Being in your twenties is a complicated time. It’s a time where you’re starting to discover who you are while often juggling work, study, family, friends and relationships. It can start to be a bit overwhelming.
Any new relationship can be scary, fun and enticing at the same time. But if there was any clue as to the likeliness of your relationship working out, wouldn’t you want to know it?
For some, they choose to look to the star, to see if the astrology of their potential partner is an indicator of whether or not they are compatible. Sometimes it is just an afterthought, like when you break up with someone and say to yourself “oh well, he was a Taurus, so it’s no wonder things didn’t work out!”
However, there really is no substantial evidence as to whether astrology is accurate or not. Vlogger and biologist Hank Green took to Twitter saying “astrology is not a thing, but if it helps people analyse themselves and ponder their decisions and their future.”
Although Hank Green has a science background, he has no specific knowledge in Astrology. But with a large online following his words always have a wide reach. Other well known scientists, including ethologist Richard Dawkins, have gone out of their way to publicly pronounce there is no scientific evidence that links the placement of the cosmos to the likeliness of life events.
Professor at The University of Essex, Nick Allum, adds that it is common for people to confuse astrology with science. He argues there is often a confusion between astronomy and astrology, not just because of the similar names, but also due to the similarity in the study.
For professional astrologers, scientific evidence is not necessary, as astrology is largely regarded as a belief system. For each astrologer, how they go about this belief system simply depends on their own undertakings of the study.
Professional astrologer Ashtara, says her work is deeply psychological with a spiritual undertone.
“I like to work with my clients on a soul level rather than superficially,” she said.
Her knowledge on the compatibility between different signs makes her an asset to those trying to figure out their own compatibility.
Given the chance to know the likeliness of a potential relationship working out, six eager volunteers agreed to go on blind dates to find out if what the stars say is true.
Alex, 19, Engineering Student + Chloe, 19, Design Student
Sagittarius and Leo – The Perfect Match
“First thought for me was he looks a lot better than the photos,” Chloe said with a laugh after her blind date with Alex.
“From the start he was really easy to talk to.”
Alex, an engineering student described Chloe as ‘colourful’ after seeing her bright pink hair for the first time. Initially he was taken aback by Chloe, but when the conversation started flowing everything changed.
“Once we started talking we had a lot in common,” Alex said.
“It was a surprise.”
“I feel like on an intellectual level there was a very good connection, and he was pretty cute,” Chloe said with a big grin on her face. After going on what both of them considered to be a good first date, Alex and Chloe were stumped to think of things they disliked about each other. Alex looked up to the right in recollection, but failed to think of anything. Similarly, Chloe couldn’t fault Alex.
“I guess, there’s nothing I don’t particularly like, it’s the just the fact that, I don’t know what will happen next?” Chloe said. “If there’s something about him that I don’t like, then not yet.”
From just one meeting Alex was able to speak of Chloe in high regard, describing her as smart but ‘not just textbook smart’. Chloe admired Alex’s commitment to detail.
“He had a trait that I really liked. He tried, he tried to dress himself nicely,” she said.
“[I like] people who present themselves nicely, they [and] put effort into their lives,
“I like people who know what they want and go for it. That’s something I like about him, and in general.”
Astrologer Ashtara says the two fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius can easily generate a love.
“Sagittarius will need freedom to explore whereas Leo may want to lead the exploration,” she said.
“The two together can get on well provided each respects the other’s personal space, and spiritual and religious beliefs.”
Saxon, 19, Creative Industries Student + Danni, 21, Photographer
Libra and Taurus – The Wild Card Match
When Danni and Saxon met there was an instant connection. However unlike Alex and Chloe, this connection was not of the romantic nature.
“I thought she was pretty cool, chill, relaxed,” Saxon said speaking of his initial impression of Danni. They found they were able to get along well from the get go.
“He’s very open, he’s very friendly,” Danni said regarding Saxon.
“I think we are definitely compatible, we have a lot in common a lot of the same interests, we are both very easy going and have a similar sense of humour.”
After spending time together Saxon described Danni as nice and relaxed.
“[Danni’s] not one of those people who were just jumping all over the conversations,” he said.
Despite admiring many of Danni’s qualities, Saxon didn’t feel as they could be anything more than just friends. He reflected on what differed Danni from the sort of person he would normally date.
“It’s hard because I’ve never really thought about that sort of thing,” he said after a long pause.
Danni’s reaction was similar. After stopping to think for a while, she said she preferred to date people who were more independent. Saxon being her junior by two years definitely had an influence on her impression.
“Humour is definitely a big one, I can’t date someone without a sense of humour… I like people to be really friendly and not uptight,” she said.
On terms of compatibility, they sat on the same page.
“As friends yeah, anything more than that no,” Saxon said.
As for seeing each other again? “Yes! Probably not in a romantic aspect, just as friends,” Danni said with a laugh.
Ashtara says the earth sign, Taurus, and air sign, Libra, have the ability to get along really well.
“[They] can experience a harmonious and balanced relationship, especially when their values are aligned,” she said.
Jacob, 20, Content Producer + Lizzy, 20, Speech Pathology Student
Virgo and Aries – The Bad Match
Just like any two strangers meeting for the first time, Lizzy and Jacob were eager to see how their blind date would go.
“I was just really scared,” Lizzy said nervously laughing.
Both Jacob and Lizzy were really stuck for words to describe their date.
“It was fun,” Lizzy said without much else to elaborate on. Jacob described the experience as “pretty chill” but didn’t offer any further detail. It was obvious the two of them were trying to be nice, but there was no obvious connection.
Initially Lizzy didn’t have much to say about how compatible she felt with Jacob.
“It’s so hard to make that assumption from just looking at someone,” she said.
“He just seemed really kind.”
Similarly, Jacob couldn’t find the words to describe how he felt initially.
“I honestly couldn’t say, it wasn’t something that crossed my mind at that point,” he said.
Although Lizzy didn’t have anything bad to say about Jacob, she barely had anything overtly positive to say.
“I don’t know, I thought he was cool,” she said, unable to think of anything else.
In spite of Jacob not feeling a strong connection with Lizzy, he didn’t want to completely rule out the possibility.
“I wouldn’t say fully [compatible],” he said.
“The conversation sort of died off towards the end, but I suppose that’s normal for someone you just met,
“I didn’t feel like there was really anything special there, but it was still a nice time.”
In terms of whether they would want to see each other again, neither had a definitive answer. Lizzy said she would maybe want to see Jacob, whereas Jacob said maybe in a social context.
Ashtara explained that Virgo and Aries have very different personalities.
“Virgo, an earth sign is usually practical and efficient, absorbed in task,” she said.
“Aries, a fire sign, can be impulsive and think only of self,
“The relationship could work well if Virgo works with the detail and routine of everyday living while Aries pursues activities.”