Western astrology is said to originate from ancient Persia, although the exact time is unknown. Roots of astrology are associated with ancient Babylonians.
Ancient Persians were familiar with all planets of the solar system, except Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, the three discovered ages after. Ancient Greeks introduced it to Europe. Later on, Romans would spread it further.
One of the most notable ancient astrologers was Claudius Ptolemy, who is the one to have established the bases of astrology as we know it today.
Astrology was not a phenomenon unique to Persia and related civilizations, but it also developed in India, on Tibet, in China and Japan. Hindu astrology is different from Chinese and Japanese, but all of them associate this ancient ‘science’ with medicine.
The wisest and highly educated people of the time, especially healers were familiar with astrology. Mathematicians, philosophers, physicists and many other scientists were deeply interested in astrology, all around the world, regardless of the type of astrology, to say.
Astrology was also equated with astronomy. The most famous astronomers of ages passed were also astrologers.
In modern day, astrology is completely separated from astronomy and the two are considered different disciplines. While astronomy is officially recognized as a science and acknowledged as one, astrology is categorized as a pseudo science.
Those claiming that astrology should not be taken ‘seriously’ argue this so-called science lacks consistence and sufficient proof of the accuracy of its findings.
Nevertheless, the very term of astrology means ‘science of the stars’, as Greek word logos refers to a science.
However, this word also means ‘a word’, so this ancient path could also be said to represent a ‘language of the stars’. In any case, modern astrology, be it a science or not, remains popular among many people.
Astrology is the study of the skies and of the influence planets and celestial objects have over our lives. Astrology understands the world as macrocosm reflecting the microcosm.
Therefore, a natal chart, which is an astrological diagram representing the planetary position at the time a person was born, could tell about that individual’s destiny.
Synastry and Astrology of Relations
What you see in a natal chart cannot be erased or undone. However, people are wrong to think that a natal chart represents a specific course set in stone. It represents your potentials.
In other words, astrology is not a straightforward divination. It is an astral guidance; by knowing what you might expect and what kind of person you are, in astrological terms, you could do amazing things.
The same applies to synastry, which is one of the comparative astrology studies. Synastry is a comparison of natal charts.
People are usually interested in love compatibility and synastry report of the sort is the most frequently demanded type of astrological reading. Two natal charts would first be carefully examined separately and then compared.
What could a synastry report possibly offer? The synastry report would analyze specific planetary interplay between the two charts, step by step.
It could reveal much about the potential of a relationship and tell about the nature of one particular relationship. It could show you the most troublesome areas of mutual life, as well the most pleasant ones.
Before completing a synastry report, the astrologer has to interpret each natal chart isolated, in order to see what kind of personalities were involved, what are their view on the romance, love life, relationships, commitment et cetera.
Of course, all other elements would be observed. Once both charts were fully interpreted, they could be compared.
Astrological Aspects in Synastry
Astrological aspects are one of the most important elements of any astrological analyses; synastry is no exception. Astrological aspects tell much about the relationship, since they represent specific energetic relations between two charts.
They are about planetary contacts, the interplay and exchange of planetary energies from one chart to another.
Aspects are angles formed between planets and these are specific angles. There are five major ones, represent specific distances between the planets. Each of them creates specific type of energy.
There could be easy and heavy aspects, and synastry would most likely feature both types of aspects. Each relationship represents a complex of different astrological aspects and they make the connection dynamic.
Easy aspects would make planets manifest their best qualities. We could also say that they would perfectly cooperate and support one another.
Heavy aspect are not necessarily negative, as people would often mark them, but challenging. Heavy aspects bring troubles, tension and conflicts, but they also cause action; they challenge you and make you react.
Each synastry is specific and unique. Astrological aspects would not determine the outcome of a relationship, meaning that they cannot actually predict whether the relationship is going to fall apart or not. That depends entirely on you.
Astrology could tell about some of the major events in your life, both past and present. However, it mostly tells about the potentials, which is an amazing thing.
Conjunction Aspect in Synastry
The most powerful aspect in astrology is the conjunction or, at least, most of astrologers would say so. In different traditions, however, the conjunction is seen in different ways.
For example, it could be understood as any of the contacts between planets. To some, all planets that are in the same sign and the same field are conjunct.
Western modern astrology takes the conjunction as a separate aspect. It is the aspect of 0 degrees or a distance up to 10 degrees between planets, but usually not greater.
Planets in conjunction could match places completely or they could stand very close to one another. In synastry, it is an especially important aspect.
The conjunction is considered the most powerful one because it intensifies energies of both planets.
It is also an ambiguous aspect, since the conjunction could be either easy or heavy, even kind of both. The conjunction aspect’s nature depends on the energies and natures of the planets.
We cannot say it was a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ aspect, but a powerful one. Energies get stronger, conjoined and they work together, no matter of their nature.
It is usually taken that two malefic planets would give a negative energy and vice versa.
If they were in different signs, it is considered heavy; if they were in the same sign, it is taken as easy. If the planets are of different natures, the overall energy is dubious. In any case, this aspect is strong and marked by specific kind of magnetism.
Mercury in Mythology and Astrology – Planets in Synastry
Mercury in Roman mythology or Hermes in Greek was said to be the most clever and agile of all gods. Mercury was usually depicted as a young, lovely man, with his flying sandals and helmet.
Mercury was the god of merchandise, travel, transport, communication, but also the one who would carry the souls of the dead to the Underworld.
Mercury is associated with information and communication of any sort, in the widest sense. Verbal exchange is especially important to mention. Mercury represents reason and logic, our practical mind and resourcefulness.
Since it was the planet closest to the mighty Sun, Mercury reflects the reasoning nature of human beings. The influence of this planet is responsible for the ways we deal with mundane challenges and situations.
This is a youthful planet, associated with children, with primary education and travel. Mercury is clever and witty, associated with not only gifted inventors and adventurers, but also thieves and tricksters.
This planet rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo. It represents the way we think, reason and express our thoughts.
Since Mercury is the planet that represents communication, verbal expression and expression in general, one has to assume how important it is in synastry.
A good communication, understanding and comprehension are a strong base for a pleasant relationship. We will see how youthful Mercury corresponds with the warlord Mars when in the conjunction.
Mars in Mythology and astrology – Planets in Synastry
Mars is one of the most important elements to look out for when analyzing a synastry, since it is closely related to the concept of attraction.
Moreover, Mars represents carnal attraction, chemical connection, everything physical. This masculine principle is associated with passion, lust, with bodily attraction and raw desire.
Mars is a malefic planet, associated with troubles and injuries. It is associated with the fierce and violet ancient deities, Ares in Greek mythology, Mars in Roman.
The only one who could soften his raging temper was beautiful Venus, the goddess of love (Aphrodite in Greek mythology). Mars and Venus are planets of special importance in synastry.
When Mars is involved in a synastry aspect, there has to be some strong 0hysical element to it. We will see how this planet reacts to Mercury’s energy in the conjunction. Mars represent vitality, strength, courage, competitiveness, the strive for victory, battle, war, blood thirst and bloodshed.
Although its elements are those of aggression and violence, Mars could present with amazing energy.
Mars represent action and vitality, so it brings dynamic into a relationship. When in a good position, the exchange of the energies could be just breathtaking.
We could say that Mars in good aspects definitely energizes the connection, though it could be too aggressive to gentler planets. Let us see what Mercury conjunct Mars brings.
Mercury Conjunct Mars Synastry – Mental Sparring
When Mercury and Mars form a conjunction in synastry, you can expect a powerful energetic flow, which is typical for any conjunction.
However, the nature of this conjoined energy would usually feature elements of both heavier and easier aspects between Mercury and Mars. We could say that this connection is somewhat challenging, though usually in a positively exciting way.
Mercury conjunct Mars presents with intellectual challenges. The two would enjoy debating about all kinds of things. This is true mental match, in which weapons could be sharpness and directness. The one would attack the other’s weaknesses and challenge opinions.
However, although it might appear as an exhausting mental play, these two would very likely enjoy this competition.
In fact, it stimulates each one to develop their own ideas and to find stronger arguments for their causes, while it could usually turn out that both end up with the same conclusions, though through this specific mental combat. They need it as a mean of the dynamic.
Both enjoy dynamic mental exchange. However, such dynamic could also bring forth the worst of you.
Mercury Conjunct Mars Synastry – Challenging Arguments
Although this mental sparring could be very exciting and actually draw you even closer tone another, it could be challenging.
Usually, the dynamic mental exchange, even loud arguments and conflicts would be followed by ecstatic physical exchange. However, it is not always the case, because these arguments could cross the border.
For example, you could end up seriously offending one another. Not even your chemical connection could be immune to ridiculing partner’s opinions and views. Try to be gentler towards one another, in this regard.
Mars could often cross the line and become too aggressive. Mercury could play be know-it-all style, and the two could end up in a heavier argument.
However, your liveliness and sense of humor could perfectly match one another. The nature of this conjunction would be decided depending on other elements involved in your synastry.
Each chart with its own characteristics would contribute to it. There could be more heavy elements in this overall energy or more flowing ones, depending on other aspects.