Synastry is a branch of astrology that focuses on comparing and analyzing the birth charts of two or more people in order to better understand the dynamics of their relationship. It is often used to assess compatibility, strengths, and potential challenges in different types of relationships, including romantic partnerships, friendships, family relationships, and even professional partnerships.
What is Synastry?
Relationship astrology, also known as synastry, is about understanding the dynamics that occur when two people meet. As astrologer and author of “The Queer Universe,” Colin Bedell told mbg, “It’s about how others affect us and how we affect them.”
What is Synastry in Astrology?
Synastry is a compelling tool in the realm of astrology, offering insight into the dynamics of relationships. This practice delves into the intricate dance of planetary positions at the time of birth for individuals and how they interact with each other. By comparing and contrasting these celestial placements between two people, synastry aims to uncover the nuances and potentials within the relationship.
It also allows us to understand the spaces that separate us from others, how we are alike and, of course, how we are different, he explains. When we mean “spatial sum”; Between the planets and houses in our chart and the other planets and houses, we can better approach this relationship from an understanding perspective.
The main elements of Synastry include:
Synastry Birth Charts:
In a Synastry chart, each person’s birth chart (also called birth chart or horoscope) is analyzed. A birth chart is a chart of the celestial positions at the exact time and place a person was born. It provides insight into an individual’s personality, tendencies, and life path based on the position of celestial bodies (such as planets, sun, moon, and asteroids) in the zodiac and house astrology.
Synastry Planetary Aspects:
Comparative charts focus on how the positions of the planets in one person’s birth chart interact with the positions of the planets in another person’s birth chart. These interactions are known as “aspects.” Common aspects include conjunctions (planets in close proximity to each other), trines (120-degree angles between planets), squares (90-degree angles), and oppositions (180-degree angles).
Astrologers use synastry to assess the compatibility between individuals by examining the nature of the planetary aspects.
Themes and Patterns:
The astrologer may also consider the influence of specific planets (e.g., Venus for love and relationships, Mars for passion and assertiveness) in the synastry analysis.
Interpretation of horoscopes requires a thorough understanding of astrology and the ability to synthesize information from two people’s birth charts. An astrologer can provide insight into areas of compatibility, potential challenges to consider, and opportunities for relationship growth.
It is important to note that while the synastry chart can provide valuable insight into a relationship, it is not a clear indicator of a relationship’s success or failure. It provides insight into the many factors that influence interpersonal dynamics. The quality of a relationship is affected by many factors, including communication, shared values, mutual respect, and personal growth. Therefore, synastry is often used as a tool for self-awareness and a deeper understanding of relationships with others, rather than as the sole determinant of compatibility.
Reading your synastry chart.
When you look at your Synastry chart (that is, your birth charts and someone else’s birth charts combined into one sign), you will see many overlapping lines. It may seem like nothing if you don’t know what to look for, but in fact all these lines form angles or “aspects,” and as Bedell explained to mbg, aspects describe the relationship between the planets in two charts.
Here’s a quick look at what the five main aspects mean:
Conjunction: The planets are very close to each other in the sky, and are usually in the same sign (ie the Sun and Venus are both in Virgo). It integrates the energy of the planets and amplifies the themes associated with both planets.
The distance between planets is about 60 degrees, or between two signs (ie the Moon in Scorpio and Mercury in Capricorn). The energies of the two planets flow harmoniously with the presence of complementary elements (earth and water or fire and air).
Square: The planets are about 90 degrees apart from each other, or three signs (ie Uranus in Aquarius and Mars in Taurus). This is a more difficult aspect because tags belonging to the same method (native, static or mutable) can conflict.
Trine: Planets 120 degrees or four signs apart (ie Sun in Libra, Mercury in Gemini). Planets 120 degrees apart will fall under the same element, creating a harmonious light energy. A major triangle is formed when three or more planets form an equilateral triangle in the chart.
Opposition: As the name suggests, opposition occurs when planets face each other in the chart, six signs or 180 degrees (ie Mars in Gemini and Jupiter in Sagittarius). These planets are the same shape and have opposite elements.
There are opportunities for balance and growth here, but it’s not always easy. We’ll discuss which planets and houses are particularly important in relationship astrology later, although the bottom line here is that simple and gentle aspects are good for relationships, while rough or difficult aspects are not.
There are many resources available online or through mobile apps for drawing complete diagrams, but if you want a truly authentic resource, it’s not a bad idea to get a thorough diagram reading from a professional. However, knowing the basics can definitely get you started.
Planets in Synastry
According to Quinn, if you want to gauge your basic compatibility with someone (not necessarily romantically), the sun, moon, and rising signs are a good place to start. andquot;You donand#039;t need to go too deep into your chart for a basic understanding of yourself and somebody else that youare talking to,andquot; she explains, adding that the sun, moon, and rising are akin to the pillars of your personality.
Someone with their moon in Capricorn, for example, might be slower to identify and express emotions, while a Pisces moon would have no trouble there. andquot;So that would be a hard pairing,andquot; Quinn explains, andquot;where if you pair a Pisces moon with a Cancer or Scorpio moon, thereand#039;s going to be a lot more compatibility in how they process their emotions and therefore their needs.andquot;
Mars is your passion and your sex drive, and Venus is how you are in your relationship dynamics,andquot; she explains. Also keep the above aspects in mind as they will come into play here. Sharing the position of Venus (since both Venuses are in Cancer) would be a ‘conjunction’, and this is usually a beneficial or easy aspect.
Although Quinn points out, “It can be good to have planets associated with other people and in the same sign, but if they’re too similar to yours, it can be a challenge because there’s no balance.”
Houses in Synastry
Moving on to the houses, there are 12 houses in total, but for synastry, understand the three most important: the 5th, 7th, and 8th. She says the seventh house is the house of relationships and partnerships. Set long-term goals. Energy: If you have a good placement in your partner’s 7th house (and vice versa), this bodes well for long-term potential. Then there’s the eighth house, which rules your sex life.
To summarize, let’s say someone has Sun, Moon and Venus in their partner and 8th house. Or as another example, a person’s Venus may be in their partner’s 7th house, but this is actually a difficult aspect to their partner’s Venus. This adds some nuance and shows that the relationship is more difficult and may require extra effort to thrive.
The Cosmic Connection
In the cosmic tapestry of synastry, each planet symbolizes different aspects of our personality and life experiences. When two individuals come together, their planetary positions form a unique celestial symphony that influences the dynamics of their relationship. For instance, the alignment of Venus, the planet of love and affection, can shed light on how individuals express and receive love in the relationship.
Through the lens of synastry, astrologers analyze the compatibility between individuals by examining the harmonious and challenging aspects of their planetary alignments. For example, a harmonious aspect between the Sun, representing core identity, can indicate a deep mutual understanding and respect in the relationship. Conversely, challenging aspects may highlight areas of tension or growth opportunities.
In synastry, the presence of challenging aspects does not necessarily signify doom but rather areas for growth and transformation. By acknowledging and understanding these dynamics, individuals can work together to navigate challenges and nurture a deeper connection. Much like celestial bodies influencing the tides, the planetary positions in synastry offer valuable insights into the ebb and flow of relationships.
Embracing the Journey
Synastry serves as a compass in guiding individuals through the intricate terrain of relationships, offering a deeper understanding of themselves and their partners. Embracing the insights gleaned from this practice can empower individuals to cultivate meaningful connections and navigate the complexities of human interaction with grace and empathy.
Your synastry reading will be as unique as the two people involved and goes much deeper than simply knowing your partner’s sun sign. Understanding planets, houses, and aspects can help you learn more about your partner and identify strengths and weaknesses in your relationship.
In the enchanting realm of synastry, the celestial bodies weave a narrative of connection and growth between individuals. By exploring the cosmic dance of planetary alignments, individuals can unlock the secrets of their relationships and embark on a journey of self-discovery and mutual understanding. Dive into the captivating world of synastry and unlock the potential for profound connections and transformative experiences.