiac signs, three incompatible signs and six neutral signs.

The Sun sign compatibility evaluation was done on two different sample sets:

  • 57 couples in which at least one partner was a Hollywood celebrity
  • 357,763 Swiss married couples (all the marriages in Switzerland from 1987 to 1994)

Two types of tests were administered to determine if there was a statistically significant link between Sun sign harmony and disharmony and marital choice: the t test and the Chi Square.

The Results

Sun signs have a far greater effect on the marriages involving Hollywood stars.

They have 75% greater chance of marrying a person from a compatible sign and a 65% lower chance of marrying a person from an incompatible zodiac sign.

The magnitude of the effect of Sun signs for the general population was much lower than that observed for the Hollywood celebrities but still statistically significant.

After all it's just statistics, and your reality can be totally different!

Statistical research is about probabilities and likelihood. It's not about (hard) facts that occur in any event.

It's not about planetary patterns and configurations that infallibly describe traits, events, the outcome... at all times.

However, if real astrology is too complicated for you (and it is complex indeed !) and if you still are interested in a more general approach or overview of some characteristics of your mate and your relationship, based on Sun sign compatibility, we have an interesting and revealing recommendation for you.

We have read a lot of books about 'Sun signs' and Sun sign compatibility and think that the (weighty) book entitled The Secret Language of Relationships(reissue) by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers is by far the best you can find.

Their descriptions on compatibility are at times really very stunning.

The reason is that both authors have replaced the twelve zodiac signs by forty-eight periods of the year - twelve cusps and thirty-six weeks giving 1,176 descriptions of different relationships (so this book goes further than the simple 12 Sun signs and mere Sun sign compatibility).

The book contains a very handy relationship location finder (based on the birthdays) so that you can very easily jump to the description of the relationship profile of you and your partner.

In fact, we at Cosmic Technologies often refer to this book for some basic information.

This book is a beautiful example and a proof that the more we can individualize the position of the planets, the better the personality and relationship profiles are.

As part of a total compatibility analysis Lois Haines Sargent (in her standard book 'How to Handle Your Human Relations') first considers Sun sign compatibility by looking at the respective Suns in the horoscopes when analyzing endurability.

According to this author, the respective Suns represent the individuality and temperament and when the individuals are pulling in different directions, it may be a hazard to marital adjustment.

In conclusion, there is evidence and statistical research that proves that Sun sign compatibility should be part of the total compatibility analysis between people.

But it's only ONE of the variables that influences marriage decision!

We at Cosmic Technologies have found that, apart from the position of the Sun, there is another important basic factor: the Moon signs and Moon sign compatibility.


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