This is a very difficult combination unless other elements in their natal zodiacs are far more compatible. While this pairing is intellectually stimulating and sensation-seeking Sagittarius can encourage cautious Virgo to open up and try new things, there is not much stability with this match unless these two have their ascendants in more commitment-oriented signs such as Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, or Capricorn. In a worst-case scenario, Virgo will find Sagittarius irresponsible and unreliable, and Sagittarius will find Virgo too cautious and serious. These two will probably irritate one another in a deeper relationship, though in a casual acquaintanceship they can share interesting ideas.
Virgo and Sagittarius have very different needs and different ideas about what constitutes a good life. If they decide to live together, they will probably have to compromise on many lifestyle issues. Sagittarians tend to be gregarious and extroverted. They need to get out and meet new people on a regular basis, and will even spend time with people they don’t particularly respect or even like if they find them interesting. Virgos, by contrast, prefer to cultivate a smaller number of close friendships with people they can trust, and to spend time with these close companions in less boisterous venues. One potential compromise for these two is to combine socializing with outdoor pursuits such as hiking or sports so that the Sagittarian needs to move and interact and the Virgo requirements for physical activity and a peaceful setting can be met.
On the plus side, Sagittarians and Virgos do have some complementary traits that allow them to either compensate for or complete one another. Sagittarians are big-picture people, whereas Virgos are detail-oriented. This can be helpful if these two start a business together because Sagittarius can handle the promotional and strategy aspects while Virgo tackles issues surrounding the development and delivery of a high-quality product or service.
Another complementary trait set (or point of contention) with this pair is Virgo cleanliness versus Sagittarian sloppiness. Although cleanliness is considered a virtue, Virgos can take it so far that it becomes a vice. Typical Sagittarians, on the other hand, are not domestic, germ-phobic, or house-proud, so their homes can become disaster areas. Ideally, these two will learn to compromise, with Virgo relaxing a bit on the issue of household hygiene and Sagittarius developing some better habits in this area.
One major problem with this pairing is that these signs have very different approaches to risk. Virgos will take risks, but only after carefully and thoroughly weighing the pros and cons so that they don’t squander their resources or endanger their lives unnecessarily. Sagittarians prefer to trust in luck, leap without looking, and bet it all on a long shot. When unsure, Virgo will err on the side of caution, while Sagittarius will err on the side of risk. This difference could potentially lead to fights over a variety of issues, though squabbles about money are particularly likely. In a best-case scenario, Sagittarius will help Virgo lighten up and take a few reasonable chances, and Virgo will encourage Sagittarius to develop some much-needed restraint.
The trait that these two individuals have in common is the one that is most likely to drive them apart. Both tend to be blunt to a fault. In Virgo’s case, this stems from a tendency to be critical, while Sagittarius is just generally insensitive (a Sagittarian will often blurt out anything that comes to mind without considering how it might affect the feelings of others). As a result, these two can do a lot of verbal damage to each another. In such cases, Virgo may leave in search of a more considerate and tactful partner, or Sagittarius may seek a less fussy and more lighthearted companion.
Overall, the Virgo-Sagittarius pairing will be very challenging unless their ascendants bring their temperaments into better alignment (for example, a Virgo with Aries, Libra, or Sagittarius rising is a better prospect for a Sagittarius, and if the Sagittarius has a Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn ascendant, the rapport between these two will be much better). If other elements in their natal charts are more compatible, this can be an interesting and intellectually stimulating match.
Note: There is more to astrological compatibility than sun signs alone. Other elements in a person’s natal zodiac also play a role. Ascendants (rising signs), moon signs, and other planetary placements and aspects also shape personality and affect compatibility. For example, a Capricorn with Leo rising will be more extroverted than a typical Capricorn, and a Taurus with Aries rising or the moon in Sagittarius will be more compatible with Sagittarius than a typical Taurus. For more information on other natal chart elements, see Astrology Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.
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