While it’s not true that some Sun signs get on and others don’t, it is true that a good astrologer can tell a lot about a relationship from looking at the natal charts of the two people concerned. This branch of astrology is known as synastry, and it’s a highly complex art, involving the synthesis of dozens of clues into one cohesive whole picture.
Here are 4 of the most important things to be found when analyzing natal charts for relationship purposes.
1. Venus and Mars Placements
The positions of Venus (love and romance) and Mars (passion, fire and sexuality) in the two charts are critical for a good love match. An astrologer will look at the sign and house placement of each planet for each person, and compare them against each other. Strong angles (or aspects) between these two planets across the charts are generally considered essential for a relationship to last the distance, and will tell us much about how the two people concerned experience this unique relationship.
2. Compatible Ascendant Signs
The Ascendant sign is the sign which is rising on the eastern horizon at the time, date and place of birth. In astrology, the Ascendant shows our mask – the way we present ourselves to the world. Although in a relationship you would expect partners to understand one another on a much deeper level than the Ascendant, some partners with incompatible Ascendant signs will struggle to get together in the first place, as they simply will not appeal to each other or make a good first impression.
Relationships which seem to have come together against the odds, or where the partners initially disliked one another, are often revealed to have strained Ascendant sign links.
3. The Role of the Sun and Moon
The Sun is important in synastry, but not as important as you might think. The astrological Sun represents our ego, but it’s not so much the Sun sign which is important here, more its house placement to show how and where in life this ego is expressed. The Moon represents our emotional nature, and as such is very important in a loving relationship. Here the sign and house are important.
Links between the Sun and the Moon across the charts are very important. Often, the strongest relationships have a mirroring of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in some way. For instance, a person with a Scorpio Sun may have a Gemini Moon which is exactly conjunct their partner’s Gemini Sun. Meanwhile, that partner may have a Scorpio Ascendant close to the first partner’s Scorpio Sun.
4. The Voices of the Other Planets
It’s not only the Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus and Ascendant which are important in relationship compatibility.
Each of the other planets also has a voice to add, via its sign, house position and any aspects it makes to the other chart. Astrologers look to Mercury for an indication of intellectual rapport between the partners, and to Jupiter for shared ethics and morals, as well as shared sources of joy.
Strong and stable Saturn links across the charts are important in providing staying power and for grounding a relationship, but the wrong kind of Saturn links can indicate a depressive or restrictive relationship, or even a cruel one. Neptune aspects between the charts spread magic and fairy dust – or they can reveal deception, infidelity and illusions, depending on the exact placements. Pluto indicates where in the relationship upheaval will be felt, while Uranus links tell us a lot about how these partners surprise each other, in both good and bad ways.
Astrological compatibility is a huge complex area of astrology, but whether you’re in a happy relationship or looking for love, an astrology relationship consultation can be worth its weight in gold.