Love might just be the most confusing—but beautiful—sentiment we experience as humans. But one look at our social media feeds, and it seems as though astrology memes and Instagram horoscopes proclaiming which signs are the most compatible are sending us the message that our love lives are predetermined by the stars.

As an astrologer myself, the most frequently asked questions I receive from clients are about their relationships. People don't ask "Will I be successful?" or "What's in my future?" but instead: "Are we astrologically compatible?" Helping someone find an answer requires much more than just looking at both parties' Sun signs, however. It also calls for a deep dive within each person's astrological chart, which is made up of three elements.

First, there's your Sun Sign, which most people know as their main zodiac sign, the aspect of your chart that signifies your ego. Then, there's your Moon Sign, which shapes your emotional outlook. And finally, you have a rising sign, which is the face you show to the world. (If you want to figure out all three of your own signs, I recommend checking out Cafe Astrology's website.)

The most compatible zodiac sun signs:

Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) stereotypically tend to get along best with other Fire and Air signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) often vibe best with other Earth and Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Air signs—Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius—match well with other Air and Fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Water signs—Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces—will often find a good match with Water and Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

But even with all of this information, the question remains: Can we really trust the zodiac to tell us which signs are meant for one another? On the one hand, it sounds unlikely the stars could be controlling us. On the other, when you consider that for years—centuries before dating apps had algorithms—matchmakers around the world used astrology to determine whether two people would make ideal partners, the zodiac does seem like a helpful tool. Perhaps the biggest misconception, though, is that just by knowing two peoples' sun signs, we can easily see who and what they should love. Instead, the reality is that though astrology provides us with a guide, in the end, we have complete control over who we choose to love.

Read the full story here: How Real Is Zodiac Compatibility? An Astrologist Weighs In

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