There are 12 zodiac signs, each with its own specific characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, unique desires and attitude towards life and people. Astrology and the meanings behind our signs can give us a glimpse of a person’s basic outlook on life, habits, preferences, flaws, and fears.

As you may know, zodiac signs belong to one of four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. While signs that have the same element tend to understand each other best, Air is also highly compatible with Fire, and Water is highly compatible with Earth.

In fact, all zodiac signs in astrology are at least somewhat compatible, which means that the vibe between any two signs falls somewhere on a spectrum. Some zodiac signs are highly compatible, while others are less so, but it doesn’t mean you can use your listening and communication skills to make it work.

There are different kind of matches based upon the distance between your sign and your partner’s on the zodiac.

First, there are same sign relationship matches, such as a Scorpio with another Scorpio. Obviously, this would be a highly like-temperament relationship. Joining forces with a kindred spirit of sorts may sound like heaven – but it requires a strong sense of self-acceptance, and also independence, lest your relationship fizzle out from too much togetherness.

Semi-sextile, or one sign apart love matches occur when you fall for someone one sign away on either side of your own zodiac sign. For example, an Aries with either a Pisces or Taurus, a Taurus with either an Aries of a Gemini, a Gemini with either a Taurus or Cancer, and so on, all the way around the zodiac. These relationships are characterized by friction and a desire to learn.

Sextile love matches are – you guessed it – two signs apart from each other. Characterized by friendship and communication, sextile matches are often regarded as a relatively easy, due to the balance of element styles and the not-too-close, not-too-far apart distance apart on the zodiac. Ever find yourself suddenly falling in love with your long time best friend? You might be in a sextile zodiac relationship!

Dating someone who is 3 signs away from your own sign is known as a Square match. This one can be tricky! Both parties may be strong-willed and dealing with old wounds. Thus the nature of a square pairing may be conflict-heavy. There is, however, much to learn about one’s self in this relationship.

The relationship with someone 4-Signs Away is called a Trine match. This mate has the same “element” as yours (fire, earth, air, or water), which creates a strong sense of kinship and mutual understanding. Don’t assume you know everything about this person, however. Remembering we are all individuals and exploring the parts of your Trine match that are different is what will keep this love exciting!

Next up, of course, is the person five signs away from your sign. Astrologically, this person has nothing in common with you. To outsiders, is may seem like they have nothing in common with you, period. But five signs apart have a special bond, partially for their ability to appreciate each others’ differences. People in a successful match like this are good at compromise and seeing the other side of the story.

Finally, you may have opposite zodiac signs coming together – such as Cancer-Capricorn or Leo-Aquarius. Although opposite on the astrological wheel, these signs have something in common. In a relationship with your opposite sign, you may feel like you’ve found your other half, your soul mate, or your equal opposite. As they say, opposites attract!

So not to worry whoever you fall in love with, you’ll find some compatibility and opportunity within that match.