Astrology can be a really useful tool when it comes to understanding ourselves and the people in our lives. It can give us insight into our personalities, behaviors, and underlying motivations. It can also be super helpful when it comes to identifying zodiac sign pairings compatible for love, as well as those with whom we're probably better off just keeping things friendly. The difference here is that friendship requires love and connection on a personal and intimate level, but romance needs the kind of compatibility that creates sexual chemistry, and that can motivate people to bring out the best in each other, in close quarters, for a long time. Romantic compatibility may be harder to find, but never underestimate how much love is shared in a friendship.
Because friendship is so intimate, the line between what makes for a platonic connection and a more sexual or romantic one can be a bit blurry, at least in theory. When you take into consideration what each sign needs to feel their most powerful, sexual self, the zodiac signs most likely to fall short of that become clear. However, that doesn't mean they won't share the heart connection that makes for a great friendship. With that in mind, here are the sign pairings that make better friends than lovers.
Aries & Virgo
Aries and Virgo may not seem similar at first glance, but when these two forge a friendship, they just have a blast together. They both appreciate getting outdoors and achieving goals. While this friendship may seem like it would create a strong foundation for something more romantic, there can be a disconnect in their sexual styles that makes it hard for these two to get out of the friend zone. Aries is impulsive and adventurous and wants to hook up whenever or wherever desire strikes, whereas Virgo enjoys more of a slow burn and prefers to take their time and enjoy plenty of foreplay.
Taurus & Libra
Taurus and Libra share the ruling planet, Venus, which means they both have a passion for arts and aesthetics. When these signs come together, they find a kindred spirit who appreciates the finer things in life. They make for great activity buddies, whether that’s going to an art gallery or out for drinks at a swanky speakeasy. What they lack, though, is romantic and sexual chemistry. Libra is too emotionally aloof for Taurus, and Taurus can seem needy to an air sign like Libra. So, besties it is.
Gemini & Cancer
Thanks to their ruling planet, Mercury, Gemini can gab with anyone, but there is something especially powerful about their connection to Cancer. This emotional water sign gives Gemini the opportunity to go deeper than they thought possible and Cancer loves bringing out this side in Gemini. They can talk for hours and share things with one another they’ve never told another soul, and that kind of intimacy is powerful. However, when it comes to a relationship, they will find that they trigger each other's weaknesses. Gemini’s blunt style can wound sensitive Cancer, and, in return, Cancer holds on tighter to freedom-loving Gemini.
Leo & Scorpio
Scorpio can sometimes find it hard to really get close to other people because they struggle to really trust and open up. But the warm, generous, and loyal Leo gives Scorpio the confidence they need to really open up. Both signs are very direct and honest, and appreciate that in one another. They are both very powerful and exude charm, so when they come together as friends, they are an unstoppable force. It's much harder for these two to click on a romantic level, though. All the things they love about one another as friends can become a liability if they feel as though the other is competing for dominance in the relationship, which can create intense friction between them.
Sagittarius & Capricorn
There isn’t a more different combination of signs in the zodiac than Capricorn and Sagittarius. Sag is freedom-loving and insists on living in the moment. They want to get out and experience all that life has to offer and isn’t concerned with success or tradition. Capricorn, on the other hand, is all about tradition, ambition, and structure. As you can imagine, that makes forging a romantic relationship very challenging. However, as friends, they have a way of wonderfully complementing one another. Capricorn is there to help Sag when they need advice or just a solid shoulder to lean on, and Sag helps Cap let go a little bit and enjoy life in the present.
Aquarius & Pisces
It's not unheard of for Pisces and Aquarius to be attracted to one another. Both of these water signs have a romantic streak. Pisces wears their heart on their sleeve and Aquarius buries theirs a little deeper, but it's definitely there. So, it's possible that these friendships start out on a sexual or romantic level and then evolve into friendship. Where the breakdown tends to occur is around emotional intimacy. Pisces wants to be swept off their feet with grand gestures, and that’s just not always Aquarius’ style. They show their love in more practical ways, and by simply letting you be in their inner circle. It's a love language barrier that typically results in both parties deciding "just friends" suits them better. Plus, it means they can get back to appreciating all the other things they genuinely love each other for once the romantic pressure is off.
While any combination of zodiac signs is capable of creating a romantic bond, it can be easier for some than it is for others. The same can be said of friendship. Some signs are just meant to be BFFs, and that is just as much a beautiful, loving relationship as a romantic one. Both can change your life, and both can last a lifetime.