"Even if we do not have a great birth chart, we can still achieve lifelong happiness and enormous success. But our Marriage Chart is crucial in this regard." - Magi Astrology
Marriage, Composite, and Compatibility Charts
Marriage, Composite, and Compatibility Charts
Over the years I've been asked by countless people how to know if they're compatible with someone, as well as those wanting to know if the time and day they want to get married is important. This article explains synastry, the composite chart, and the importance of the marriage chart, as well as other factors.
There are several ways to find out how compatible we are with another, and where our points of harmony and friction occur. Many have compatibility and/or composite charts done for a prospective loved one, and these offer much valuable information. There is another crucial chart to have calculated before we marry, and that's the Marriage chart, done for the time of initiating the marriage ceremony. This begins the adventure, and gives new momentum and energy to a relationship.
The Marriage chart is very important, like the timing on launching a business, starting a project, or when we buy or sell something. A crucial component of success in relationships, along with resources, tools, and skills, is the best time for beginning a partnership, project, or new initiative. The branch of astrology dealing with launching things is Electional (or Inceptional) Astrology, and is an art in itself. Each moment has its special qualities and challenges, and it's always good to launch our boats on a favorable tide.
That said, it is equally important to remember that it is impossible to counteract "real world" conditions. For instance, you can plant potatoes on the best day of the month astrologically, but will probably not get many potatoes if you've planted in November rather than April in Northern climes. By the same token, you may get a great deal on a house, but if the house has plumbing problems, you'll still have to deal with them. And yes, plumbing (or electrical, or foundation) problems can be seen in the chart of when you first look at a house, as well as when you close escrow.
A compatibility chart done using Synastry, tells a lot about whether two people are suited to each other. This is where we look at how person A's planets fall in person B's houses, and vise-versa, along with the aspects between all the rulers of houses. It reveals many intricacies between people, and where common ground can be found, if it can be found at all. We're usually attracted to various planet energies for all kinds of reasons, some of which change over time. That's why we fall into harmony and disharmony for whatever reasons.
While compatibility analysis is extremely important and revealing of points of harmony and conflict, there are other important charts that give valuable information about two people's compatibility. One is a chart done for the time when two people first meet. Another is the composite chart. The composite chart is derived from the midpoints of the similar planets between two charts, i.e., if one is an Aquarius and the other is a Gemini, as a rule the composite Sun will be in Aries. And if one Moon is in Sagittarius and the other Moon is in Aquarius, the composite Moon is likely in Capricorn, the sign in between Sag and Aquarius.
The marriage chart is actually an Inceptional chart, in that a marriage is the inception of the contract of partnership. Thus it shows the past, present, and future of the individuals, as well as the composite unit. That's why it's important to find a time that is very compatible with the charts of both, and is compatible within itself. This is a specialized branch of Astrology, but crucial in the social-emotional realm of applying our craft.
If you know astrology, here are a few pointers to consider. In any marriage chart it is good to make sure that the natal chart rulers of the two people getting married are harmoniously aspected with each other, and if possible, the mutual rulers of each person's marriage house (7th house). FYI, "love affairs" are ruled by the 5th house, not the 7th. That's why even if one has a boyfriend or girlfriend for years but has never "married," then it cannot be counted as a 7th house activity. Contracts are governed by the 7th house, and marriage is a contract, both written and verbal.
The first marriage is ruled by the 7th house, as are all partnership circumstances throughout the life. The second marriage is ruled by the 9th house, the third marriage by the 11th house, and so on. This is the source of much confusion among amateur astrologers and novices at the craft, and the reason I ask people who come to me for a wedding date whether they've been married before or not. If I'm planning someone's second wedding, then their significator is the ruler of their 9th house and any planets in that house, and the 7th becomes more of a secondary generic influence.
Obviously there are many days where a marriage can be happy and last a long time. It sometimes depends on what time of day you're willing to do it, which is a consideration if one does not want to explain why the ceremony HAD to begin at 7:28 am on maybe 8:34 pm on any particular day. And what is good then may not be good done an hour earlier or later, due to rulership changes.
I'll close with the thought that even if a marriage chart has difficult aspects we may be able to create a favorable outcome if the foundations of affection, respect and heart-centered Love allow the Higher Self of each to come forth. Then we grow in Love and Wisdom despite the challenges we confront. We may not be able to control some events. We may not be able to control the responses of others. But we can always choose to see the Higher Way, since we are in fact, Spirits in the material world.
Marriage Horoscopes and - Hopefully - Your Most Fortunate Day
Marriage horoscopes are just one of the other inceptional charts that describe the potential of your marriage.
In fact, every (new) beginning, be it a new love, a new job, a move, a birth... can be judged by such inceptional horoscopes. Just draw a chart for that very moment of beginning, and you'll be able to delineate the innate disposition, development and outcome, out of this moment as a self-developing story.
So, with the marriage charts, set up for the exact moment when the couple exchanges vows and is officially pronounced man and wife, we can see how the marriage will unfold and develop.
You may argue then, that carefully choosing the right moment for such an important event must be most recommended.
It is, BUT, experience shows us that what is not indicated in the birth chart, will not happen.
So, if your birth chart shows marital problems, you may choose all possible (fortunate) marriage horoscopes, you just will have marital problems....
This kind of 'determinism' may seem hard to understand, but remember for now that this knowledge is grown out of experience and NOT out of reasoning....
Nevertheless, some rules may apply as to choosing the right or appropriate moment for a marriage.
Among astrologers there is some doubt as to the exact moment the marriage is sealed.
Is it the moment of the vows, is it the official pronouncement of man and wife or is it the exchange of rings?
Resolving this question can only be done by looking at the deeper meaning of the ritual of a marriage.
We may ask you, when are you married? When do you feel that you are married, that you are man and wife?
We, at Cosmic Technologies (CosmiTec), are of opinion that you feel man and wife, when YOU officially and personally say 'YES'.....
So, this will be the moment to erect our marriage horoscopes. That's why we will only use the time of the legal ceremony when you say YES to set up the marriage horoscopes.
Only then, you are officially married!
As marriage horoscopes are delineated as electional horoscopes, some rules are the same.
Often astrologer think that they can choose a time when the planets indicate harmony and happiness for the marriage horoscopes, giving destiny a helping hand.
Alas.... there is NO guarantee that this time is the most propitious one.
Most couples plan a period (or year) within which they want to get married. But what if a year (or two or three or four,...) later there is a more auspicious period....
And what if the astrologer does not know about some invaluable (and lesser known) astrological techniques to find the most auspicious period?
We already touched this topic on this web site when we mentioned that some astrologers know more than others....
Astrologers should be VERY aware of the responsability they have when trying to choose a fortunate moment in time.
We just want to say it again: don't give your life out of hands. No one astrologer knows it all!
If you want to consult an astrologer to erect some marriage horoscopes, consult 2 or 3 other astrologers! Together they know more and, in the end YOU too!
However, we, at Cosmic Technologies (CosmiTec), will give you some valuable rules to guide you choosing a propitious period. Our own researched Marriage Graphs will be of help too in choosing your best wedding date.
If there is some delay of any kind, are you going to postpone your marriage because the hour might be wrong? You must be silly!
And what if you have found that the best time is in the late afternoon, on a moment there even are no marriage ceremonies organized...
If you love somebody, go for LOVE, not for astrology!
If the day is fortunate, we just hope the hour will be too. And, between..., we hope your natal chart shows some marital bliss too...
Now to the most comprehensible rules for the marriage horoscopes (there are numerous more, but we'll only mention the most important ones, not to overwhelm you with information).
- Mind the position of the Moon! Some astrologers advice to avoid New and Full Moons. New Moons mostly have a hidden influence. Things are not that clear and there may be a lack of foresight. Things have NOT developed enough to start, so a marriage on a New Moon is not advisable.
The Full Moon is more developed and visible to the public. There is maximum visibility and because of the opposition between the luminaries, this Lunation has the quality of an encounter (the Moon in the 7th - equal - house counting from the Sun).
We, at Cosmic Technologies (CosmiTec) think that a Full Moon is a good day for a marriage because it signifies the culmination, the fulfillment of the love relationship and love-cycle. So, in our opinion, marriage horoscopes may contain a Full Moon, especially when the Moon is still waxing.
And, last but not least, avoid a Moon Void of Course!
- Avoid (applying) squares or oppositions from the Moon to Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. These aspects are a burden, causing tragedies, disruptive events, separations etc. in the family.
- Avoid any planet in the same degree as the Moon's Node. According to the fabulous astrologer Ivy M. Goldstein-Jacobson this planet points to a catastrophe, casualty, fatality or tragedy, the more far-reaching when a malefic (Mars or Saturn) is involved.
- Avoid retrograde personal planets (like Mercury or Venus) or Mars. Retrograde planets let you RE-do, RE-think the matter (the marriage too).
Retrograde planets may feel RE-stricted, RE-pulsed, RE-fused. Retrograde planets almost always signify or represent persons in your life that are hiding, shy or ill (This is a HOT tip!). But they can also RE-try and RE-evaluate.
We, at Cosmic Technologies, can confirm that retrograde planets may cause some irritations, trouble and delay. You'll have to wait till the planet turns direct for a more fluent and 'direct' action.
- Try to avoid any planet in one of the following positions:
- the 19th degree Scorpio: Serpentis or the accursed degree bringing sorrow. Things are not as they seem.
- the 9th degree Libra: the position of the Fixed Star Vindemiatrix: the Star of Widowhood
- the last degrees of the sign Taurus: the Head of Medusa, especially the 26th and the 29th degree. The 26th degree is the position of Algol, the most evil Fixed Star, causing to lose your head. The 29th degree Taurus is the position of the Weeping Sisters, causing something to weep about. It may (will) bring sadness and endings!We, at Cosmic Technologies, have found these degrees to be MOST important, so, indeed, don't neglect them - or better, DO avoid them in marriage horoscopes
- the 23th degree Pisces, a degree of sorrow, sadness and unhappiness. It's a very disturbing degree that you MUST avoid in the marriage horoscopes at all cost! In our experience, this degree has brought lots of tearful events, aggression and fights. Don't make love a battlefield!
- try to avoid in the marriage horoscopes the day the Moon is in the Via Combusta (15° Libra - 15° Scorpio, except for the safe degrees of 22-24° Libra) because this brings misfortune and illness
- avoid a marriage on the so-called "dies atri" or unlucky or ill-omened days. These days are said to bring hard luck, trouble, chaotic experiences, delays, restrictions and/or disturbing events. The dies atri are:
- January 2, 3, 4 and 18
- February 3, 6, 8 and 16
- March 13, 14, 15 and 29
- April 19
- May 3, 10, 22 and 25
- June 17 and 30
- July 19, 22 and 28
- August 1, 17, 21, 22 and 29
- September 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28
- October 3, 6 and 11
- November 12
- (December has no dies atri)
- Mind the position of Venus, the planet of love, relationships and sociability because, in marriage horoscopes, this planet becomes more important!
- Look at the most exact midpoints with an orb of 0°00'-0°01'.
What are midpoints?
A midpoint is a point half-way between two planets/points, it is the half-distance between two plants. This (mid)point may be occupied by a third planet/point or it may be in aspect to a third planet.
Look at the Chart Wheel below:
Do you see how Jupiter occupies the half-distance between Saturn and the Sun? No?...
Let's make it more visible by deleting all the planets, except for Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun.
Do you see the thick blue lines pointing to the midpoint? So, indeed Jupiter is located at the middle distance between Saturn and the Sun. This is called a direct midpoint.
An indirect midpoint is a planet located in an aspect to the middle distance between two planets.Look at the picture below: Neptune is located 135° to the middle distance between Venus and Saturn.
Of course, any astrological software program can list all midpoints in a snap for you...
Exact midpoints are invaluable. They are SUPER important because they absolutely OVERPOWER the aspects.
Vedic Marriage Horoscopes
Let's take a look.
According to some Vedic sources the best months to marry are February, March, May and June. It's still unclear to us why this is so.
The position of the Moon in the Vedic marriage horoscopes is very important too.
The Moon should be in one of the following Nakshatras: Rohini, Mr(i)gas(h)iras(ha), Magha, Hasta, Svati, Anuradha, Mula, Uttara(A)shadha, Uttarabhadrapada or Revati.
Marriages should be avoided on the following dates:
* on New Moon
* on the last five days before New Moon
* on the 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th or 14th days after New Moon or Full Moon
Most serious Vedic astrologers consider 4 important points before a marriage is contracted:
* assessment of the longevity of the partners
* mental and psychological health of the partners
* likelihood of different marriages
* Dosha Samya (balance of malefics)
* eventually (!), Kuta agreement
Contrary to what you will find on the Internet, Kuta agreement is just one part to assess vedic marriage horoscopes and just the very last part because it's not that reliable and way too general.