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Introduction to Astrology, part IV. Relationships: Synastry and Composite

When thinking of an individual’s energetical signature, it might be useful to picture said individual as the piece of a puzzle,cosmicloooooove that may or may not fit in with other pieces according to compatibility. Each one of us has a personal, distinctive vibe that might blend seamlessly, or clash, with or against somebody else’s. This is what the planets can map, and a representation of the interplay of energies that occurs on the meeting of two individuals can be observed in a Synastry Chart.
As anyone who puts at least some thought into the dynamics of associated Life can realize, several of our responses, behaviours and ways are situational; different people with different emanations can trigger different reactions in us.  Somebody else’s planets might contact our own planets in ways that might be tensive, or harmonious (the cause of this phenomena does not lie in the planets themselves; planets are markers, not the reason). Here’s when Synastry comes into play; overlapping the two natal Horoscopes, what you obtain is a bi-wheel Chart that showcases contacts, aspects, and House overlays between them. With a planetary configuration of his/her own, the other person impacts us in a way an actual transit would do; think of the other person’s planets as they were basically transiting yours, and therefore, as such, are bound to impact your Natal Horoscope in the same way as transits. Upon interacting with another individual, you’re quite literally in for a permanent transit to your own personal Chart.
Many are concerned over their Synastry with someone else being a “bad” or a “good” synastry; however, there is no such thing. Synastry is not deterministic, and it doesn’t show the Fate of a relationship; what it showcases, is how the two individual energies can combined. Unless the comparison between the two Charts is literally overflowing with tensive aspects (in which case both individuals are surely going to experience stressful emotional consequences in one way or another, and probably decide to turn elsewhere for fulfillment), the outcome of the relationship (and, by using this term, I am referring to any kind of relationship: romantic, parental, professional, and so on) only depends on how the two individuals harness those tensive or harmonious energies, how maturely they approach the issues and stumbling blocks that are meant to surface in just about any relationship between two living entities who are not the carbon copy of each due tiziother, and have led two separate lives prior to their meeting, with all that this implies. A Square can create endless friction depending on the level of evolution and awareness of the people involved, or it can be a dynamic aspect forcing the two to tackle the subject and develop a stronger bond and sense of responsibility. Opposition can bring forth a great degree of clarity. In this sense, a Synastry Chart with so-called “negative” aspects can still illustrate a deeper level of involvement if compared to a Synastry with little to no aspects and therefore next to no actual “pull” drawing the two people together.
The other, important technique in relationship Astrology is called Composite: a Composite Chart is based on the planetary midpoints of two horoscopes, generating a whole new Chart. What the latter describes, is the couple as an Unit, and the energy signature that’s the result of the combination of the individual vibes. While Synastry is the addition itself, think of Composite as the “result” of the sum. Relationship becomes a third entity, an energy field explaining the dynamics that operate within it. As such, unlike Synastry, it doesn’t provide information on how one person feels about the other, but rather, it carries the imprint of both parts, combining them into a single synergy. It’s also the atmosphere created by the two people who get together, and thus it’s also what others outside the relationship will reflect back to the couple itself upon interacting with the two. It show the purpose of the couple as a whole, the common goals bringing the two people together, their own motivation in cultivating their bond, the way intimacy is experienced, the untold rules that shape the interaction.

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