For many of us, our first foray into astrology begins with matters of the heart. As a teenager, my friends and I would spend hours in the spirituality section of our local bookstore, reading aloud excerpts on romantic compatibility: Sagittarius is a “passionate match” with Leo, Capricorn and Taurus make a “stable pair,” and it’s not always easy for Pisces and Gemini lovers to align.
But alas—no matter how highly our (imaginary) relationships scored in cosmic compatibility quizzes, our tenth-grade crushes didn’t prove to be long-term partners. So was astrology wrong? Not at all; we were simply looking at the wrong pairings. It was, in fact, our friendships that revealed the truth of the stars.
Astrology is an incredible tool to help better understand self and others. By exploring the position of the stars at your exact moment of birth, you can peer into your unique cosmology—including your most compatible friendships. While some signs are all about adventure (Gemini, Sagittarius), others prefer building soulful connections over wine or tea (Taurus, Cancer). Some signs seek their astrological plus-one (Leo, Libra), while others prefer to maintain their independence (Scorpio, Aquarius). And, of course, some signs are all about a “tough love” (Aries, Capricorn), while others are simply eager to lend a hand (Virgo, Pisces).
Below, discover each sign’s tried-and-true best friends. Of course, the stars shine for you—friendships exist within all sign combinations, so don’t let a guide limit your galaxy. After all, astrology is an exercise in empathy: The more you know about yourself, the easier it is to show up in your friendships with love, kindness, and compassion. And what could be better than that?
You know how Mariah Carey celebrates Christmas 24/7? Well, cosmic warrior, it’s because Aries loves to have fun. In fact, for these vivacious fire signs, “good times” are a non-negotiable—seriously. So, when it comes to friendships, spirited Aries gravitates towards buddies who enjoy spontaneous adventures, party-hopping, and lots of rabble-rousin’, rule breakin’ merriment. Like-minded fire signs Leo and Sagittarius are often fast friends: As flame throwers, Leo and Sagittarius can keep up with Aries’ bombastic antics. But nothing beats Aries’ special connection with Gemini, the curious air sign. The Aries-Gemini companionship is actually rooted in trouble-making, so be warned: these two make for a truly dynamic duo. When it comes to mischief, look no further than this vivacious pair of besties.
Taurus is the first earth sign of the zodiac, so these celestial bulls need everything—including their companionships—to be rooted in reality. They have a difficult time when their friendships are abstract, so don’t be surprised if your Taurus BFF isn’t the best maintaining long-distance relationships… it’s hard for these earthbound creatures to feel safe in far-away bonds. Taureans are drawn to friends who share their tastes, literally—Taurus love scheduling long, delicious meals with their pals. Fellow earth signs Virgo and Capricorn reflect Taurus’ pragmatic sensibilities, as they also value quality-time (and quality dining). At the end of the day, however, a Taurus-Cancer friendship may prove to be the most indestructible: Since both of these signs value security, they’ll be sure to provide each other with plenty of emotional support through life’s many ups-and-downs.
Gemini has a bit of a reputation in the zodiac. And yes, it’s true that this air sign does have an inherent duality (it is symbolized by the twins, after all!)—but Gemini’s BFFs know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Geminis are tons of fun! Playful Geminis can adapt to any situation, making them the social butterflies of the zodiac. Charming, amiable, and extremely easy-going, they are terrific companions. Gemini clicks instantly with similarly-minded air signs Libra and Aquarius, but their bond with fiery Aries is particularly magical. Since Aries and Gemini are both extremely curious creatures, they will always find a way to entertain each other, which will be sure to yield a life-long friendship… and tons of trouble-making.
Cancers, symbolized by the crab, protect their soft interiors with hard exoskeletons. So when it comes to friendship, it’s either all or nothing for these crustaceans: Until you prove your loyalty, don’t be surprised if you get the cold shoulder from these self-protective creatures. There’s nothing a Cancer hates more than being vulnerable with a fair-weather friend! But once you build a bond and establish trust, Cancer will reveal their gentle, nurturing nature, proving their unparalleled dedication and support. Water signs tend to swim together, making mysterious Scorpio and ethereal Pisces great companions for this sensitive crab. The bond with Taurus is also extremely strong for Cancer. When paired up, these two love to form a friendship based on dedication, trust, and stability.
Let’s be honest: Leos are a lot to handle! Symbolized by the lion, Leos are zodiac royalty—and they love to flaunt their bedazzled crowns. This vivacious fire sign will transform a morning commute into a high-fashion catwalk, and likewise, Leos tend to gravitate towards others who share (and appreciate!) their dramatic theatricality. Leos enjoy being entertained by their fellow fire signs, Aries and Sagittarius. Both Aries and Sagittarius have fun roaming around Leo’s opulent kingdom, and their blazing spirits fan Leo’s flame. When it comes to lifelong friendship, however, there’s nothing more magnetic than the energy of two partnered lions. In fact, celestial wildcats love to travel in prides, so Leo-Leo friendships are actually quite common. When these two royal creatures team up, they form a powerful, expansive empire. Yes, cosmic warrior, it’s serious power couple vibes.
Virgos have an important role within the zodiac: Their job is to process data, analyze information, and create functional systems. Accordingly, Virgos are highly intellectual creatures who have an exceptionally keen eye for detail. Within friendships, Virgos enjoy aligning with other curious minds who appreciate life’s many nuances. Virgo will appreciate buddying up with Taurus and Capricorn: As like-minded earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn will help Virgo feel safe and grounded. Interestingly, Virgo also has a strong bond with Pisces, their opposite sign. Although Pisces swims in much more abstract waters, the Virgo-Pisces friendship is built on kindness and compassion. Both of these signs love to helpful, and between Virgo’s practical aid and Pisces’ emotional guidance, this friendship yields 360º of mutual support.
Symbolized by the scales, Libras are the diplomats of the zodiac. This air sign is constantly weighing right and wrong—but fundamentally, their job is to provide stability and balance. Naturally, as the cosmic peer mediator, it’s very important for Libra to be well-liked! Libras are charming and affable, so they’ll be sure to RSVP “yes” to every party they’re invited to attend. Gemini and Aquarius appreciate Libra’s social prowess, so these air signs often drift together. But when Libra’s in the mood for trouble, Sagittarius is the perfect companion. The Libra-Sagittarius friendship is extremely dynamic: The air and fire duo make for a roaring blaze, and between spontaneous adventures, gallery openings, and lots of heady conversations, they comprise the ingredients of best friends forever.
Although sometimes mistaken as a fire sign, Scorpio is actually the second water sign of the zodiac. This is important to remember, because while Scorpio is definitely intense, it derives its power from emotions. Accordingly, a friendship with Scorpio is one that’s built on intuition, feelings, and all that exists within the unseen realms. Cancer and Pisces —also water signs—are great companions for Scorpio: Together, they form rich friendship built on instinct. Interestingly, Scorpio and Scorpio form a unique companionship. When these two shadow-dwellers combine their skills, they effortlessly identify the cracks in any façade. Whether they’re opening a formal detective practice or simply solving the mystery of a crush’s social media account, a Scorpio-Scorpio friendship is unlike any other bond.
The last fire sign, Sagittarius propels their blazing arrow incredible distances. Adventurous and philosophical, these celestial archers are willing to travel hundreds—if not thousands—of miles away from home… all for the sake of an excellent story. That’s right, cosmic warriors: Sagittarians are the entertainers of the zodiac. These vivacious creatures love to amuse others with their riveting tales. Aries and Leo make terrific friends for Sagittarius: Fire signs work off each other, adding even more heat to the recipe. Of course, air also fuels flames, and Libra often proves to be an excellent companion for Sagittarius. Both Libras and Sagittarius love to have fun, so be warned: this air and fire duo is a force to reckoned with.
If there’s one thing you should know about Capricorn, it’s that these earth signs hate small talk. Ambitious, enterprising, and extremely straightforward, these celestial sea-goats don’t want to waste their time investing in a fair-weather friendship. Capricorns are all about “ride or die” companionship, which make like-minded Taurus and Virgo excellent pals for these assiduous sea-goats. Both Taurus and Virgo respect Capricorn’s reliability, and Capricorn—in turn—appreciates friendship rooted in reality. Although Capricorn is grounded, it actually bonds well with air-sign Aquarius. Simply put, neither Capricorn nor Aquarius tolerate bullshit, so together, these two form a friendship that’s truly solid.
Aquarius are the last air sign of the zodiac—so what’s the deal with the “aqua” prefix? Symbolized by the water-bearer, Aquarius is symbolized by the mythological healer who bestows life (water) upon the land. Likewise, Aquarians are astrological humanitarians. These big-picture thinkers care deeply about social issues, and are always looking for new ways to shake up the system. Like-minded air signs Gemini and Libra are great companions for Aquarius—these signs lessen some of Aquarius’ intensity and encourage its more playful sensibilities. Ultimately, however, the Capricorn-Aquarius friendship can move mountains: Between Capricorn’s work ethic and Aquarius’ progressive perspectives, these two can combine forces to form a bond that can truly change the world.
The last sign of the zodiac, Pisces is symbolized by the ocean: It’s the expansive, eternal domain of emotions, experiences, and psychic intuition. Dreamy and ethereal, Pisces are in a world of their own. This sensibility makes Pisces extremely malleable, so it’s easy for Pisces to adapt to their surroundings—after all, if they don’t like where they’re hanging, they’ll just swim away! Water signs Cancer and Scorpio are great companions for Pisces, as these two like-minded creatures understand Pisces’ incredible sensitivity. Pisces’ opposite sign, Virgo, is also an excellent pal for Pisces: As an earth sign, Virgo provides the grounding that Pisces needs to feel anchored, and in turn, Pisces helps Virgo make important emotional discoveries. Together, the Pisces-Virgo friendship is all about kindness and empathy—both of these signs’ favorite things.