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The Astrology of Family Relationships

An argument in favour of astrology is that of family relationships portrayed in the astrological charts of parent and child. Comparing the birthcharts of family members can be rather illuminating. It is often found that there is a lot of correlation between the charts of members of the same family. The genetic blueprint is not only present in DNA but also in astrology.

Often the most noticeable thing between a parent and child is the placements of the sun and moon, often coinciding with that of the ascendant of the other. In this respect, charts of family members are useful in the art of rectification where a birth time is unknown or in doubt. The sun, moon or ascendant in one family member's chart very often mirror that of another, so giving a likely indication and a basis from which to start the rectification process.

Some areas of each family member's chart will often show that certain degrees are prominent amongst the family with many planetary placements or angles located there. Sometimes signs in general show a lot of activity for each member and it can be found that certain signs always have some planet posited there, while others seem to be entirely neglected.

The fifth house is the prime house of one's children and the ruler of the cusp, by its position and placement in the chart, as well as any placements therein, are the indicators of how the child/parent relationship works. The eleventh house is also a house of children, by it being the fifth house from the seventh of partners. That is to say the children of the partner.

Turning the chart is often useful to see the relationship between two people whatever their relationship may be. The seventh house is one's partner and in turning the chart, your seventh house becomes the first house of the partner and can be read like it is their birthchart for an insight into how they relate to children (their fifth house, your eleventh house) or anything else. Taking that further, if you want to look at the relationship between yourself and your brother's wife, you would look firstly to your third house of siblings and then the seventh house from the third for your brother's partner. The ruler of the sign on the cusp of such a house shows where that person is actually at, as well as the nature of that person. This technique is often used in the art of horary astrology to answer questions concerning other people.

In a child's charts in can be interesting to look to the houses and planets of his/her parents. Their relationship is often quite clearly defined and quite often the child's planetary placements coincide with the composite chart of the parents. The parent's houses are the fourth and the tenth. There has been and is, much debate over which house represents which parent. While some say that, as the natural ruler of the fourth is the moon that also rules the mother, then the fourth house must be that of the mother. Therefore the tenth house represents the father, but is also the house of status and career. However, many astrologers now take it to be the other way round, with the mother represented by the tenth and the father by the fourth house. As the fourth house shows the basic home life and part of the childhood, I personally prefer the fourth to show the parent with the most influence during the upbringing of a child. That also takes the middle road between the two differing opinions regarding the houses of the parents.

While children born within a few years of each other will have most of the outer planets in the same signs, there also occur placements that link one to the other. A look at the third house of one child's chart shows the nature of the relationship with siblings. Again, this can be illuminating, identifying problems or compatibility.

The French scientist, Michel Gauquelin, well known for discovering the "Mars Effect", tested many areas of astrology including family relationships. What he found was that there was little correlation between parents and children's planetary placements within signs. However, he did find that if a parent had a particular planet on an angle of the chart, then a child often had the same planet on the same angle. His research into this and the conclusions drawn were based on the data of 60,000 birthcharts. The planets he found replicated on the angles were, Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. None of the other planets worked out in such a way. However, only the Sun and Mercury are missing from that list of the traditional seven planets. The outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are already known to be generational planets and their effect is of such too, so it would be unlikely that they would play any part in astrological heredity. Mercury by its nature and by the fact that it is always close to the sun is also not hard to understand as not being a part of it. What of the sun then? The sun is representative of the ego, the individual, the core essence, so maybe by what it symbolises it could go some way to explain why it does not figure as the other planets do.


A double-bodied sign on the cusp of the fifth house is said to indicate the likelihood of twins or multiple births, as is the moon being posited in such a sign. Such signs being the mutable signs of Gemini, Sagittarius or Pisces.

Natural twins, although being born on the same date and in the same place, can lead very different lives depending on the time they were each born. For instance, one may be born with Jupiter in the first house and the other with the same planet at the same degree of the same sign but in the twelfth house. Jupiter would play out differently for both of them due to the difference in the houses and what they govern.


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