How to tell if you're compatible by your birth chart

So, you've been on a few amazing dates, and you are dying to know just how compatible you two really might be. While checking their zodiac sign is a great place to start, you'll want to find out more than just their birthday. You will need a location and time to to really be able to tell exactly how well-matched you both are.

"Birth charts are like an individual's fingerprints," said astrologer Stephanie Powell, head of content for Horoscope.com and Astrology.com. "Without factoring in all of these key components, trying to calculate real astrological compatibility is almost pointless," she explained (via PopSugar). Some people also tend to focus on the Venus signs (one that focuses on how you show and receive love), but it still only lends a single view on how romantically compatible you both are (via Thought Catalog). 

Each of the inner planets represents a different component of the relationship, so understanding both of your full birth charts is the only way to get a really accurate glimpse at your potential (via Vogue).

The seven areas of compatibility on your birth charts

Once you know your partner well enough to unabashedly ask for everything you need to draw up their birth chart, then beginners will want to focus on where each of the seven inner planets lies in both of your charts. That includes your Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn placements (via Psychic Science). The Sun will illuminate just how temperamentally compatible you are, while the Moon indicates emotional suitability. Mercury measures intellectual rapport; Mars is physical compatibility,'and again, Venus is your romantic fit. Jupiter indicates ideological agreeability, and, finally, Saturn measures potential long-term unity. If you'd like, you can look at your Ascendant sign, which is social agreeability, just to be thorough.

When you understand what each planet indicates, it really helps you to understand why a full birth chart is an important tool for really finding out how compatible you are on all of the most important components of a relationship. These tools reflect exact planetary influences on individuals, and it is very unlikely that any two are completely identical.

So, study up on your birth charts, and find out the areas where your relationship could thrive or suffer. Remember, you have control over your actions. You still can make things work even if you're not totally compatible. If you know there are things that could be difficult points in the relationship, such as communication or romantic styles, just be aware of it.