Usually, a dating app profile shows you someone’s name, age, and location—and maybe their pronouns and the type of relationship they’re looking for. But there’s one piece of very vital information that’s missing: their birth chart. Sure, some dating apps show you a match’s Sun sign. But as any astro-enthusiast knows, to get an accurate synastry reading, you need to know the position of every! single! planet!
Enter a new dating app, Struck, which launched last month in Los Angeles and the Bay Area after a long battle to get in Apple’s App Store, and expanded to New York in early August. (They’ll continue expanding in U.S. cities based on request volume.) Designed by former Apple engineers Rachel Lo and Alex Calkins and advised by astrologer Nadine Jane, the app (which is free, BTW) is gorgeous to look at and puts astrology front and center…so as a single Scorpio, of course I had to try it out.
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Astrology is front-and-center from the first time you log in. Along with your name, age, and gender, Struck asks for the date, time, and location of your birth to calculate your birth chart—complete with an analysis of each placement (like how my Virgo Ascendant means I “come across as sharp yet earnest”). Then, you’re asked to choose which six traits associated with your chart you most identify with…both the positive and negative. (My options included “anxious,” “power-hungry,” and “standoffish,” as well as “sentimental,” “aesthetic,” and “persevering.”) To complete your profile, you can add up to six photos, a brief bio, three “priorities” (such as “arts and culture,” “health and fitness,” or “politics”), and your height, sexual orientation, and pronouns.
Then, the important part: the potential matches. Along with those astro-buzzwords in the profile, you can click to see daters’ entire birth charts…and a brief explanation of why Struck’s algorithm matched you. And yeah, it’s not just Sun signs— I got some matches I wouldn’t have considered astrologically compatible (a Libra???). “There’s much more to a person’s chart than just their Sun sign—we have their Moon sign, which encompasses our deeper self, and our Rising sign, which is our first impression,” Jane tells Cosmopolitan. “Basically, the algorithm takes all of your personal planets, as well as your outer planets, and registers the aspects—that’s the question of, ‘How is this planet talking to this other planet? Are they in harmony or are they in discord?’”
One big part of Struck’s approach to compatibility is the North Node—a mathematical point in your birth chart determined by the position of the Sun, Moon, and Earth when you were born that represents how you grow over time. “If your partner or potential date’s Moon sign is conjunct, meaning the same as your North Node, their natural abilities and innate sense of self are super aligned with your growth and evolution,” Jane explains. “They could be a wonderful teacher for you or represent the way your soul or personality or life needs to evolve as you age.”
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Struck gives you only four matches to choose from each day (and sometimes fewer depending on availability), and you can only message one or two new people per day, though you can keep chatting with your earlier matches as much as you want. Even though the app has a small user base, it only matches you with people you’re compatible with. This means that after over a week of using the app, I’ve only gotten two matches, and after some small talk, our convos have pretty much died down. Struck is counting on this changing as more people join the app, and in the meantime, they’ll occasionally show you celebs whose birth charts are compatible with yours. (Apparently I’m a match with Justin Bieber, thanks to that all-important North Node.)
Being able to see your potential date’s full birth chart up front can help you get to know each other better, earlier, Jane says. “Astrology is a wonderful tool for understanding other people and being able to put yourself in their shoes. My personal hope for Struck is that it can make a dating culture where we can understand each other a little bit deeper.” If you’re not convinced, Struck invites you to give it a try anyway: “SKEPTICS WELCOME,” its Apple Store description reads in all caps.
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