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Question About Saturn and Uranus in the Composite Chart
My question is about the composite chart between my
boyfriend and I. We have both Saturn and Uranus prominent
and somewhat challenging. I am having troubles understanding
this because Saturn and Uranus are so different and almost
opposite in nature. Do they in some way cancel themselves
No they don't cancel each other out. Instead, what you
will likely experience is a push-pull energy. This
relationship can be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride!
You have the Sun square Saturn in your composite chart
and Venus and the Moon square Uranus, amongst other aspects.
The Saturn influence is restrictive--there will be a strong
need to define your relationship. However, the Uranus
influence fights that definition and restriction. The Uranus
energy brings a great need for spontaneity in your
connection, and living your relationship day to day rather
than mapping out where you will be with each other next
year, and possibly even tomorrow! Many couples with both
strong Uranus and Saturn in their composite charts have
on-off relationships. When one person is seeking commitment
or reliability, the other may feel rebellious. Sometimes
it's experienced as outside influences getting in the way of
an even, paced, and stable relationship.
In order to maintain such a relationship, you will need
to allow each other a certain amount of freedom, and you
will need to accept that your relationship is not the most
conventional, reliable, or traditional set-up. However, you
must also honor the Saturn influence, which is slightly less
prominent than Uranus, but which is still strong. There has
to be some accountability and maturity in your relationship,
or it just won't work. Finding a balance between these two
energies is likely to be challenging, but not impossible.
Question About a Troubled Relationship
I love my husband but it is not working out. We have
incredible tantrum-like arguments and drive each other to
exhaustion and anger. We almost divorced out of anger last
month but he would like to stay married. I feel so uncertain
towards him and towards my future with him. Could you please
help. I want to stay together but see no light in sight.
You have a rather
combatant combination in your chart that may not be overt
because of the sign positions involved, but that would
certainly be easily triggered in a long-term relationship.
Your Sun is conjunct Mars in Pisces and square the Moon in
Gemini. In general, I would think that you need someone who
has at least a couple planets that support any of these
planets in your chart. Your husband doesn't, and in fact,
his T-square involving Venus, Neptune, and Saturn triggers
your own square. His Venus conjunct your Sun-Mars suggests
to me that he was attracted to your spirited approach to
life in the first place, but he has his own issues to deal
with, having Venus square Saturn and Neptune, and it's
pretty safe to say that it has turned into an intense
love-hate situation. It's not easy!
However, I can also see that there are some aspects
between your charts that are what some might beg for, and
could be considered dream aspects in synastry. His Venus is
conjunct your Mars, and your Venus is conjunct his Mars.
Venus conjunct Mars is thus repeated in your composite
chart, and the composite Moon is tightly conjunct both! It's
rare to find so many engaging and stimulating aspects in
synastry. This stellium is trine Neptune and sextile
Mercury, so we've got an intense yet dreamy combination, but
they're also opposite Uranus and Pluto. Feelings are
powerful between you, but not always reliably so, and
certainly they blow hot and cold. This whole picture is very
complicated, because the attraction is so strong, yet the
challenges are enormous as well. I'm fairly certain that the
attraction was powerful when you first met, and that the
challenges came after commitment.
There are so many more aspects to list, but instead of
doing so, I will try to find some sort of bottom line.
That's not easy because there isn't a bottom line in any
relationship unless or until it's over. So far we see
intense attraction, but of a love-hate variety, mainly
because both of you are triggering intense configurations in
one another, so you're forced to work with your own inner
"demons" through each other. The composite chart's Saturn is
conjunct your Venus and his Mars, so each of you feels
restricted by the committed relationship. However, I would
say that he is a little more emotionally attached, with his
Moon conjunct your South Node. This latter aspect occurs
very frequently in situations of heartbreak, where the Moon
person (him in this case) is emotionally attached and the
South Node partner (you in this case) eventually outgrows
the attachment in some way. Even though the scales seem to
be tipped in that direction, the attachment is clear on both
sides. I can see it's a difficult situation, but I cannot
say it's unworkable either. Both parties have to disengage a
little and figure out what behavior is their own and why the
other person seems to stimulate such intense reactions.
Question about Forecasts
Hi Annie, I was reading over my May and April forecasts and
I noticed that some of the entries were the same, word for
word. How do you explain that?
for any given month do not begin and end exactly on the
first and last days of the month. For example, if Venus is
in Taurus, it may occur from April 17 to May 19. The
detailed monthly forecasts on this site list the planetary
influences present in the month, and many of them overlap
from one month to the next. The dates are listed with each
influence, so, with the example I just gave, you will find
the interpretation of the influence of Venus in Taurus for a
zodiac sign occurring "from April 17th forward" in the April
Monthly Forecast, and then "until May 19" in the May Monthly
It would help horoscope writers if planetary
influences fell neatly into any given month, but they don't,
and oftentimes overlap.
There are also monthly peak dates that will repeat in
different months, but will occur on different days. An
example is the monthly career peak.
Repeated interpretations also occur in computerized
transit reports, and when they do, it is because, quite
simply, the planetary influences are repeating themselves!
Hope this helps,
Question about Synastry: Planets in 2nd and 3rd houses
I am a novice in astrology but it interests me
tremendously. I was learning to interpret composite
charts, and of course using my own and my partner's as
sample. And I am naturally getting many doubts and
confusions, your website is most useful on many such
occasions. I will be obliged if you can clarify on one
of the confusions I have.
Though I could map out the houses, planets and aspects,
read interpretations for each placement, I could not
find much information on the significance of planets on
houses. And I am talking about the 2nd and 3rd houses,
which I gather are no where considered important in
relationship astrology compared to 1st, 5th or 7th
However, I found this in one of the astrology articles:
"Strangely enough, a person with many planets in
another's second house (money, values, self-esteem)
and/or third house (basic communications, lifestyle)
often comes off as a user and lacks commitment
I could see almost all of our planets are in each
other's 2nd and 3rd houses, what can be the significance
of this? There are few exceptions - my 5th house Moon
on his 6th house, Jupiter on 10th and my Saturn on his
12th; his Saturn on my 9th (the placement is almost same
in our individual horoscopes, is it because I am Libran
and he is Scorpio both with Leo ascendant??). Except
these, all the planets are either in 2nd or 3rd house
when I compare either way.
Does that mean the partners will never commit to each
other and just use each other (it sounds quite awful
- relation doesn't appear to me like that!!)? And do you
think many personal planets in these 2 houses means not
much physical or emotional compatibility or depth in the
|If you share an
Ascendant and are born in the same year or two, then the
outer planets' positions in house overlays in synastry will
be similar. This is because the outer planets don't move as
quickly as the inner planets do.
Regarding the article you
found on the net about house overlays in the second and
third houses, I think that it is rather true that they may
"come across as" users. It doesn't mean that they are.
Perhaps if a person is perceived this way, the idea of
committing to him or her could evoke feelings of reticence.
Let's say many of A's planets fall in my second house. I
might feel that A treats me like an object or a possession,
and A may feel the same way as well. I think it depends very
much on the people involved whether this feeling is sexy,
comforting, or disconcerting.
In my article,
House Overlays, I wrote this about another person's
planets falling primarily in one's earth houses (which
includes the second house):
"If I primarily activate
(let's say with my Sun and Moon and one or more other
planets) your earth houses, you may see me as a means to an
end. You may be dependent on me for material support or
emotional security, for example. Or, you may view me as
particularly useful in your life. How this plays out will
depend on how I react to this. I may feel like you see me as
an object rather than a person, and this may be difficult to
deal with. On the other hand, your seeming dependency on me
could feel good to me. Perhaps I feel more useful, and I am
boosted by my relationship with you as a result."
Regarding the third house,
which corresponds to air/Gemini, I wrote:
"If I primarily activate
your air houses, I may stimulate your social life, you may
see me as a good friend, and perhaps not much more than
that! Although I generate warm and friendly feelings in you,
I may want a more profound relationship. I may want to "get
to you" more deeply, and I might feel like your feelings for
me are superficial. On the other hand, I might enjoy the
lightness and good feelings that this partnership
I think that the feelings
that these overlays generate are entirely dependent on each
person's individual perception and relationship needs. If
either of you is yearning for deeper, more emotional ties,
then it is possible that this relationship is not going to
satisfy over time. However, it should be noted that there
are a tremendous number of successful relationships with
these types of connections.
Question from a Reader: House Overlays in Synastry
I have a
quick technical question for you: how do you overlay
houses?? I am unable to determine from the Brittney and
Justin example what exactly you are lining up. (It's kind of
illegible.) I am assuming that you are lining up one
person's point of the first house with the other person's
point of his first house. Is that correct? In that case my
planets will always be in the same houses with everybody!
And the other person's planets will also occupy the same
houses with everybody else.. Obviously, I am missing
something here....Could you please tell me how exactly you
do this? I really want to learn this as I am always looking
You are referring
to this article
about transposed houses. We are not comparing houses, but
rather one person's planets in the other person's houses,
and vice versa. Using Britney and Justin as the example, to
see where Britney's planets fall in Justin's chart, we would
place Britney's planets in (or around) Justin's natal chart
and ignore, for the time being, her house placements. Her
Mars, for example, is 23 Virgo. In Justin's chart, her Mars
would fall in his second house because that is where 23
Virgo is in Justin's chart. Justin's Mars at 25 Aquarius
falls in Britney's fifth house. I have changed the charts to
be a little more clear.
Question from a Reader: Mercury Retrograde
|Hi Annie, this is just
a general question with regards to Mercury retrograde.
Is it usual for people to change their minds, and then
again, and then again
during one of these phases?
I know during that we are advised to hold off on
decision-making but if we
are faced with someone who doesn't and who continues to
flick back and
forward between two courses of action can we be sure that
the end result is set in stone? Or is it advisable to take
what is said with a pinch of salt
until Mercury goes direct again?
|Yes, it is very common
that decisions are either hard to come by or too easy to
come by with Mercury retrograde! The general rule of thumb
is that a change of mind on a decision made during Mercury's
retrograde is likely to take place after the retrograde
period--it's not set in stone, in your words.
Question from a Reader: Degrees
|I just had a very
simple question about degrees when looking at an astrology
chart. When looking at a planet's placement, how do you
discern what "degree" it really is. For example, if there is
a planet at 12 degrees 37 minutes Aries, which degree would
that be considered? 12 or 13? I have Mercury at 28 degrees
30 minutes Cancer would that be considered 29 degrees? That
would make the difference whether it was in the 'anarectic'
degree and would add a whole different dimension to the
placement. Just wondering if someone could answer this.
|For such things as
"degree meanings" (Sabian symbols, for example), the degree
is rounded up to the next degree. There is no zero
degree--only degrees 1 through 30. As such, your Mercury
would be considered 29 degrees Cancer for these purposes.
Even a planet at 28 degrees 01 minutes would be considered
29 degrees. (28 degrees 00 would be considered 28 degrees).
However, the anaretic degree is the last degree of the sign,
which would be 29 degrees 00 minutes through 29 degrees 59
minutes of a sign.
Question from a Reader: If Today is Your Birthday
|Hi Annie and Adam,
Today is my brother's birthday and I sent him the 'If today
is your Birthday' link. It's pretty meaty. When I compared
it with mine and my husband's, I felt somewhat shafted as
theirs are longer.
Thanks for the great content, but how is it that you have
little to say about me and my year?
from your New York City Fan,
|When writing for the
site, particularly for the forecasts, I don't pay attention
to word count. Instead, I write about what I am seeing. Some
days simply don't have as many active influences as others,
and that is why your Today is Your Birthday forecast this
year isn't as meaty as some of the others. There is no bias
involved. Generally, the more active influences for a given
birth date, the more complex the year ahead is likely to be.
I prefer not to subscribe to a word count so that there is
no need for "fillers" or for paring down.
Question from a Reader: On Solar Returns
|Hey. I love your pages
and find them very helpful :-) But I thought I'd mail you
about something I really wonder...on Solar returns, and the
ascendant and its ruler. What exactly is it I have to look
at? Is it for instance this year my SR ASC will be in Leo.
So the ruler of Leo is the sun, my sun is in my natal tenth
house. Is that what to look at? The house position natally
of the SR ascendant ruler? Or would it be the house cusp Leo
is in? Which is my ninth natal. A bit confusing :-)
about the SR ascendant ruler in the SR chart? If the SR sun
is in my 3rd house this year. What do I look at then? Ninth
house, tenth or third?
|When considering the
Solar Return Ascendant, most important factors would be: 1-
the Solar Return Ascendant ruler (in your case, the Sun) in
the Solar Return house (in your case, the third house) and
2- the natal house that is effectively "brought" to the
Solar Return Ascendant. Let's say, for example, your Solar
Return Ascendant is 15 degrees Leo. Where is that point in
your natal chart? If it's found in your natal ninth house,
then the ninth house is "brought" to the Solar Return
Ascendant. Therefore, you would be looking at the the third
and ninth houses as the activated houses (both!).
Essentially, the conditions surrounding your natal ninth
house would be brought to the fore this year. Also, if a
natal planet is conjunct the Solar Return Ascendant, the
conditions surrounding that natal planet will be brought to
the fore in the year of the Solar Return.
Question from a Reader: What is the meaning of a Chiron-Mars
square in synastry?
I love your astrology site. I wonder if you could explain
why when I calculate my chart on different software or
manually the planets sometimes are in different houses. For
instance my Mars if worked out by myself is in the third
house, but can also show in the second house. [Full birth
|The issue is likely due
to different house systems. Some of the most commonly used
house systems are Placidus, Koch, and Equal, but there are
many other systems in use. However, in some cases, it could
also be a matter of time zones used or whether or not you or
the software you are using accounts for Daylight Savings
Time, which was in effect when you were born.
With the Placidus system of houses, your Mars is in the
center of the second house. With Koch, your Mars is in the
second house, but close to the cusp, or beginning, of the
third house. Most house systems put your Mars in the second
house. With the Equal system, your Mars is in the third
house. I am guessing you are calculating your houses using
the Equal house system. In this system, you would put the
same degree of your Ascendant (3 degrees) on each house but
with progressive zodiac signs.
I hope this helps!
Question from a Reader: What is the meaning of a Chiron-Mars
square in synastry? What of Venus and Mars with Pluto?
|I was told that my
partner's Chiron is squared by my Mars in Cancer - what does
this imply? An astrologer also said that his Venus conjunct
my Pluto and his Mars trine my Pluto were beneficial for me
sexually, but not influential to him. This did not make
sense to me and as your information asserted what I have
believed so far I thought I would mention that as well.
Isn't the Venus planet the one with the affection for the
other planet's influence - in this case the Pluto influence?
What about the effect on the Mars person in trine with
Pluto? Thank you -
|Your partner's Chiron
square your Mars can be a tricky aspect in synastry. It
suggests that there are times when your partner feels
vulnerable when you naturally assert yourself and express
enthusiasm, anger, or your sexuality. There is something
about your actions that prompts him to feel insecure. It's
possible that he fears losing you when you are expressing
aggression or independence, for example; or that your
actions pull up past hurts that undermine his confidence in
himself. You might find him overly sensitive to your
expressions of anger. He might wish you would express
yourself more compassionately, instead of what he might
perceive to be your forcing your wishes or opinions on him.
I agree with you that your partner's Venus and Mars in
aspect to your Pluto will affect him deeply. He would bond
to you on romantic and sexual levels quite intensely if
other factors support the bonding. There is a chance that he
shies away from the intensity with his Venus conjunct your
Pluto if such is his nature. However, with this
configuration, both of you would be affected, not only you.
In fact, you might have the "upper hand" in the sense that
he is likely to be more vulnerable with his personal planets
in strong contact to your Pluto. He is likely to be very
intrigued by you, again if other factors in your synastry
Question from a Reader: Is Venus and Mars in the same signs
significant? How strong are Psyche and Eros interaspects?
|I enjoy the Composite
StarMates, very much, as this website I'm recommending to
many and it's by far the best I've ever seen.
I wanted to add to a question I asked the other day. I'll
combine them all again on this one, in case you have yet to
get to the original ones yet.
If my Venus is 29 degrees Taurus, and my fiancé's Mars is 0
degrees Taurus, being that it's same sign Venus/Mars, is
this still significant? Is it as strong as say Venus/Mars
Trine (same element w/in 8 degrees)?
How about being Trine Venus 29 Taurus to 4 degrees Libra?
Trine, but not same element?
Plus, is a Psyche/Eros Trine as hot as a Venus/Mars Trine?
Is either MORE enthralled (Eros or Psyche)? [Full
birth data supplied]
Thanks again, (your biggest fan),
Planets in the
same sign but not in orb of a major aspect are
significant. How significant is the question! In Vedic
Astrology, planets in the signs/houses are emphasized, while
in Western Astrology, we tend to place more emphasis on
aspects between planets. Out-of-sign aspects, such as the
trine between a planet at 29 degrees of Taurus and one at 4
degrees of Libra, are considered aspects, but perhaps a
In my opinion, your Venus and her Mars in the same sign
is certainly relevant, although if they formed a
conjunction, it would be stronger. I wouldn't equate it to a
same element trine between Venus and Mars. Planets around
the same degree of a sign will be activated by transits at
the same times, or similar times, and this means you would
share general experiences around the same time, bonding you
together on this level. Sharing the same sign helps,
however, as your styles are similar and there is a better
chance of appreciating one another's sexual and romantic
styles (as well as values, ways of handling anger, and so
forth). A weak aspect, or no aspect at all, between the
same-sign planets suggests you are more likely to be
objective about the energy, but the bond is less intense.
Generally, in synastry, the person who is more enthralled
is the "owner" of the more receptive planet. For example,
with Venus-Mars interaspects, the Venus person tends to be
more enthralled by the Mars person, and perhaps the more
vulnerable person in this particular equation. However, the
Mars person tends to appreciate the Venus person's
attention, and so it does go both ways. With Psyche and
Eros, Psyche would be the person more likely to be
enthralled by the Eros person. Again, the enchantment does
go both ways, but the Psyche person tends to be the more
vulnerable person in this equation.
In your particular case, your Sun/Moon midpoint and your
fiance's Sun/Moon midpoint form a hard angle--this is a sign
of a very powerful bond, certainly more important than the
interplays between Venus and Mars. There are very strong
ties between you.
Question from a Reader: Determining the Ascendant?
I was reading a book on daily astral diary and noted that it
is important to
find out ascending and rising signs. But as I am not sure if
the table in
the book for rising signs is in Eastern Time (ET) or
Greenwich Mean Time
(GMT), I cannot determine this.
Looking up the internet, I chanced upon your informative
website quoted natal astrology on Eastern Standard Time.
Do we follow the time you were born in the country of birth?
I was born [full birth details provided] in Singapore, which
For example, at this moment it is 1:30am in Singapore and
Eastern Time is
12:30pm (or 1:30pm if daylight saving time).
Following the local Singapore time (GMT+8hrs), I am a Pisces
ascendant. If I follow Eastern Standard Time, I am Pisces
ascendant. And to complicate further, if I use GMT, then I
am Pisces with
Scorpio ascendant. So which should it be?
I am confused. Can you help me? So that I can have a more
Ascendants can be quite confusing, as you have discovered.
This is why online services for determining your
astrological details are handy and comforting. I would
suggest using a chart service such as the one at astro.com,
or ours, which can be found
here. I am
sending you your astrological details by email as well. Your
Ascendant (also referred to as rising sign) is Aries.
Question from a Reader: Sun Sign Forecasts
Pleasant day to you.
I have seen your site and found it most informative and
practical for applying it. I am an astrologer and on
different panel. Now I have to deliver weekly forecasts for
periodicals. Please guide me towards good books on making
original and authentic Sun sign forecasts.
with best regards
|Unfortunately, I don't
know of any books that provide guidance for making Sun sign
forecasts. However, typically one would draw up a solar
chart for each Sun sign and enter the current transits into
that chart. In other words, most Sun sign forecasts are
based on charts that place the Sun sign on the first house
of a chart. For example, if the Sun is currently transiting
Sagittarius, it would be transiting Leo's fifth house,
Virgo's fourth house, Libra's third house, and so forth.
Thus, you could draw on your knowledge of transits in order
to write the forecasts, and/or use any reference for
transits of your choice.
Hope this helps!
Question from a Reader: Progressed Planets
I have visited your site. It is amazing and very
informative. I am impressed by the methods, clarity and
lucidity of the matter.
However, I have a doubt regarding the "Progressed Planet
Aspects" of the page of the site in which the interpretation
of "progressed Sun to natal Moon aspects" is given.
According to the solar returns page, the same degrees of the
sun is taken, and that makes the Sun in the same position at
which it was at the time of birth. So, the progressed Sun
will be in the same position as the natal Sun every time.
Therefore the aspect to Natal Moon would also be the same
then. So how does the aspect to a natal planet change?
|The answer lies in the
fact that Progressions and Solar Returns are two entirely
different techniques. Solar Return charts are calculated for
the exact same degree of the natal Sun for any given year. A
progressed chart "progresses" the Sun (and other natal
points) by a particular factor. In secondary progressions,
which is the most common method of progressions, the natal
planets are progressed using a "day for a year" factor. The
secondary progressed Sun moves forward roughly one degree
per year using this method, and thus the progressed Sun
forms aspects to the natal Moon that are different than the
natal configuration. It would be useless to examine the
Solar Return Sun's aspects to the natal Moon (or any other
natal point, for that matter), as it is the same degree of
the natal Sun.
I hope this helps.
Question from a Reader: Born on a cusp
I am confused as to whether my birthday falls under the sign
Taurus or Gemini. I know I am born on a cusp, but I am not
sure which sign I truly am. Some astrologers agree that
Gemini begins on the 23rd, most on the 21st or 20th, but my
birthday is on the 22nd. Could you clarify this confusion
for me, with some explanation? Thank you.
I do know though that I behave (and act) far more more like
a Gemini than anything else. [Full birth data provided].
|You are a Gemini. The
reason for the variation in starting dates for sun signs is
not about lack of agreement between astrologers. In truth,
the starting dates vary slightly from year to year. If you
are "born on a cusp" (born close to the starting dates for a
sign), you will need to determine your sun sign by
consulting an ephemeris, a natal chart service (such as ours
here), or an
astrologer. Your birth year in addition to your birthday,
your birth place, and sometimes your birth time will be
required in order to determine your Sun sign.
Question from a Reader: Additional Questions Not Answered on
Your site is very detailed and informative, but I was
wondering if you could please answer some additional
questions that may help many of us interested in astrology.
1. Who experiences/feels attraction more strongly or how is
a) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
midpoint or the midpoint person?
b) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
chart angle or the 'angle' person?
c) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
Vertex or the Vertex person?
d) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
Nodes of the Moon or the Nodes of the Moon person?
2. Is there a meaning when partners' Sun/Moon midpoints
conjunct (5 gemini mine - which also happens to be my DC
line 5.15 and Saturn 5.5 and 9 degrees gemini his) (no hard
aspects from personal planets though) and both also conjunct
composite Sun/Moon midpoint (7 degrees gemini). What would
the meaning/connection be?
3. Can Ascendant be involved in a Grand Trine or are just
personal planets considered?
4. What other midpoints besides Sun/Moon are important in
synastry and how would they be interpreted? (I noticed that
you mentioned Venus/Pluto and Mars/Pluto in one of your
5. Which charts require use of birth location (progressed?)
and which current living location (Solar return, Solar
6. What is the maximum orb you would use as significant in
7. Are solstice points done only on natal planets or can
they be done on progressed planets as well? If they can, do
we compare progressed solstice point charts of two people or
progressed solstice point chart of one to progressed or
natal of the other?
8. How is Solar arc used in synastry? Do we compare Solar
arc of one person to natal chart of the other person or to
his/her Solar arc?
I know there are a lot of questions here, but I would
appreciate even the short-version answers.
Thank you very much,
I'll answer your
questions to the best of knowledge, and according to my
experience, point by point below:
1. Who experiences/feels attraction more strongly or how
is it different:
a) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
midpoint or the midpoint person?
b) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
chart angle or the 'angle' person?
c) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
Vertex or the Vertex person?
d) Person whose personal planet is contacting someone's
Nodes of the Moon or the Nodes of the Moon person?
The experience for contacting points in synastry is
always a two-way affair. How strong the feelings each
individual experiences depends on the nature of the planet
or point stimulated, as well as the person and the issues
surrounding the contacted point in his/her life. It's always
two-way, however. If my Venus conjuncts your Mars, for
example, your Mars is activating my Venus, and my Venus is
activating your Mars. We're both stimulated, but in
different ways and from different perspectives. I will react
in a Venus way to your Mars, and you will react in a Mars
way to my Venus. When it comes to attraction, it is
generally the Venus person who is especially enamored. When
inner planets are stimulated by another person's outer
planets, it's generally the "inner planet" person who is a
little more vulnerable and personally involved. Often, the
"outer planet" person holds a special "edge" because of this
vulnerability on the part of the "inner planet" person. The
outer planet person tends to have the upper hand. This is
because inner planets are personal, and outer planets are
With midpoints, I tend to think the midpoint person is
more vulnerable. I've received plenty of questions through emails
special case of the Sun/Moon midpoint contacting another
person's Sun or Moon, which is a strong indication of a
powerful bond, for better or worse. When this contact only occurs one way, which is more often the case,
readers want to know who is
the most needy (so to speak) person in the relationship. The "owner" of the contacted Sun/Moon midpoint is
the one who tends to be more attached to the person whose Sun or Moon aspects
the midpoint. This sometimes explains one-sided attachments, but it should be
noted that plenty of strong relationships occur when the activated Sun/Moon
midpoint isn't reciprocated by the partner. In fact, the energy does seem to
reciprocate in some way, as both partners can feed off the energy of
belongingness. Having it both ways (that is, each person's Sun/Moon midpoint is
activated by the other person's Sun or Moon) is perhaps ideal, but one way works
well. Also, if
one person's Sun or Moon forms a hard aspect to the composite Sun/Moon midpoint,
that person also has a strong attachment to the relationship.
When personal planets are contacting personal points,
neither person is more vulnerable or more attracted unless
the particular point involved is especially sensitive or
romantic by nature. For example, one person's Moon conjunct
another person's Mercury is naturally, because of the nature
of the planets involved, less balanced. The Moon person is
likely to be more vulnerable in this interchart aspect. Or,
as another example, if a person's Venus conjuncts the other
person's Mercury, the Venus person is generally enamored by
the Mercury person's intellect, way of thinking, way of
speaking, etc. As an aside, it's always helpful to think in
terms of the individuals taking on the roles of the planets
involved. The person whose Venus is stimulated takes on the
role of Venus in reaction the other person's expression of
Angles such as the Ascendant and Vertex are highly
personal and can be considered similar to personal (inner)
planets. Item d) of your question is a little trickier for
me to answer. Let's say my Venus conjuncts your South Node.
The attraction will go both ways, but the South Node person
may be the one more likely to "outgrow" the relationship.
2. Is there a meaning when partners' Sun/Moon midpoints
conjunct (5 gemini mine - which also happens to be my DC
line 5.15 and Saturn 5.5 and 9 degrees gemini his) (no hard
aspects from personal planets though) and both also conjunct
composite Sun/Moon midpoint (7 degrees gemini). What would
the meaning/connection be?
If your Sun/Moon midpoints are conjunct, the Sun/Moon
midpoint in the composite chart will be along the same axis
by default. Yes, when two people share the same Sun/Moon
midpoint, it is significant. It points to the potential for
a strong bond, for better or worse. You'll find this
connection between charts of many couples who form a
long-term relationship. It's always important to note that
connections between Sun/Moon midpoints in synastry do not
necessarily point to a "good" interaction in and of
themselves, but they do point to a fated feeling, or a
strong feeling of needing one another.
3. Can Ascendant be involved in a Grand Trine or are just
personal planets considered?
Traditionally, no. Grand trines are supposed to involve
planets and not points, such as the Ascendant. These can be
any planet, not just personal (inner) planets.
4. What other midpoints besides Sun/Moon are important in
synastry and how would they be interpreted? (I noticed that
you mentioned Venus/Pluto and Mars/Pluto in one of your
You can consider any midpoint in a synastry analysis. The
question will be how much detail do you want to consider?
The way I work, I put the Sun/Moon midpoint into any chart I
look at. When doing a relationship analysis, I will also
note the Venus/Mars, Moon/Venus, and Sun/Mars midpoints. I
will also scan computer-generated midpoint trees in a chart
comparison for repeated patterns and themes or other
midpoint connections that catch my eye. Of course, I work
from my personal "bias" in the sense that certain
combinations will stand out more than others, perhaps
because I've had experience with them or they seem to me to
be especially relevant considering the type of analysis I am
doing (a romantic relationship analysis, for example) and
the nature of the questions I am attempting to answer.
5. For each technique you mention (progressions charts,
Solar Return, and solar arc progressions) the current
location is generally used for the current chart. In these
cases, new charts are created, and these charts are
relocated and generally compared to the non-relocated natal
chart. Transits involve comparing the current positions of
the planets to the natal chart, which is usually not
relocated, although it can be if desired!
6. I do not use
a strict orb allowance in synastry, although I would say
that I tend to favor approximately 5-6 degrees for major
aspects--perhaps a little more for conjunctions involving
the Sun and Moon.
7. Yes, you can determine solstice
points on a progressed chart, and they can be compared,
either progressed to progressed or progressed to natal.
With Solar Arc progressions, the aspects between the planets
in the natal chart remain the same because we are adding the
same number of degrees to each planet. Unless there is a
large age discrepancy between the two people we are
comparing, the interaspects would be largely the same. As
well, the Solar Arc interaspects would remain the same
indefinitely. As such, comparing Solar Arc progressions
doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. If anything, I
would compare the Solar Arc progressions of one person to
the natal positions of another.
Question from a Reader: Interesting Aspect Patterns in a
Relationship Analysis (Eros, Sun/Moon midpoint)
I was wondering if you could give some commentary on a
couple of interesting aspect patterns that I discovered
between myself and a recent new love interest. I am a novice
astrologer, and I try to notice interesting patterns but
then often have to 'wing it' when it comes to describing
what I see if I have never seen it before.
The most interesting pattern that I noticed was a mutual
reception of sorts. It involves the rulers of our eighth
houses and the position of our Eros asteroids. Simply put,
the ruler of my eighth house (Mars) is conjunct her Eros in
Pisces and the ruler of her eighth house (Mercury) is
conjunct my Eros in Capricorn. With the eighth house being
the house of sexuality and needs etc. and Eros being the
asteroid of sexual expression, it seems that this would
indicate a very natural and mutual receptive ability for
sexual expression and gratification. I tried to emphasize to
her the unreal statistical probability of such an occurrence
though I am not sure if I can even have an idea of how rare
this is. It seems to me that even having one person's eighth
house ruler conjunct the other's Eros would be rare, never
mind a mutual aspect! Does this strike you as rare and/or
significant in some way?
Another interesting aspect is the fact that our sun/moon
midpoints are conjunct (approximately 23 degrees in
Sagittarius). Along with that, both of our suns and moons
make hard aspects to each other's sun/moon midpoints. More
specifically, her sun and moon are in square aspect and so
each form a semi-square with my midpoint and my sun and moon
are in opposition and each form a square with her midpoint.
I know that those hard aspects indicate some mutual
significance but what is the significance of having our
sun/moon midpoints in conjunction?
Just judging by those sun and moon aspects you may think
that the compatibility between us is minimal however I ran
your synastry analysis and we scored a whopping +63 (+76 and
-13)!! That was better than your Paul Newman example. Also,
our composite chart has at least one planet on all four
angles!! Another sign of significance.
We only met each other in person about 2 weeks ago but the
initial meeting unleashed a very comfortable physical
expression between the two of us in a very short time. This
is strange to both of us who are typically very shy and slow
movers. But with each other, there exists an easy comfort
and almost uninhibited physical expression. That is what
drove me to find that eighth house/Eros mutual aspect
pattern. Our birth and first meeting information are below
(full birth data included).
Thank you in advance for any comments that you may be able
to provide in terms of my questions or the general
relationship potential that exists!!
|Although they don't necessarily reveal the quality of a
relationship, Sun/Moon midpoint contacts between charts do point to a strong sense of
belonging together. When I do a chart comparison, and specifically check for
potential longevity, first I check for soft and hard aspects
between the Sun in one chart and the Moon in another. Next,
I check for hard aspects (conjunction, opposition, square,
semi-square, and sesquiquadrate) between each person's Sun/Moon midpoint and the Sun or Moon of
their partner. After that, I calculate the Sun/Moon midpoint in the composite
chart, and see if that makes any hard aspects to the Sun and the Moon of each
individual's chart. Any of these factors contribute to an attachment that could
be meaningful and long-lasting, although not necessarily idyllic! Again, it's
not about quality--it's about attachment. The aspects between your Sun/Moon
midpoints are hard aspects--but that is a good thing if
you're looking for a relationship that has the potential to
last! Oftentimes, couples break up before they've really
been given a chance to grow and learn through the
relationship. Perhaps this is a necessary thing.
Relationships that withstand the test of time generally
feature a "pull" that can come from Saturn contacts but more
so with Sun/Moon midpoint contacts.
As I mentioned in my
email to you, I'm excited at your discovery regarding the
eighth house rulers in conjunction to the other person's
Eros, and put your theory to an informal test. I do believe
you're onto something here! I absolutely do find it
significant--and it is statistically improbable.
The compatibility is very strong. A potential weak point
is her Saturn (ruler of her Ascendant) not making any close
major aspects to your chart. Saturn is strong in your
composite chart, however. With the composite chart
representing the potential of your relationship, there may
be some hesitance regarding the idea of this being a
long-term thing on her part until a formal relationship has
I also see her Sun and Venus novile (40 degrees) your
Sun. This connection, I believe, suggests an attraction of
the soul that can be very intense and challenging--and rich.
This enhances the theme created by the hard aspects between
your Moons, your Suns and Moons, and your Sun/Moon
midpoints. There is the potential feeling of truly belonging
to one another, yet with the challenges between your Suns
and Moons, a struggle as well. This is the stuff of life!
Another strong point: your seventh house (traditional)
ruler, Jupiter, overlays her seventh house and conjuncts her
As an aside, something you might want to do is progress
the First Meeting chart and watch the Moon's aspects and how
they correspond to significant periods in your relationship.
The Moon progresses at approximately one degree per month,
so, for example, you could watch for when its sextile to
Uranus perfects approximately 2 months after meeting. I find
this tool very useful for managing the tough periods in a
relationship, as they often correspond to the progressed
Moon perfecting a challenging aspect in the First Meeting
chart. It's especially useful when the last aspect the Moon
makes before leaving its sign is a hard one--being aware of
the potential ramifications of such an aspect can help you
to avoid making mountains out of molehills if you really
want to keep a relationship alive.
Question from a Reader: North Node in the 1st House and
I found your website a few months ago and I love it.
I had a
few solar returns done with you and I really enjoyed them.
I am very confused about my North and South Nodes. My North
Node is in LIBRA in my 1st HOUSE and my South Node is in
ARIES in my 7th HOUSE. I am a LEO, rising sign is VIRGO, and
both my VENUS and MARS are in VIRGO. Someone told me that
with my North Node in my first house I should not get
Is it true? Please let me know.
|I don't believe that
there is any indication in a natal chart that should
prohibit marriage. In some charts, indicators for marriage
are more challenged than others. Some might suggest delaying
marriage until mid-30s and beyond with North Node in the 1st
house. With the nodal axis in Aries/Libra and the 1st/7th,
your path of development is through partnerships, which can
mean some struggles in this area. You are likely to
experience a sort of tug-of-war between dependency and
independence. The North Node in the 1st house suggests that
you are learning to rely on yourself, and that your natural
inclination may be to fall back on a partner. Many of your
important life lessons revolve around one-to-one
relationships. They may be challenging, but ultimately
Question from a Reader: Born on the Cusp
|I know someone, a man,
born on May 22, 1948. I know that he will have some Gemini
and some Taurus qualities, but which will be most prevalent.
Can you help me here. My main worry is that Geminis can be
|I am one of those
people who believe that you're either a Gemini or a Taurus,
regardless of being born on a cusp. I do believe that the
early degrees and late degrees of a sign have some
significance. However, I consider a person born under zero
degrees of Gemini a Gemini, and a person born under 29
degrees of Taurus a Taurus. With the place of birth you gave
me, the Sun was in Gemini all day, so he's a Gemini. None of
his personal planets are in Taurus, although there is always
a chance he has a Taurus Ascendant. Read him as a Gemini, in
other words. But do remember to consider other factors
beyond his Sun sign. For example, his
Venus is in Cancer
and his Mars in Virgo
-- signs that are generally considered to be far from
superficial. If he was born before approximately 5:30 PM,
his Moon is in
Scorpio. After that time, his Moon would be in
Sagittarius. Also remember that superficiality is one of the
negative traits associated with Gemini, but we can hardly
consider Geminis superficial in general. Gemini is found in
every person's chart somewhere, and in that area of life (be
it romance, career, mentality, etc.), curiosity is high and
the tendency to scatter our energies and skim the surface of
things is likely. Quantity may be valued over quality, but
this allows us to connect with a variety of interests, to be
flexible in our approach, and to avoid getting into ruts.
Question from a Reader: Should I book the studio during
Mercury's retrograde cycle?
I am 48 years old and have been writing songs for the past
20 years. I have finally decided to actually record a demo
and try to live my life passion of music. I was born with
Mercury retrograde in Leo and the studio time I've booked is
going to be at a time when Mercury is retrograde in Leo once
again (week of July 24th). I have a gut feeling something
from my past will come out to help me sing my songs the way
they should be heard, to touch hearts and make people think.
Please let me know your thoughts on this. Is Mercury
retrograde a bad time to go into the studio?
Thank you for any info you may have for me.
retrogrades on July 3rd in early Leo, but dips back into
Cancer for most of the retrograde period. Mercury will be
retrograde in Cancer the week that you booked the studio.
There are a lot of theories about Mercury's retrograde, and
some of them quite conflicting! Some believe that Mercury's
retrograde cycles are not the same for those born while
Mercury is retrograde. This idea works for me--I liken it
to, for example, the Moon is in Pisces and its effects on
those who were born under the Moon in Pisces. As well,
Mercury retrograde cycles are excellent for creativity as
well as for re-doing, refining, and re-visiting issues.
Generally, the advice for Mercury retrograde is to avoid
signing new contracts and making proposals or presentations
of ideas. The only new issue here is the recording aspect of
your venture. Continuing work on your songs shouldn't be a
problem. I think there is a general but prevalent
misconception that we should put our lives on hold during
these cycles. I think you should go with your gut instincts
on this one--my opinion, of course!
Question from a Reader: Hard Neptune Aspects in the Composite
I had my composite chart done with my boyfriend, B. We
have a lot of great synastry:
Mar conjunct Aquarius
My Venus Conj his Sun - Aquarius
His Ascendant Conj my Sun - Sag
His Mars Conj my Venus - Aqua
according to your web-site his Eros and my Psyche are
UNFORTUNATELY, I am scared to death of our composite
Sun Square Neptune = delusion, idealism, deceit,
lying, a devastating ending according to several
interpretations I've read.
Venus Square Neptune = idealism, fantasy, disillusionment, possible positive
indicator of a spiritual relationship.
Do you have any other interpretation? Do these transits
mean death to a long lasting love relationship? I don't
want astrology to rule my life but I can't ignore the
[Full birth data for both people supplied.]
Thanks in advance if I hear from you!
There are some very strong connections between your
charts. His Moon is in hard aspect to your Sun/Moon
midpoint, and your Moon is in hard aspect to his Sun/Moon
midpoint, suggesting that there is a strong bond between
you, for better or for worse! Your Venus is conjunct his
Mars, your Mars is conjunct his Sun, your Mercury is
conjunct his Ascendant, your Sun is conjunct his North Node,
your Vertex is conjunct his Sun, and the list goes on!
There's a lot of positive to this relationship. Problematic
areas in your synastry include his Saturn square your Moon
and opposite your Venus. This one is tough -- mostly on you.
I suggest you read about
aspects in synastry in order to find some strategies to
handle this inter-aspect.
In B's natal chart, I noticed that he has his Sun
opposite Pluto, and his Mars opposite Saturn and square
Chiron. This suggests to me that he might be a little tough
to get through to! This is the case regardless of who he is
relating to. Set in his ways, no doubt. He also has his
North Node in the 7th house. Read more about this placement
here: North Node in
Libra or the 7th house. Learning to "partner"
effectively is an important life lesson for him that doesn't
always come easy.
The Sun conjunct Venus, both square Neptune, in your
composite chart can also be problematic. You need to take
steps to be as rigorously honest with each other as
possible, as the tendency is to mislead one another. The
"deception" with these aspects is rarely deliberate. What it
has to do with is expectations. In other words, it
usually has to do with self-deception rather than outright
deception. With the strong connections between you, it is
unlikely that you are "in love with love" instead of one
another, which is a common manifestation of these kinds of
aspects in the composite chart. However, you may be in love
with false images of one another. Do your best to relate to
each other as equals. Avoid the trap of saving your partner
or having your partner save you. It won't work. At some
point, there is bound to be strong feelings of
disappointment or letdown. One or both of you will likely
question whether the other person was completely honest.
However, in all likelihood, you have projected what you
wanted to see in your partner, and that no one has
deliberately tried to present a false image. Sometimes, one
or both people may indeed present a false image of
themselves, if only to attempt to live up to the
expectations of the other. If you can get past this point
without pointing fingers, you can truly grow together. This
is absolutely possible.
If you cringe at the idea of getting an objective opinion
on your relationship, this can be a sign that you already
question how sound your relationship is, but are afraid to
put it to the test. Chances are, you already know your
relationship's weaknesses on some level. Do your best to see
the weaknesses and accept them for what they are. B's
Neptune is in hard aspect to your Sun/Moon midpoint. B's
Neptune is square his Moon. Attempting to push an emotional
commitment from him is likely to lead to frustration. You
will need to let the relationship flow and wait for an
emotional commitment to happen naturally, and you need to
figure out if you can live with this.
Question from a Reader: Solar Eclipse Occurring on Birthday
|I am wondering if you
could enlighten me regarding the solar eclipse / new moon
which occurs on my birthday this year...how to make the most
transit? (Full birth data supplied).
With the Solar Eclipse occurring so close to your
birthday, (and your Solar Return), in all likelihood the
year ahead will be an eventfuland, eventually,
memorable—one. There is no need to be nervous about what
might happen, as a Solar Eclipse has much of the same
effects as a New Moon, except more potent. It can signal
some very favorable events in your life. The eclipse on
March 29th this year is in Aries, the sign of new beginnings
and initiatives. It receives a supportive aspect from steady
Saturn, suggesting that new projects initiated are likely to
be realistic and well-grounded--reasonable, in other words!
Looking at your Solar Return chart can give more clues as
to what this might mean for you personally. The New Moon
occurs at the top of your SR chart. Two areas of strong
focus this year are tenth house and seventh house matters
for you. Your natal tenth house is brought to the SR
Ascendant, and the Solar Return Sun and Moon are in the
tenth house. Also, the SR Sun and Moon are at your natal
Descendant, and your natal Descendant is brought to the SR
Midheaven. Keeping in mind that a "new beginning" is very
likely to occur this year, we can think about all of the
situations and factors that are associated with the seventh
and tenth houses. It may be that you will enter into a new
business partnership, or that you meet a "significant other"
through your career dealings. It may also be that new
beginnings occur in both areas of life, independent of each
other. However, looking at the chart, they seem to be
connected. The ruler of your natal
seventh house is Mars, and it receives a conjunction from
both Mercury and Uranus. An unexpected change or event is
very possible with regards to a close partnership, and this
may be tied to career issues. There may be a change in
marital status. Venus is conjunct Mars and
trine Neptune in your Solar Return chart, suggesting
romantic and creative endeavors are likely to go quite well.
When a New Moon occurs in a Solar Return chart, it suggests that the year
ahead is a key period in your life. For example, marriages and births occur
frequently when the New Moon occurs in a Solar Return chart. Your actions in
such a year get real reactions. You are in the spotlight in some way. The energy
of the New Moon is dynamic, and it is also receptive, in that it feels like
things are coming to you rather than things being taken away from you.
Because your emotions are very strong in such a year, you are unlikely to do
things or feel things in moderation. New
experiences, initiatives, and success in projects that are begun in this period
are likely. This energy is concentrated in your tenth house of career and public
recognition. The benefits can be immense. Your personal efforts over the past
few years are likely to pay off. Fortune smiles on you, and there may be some
type of public recognition to honor what you have been doing with your life.
Under this influence, students often receive academic awards or advanced
degrees, workers achieve job promotions, lovers get married, politicians are
elected to office, authors publish their books, and so on. Your career may place
you before the public in some way. Opportunities for professional advancement
may come through a spouse or business associate. You could find yourself
involved in negotiations and consultations.
The best way to use this energy is to be proactive. Look
for ways to change your life, and especially to take charge
of your career and life path. People are going to notice you
this year--recognition will come whether you are looking for
it or not. As such, do your best to shine, and demonstrate
your competency. Whatever it is you begin this year is
likely to be long-lasting and significant. Take the time to
look within yourself and to examine what it is you want from
life. "Taking charge" is a theme of the tenth house, and it
would be a good idea to examine your innermost ambitions.
This is a year when you can make significant headway--when
you can begin to realize some of your goals. It's also an
excellent year for collaboration, so keep your eyes and mind
open for opportunities that could come through partnership.
Question from a Reader: Progressed Synastry?
Synastry is I think the area I prefer in astrology. I
have used our natal charts to do a house overlay and also
created a synastry grid to compare our aspects. Now I have
progressed my husband's chart and mine and I am wondering if
I can, from those 2 progressed charts do the same thing and
if the delineations for "natal synastry" can be use for
"progressed synastry", if I can call it that?
My idea by doing this is to find out where we're at at this
time of our lives.
I know, by reading your site, that I can do a progressed
composite chart. That's what gave me the idea.
Thank you so much. Kind regards. Annie.
|Absolutely. In a
Synastry article on our site (Synastry
in More Detail), I mentioned this kind of comparison in
reference to a relationship that seemed to show much
promise, but then dissolved. The man's progressed Sun/Moon
midpoint was directly opposite the woman's Moon when they
met, suggesting an extremely powerful feeling of need.
However, as his midpoint continued to progress beyond that
point, his interest fizzled. This likely would not have been
the case if their natal-to-natal interchart aspects were
Essentially, the natal-to-natal interchart aspects should
be considered the basic, permanent interplays between two
people. One person's progressed positions in aspect to the
other person's natal positions, as well as one person's
progressed positions in aspect to the other person's
progressed positions, are valid as long as they are
considered interplays that are evolving or progressing! In
other words, they are useful if we view them in terms of the
general symbolism of progressions.
Analyzing all of these factors is a whole lot of work,
but if you have the time and the inclination, it can be a
very revealing process.
Question from a Reader: Which chart should I use for our
I read your most interesting article on Cafe Astrology
regarding the synastry charts on relationships. My boyfriend
and I met on a specific day, but then we broke up and got back
together on another day.
I like the second chart best and am wondering which should I
use for our relationship?
Thank you so much.
My answer is, use
both of them! The chart of your second "meeting" does not
replace the First
Meeting Chart, but it still "works" as a new beginning in
your relationship. As long as you consider both charts as
important--as entities of their own with independent
meanings--you're on the right track, in my opinion. In other
words, use the First Meeting Chart as a chart that represents
the conception of your relationship, and use the second chart
as a chart that represents the re-instatement of your
relationship or a re-instatement of your vows, however
informal they may be.
Question from a Reader: His Moon in my twelfth housewhat does
About 2 years ago I met my husband, and we both fell in love
passionately and got married a year and a half later. We have
a very open and honest relationship and we are very committed
to each other and sympathize with and like each other very
much. There is one little snake in the paradise, however. I am
very suspicious about him and other women. There is no reason
for this suspicion (I find him very attractive though) and the
suspicion/jealousy seems to be activated mainly through my
dreams. This is impacting me unnecessarily because I do not
know what is activating it and it is also starting to strain a
very good relationship. My husband is very patient but he is
begging me to stop this. I know that he has his Moon in my
12th house, and according to one synastry report, this can
mean that he is deceiving me and I guess this is not helping
the matter. Is this the only interpretation of the his Moon in
my 12th house???
I would be extraordinarily grateful for your help. I do not
want mess up our marriage because of this!!!!!!! (Full birth
Thanks so much!
husband's Moon touches an extraordinarily sensitive part of
your chart. The twelfth house rules all that is hidden or
below the surface, our dreaming mind, karma, self-undoing,
soul growth, and both our hidden strengths and hidden
weaknesses. His Moon overlaying your twelfth house is not
unlike a permanent transit of the Moon to your twelfth house.
This suggests that you tend to confide in him, telling him
things you have never told others. Because the feelings he
stimulates in you, however, are somewhat vague and
extremely hard to define (they often defy reason), some
element of mistrust or confusion in your relationship is very
possible over time. Your husband must be aware that
you are especially sensitive and attached to him, and you
sometimes act irrationally as a result. This is because he
touches a part of you that is very deep and personal--a place
even you have difficulties defining or rationalizing.
You may have read that this position in synastry suggests
deception. This is true to some extent, but not in the way
that you are thinking. This position does not mean that
your husband will be unfaithful or that he will deliberately
deceive you. However, if it's left unchecked or swept under
the rug, there may come a day when he feels he has to
Let me explain what I mean by this. First and foremost,
remember that it is your twelfth house that is
activated in this overlay, not his. Something about his
emotional expression pulls up vague anxieties in you that are
not based on hard, cold facts. Rather, your fears are based on
hunches or intuition that you, yourself, don't even trust.
What is happening here is that you are in a state of mistrust
of yourself and of your hunches more than of him. He is
unwittingly stimulating your own fears and anxieties that
exist independent of him! What is contained inside the realm
of the twelfth house is your own matter, not his.
Understanding this concept is the first step to dealing with
the problem. Twelfth house activations in synastry have had a
bit of a bad rap, probably because, often enough, they
stimulate issues of mistrust and confusion. However, if the
twelfth house person is aware of the fact that the "deception"
involved has its source within himself or herself, the issues
can be dealt with more effectively.
I mentioned that he may, over time, begin to feel the need
to deceive you. What is happening is that you are doubting
your own ability to see your husband clearly. On one hand, you
have fallen for him and want to assign him wonderful, even
inhuman, qualities. But as you do this, another voice inside
of you questions, "What if I am being blind? What if this
perfect situation isn't so perfect after all?" This other
voice is a realistic one--you know you are imperfect, you know
that others are imperfect, you know that the world around you
is imperfect. What is happening is that you are doubting your
faith, perhaps because you know it might be a bit unrealistic.
As a result, your lack of trust in your own ability to see
your husband clearly can eventually erode the relationship. He
may begin to sense that you refuse to see him clearly, he may
then label you irrational on this level, and then keep things
from you simply because he is afraid you may blow them out of
proportion--essentially, he may feel the need to treat you
with kid gloves. Deception in this case is not
deliberate--it's the result of sensing a person's boundaries
and limits, and keeping facts from him or her just to avoid a
You can take steps to prevent this from happening. Truth
is, this is not a dire situation by any means. Awareness of
the source of your fears that your husband may stray is
crucial. Don't let this erode your relationship. Work,
instead, on trying to see your husband in solid, realistic,
and clear terms (as much as is possible). Let him know that he
doesn't have to treat you with kid gloves. You are sensitive,
yes, but even if it takes you time to get to a "happy place" after
a problem arises, you would rather deal with the truth than
alienate him. Accepting a person at face value is perhaps the
most loving thing you can do.
Question from a Reader: Difficult Transits
|Hi Annie. (Full birth
data supplied) Currently I am going through a Pluto transit. I
was told that the transit would be difficult, and it sure is.
I am having huge money troubles and I seem to be able to make
people really upset with me, simply by breathing. I have a
feeling that I am supposed to be learning how to “be” in this
world—specifically, what my role in life is, and how I should
best relate to other people. My question is, am I correct in
that feeling? Another question is, when will the Pluto transit
be over and what are some of the things I should expect to
happen to me? How long before I find my “purpose” in life?
Thanks so much!
|Your Sun is almost 26
degrees Sagittarius. Transiting Pluto has been close to that
degree, but it hasn't yet reached the exact degree of your
Sun--it will at the beginning of February 2006. Your Midheaven
and South Node of the Moon are 23 and 24 degrees
Sagittarius--degrees that Pluto has already transited. The
transit of Pluto conjunct your Sun will be in effect until
December 2006. On our Pluto
Transits page, I wrote the following about Pluto transits
to the Sun:
"Pluto transits to the Sun challenge us to face up to unexpressed or
poorly expressed traits of our Sun sign, house, and aspects. We discover our own power and strength,
and we re-work our very sense of identity, which invariably affects our life
path. How we have defined
ourselves to date is now challenged. In some cases, women live this transit
through key male figures in their lives. These transits force us to confront our
will, power, assertion, and authority. Sometimes, the relationship with the
father or other important male figures come into focus. We face the need to be
more independent, assertive, and autonomous. Perhaps most importantly, Pluto
transiting our Sun puts us face to face with exactly what it is that has been
holding us back from living life more fully and meaningfully.
Look for Leo in your natal chart, as the Sun rules Leo, and this is an area
of life that will be directly affected by the transit (in addition to the house
where the transit actually takes place)."
In your case, the Sun is in the tenth house and it rules
your sixth house, pointing to issues surrounding your work and
career, as well as your daily routines, habits, diet, and
health regimens. Your hunch seems right on target. Pluto's
transit to your Midheaven and to your tenth house suggest that
you will work through issues about your life direction. Pluto
demands that you take charge of your life. If other people
have been making decisions for you, you will feel frustrated
and perhaps manipulated or trapped. This frustration ideally
leads to an awareness that you need to assume more
responsibility for your life and the direction it takes.
With your Sun in the tenth house, Pluto's transit to it
will bring you face to face with your own ambitions. If you
haven't recognized your desire for approval, power, and
influence, Pluto will make you aware of it. Changes, of the
"rebirthing" variety, may be forced upon you if you don't
effect changes in your lifestyle on your own. Pluto's transits
often require that we give up something in order to gain
something else--and this could be a job, a way of living
(routines, habits, and so forth), a relationship, or simply a
state of mind or the way we see the world.
You might want to read about the influence of Pluto
transits in general on our
Pluto transits page in order to feel better prepared for
this cycle in your life. The most important thing to remember
about Pluto transits is that fearing change is the
worst state of mind. Identifying what might need to change in
your life will help. Overcoming the fear of change can involve
a process in which you review your life and identify turning
points, crises, and challenges in your past. This way, you can
remind yourself how you pulled through them. Pluto transits to
the Sun draw out your own personal strength. If you don't know
you're strong, Pluto will let you know. Remember that you can
face pretty much anything. In all likelihood, changes that
take place won't be traumatic. But if you find yourself
fearing your future nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to
spiritually prepare for challenging times. My sister once gave
me the advice to do what Rocky did when he prepared for his
big fight (if you remember that movie), with the raw eggs and
training, except on a spiritual level. It works!
Pluto wants you to own your life, to take charge of your
life path, and to know yourself, warts and all. Pluto
is not happy with us if we are just coasting along in life. It
wants us to know ourselves inside and out, including our more
"undesirable" qualities. In your case, Pluto has already
transited square your Ascendant and Mars in 2003 and 2004, so
you have had a real "taste" of Pluto energies in recent years.
from a Reader: Contradictory Venus & Moon signs
What would you make of
a person with a Moon in Cancer, but a Venus in Aquarius? Would these not seemingly constitute a contradiction? Clingy
and needs space? How would this work if it does not cancel each other out?
Cancer and Aquarius,
being in a natural "inconjunct", are most certainly
contradictory signs. They neither share an element or
modalityCancer is a cardinal water sign, and Aquarius is a
fixed air sign. The Moon and Venus, however, are both
"feminine", yin, or receptive planets.
It is important to keep in mind that contradictory natures
of individual factors in a natal chart do not cancel
each other out. Instead, it is helpful to consider each
planet's nature as a role we take on. The Moon rules our
emotions in general—our nurturing side, the face we show when
we are comfortable, in a family or domestic setting, and so
forth. Venus rules our powers of attraction, the style we
adopt in social relationships, how we love and how we perceive
romantic love, the pleasures we are especially attracted to,
We are all contradictory beings. One person can be shy in a
social setting and outgoing and forthright at a business
function. Another person can be self-effacing with regards to
work, yet demanding in a love affair. A person with a Moon in
Cancer and Venus in Aquarius will show both signs in different
Although we live with all of the signs in our natal chart,
and, ideally, we pull out qualities from each, we don't always
blend these qualities and behaviors into a cohesive, easy
whole. This person may be rather aloof when it comes to the
"game" of love, adopting a rather impersonal manner. Get to
know this person more intimately, and you will uncover another
side to him or her altogether. Once comfortable and cozy, this
person is very personal, emotional, and attached. However, he
or she will still need to "feed" the Aquarian needs that are
part of his or her make-up. In fact, this person is bound to
confuse a partner, perhaps even on a daily basis! Chances are,
these contradictory needs are a struggle for him/her as well.
How individuals handle this type of "discrepancy" really
depends. Someone with Moon and Venus inconjunct by sign, such
as the person you are referring to, could work on integrating
the two energies in a creative manner. Perhaps more common,
however, is the tendency to separate the two functions and to
feel dissatisfied with both functions on some level. Both the
emotional life and the social life can feel lacking simply
because attempts to satisfy one function seem to work against
the other function. Behaviors that make this person feel safe
and comfortable (represented by the Moon) are completely
different than the behaviors that he or she displays and
craves in social relationships (represented by Venus). Chances
are that if you are in a romantic relationship with this
person, you will frequently witness these dissimilar needs and
behaviors. They may seem to need a partner who makes them feel
safe and loved, yet when that need is fulfilled, they might
crave a lover who is not so smothering and who is more like a
The key to handling these dissimilar needs is some
sort of integration, but complete integration (that is,
blending of the signs) is probably impossible. Think of the
Moon and Venus as representatives of two separate functions or roles. They do
intersect, they can "get along", but they remain
different functions. You might start to think you'd be better
off with someone whose Venus and Moon signs are compatible,
such as with someone who has for example Venus in Pisces and
Moon in Cancer. It's true that they might be a little easier
to please emotionally, but they could bore you to tears at
times! I am definitely not trying to knock harmonious
interactions of planets in a natal chart, by all means.
Rather, I am trying to illustrate that there are pros and cons
to either situation, and no matter what, that Venus
Pisces-Moon Cancer person has other areas of his or her chart
that contradict these themes.
from a Reader: Sun-Moon conjunctions in synastry
Quick one. Please - can you tell me where to find a reference
for interpretation of a Sun-Moon conjunction in Aquarius
between partners? In print or net. Thanks so much in advance.
My friend-girl (not to confuse with girl-friend) is in
depression at the moment and needs some good news: This aspect
may tell us how I (Sun) can support her (Moon). The
conjunction is spot on - less than 1 degree orb (at 27 degrees
Aquarius) . Please help out. A simple ref for this aspect will
|I don't know of any
reference to a Sun-Moon conjunction in synastry that is
sign-specific, unfortunately. You most definitely are equipped
to shine some light into her life. Generally, with Sun-Moon
conjunctions, it is the Moon person who sort of runs around
the Sun person, tending to his/her needs. However, it can be a
two-way street in that the Sun person can radiate strength and
warmth towards the Moon when the Moon person is not feeling up
to par. Expressing the positive traits of the sign of Aquarius
is one way! It is helpful to think about the roles of the Sun
and Moon in cases like these. The Sun is the "adult" within us
and the Moon is the "child" within us. The two of you will be
relating in the same way when you are relating at the level of
your Sun-Moon conjunction. You are capable of guiding her
along a reasonable and mature path. Keep in mind that your
role with her is a rational one. When she is expressing her
Aquarius Moon, it is an irrational, instinctual, and natural
response to the world around her. With your Aquarius Sun, your
expressions of the sign are more thought-out and responsible.
You can read about
Sun-Moon aspects in synastry here for a little more
information, although this interpretation is designed mainly
for romantic pairings.
from a Reader: Aries & Libra - Compatibility or Tension?
I am seeing someone who has four planets in Aries, while I
have five planets in Libra. Is this a sign of compatibility or
tension? (Full birth data supplied for both people).
|The answer is both --
with so many oppositions in your synastry, you are attracted
to each other and you challenge each other at the same time.
In many ways, you come face-to-face with your individual
"shadow" personalities through each other.
With oppositions, you have the opportunity to learn much
from each other, but you must avoid the tendency to be
defensive, or you can end up more like enemies than partners.
This goes both ways. What might start out as fascination can
end up to be a small war if each of you holds onto your
personality traits for dear life and becomes critical of the
other's style of expression. Signs that are opposite
(Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, Gemini-Sagittarius,
Cancer-Capricorn, Leo-Aquarius, and Virgo-Pisces) tend to fare
better together than signs that have nothing in common, simply
because they do in fact share a common focus. Aries and Libra
are both active cardinal signs. Aries is "me" and Libra is
"you". You might be drawn to your partner in part because of
the imbalance in you, with so many planets in Libra and no
planets in Aries. The same goes for your partner, although it
may be especially meaningful to him because he has North Node
in Libra and South Node in Aries. The Aries personality is so
comfortable for him that he tends to fall back on Aries traits
and resists accepting Libran traits in his personality.
However, because his North Node is in Libra, without even
knowing it, he is drawn to Libra because it his path to strike
the balance of "me-you" in his own personality. Your Venus and
Pluto conjunct his North Node, which is a very strong
connection that is not always easy, but certainly intriguing
and compelling. I would say this is a very intense
relationship--one that can be potentially very rewarding, but
not without its fair share of tensions and conflict.
from a Reader: Unemotional Signs?
|Hi, I love your site. I
have a question about star signs that are described as
unemotional, like Aquarius, Sagittarius, and Gemini. Does
being an unemotional or detached star sign mean you don't care
about others or you don't have emotions?
|No not at all. Every
person is emotional in the sense that they have emotions that
are powerful. Every person has the Moon, which represents
emotions, in their chart. What varies is the sign placement of
the Moon which amounts very much to a "style" of expressing
and experiencing emotions, as well as other factors, such as
the aspects the Moon makes to other planets and points, as
well as the house position of the Moon. A person with an
Aquarius Moon has just as many feelings and emotions as a
person with the classically "emotional" Moon sign of Cancer,
for example. The manner in which the Aquarius Moon person
expresses, manages, and channels emotions is radically
different than the way a Cancer Moon person goes about it,
however. People who don't care about people or don't seem to
display emotions are uncommon and they belong to all the
different Moon sign and star sign groups. Generally, it's a
sociopathic thing rather than an astrological phenomena. The
Moon sign can greatly affect how a person comes across on an
emotional level. Some people "recover" easily on an emotional
level, and might be considered less emotional compared to
someone who nurses emotional wounds. It's all about the way
people manage, express, and deal with their emotions.
from a Reader: Puzzled by My Sign
Please offer me some guidance, as I have hit a brick wall both
intuitively and with my wisdom, neither of which I seem to be
able to apply to my current situation. Recently I left my man
of four years (full birth data supplied - "R"), based on the
persistent feeling that has been gnawing at me since we met: a
troubled anxiety related to him that I can't place. He was
always convinced I was 'the one', and gave up an alcoholic
addiction and womanizing to live a life that proves that. He
really did give his all. I, however, could never truly relax
into the relationship. I had wondered whether I let too many
external factors influence me (our age, ethnic, and physical
difference, his turbulent past, my insecurities), or whether I
needed to just grow up, develop more emotional awareness for
myself, and fight for him. One thing that always gnawed at me
is that I sense in my heart he is better matched to my
magnetic and attractive sister (full birth data
supplied), who seems to actually suit the ideal image he's
pegged me under. I feel like they are both in my life to help
me attain their qualities myself, yet I wonder if I am keeping
them apart on some crazy level? I feel like there is some
chemical attraction between them, although I know neither
would ever do anything about it. Are they a better match than
him and I? I am wondering if our charts reveal anything I am
not subconsciously aware of. What was/is the basis of his and
mine strong connection, yet also my feelings of un-ease? Our
friendship is still strong, and he is convinced that he will
never love another, whether I come back to him or not. I think
we are soulmated in some way. We are still in a
friendship relationship with strong feelings of attraction
still there. Also, if possible, please enlighten me as to what
in my chart indicates the persistent issues of envy I have
harbored for many years now.
I thank you kindly for any of your thoughts.
|I overlayed R's chart
onto yours, and noticed something right away that the computer
report didn't acknowledge. Your Nodes of the Moon are
interchanged--that is, his South Node is conjunct your North
Node. As well, his Sun is conjunct your North Node and your
Moon is conjunct his North Node.
Before I get to that, when you describe feelings of not being
capable of living up to the image R has of you, the first
thing I think about is Neptune-- I expected to see your
Neptune powerfully activated by R's personal planets and
points. This is the case, as his Sun opposes your
Neptune and your Neptune is on his Descendant. Interestingly,
though, your Venus is square his Neptune, so I would suspect
that the idealizing goes both ways.
The reason why I presumed Neptune must be heavily involved:
When a person's personal planets/points challenge another
person's Neptune, the romantic attraction at the outset of the
relationship is strong and dreamy. Over time, however, the
Neptune person begins to sense that the personal point person
(let's say the Sun person, as his Sun opposes your Neptune) is
in love with an idealized image of Neptune, and begins to feel
pressure to live up to that image. You describe your feelings
as vague, as if you cannot bring yourself to totally believe
in the relationship. This is Neptune activated in your chart
by your male friend. Somewhere inside of you, you can't help
but feel that R is not seeing you for what you are. It doesn't
feel right. It's a feeling that is virtually inescapable. You
might see R as living in a bubble with regards to you, and
either you are afraid to pop that bubble, or when you attempt
to help him see where he is misinterpreting the essence that
is you, you sense that he just doesn't want to see it. There
is nothing more satisfying, in a romantic relationship, to
feel loved for exactly who you are, and each and every one of
us deserves to experience that. If you don't feel that, it can
be disheartening, but you may decide to move on and try to
find it elsewhere. By all means, I am not telling you that
moving on would be best, as I don't have the power to know
what is best for you. But what I am suggesting is to listen to
your heart. It seems to me that you are coming down on
yourself, wondering if you should mature and face the idea
that the blockage is inside of you. This, of course, might be
the case. However, you deserve to feel loved for exactly who
you are, and you might not experience that feeling with R.
The Nodal connections mentioned above are just part of the
attraction you feel for one another. When the Nodes of the
Moon are powerfully activated in Synastry, the relationship is
truly life-changing. It touches you in places you might never
knew existed inside of you, and this goes both ways.
As far as your natal chart goes, I would say these qualities
are very much an expression of your Sun square to Saturn-Pluto
conjunction, as well as Sun quincunx Neptune. When you talk
about problems with envy, I immediately turn my attention to
the Sun, simply because it seems to me to be a problem with
confidence, and the Sun is very much about self-confidence. A
beleaguered Sun such as yours points to problems of
self-acceptance. The square to Saturn and Pluto suggests that
you expect to be rejected on some level, and undermines your
confidence. When you assert your will, Saturn is effectively
saying "I'm not good enough" and Pluto is adding, "Others get
what they want and I don't". However, with squares, generally
an individual faces situations early in life that force him or
her to deal with the tension directly. As you age, and with
more experience under your belt, you will learn to deal with
this tension. You also have Venus square Uranus, which could
very well be involved, and expressed as a fear of commitment.
With R's Saturn falling directly on your Ascendant, you might
sense that a relationship with him might be too restrictive
and essentially too "heavy".
I think the fact that you are considering your sister to be
more compatible with R speaks volumes, and is very much an
expression of Sun square Pluto. When Pluto is functioning
poorly in our charts, we can become hell-bent on uncovering a
"truth" that is generally negative and that will essentially
feed our feelings of envy and jealousy. I put the word
truth in quotation marks because our attempts to get to
the bottom of a situation are negatively colored when Pluto is
challenged--essentially we are attempting to prove the worst
to ourselves. It sounds counter-intuitive, but we are very
complex beings! When we feel unworthy, we can actually be
drawn to negative situations to further prove our perceived
unworthiness. Obviously, it's a negative spiral we can get
ourselves into, and it's best to identify this tendency and
work on feeding ourselves with positive feelings and thoughts.
In conclusion, I'd say that working on your own fears (both
of success and of failure!) can most certainly benefit you,
but having looked at the synastry between you and R, I believe
that you might need someone who is more equipped to boost your
from a Reader: Puzzled by My Sign
Hi I came across your website. I am
puzzled about my own sign, and feel like I am born under the
wrong one! I am a Capricorn (full birth data supplied). I am
ambitious and all, though I seem to be so disloyal to my
current mate and don’t feel guilty about it. I don't know what
is wrong with me. At times I have standards, and other times I
lose total control. I feel as though I am a Scorpio with all
my promiscuity. I want to stop my "sordid" ways, though I keep
plunging back into debauchery and outlandish ways of living. I
don't expect a response. I guess I just need to get some
things stated in e-mail, anonymously.Thanks.
|Your affinity to the
sign of Scorpio is well-founded, although Scorpio, in general,
is not necessarily more promiscuous than other signs of the
zodiac. Although your
Sun sign is
Capricorn, you have an unusual number of planets and
points in the sign Scorpio. Your
Moon is in Scorpio,
conjunct Mars, which is also in Scorpio. Both of these planets
are conjunct your Ascendant...which is also Scorpio!
Furthermore, you have
Venus in Scorpio
conjunct Jupiter, also in Scorpio.
Your Sun and Mercury are
both in Capricorn, which suggests you process information like
a Capricorn, and the "adult", conscious part of you is
Capricorn. However, you emote, act, and love like a Scorpio.
All of these planets in Scorpio are opposed by Saturn, which
is likely the reason for your concern and your reference to
your actions as debauchery.
You mention in your email that you don't feel guilty about
your affairs, but you are clearly concerned about your
behavior. I feel that Saturn opposing your cluster of planets
in Scorpio is the reason for your concern. I propose that when
you are involved in this behavior, you are tuned into your
Scorpio planets. Your Venus conjuncts Jupiter, suggesting a
love of pleasure and a tendency to over-do pleasure and love.
Your Moon conjunct Mars in Scorpio is passionate and reactive.
In and of itself, it's spontaneous and natural. You work on
instinct and go with your feelings. Taken alone, these planets
would suggest a very passionate, pleasure-oriented person.
However, complications are brought in by the opposition of
Saturn to all of these planets. Saturn rules Capricorn, and
thus rules your Sun sign, so it is very much tied to your ego
and your identity. Saturn opposing your Scorpio signs
literally translates to a part of your nature (the
responsible, loyal, and traditional Capricorn/Saturn person)
opposing your emotional and sexual nature. It is a true
You said you don't feel guilty, yet you are certainly
feeling guilty enough to want to find answers and to consider
your behavior a problem. This might seem like a contradiction,
but astrology shows us that we are contradictory
beings. Both the enjoyment of pleasure and the desire to
control behavior exist as opposing forces in your natal chart.
They are both real inside of you. It is my opinion that you
may overdo the pleasure aspect as a result of your Saturn
concern that you should be more controlled. In other words, if
Saturn were not opposing your Scorpio planets, you would most
certainly be a sexual and sensual person, but it wouldn't
necessarily be a sex addiction. But because Saturn does oppose
the stellium of planets in Scorpio, the guilt you feel comes
after the behavior and actually feeds your addiction.
It is not unlike an overweight person who feels uncomfortable
with his or her body, and feeds that discomfort with more
food. It's a vicious circle. It doesn't make sense in absolute
terms, but it is the nature of addiction. I propose that your
conscience is not only present, it is over-developed in the
sense that you are harder on yourself than many, and that this
fact exacerbates the problem and leads you to seek out more of
the very experiences that make you feel badly after the fact.
I have discussed Venus-Saturn aspects a few times in
earlier posts to this column. In those cases, women with this
aspect were concerned about their attraction to men they
couldn't have, and I discussed some of the underlying issues
with the aspect. Self-worth is one of those issues. I am not a
psychologist, but I believe that it is generally accepted that
self-worth is an underlying issue for addictions in general.
The answer to the problem is acceptance of both your need
for pleasure and intimate connections, and your desire to be a
responsible partner. The way I see it, you are handling the
opposition by swinging from one end to the other instead of
trying to find a balance--something that is very common with
oppositions. I am definitely not saying it is easy to
handle oppositions. It can be a life-long struggle for many,
but they can be managed. For example, I have quite a
few oppositions in my chart, and although I have been aware of
the dichotomies they create in my nature, it doesn't mean that
finding a balance is always easy. However, awareness is an
important first step.
When we find oppositions in a chart, astrologers often look
for a possible "release" point--a planet (or planets) that
trine and sextile the planets involved in the opposition. In
your case, Mercury in Capricorn in the third house is a
potential release point for the pressures inherent in the
energies of the opposition. Mercury rules communication of all
kinds. You have a very capable and logical mind. This position
suggests that talking about it--or even "writing anonymously"
about your problems--will go a long way towards resolving the
imbalance, especially because Mercury also rules your eighth
and eleventh houses. In fact, you might even find release in
"teaching" others about addictions. Working through the
problem logically and verbally may not solve the problem, but
it should help you to understand it better. My advice is to
seek out support groups, even in an anonymous manner, or to
find ways to communicate your concerns.
from a Reader: Which transits are more significant?
Until a few years ago I had a condescending attitude towards
because I thought it denied free will. I then read a book
electional astrology. It changed my attitude. Freedom of
essential to electional. My discovery also opened-up the big
How does one decide a timing? I had to learn a bit more about
At first I tried to time things I wanted to do.
It didn't seem to have
any effect on the specific event. But nonetheless I noticed
serendipity in my life. I concluded that following the planets
more cosmic harmony in my life. I started experienced charming
luck when I didn't expect it. I stopped attempting to time
events by aspect.
What I do instead is religiously observe strong aspects. I
do this by
printing a chart for the exact minute of the aspect in
advance. I set
a candle upon the chart and light it (day or night) an hour or
before the aspect. At the moment the aspect is partile I ring
bell. I know, it's a sentimental ritual, but it is intended
respect and awe of the cosmos. And I am more attuned to the
Having provided this background, my question is: Which
aspects in the
next 12 months would you observe (if you were me) as if it
were a holy
day? I read your 12 month report. I can calculate the exact
the aspect myself. What I would like to know is why these
identified as special. The moon is trine with Mars
applying and departing. Why is the June 24, moon-Mars trine
Again, on July 4, Saturn is aligned with Uranus -a rare aspect
I wonder if this would be a good hour to hide under the bed?
I am not asking you to analyze all the aspects in your
merely suggest which of the aspects in your report you would
The June 24th trine in your Concise Cosmo Forecast report is
from transiting Mars to your natal Moon. This aspect occurs
much less frequently than transiting Moon to natal (or
As far as which transits are most important or significant,
I look at outer planet transits as significant in terms of
defining, or setting the stage, for inner planet transits.
This report shows outer planet transits, as well as Mars
transits, to natal planets.
A rule of thumb that I use when determining which transits
are more significant than others is as follows: when a
transit involves transiting and natal planets that are
already connected by aspect in the natal chart, it is often
most personally significant. Therefore, since I have Sun
conjunct Uranus in my natal chart, I would take transiting
Uranus in any aspect to my natal Sun as especially
significant. Even transiting Sun to my natal Uranus -- I
would consider that transit more personally significant to
me, even though most people born within 2 years of me would
be experiencing that same transit at approximately the same
Also, if a planet is especially prominent in my natal chart,
I would consider transits to it more significant than
others. I would consider, for example, natal Mars as
particularly prominent because it rules my Ascendant and is
also the most elevated planet (closest to the MC) in my
In your case, the Sun rules your Ascendant and is
also the most elevated planet in your chart, conjunct the
Midheaven. Transits to the Sun would be especially
significant for you. Because you have Jupiter conjunct Pluto
in your natal chart, transits from Jupiter to Pluto, as well
as transits from Pluto to Jupiter, are likely to be more
personally significant to you than they would be to most
others. Because you have a close square between the Sun and
Mars in your chart, transits from the Sun to Mars and
transits from Mars to the Sun may be especially powerful for
you. The opposition of transiting Pluto (a very slow-moving
planet) to your natal Venus, which comes exact on July 28th,
is likely to be an especially potent one for you for a few
reasons: Pluto transits are lengthy in general; Venus
sextiles Pluto in your natal chart; and Venus rules your
Hope this helps,
Question from a Reader: What do you think about the
seven-planet stellium in our composite chart?
I am writing you in reference to a composite chart for my new
friend and I. Together, E and I have a seven planet stellium
in the 9th house. This stellium, along with Neptune and the
Moon, form a Yod. Another Yod is formed using the Ascendant,
the Moon and the seven planet stellium. My question is, what
is the significance of this chart and our relationship
together? Our synastry is quite interesting as well.
My grandmother taught me about astrology, and I have been
doing it amaturely for the last few years. But, I can tell
you, I have NEVER seen anything like this composite chart in
my entire life! (and I have done quite a few charts in my time
=). (Full birth data supplied for both individuals).
insight would be much appreciated, and I would feel honored to
learn about this chart from you! It seems to be quite
Thank you for providing such a wealth of information in your
in the 9th house is truly fabulous and unusual. Each of you
has a concentration of planets in your individual natal
charts, and the more you work with astrology, the more you
might find that people with stelliums are often drawn to
others with stelliums.
The composite chart you showed me used the Midpoint
Midheaven for calculating the houses. It is interesting to
note that, when the Midpoint Ascendant is used, the houses are
reversed and the stellium shows up in the 3rd house. Either
way, there is a strong concentration of planets in your
composite chart, which suggests to me, quite literally, a
concentrated and focused relationship. If we consider the
composite chart the "life force" of a relationship, then we
can safely presume that there is a definite and focused
purpose to this pairing. Factor in the 3rd-9th axis, and we
can also presume that this "purpose" is on the level of
knowledge, shared information, and communication.
A yod configuration involves one planet in quincunx (or
inconjunct) to two planets, where those two planets form a
sextile to each other. In this case, the Moon trines Neptune
and opposes the Sun, Saturn, Mars, Mercury, and Pluto
conjunction. Neptune, therefore, serves a release point for
the opposition, as it sextiles the stellium and trines the
Moon. Another very notable configuration involves the stellium
in opposition to the Moon, which also squares the nodal axis.
This also suggests a powerful connection between the two of
you that involves learning and spiritual growth. You may have
a tendency to focus on the scope of possibilities life has to
offer, or, on bad days, this might reveal itself in
restlessness (especially with the Sun opposition Moon) - a
feeling that you must be doing something with one another and
going somewhere. This is mirrored somewhat in your
synastry, as your Moon opposes his Sun and his Moon opposes
your Sun. There is a strong connection here, and much of it
might have to do with the idea of finding yourselves through
your interactions with each other, and gaining fresh and
revealing perspectives on yourselves and the world around you.
There is certainly a mutual admiration society going on
between you with the Venus-Sun-Ascendant exchanges in synastry.
It is difficult to make a judgment on the viability of the
relationship, but we can safely presume that it will be
significant for the both of you.
from a Reader: Could you
offer help or insight on the synastry between myself and
someone I am interested in?
I read your column and find it very interesting and informative. I
have written you previously and am sure you are quite busy, but I'll try
again....(full birth data for her and her boyfriend
I am seeking your advice regarding our
composite charts. I know that we have many positive aspects, however
the squares between us have presented some challenges in our
relationship....He is at a point in his life and career where he needs
to make some major decisions. I feel we are quite compatible, our
conversations are deep and endless, we travel well together, he has
really expanded my horizons so to speak, and last but not least the
physical chemistry is not lacking...however his difficulty in
verbalizing his feelings and in making decisions are challenging our
relationship right now. Any astrological advice you can provide would
be most welcome and appreciated.
is easy to see from your chart why you would be
goal-oriented, with Sun conjunct Moon and Saturn in
Capricorn; and with your Mercury conjunct Mars and Jupiter
in Sagittarius, a configuration that also trines Uranus, the
value you place on direct communication is clear! Your
boyfriend also has Mercury in Sagittarius, but he also has
Mars conjunct Neptune, which can present a struggle not only
with the formulating of goals, but also the amount of effort
put into achieving them. It can be a challenge to take
decisive action with this combination, and to factor in
realism when it comes to choosing one's direction. Because
Mars rules his seventh house, we can expect to see these
themes of avoiding responsibility and/or vacillation
associated with his one-to-one relationships.
synastry between the two of you is extraordinary and
binding. In synastry, Sun conjunct Venus goes both ways,
which is an indication of being utterly charmed by one
another! You share virtually the same degree of your Libra
Ascendant. Your Moons trine, and his Moon trines your Sun.
There are many interchart aspects that suggest a strong bond
between the two of you - physically, mentally, and
emotionally. Your Sun and Saturn, however, square
his Ascendant, which suggests you might be irritated at
times by his impulses and first, instinctual responses to issues and to
life. Similarly, his Saturn falls on your Mars.
connections are plenty, and this generally points to a
relationship that has the potential of being very
long-lasting and in many ways secure, but it can also become
quite "heavy" if either individual involved is
intimidated or feels threatened by change or growth in the
boyfriend's vacillation is something that is part of his
nature whether he is with you or not, and it's something
that he has to handle. I say this because of his Mars
conjunct Neptune, which is connected with his seventh house,
as I mentioned above. Expressing your frustrations to him
is important, but it is also important to try not to come
down on him in a heavy-handed manner.
from a Reader: What do you think of our synastry and
am 47 years of age and do amateur astrology for
myself and whoever else shows an interest. In
reality I am a professional electrical engineer who got
turned onto astrology when I discovered quite by accident
that it is unbelievably accurate. I am unmarried.
Recently our group hired a new group of engineers and I
have started working with a younger woman who is now
on the team. (Full birth data supplied). I have
looked at our charts and am quite literally stunned at the
composite chart. I do my charts with everyone I meet
including all actors and actresses I watch in movies
so that I can learn the influences of the synastry.
I would like to hear an impartial assessment of the
synastry and maybe even a comment on the age difference.
For myself I have no problem with the age difference as I
usually don't perceive one unless the other person does.
I love the characteristics of individuals. However,
after two divorces (14 yrs and 10 yrs each) due to a
coming out of the closet and horrid dishonesty and
affairs on part of the second I want to move only
towards something that has the potential of lasting longer
than the last two. In the composite charts of both
previous cases I noted that Uranus was exactly conjunct
(less than 1/2 degree) Juno and both marriages broke
up pretty quickly when they broke. I know that
nothing is really permanent but S is very hard for me to
ignore from even an internal perspective. However,
I don't want to make her feel uncomfortable or
approach her without only intending the best for her and
so I am led at this point to asking advice from you.
I came across your column while researching Juno in
synastry. It appears that S and I get along
very well from everything I can observe. She always
volunteers to work with me beyond the call of normal duty.
for any help or insight you may be able to provide.
composite chart is indeed unusual and "stunning".
I have personally never seen anything like it. The composite
North Node, Ascendant, Jupiter, Anti-Vertex, Uranus,
Mercury, Venus, and Sun are ALL conjunct in early Libra, and
trine the Moon. Juno sextiles the stellium and opposes the
Moon. Saturn squares the Moon, and Chiron opposes the
must remind ourselves that the composite chart is the chart
of a third entity, the chart of a relationship. What brings
us together is found in synastry. The synastry between you
and S is strong as well. The Sun and Moon aspect each other
both ways. Both of your Suns are heavily aspected in
synastry. These factors suggest a strong potential for
general attraction. Your Venus-Mars conjunction in Leo
sesquiquadratures her Ascendant (something I find to be a
powerful indication of physical attraction). This
conjunction also falls on her North Node, with your Moon
falling on her South Node. Her Venus conjuncts your Vertex.
The fact that you are drawn to her is no surprise with these
contacts, but I also see that she is likely to return that
attraction in her own way. Her Venus falls on your North
Node (so we have a two-way Venus-North Node connection in
synastry). Your Pluto square her Venus and is wide, but I
consider it a potential for her attraction to you. Your
Venus/Pluto and Mars/Pluto midpoints form a closer square to
her Venus. Your Ascendant is directly opposite her Sun/Moon
midpoint - another powerful aspect in synastry. Most of your
personal planets fall in her seventh and eighth houses -
more indications that she could find you a very attractive
is a synastry aspect that I feel is one of the major keys in
your chemistry. Your Saturn conjuncts her Mercury. Although
Mercury is not the most personal of the personal planets,
there are several reasons why I see this interchart aspect
as the potential key to initiating the relationship, or
bringing it to another level. For one, Saturn rules your
seventh house, and Mercury rules her seventh house. The
Composite Sun/Moon midpoint is found at 5 degrees of
Sagittarius, and that point is conjunct your Saturn and her
Mercury. As I mentioned above, a powerful composite chart
does not compel people to get together in the first place.
The composite chart gets into motion once the couple is a
couple, or at least forms a definable relationship. The
third reason for my honing in on this interchart aspect is a
mix of intuition and the awareness of the age difference
between the two of you! At first glance, this awareness
might be considered a bias, and although I truly do not wish
it to come across as such, I am also aware that having a
feel for the background between two people can help us hone
in on key points in a relationship analysis. Your playing
the role of Saturn to her Mercury makes a lot of sense to
me, given your age difference and the fact that you work
together. A "mental" bond such as this one can
most certainly "force" without actually forcing,
if you know what I mean, both of you to confront the
chemistry that exists between you. She might easily see you
as a mentor, and once that bond is established, she may open
herself up to the other energies between the two of you. All
of this sounds a little sinister, and again, I don't intend
it that way. I doubt you do either. However, I do feel that
a focus on this particular synastric aspect can open the
doors to a relationship between you if both of you feel it
might go somewhere at that point. The age difference may
very well be something that can prevent the relationship
from going further, and if that happens, then there is
nothing to do about it. However, I see nothing wrong with
your trying to pursue this relationship. As long as a
"pursuit" is a respectful one, nobody is likely to
be offended. As I mentioned, I truly believe that a bond can
be established through the Saturn-Mercury aspect. The other
aspects might then be "discovered" as a result. I
believe that the relationship has the potential to be much
more than a Mercury-Saturn one. With the two-way Venus
conjunct North Node and the two-way Sun-Moon interchart
aspects in particular, I believe that it has the potential
of being much more personal than a mentor set-up. I also
believe that once initiated, it will get off the ground
quickly with the stellium at the Ascendant in the composite
from a Reader: What of a
relationship missing Sun to Moon major aspects?
the website, and have found it very interesting, thank
am interested in hearing from you regarding a fairly new
relationship that I have entered. (Full birth data
supplied of both people).
had our birth charts compiled I see, in Synastry, the only
contacts between our sun and moon is a Qunitile
between his moon and my sun. There
are numerous compatible aspects between moon and mercury
and Venus, Venus and Venus and Mars, and lots of
supportive Jupiter and Saturn aspects. But most texts etc
speak of having the sun and moon aspects. Plus of course
we have two very different Mercuries.
would appreciate any feedback...........this man and I
have had a lot of fun and laughter in our relationship and
a lot of sweetness, with very real physical attraction,
which we have not yet acted on (ha ha).........is that
enough for a future together, we have both been with long
term partner with all the "correct conjunctions of
sun and moon etc" which ultimately failed......and
neither of us want to be hurt or hurt the other.
in anticipation of your response
astrologers believe that having major aspects between one
person's Sun and the other's Moon is a prerequisite to a
significant relationship. These aspects in synastry are
much-touted, but so are aspects between the personal planets
of one chart and another person's Sun/Moon midpoint,
especially when the luminaries are involved. Although there
are no major aspects between your respective Sun's and
Moon's, there is a very strong connection in synastry
between the two of you: your Moon is directly opposite his
Sun/Moon midpoint. This is a powerful activation in synastry.
Moon conjunct Venus forms a healthy trine to your Venus
conjunct Mars. His Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and Ascendant
trine your Moon. His Sun is conjunct your IC (fourth house
cusp) and his Jupiter conjuncts your Descendant. These are
all potent connections. There are some challenging ones as
well, including your Pluto square his Venus and Moon, his
Pluto quincunx your Venus and Mars, and your Uranus squaring
his Mars-Saturn-Neptune-Ascendant conjunction.
agree that Sun-to-Moon contacts in synastry are not always
what they are cracked up to be. Although they are certainly
something that draws people together, they do not
guarantee that the relationship will be
"successful". I would not worry unduly about your
synastry. Enjoy your relationship, keeping a mindful eye on the
challenges at the same time. Relationship astrology helps us
to objectively hone in on problem areas that may not be
easily spotted without this tool, but it should not
supersede enjoyment of the relationship.
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