Astrology: Synastry -- Relationship Analysis
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Synastry (Relationship Analysis)
Synastry, or the practice of comparing the horoscope of two individuals, is anage-old craft which remains one of the most popular uses of astrology. Mostbooks on synastry focus on the aspects formed between the Sun, the Moon,and the planets in one chart to the other. The synastry charts of any twoindividuals can be compared; business partners, parent/child, friends, enemiesor whatever. Our purpose here, however, will be limited to the comparison of partners in a romantic or potentially romantic relationship. The synastry of loverelationships.
Here are the factors often considered in a synastry reading:
The Ascendant and the Descendant
The rising sign or ascendant in your horoscope tells much about yourpersonality. This is the factor of the horoscope which speaks to how you willdeal with the outside world. And your relationships are a most important partof that outside world. The ascendant degree on cusp of your first house beginsthe series of twelve houses and determines, to a large extent, the sign that willbe on the cusp of each of the eleven remaining houses. The ideal match foryou is the personality type denoted by the sign on the cusp of the descendant.The descendant in the horoscope is the sign opposite the ascendant. This signrules the 7th house. The seventh house is the field of relationships andtherefore it is the area of primary focus in a study of synastry. This house,opposite the first (matters of the self), relates to the other people with whomyou enter close association. Indeed, the sign on the cusp of the 7th house isthe personality type with whom you are most comfortable and best suited. Thisidea of opposites attracting is a very valid concept in astrology. A personwhose chart is the mirror image of yours, has the natural tendency of dovetailing the alliance by filling needs to form a solid unit.
Astrologers are frequently asked "Which Sun sign is best for me?" The shortanswer is, there is no short answer. There are too many other variables toconsider to charge off looking strictly for someone born while the Sun was inthis sign or that. Sun sign compatibility ranks low on my list of factors to focuson when seriously studying synastry. The Sun is about ego and individuality. Itis important because it discloses those inborn traits that are not likely tochange very much in an individual. No matter what our personality is like,these inborn traits are going to be there and be very apparent. Nonetheless,the Sun sign, which is often the only focus in relationships, is just a bit part ina complete analysis.
This said, the oft given advise about Sun signs will be repeated here. The Sunsigns fall into four groupings according the elements. Aries, Leo and Sagittariusare the
signs; Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the
signs; Gemini,Libra and Aquarius are the
signs; and, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the
signs. There is tendency toward affinity within the elements. Each signgets on somewhat better with other signs in its element. Further, the air andfire groups share more compatibility with one another, as do the earth and
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