The current “relationship norm” in Western culture (for most people) is that commitment and monogamy go hand in hand. You have one sexual partner per relationship, and deviating from that is considered cheating. However, some people embrace a different kind of normal — they practice polyamory (open relationships), because the structure of a traditional relationship does not work for them. What’s the astrology of someone who thrives in an open relationship?
First, let me clarify what I mean by open relationships. I’m not talking about someone who goes behind their lover’s back, and has sex with someone else. Polamory.org has a succinct definition: “…having multiple relationships with the knowledge and consent of your partner(s)…” People in open relationships are able to love, and be in love with, more than one person at a time. There’s a wide variety of poly relationships, but the most common “rules” involve honesty, frequent and open communication, and attention to personal boundaries. This is pretty much what you’d expect from a monogamous relationship, except the addition of multiple partners makes emotional and mental flexibility a must.
I did an unscientific survey of a number of charts (from clients and celebrities who are known to practice polyamory) and found some commonalities. I’ll describe them, but first, here’s a disclaimer: if someone has the sign/planet combinations in this article, it does not mean they are destined for poly relationships. As always (I think I have stated this in almost every article) natal potential can manifest in different ways. Having said that, there are some astrological signatures which seem to make a person more open to the idea of open relationships. Note that the charts I looked at had at least two (or more) of the characteristics described below.