Astrology: Expert reveals new zodiac dates as stars realign
Forget comparing Sun signs- there’s more to an astrological love match than this. To really understand your horoscope and your partner’s, you need to look at your natal chart. Express.co.uk chatted to astrologer Francesca Oddie (@francescaoddieastrology on Instagram) to find out what you should look for in someone else’s birth chart.
Francesca believes you should never date someone who you think should be your match according to astrology.
She said: “Your heart tells you who is your match, so use astrology to illuminate your situation once the feelings have been felt.
“Using astrology to chase the feelings should only ever be a very very loose strategy.”
Francesca explained astrology can help you to see why you are repeating patterns in your relationships.
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We’ve all heard opposites attract, and this is certainly true in astrology.
Francesca explained: “Opposites attract is a phrase that has been used for centuries, but where did it come from?
“The signs opposite each other on the zodiac wheel naturally attract one another.
“What I mean by this is that signs that are six months apart in our calendar are naturally magnetised- the North to our South!”
The pairs are often referred to as “different sides of the same coin”, and they are:
- Aries and Libra
- Taurus and Scorpio
- Gemini and Sagittarius
- Cancer and Capricorn
- Leo and Aquarius
- Virgo and Pisces
Francesca added: “It is said that all star signs are expressed over an axis, so for example, every Aries can have some Libran traits too.
“It is also said that we express the bad bits or negative traits of the sign opposite us when we are not feeling completely aligned.”
It goes beyond the sun
Everyone knows what their star sign is, but have you looked deeper?
Francesca said: “Whilst the Sun is the biggest ‘planet’ in our sky and therefore a very important feature in our astrology chart, we have the whole solar system to consider.
“Your birth chart is a map of the sky, a snapshot taken at the moment you were born that contains all the planets and stars in our solar system.
“To really understand your horoscope is to understand the significance of all of these planets.”
Where is your Moon sign? What does your Venus sign want? How is Mars feeling today? Understanding the bigger picture is crucial to understanding astrology and your love compatibility.
Francesca advises having a look at the planets closest to the Sun first- Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Moon.
These are your “personal planets” and they make a great starting point to understanding your chart as a whole.
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The same or opposite
It is debatable what makes a good astrological match, but Francesca thinks your signs should be the same or opposite.
She said: “Astrologers like to argue about what constitutes a good match and whilst I’m going to keep reinforcing the idea that there are so many nuances and things to keep an eye out for.
“However, there seems to be a pull toward people who are the same as us or opposite.
“Once you have calculated the sign where your Venus, Mars, Mercury, Sun and Moon reside, you might observe that the people you love have those planets in the same position as you or opposite.
“This seems to be the fundamental principle of attraction.”
Francesca broke down what each of these five planets means:
- Venus corresponds with your values.
- Mars corresponds with what turns you on.
- The Moon corresponds with your needs.
- The Sun corresponds with your vocation or calling
- Mercury corresponds with your communication style.
Francesca thinks this is the key to understanding relationship astrology and unpicking challenging dynamics.
She gave an example of a Gemini woman with Mars in Taurus and Moon in Aquarius.
This woman “might be very comfortable with your articulate, chatty, airy, detached nature.”
She loves to party, she enjoys variety and chatter, and commitment might be a struggle for her.
Francesca said: “Along comes Mr Taurus, he’s steady, loves nature, doesn’t talk much and prefers a night in on the sofa to brunches out on the town.
“He is a gardener who works all day and likes to put his feet up and eat a good meal in the evening.
“So this Gemini woman (who also has Mars in Taurus) is inexplicably attracted to this Taurus man, the chalk to your cheese.”
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