Astrology for Relationship Analysis
Synastry is the process of comparing the astrology birth charts of two individuals to make an educated guess about how well they will get along in a romantic relationship. This is something of an advanced process, so it is necessary to know a little about basic astrology principles.
The zodiac is made up of 12 signs. Each of these signs represents 30 degrees of the full astrological circle. Every individual has all the ten planets in his or her horoscope; the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. So it has to follow that these bodies are situated in the astrology birth chart in one or another of the twelve signs as well as one of the twelve houses.
Which sign and which house depends on the exact moment of birth and where the birth occurred. You may call yourself an Aries or a Taurus, but that only makes reference to which sign the Sun was in when you were born. The Moon and other planets were probably in other signs and houses scattered around the astrology chart circle.
The twelve signs, twelve houses and ten planets are the basic components of the astrology chart. In synastry, we compare the relative positions of the planets and the houses between your astrology chart and the chart of another. It’s that simple; and that complicated.
Aspects between the Astrology Charts
The first thing usually considered is the aspects. In considering aspects, we look at one astrology chart, and measure the number of degrees from that person’s planets to the planets in the prospective partner’s astrology chart. By calculating this we can make basic predictions about where the strengths and weaknesses of the relationship are.
We can evaluate the staying power of the relationship, and guess about what ways the people involved are going to get along and not get along. We can also surmise which of the partners will take the lead in various situations, and finally what problems will be faced in the relationship.
I like to keep it fairly simple looking at only the strongest of the aspects. These include the conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition. When two planets are in conjunction, they are “within orb” or about 5 or 6 degrees of being in the same degree of the same sign.
When sextile, the planets are within orb of 60 degrees; when square, 90 degrees; trine, 120 degrees; and opposition, 180 degrees. For the most part, sextiles and trines are considered easy aspects. Squares and oppositions are usually more difficult and suggests tension. Conjunctions can be either and it usually depends on which planets are involved.
In almost every synastry comparison, you will find at least some areas of ease and some areas of stress. Sometimes it will be difficult to draw a definite conclusion about whether or not the relationship will work. There will be areas of life where things do quite nicely, and there will be other areas which are much more challenging.