One of the most interesting sciences humans have ever invented is, by all means, astrology. Its status as a science is, however, doubtable nowadays and it has been so, for long.
However, in its earlier days, astrology was the same with astronomy; the two branches of the cosmic studies, so to say, were treated together. The Age of Reason rejected astrology.
However, it seems that overall interest in astrology has never completely ceased. Although there were some quiet periods, astrology would live on, underground, perhaps, only to shine out again.
Over the course of the twentieth century, it has been growing more popular, once again. Today, astrology is easily accessible to anyone.
Astrology is probably the oldest science that there ever was. In times long before the civilized world, our very far ancestors would look up at the sky and use stars as their celestial guidance. The phases of the Moon were found recorded on mammoth bones, for instance.
Ever since humans started hunting and moving around the world, they would use stars for navigation.
You are familiar with names of the planets, most certainly. Their names are associated with ancient gods, which tells us a lot about this mysterious connection people have with the skies above.
Astrology is definitely associated with the religious, spiritual, mystical and more. Astrology is based upon the old postulate of hermetic tradition, which states ‘as above, so below’, meaning that the macrocosm reflects in microcosm. That is, the whole universe reflects in us, human beings. An interesting point and a view on the overall existence it is.
Although astrology as a science has been argued since long ago, many take this ‘science of the stars’ very seriously.
Those who disapprove the scientific within astrology, claim there is no sufficient evidence so to claim its results reliable and stable. They also claim astrology lacks proper methodology and consistence.
However, astrology does operate by some fixed and determined principles and methodology. It has rules and certainly uses specific methods. However, astrology could partly be understood as art, an each natal chart as a unique artwork. That leads us to the subject of natal charts and of our main theme here, the synastry report.
Natal Astrology and Synastry Report
What is a natal chart and how could it be considered a piece of art? Natal chart is the base for an astrological analysis.
It is a diagram that represents the sky; that is, the sky at one particular moment in time, that is, the time of someone’s birth. A natal chart, also called a birth chart, represents something of an astrological ID.
According to astrology, planetary motion and the position of planets affect each individual.
Your birthday presents with a specific planetary distribution, also associated with your place of birth. The planets create specific energies and shape up your personality and your destiny. The astrologer reads such info from the chart.
The astrologer is not a fortuneteller and reading a natal chart is a complex and a serious job; it is not reading tealeaves or coffee patterns in a cup turned upside down. The astrologer must follow certain principles and rules and has to approach to analysis in a professional way. The chart itself reveals your potentials and it could point out major events in your life.
It is also called a horoscope. What would make a natal chart a piece of art? The astrologer has to put great effort into delivering a natal chart report and also, great creativity.
It does not mean that he or she makes things up, but the astrologer has to be capable to connect things, to weave the whole beautifully rich depiction of one individual’s life and personality.
This also has to do with synastry. Synastry is based on natal charts, since it represents a comparative study of more natal charts. Typically, people would ask for a romantic synastry report, that is, a comparative study of romantic compatibility between two natal charts.
Synastry Report Meaning
Before delivering a synastry report, the astrologer looks into each chart isolated from the other one, in order to understand both individuals involved.
The astrologer would focus on romantically important elements, so to say, although charts would be analyzed thoroughly, in detail. There are points to be carefully examined.
For example, one’s tendency towards a relationship in general, one’s conception of the love itself, the tendency towards commitment, long or short relationships, a marriage, and one’s ideas about family, children, and expectations from the partner, ideas related to both the emotional and physical aspects of a relationship should all be considered.
The astrologer would also like to know how compassionate and sympathetic those people were, how tolerant, how expressive in terms of their emotionality and so on.
The synastry reading may finally start, after the astrologer ‘meets’ the partners or potential ones. The astrologer compares charts and interprets astrological contacts between them.
Astrological Aspects and Synastry
The most important of these are, of course, astrological aspects. Aspects are contacts between planets, to put it simply.
More precisely, they are angles the planets form among themselves and those angles then affect the planets and their energy exchange. Five major aspects are those of 0, 30, 60, 90 and 180 degrees.
These are specific distances between two planets and these distances affect the energies of both planets involved. Aspects could be divided into two groups, flowing and challenging.
This is the simplest division, which is commonly misinterpreted as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ aspects. Although there is some true in this black and white division, it cannot be taken as a rule.
Flowing or easy aspects work in favor of both planets; in the trine and the sextile, the energies would cooperate and would manifest its best qualities. Challenging or heavy aspects, the square and the opposition, bring tension and conflict into this energetic exchange. Each chart consists of a mixture of these aspects.
Each synastry presents with a unique mixture of these aspects, as well and it is the best way to go. Only flowing aspects would make a natal chart or a synastry reading, or any other, boring and potentially non-dynamic, although the flowing aspects are dynamic by themselves. You know when people say something is too good to be true.
It may look beautiful on the first glance, but everyone needs to spice things up, from time to time. Challenging aspects would do the work.
Of course, you do not want them to prevail and take over things. Synastry gives an insight into all the aspects thereby and the astrologer would interpret them. What could you learn from that?
Synastry report will not determine the course of your relationship, let alone decide its doom or its bliss. It would offer you amazing information about the nature of that particular connection.
You and your partner could only benefit from learning about your weak meeting points and those good, jolly ones. Aspects in synastry describe precisely these.
However, there is something you should always be aware when reading about isolated synastry aspect, such as, for example, this Venus conjunct Saturn. This aspect alone does not define the whole relationship, but is an element of it.
The whole complex of aspects makes one relationship unique and puts its romantic mechanism into motion.
Conjunction Aspect in Synastry
Conjunction is a powerful aspect that must be associated with very strong attraction when in synastry. However, the nature of one conjunction would primarily depend on nature and energies of the planets that were conjunct.
First, this is the closest of planetary aspects; it is a 0-degree distance of up to 10-degree angle. This means that conjunct planets may match positions.
However, they could be in different houses or their natures could be very different or, even worse, according to certain authors, both could be malefic planets.
Conjunctions are ambiguous aspects and they cannot be strictly said to be either flowing or challenging. They usually may feature a portion of each quality.
In any case, the energies in the conjunctions are conjoined and intensified. The conjunction works in a way of amplifying the overall energetic output.
That is, planetary energies work together, not against one another, but they could become confused, since both are strong and intertwined.
Venus in Mythology and Astrology – Planets in Synastry
Venus is one of the first planets to look into when you read a synastry report. This is because Venus is the planet of love, romantic feelings, pleasure, joy, comfort, compassion, the power of love itself.
It is associated with the ancient deity of love, beautiful Greek goddess Aphrodite or the Roman Venus. It is usually observed in relation to Mars, since Mars is another of ‘romantic’ planets, although definitely not as romantic in its own nature.
Venus represents beauty, pleasure, love, everything that makes us happy, desirable and loved. Venus is the planet that makes us realize how much we love someone and how much others love us.
This planet is responsible for creating and maintaining lovely, pleasant and positive relationships with other people. Venus is, by all means, a subtle seductress and a charming lover.
This is a feminine planet, associated with aesthetics and art. Venus is our need to be attractive, to be loved and cared for, but it also makes ourselves generous and loving.
According to the ancient myth, only Venus could soften the rage of the fierce god of war, Mars (the incarnation of the carnal aspect of love).
Venus is associated with fertility, abundance, sweet pleasure of life. It represents our ability to recognize beautiful things in this life and to appreciate them.
For example, Venus represents simple pleasures, such as flowers and sweets. It is of essential importance to understand Venus’ position in synastry.
Saturn in Mythology and Astrology – Planets in Synastry
Saturn is definitely not as lovely as Venus is. Saturn is the planet of limitations, restrictions, troubles, hardship, sadness, misery, desperation, poverty, old age, chronic illness and everything that makes our life not easy, but challenging.
Saturn is known as the ‘planet of suffering’, which is very opposite of Venus which we may call the ‘planet of pleasure’.
Saturn, however, has its task. This is the planet that teaches us patience, responsibility, seriousness, maturity, the importance of organization and preservation. It is associated with heritage, tradition and our ancestors. Saturn may strike us with great misfortune, but it is only to teach us what life is.
Perhaps we may ask why such suffering was needed in the first place. Well, Saturn’s lessons are bitter, but if you accept them and understand them as lessons and not punishments, you would grow much stronger and greater yourself.
In synastry, Saturn is usually regarded problematic, but let us see if it was the case here.
Venus Conjunct Saturn Synastry – Rules and Emotions
One planet that brings pleasure and love and the other one that brings limitations and suffering, could it work? Venus conjunct Saturn is a peculiar synastry aspect. As in each conjunction, this is a binding aspect.
However, considering the nature of each planet, this is, indeed, a challenging bond. The key is to understand the following.
Saturn partner could play a very important role in helping romantic Venus stabilize and balance its emotions and, perhaps, to take a more mature approach to this relationship.
Venus, lovely as it could be, could melt Saturn’s strict and cold surface and it could make the partner warmer, gentler. However, this greatly depends on how they react to one another in reality.
Venus Conjunct Saturn Synastry – Pleasure and Responsibility
This relationship would be marked by the overall sense of mutual trust, loyalty and full commitment.
What could be challenging is that the Saturn person may very soon take up their cold approach towards Venus or to act to serious in situations that do not require such an attitude.
Saturn’s sense of responsibility could be flattering for Venus, since the Saturn deeply cares and would like to protect and shelter Venus.
However, the problem arises if Saturn takes up a parental approach. It would have a different effect. Venus would feel repressed.
Venus could also see Saturn as too strict, too conventional and especially limiting in terms of social area; Venus is very sociable and would literally feel caged, if Saturn insists on restrictiveness.
On the other hand, if carefully dosed, Saturn’s guidance could be very inspiring to Venus.
Saturn may as well enjoy Venus’ loveliness, warmth; its pleasure-seeking nature could be refreshing and delightful to the Saturn person! These two have much to learn from one another.
However, these energies are very different and this relationship requires other flowing aspect to make the romance last.