Love and Compatibility
The first thing you want to do when determining astrological compatibility is to analyze each person's chart, seeing if they’re compatible individually, and then if they each have the transit aspects needed to show a possible relationship. I think most everyone has experienced meeting someone who they clicked with wonderfully and really cared for, but the timing just wasn’t right, so this step is important. You want to see aspects for each of you that are close together. As far as individual compatibility, this is really just looking to see what each of you wants/expects in a partner and relationship, and how you individually live your own lives. You want to see if there's enough commonality to keep the two of you together.
The next thing to do is to delve into the 2 charts together. First things first - chart overlay. You want to take one person’s planets and put them in the houses of the other person, and vice versa. For this you need to remember what each planet does and what each house represents. Where your planets fall show what affect you’ll have on the other person, and where their planets fall show what affect they’ll have on you. Let’s take an example of the Sun, which puts a spotlight on things. Say your Sun falls in their 11th - this can show that you bring out friendly feelings in this person, and perhaps they will be more engaged in groups or humanitarian efforts by being with you. Say their Sun falls in your 2nd house - by being with this person, your self esteem and values can be affected, as well as your income. For romantic compatibility, you should see planets in the relationship houses (5th, 7th, 8th). Planets in the 3rd and 11th are good for friendships (but also for romantic relationships if there are other indicators), and obviously planets in the 6th and 10th are good for business relationships and partnerships.
After completing the chart overlay, you analyze the aspects made between the charts. The actual aspects that the planets make between two charts indicate how the planets interact. Sextiles and trines are good, squares difficult, oppositions separate, and conjunctions join.
The Sun, Moon, and AC are the most important parts of any chart, and so they are the first thing to look at when looking at two people and their interaction. Quite often you’ll find that the people you connect with most have their Sun, Moon, or AC in one or more of the same signs as your Sun, Moon, or AC. Seeing how these 3 planets play off of each other is extremely important, especially between the Sun and the Moon. Harmonious aspects are obviously great, but you don’t need that to be compatible. For others, you may find that you connect if they’re the same sign as the sign ruler of the house your Moon or Sun or in (for example, say you’re an Aries Sun and they’re a Cancer Sun, which is a square, but you have your Sun in the 4th house, naturally ruled by Cancer). Moon to Moon analysis is very important as well for emotional compatibility. Moon’s that conjunct, sextile, and trine go together well . . . but if your Moons square, oppose, or make another aspect, that’s not necessarily the end . . . if the ruler of your Moon in the other person’s chart makes a harmonious aspect to their Moon and vice versa, you may be able to overcome it (example: your Moon is Virgo and theirs is Pisces, but their Mercury conjuncts their Moon and your Neptune trines your Moon). You also need mental compatibility, so for that Mercury is the way to go. You want to compare your Mercury’s using the same analysis.
Jupiter is seen as a very happy planet, and in comparing two charts, seeing your Jupiter conjunct the other person’s Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, or Ascendant (or vice versa) is a very helpful thing. Which planet Jupiter conjuncts can tell you the nature of how the aspect will manifest. Then there’s Saturn, which is a stabilizing planet, so seeing Saturn make positive aspects to the other’s personal planets is helpful for a long-term relationship.
In prediction and the transit aspects, you definitely want to see aspects by both of these planets to the relationship houses (5th, 7th, 8th) of the natal chart if you’re looking for a long-term relationship (if the relationship is just for fun, then you don’t need Saturn, and can sometimes get away without Jupiter as well if Mars is dominant).
Finally, there’s the composite chart - a composite chart is a combination of your chart and someone else’s, and is basically the chart of your relationship itself. You’ll interpret it like it’s another person in the relationship that’s just as important as the two of you. A positive composite can go a long way, and can sometimes explain when you see two people together that you’d never imagine being together because they seem so different. When you have a difficult composite, that can make the relationship difficult to handle. Generally, you need both positive aspects between the two charts as well as a positive composite for an optimum outcome. You can read about the composite planets in the houses and aspects on this site, but here are some notes you should look for:
1 - Sign on AC. This can tell you a lot about how your relationship will be perceived to be, and how you’ll act together in public.
2 - Planets in the 6th/12th houses- not good! These are “unequal” houses, and struggles over power can be seen here. One or two planets in these houses can be overcome depending on which planets they are and what other aspects there are; three or more can make for a very difficult relationship.
3 - Planets and sign along the DC . . . this can show the basic nature of the relationship.
4 - Placements of “positive” planets (Sun - Venus - Jupiter) vs. placements of “negative” planets (Saturn - Pluto). Remember no planet is inherently good or bad, but some are certainly more difficult than others.
You also want to compare each individual chart to the composite chart to see how you individually interact with the relationship itself, as well as see aspects being made by the transit planets to the composite chart (because again, you’re treating it like another person in the relationship, so you need to have positive aspects by the transit planets as well).
Chiron is called the “wounded healer” and represents where we have old wounds/hurts but at the same time, can access healing potential. If you use the energy well, the potential for healing and growth is huge. Used negatively, it can show a point in which you have habitual destructive tendencies/are self-defeating. Chiron can also show where we can help others heal, but have trouble with that ourselves. With Chiron, you want to look at the sign and house placement, as well as aspects to your chart.
Asteroid of Your Name
There are thousands of asteroids out there, and many of us have asteroids of our name (this can apply to your first or last name, a nickname, or an asteroid that’s very close to your first/last name). Go to www.astro.com and click on free horoscopes, then extended chart selection, then click on “Asteroid/name number list with 14574 names” and find yours. You’ll want to find it’s location when you were born and see what aspects in makes within your natal chart (and how that influences your personality/life) and what aspects the transit planets will make to it (especially by the bigger planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto).
You’ll also want to find where the current location is of the asteroid and look at both what the other transit planets are doing to it (for example, at one point I had Pluto, Uranus, and Saturn all making difficult aspects to the transit asteroid of my name Nicole – I was feeling so out of sorts and couldn’t figure out why since I had no major aspects going on at the same time!) and what transit aspects your asteroid is making to your natal chart (another example: when I first got really interested in asteroids it was just one day that I became obsessed with them, and it turned out that my asteroid conjuncted THAT DAY my 3rd house cusp, the house of learning).
The Vertex is actually an axis, consisting of the Vertex and the Anti-Vertex, in exact opposition to one another. It’s often called “destiny’s gate.” But don’t assume that everything in your destiny is linked to this axis!
Some astrologers don’t pay one lick of attention to this axis; others swear it’s got more significance than the Dali Lama. I’m kind of in the middle; I think it’s significant to a degree, but not the end-all, be-all.
The Vertex/Anti-Vertex axis tends to be more significant when it has a natal planet falling on it, especially a personal planet, because it will be connected to the energy of that planet, and when anything hits that planet, it’s also hitting your Vertex, and vice versa. The Vertex is used a lot in synastry, with the belief being that if someone’s Vertex is conjunct/opposite the other person’s personal planet or major point, like the Ascendant/Descendant, that will show a profound relationship. If you don’t have a Vertex connection, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything profound about your relationship; it’s just another thing to consider.
In transit, significance is placed on conjunctions to the Vertex or Anti-Vertex; sometimes you’ll feel other aspects, mostly if your Vertex is on something very important in your chart, but for the most part, only the conjunctions matter. And not every conjunction will result in anything either; the best thing for you to do (and the best way to learn anything astrologically!) is to go backwards, figure out when the transit planets were conjuncting your Vertex/Anti-Vertex, and see if it correlated to any significant life events. You’ll likely find many which don’t seem linked to anything at all. And you’ll likely find a couple that are linked to a big time in your life. With those, it’s usually going to correspond with other transit/progressed aspects.
When a transit planet hits your Vertex, you can often have this overwhelming, almost compulsive urge to do something, go somewhere, be with someone, that is destiny, fated to be, and you absolutely have to do it. Or so you think. It’s not always the case that the feeling of destiny you’re having is actually related to real destiny or something else. Sometimes the urge makes us do things we wouldn’t normally do, and takes us away from what we should really be doing.
Note: If you want to find your Vertex, you can do so on www.astro.com; input your birth data, go to free horoscopes --> extended chart selection, then under ‘additional objects’ click on ‘vertex’.
The Galactic Center
The Galactic Center is basically the center of our universe (sorry, not you!). It’s what our galaxy revolves around, and it contains a very large black hole, emanating enormous energy and “noise.” The astrological position of the Galactic Center is currently at 27 degrees Sagittarius (it was 26 degrees for a while). In a couple hundred years, it’ll wind up moving into Capricorn.
The actual meaning of the Galactic Center is still a bit hazy. Some believe that it’s hugely important, and whatever house it’s in within your chart is significant, getting all that energy. I personally think it’s more about whether or not it hits any of your planets or points in your chart (like having your Sun or Ascendant at 26 degrees Sagittarius).
I’ve read in the past that a Galactic Center person can be somewhat futuristic, always a bit ahead of the curve. They likely don’t feel it though, feeling more like they’re “freaks.” What exactly they’re ahead of their time with usually depends on the planet/point being hit. 6-12 months can be associated with this, where things manifest much later, around 6-12 months.
I personally have my Sun/Moon midpoint conjunct the Galactic Center (20 minutes apart). I always felt like I was ahead of everybody else, and growing up was a “trend-setter.” Whatever I liked and got into, I’d get made fun of for and then later would be all the rage (I really should have went into fashion). Things have always felt slow-going for me, like I’d get the gears running, but nothing would go until some time passed. I also feel like this makes my Sun-Moon midpoint more profound for me, and that when I utilize it, the energy is much more elevated.
Here’s a link to where the Galactic Center was at each year from 1900 – 2000. Find the year you were born and see if there’s anything significant in your chart at this point: http://www.horary.com/hhcrl/gc_ephem.html
It’s believed that the eclipses that precede our birth have an impact on us. The prenatal solar eclipse is supposed to show what you’re here to teach to others. The prenatal lunar eclipse is supposed to show what you’re here to learn. What exactly each will be can be found from the sign and house position of the eclipse, as well as any close aspects it makes in your chart. Just keep in mind what each sign and house represent, and you can put the puzzle pieces together yourself.
For example, my own prenatal solar eclipse is in Taurus, falling in my 7th house, and not making any major aspects. I’m meant to teach people Taurus-related things, like how to manage money, gain security, establish values, and this energy is expressed through my dealings/relationships with other people. My prenatal lunar eclipse falls in Scorpio in the 1st house, so I’m meant to learn Scorpio-related things, like exploring spiritual depth/sexuality, understanding death/intimacy, and expressing the energy as part of my personality.
Astrology and the Family
In astrology, there are twelve houses, each ruling different aspects of your life. They also rules different members of your family, and you can use your own chart to gain insight into them and their lives as well.
The 4th and 10th houses rule your parents. There’s debate as to which parent is ruled by which house; I prefer to see it not so concrete, but rather look at the relationship you have with each parent and assign to each the house that makes most sense. Once you figure out which house belongs to which parent, you can see in the natal chart how they’ve affected you by the sign on the cusp and planets in the house. In prediction, if an aspect occurs to the ruler of that house, then you can expect for something to occur in that parent's life as well.
The 3rd house rules your siblings. Again, the house on the cusp and the planets within the house can show the nature of the relationship(s), and aspects to the ruling planet of the house can show events in your sibling(s) life/lives as well. This follows for all your family members. The 9th house rules your grandparents, the 5th house rules your children, and the 11th house rules your stepchildren. The 7th house rules your first spouse; the 9th house rules your second; the 11th house rules your third; and keep counting two more houses for each spouse.
The tricky one now is stepparents. Some say it’s still the 4th and 10th houses, though I’m not inclined to agree with that one; I think those houses are solely the first set of parents. Others say the 11th house rules stepparents, which is interesting since the 11th also rules stepchildren. Another theory is that the 6th and 12th houses rules your stepparents (whichever parent is ruled by the 4th house, their spouse is ruled by the 12th; the spouse of the parent ruled by the 10th house is ruled by the 6th house). Ultimately, it’s up to you to find which makes sense for you.
Predicting Career Periods
Everyone wants to know when they’ll have good periods for career advancement. When is a good time to get a new job? A promotion? You can use your chart to find out for yourself if you’ve learned enough astrology.
The first thing you need to do is determine where the transit Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are currently in your chart, and where they’ll be over the next year, and record that info. Then, you want to look at the aspects being made by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto over the next year to your 2nd, 6th, and 10th house rulers (rules money, jobs, and career, respectively).
If you want to see when will be a good period money-wise, focus on your 2nd house. Planets moving through, aspecting the house cusp, the house ruler, and Venus (natural ruler of money), if it doesn’t rule the 2nd house already.
If you want to see when will be a good period to look for a job, focus on your 6th house. Planets moving through, aspecting the house cusp, the house ruler, and Mercury (natural ruler of work), if it doesn’t rule the 6th house already.
If you want to see when will be a good period for career advancement, focus on your 10th house. Planets moving through, aspecting the house cusp, the house ruler, and Saturn (natural ruler of career), if it doesn’t rule the 10th house already.
Look for a cluster of aspects in a short period of time (no more than 6 weeks). For a more complete picture of your career, check all the aspects to the 2nd, 6th, and 10th houses.
Predicting Headaches or Migraines
I’m a migraine sufferer. When I was about 11, I started keeping a migraine diary to try and figure out if I had any triggers or if there were any links at all between my migraines. One of the basic things I had to do was keep track of when I got migraines. It’s something I continue to do to this day. In doing so, I’ve been able to see what triggers migraines astrologically. You can look at your own transits for each day and see when you’ll be more prone to getting a headache/migraine:
transit Sun or Mercury square or opposing the 1st house ruler (house of self), 3rd house ruler (rules the mind), 6th house ruler (house of health), sun (natural ruler of 1st house), Mercury (natural ruler of 3rd and 6th houses)
transit Mars, Saturn, Uranus, or Pluto conjunct, square, or opposing the 1st house ruler, 3rd house ruler, 6th house ruler, Sun, Mercury, or in the 1st, 3rd, or 6th houses
new or full moon conjunct, square, or opposite Mars; square or opposite sun or Mercury; full moon in the 1st, 3rd, or 6th houses
Many women want to know when they’ll get pregnant, and astrology can show best opportunities for it, though it is complex (just like all health readings). You need to look at:
- transit aspects to the Sun (rules the body), Moon (rules motherhood), 1st house and ruler (rules the self), 4th house and ruler (rules motherhood), 5th house and ruler (rules children), 6th house and ruler (rules health), and 8th house and ruler (rules pregnancy) – the aspects don’t necessarily have to be all good aspects, because pregnancy can be trying on the body (even when it’s a healthy one, it’s quite the change!)
- progressed aspects being made, especially if any progressed planets are aspecting the 4th or 5th house cusp or ruler; progressed Moon aspects to your natal planets and houses are also important
- lunar returns – you’ll want to check out your lunar return chart each month for when the lunar return Moon falls in/on the 1st, 4th, 5th, or 8th houses
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