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Synastry

The comparison of two people's birth charts in astrology is called Synastry. The charts are compared to see what relation one person's planets have to the other. The simplest way to look at it is to draw in the other person's planetary placements and ascendant within the houses of the first chart and then do likewise on the second person's chart using the planetary placements of the first person. This will give an overall picture of where the other person's planets fall within the houses of the other chart.

Compatibility or discord and potential problems are shown by the aspects between the two sets of planets. Ideally, there should be an easy flowing aspect between the two Mercury placements as this is the planet of communication. Without ease of communication all sorts of problems can set in, but with harmonious aspects between the Mercurys, the people concerned should be able to talk through things with ease. Naturally, one would expect or hope to find harmonious aspects between the respective Venus and Mars, the planets of love and sex, in an intimate relationship chart. Often it is found between a couple who share a close bond, that there are conjunctions of their planets. This can be good or bad and even some of the interpretations of "bad" can have positive attributes too. For example, Saturn, although classed as a malefic planet, can give strength and endurance, as well as set boundaries of acceptance. Saturn is the teacher, of lessons needing to be learned and when Saturn is strongly placed in aspect to the other's planets, the other can learn much from the Saturn person.

The idea of synastry is to see if two people can grow together, learning together, communicating and being at one with the other. In all relationships that are hoped to last the test of time, there needs to be something between the charts which offers stability. The square aspect often reveals the grounding posts for such.

If two charts are too much in harmony with each other, there is a tendency towards complacency and when a transit comes along to disrupt that initial harmony, there is little strength of endurance to work through the problem that has arisen.

Some of the websites that offer free chart calculation also offer free relationships charts. Please see the Charts page for a list of these sites. Alternatively, there are some freeware astrology programs that have the facility to do this yourself.

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