Synastry is the art of relationship Astrology. It is a fascinating and illuminating study of how individuals interact with one another.
Each individual is born with a personal birth chart, which is a map of the heavens for the moment they took their first breath. Some might say the birth chart has the effect of stamping, or imprinting, the energies of the planets and signs on an individual.
Each and every one of us has all 10 planets and luminaries in our charts, but their positions by sign, house, and aspect are individual to each. When we interact with others, the individual energies of our natal charts form special relationships with their individual energies. The resulting interplay is as complex and unique as our own personalities.
Many of us are familiar with the study of Sun Sign Compatibility. Some will ask, for example, “Does a Leo get along with a Scorpio?” While these comparisons have some value, they are very general. Many other factors are involved when evaluating the compatibility of two people.
Although Synastry is complex, we can turn to some especially useful methods of studying relationships that will help shed light on our interactions. Below are some valuable pointers.
Venus is the Goddess of Love.
Most of us are familiar with the significance of Venus in mythology. Venus, the goddess of love, provides us with valuable insights into how we approach matters of the heart. Venus rules romantic love, but it also plays a role in our pleasurable attachments in a more general sense.
Many of us have experienced attractions to people that we don’t entirely understand. The art print at right is a sweet and humorous depiction of a girl who is trying to resist Cupid’s arrow. Why do we fall for people? Sometimes, our attractions make sense. Other times, our attractions seem entirely irrational.
Turning to Astrology, and more specifically, Synastry, will help us find answers. Venus rules attraction. Although other factors are involved, Venus is the planet of pleasure, romance, and union. Venus is particularly important in Synastry, and Venus interaspects are common with couples who enjoy a long-lasting and significant union.
Look to Venus in each person’s chart to see how each individual approaches, views, and handles love and relationship. Compare the natives’ Venus signs, noting the similarities and differences. (For Venus sign comparisons click here.) Then, determine if Venus makes an aspect to the other’s planets, luminaries, or angles (such as the Ascendant). When Venus in one chart aspects planets and points in another, the Venus person tends to get idealized and romanticized. The person with the contacted planet tends to expect a lot from Venus