When you meet someone you like, it's only natural to want to learn everything there is to know about them as soon as possible. You also might wonder if this is the one who will last or if it'll end in yet another ghosting episode. While you might make note of the dates they plan or their taste in music, you actually should be looking at their birth chart to find out whether or not you're the perfect match. But before you start, you should know that it goes way beyond just knowing each other's sun, moon, and rising signs. What about Venus? And Mars? And how do the planets actually speak with one another? In short, it all matters.
POPSUGAR asked astrologer Stephanie Powell, head of content for Horoscope.com and Astrology.com and the face behind the hilarious zodiac meme account @leonamoonastrology, to share her thoughts. "Birth charts are like an individual's fingerprints," she said, adding that your sun sign is only a surface-level representation of your identity. If we're considering love language, that would be Venus. If we're considering how we feel nurtured or taken care of, that's the moon. And communication style? That's Mercury.
"Without factoring in all of these key components, trying to calculate real astrological compatibility is almost pointless," she said. So get out your charts! Keep reading for the five most important things Powell looks for when comparing birth charts for love compatibility.