Analyzing Relationship Compatibility with Synastry and Composite Charts
"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky." - Rainer Maria Rilke
"However good or bad you feel about your relationship, the person you are with at this moment is the "right" person, because he or she is the mirror of who you are inside. When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself." - Deepak Chopra
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
"A soulmate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes. We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves." -Edgar Cayce
To gain clarity around relationships, I assess compatibility by analyzing synastry and composite charts. A synastry chart is made by overlapping one person's natal chart over the other person's natal chart. In this manner, person A's planets will be in different astrological houses in person B's chart and person B's planets will be in different astrological houses in person A's chart. The synastry shows how one person impacts the different areas of life in the other person (represented by the 12 houses). It also shows how one person views the other and why certain behaviours and topics of discussion keep reoccurring in the relationship. A composite chart is made by calculating the midpoints between all the planets and house cusps in both people's natal charts. A composite is a chart of the relationship itself and contains entirely new energies than either natal chart on its own.
The most dominant themes in a relationship occur when the aspect occurs both ways in synastry and again in the composite chart. For example, if in synastry your Mercury opposes your partner's Neptune and their Neptune squares your Mercury and in addition the composite chart shows Mercury in sextile to Neptune you can be 100% confident the combined energies of Neptune in aspect to Mercury will dominate your relationship. In this Mercury-Neptune example, since out of 3 aspects, 2/3 are challenging (square, opposition) and only 1/3 is harmonious (sextile), you can be reasonably confident that the negative manifestations of these two planets will be more prominent in the relationship than the positive manifestations.
Note that the general rule in synastry when comparing an aspect between a personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) in one person's chart to an outer planet (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) in the other person's chart is that the outer planet person will have more control and will not be as intensely impacted by the aspect as the personal planet person will be. This also holds true to a lesser degree when the same connection also appears in the composite chart. For example, if person A's Venus opposes person B's Neptune, under the appropriate transit, person A will find they have been more disappointed and disillusioned with person B because they put them on a pedestal that they did not belong on. Further, if Venus is in square or opposition in their composite chart, it is still person A who is more adversely impacted. This is not to say that person B will not be adversely impacted, they most likely will, but to a lesser extent than person A.
If on the other hand, person A's Venus opposes person B's Neptune and person B's Venus squares person A's Neptune, both of these people under appropriate transits will be equally adversely impacted. They both probably had idealistic and unrealistic expectations of the other, made inappropriate justifications for the other person's flaws, and saw each other through rose coloured glasses.
Sometimes people will look at synastry and composite charts and draw conclusions that are not accurate, because they are looking for factors that confirm their beliefs about that relationship and they don't adequately consider the problematic factors. For example, if you find a new love interest that you feel chemistry with, there may be a tendency to look for aspects that suggest he or she shares that chemistry. Even if these aren't readily available, you may widen the orbs to get more of the desired aspects in, for example venus conjunct moon, nodes conjunct the angles, or sun conjunct descendant, even though aspects lose power in proportion to their increasing orb.
Progressed charts work well in timing the meeting of an important person in your life. There has been research done to show that when romances start, there is often an aspect of one person's natal sun or venus in relation to the other person's secondary progressed sun or venus, or progressed venus or sun to the other person's progressed venus or sun. The trine, conjunction and opposition have come up significantly more than can be expected by chance. The orbs are usually kept to about 2 degrees. This aspect doesn't tell you how long the relationship will last, just that it produces a significant attraction from at least one person but often both, provided the couple is equally matched.
The more challenging aspects, for example mars oppose or square pluto, mercury square mercury, or moon/ venus in hard aspect to saturn, may be ignored or not even noticed at all because you don't want to see them. By doing this, you can inadvertently build an unrealistic story in your mind of who this person is, how you should feel about them, how they should feel about you, and how your relationship will turn out, while not paying enough attention to the natural development in real time. It is always best to let the relationship flow without projecting expectations that it evolve in a certain way so that you are not disappointed if reality does not live up to your expectations. The same aspect can manifest in different ways depending on the personalities involved, and the type of role they play in each other's lives. For instance, you may have a huge attraction to one of your students, teachers, patients, clients, or friends' partners but because of the role they are in relative to you, you can not explore those feelings or make them known to the other person. If the person has a natal venus-saturn square but your synastry with them shows venus conjunct the moon, they still may not express love and affection to you with the same ease as someone who has venus in easy aspect to the moon natally or a venus-saturn sextile or trine. You must study their chart individually and not just use the synastry and composite to get the complete picture. If for example, they have a mars-pluto square natally and you see this aspect in the synastry or composite, there will be intense power and control struggles and never ending quest for domination between you. Even if this isn't your normal personality, these energies will be brought out in you because the person with a natal square between mars and pluto has trouble asserting their power in a fair way or sharing the power equally in relationships. Depending on the roles you are in with relation to each other, the full expression of any given aspect may never be in operation as you will likely repress those feelings due to the circumstances. An aspect that may naturally cause sweet, affectionate feelings may manifest in more of a friendship or warmth if a romance is not possible. An aspect that may naturally cause sexual attraction may manifest as a conflict with that person if sexual expression isn't a possibility.
The key point is that you should pay more attention to the actual dynamics that are occurring, and what your intuition tells you. The body does not lie, though the mind can convince you of many things and can see what it wants to see. How do you actually feel when you are with this person and after you have spent time with them? Uplifted, inspired, drained, depressed, joyous, sad? Notice and name your emotions, and become more aware of how this person is impacting your personal energy. When you keep this in mind, you are more likely to notice both the strengths and weaknesses of the relationship, and give all the aspects, whether good or bad, the weight they deserve. If you believe the charts suggest that the other person has a huge attraction to you, yet when you meet them they don't appear to be as attracted to you, chances are you have misjudged the charts by not looking at them in a holistic way. In any relationship, don't fall into the trap of only reading about the aspects that confirm what you already feel, because it usually takes a while for the more challenging factors to be felt. Be aware of all the aspects that are influencing you so that you can be prepared and handle the energy in the best possible way. At the same time give due importance to how the person actually acts towards you and your real feelings when you are with them, rather than how things should be based on the aspects you have read about.
Erroneous conclusions can be drawn when you feel particular negative energies in a relationship and you are looking at the charts to validate this, at the same time ignoring the aspects that have growth potential. When there is conscious or unconscious aggression we may see one person's mars or saturn in hard aspect to the mars, saturn, uranus or pluto of the other person. The extent you will feel this will be modified depending on the other aspects you share. I think we need to put more effort into seeing grey areas rather than black or white, as the vast majority of people we meet will both challenge us but make us grow if we are open to the lessons that can be learned.
A few important tips: First, if you are not actually in a relationship with someone, the aspects may not get a chance to be felt to a great extent by both people. These charts only come alive when you have an active relationship with someone; consequently there is no way to infer what someone feels about you if they don't have a relationship with you or have never met you. You can know someone at work, or have met someone a few times, yet the synastry isn't felt as much unless you have a relationship with them (though the synastry/ composite energy can still be felt to some degree even on a first meeting). Second, aspects will not be felt equally by both people even if they repeat both ways in synastry and in the composite chart, due to societal and demographic factors. A common example is the classic venus-mars conjunction. According to tradition this is a highly charged romantic and sexual aspect that brings a lot of heat and passion to the couple. But if both people are widely differing ages, or are not equally matched overall (for example beauty, career, wealth, education, family background), one person may not be attracted while the other person is attracted or the attraction level between them may not be equal. This goes back to evolutionary motives such as men desiring women whom they find physically attractive and women preferring men who have an equal or higher social/ career/ financial status than them. Personally, I have not always found the mars-venus conjunction to reliably bring a strong romantic or sexual attraction for me even when the man was equally matched (though it has some of the time). I have more reliably been attracted to people who have venus-pluto aspects with me, perhaps because I have pluto on an angle and my venus-pluto midpoint is exact on my ascendant. This illustrates the point that what someone finds attractive is also based on their chart and personal preferences, rather than just what is classically thought to bring attraction. Nevertheless, in this case, venus-pluto is also a classic aspect for attraction, and I would say it goes deeper psychologically than venus-mars in comparison. Mercury trine mercury is underrated in romance but I find it is excellent for ease of communication and inherent understanding and appreciation for the way the other person expresses themselves. The two will love to talk and share ideas freely, with minimal conflicts or misunderstandings.
Houses and Planets Overlay
There are some astrologers who believe that when person A's planet falls in person B's house, person B will feel more impacted and some astrologers believing that A will be more impacted. In my practice, I have not noticed a reliable pattern in this regard to tell who is more affected (in the context of a relationship that has already become close). It becomes difficult to separate the effects because one person's thoughts, feelings and behaviour influences how the other reacts and a cycle is created. For instance, if your partner's venus is on your ascendant, there is a physical and romantic attraction from at least one person to the other. The person being admired for their beauty is happy to experience this positive attention and may behave in a more romantic way and/or making more of an effort to be beautiful, which increases the physical attraction and romance further.
On the other hand, with two people who merely know each other, it is possible to have a synastry aspect repeat both ways and in the composite and yet one or both people do not feel it to any great extent. I think this is because environmental factors such as culture, religion, family, physical appearance preferences, social status, age, race, time and circumstance play a role to different degrees depending on what part of the world we reside, in terms of who we choose to develop relationships with. To illustrate, a woman who is looking for a man who earns a high salary may not feel an attraction to a man who earns a low salary but has his sun in tight conjunction to her descendant, even though the sun-descendant conjunction is a classic aspect for marriage. Similarly, a man who is looking for a woman he finds beautiful may choose not to pursue a relationship with a woman whom he may have otherwise had a mental or emotional connection with (if he got to know her) if he does not also find her physically attractive. To take an example this could be a mercury-mercury trine or a moon-IC conjunction. These aspects need both time and circumstance to develop in a relationship dynamic.
Alternatively, a person may be experiencing mental or physical health issues, dealing with an excessively stressful event or life transition, or focusing mostly on their personal growth/ career/ family. In these cases relationships are not a priority for them and they won't invest the time and energy to be in a healthy relationship at this stage in their life, even if they have feelings for you. Though you may have very good synastry with this person, it is possible that it won't result in a meaningful relationship as relationships require equal levels of time and effort from both people. With this in mind, by studying the charts you may get insight about how a person thinks/ feels about you if you see multiple aspects describing a certain theme. Nevertheless, absolute judgements are hard to make because there are many environmental factors to consider, some of which you may not be aware of.
Taken together these factors shed light on why it is hard to determine whether the person you have romantic feelings for reciprocates those feelings. It could be the case that you are feeling particular synastry aspects but they don't or they don't feel it as intensely as you do. There are also times when you see the synastry 'should' make you feel a certain way about someone. Despite this, you do not have those feelings while you are reasonably certain the other person has at least some of those feelings for you. Reciprocated romantic attraction and true love are mysterious and I don't think there is ever a way to predict with certainty if it will happen between any two people.
Aspects that are Most Challenging for Personal Relationships in both Synastry and Composite:
Note: Hard aspects include the opposition, square, quincunx, semisextile and sesquiquadrate. Depending on the planets involved, a conjunction can also be considered hard.
Mars in hard aspect to Saturn (includes conjunction): One person feels like they have the energy and will to do something but the other person deliberately or unconsciously stops them. Both partners could get in the way of the other person's ambition and goals. One person wants to be honest with the other person but due to various circumstances can not express their true emotions. Even if they finally get the courage to say what is truly on their mind, they may feel they have to take back what they said for fear of the other person's reaction.
Venus in hard aspect to Neptune: There is likely to be disappointment; things seemed so beautiful but then all of a sudden the unpleasant reality reveals itself. Note that Venus conjunct Neptune may also manifest this way depending on other indications in the synastry and composite, but in some situations the pleasant side of this combination can occur.
Mercury in hard aspect to Neptune can cause both partners to feel that they have to intentionally mislead, lie or exaggerate facts to the other to have the other respect them. It is very easy for miscommunication to occur and straightforward, direct answers to important questions are hard to get.
Mercury in hard aspect to Mars can cause people to be combative with each other, always trying to argue the validity of their opinions without listening to the other person's point of view. The tendency to compete rather than cooperate is very strong.
Mercury in hard aspect to Mercury symbolizes very different communication styles and ways of thinking that may create disagreements and misunderstandings.
Mercury in hard aspect to Saturn can make one or both people intimidated by the other person's mental ability. Another theme is censorship, one or both people don't feel comfortable sharing their true opinions and preferences because they are afraid the other won't approve of it or that they will think less of them.
Venus in hard aspect and conjunct Saturn is typically good for business partners or colleagues, you tend to attract more prosperity financially. However, in personal relationships there is a potent coldness that is hard to verbalize but is always felt. There is also a lack of physical affection. One or both people can feel that the other is using them for their own career or social advancement.
The Moon in hard aspect and conjunct Saturn makes it hard to express love and affection, either verbally or physically. Emotions can get censored or repressed, and there may be a feeling of coldness that causes both people to be reserved in sharing their true feelings with each other. The relationship can swing between periods of being very distant to periods of being too emotionally charged. On the positive side, Moon-Saturn aspects both easy and hard have the potential to be long lasting and dependable. There is a feeling that the other person will stick it out through the tough times and that they are there to support them when needed.
Venus in hard aspect to Mars can cause an intense romantic and/or sexual attraction marked by passion and chemistry. However, possession, jealousy, arguments, aggression and competitiveness can be problematic. In addition, feelings quickly alternate between love and hate.
Venus in square to Pluto causes obsessive compulsive relationships marked by extremes in feelings, jealousy, betrayal and possessiveness. For one or both people, it can cause an extremely magnetic attraction on an emotional and sexual level. The opposition is easier to deal with.
Saturn conjunct and in hard aspect to an angle can make one person feel that they are burdened or restricted by the other. I find Saturn on the MC or ASC is good for student-teacher or employer-employee relationships but not for personal relationships.
Mars in hard aspect and conjunct the Sun or Moon causes people to disagree and fight a lot. They will actually enjoy provoking the other person into an argument or debate. On the positive side, these aspects tend to enhance sexual chemistry.
Mars in hard aspect and conjunct Pluto can cause destructive obsessions, intense power struggles, power abuses and sometimes physical or sexual violence. Things can become very heated when one person tries to control and dominate the other.
Hard Neptune-personal planet/ luminary aspects may cause disillusionment, fall from grace, having unrealistic expectations of the other. This can manifest in putting someone on a pedestal at first, ignoring the signals of trouble which may be a set up for a huge letdown.
Aspects that are Most Harmonious for Personal Relationships in both Synastry and Composite:
Note: Easy aspects include the sextile, trine, biquintile and quintile. Depending on the aspects involved, a conjunction may be considered easy.
My favourite aspect to see in couples is the venus-moon conjunction. It can be very sweet, tender and loving, with a beautiful ability to allow both people to be trusting and vulnerable. It brings an abundance of nurturing, affection and genuine caring for the other person's feelings.
Easy aspects to the Moon from an inner planet or luminary enhance the tendency to have a deep emotional connection and increased emotional understanding of the other's needs and desires. The Moon conjunct the IC, planet/ luminary in the 4th house or ruler/ dispositor of the IC facilitates sharing of intimate feelings with the other and creates a sense of ' being at home'.
Without any Saturn contacts (hard or easy) the relationship will not endure through tough times. Easy aspects to Saturn are helpful to make the relationship stable and long lasting without the feelings of restriction and excessive seriousness that usually accompanies the hard aspects. Note that conjunctions from any planet or luminary to Saturn are considered hard.
A hard aspect from one person's personal planets or a luminary to the Sun-Moon midpoint from the other person's planets/ luminaries increases depth of the connection.
Sun and Moon contacts are helpful for longetivity of the relationship. Easy aspects are preferable for overall harmony and support a natural flow of energy between two people. The Sun conjunct Moon is particularly excellent for compatibility, especially if the Sun person is male and the Moon person is female.
Mars in easy aspect and conjunct Mercury can indicate a lively exchange of ideas and spirited discussions. Topics which both people feel passionately about can be discussed in a productive manner.
Mercury conjunct and in easy aspect to Mercury can indicate a comfortable flow of energy when discussing a wide variety of topics, these people understand each other. Communication is clear and direct because they have similar ways of approaching situations and problems. The two people are "on the same page" on many ideas.
Venus in easy aspect to Mars contributes a lot to feelings of romantic and/or sexual attraction. This aspect is often found when there are feelings of passion, chemistry, sparks and excitement. There is a prominent tendency towards kindness, consideration and tenderness. There is a strong, vivid affection and friendliness even if the relationship is platonic. The conjunction of Venus and Mars produces the most remarkable chemistry and intense feelings of romantic and/ or sexual attraction but can be easy, hard or a mixture of both depending on other factors in the chart.
Mars conjunct any angle greatly increases sexual desire and passion.
Jupiter in easy aspect to Venus allows to people to enjoy fully the pleasure of each other's company. This can be a fun filled relationship with many fond memories. People are more likely to trust and forgive each other with this aspect. The same description applies to Jupiter in hard aspect to Venus but in addition people will be excessively extravagant and may become too hedonistic. Note that the conjunction of Venus-Jupiter can go either way depending on other factors in the chart.
Easy aspects to the Sun (includes conjunctions) are helpful for people to feel that the other person supports their basic identity, goals and ambitions. The Sun represents the life force and ego of a person so when there are easy aspects to the Sun, people feel valued and appreciated.
A Sun-Venus easy aspect adds to the romantic feelings between people. Each person finds the other to be beautiful and generally enhances pleasurable feelings and goodwill.
Venus in easy aspect and sometimes conjunct Pluto may create intensity, depth and range of emotion. Can be a transformative or healing type of love. Evokes deep feelings from the subconscious. Both people are very devoted to each other. One of the best aspects for sexual attraction.
Personal planet(s) or luminary in your partner's first-seventh house axis, particularly the ascendant and descendant enhances attraction and intimacy levels. It also increases desire to commit to one another.
Personal planet(s) or luminary in your partner's eighth house increase sexual chemistry and deepens the level of conversation and intimacy relatively quickly.
Personal planet (s) or luminary in your partner's fifth house put a focus on the pleasure and spontaneity of romance, making it fun to be together.
Personal planet (s) or luminary in your partner's fourth house contribute to a feeling of being at home, naturally comfortable and secure with each other. Planets directly on the IC are very important in this regard.
North and South Nodes
The North and South Nodes are indicators of future oriented and past oriented relationships when seen in the synastry and composite charts. The Nodes cannot determine whether your relationship will be long-lasting, just that they are particularly karmic.
With the South Node conjunct Mercury, one person may have made the other feel less intelligent by failing to give enough attention to their ideas, and/or criticized the way they communicate. Now there is a chance to correct this, by consciously making the other feel confident in presenting their ideas and complimenting them on their ability to communicate their knowledge.
With the South Node conjunct Jupiter, there can be criticism of one person’s belief systems. A challenge may be to let the other person express their philosophies without the need for questioning and criticism. This does not mean that you think their beliefs are correct, just that they are free to embrace what works for them.
South Node connections can be easy and comfortable at first, because you have known each other and you are re-connecting again. But with time, these connections sometimes hold us back from realizing our potential. They can also open old wounds. A theme of imbalance may be present; one person sacrificed too much for the other, or assisted them financially, emotionally, physically or spiritually, and now it is time to repay the favour.
Sometimes it is difficult to think of South Node connections in a favourable light as you can feel that the other person was misleading you or was not honest. At the same time, depending on the relationship skills of both people involved, the South Node can add an element of security and be present in long-lasting and harmonious relationships.
North Node connections may not feel as familiar as South Node connections. The North Node connections of today become the South Node connections of the future. The planet involved speaks to a certain gift between you, one or both people can encourage the other.
For example, with a North-Node connection to the Sun, you may recognize and promote each other’s talents, and increase their sense of vitality, confidence and ambition. You may make each other shine, or receive awards and honours. Interestingly, the South Node can have this effect as well but there may be some drawbacks that manifest over time. With the North Node connection to the Moon, the person can be helpful in terms of emotional encouragement through difficult times. Regardless of who is against you, they are always there for you. When they let you down, they make an effort to make it up to you. Whereas with the South Node on the Moon, they can provide reassurance, but you do not feel like they come through when you need them. It may be difficult for you to talk about how you feel or to show affection with this person.
Someone with whom you share a Venus-North Node connection can make you feel beautiful, talented, and adored. They value your skills and knowledge and it is evident. Someone with whom you share Mars-North Node may stir your ambition by making you think about what you want to achieve. Because Mars relates to courage, they may support you in being more assertive in standing up for yourself or fighting for what is right.
Look at how many times the same aspect repeats in synastry and composite, as well as the tightness of the orbs to get an idea of the strength of the influence. It is possible you have different nodal connections in synastry and composite, and it is likely you will feel all of them at different times because one aspect does not cancel out the other.
To illustrate, let us take the real case of two people where the synastry shows that his north node is on her moon-saturn conjunction, his moon makes a quincunx to her north node, his south node is on her sun, her south node is on his sun, his pluto is on her south node, his venus is on her south node, and her venus is on his south node. In composite, venus is conjunct the south node, the sun is conjunct the south node and the moon makes a biquintile to the north node. I was given the exact time that they met and the transiting planets show that the moon was conjunct the north node and venus was conjunct the south node. The nodal axis was conjunct the ascendant-descendant axis (north node on ascendant, south node on descendant). Her progressed venus is exactly conjunct the north node of the meeting chart. The meeting chart has an exact venus-pluto conjunction as well as saturn in the 7th house. The meeting chart's sun is conjunct his natal north node and makes a conjunction to her natal moon. It is obvious that these two have played an important role for each other in past lives, and that it was likely a nurturing and romantic connection. The transits on the day they met mirror their synastry/ composite dynamics. However, in this life, the man is married with a family and has hired the woman for a professional service that is ongoing. The woman is single but due to the regulation and nature of her profession, she is not able to have a romantic relationship with him. The attraction to each other may be strongly present on both sides (and there are several other aspects in both synastry and composite to suggest romantic and sexual attraction) but in this life, venus gets restricted by the south node. Present circumstances ensure that they will probably not be able to start a romance, and if they do, there will be life-altering consequences for both affecting both her career and his family. As a result, romantic feelings are never discussed or acted upon, yet the chemistry is there and must be handled carefully in order to resolve the unfinished business of their previous life.
The vertex is a point of fate or destiny; we can’t label it good or bad but it is a point of irresistible magnetic attraction. People will meet under the most unlikely circumstances and at the most unexpected times because they are destined to fulfill a karmic contract. These meetings can be a minute or a lifetime, but these people shape or change our lives forever. It could be as simple as a few words spoken, or an action, however big or small, that leaves an impact.
Synastry and Composite Case Study: Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) and Kate Middleton (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge)
Kate's Sun at 18 degrees Capricorn is conjunct William's South Node at 14 degrees Capricorn. In the composite chart, the Sun is square the Nodes. Her Moon at 18 degrees Cancer is conjunct his North Node at 14 degrees Cancer. These two have been with each other in the past, and it was time for them to reunite to fulfill their karmic contract. With his South Node conjunct her Sun, (her Sun is conjunct her own South Node and vertex and falls in his first house), he is bringing her into the spotlight. In public he encourages her confidence and happiness, although with South Node it is probable that in private there may be some issues to be worked on with respect to her royal duties. This pressure may come from his family more than him. An immense sense of duty to represent the Bristish Royal Family in a good light is felt by them as a couple because they will wield much power and influence in the country. This duty is apparent in the composite chart where there is a Saturn-Pluto conjunction close to the ascendant that makes a square to the nodal axis (Saturn's square is exact). The square of Saturn and Nodes can feel burdensome and restrictive but given the importance the couple place on mental health, I am sure they engage in regular self-care. It helps that Saturn is exalted in Libra, Jupiter is in the 1st house, and the ascendant degree at 23 Libra is exactly conjunct the benefic royal fixed star Spica, all factors that cause the couple to be seen as successful, generous, honorable and dignified.
Kate's Venus is closely trine William's Mars in synastry and Venus and Mars are in opposition in the composite chart, which makes for excellent romantic and sexual chemistry. The Venus conjunction to Sun in the composite makes them adore each other just for being who they are, with no conditions attached.
Her Moon is conjunct his North Node in synastry and this aspect repeats in the composite chart which means that they will again reunite in a future lifetime; their soul purpose is intimately tied into each other with the two luminaries on the nodal axis. The Moon on the North Node is auspicious for a close emotional bond that provides a glue despite other challenging aspects in their synastry. It is interesting that they both have Moon conjunct the North Node in their own natal charts. Sometimes this can even provide a feeling that it is me and you against the world, whatever comes at us, we will survive. They both try hard to make the relationship work. There probably aren’t barriers in showing love and affection, they say what is on their mind because they know the other person will still love them unconditionally.
Kate’s Mercury at 5 degrees Aquarius and her Venus at 7 degrees Aquarius opposes William’s vertex at 12 degrees Leo and shows the intense romantic (Venus) and mental (Mercury) connection. Kate's vertex is at 12 degrees Capricorn and William's Sun-Moon conjunction is 0-4 degrees Cancer. In the composite chart, the vertex makes a conjunction with the ascendant by 4 degrees. This is another indication of the pull of destiny in bringing them together.
Synastry and Composite Case Study: John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John and Yoko met on November 7th 1966 when he was married and had a child. They were together for 7 years before they split up but then reunited in 1975 and had their only son. As John stated in interviews, he met her at a private viewing of her art exhibit at the Indica Gallery in London. It was called Unfinished Paintings and Objects. There was a tiny painting at the top of a ladder which said “yes” and this really intrigued him.
Yoko explains that she was very attracted to John when they met and felt very strange. As the story goes, while his wife was on holiday he invited her to his home where they collaborated on music and made love. When his wife came back and saw them, his only response was “oh hi”. He went to divorce his wife shortly after. Yoko became pregnant that same year although she had a miscarriage. But when they were together, John had a mistress named May Pang which according to some sources Yoko encouraged for them to have a sexual relationship as she was feeling tired of the constant backlash at their marriage. There were some problems in their marriage and Yoko said she needed a break at that time. But even when they got back together sources say he continued to have an affair with Pang.
Yoko and John have a triple whammy with the vertex:
Her vertex at 26 degrees Aries is conjunct his ascendant at 19 degrees Aries. His vertex at 6 degrees Libra is conjunct her ascendant at 8 degrees Libra In the composite chart, the vertex is tightly conjunct Jupiter and the descendant. In my view, this symbolizes their focus on world peace with their iconic bed-in for peace movement.
There vertex symbolizes the extremely strong physical, emotional and mental connection; nothing could keep them apart for long.
There is a strong nodal influence; his north node at 10 degrees Libra is conjunct her ascendant at 8 degrees Libra.
In the composite chart, the Sun is conjunct the North Node, favourable for a couple as it allows both to shine. The descendant degree conjuncts benefic star Sirius bestowing passion, creativity and devotion. Jupiter closely conjuncts the descendant which gives the couple a good deal of humour, generosity and good will with each other. Yoko’s ascendant-descendant is exactly the same as the couple’s MC-IC axis, showing how the relationship turned her into a celebrity.
The composite chart has moon, sun, north node, part of fortune and mercury in the 12th house. On one hand, the 12th house represents meditation, the quest for enlightenment, peace and freedom, all of which they stood for. On the other hand, the 12th house is connected with grief, sorrow and isolation. Mars, Saturn (Saturn is conjunct malefic fixed star Scheat) and Neptune all square the nodes which can reflect both John's assassination and the harsh criticism Yoko had to endure at being the "other woman" who people blamed both for John's divorce and for breaking up the Beatles. Scheat is associated with murder and extreme misfortune, especially when conjunct malefic planets like Saturn. Worth noting is that in Yoko's natal chart, the fixed star vindemiatrix is conjunct her ascendant. This star is called the 'the widowmaker' because it often denotes that the person will lose their partner to events that are considered extremely unfair, dramatic and often tragic such that the loved ones feel a lot of resentment at the way the death unfolded. Vindemiatrix is conjunct the MC of the composite chart too.
Uranus which symbolizes originality and breakthroughs is in the 5th house of creativity and creative works at critical degree 8 Taurus and Neptune which symbolizes creativity, arts, music, and imagination is at critical degree 17 Virgo in the composite chart. It is fitting that they collaborated on music, a music band, albums, lithographs, and bed-in peace protests in different countries. Their work was original and they were the first in history to do the bed-in peace protests. They also first met at Yoko's art exhibit which featured avant-garde type pieces.
John's Moon in Aquarius makes a conjunction with Yoko's Venus in Aquarius. Moon-Venus conjunctions and easy aspects are one of my favourite aspects to see with couples as it makes them relate with such sweetness, tenderness and vulnerability, the energy is naturally loving and caring. John said, “If you love somebody, you can’t be with them enough. There’s no such thing. We don’t want to be apart.” At the same time, Yoko has her Venus conjunct Saturn which gives her a natural reserve in expressing love and affection; fortunately John was able to draw this out of her profoundly. John has said that though he sang about love he never experienced it before he met Yoko. Similarly, Yoko, having been through two marriages, had become cynical and given up on finding real love before she met John at age 33.
Yoko's Venus is trine John's Mars which gives romantic and sexual attraction. Venus and Mars are exactly sextile each other in the composite.
John's Sun, North Node, Vertex and Mars all fall in Yoko's first house which encourages both of them to feel "seen" by the other, it lights them up.
Yoko having Aries on her descendant with Uranus in Aries is attracted to men with an Aries focus. John has Aries on his ascendant and Yoko's Uranus makes a 1 degree conjunction to his ascendant degree. Thus the couple will strike the public as revolutionaries and pioneers. When someone has Uranus connected with the 7th house, they are often attracted to someone from a different race, culture, social class, religion, age or otherwise very different from them in some way. Uranus can also characterize the dynamic of the relationship, in making it unusual in some way. For instance, Yoko knew about an affair John had with their assistant and sanctioned it. Of course he came back to Yoko after that and she was secure enough in the relationship to know he would return to her.
John having Libra on his descendant is attracted to women with a Libra focus. Yoko has Libra on her ascendant. John has Mercury at 8 degrees Scorpio in the 7th house and Yoko's Mercury makes a close trine at 7 degrees Pisces. The close Mercury trine reveals that they think on the same wavelength and they understand each other's communication style. John's Mercury at critical degree 8 Scorpio accentuates his visionary thinking and ability to compose lyrics that touched the hearts of so many worldwide.
Transiting Mercury (which was powerful being stationary) at 3 degrees Sagittarius made a biquintile to Yoko’s vertex at 26 degrees Aries and a sextile to John's vertex at 6 degrees Libra.
Transiting Neptune at 21 degrees Scorpio made an exact semisquare to John's vertex.
The exact time of the meeting is unknown but based on a 12:00 pm time, the moon was at 5 degrees Virgo, which is conjunct John’s Venus at 3 degrees Virgo and Yoko's South Node at 8 degrees Virgo. The Moon was also conjunct Mars in Virgo, which is Yoko's 7th house ruler.
Transiting Jupiter at 4 degrees Leo was making a sextile to his vertex. It made an opposition to her Venus.
The transiting North Node at 16 degrees Taurus was conjunct his Jupiter-Saturn conjunction at 13 degrees Taurus
The transiting Sun and Venus at 14 degrees Scorpio was making a conjunction to the transiting North Node at 16 degrees Scorpio. This transiting Sun-Venus-North Node conjunction made a conjunction to their composite Venus at 23 degrees Scorpio. It also made a trine to the composite vertex and descendant at 14-16 degrees Cancer and Jupiter in the 7th house at 17 degrees Cancer.
Transiting Mars at 15 degrees Virgo made sextile aspects to the composite descendant, vertex and Jupiter. Transiting Mars made an exact conjunction to Yoko's natal Mars which is her 7th house ruler at 15 degrees Virgo. Transiting Uranus and Pluto also made conjunctions to her Mars.
Transiting Saturn at 23 degrees Pisces made a 3 degree conjunction to their composite Saturn at 26 degrees Pisces and a close square to the Sun-North Node conjunction at 22-24 degrees Sagittarius.
Transiting Uranus, Pluto and Mars from 15-23 degrees Virgo was making a conjunction to the composite Mars-Neptune conjunction at 17-23 degrees Virgo and a square to the composite Sun-North Node conjunction at 22-24 degrees Sagittarius.
When I wish to shed light on trends that are coming up in a person's life, the solar return, lunar return, secondary progressions, converse progressions, eclipses and solar arcs are useful tools to use along with the transits. In analyzing the predictive charts for November 7th 1966, there is plenty of rich symbolism in revealing the fate of these two lovers remembering each other in this lifetime because they have had so many lifetimes together in the past.
Given the symbolism apparent in the predictive charts, I feel that the timing of relationships (including marriages) have already been fixed and there is nothing someone can do to attract a romantic relationship into their life if it is not destined for them at a particular time. I know when we get anxious it is tempting to feel we can do things to help the universe along but in those times, stay in a state of equanimity and peace knowing that what is meant to be will find its way to you. The universe has a divine intelligence that does not need our assistance. In some lifetimes we may meet a soulmate(s) and in some lifetimes we may not meet anyone with whom we feel a deep romantic connection because the focus may be more on another area of life. Choose to be happy and grateful regardless of the circumstances and you will be sowing the seeds of good karma that will bear fruit in the future.
John spent his birthday in Spain on October 9th 1966 and remained there until November 6 1966. As a result, his solar return (SR) and lunar return (LR) must be set for Spain. John's solar return shows 9 degrees Aquarius on the descendant which is a critical degree, it is exactly conjunct Yoko's natal saturn at 9 Aquarius and makes a 4 degree conjunction to her natal venus at 13 degrees Aquarius. His SR venus at 8 degrees Libra makes an exact conjunction to her natal ascendant and the couple's composite MC. The part of fortune makes an exact conjunction to his natal vertex. The SR mercury at 5 degrees scorpio is very close to his natal mercury at 7 degrees scorpio which is placed in his 7th house. The MC-IC axis is just 6 degrees away from his natal ascendant-descendant axis. The SR vertex makes a close conjunction with the couple's Sun-North Node conjunction in composite.
John's LR MC-IC axis at 18 degrees Capricorn-Cancer is just 4 degrees away from the composite ascendant- descendant axis at 14 degrees Capricorn-Cancer. The LR vertex at 14 degrees Libra makes an exact square to the composite ascendant-descendant axis and also closely squares the composite Jupiter and vertex. The LR Mars at 5 degrees Virgo makes a close conjunction with Yoko's natal Neptune-South Node conjunction at 8-9 degrees Virgo and opposition to her Mercury at 7 degrees Pisces.
I could not find any sources showing where Yoko spent her birthday in February 1966 to base the SR chart. I assume she was in Westminster preparing for her art exhibit in October 1966. Therefore, I set both the SR and LR charts for Westminster. The house cusps may not be accurate if she wasn't actually in these locations at the time of the returns but the planetary placements are still reliable.
In Yoko's SR chart, the moon is at 8 degrees Aquarius which conjuncts John's natal moon at 3 degrees Aquarius. The SR Mercury at 9 degrees Pisces is close to her natal mercury and also trine John's natal mercury at 8 degrees scorpio. The SR Mars at 15 degrees Pisces and Saturn at 17 degrees pisces oppose her natal placements of Mars at 15 virgo and saturn at 17 virgo. The SR mercury at 9 pisces opposes her natal south node at 8 degrees virgo.
In Yoko's LR chart, Saturn is conjunct the ascendant at 24-25 degrees pisces, which conjuncts the composite Saturn. The LR Mars at 2 degrees virgo conjuncts John's natal venus at 3 degrees virgo. The 1st house has the sign aries intercepted, which is the sign of John's natal ascendant.
John's secondary progressed (SP) chart shows his venus at 3 degrees libra conjunct the north node at 9 degrees libra, both are conjunct Yoko's natal ascendant and the composite MC at 8 libra. When Venus conjuncts the nodal axis, it tends to operate similar to uranus in the 7th house; there is an attraction to someone of a different culture, race, family background, social class, age, religion or in some way who is very different from the person. Venus progressed to the nodal axis also may indicated a destined love affair as the nodes are points of destiny and venus symbolizes love. The SP MC is at 3 degrees aquarius conjunct John's natal moon.
John's SP descendant at 9 degrees sagittarius makes a close conjunction to Yoko's natal moon at 11 degrees sagittarius. John's SP moon at 17 degrees capricorn makes a close conjunction to the composite descendant at 14 degrees capricorn. John's SP MC is at 3 degrees aquarius making an exact conjunction to his natal moon.
Yoko's SP chart has 7 degrees scorpio on the ascendant which conjuncts John's mercury at 8 degrees scorpio in his natal 7th house. Her SP moon makes a conjunction to the north node, which can signal a destined meeting. Yoko's SP venus is at 25 degrees pisces conjunct the composite saturn. Yoko's SP Mars at 3 degrees virgo makes an exact conjunction to John's natal venus. Her SP vertex at 22 gemini makes a close opposition to the composite sun-north node conjunction. Her SP saturn makes an exact conjunction with the IC at 13 degrees aquarius.
John's converse progressed (CP) chart shows his ascendant at 13 degrees aquarius which is conjunct Yoko's SP IC-Saturn conjunction and her natal venus at 13 degrees aquarius. John's CP ascendant being conjunct Yoko's natal venus shows a very strong romantic and physical attraction on both sides. The transiting planets on November 7th 1966 made a lot of aspects to his CP chart. The transiting venus-sun-south node at 14-16 degrees scorpio made an opposition to the CP Saturn-Jupiter conjunction at 14-15 degrees taurus. Transiting Jupiter at 4 degrees Leo made a conjunction to the Venus-Pluto CP conjunction at 3-4 degreees Leo. The transiting stellium of moon, mars, pluto and uranus from 5- 23 degrees virgo made a conjunction to John's CP vertex, sun, mars, neptune and mercury stellium from 13-28 degrees Virgo. Transiting saturn at 23 degrees pisces made an opposition to these CP virgo stellium planets too.
John's CP north node at 11 degrees libra made a conjunction to Yoko's natal ascendant and the composite MC both at 8 libra. John's vertex, sun, mars, neptune and mercury stellium from 13-28 degrees Virgo made a conjunction to Yoko's natal stellium of south node, neptune, mars and jupiter at 8-20 degrees virgo. John's CP MC at 11 degrees Sagittarius makes an exact conjunction to Yoko's natal moon. The CP part of fortune at 10 degrees cancer makes a conjunction to the composite descendant at 14 degrees cancer.
Yoko has a stellium of south node, mars, moon, jupiter and neptune all in her CP first house in virgo and the CP ascendant is 7 degrees virgo which conjuncts her natal south node. The stellium of transiting planets on November 7th 1966 made a conjunction to this CP stellium.
Yoko's CP vertex-saturn conjunction is at 0-5 degrees aquarius and is conjunct John's natal moon at 3 aquarius. Yoko's CP venus-mercury conjunction at 1-10 degrees capricorn is conjunct the composite moon-mercury conjunction at 7-8 degrees capricorn. Her CP 5th house cusp is 8 degrees capricorn.
John's solar arc (SA) saturn-jupiter conjunction is at 9 degrees gemini making an opposition to Yoko's natal moon at 11 degrees sagittarius. John's SA nodes are just 1 degree away from Yoko's SP ascendant-descendant axis. Transiting mercury at 4 degrees sagittarius on November 7th 1966 makes an exact conjunction to his SA mercury. Transiting sun makes a close conjunction to the SA sun at 12 degrees scorpio. Transiting north node at 16 degrees taurus and south node at 16 degrees scorpio make an exact conjunction to John's SA ascendant-descendant axis at 15-16 degrees taurus-scorpio.
Yoko's SA moon at 14 degrees capricorn makes an exact conjunction to the composite ascendant. Her SA mars-jupiter conjunction at 18-24 degrees libra is conjunct John's natal descendant. Yoko's SA north-south node axis at 12 degrees aries-libra is just 2 degrees away from John's natal north-south node axis at 10 degrees libra-aries (her SA south node is conjunct his natal north node and his natal south node is conjunct her SA north node). Yoko's CP sun at 3 degrees aries makes a close opposition to John's natal mars at 2 degrees libra.
Solar eclipses (SE) and lunar eclipses (LE) when making aspects (particularly the conjunctions and oppositions) to natal, predictive and composite charts can give insight into themes and events in people's lives. This is particularly felt in your life if the eclipse is close to your angles or personal planets (sun, moon, mercury, venus, mars), where they can transform your life. The eclipse will influence both the significations of the planet, for example venus symbolizes love, and the house(s) that the planet rules. If venus is your 10th house ruler and you receive an eclipse to venus, there may be new developments and changes in your career or reputation. If the eclipses don't aspect an angle or planet, they can still be felt by activating affairs of the house they fall in. The average eclipse is active for up to three years before an event and up to a year after it. Some eclipses can manifest their energy in the month that they happen but just as often it can sensitize a degree for a transiting planet to trigger it. Each eclipse has a power rating and the most powerful eclipses can impact people for up to 5 years after they occur by sensitizing a degree for transiting planets. Eclipses can work retroactively after an event but the time frame they influence is shorter, for example an eclipse in October 2020 can describe an event that took place in October 2019.
When people meet someone they will have a significant romantic relationship with, there are often eclipses making conjunctions and oppositions in the 1st-7th house axis and the indicators of the 7th house (ruler, dispositor, planets placed in the 7th house) in the natal, predictive and composite charts. This was the case when John met Yoko for the first time on November 7th 1966. Typically, there are eclipses to the 1st-7th house axis and the 7th house indicators when people get married as well.
On October 29th 1966, there was a LE at 5 degrees taurus, on November 12th 1966 there was a SE at 19 degrees scorpio, on May 6th 1966 there was a LE at 13 degrees scorpio, on May 20th 1966 there was a SE at 28 degrees taurus, on April 24th 1967 there was a LE at 3 degrees scorpio and on May 9th there was a SE at 18 taurus. The transiting sun-venus-north node-neptune conjunction on November 7th 1966 at 14-21 degrees scorpio activated the eclipses at 19 degrees scorpio, 13 degrees scropio and 18 degrees taurus.
John's natal 7th house is activated with the eclipse at 5 taurus making an opposition to his natal mercury in the 7th house and the eclipse at 3 degrees scorpio making a conjunction to it; the eclipses at 13 and 19 degrees scorpio fall in the 7th house. The eclipses at 18 and 28 degrees taurus fell in the natal first house making an opposition aspect to the 7th house. John's SR 7th house dispositor is Mercury at 5 degrees scorpio which is in opposition to the eclipse at 5 taurus and in conjunction to the eclipse at 3 degrees scorpio. John's LR descendant degree is 3 degrees scorpio so the eclipse at 5 scorpio makes a close conjunction to it, the eclipse at 3 scorpio makes an exact conjunction and the other eclipses at 13 and 19 scorpio fell in the LR 7th house. The eclipses at 18 and 28 degrees taurus fell in the first house making an opposition to the 7th house. John's SP 7th house ruler is Jupiter at 10 degrees taurus so the eclipse at 13 degrees scorpio makes an opposition. John's SA vertex-north node conjunction is at 2-6 degrees scorpio so the eclipses at 5 degrees taurus and 3 degrees scorpio activate these points of destiny. His SA descendant is 15 degrees scorpio so the eclipses at 13 and 19 scorpio make a conjunction to it and the eclipse at 18 taurus makes an opposition to it. The eclipse at 13 scorpio makes a close conjunction the the descendant and the eclipses at 18 and 28 taurus fall in the 1st house making an opposition to the 7th house.
Looking at Yoko's charts for the same eclipses, we see that the LE at 5 degrees taurus fell in Yoko's natal 7th house and the eclipse at 3 degrees taurus fell in the 1st house making an opposition to the 7th house. The eclipse at 13 degrees scorpio made an exact square to her venus. The SR has vertex at 14 degrees scorpio so the eclipses at 13 and 19 scorpio make a conjunction and the eclipse at 18 degrees taurus makes an opposition. The LR 7th house ruler is mercury at 16 degrees scorpio so the eclipses at 13 scorpio, 18 degrees taurus and 19 degrees scorpio activate it and the eclipse at 5 degrees taurus fell in the LR 1st house making an opposition to the 7th house. The SP has 7 degrees scorpio on the ascendant so the eclipse at 5 taurus made a close conjunction to the descendant, the eclipse at 3 scorpio made a close opposition to the descendant and the eclipses at 13 and 19 scorpio fell in the first house making an opposition to the 7th house. The eclipses at 18 and 28 degrees taurus fell in the 7th house. The SA ascendant is 12 degrees scorpio so the eclipses at 13 and 19 scorpio fell in the first house making an opposition to the 7th house. The eclipses at 18 at 28 degrees taurus fall in the 7th house. The eclipse at 28 degrees taurus makes a conjunction with the vertex at 0 degrees gemini activating this point of destiny.
Looking at the composite chart, on January 9th 1963, there was a LE at 18 degrees cancer and on July 6th 1963 there was a LE at 14 degrees capricorn. These eclipses fell on the ascendant- descendant axis, with the eclipse on July 6th exact on the ascendant degree. On December 20th 1963 there was a lunar eclipse at 8 degrees cancer. This eclipse makes an opposition to 7th house ruler moon at 7 degrees capricorn. On July 9th 1964 there was a SE at 17 degrees cancer making a conjunction to the descendant at 14 cancer.
Numerology Relationship Analysis
When analyzing relationship compatibility, the five core numbers are compared between two people (Life Path, Birthday, Expression, Soul Urge and Personality). The first thing you would look for is how many numbers two people have in common overall. For example if Lara's Birthday is 6, Life Path 7, Expression 2, Soul Urge 5 and Personality 3 is compared to Jim's Birthday 6, Life Path 1, Expression 8, Soul Urge 3 and Personality 5, we find they have 3 numbers in common.
The second thing you would do is make a chart:
Life Path Birthday Expression Soul Urge Personality
Degree of Compatibility
We are comparing the same number for both people, Soul-Urge to Soul Urge and Personality to Personality for example. Generally, you can get a good idea of compatibility by assigning 3 points for most harmonious matches, 2 points for good compatibility matches and 1 point for significant effort matches. The matches that go either way will depend on what sides of the numbers are being expressed and will differ in each relationship dynamic. For example, numbers 7 and 9 both have firm beliefs about religion/ spirituality/ philosophy. If they have similar views they may really enjoy spending time with each other and have some very profound conversations. Likewise, they can have fruitful discussions if they have differing views but accept the different beliefs of the other without trying to change them. However, if they have differing views and one or both of them expects the other to change their beliefs, they will both be very disappointed. Because the matches that can go either way are hard to gauge, they are usually left out of the analysis.
Number 1: The most harmonious matches are with 1, 5 and 7. There is good compatibility with 3 and 9 It can go either way with 2 and 8 It will require significant effort to make it work with 4 or 6
Number 2: The most harmonious matches are with 2, 4 and 8 There is good compatibility with 3 and 6 It can go either way with 1 and 9 It will require significant effort to make it work with 5 and 7 Note: Number 11 generally is the same but can go either way with 7 and has good compatibility with 8. Number 11 and 22 are harmonious.
Number 3: The most harmonious matches are with 3, 6 and 9 There is good compatibility with 1, 2 and 5 It will require significant effort to make it work with 4, 7 and 8
Number 4: The most harmonious matches are with 2, 4 and 8 There is good compatibility with 6 and 7 It will require significant effort with 1, 3, 5 and 9 Note: Number 22 is generally the same but can go either way with 1 and 9. Number 11 and 22 are harmonious.
Number 5: The most harmonious matches are with 1, 5 and 7 There is good compatibility with 3 and 9 It can go either way with 8 It will require significant effort with 2, 4 and 6
Number 6: The most harmonious matches are with 3, 6 and 9 There is good compatibility with 2, 4 and 8 It will require significant effort with 1, 5 and 7
Number 7: The most harmonious matches are with 1, 5 and 7 There is good compatibility with 4 It can go either way with 9 It will require significant effort with 2, 3, 6, and 8
Number 8: The most harmonious matches are with 2, 4 and 8 There is good compatibility with 6 It can go either way with 1 or 5 It will require significant effort with 3, 7 and 9
Number 9: The most harmonious matches are with 3, 6 and 9 There is good compatibility with 1 and 5 It can go either way with 2 and 7 It will require significant effort with 4 and 8