9 Zodiac Sign Compatibility Theories People Swear By

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When the worlds of dating and astrology collide, you end up in the thorny land of sign compatibility, where astrologers attempt to make sweeping generalizations about which signs are meant to be together (and which are better off steering clear of each other). It goes without saying that compatibility is only formulaic to a point. You like who you like for a whole host of reasons, and it'd be silly to give your S.O.'s sign too much credit.
But that doesn't mean we aren't entitled to our own, very personal opinions of the signs. So we asked the R29 community to share their thoughts on which signs they think they're most (and least) compatible with. And to put it lightly, they did not hold back.
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Most of these compatibility theories were based on past experiences or current relationships. And fortunately, most people we heard from said they'd never flat-out turned someone down because of their sign. People may be wary of certain signs, but it seems that astrology will never be the deciding factor for who they ultimately choose to date.
Ahead, check out nine Zodiac sign compatibility theories people swear by, and share you own in the comments.
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Geminis' two halves are terrifying to me.

Name: Tara
Sign: Virgo

Most compatible with: "I am most compatible with Taurus women... I myself am a Virgo, moon in Taurus. My mom is a Taurus, and some of my best friends for life are Taurus or have Virgo in their charts. I find that Earth signs gel with me the most — at least they are on my exact level. I also get along with fellow Virgos, too, but sometimes that's too much Virgo to take."

Least compatible with: "Definitely Gemini... I have almost never had a good experience with a Gem so I steer clear. I had a Gem roommate, and she couldn't be more two-faced. One day, she was happy-go-lucky and, within hours, she was giving me the silent treatment. Geminis' two halves are terrifying to me."
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I can't be bothered to keep up with their new whims every day.

Name: Christina
Sign: Capricorn

Most compatible with: "Leo — not sure exactly why, but I am able to get along and understand Leos, probably because I have a Leo moon. Leo likes a lot of attention and is the life of the party, so (for me) they are easy to get along with. They also have a good sense of humor and want to make their friends happy. Virgo, too — they're tough/stoic on the outside, but soft on the inside. I can relate to them and find mutual understanding in a friendship with them."

Least compatible with: "Libra and Aquarius. Libra is very indecisive and too preoccupied with being liked by everyone, and I am very strong in my beliefs and decisive, so I get frustrated easily. Aquarius has issues with empathy and just are not good at being there for you, because they are more concerned with their own emotions. Aquarius are clever though, so they can be very funny. Sagittarius, too, because they are all over the place and do their own thing, and I can't be bothered to keep up with their new whims every day."
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They know how to handle me.

Name: Paula
Sign: Aries

Most compatible with: "I'm a fiery Aries. Like, very fiery. I've found I mesh best with Pisces, a more chill water sign. Although I'm probably a little overwhelming at first, overall, they know how to handle me, and I've had the most palpable chemistry with Pisces in the past."

Least compatible with: "Probably another fire sign — Leo. Whereas Aries typically speak their minds, Leos are more low-key about their assholeness. They're just quiet assholes in my opinion, which is the worst kind of asshole. We just don't mesh. (Sorry if you're a Leo!)"
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The sign twice removed from your own sign is your best match.

Name: Jay
Sign: Cancer

Most compatible with: "Taurus — generally, the sign twice removed from your own sign is your best match. Taurus and Cancer relationships are all about balance. The strong headedness of the Taurus balances the more emotional Cancer."

Least compatible with: "Aries in particular. Any fire sign in general. Since Cancers are water signs, we are the complete opposites of fire signs. Cancers are laid back and introverted, while fire signs personify everything that water signs are not. "
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Leos work well with other fire signs!

Name: Jessica
Sign: Leo

Most compatible with: "Leo, Aries, Sagittarius — I am a Leo and Leos work well with other fire signs! I have dated three men in my life, one a Sagittarius, one an Aries and my current and longest term boyfriend is a Leo! I think I work with other fire signs, because we are similar type of people. Outgoing, fun, passionate. Not overly emotional."

Least compatible with: "Not sure — probably signs that are more emotional, haha."
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I'll like any sign, really.

Name: Danielle
Sign: Gemini

Most compatible with: "I think I get along really well with Sagittariuses — they're my exact opposite in the zodiac. They're a little full of themselves and moody if things aren't precise and going their way, but they are very affectionate friends (but they do expect you do to things for them without reciprocation). For romance compatibility, I'm not too sure. I've dated a Gemini and an Aquarius and currently a Scorpio. Each was/is difficult in their own ways to be with, and other things are easier. I'll like any sign, really."

Least compatible with: "I don't think I'm that good with water signs, like Scorpios or Pisces. They're too emotional and realistic (cough cough my boyfriend, oh the irony). But I'm a Gemini-Cancer cusp, so maybe that Cancer part of me gets on with them fine."
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I'm really drawn to Geminis.

Name: Cory
Sign: Scorpio

Most compatible with: "For some reason, I'm really drawn to Geminis. My current partner is one, and my ex before him was also one — they're a day apart! I like that there's a duality and it keeps things fresh. "

Least compatible with: "I tend to get nervous when I hear someone's also a Scorpio, because I know they're just like me, and I'm the worst. But I'm a Scorpio-Libra cusp, so I'm not actually the worst. "
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My best friend — who's also my sister — happens to be a Cancer.

Name: Rebecca
Sign: Pisces

Most compatible with: "Cancer! Because they're a water sign and my best friend — who's also my sister — happens to be a Cancer. They tend to be quiet, thoughtful people and very creative. (I'm a Pisces, so this all works out for me!)"

Least compatible with: "Probably Gemini. Er, because that's what my mom is, and I can't handle it."
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I need a partner who's in touch with their feelings — but won't get all dramatic about them.

Name: Sam
Sign: Capricorn

Most compatible with: "In my experience, Cancers make fantastic friends and significant others. As a textbook Capricorn, I need a partner who's in touch with their feelings — but won't get all dramatic about them. I feel like Cancers strike that balance between emotionally open and chill. And chillness is a must in my very non-chill Capricorn life."

Least compatible with: "Aquarians. Full stop. I once read something about how Aquarians grow up already believing they're just naturally special — and this self-denying Cap can't get behind that kind of thinking."
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