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Elemental Astrological Compatibility of the Personal Planets

Date 4/4/2024
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Astrology is a fantastic tool for assisting us in making various choices in our lives, from career, relocation, when to plan a trip, and, of course, who would make the best partner for us.

When selecting an ideal partner, it is helpful to look at the personal planets in addition to the Sun sign since this will outline the best synergy in communication, expressing emotions, and attraction. The personal planets are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.  In addition to the personal planets, we have elemental aspects that influence the individual expressions, such as Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.


Sun Sign Compatibility

The Sun is the most impactful placement in the chart since it amplifies the individual's characteristics and personality traits. Unlike the personal planets, the Sun makes an annual return on the day of the person’s birthday.

Not only does the Sun heighten the qualities and characters of each sign, but it also highlights the elements representing each sign. As you focus on the elements, you will understand what drives the individual and how to engage with them best.

Fire signs
Sun in Fire Signs

While the Sun is stationed in Fire signs, its influence is amplified since fire is its own natural element of power.  In fire signs, the Sun increases the tendency for action, personal gratification, and a self-driven personality. Individuals with the Sun in Fire signs tend to pursue their desires or goals with ferocity, seldom allowing anything to distract them.  In a relationship, they tend to go big in their pursuits and have no qualms about going after the person they are interested in, even if they may not be available.  They are quick to action, impulsive, and often quite unstoppable when they decide to obtain their heart’s desire.  If they have no personal planets with Earth or Water signs, they can be a forceful and determined individual who fears very little and will go after what they want. 

  • Aries (March 21 – April 20) In love situations, they may jump in without thinking of anything other than their need to be with the one they desire.
  • Leo (July 22 – August 21)  When in love, they can be very affectionate and larger than life when demonstrating their love or attraction to the person they connect with.
  • Sagittarius (November 22 0 December 21) They throw caution to the wind and will go into a relationship with all heart and little worry about it working or not working.

Compatible signs:   Air Signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius

Sun in Earth Signs

The Sun in Earth signs can be quite nurturing and provide the type of emotional security that many desire and crave in their lives. The Sun is grounded in Earth signs, so they tend to avoid fast involvements and are much more reserved regarding emotional commitments. Regarding romance, Earth signs like dating slowly and growing into a relationship rather than jumping into things without full awareness. Earth signs need to know what they are getting into before embarking on a long-term commitment since they take this step quite seriously.

  • Taurus (April 21 – May 20) A significant trademark of this sign is their warm, easy-going charm and their tendency to take time to commit, but once they do, they are around for a long time.
  • Virgo. (August 22 - September 21) There is a tendency to appear disconnected, but only because Virgo takes their time to open up.  They prefer slow and steady connections since they are selective about whom they share their hearts with.
  • Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) This sign can be fun, yet they are careful in letting anyone capture their hearts.  They know what they want, and once they make up their mind, you become a constant in their lives.
    Compatible signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces

 Air signs

Sun in Air Signs

The Sun amplifies the associated qualities of Air, specifically in the signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. The element air enhances the intellect, skills of communication, and wit. Individuals tend to use words to magical charm and capture our interest and hearts. Signs ruled by Air can be challenging to force into commitment or concrete arrangements.  They usually prefer spontaneous and last-minute arrangements, which can make them appear unreliable and flighty; however, once they commit, they make a wonderful companion.

  • Gemini (May 21-June 20) Individuals can seem distracted, but they are focused and careful in letting many into their inner circle of trust.  They appear fun and noncommittal, but it’s only a ruse to see your true nature before they let you in.
  • Libra (September 22 – October 21) The easy-going, fun-loving makes for an enjoyable connection, but it may keep you wondering about long-term commitments. Pacing yourself is the key to their heart since the fun-loving nature serves as a filter that protects their hearts.
  • Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) The cool and calm exterior may seem uninterested in romance, but they respond to intelligence and mental stimulation like bees to honey.

Compatible signs: Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius

Water sign
Sun in Water Signs

The Sun highlights the characteristics of the element of Water, which consists of empathy, emotional intelligence, and compassion.  Water influences our ability to understand and connect to others. Water offers emotional awareness, insight, and flexibility to adapt to all situations.  Water signs can connect easily with others on various levels and know how to provide nurturing and support when needed. However, if there are conflicting aspects, Water signs can be moody, secretive, needy, and indifferent to your needs.  When it comes to relationships, Water signs tend to make loving partners who have the ability to make us feel loved and wanted.

  • Cancer (June 21-July 21) This sign's empathic and warm nature is like home, but be aware that there are natural caretakers, which means you may have to share their attention with others drawn to their generous nature.
  • Scorpio (October 22 – November 21) This misunderstood sign is quite insightful and sensitive, so they avoid disclosing to inquisitive types they don’t trust.  They only allow a select few into their hearts, so they are often seen as secretive and closed off.
  • Pisces (February 19 – March 20) The chameleon of the zodiac is similar on some levels to Loki since they can become whatever you desire, and when they are no longer happy, they will slip away. Consistency and transparency are the keys to their heart, so be honest and keep your word.

Compatible signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn


Your Moon Sign in Love and Relationships

The moon transits every few days through the zodiac signs. Your moon sign impacts how you express emotions to the world and how you process them.  Depending on the elemental placement of the moon, an individual can either be stoic or extremely moody. 

In the element of Water, the moon will be supercharged, making individuals feel much more empathic, sensitive, and reactive. 
In the element of Earth, the moon can be pretty stoic and unexpressive or hold a grudge a lot longer than desired.
In the element of Fire,
the moon can be explosive, erratic, or passionate
In the element of Air,
the moon can become logical, overanalytical, and disconnected.

When it comes to relationships, individuals may have challenges expressing their true feelings either because they lack insight or the confidence needed to disclose them or because they overthink everything to the point that they dilute how they feel. Of course, you have individuals who are super quick at expressing their feelings and have no qualms about oversharing or expressing emotions.


Your Mercury Sign in Love and Relationships

Mercury is the planet of communication, travel, and mental agility. This planet helps us connect on several levels. It can spark interest through charm, wit, and transparent communication. Depending on Mercury's placement, manipulation, double-talk, or anxious chatter can also occur. Mercury is the personal planet that determines how well you communicate with your partner on various levels. Communication can take on different styles depending on the element of the zodiac sign that Mercury occupies.  

Mercury in Air signs

A Mercury placement in Libra, Aquarius, or Gemini, Mercury can be witty, fun, and mentally enjoyable. When addressing serious issues, you must be direct and not overexplain yourself; otherwise, the web of charm and avoidance will override the conversation. You may never get a direct answer when it comes to sharing how they feel about you since they dislike making themselves emotionally vulnerable. 


Mercury in Fire signs

Mercury in either Aries, Sagittarius, or Leo, Mercury can be a tad assertive, brutally honest, and yet charming. If you are the sensitive type, you may get a bit shocked by their bluntness if you are not prepared.  In truth, you will know where you stand and seldom wonder how they feel since they are fully capable of disclosure, which means if they like you, you know it from the onset.

Mercury in Earth signs

When in Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, Mercury can often get stuck in overthinking or refusing to lose control.  Conversations are intentional and serve a purpose, making Mercury grounded and more mindful when it comes to personal disclosure of feelings, especially romantic ones.  They take their time to share their feelings, but when they do, it’s based on complete awareness rather than impulsivity.


Mercury in Water signs

When in Scorpio, Cancer, or Pisces, Mercury can fluctuate from directness to total silence.  Individuals may not have any qualms about sharing their feelings for you; the problem is not the sharing as much emotional overload they tend to experience more than the average person. One moment, they are talkative; the next moment, they are in silent observant mode.  Water represents emotions, which can be draining and require emotional maintenance, which can take on the form of quiet time.  It is essential to understand that when dating emotionally sensitive types, they need time to recharge to avoid burnout.


Your Venus Sign in Love and Relationships

Venus is known as the planet of love and its expression. It is one of the cornerstones of the relationship foundation. It is not the only significant relationship planet, but it is actually the planet that often keeps us together, even if we have limited communication skills or emotional insight. I find Venus is where Cupid goes to play but often doesn’t know the rules of engagement.  Venus’s energy is displayed differently depending on the elements and zodiac signs it transits in. 

Venus in Earth signs

People with Venus in Taurus, Capricorn, or Virgo are fairly slow at taking emotional risks unless they have elements such as fire, air, or water stirring in the Moon or Mercury.  Relationships on Earth signs tend to be a slow and steady build-up that can often test one’s patience and create doubts.  However, they usually remain in your life once they are fully committed. If you don’t mind taking it slowly and getting to know a potential partner before diving into the emotional pool's deep end, then they are the ideal type for you.


Venus in Fire Signs

Those with Venus in Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius can be quite a whirlwind of emotional activities. The placement of Venus in fire indicates that individuals with these aspects have no problems connecting to others.  They are comfortable and confident in expressing their needs and desires, which means they do not overthink how they feel about others.

Venus in Air Signs

A person with Venus in Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius can sometimes appear detached, yet they are flirty and fun to get to know. Venus in the placement air can feel as if nothing will flourish romantically, but they keep your attention and know how to make you feel excited about prospects. There is a spontaneous and magical charm being weaved that promises but may or may not deliver; with air, it is challenging to know where one stands regarding commitment.  Remember, the key to dating an air sign is to use the “dating” time to get to know each other in the here and now, and before you know it, the future is now.

Venus in Water signs

Someone with Venus in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces can be super romantic or covert in their true feelings. Water signs can quickly get attached or be slippery and indecisive regarding commitments.  Depending on the other personal planets, such as Mercury or the Moon, in their charts, Venus can offer the emotional strength to express itself bravely and without any hesitation.  A significant placement of Venus means you will enjoy the time and an unforgettable connection regardless of duration.

Your Mars Sign in Love and Relationships

Mars is one of the 4th personal planets, and it affects our physical expressions and passions.  It strongly influences our sexual drive as well as our innate need to protect and defend our principles.  Mars represents warrior energy, as well as our sexual expressions. When Mars is well placed, the individuals are energetic and motivated and enjoy their lives to the fullest, meaning they live passionately.  When Mars is poorly placed, the individual struggles physically in many areas has a low libido, and has poor motivation to finish goals or become productive; or they can be super aggressive, easily angered, impatient, and driven by his needs and cravings. 


Mars in Fire Signs

The planet Mars supercharges and intensifies fire Signs. Mars can be a force of nature in fire signs like Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. These signs may display strong athletic skills, be energetic and fun, and possess a healthy sex drive. Mars in Aries is assertive, unstoppable, and action oriented. Mars in Leo is dynamic, compelling, and quite passionate. In Sagittarius, Mars is fearless, adventurous, and determined. On a negative note, the placement of Mars can create relationship struggles since there is a tendency for arrogance, control, and quick tempers.   Mars in Fire is forever evolving and keeping the spark alive in their relationship.

Mars in Earth Signs

Mars provides Earth with signs of the fire needed to energize them; however, unlike Fire signs, Mars is tame and much more grounded in Earth signs, yet unstoppable and goal oriented. Mars in Taurus is fearlessly determined, has a strong will, and whose views are difficult to change. Mars in Virgo is disciplined, focused, and committed to the bitter end. Capricorn creates a strong, determined individual who is self-directed and not easily discouraged. Mars in Earth can be challenging to see eye to eye, but they are also willing to fight for the relationship and don’t give up so easily.

Mars in Air Signs

Mars is not as explosive here as in other signs, yet it is forceful and determined by nature. Mars in Gemini is strong both mentally and physically strong.  Mars in Aquarius provides mental stamina and the ability to exhaust others mentally. Mars in Libra is determined and resourceful when dealing with conflicts.  In truth, Mars in Air signs provide an individual who does not give up easily and is willing to fight for things that matter to them; they are the warriors for the underserved and battle against injustice, which means in relationships, you will not be the doormat to anyone who mistreats you.

Mars in Water Signs 

Mars in these signs may have unpredictable and abrupt tendencies.  Strong emotions are expressed gradually, giving the appearance of things being contained; however, eventually, if things are not resolved, the individual loses control, even if it’s for a moment. Mars in Scorpio is the most contained since they are not naturally explosive, yet intense and powerful.  Mars in Cancer can become moody and combative, even though they dislike anything that creates disharmony.  Mars in Pisces can be like an ocean storm that comes out of nowhere, does its damage, and then, just as quickly, the calm returns.  Mars in Water produces an easy-going companion unless you disagree or cross their boundaries.


Remember that the information provided serves as a tool to help you better connect with others on both romantic and platonic levels. Regardless of the aspects, everyone is an individual, and the chart simply provides a starting point for helping us understand each other.




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Minerva is a skilled Psychic, Tarot reader, Intuitive Coach, Interfaith Minister, and Reiki Master with a Degree in Psychology. She has more than 35 years of working as an intuitive coach and a psychic reader. Minerva, a Native New Yorker who enjoyed a career as a therapist and metaphysical teacher for over 30, has retired and is now devoted to doing psychic readings and writing. Minerva’s intuitive skills and experience as a therapist provide her with a solid background for exploring various heart and soul topics with compassion and deep understanding.


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