Combining Signs of Western and Chinese Zodiacs for Compatibility Astrology

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Combining two schools of thought.
Combining two schools of thought.

Using compatibility astrology that combines the signs of Western and Chinese zodiacs is a way of blending two cultures while giving added insight to cosmic influences. By using combined astrology, you gain a greater depth of understanding of those cosmic forces that help shape your life and present challenges specific to your sign.

What Is Combined Astrology?

Simply stated, combined astrology merges the twelve western zodiac signs with the twelve Chinese zodiac animal signs and matches them to compatible signs of each zodiac. While it may sound complicated, the structure of both zodiacs are naturally compatible.

Calculating Chinese Compatibility Animal Signs

You can calculate which animal signs are most compatible without having to memorize tables or ranges of birth dates if you do the following:

  • Draw a circle
  • Divide the circle as though it were a pie into twelve equal pieces by drawing six straight lines through the circle.
  • Now assign directions to each line beginning with North at the top of the circle and working your way clockwise with the next point being assigned NNE.
    • N: North
    • NNE: North Northeast
    • ENE: East Northeast
    • E: East
    • ESE: East Southeast
    • SSE: South Southeast
    • S: South
    • SSW: South Southwest
    • WSW: West Southwest
    • W: West
    • WNW: West Northwest
    • NNW: North Northwest

Assign Each Direction an Animal

Next you'll need to assign each direction in your circle a zodiac animal. The chart below will help you with this step.

Triads Within the Circle

To complete this process, you'll now draw thicker lines to form triangles of the three compatible signs. You'll end up with four triads.

  • Start with the rat and draw a line to the Dragon (ESE) and then to the Monkey (WSW)
  • Move clockwise tot he next animal, the Ox, and draw a line to the Snake (SSE) and then to the Rooster (W).
  • You'll continue around the circle until you've drawn four triangles.

This gives you a basis from which to work. These aren't the only compatible signs. The ox and the rat are side by side within the circle and make a good match, but for the purpose of this method, the ox is not a part of the triad. Again, this is an easy way to work with combinations of three.

Western Zodiac Signs

Western astrology also divides the signs into four sets.

  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Water
  • Air
Western Zodiac Elements Chart
Fire Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Matching Up Western Signs

While being paired with a like sign may be one of the ideal combinations, there are many other combinations that work well together. Just as Chinese animal signs have varying degrees of compatibility, so do the Western zodiac signs.

Ideal Western compatible signs:

Sign Compatible Signs
Aries Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius
Taurus Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces
Gemini Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius
Cancer Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus
Leo Libra, Sagittarius, Aries, Gemini
Virgo Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus, Cancer
Libra Sagittarius, Aquarius, Gemini, Leo
Scorpio Capricorn, Pisces, Cancer, Virgo
Sagittarius Aquarius, Aries, Leo, Libra
Capricorn Pisces, Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio
Aquarius Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius
Pisces Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn

Bringing It All Together

Now that you have determined the Western zodiac and Chinese zodiac signs compatibility you can begin to evaluate each. To see if your mate falls within these perimeters take the birth year and find the correct Chinese animal. You can then add the Western compatible signs. The benefit of doing this is to give you greater depth of understanding and further insight to the possibilities of compatible signs.

Understanding Your Personal Combinations

Western zodiac signs.

Suzanne White is credited with being the first person to combine Western astrology with Chinese astrology. She has created a total of 144 new astrological signs with her combination method.

To find your combination, take your Western sign and combine it with the appropriate Chinese animal sign, which is determined by your birth year.

With combined astrological signs you are no longer just a Gemini, but can become a Gemini/Horse or a Gemini/Rat. By discovering the Western Chinese combination, you may realize you now have some formerly missing pieces of your cosmic puzzle. The same can be true of your compatibility signs.

In the past, you may have been compatible with Aries, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. By using the combination of Western Chinese astrology, those signs can become a combination of any of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals. If you have a current love interest, you can determine his or her Chinese animal sign and evaluate how compatible your two animal signs are when combined with your Western zodiac signs.

It Makes a Difference

Compatibility astrology combined signs Western Chinese, can help you understand other aspects of your relationship that might have remained undiscovered.

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Combining Signs of Western and Chinese Zodiacs for Compatibility Astrology