Traditional astrological wisdom holds that Aries people are most compatible with Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius, and least compatible with Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn. But what do the actual marriage and divorce statistics say?
Mathematician Gunter Sachs conducted a large-scale study of sun signs and found statistically significant results on a number of measures. Marriage and divorce findings are outlined below.
Aries men are most likely to marry Aries women, and least likely to marry Scorpios. As for divorce, they most frequently part from Leos, but tend to stay married to Aries women.
Aries men may be less likely to marry Scorpio women due to the clash of two headstrong personalities that both need to be in control. Additionally, Scorpio jealousy and Aries flirtatiousness do not mix well.
The high divorce statistic between Aries men and Leo women may result from a clash between two headstrong personalities. Aries' natural assertiveness may be even higher in Aries men than Aries women, and this forcefulness can generate conflict with equally assertive Leo women.
Aries women most frequently choose Aries, Leo and Sagittarius men for their marriage partners, while Cancer is the sign they are least likely to marry. When it comes to divorce, Aries women most often part from Virgos and Libras, and least often from Aries, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius men.
Aries tends to like excitement, fast cars and city life, while Cancers usually prefer nature-based and home-based pursuits, so it's unsurprising that Cancers are often not the first choice for Aries women. Additionally, Aries bluntness and Cancer sensitivity can be a recipe for disaster.
In addition to the fire signs, Aquarius men are more likely to last with Aries women. As well as sharing the compatible traits of extroversion and love of novelty, an Aquarius is likely to hold the interest of an Aries by offering intellectual stimulation. Another benefit is that the Aquarian has a high tolerance for the insensitivity with which the Aries can send other signs packing. Emotionally detached Aquarians are more inclined to analyze a rude comment intellectually or shrug it off than go sulk in a corner.
Virgos and Libras are not the best matches for an Aries woman. Virgos are inclined to be cautious and overly practical, traits for which Aries has little patience. And while an Aries can enjoy a good competitive argument, Libra shies away from all forms of conflict, a trait that will aggravate the Aries despite a tendency toward physical attraction between these two signs.
Study Findings and Traditional Astrological Predictions
Aries women, in keeping with traditional astrological belief, choose and stay with men from the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) most often. These men are more likely to be aggressive, risk-taking and extroverted, much like the majority of Aries women.
Overall, these statistics suggest that conventional astrological wisdom holds for Aries in love and romance, with one exception. Leo women and Aries men may be more inclined to clash in the long run, perhaps because they are both strong-willed and each wants to be the center of attention.
The Best Match for Aries
The best long-term love match for Aries people of either gender is another Aries, while the worst prospects are Cancer, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. For Aries women, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius are also good matches.
Aries people who find themselves romantically entangled with one of the less compatible signs should not despair. Plenty of marriages between supposedly incompatible signs have lasted.
Astrology is complex, and there is more to take into account than just sun signs. Two people with incompatible sun signs may have highly compatible rising signs or moon signs that can make the difference between a bad match and a good match with a bit of an “edge” that keeps things interesting.