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By Tim Stephens

Readers often email or telephone me to ask about various sun-sign combinations. "I'm a Virgo and my boyfriend is a Gemini. What would our relationship be like if we married?" A general answer to this - and any sign-to-sign relationship question - can be found in the article below.

To use this relationship guide, take any newspaper horoscope column, such as Astral Reflections. Using a pen, label your own Sun sign # 1. Then label the sign below it # 2, the next # 3, and so on, until you reach the sign immediately before/behind yours - sign # 12. E.g., if you're a Taurus, Taurus is your # 1 sign, Gemini is your # 2 sign, Cancer is your # 3, and Aries is your # 12.

Please note that in this entire article, YOUR SUN SIGN, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, IS THE # 1 SIGN. But if you want to see how any other sign sees you, or "experiences" you, then count his or her sun sign as # 1, and follow the same procedure of numbering the signs in order, until you reach your own sign. For example, if you're a Gemini, and you want to find out what love with a Virgo would be like, number your sign # 1, and count until you hit Virgo - you'll see that it's your (not everybody's, just your) # 4 sign. So you would read "YOUR # 4 SIGN" below. But the Virgo would perform the same count, starting with his or her own sign, Virgo, as # 1 - and he/she would find that Gemini is his/her # 10 sign. So he/she'd read "YOUR # 10 SIGN" below.

Each sign means something different in two senses: in general, to everyone, and specifically, to you. For everyone, Gemini means communications, reports, anecdotes, short trips, the color gray, paperwork, siblings, etc. But for Taurus Gemini means money, spending and earning. For Aquarius, Gemini means romance; for Cancer, Gemini represents support, hidden fears and secrets. But in this compatibility guide, we're not addressing the particulars qualities of any sign, but just the "pattern interface" between signs a certain distance apart from each other. So you won't find anything describing Virgos in general , or Taureans, etc. But, by using the simple newspaper horoscope column numbering system described above, you can tell what your relationship will be like with a Virgo or a Taurus, or any sign, no matter what your own sign is.


Please remember that this is just a general compatibility guide. In many cases below, certain combinations will be called unfavorable for marriage, love, or whatever. But in these "bad" combinations, two people could have an interplay of Moon, Venus, Mars and other planets that lead to a huge and lasting tenderness and successful love. Similarly, you will not have a successful love affair with everybody who shares, for example, a # 5 relationship with you, because many other factors, Moon signs, rising signs, the placement of Venus and Mars, etc., will make some of these # 5 links exciting, some frustrating, and some will even be duds. So don't get discouraged if you read below that your husband doesn't suit you, especially if he's suited your for twenty years before you read this article!


Some readers have asked if you can also apply these relationship descriptions to your rising sign - that is, can you count the signs using your rising sign as # 1, just as I've had you use your Sun-sign as # 1. Yes, you can, if you know your own rising sign and another's. But generally your Sun sign relationships will be stronger than your rising sign relationships - the latter are more circumstantial. You can also use your Moon sign and another person's Moon sign, again if you know them. (An astrologer will be able to calculate anyone's rising and Moon positions for you - though the rising sign requires a pretty exact time of birth.) You can, to some degree, also use this guide to compare "apples and oranges" - for example, your rising sign and another's Sun sign. Say your rising sign was Gemini, and another person's Sun sign was Libra - then, by counting your rising sign as # 1, count around the horoscope column until you get to Libra - your # 5. So read the # 5 sign description below.



This is just a brief addition. You can also get a general idea of the compatibility between yourself and another from your first names. Readers of my column will know that I've written several articles on this phenomenon. However, for this relationship guide, here's the simplest guide:

If your first name starts with A, C, E, F, J, L, P, Q, U, V, W, or X, you'll tend to harmonize with people whose first names start with any of the same letters. (This is the "A" group.)

If your first name starts with B, G, H, I, K, M, N, O, S, T, Y or Z, you'll harmonize with people born with the same first letters. (This is the "B" group.)

People "A" group will have friction or unease in the long run with people from "B" group. However, either group can act beneficially as parents, children, or in practical roles toward the other group.

For example, in romantic situations, Paul will harmonize with Ursula, but not with Ophelia. But Ophelia would make a good, natural boss or mother for Paul. Some of these letter combinations are powerful (for good or ill) while some are deeply affecting, some weak, some profitable, etc. But that's too much information for this article.

First names starting with D or R harmonize with almost any other first name, but also are "to taste" - in other words, you'll just have to experiment with such people - some like them, some don't!



Remember, label your own sign # 1, the next # 2, and so on until you reach # 12. For example, for Aries, Aries is # 1, Taurus is # 2, and Pisces is # 12. But for Taurus, Taurus is # 1, Gemini is #2, and Aries is # 12.

Relationships with another # 1 sign (i.e., between you and another member of your own Sun sign) can work quite well. Bob Hope, 100 years in 2003 (note: Bob passed away shortly after I wrote this article) was still married to his first wife - for - what? Sixty years? Seventy? They were both Geminis - commonly regarded as the least faithful of signs. That shows you how wrong popular conceptions can be. (I've generally observed Gemini women to be quite easily and cheerfully faithful and loyal. But when female clients complain of disappointment in love, they complain loudest and longest when their ex - or their almost lover - was a Gemini man. That could simply mean that we hate to lose Geminis more than any other lover - or it could arise from Gemini's ability to make the opposite sex believe Gemini's deeply smitten, when they're merely window-shopping. Gemini can window shop for years.)

Relations with your sign # 1 (another person of your own Sun sign) have a certain advantage. You're both similar, so you understand each other's inner workings. You slip easily and comfortably into the same lifestyle. You tend to have the same goals, to respect the same virtues, etc. If you have some strong love-contacts between your birth charts (Moons trine, Venus with Mars, etc.) this can be a stable, calm, long-lasting union. Last week, I used Bob Hope as an example. He and his wife, both Geminis, are probably the longest-married couple in Hollywood. However, barring strong love - and empathy - aspects between two people, same-sign relationships can grow a little boring. Even with good love contacts (Venus-Mars, etc.) it helps if one member is a workaholic (or both are). Two # 1s can evolve into a marriage of convenience.

Lack of empathy can turn a #1-#1 relationship bitter. You might feel suffocated by your similarity, and, eventually resent the other person. Neutrality and sameness turn into competitiveness. This competitiveness easily rises to the surface in a business relationship, so a #1-#1 business partnership is not usually a good idea. In love, make sure you really share a spark and a solid tenderness before you make this one permanent.


Relations between you and your # 2 sign are friendly, polite, easy-going, natural, and sensual. This is often the easiest person to "bed" - you merely have to ask, to show some desire, and the answer is a simple, Okay, why not? There is very little embarrassment between you and # 2. Unfortunately, this lack of embarrassment hints at too much ease...and eventually you might begin to take your # 2 for granted. Unless you and # 2 share some other chemistry (Venus-Mars together or Moons trine Sun, etc.) boredom can set in. Often, you can sense the looming boredom even at first or second meeting, as a simple lack of "crazy passion." Often, after years of wrestling with the notion, a person who marries # 2 might decide they have to move on. But if Venus/Mars add their chemistry, or the Moon works its birth-chart magic, any couple can be deeply happy.

In business, your # 2 can be a profitable connection, even a good partner. This is your money sign, and # 2 will often get you your first job, or buy your used furniture, etc. # 2s make lucrative, loyal clients, But in the long run, you must "repay" # 2. If you "over use" # 2, at a certain point you'll find # 2 is taking your money!


I forgot to mention one thing about your # 1 and # 2 signs (your own Sun sign and the sign immediately after yours). The chances for either of these "combinations" to succeed escalates immensely if the other person was born in YOUR OWN YEAR OF BIRTH AND 23 to 25, 27-29, or 32 to 34 days after you (or in the same year and 23 to 25, 27-29, or 32-34 days before you, as we'll see in your # 12 relationships).

These "days apart at birth" links can be extended almost infinitely to other parts of the year and to other years. But the links are too complex to pursue in this column.


Remember, label your own Sun sign # 1 in any newspaper horoscope column, then the next sign # 2, and so on until you've labeled all 12 signs. For example, Cancer's # 2 is Leo, and Cancer's # 12 is Gemini.

You talk easily with your # 3 sign. They often are more than willing, even eager, to befriend you - and to accept your romantic attention. However, this is an area of flirtation, not of deep, intense, "change my soul" love. For you, it might well be even less - often, you seek nothing more from # 3 than a chat over coffee, or a friendly "Hi," as you pass in the hall, or a long, newsy phone call once a week. The main trouble with # 3 is that he or she is might be too receptive. What you think is a friendly flirt, he/she might view as an invitation. (Which, you have to admit, it was.) If you aren't in the market for a serious love affair, don't toy with # 3 - you won't hurt him or her deeply, but it's a hurt nonetheless. But if you do want a short, casual, light affair, # 3 is a good choice. He/she won't bind you with possessive chains, nor embarrass you with gobs of over-emoting. To # 3, you're an entertaining friend who makes a good-looking, easy, happy, light lover. # 3 doesn't want any more from you than that - unless it's marriage, for this sign will often be willing to marry you. # 1-3 couplings often prove very durable - and happily so - if they share other important love contacts, such as Moons in trine, or Venus from one birth chart joining the other's Mars. If so, they can easily "outlast" other, more potent love combos, because the casual lightness lets them smooth out problems and conflicts.

In business and practical affairs, a 1-3 combination talks a blue streak, is always "in touch," and can make a formidable pair in such areas as communications, writing, and paperwork. For example, a newspaper team in which one researches and the other writes, or in which one is the philosopher or scientist, and the other popularizes the discoveries.

In most business situations, though, # 1 - # 3 combos find it hard to settle down to actual work, to commit to a solid course of action, or to place the funds. This combo would rather talk (or write) than knuckle down and grind out the product.


Your # 4 sign represents both your own security and those you want to nurture and protect. It rules survival, food and shelter. In love and mating, you can find # 4 strangely haunting and compelling, for here you are meeting the raw power of life, the hugeness and mystery of nature, without all the social overlays and subtleties. Here the maternal instinct flowers, as do all parenting urges. Mixing these powerful urges with romantic or spousal love can provide a potent emotional brew. In addition, your # 4 sign will usually support you, provide a good home, and make you feel secure. However, these relationships tend toward friction and tension in love. We subconsciously dominate our # 4, probably because this area is so tied in with our past childhood, our survival and our subconscious. It's an area of intimate vulnerability, so we try to control this partner. But this eventually instils rebellion in # 4. However, a # 1- # 4 link can last a long time, and if you do reach a mature, accommodating, loving stance with your # 4, it will have come from the kind of deep struggles that create a solid mutual respect and admiration.

# 1 - # 4 is the natural parent-child relationship. In business, you will tend to be the boss in a #1 - # 4 relationship. Pick a # 4 as your realtor, grocer, nanny or for home-related trades people.


To find your # 5 sign, count your own sign as # 1 in any horoscope column, then label the next sign # 2, and so on. For example, Aries' # 5 sign is Leo, Taurus' # 5 is Virgo, and so on.

# 5 is your romance sign. This is the sign you're most likely to put on a pedestal, to adore. A mystery and awe, a deep, innocent feeling will overcome you when you fall under # 5's spell. This is your sign of beauty and pleasure, and often the love you feel toward your # 5 is returned, because you're your # 5's # 9, another strong love sign.

The massive potency of a # 1 - # 5 relationship will not happen every time these two signs meet - if you meet twelve new people per week (including the gas station attendant, bus driver, etc., etc.) then you will typically meet over 50 representatives of your # 5 sign every year - 500 in a decade. For the average person, even one major love per decade is a "feat." So nature itself prevents us from being vulnerable to every # 5 acquaintanceship. But when you're ready to fall, # 5 is more likely than any other sign to paint your life with love's sweet, luminous sting. A beauty emanates from him or her; it surrounds you and paints your world with magic's trance; the most impoverished room, the dingiest factory corner, is bathed in deep splendour.

This is the sign you're most likely to put on a pedestal. At first, at least, it is very hard to see # 5's flaws. (Which might make you resent them more deeply when they do show.) The kind of passions # 5 triggers often wear out or grow suffocating after a year or two - it's just too much for the human organism to sustain. A #1 - # 5 relationship, to endure, needs some refreshing excitement, some outside socializing, lightness and air. With these, a # 1-# 5 can last forever. You will never forget a # 5 relationship, whether it was reciprocated or not, for it opened your eyes to an unexpected, overwhelming beauty.


To find your # 6 sign, take any horoscope column, label your own sign # 1, then count down the signs until you reach # 6. Aries' # 6, for example, is Virgo. Taurus' # 6 is Libra.

Your # 6 sign rules work, health, machinery and services. (Many astrologers say dependents and pets are ruled by # 6, but I don't think that's true. I'd better explain: Your # 6 sign does rule dependents if they serve you: for example, employees, farm animals, guard or herding dogs, etc. But pets and beloved children are ruled by your # 4 and # 5 sign.) People born in your # 6 sign make natural employees, co-workers and service people for you. If you're going to repair your house, or need someone to work with you on a mechanical or routine project, look for # 6. Often, # 6 is willing to do you favors, and is eager to invest with you.

In social situations, # 6 can feel a compelling sexual pull toward you, because you're his/her # 8 (sex) sign. This makes it easy to fall into a relationship with your # 6, especially if you are feeling a lack of self-confidence, and prefer to have someone "choose you." The sex is often quite good for both partners, because it is both exciting and gratifying when someone is sexually smitten by you.

In addition, you might also light up your # 6's marriage house. (This occurs because signs and houses are not the same thing. For example, for someone born in the middle of the sign Virgo, the marriage house extends from the middle of Pisces to the middle of Aries. But the entire sign Aries is Virgo's sex sign. So anyone born in the first half of Aries will be in both this Virgo's sex sign and marriage house.)

So # 1 - # 6 relationships quite often lead to marriage. However, some subtle but deep turns occur when the # 1- # 6 relationship veers into lover's lane. For one thing, you feel a natural urge to put your # 6 to work, to "utilize" him or her. Eventually, # 6 can get tired of running your errands or washing your floors. More importantly, you are # 6's # 8 sign, which means your # 6 finds you a mystery, and has trouble defining and wholly trusting you. Your # 6 will never feel wholly "in the groove" of your marriage. This psychic and emotional uncertainty can create health problems that seem to have no cause, and therefore little cure. If this occurs, the cure lies in separation. Sometimes an extramarital urge lurks in # 6-#8 pairing. This couple needs to enjoy a long engagement.

On the plus side, # 6- # 8 couples (he/she's your # 6, you're his/her # 8) often accumulate money or expand their net worth over time. Often, they can run a business together, and are naturally co-operative work-mates. You and your #6 will often form a great business partnership - one that seems to arise naturally, without formal intent. However, if the relationship breaks apart, a fight over assets is more likely than not.


# 7 is your love and war sign. To find # 7, count your own sign as # 1 in the Sun-sign messages below. Then count down the signs until you hit # 7. E.g., Aries' # 7 is Libra, and Libra's # 7 is Aries. You will always be # 7 to your # 7.

# 7 is your sign of equals, partners and "obvious enemies." It's your "same but opposite" sign. In some ways, # 7 is your mirror, and you are # 7's mirror. This engenders competition, and what I call "flash anger" - sudden, almost inexplicable or unreasonable flashes of unplanned anger. (Especially between Air and Fire signs - Air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, Fire are Leo, Sagittarius and Aries.) I think this anger arises partly because you are your # 7 are so similar, yet so unexpectedly different, that you are constantly lulled into thinking you're similar, then surprised that you're not, and so you stay in a constant state of "yes-no-yes-no." This alternating identification-alienation, or frustration-attraction, provides an unending source of liveliness. So this same source of anger is a source of constant spark and renewal.

For example, if you're an Aquarian, your # 7 is Leo. You're both very stubborn

(and often these two signs even look the same - long, bushy "manes," large faces, sturdy bodies) but Leo loves romance and pleasure, while the Aquarian heart flows toward friends and entertainment. Geminis and Sagittarians (# 7 to each other) are both indecisive, intellectual, and love travel; but Sag loves long trips, and philosophical ideas, while Gemini likes short trips - and poking fun at ideas. Cancer nurtures unconditionally, while her # 7, Capricorn, steers or disciplines - yet both are deeply concerned with parenting. But it's challenging. Your # 7 has the same amount of will power as you, and the same energy. And what you find most frustrating in your # 7 might be just what you find frustrating in yourself.

You tend to compete with your # 7, yet admire him/her. So love and argument often mix. This pairing demands a lot of maturity, respect and grace from both partners. But the # 1-# 7 pairing never "wears out." The spark of attraction lives on and on. Your # 7 sign freshens your life and brings new opportunities, fresh ways of seeing the world. # 7 challenges your outworn ideas, spurs you to seek new horizons, perhaps even to relocate. This is your perfect marriage partner, IF you can bear the dynamism!


Remember, to find your # 8, label your own sign # 1 in any newspaper horoscope column, then count down the page until your finger hits # 8.) For another angle on your # 8, refer back to my discussion about # 6. (Because you are # 6 to your # 8 - so you will see how he or she sees you.)

Your # 8 is the source of most of the mysteries in your life. You're sexually attracted to your # 8. (If you were born with planets in your # 8 sign, you might be unusually susceptible to extramarital affairs.) This sign gives birth to new things in your life, and it is where old things exit. In many ways, your # 8 sign is a well-spring or source of life. It is also where old or stale things in your life are broken apart or and extinguished. For example, # 8 could lure you away from your present relationship -- probably through the lure of sexual lust, for # 8 is very good at luring you) - and hence, your present relationship "dies" - and a new one - with your # 8 - begins. But don't count on a # 8 relationship lasting forever. This sign is in your life as a catalyst - it is there to make things change rather than to make things permanent.

# 8 is the doorway where deeper forces enter your life - critical health situations, secrets, sexual intimacy, large debts and investments, documents, occultism. It where power lives. When you get involved with your # 8 sign, these deeper forces come to the surface. You can invest successfully with your # 8, and this sign makes a fine business partner IF everyone's honest. In emotional relationships, you can become obsessed with lust for your # 8 - but seldom will you love this person. Your # 8 tends to control or manipulate you. You're his/her # 6 - his or her sign of servants. If you're ever in a lawsuit, hire a lawyer who's # 8 to your opponent's lawyer, or whose name is # 8 to your opponent's lawyer's name. E.g., if your opponent's lawyer is a Libra, pick a Taurus for your own lawyer. # 8 often defeats # 1, or forces him to "settle."

Unless you were born at the exact beginning of your sign, part of your # 8 sign will occupy the "end part" of your solar marriage house. For example, if you were born on the 5th of the month, your marriage HOUSE (not sign) actually starts in the middle of your marriage sign and extends into the middle of your # 8 sign.

My advice is, for long-term happiness, marry someone born purely in your marriage sign. But if you want to grow assets, you might marry someone born in your # 8 sign, but whose birthday is "under" the day of the month that you were born in. For instance, in the above example, if you're born on the 5th of the month, marry someone from your 8th house if you want, but make sure they're born before the 5th of their month.

(A longer explanation of this "overlap" phenomena appears at the end of this article, as an "Additional Note.")


Your # 9 sign is one of the most pleasant experiences you'll ever meet. To find your # 9, count your own Sun-sign as # 1 in any horoscope column, then count "down the signs" until you hit # 9. E.g., Libra's # 9 is Gemini. Your # 9 sign is more likely to fall in love with you than any one else. (See my ramblings on # 5 to see how your # 9 feels toward you - you're # 9's # 5.)

# 9 will first approach you on a mental, conversational or "easy charm" level. Even if you're meeting a # 9 who's going to become the love of your life, it's likely that at first you won't feel a strong attraction. You only feel comfortable, charmed, bemused - yet somehow, you don't leave, and the hours fly by. Slowly, and often with gentle humor, this sign takes your mind, and leads it into the forests of love. (Your body willingly tags along, too.)

A relationship with # 9 will expand your horizons, broaden your understanding, and often lead you into far travel or higher education. You "grow up" after an affair with # 9. But a #1-# 9 relationship has the same potential weakness as a #1-#5: the love can flare too intensely to burn for decades. It surrounds you, it throws your life into a conflagration, it burns all its fuel away. Then lassitude comes. If this combination is to succeed as a marriage, the two of you need some "friction providers" - some planetary obstacles to keep you from enveloping (and eventually suffocating) each other. "Intensity providers" (planetary aspects that promote roman tic/sexual intensity) are unfortunately not always a solution, as these might 1) burn the flame out sooner, or 2) send this love past the bounds of realism, even of reality, leaving both lovers "lost in space."

A # 9 child, parent or friend is a true joy, as understanding, compassion and similar interests accompany a natural, clean feeling of love. Pick your # 9 if you're seeking a lawyer, teacher, religious, moral or philosophical guide. But don't be too quick to form a business partnership or have financial dealings with # 9. This sign seldom brings you any financial increase, simply because it has "other goals."


Your #10 sign wants to take care of you, but for a price. The price is, you do what #10 says. (To find your # 10 sign, label your own Sun-sign # 1 in the horoscope column below, then count down the signs until your finger hits # 10. For example, Aries'# 10 is Capricorn. Capricorn's # 10 is Libra.)

# 10 represents your boss, your parent (usually the father) judges and other authorities, and all those childhood instructions that you've internalized. (This isn't the same as your conscience, which is always good. These childhood instructions can be good or bad, depending on who imposed them on you, and how.) # 10 also represents your ambitions and desires for status. This sign governs your sense of propriety, of superficial right and wrong, and how you relate to society's power structures. Ultimately, it determines your place.

A #1- #10 relationship can be passionate and intense, but it doesn't leave a lot of room for romantic playfulness. Often, your attraction is filled with friction and power struggles, so your love might resemble a competitive wrestling match. The pecking order must be established. You might become obsessed with making this person respect you. This is a natural child-parent or boss-employee relationship: one nurtures and one obeys.

This combination (# 1-#10) can work as a marriage, especially if respect outweighs criticism, and if both partners highly value security and ambition. (Bill and Hillary Clinton had this relationship.) In essence, you'll be mothering/nurturing your # 10, and he/she will be fathering/directing you. (You're your # 10's # 4, so read that relationship, too.) Some door-slamming can occur, but so can deep loyalty, acceptance and respect, along with strong practical accomplishment...


Your # 11 sign brings you happiness, laughter, social delights - and introduces you to his/her friends without a moment's pause or doubt. Chase # 11 if you want romance without the embarrassment, short breath and cliff-hanging ego risks of mad infatuation. You'll be accepted easily by your # 11. You'll (likely) have good sex, with a happy, easy intimacy. You'll admire # 11, and the two of you will share a light, humorous, affectionate understanding. Because this relationship is founded on friendliness and good feeling, you'll be gently surprised by # 11's regenerative beauty - again and again, you'll realize that his or her original "good looks" haven't faded for you.

You can enjoy this love affair with no strings attached. # 11 asks very little of you. He/she assumes your loyalty, or at least seldom demands it. # 11 doesn't mind if you want to go out with your friends, or catch a plane to Alaska to watch the sled races. The catch is, you won't be unendingly important to # 11 - in fact, you might be treated a little too casually for your liking, once the blush of first attraction has worn off. You're # 11's # 3 - his or her sign of conversation and short trips, reading, curiosity, newspapers and information. Yet this is a great match for people who like books, newspapers, coffee shops, etc. Many people - and signs - actually prefer a # 3 or # 11 relationship over the huge, consequential and perhaps frightening or suffocating power of a # 5 or # 7. The #3- #11 combo is neutral in a good way: it lets other parts of your two personalities (birth charts) shine through. It lets both of you breathe and be yourselves. Perhaps because freedom and affection are so easy with # 11, marriage with one is often long-lasting.


Okay, let's do the final sign relationship - you and your # 12 sign. First, I should say (and have not said it enough in the past) that these sign # descriptions are only the most general guidelines. Though the characteristics I mention for each relationship combination will definitely exist, so will many other factors that depend on your individual birth charts. For example, a relationship with your # 10 sign will surely entail the elements of ambition and ego competition which I mentioned, but you and a particular person from this sign could also have moons in trine between your charts, and Venus conjunct Mars, and other aspects - ultimately, a # 1-# 10 relationship could be cozy, sexy, tender, and deeply fulfilling to both parties, DESPITE its competitive nature. The same goes for any combination. The #'s are guidelines only - though, all being equal, the #'s are a good guide to basic compatibility (or difficulty).

To find your # 12 sign, simply find the sign before you in the Sun-sign messages below. E.g., Gemini's # 12 is Taurus; Taurus' # 12 is Aries; Aries' # 12 is Pisces.

# 12, as a sign, holds your spiritual potential. (Spiritual, as in "energy," not religious, as in codes or rules.) It rules your involvements with government agencies, red tape and beurocracy, charities and welfare, old friends and long-established relatives, shut-ins, institutions (hospitals, jails, etc.) the workings of large banks, the payouts that insurance companies make, "head office" or administrative areas of companies or schools, warehouses and other big, cavernous spaces, caches, secrets, meditation, contemplation, seclusion, spiritual get the picture.

Your # 12 sign will support you and/or ask for support from you. This is where you give if you're strong (rich), and get if you're weak (poor). We often fear our # 12, because we fear being helpless. A # 12 relationship usually "happens" when we're going through a healing period in our lives, or because we want seclusion and rest. A bond with your # 12 can be uniquely spiritual and peaceful. Sex is easy, but the passion tends to be weak or to fade over time. Relations between # 1 (you) and # 12 are uniquely diplomatic, sympathetic and polite. However, real issues between you can fall prey to inattention or avoidance. Eventually, this can cause repression, suffocation, or boredom. You might sit in the café with nothing to say between you. You easily support your # 12, and the spiritual uplift he/she gives you might be worth any sacrifice - or not. For marriage, this bond (as with your # 2 sign) must have additional buttressing/passionate aspects if it is to remain vital over the years.


You only need to read this section if you wish to know the "shadings" of meanings, or to carry this compatibility article to another level of complexity. But you might be just as well off without it!

There are two ways of "dividing" the zodiac into twelve sections in astrology. One, which we've used extensively in this relationship article, is by signs. These are easy to see - the birthdays of your sign (and anyone's) are listed in any newspaper horoscope.

The other way of dividing the zodiac is by houses. There are 12 houses, just as there are 12 signs. Basically, houses carry the same meanings as signs (at least for our purposes in compatibility) but they extend over a slightly different area of your own, personal Sun chart.

Here's how: if you are a Gemini, say, your # 5 sign (of love) is Libra, and this # 5 sign will always (roughly) encompass anyone born between September 22 and October 21. (I say roughly, because signs can start plus or minus one day, depending on what year one is born.) But if you are a Gemini born in the middle of your sign, say June 6, then your # 5 love HOUSE will extend from the middle of Libra, say from about October 6, to the middle of the next sign, Scorpio - to encompass all birthdays born after Libra, up until November 6. As we know, Scorpio is Gemini's # 6, or work sign, so anyone born in Scorpio, but before Nov. 6, will still be in this Gemini's love house, while in his work sign. The result? An overlapping, that gives a main accent on work (Scorpio = # 6 sign for Gemini = co-workers, service, work, etc.) but a secondary accent on love and romance.


For a Taurus born on May 16, the whole sign Gemini will be his # 2 sign, the entire sign Cancer his # 3 sign, all of Leo his # 4 sign, etc.

But for this same Taurus, his # 2 house (which has the same meaning as his # 2 sign) extends from June 16 to July 15 (even though the birth dates of his # 2 sign, Gemini, extend from May 22 to June 20). His # 3 house goes from July 16 to August 15, his # 4 house from August 16 to Sept. 15, and so on. We can skip a few signs/houses, to , say, the 7th. Here, Taurus # 7 sign is the entire sign of Scorpio, which extends from October 22 to November 21. But this Taurus' # 7 house doesn't start until November 16 (because that's the day of the month corresponding to his own) but doesn't end until January 15 - far into the next whole sign (#8).

As you can see, this Taurean's houses start much later (in birth dates of the people he's dealing with) than his signs - the reason is, he was born late, or in the latter part, of his own sign, Taurus. (All houses and signs, in this system, are 30 days long, roughly.) This means his houses will also finish than his signs.

So we get two overlaps. One, part of his # 2 sign is in his # 1 house, part of his # 2 sign and # 2 house coincide, and part of his # 2 house is in his # 3 sign.

Below, I discuss this "overlap" further, with more examples, but REMEMBER, YOUR SIGN # RELATIONSHIP READING IS STRONGER OR MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR HOUSE # RELATIONSHIP MEANINGS - The latter are like a tinting or flavoring of the former.


Your marriage SIGN is always the WHOLE SIGN that you reach when you count down the horoscope column to sign # 7, using your own Sun-sign as # 1. But your marriage HOUSE extends (roughly) from the day of the month you were born, but in the birth month of your # 7's sign, to a point 30 days further in time - in other words, up to the same day of the month in your # 8's sign. (Just as in the Taurus example above.)

* For example, if you're Aries, your # 7 is Libra, and your # 8 is Scorpio. The newspaper horoscope column should carry a little "date line" beside Aries which says "21 March to 19 April." The label beside/above your # 7 sign should say: "Libra - 22 Sept. to 21 Oct. And the label beside your # 8 sign will read "Scorpio - 22 Oct. to 21 Nov" or some such. (The dates will vary by a day depending on the year and newspaper column.)

* So, if you're an Aries born March 27, even though all Libra is your (#7) marriage SIGN, your marriage HOUSE starts September 27, NOT September 22 (when the SIGN Libra starts). So only about 25 days of your marriage sign (instead of 30 - each sign represents about 30 days of the year) carries a "pure marriage" influence. What happens to the 5 days we lopped off, from 22 Sept. to 27 Sept? Well, those five days - or one-sixth - of your marriage sign are still your marriage SIGN, and still worthy of marriage, but they will partly carry the nature of the previous SIGN - in this case, of the # 6 sign, ruling work and dependents. So a marriage with someone born Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, will be a co-operative, work-sharing marriage, much like a love relationship with a co-worker, or between an employer and employee - If you were born March 27. But what happens to the 5 days you lost of "pure marriage" influence? Don't you get them back? Yes, you do, but in a different form. Let's see: so far you have 5 days of "co-worker marriage" and 25 days of "pure marriage." That brings you to the end of your marriage sign - the last day of Libra. But because your marriage house began 5 days late (on your own day of the month - the 27th instead of the start of Libra, the 22nd) so your marriage house extends an additional 5 days at the end, into your 8th SIGN, of sex, mysteries and finances. So the first 5 days of Scorpio (because in this example, Scorpio is Aries' 8th sign) are also this Aries marriage house, even though they're of a different sign. Notice that this Aries, born March 27, has all of Libra as a marriage sign, but that his marriage house extends from his birth DAY of the marriage sign's first month to the next SAME DAY of the following month.

* You can do this with any birthday. If you're born June 5, then your # 7 house extends from December 5 to January 4. (June 5 is Gemini, so his # 7 sign is Sagittarius, which extends from November 22 to December 21. These dates form Geminis' marriage sign. But this June 5 Gemini's marriage house extends from December 5 - still in Sagittarius - to January 4 - right smack in the middle of Capricorn, Gemini's 8th sign of sex, mystery, change and big finances.

* Another example: a Cancer born July 1. Cancer extends from June 22 to July 22, approximately. So all of Cancer's marriage sign is Capricorn. But this particular Cancer's marriage house starts with Capricorns born January 1, or about one-third of the way into Capricorn. Capricorns born before January 1 represent "co-worker marriages" to this Cancer. Capricorns born January 1 to January 19 (the last day of Capricorn as a sign) represent "pure marriage" to Cancer, while AQUARIANS born January 20 to January 31 (one day before February 1) represent "deep, mysterious, sexual, financial marriages" to this Cancer.

My advice, by the way, is to marry your # 6 house # 7 sign for a co-operative, work

sharing marriage, your # 7 house # 7 sign for happiness, and your # 8 house # 7 sign

for a "growth of assets" marriage. (Though this # 8 house # 7 sign is a bit dicey, due

to the deep forces of sex, money, power and mystery that are involved.)

This "overlap" phenomena applies to every house and every sign, as long as you were not born on the first day of your own sign. It becomes more and more marked, of course, the further "into" you own sign you were born. A Gemini born May 21 will have virtually no overlap, while for a Gemini born June 19 (i.e., at the very end of his sign), almost every sign will overlap with a different house - e.g., almost all of this Gemini's # 2 sign will overlap with his # 1 house, because his # 2 sign starts only 1 day after his birthday. Similarly, his #10 sign will overlap with his # 9 house, etc. This means that for this Gemini (and anyone born late in their sign) practical matters (10th sign) mingle with love matters (9th house) - and if we put 10th and 9th together, we have an indication that this Gemini will marry for ambition - but also that he will find his career (10th) in intellectual matters (9th).

But such thoughts go far beyond the scope of this article.

In compatibility terms, your "overlaps" (house overlapping sign) can reveal lots of insights into your relationships with any sign, from # 1 (yourself!) through # 12.


Tim Stephens


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