Opposites attract, or do they? Are the opposing signs in the zodiac a recipe for lasting love … or just lasting irritation? Though the potential for conflict and tension exists with relationships between opposing signs, the magnetism and excitement of your “mirrored self” also offers a powerful lure. The partnered signs listed below can give you clues as to how these astrological opposites operate in relationship. Look at the sign pairings to see what gifts and challenges your zodiac mirror might offer:
Gifts: Aries helps Libra move from indecision to action, and provides an example of what it means to “know thyself.” Libra helps Aries learn to integrate peacefulness and balance into the Ram’s action packed life.
Challenges: Aries’ need for motion and movement can feel challenging to Libra’s desire for peace and harmony, and Libra’s love of beauty and relaxation can make Aries feel impatient and restless.
Gifts: Taurus can provide a safe and stable foundation for Scorpio to express her emotional depths and passion. Scorpio helps Taurus to move beyond stagnation and experience life with more passion and power.
Challenges: Taurus may put on the brakes and refuse to budge in the face of Scorpio’s need to change and transform. Scorpio’s desire for drama and intensity could be more than Taurus can handle, creating chaos in this earth sign’s careful routines.
Gemini’s mission is to communicate, connect and learn. Like a buzzing bee, constant motion is preferred. Sagittarius needs to know, understand and explore, with adventure and expansion motivating the archer.
Gifts: Gemini’s quick moving wit can stimulate new awareness and understanding in Sagittarius’ approach to life, lightening up the archer’s sometimes dogmatic bent. Sagittarius helps Gemini to make meaning and develop philosophies out of facts and bits of information, leading to a deeper approach to life and living.
Challenges: Gemini may appear shallow to Sagittarius, gathering facts without purpose or meaning, and staying in constant motion without thought or reason. Sagittarius can seem arrogant and pompous to Gemini, rigid in her beliefs and philosophies.
Cancer wants to facilitate growth, and thrives on nurturing people and projects into being. Emotions and imagination are the crab’s tools of choice. Capricorn is the mountain goat, putting one foot in front of the other to reach her goal. This earthy sign thrives on achievement and success.
Gifts: Cancer brings Capricorn a soothing retreat from the harshness of the world, and a safe place to rest and rejuvenate. Capricorn provides Cancer with structure and form for her imagination and dreams, offering practical support in fulfilling goals and ambitions.
Challenges: Cancer can seem clingy and over-sensitive to Capricorn, as the crab’s pincers may grow smothering and oppressive. Capricorn can appear harsh and unemotional to Cancer, offering nothing in the way of emotional sustenance or support.
Leo needs to play, entertain and express herself in the moment, and an audience makes it even better for this lion of the stars. Aquarius always has the group, collective or community in mind, with the desire to express her own uniqueness in the circle of the whole, and for the good of all.
Gifts: Leo helps Aquarius live in the moment, teaching the water bearer to express her differences with both verve and style. Aquarius teaches Leo to grow beyond the narrow confines of the self, and to develop a vision for the future that embraces others.
Challenges: Leo’s narcissism and elitist focus can repel Aquarius’ love for the communal mindset. Aquarius’ detachment and emotional distance can foil Leo’s need for attention and approval.
Virgo’s mission is to provide a needed and important service to others, and to do it as perfectly as possible. Pisces wants to be in the moment and move and act from a place of intuition rather than logic.
Gifts: Virgo helps Pisces function in the world on a practical level, providing a grounded platform for Pisces’ compassionate nature to shine. Pisces teaches Virgo how to trust, relax and have faith, allowing Virgo to serve from a higher place.
Challenges: Virgo’s anxiety and perfectionism can irritate and constrict Pisces’ free-flowing nature. Pisces’ lack of form and impractical nature can stress Virgo out even more.
About the Author
Fern Feto Spring, M.A., has been practicing astrology since 1990. She is a graduate of Steven Forrest’s astrological apprenticeship program, and has a Master’s Degree from Sonoma State University. Fern is the co-author (with Jen Zurick) of “Simply Sacred: Everyday Relationship Magic,” a just released book from Clean Sisters Press. Contact her for readings and astrology classes (on-line and in person) at www.wisestars.net.