Are Your Fighting Styles In Sync?

When you just can't stand your man, you might have to blame Mercury.
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Match Made in Heaven?

If you're an avid horoscope reader, you're not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, 25 percent of adults think the planets and stars affect their lives somehow. A more recent poll done by researchers in England upped that number: According to them, 72 percent of women think that astrology is more than superstition; 78 percent had bought a book about love and astrology; and a whopping 90 percent of these gals admitted they've researched their boyfriends' star signs.

Yet even with all that astro-logic flying around, only 15 percent of the very same women said they actually based their romantic choices on astrology. So what's going on? Do we think the stars affect our relationships, or do we just read the horoscope for fun?

The answer, of course, is a little bit of both. "I really look forward to Thursdays, when I have the column of this astrologer, Rob Brezsny, e-mailed to me," says Elise, 35, from New Rochelle. "If nothing's going on in my life, I check to see if something's going to happen soon, and if my life's really crazy, I read it in hopes that it'll tell me when things will calm down."

But does she really believe destiny arrives in her inbox? Only when it's handy. "When I read stuff that resonates for me, I'm totally into it," she says. "But if it seems stupid or it says things won't work out with my fiancé, I just get annoyed and ignore it. It's like candy, you know? If I'm feeling blue, I'll indulge. Otherwise, I can take it or leave it."

Still, Elise admits to using the interaction of hers and others' signs as a way to put old conflicts to rest. "I do sometimes look up old boyfriends' horoscopes, especially if an old annoyance flares up in my memory. More often than not I'll see something that makes me go, 'Ah-ha! No wonder he was such a jerk!', and have a good laugh."

Every astrological sign has a fighting style, say experts. Learn your -- and his -- tendencies so your next spat results in fewer sparks and more success. View our free chart to see how your signs match up (Adobe Acrobat Format).

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