by Robert Wilkinson
We all know that we seem to get along better with certain signs than others. That's the foundation of Relational Astrology, and gets to the heart of what parts of reality relate more or less harmoniously with other parts of reality. While then entire subject is more than we can address in one (or three!) articles, today I'll give you a sense of how the different signs relate to each other.
The sign of our Sun shows our illumination, while the sign of our Venus shows us our likes. Our Moon sign reveals our primal needs and feelings, while the sign of our Mars shows us what aggravates us as well as what spurs us to direct action. Mercury is the filter for our expressions, our Jupiter sign is how we view an expanded universe and life adventure, and our Saturn sign is what oppresses us or our expression of our authoritative experience. Not all of these are harmonious with each other, which is part of the complexity of human nature and why parts of us are in conflict and harmony with other parts of us.
That's why we're illuminated by certain people and situations, and very much like some people more than others. However, even our negative experiences can show us the lessons we need to learn about how we respond to certain sign energies, which is a life-long task. How we dance with the energies in our world shows us how capable we are or aren't, and what we're learning about wholeness and fragmentedness.
It is helpful to regard the 12 signs as 6 polarities. Any two signs that oppose each other are two faces of one coin, a polarity of the expression of each other. Thus they are natural mate signs, and why in Astrology we often read that opposing signs make for good partnerships. While this is not an absolute by any means, there is a definite attraction between signs that oppose each other. Of course, an opposition may be productive of great give-and-take, or great battles, depending on a host of things.
Signs that square each other are said to produce friction, but they can also generate great energy when the tension is used wisely. Usually the conflict and the solution to any conflict is to be found in the positive expression of the signs opposing those that square each other, since those are balancing forces to whatever is in energetic release. For example, when we find an Aries square Cancer energy, then we must wisely apply positive Libra and Capricorn traits to express the square in a favorable way. By studying the attribute of the signs you can learn a lot more about how these things work.
Fire signs are generally harmonious with Air signs. Water signs are generally harmonious with Earth. Sometimes due to being at the beginning or end of a sign, planets in signs usually disharmonious with each other can find harmony. And of course, as we evolve from our lower self to our Higher Self our sign expressions get better and better, and we bring the positive traits of those signs to situations in our lives.
If you're interested in learning more about which signs square and oppose each other, please go to Which Signs Square or Oppose Each Other? You'll find that in understanding the relationship of various signs to each other, you may come to understand your past, present, and future experience better, especially if you know anything about the signs of the people you've danced with. What I've given you here, along with the linked article, should help you understand the basis of many interpersonal dynamics.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson