Turns out, polar opposites in astrology are often perfect pairs.
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From the time you first learned to read your horoscope, chances are you turned to astrological compatibility readings to understand how you’d fare with your crush. And these days, it’s more like how you’ll connect with that hot match on Bumble or even your long-term love. But looking at how two signs connect and clash can be useful for an array of relationships, from your friendships to your siblings to your colleagues. And if you’re always finding yourself working on professional projects with Cancers or hitting it off right away with Aquarians, it’s possible you’re making the most of your astrological sister sign.
If you have an actual sibling, you know that you share some traits – your laughs, your eyes, your love of ’90s teen soaps – but perhaps you’re polar opposites when it comes to other characteristics. Your sister is a total workaholic, and you’re a free spirit. Your brother’s a homebody, and you’re a globe-trotter. In astrology, sister signs function in this same way.
Located six signs or 180 degrees away from one another on an astrological wheel and rulers of opposing houses – say, the first and the seventh (that’s you, Aries and Libras) or the fifth and the eleventh (Leo and Aquarius) – sister signs share the same quality (aka quadruplicities):
The Complete Guide to Astrology Sister Signs
Cardinal: These signs are the big-picture thinkers of the zodiac, excelling at brainstorming and initiating, but they struggle with follow-through. They include Aries (fire), Cancer (water), Libra (air), and Capricorn (earth).
Mutable: These signs are the most adaptable of the zodiac, but they can also be indecisive and flighty. They include Gemini (air), Virgo (earth), Sagittarius (fire), and Pisces (water).
Fixed: These signs dig their heels in, for better (say, being up fordoing the work in a long-term relationship) or worse (refusing to change their career path, even if it’s making them sick). They include Taurus (earth), Leo (fire), Scorpio (water), and Aquarius (air).
And you likely already know that there are four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. Well, they’re also divided up into what’s referred to as dualities. Fire and Air are the “active” elements, which are more assertive, energetic, and well, action-oriented, while Earth and Water are “receptive,” aka they generally prefer to tune into their emotions and intuition Moncton local hookup sites before making their move. Sister signs are always the same duality.
Working to understand your astrological opposite, or sister sign, can help you pinpoint qualities you might be lacking that you could learn from people in your life who possess them, thanks to their astrological placements in that sign. Although we often associate “opposite” with opposition or tension, the word has a much more nuanced application in astrology.
Sure, any opposition can be frustrating, challenging, or even lead to a lot of eye-rolling, huffing, and wanting to pull your hair out (just like the worst fight you ever had with a sibling or BFF). But if you’re up for playing ball with it, an opposition can also lay the foundation for intensely satisfying inner work, common ground, and balance. In other words, people you meet who have a lot of your sister sign in their birth charts could be the ultimate yin to your yang. (See: Everything to Know About Zodiac Compatibility)