It’s true that most of us get into astrology to see what the stars have to say about our romantic relationships. But compatibility isn’t just for lovers; in fact, it works just as well for friends! It’s not just coincidence that three of your BFF’s were all born the same week in April or that you’re always running from one birthday party to the next for the entire month of June. So how do we know who’s meant to be our zodiac best friends?
All of us—and all of our charts—are extremely complex. But one of the simplest ways to tell if you’re going to click is if your signs share an element. The zodiac is divided into four groups of three signs (what astrologers call the triplicities) based on elemental type: fire, earth, air and water. The bold fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) love to hang with the social air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). The grounded earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) get along with sensitive water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces).
A less-discussed bond is that between signs that share the same planetary ruler: That’s Aries and Scorpio (Mars), Taurus and Libra (Venus), Gemini and Virgo (Mercury), Sagittarius and Pisces (Jupiter) and Capricorn and Aquarius (Saturn). If you want to get hyper-personal with your zodiac best friend compatibility you can also see what sign is on the cusp of your third house (close friends/chosen family) and 11th house (social networks) in your birth chart (you can calculate it here!). Those signs usually share the same element and can tell you a lot about your personal friendship vibe. Do you like partying with fire signs or getting deep with water signs?
If all of this is getting too complicated, don’t worry, we also made a cheat sheet! Keep reading to find out zodiac best friends written in the stars.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Aries: Aries always seem to come in pairs. And though romantic relationships between two rams usually end in disaster (the flame runs hot but burns out fast!), friendships can last forever. Who else can keep up with all that energy?
Gemini: This friendship can be simply described as the cry-laughing emoji. Between Gemini’s quick wit and Aries’ ability to see the bright side of every situation, these two are always having fun and definitely plotting something. Watch out for their pranks!
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Virgo: Change-averse Taurus just wants their friends to be reliable and who is more reliable than a Virgo? The opposite of a fair-weather friend, Virgos are always prepared for the stormiest of days whether that be a major breakup or a flu that keeps you out of work for a week. These two might not have the most adventurous lifestyle but they’re each other’s rock.
Cancer: Down-to-earth Taurus and homebody Cancer spend much of their friendship at home: camping out in the living room, binging a show and ordering endless take (out. These two love creature comforts and are each other’s go-to when it’s time to pick out a restaurant for a date or splurge on some new home furnishings. Taurus and Cancer always make their own party without ever having to leave the house!
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Libra: As two air signs, Gemini and Libra are an intellectual match. These two love to see arthouse films, wander around museums and check out experimental tasting menus together. Anything that keeps their senses stimulated and the conversation flowing. Outsiders can never keep up with their rapport which is just how they like it.
Leo: Gemini and Leo are the kind of BFFs who are also secretly frenemies. Both love attention, and when they’re not competing with each other, they’re completing each other’s sentences. What keeps them together for the long haul is that neither is ever going to sugarcoat a situation. Leo always tells Gemini exactly how it is.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Pisces: When two water signs come together, things just flow. Cancer and Pisces are both extremely empathetic and can find refuge in each other from all the emotional labor they’re constantly doing for everyone else. Their hangs can last hours but both always leave feeling nourished, never drained.
Capricorn: Cancer and Capricorn are opposite signs. But as the two of the most responsible signs in the zodiac, these two make an amazing pair as friends. Cancer holds their friends to extremely high standards (it’s said that they’re only tough on those they love) and thankfully, Capricorns never disappoint.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Sagittarius: Ruled by the sun and expansive Jupiter respectively, Leo and Sagittarius are always pumping each other up! As far as Sagittarius is concerned, there’s no reason Leo shouldn’t be following her intuition. As BFFs, these two are an unstoppable force and can also make amazing business partners who don’t let anyone stand in the way of their success.
Libra: Leo and Libra love each other for their beauty and style. These are the friends who look so good when they go out that they can’t help but make a scene. Leo appreciates that Libra is always on top of the latest fashion trends and is willing to splurge on makeup and skincare that are worth the extra money.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Cancer: Virgos are always trying to fix everyone else’s life but who’s going to fix their life? That’s why Virgos always need a Cancer friend. Virgos hate asking for help, but Cancer is always there for them before they even have to ask.
Scorpio: Mercury-ruled Virgo and Mars-ruled Scorpio get along because they appreciate a friend who can keep a secret. Both of these signs feel especially betrayed when someone blows their spot, but they know that they can always trust the other to keep their thoughts under wraps.
Libra (September 23 – October 21)
Taurus: Libra and Taurus are both ruled by Venus—planet of art, music and aesthetics. These two are BFFs because of their mutual amazing taste! Though Taurus is more focused on creature comforts and Libra is concerned with how things look, the two of them never run out of things to talk about whether it’s art to critique or a fancy meal to review.
Aquarius: This is the Paris Hilton (Aquarius) and Kim Kardashian (Libra) friendship. What seems like a surface-level connection is actually a deep, intellectual understanding. Both extremely popular, together they can build a social empire.
Scorpio (October 22 – November 21)
Aries: As the two Mars-ruled signs in the zodiac, Scorpio and Aries are both extremely driven. These are the BFF’s who start off as each other’s academic or professional competition and end up bonding over mutual appreciation. Aries is always pushing Scorpio to reach her full potential.
Taurus: Scorpio and Taurus are opposites, but they’re also the most loyal signs of the zodiac. Both are sensitive and sensual and appreciate the other for their willingness to go deep no matter what. While others consider both of them quite stubborn, these BFFs appreciate each other’s consistency.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Pisces: Both Sagittarius and Pisces are ruled by Jupiter—the planet of expansion, optimism and joy. So as BFFs, these two are each other’s good luck charm. Pisces always encourages Sagittarius to go after their dream, no matter how far-fetched or impossible it initially seems.
Aries: When Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius and Mars-ruled Aries get together, things get supercharged. This is the Taylor Swift (Sagittarius) and Jack Antonoff (Aries) friendship. Did you know those two wrote the bridge to “Getaway Car” in just 28 seconds?
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Virgo: As two grounded earth signs (who often get written off as “stuffy” or “obsessed with work”), Capricorn and Virgo appreciate each other’s dark side. Together, these BFFs like to shed their super responsible exterior and let their freak flags fly.
Aquarius: This is the Oprah (Aquarius) and Gayle (Capricorn) friendship: one that ages like a fine wine (or a complex French cheese). Both Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn—the planet of hard work and longevity. It might take these BFFs some time to warm up to each other, but both know that connection is about the long game.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Gemini: Aquarius and Gemini together are a match that’s almost too cool. As social air signs, both love people, culture and information and are the pair that’s always holding court at a party, making everyone in the room laugh.
Leo: Aquarius and Leo are opposite signs and are both known for being fiercely independent. They work as BFFs because they know how to simultaneously build each other up and give each other space.
Pisces (February 19 – March 21)
Scorpio: Though many people find Scorpios intimidating, Pisces knows that deep down, their fellow sensitive water sign is a softie. Both hate small talk, so their conversations always go deep. Though Pisces usually worries about burdening other people with their problems, Scorpio knows just the right thing to say to get the fish to open up.
Capricorn: Despite being super in tune with everyone else’s emotions, Pisces are often deeply misunderstood. Many people write them off as “spaced out” or “overly sensitive.” But grounded Capricorns know that Pisces are extremely wise. Capricorns might actually be the only sign that truly “gets” Pisces which is why these two are the ultimate BFFs.