two people born under the same sign get along? It depends on the sign,
because some signs are generally more compatible than others. More importantly,
you have to examine the intricate workings and interaction of both birth
charts to determine true compatibility.
Griffith and Antonio Banderas are an example of two married people
born under the same sign, Leo. According to media reports and interviews,
their relationship is healthy and happy. An exploration of the interaction
between their birth charts reveals the secret of their attraction.
was born on August 9, 1957 at 11:49 pm in New York City. Her rising
sign (Ascendant), or the way in which she responds to her world, is
Taurus, a sign of stubbornness, sensuality and determination. Her
Moon, which represents her basic needs and emotional status, is placed
in detached, but friendly, Aquarius.
was born on August 10, 1960 at 9:00 pm in Malaga, Spain. His rising
sign is Pisces, an indication of a very creative, imaginative personality.
His Moon is in fiery Aries. In the chart of a heterosexual male, the
Moon indicates the type of woman he desires. Aries is an independent,
sometimes demanding woman who knows what she wants and how to get
it. It also tells us much about his emotional nature. He likes a challenge,
is often impatient, and seeks excitement and new experiences as a
way to fulfill his emotional needs.
About Love: Venus and the Seventh House
represents a person’s love nature, and Melanie’s is placed in Virgo.
Melanie would tend to analyze love and often appears reserved and
even a bit shy about revealing her feelings. Her Seventh House of
marriage, which is always found directly opposite from the Ascendant
or rising sign, falls in Scorpio and indicates she wants intensity
and passion from her partner. It almost seems like a dichotomy: she
wants intensity and depth from her relationship but is reluctant to
express those qualities herself, so she seeks out a partner who personifies
her hidden desires.
also has Venus in Virgo, so he and Melanie would share a similar expression
of love and cultural pursuits. His Seventh House of marriage has Virgo
on its cusp (border), indicating that he likes a partner who appears
modest and unassuming. The fact that not only Melanie’s Venus, but
her Mercury (communication) and Jupiter (optimism) also fall in Antonio's
partnership house is auspicious for marriage between them.
Mars Connection or Making a Relationship Sizzle
explored Venus, the planet of love and affection, but taking a look
at Mars reveals the spice of a relationship. Mars is associated with
sex and physical attraction. Connections to Mars between charts bode
well for sexual compatibility. In this respect, their charts are perfectly
Mars is placed in one degree of Virgo, and it exactly conjoins or
is at the same degree and sign of the zodiac as Antonio’s Venus. Additionally,
her Pluto (passion and power) and his Pluto are both placed very close
to this same degree, adding a “fated” aspect to their relationship.
When they met, sparks had to fly. It was an instant attraction. They
recognized in each other a missing piece of their own personalities
and a familiarity that, for those who believe in reincarnation, hints
at a past life connection.
Who Gets to Rule the Lair?
two strong Leo personalities, there has to be a balance of power for
continual harmony to prevail. Antonio’s Mercury is in dramatic, expressive
Leo and it squares or forms a stressful right angle to Melanie’s Neptune (idealism or
confusion) in the sign of Scorpio. Often this surfaces
as trust issues due to unclear communication. Antonio could feel that
Melanie should be more revealing and Melanie may feel Antonio has
to be more receptive to her desires.
challenging connection between their charts is Melanie’s Saturn (control,
restriction) in a square (struggle) aspect to Antonio’s Venus. This
is, by far, the most difficult aspect to be found between married
couples or for any type of partnership. The Saturn person can chill
the affections of the Venus person. Antonio may feel frustrated at
times by Melanie’s coolness or what he perceives as her lack of affection
toward him. He, on the other hand, may feel she is too demanding or
sets standards for the relationship that are unrealistic or that conflict
with his inherent set of values. The remedy is a willingness to clearly
define the terms of the partnership and stick to them.
of power in this relationship is best expressed by each having individual
outlets for creativity. Joint projects will work on occasion, but
for the most part, their relationship thrives when they have outside,
unique experiences that they can bring back to their marriage in an
effort to enrich and strengthen it. In this way, their union will
continue to grow and prosper.
& Uranus: Testing the Status Quo
relationships have tense moments, but it is the way in which the couples
work out their disagreements that determines their success or failure.
Melanie and Antonio have the makings of a successful relationship,
yet they have to survive some contentious transits (current cycles)
from Saturn and Uranus, the planet of change, disruption, and divorce,
to their mutual Leo Sun signs and their Venus- Mars-Pluto connection.
and Uranus’ challenging influences will not subside until May of 2001.
Powerful issues may arise that require a combination of invention
and commitment to support the continuing growth of their marriage.
This is their time to build a new model of partnership, one that equally
honors the individual and the couple with love and compassion.