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Rule 1: We’re attracted to what we’re not. Rule 2: We’re attracted to what we lack. Rule 3: We’re attracted to what feels familiar. Let’s consider each rule individually.
The  rst rule is that astrological opposites do, in fact, attract.
In the natal chart, the First House is the house of “me.” It contains everything related to your
health, vitality, and happiness, and the sign on your Ascendant helps shape your appearance and your outer personality.  e Seventh House is the house of “you.” It contains everything you expect
to encounter in other people in your one-to-one relationships. But viewed another way, the Seventh House is the house of
“not me” because it’s the opposite of the First House.
 e sign on your Descendant, which is
the opposing sign of the sign on your Ascendant, describes the qualities you  nd attractive in other people. If you have warm, nurturing Cancer on the Ascendant, you’re consciously attracted to people who embody the mature, responsible, ambitious qualities of your Capricorn Descendant. If you have curious and playful Gemini on the Ascendant, you’re consciously attracted to people who embody the qualities of your Sagittarius Descendant and can see the big picture. And if you have focused, self-assured Aries on the Ascendant, you’re consciously attracted to Libra partners who will be happy to follow your lead at all times.
But the operative word here is conscious. You also have unconscious desires.
You are unconsciously attracted to partners who embody the qualities of
your Vertex.
You may not be familiar with the Vertex. It’s another angle in the chart, just like the Ascendant, Descendant, or Midheaven. However,
theVertexisn’tusedtode nehouse cusps, so it’s not nearly as well
known as the other angles.  e Vertex is a Western angle, so it will always be somewhere in houses  ve
through nine. It’s similar to the Descendant in that you’re drawn to partners who
embody the qualities of the sign of the Vertex.  e di erence is that you’re not conscious of this
attraction.
Vertex-based relationships feel karmic or fated.
 ere’sanextrapulltothesepartnersbecauseyoucan’t de ne the nature of the attraction.  e unconscious canbequitevolatile,however. eVertexisthepoint in the chart where things explode, and that includes relationships.
 e Descendant represents “not me” on a conscious level, while the Vertex represents “not me” on an unconscious level. We’re so attracted to these opposites because we feel there’s something missing in ourselves, and we need to  nd it in other people. And this brings us to the second astrological rule of attraction.
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