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by Jennifer Brown Banks

Astrology and Mate Selection
(Is Love Written in the Stars?)

Astrology Defined
“The study of the positions and movements of astronomical bodies--- in particular, the sun, moon, and planets and their supposed effect on life and events on earth.”
~ F&W New Encyclopedia

Long before there were online dating compatibility tests, or Internet advice sites, inquiring minds sought answers to love’s questions by consulting the “stars”. In previous decades, Astrology (a science based upon alignment of the stars and their affect on human behavior), was a common tool for assessing romantic compatibility and making mate selection.


As a matter of fact, a very popular pick up line at bars and social venues for singles used to be “What’s your sign?”

Astrology buffs would consult their zodiac charts like they would their best friend or priest, when plagued by which course of action to pursue in matters of the heart.

Though there are skeptics that don’t consider it a “true science”, many will attest to a great degree of accuracy regarding this ancient art. For example, my Zodiac sign is Cancer. According to the classifications established for people born under this sign, I am described as being kind, affectionate, romantic, moody, creative, diligent and sentimental. As far as generalizations go, that’s pretty darn accurate! It even goes further to identify my quirks and idiosyncrasies -- like being a collector of things, and my love of food and warmly heated places.

I must admit... though I don’t read my horoscope daily, the study of Astrology intrigues me. Truth be told, I have used it from time to time in terms of assessing potential partners. For example, Virgo men, from my experience, are typically romantic and affectionate. They also tend to be ambitious with high standards. We have a lot in common.

Men born under the sign of Gemini, have other strengths. If you want to laugh a lot and have a good time, a guy born under this sign is a good candidate! But they also tend to be flirtatious, and not always “grounded”.

Though I would never use this method solely to select someone or screen someone out, it has provided useful clues as to what I might expect in my dealings with the opposite sex. Many forecasts have been right on the money, I must say!

For those who may not be familiar with Astrology, horoscopes, and the zodiac break down, here’s the standard chart. Based upon when you were born, here’s your sign:

Sign Birth Months
Aries March 21 - April 19
Taurus April 20 - May 20
Gemini May 21 - June 20
Cancer June 21 - July 22
Leo July 23 - August 22
Virgo August 23 - September 22
Libra September 23 - October 22
Scorpio October 23 - November 21
Sagittarius November 22 - December 21
Capricorn December 22 - January 19
Aquarius January 20 - February 18
Pisces February 19 - March 20

In the interest of edification, I took an informal poll of some in-the-know singles to see where they stood on Astrology and mate selection. This is how they weighed in:

“Astrology, like all other things has its place. Although I’m not a believer in the mystery of planetary happenings, I do from time to time read up on specific things on family and self. In my opinion, Leos are vain, sexy, and self-assured. Cancers are the most romantic. However they also love the ladies, and will possibly cheat if they think they won’t get caught. Aquarians are sexy, creative, talented. Beware, will steal your heart!” -- C.B. 40 year old nurse.

“The most romantic are Leos and Libras. Cheapest? Virgo or Cancer , but they’ll call it thrifty.” -- K.C.-- Student

“When it comes to love making, Virgos are leaders among men! Cancers reign supreme in terms of being romantic." --- E.D., writer

Additional Resources
There are many online sites and books that will take your birthday and zodiac sign and determine your chances of success in a relationship, based upon your intended’s birth information as well. One such source is Another popular site is Yahoo! Horoscopes. Just for fun, log in and see what’s written in the stars for your love life!

What do you think about Astrology and compatibility? Let me hear from you! Send your thoughts my way at

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