Have you ever noticed that all your friends seem to be born around the same time of year? Consider it the universe’s reminder that astrological compatibility isn’t just a matter of romantic attraction: The zodiac signs that make the best friends are basically cosmic soul mates, and there are a few ways you can use your astrological chart to find them.
The easiest method? Look for people who have the same astrological element as you. The signs are coupled into four groups of three called the triplicities, which refer to our temperament: the fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), and water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). And, as astrologer and psychic medium Rachel Lang points out, signs of similar polarity tend to relate well to each other, too.
“Air signs relate well to fire signs because they’re signs that feature more yang, outer-directed, extroverted energy,” Lang says. “Earth and water signs are yin, inner-directed, and receptive signs. They tend to relate well with one another.”
Her other pro tip? Look to whatever sign rules your 11th house of astrology. “The 11th house is the house of our social network and friendship connections,” Lang says. “If you want to know more about the types of friends you attract or what signs you might get along with, look at the sign that rules your 11th house in your natal chart.” Below, Lang outlines the three zodiac signs that make the best friends for you, according to your sign. Learn why it is that you’re cosmically likely to get along.
The 3 zodiac signs that make the best friends for you, according to your sign.
Aries: Aquarius, Leo, and Sagittarius
Fire sign Aries is magnetized to fire signs Leo and Sagittarius, and vice versa. Cardinal sign Aries conveys go-getter energy, and, as the first sign of the zodiac wheel, tends to be first to charge into a project. Leo and Sagittarius keep Aries moving and motivated. “The element of fire is linked to action, passion, and enthusiasm,” says Lang. “Fire signs know how to inspire one another.”
Finally, Aquarius knows how to fan Aries embers in just the right way. Aquarius is an activist at heart, and is inspired by Aries ability to jump into action. Likewise, Aries respects that Aquarians are so forward-thinking and progressive; while Aries can be trendsetters, Aquarians already know what’s hot in the future.
Taurus: Virgo, Capricorn, and Pisces
Taurus and Pisces have a bond related to their love of feeling. For Taurus, it’s tactile feeling and appreciation of sensations and the delights of the physical world. For Pisces, it’s intuitive feeling and being able to psychically sense the emotions of others. Sensible Taurus is able to give Pisces a major reality check, and Pisces encourages Taurus to dream bigger than ever, making a great balance.
Taurus also feels at home with Capricorn and Virgo. Aside from bonding over their practical nature, Taurus admires her Earth siblings for their work ethic (as a fixed sign, the bull tends to be a bit more slow-moving than ambitious Capricorn and perfectionist Virgo).
Gemini: Libra, Aquarius, and Aries
Air signs are intellectuals, but Gemini and Aquarius are perhaps the brainiest of the zodiac signs, in completely different ways. Gemini is a natural-born researcher who loves expressing their findings, and Aquarius is nutty genius, who considers concepts that go over everyone’s heads. But don’t discount Libra’s role when completing the air-sign clique; Libra loves analyzing both sides of the story critically, and will have great, long debates with Gemini about it.
When Gemini doesn’t feel like talking (rare, but it happens), they’ll find a good ally in Aries. Aries is as quick-acting as Gemini is quick-thinking, and both hate taking things too seriously. Their sense of playfulness keep them close.
Cancer: Scorpio, Pisces, and Taurus
Cancer loves to cook excellent meals, create cozy environments, and cultivate a comfortable little life. Taurus loves to be on the receiving end of those things. The pair can really cuddle up together while everyone else is floating about to enjoy quiet nights in, watching movies and drinking fine wine.
Likewise, Pisces and Scorpio go to Cancer for a cup of tea and a friendly ear. While all of the water signs are deep in their feelings, Cancer has the capacity to be selflessly nurturing and present.
Leo: Sagittarius, Aries, and Libra
Leo reigns as ruler of the fire signs, the Hollywood star of their circle. Aries acts like their best publicist, the Samantha Jones of the group who can make anything happen. Sagittarius is Leo’s counselor, the go-to person for wisdom. Aries and Leo might compete for the spotlight at times, and Sag might get frustrated if Leo doesn’t take their advice, but ultimately, they recognize Leo as their fierce leader, knowing the lion has great capacity for warmth and generosity.
And Libra? Libra pops in from time to time as Leo’s lawyer, ready to fight on their behalf at any point.
Virgo: Capricorn, Taurus, and Cancer
Once again, Cancer is a wonderful match for an Earth sign. When Virgo has spent a hard day working, and overanalyzing and driving themselves up a wall, Cancer can be a tremendous comfort.
And Virgo loves its Earth buddies because they can be extremely grounding force. Taurus can tell Virgo to kick off their shoes and relax, because the work will be there tomorrow. Capricorn can remind them that they’re closer to their goals than they think, and they shouldn’t get hung up on all the details.
Libra: Aquarius, Gemini, and Leo
To recap, Libra loves the fellow air signs because they can chat-chat-chat together about different ideas. Gemini and Libra relate to each other because they both care about duality. Gemini, as the twin sign, is looking to reflect others, while Libra is always seeking balance. Aquarius, on the flip side, encourages Libra to consider the big picture versus “this side or that side.”
And while Libra acts as Leo’s lawyer, Leo brings a sense of fun and glamour to Libra’s life. Libra, invested in beauty and romance, is swept away by Leo’s style and star power.
Scorpio: Cancer, Pisces, and Virgo
Scorpio values depth more than anything in the world, and its relationship with Pisces and Cancer reflects that. No small-talk is allowed here.
“They have a way of communicating and relating that goes beyond words,” says Lang. “They pick up on nonverbal signals and clues from one another. These signs become close friends because they know how to speak from the heart, and they can have deep conversations.”
Moreover, Virgo and Scorpio find each other appealing because they tease out each other’s fun side. Scorpio pushes Virgo to embrace danger and hedonism. And Virgo warns Scorpio to consider things before doing anything risky.
Sagittarius: Aries, Leo, and Libra
At the end of the day, Aries and Leo need Sagittarius more than they’ll ever admit. While the ram and the lion bicker and bring out each other’s competitive side, Sag is calm and complacent. Sag is a wonderful mediator, pleasant and beloved by their fiery companions.
And like Leo, Sagittarius really jives well with Libra. While Libra can get stuck trying to balance the things in their life endlessly, Sagittarius can solve their problems with a simple line or observation. When they both find a moment, they make excellent vacation friends and are able to explore the gorgeous world together.
Capricorn: Virgo, Taurus, and Scorpio
Capricorn and Scorpio understand each other because they share a fondness for power, with completely different approaches to it. Scorpio pursues their goals with an underground approach, being able to get what they want by understanding others on a deep, psychological level. Capricorn works just as hard to climb the career ladder with ease.
As for Taurus and Virgo, “the Earth signs relate well with one another because they understand the importance of the practical matters in life,” says Lang. “They know we’re spiritual beings, having a human experience, and they value that human experience.”
Aquarius: Libra, Gemini, and Sagittarius
Again, the air signs love to float around each other and have a friendship that doesn’t constantly need to be checked in on. That is, these are the friends who might do Zoom dates, but probably have ongoing, unstructured, paragraph-length conversations with each other via text. With their love of freedom, it’s rare to get all three signs in one place.
Sagittarius understands this. As the wanderer and philosopher of the zodiac wheel, Sag relates to the sage-like aura of Aquarius. Both can get into existential dialogues for hours.
Pisces: Cancer, Scorpio, and Taurus
Pisces loves Taurus because the twin fish can feel completely divided when making decisions, and they rely on straightforward Taurus to have leveled advice. Scorpio and Pisces bond hard over their love of the occult (you’ll catch those two reading each other’s tarot cards from time to time). And Pisces and Cancer are connected by empathy, that profound understanding of knowing how someone feels. Because what is friendship if not that?
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