Saturday, 30 June 2012

Retrogrades in the Natal Horoscope

By Lynn Koiner

NOTE: These are my notes from a lecture I gave on Retrogrades in Pisa, Italy. I have given this lecture so many times that I do not want to give it again…so I am sharing my notes with everyone.

All of the planets, with the exception of the Sun and Moon which are not actual planets, have a period of retrogradation. It is an apparent motion observed only from planet earth when the planet “appears” to move backwards in the sky. You will know that Venus or Mercury are about to turn retrograde when you see them move far ahead of the Sun. Mercury turns retrograde when it is about 14 degrees ahead of the Sun and Venus turns retrograde when it is about 30 degrees ahead of the Sun. Mercury is retrograde for 3 weeks 3 times each year and Venus is retrograde every 19 months.
The other planets turn retrograde when they are only the opposite side of the chart from the Sun. In a natal horoscope, any planet in opposition to the Sun will always be retrograde. Many times a planet forming a trine to the Sun will be retrograde also. Mars turns retrograde for slightly less than 2 1/2 months every 2 years.
Jupiter through Pluto are retrograde every year.
Jupiter is retrograde for 4 months.
Saturn through Pluto are retrograde for 5 months.
When a planet is retrograde, it does not work in its normal manner. It frequently needs to make changes or work on an inner, psychological level before it can express itself outwardly.


When Mercury is retrograde, the thought processes are introspective, deliberate and internalized. Before any personal matter can be discussed, it must be processed internally. This means that, if you want to discuss a personal matter with a Mercury Retrograde friend, you must tell them what you want to discuss and set up an appointment to discuss it. If you want an immediate answer, you will not get an honest or well though out answer. They need time to brood and ponder.
Because these people need to digest and process first, they are slow to defend themselves and slow to respond to queries of a personal nature unless they are prepared ahead of time. They appreciate a slow reaction in another.
They can easily discuss non-personal subjects, their own interests and expertise, without introspection. This has already been done in the past.
On personal subjects, they may not know immediately how they feel about something— they need that brood and ponder time.
Perception is quite good because they are sensitive to how they feel about things; the perceptions are highly individualized.
They prefer a Reflective Analysis. In intellectual matters, they are rarely superficial but they tend to analyze, re-analyze, reflect and then apply internally.
There is a perfectionistic side so they can talk in absolutes— using terms such as “always” and “never.”
Many Mercury retrograde people feel that they had no one to talk to as a child. The thoughts and mental activity became internalized and highly subjective. They may be prone to day dream. Some may be so absorbed in their own internalized thoughts that they seem absent-minded and unaware of external activities. This is especially true if Mercury is retrograde in the cadent (3, 6, 9, 12) Houses. And, especially if aspecting Neptune, a planet that can go off into its own world and lose track of time.
Afflictions in Houses 3-6-12 can cause learning disabilities— Dyslexia, ADLD(Attention Deficit Learning Disorder). One child was later discovered to be deaf in one ear and tried to compensate by listening a lot.
This can be the signature of the scientific thinker. Many of the astronauts in the late 1960-early 1970s had Mercury Retrograde.
SPEED OF MERCURY: The speed that Mercury is moving can indicate the speed at which an individual can process information. One friend whose Mercury moved 2 degrees on the day she was born was a very fast and sharp thinker. She had a rare ability to think quickly with little time for reflection.
Those born with Mercury Retrograde take longer to process information but their solutions to problems often have more insight and wisdom.
FEEDBACK: “I have learned that, when something is presented quickly, I need to ask to think about it.”
Mercury in the 2nd can be the bargain hunter
Mercury in Houses 3-4 often needs quiet in order to think. This is often true of Venus R in these Houses as well. They have a problem concentrating when there are distractions and arguments in the home.
Mercury in the 3rd is very prone to study and research but they need quiet. They may appear slow only because they need to have all of the facts first.
Mercury in the 5th can think more than create but this develops in time. This is a signature of a good teacher. They a good with games that require detailed concentration.
Mercury in the 6th— here you will see more of the perfectionist qualities coming out in their work; they appear slow because they require all of the facts.
Mercury in the 7th has difficulty making up their minds about marriage, then they may marriage hastily and rethink it later. They often have difficulty discussing the problems in the marriage.
Mercury in the 8th is best suited for 8th House research and study.
Mercury in the 9th can be the fact collector and they may not be able to get all of the answers that they want. Any planet in the 9th House can indicate an interruption in education. They often return to school later to complete their education.
Mercury in the 10th may see a job as a learning experience where they will acquire the knowledge and experience that they need to know. They are thorough and reliable.
Mercury in the 12th works very well at deep psychological and investigative level. A friend works as a therapist in the prison system. She said that she has thoughts buried so deep inside of herself that she does not even know what they are— and she does not even know how to get them out. They do not show others that they are depressed. They can experience problems with their sleep patterns.


There is an innate sense of unloveableness that seems to have been experienced all throughout the life. Sometimes there was no real event but a general feeling of not being loved as a child. This could actually be some real karmic pattern— truly brought over from a past life. In feeling unloveable, not attractive, not being worthy, they learn to value what is often overlooked by others. This can make them very humanitarian in their life activities or they can just be attracted to people who take advantage of them.
With the humanitarian goals, they have a great capacity to dedicate themselves to a higher purpose.
A few years ago I looked at the horoscopes of Great Rescuers duringWWII. Many of these people, because they feel that others were worth more than themselves, dedicated their lives and risked their lives to help the Jews escape the Nazis.
A neighbor with Venus R in Gemini in the 9th has never been interested in making a lot of money. He has often dedicated his life to a guru or inspirational teacher. Currently, he is in China teaching English. I have observed a pattern of people with Venus Retrograde moving to under-developed countries to teach English. They do not make a lot of money in these jobs for they always feel that they are going great good for others.
They have blocks connected with expressing affection due to a fear of rejection. Often a late bloomer, they do not bloom until they figure out what is the correct situation (career and relationships) for them— how to use this Venus and how to find love and fulfillment through the Venus Retrograde.
Example: One woman was a large but very attractive woman whose mother realized that she was never going to be a beauty queen. She always had a feeling of being unloveable because her appearance was not what her mother valued. If anyone saw her, they could not deny that this was a very attractive woman (big beautiful woman). When Venus turned direct by progression, all of a sudden she started to accept herself, appreciate herself as a beauty on her own terms.
Sometimes, there can be a self-centeredness as a defense against their unlovableness feelings. They need a lot of reassurance but this attitude does not really work for them.
Venus R is not just being unloveable but feeling unacceptable. These individuals often seek out those people who are a little eccentric, different, not of the ordinary mode— they seek new levels of relating where they feel that they truly belong and fit in. They have a capacity to help others who themselves feel that they do not belong in the world of traditional values. They learn to appreciate others for less superficial reasons, other than show and appearance.
They often feel that they are not in tune with people that they consider shallow.
Being a bit anti-social, they feel more comfortable in 1-to-1 relationships rather than social functions and parties where there is a lot of phony, showy behavior. They do not like superficial relating. They are definitely not the “cocktail party” types.
FEEDBACK: “I have always had trouble with peers, people my own age. I had to grow up early in life after the death of my mother.” She says that she has learned to be compassionate and understanding of others. However, I have observed that this woman had allowed men to take advantage of her. She tolerates too much from people who are abusive. Currently, she prefers to be alone. She now dedicates herself to animals.
There is a deep scar and wound in these people. It is how they learn to heal this in themselves that determines the course of their lives.
PROGRESSED CHANGE OF DIRECTION: Sandra Leigh-Serio gave a lecture on this subject. She has observed that, whenever Venus changes direction by progression (a rare event), it has a dramatic impact on our attitude towards relationships and closeness in general.
Venus in the 2nd— Internal insecurity can make these people desirous of financial security. They can marry for money but it is because of an inner fear of rejection and insecurity.
EXAMPLE: One woman with Venus R in Aquarius in the 2nd was a prostitute who would fall in love with her customers and then give her services away for free. She would complain when she was not making money. Yet, she was very desirous of having money and fine possessions as proof of her worth.
Another man with Venus R in 2nd in Aquarius always gave presents to other people so they would love him…but he was a very loveable man anyway.
Venus in the 3rd and 4th House need peace and quiet in their personal environment. They do not like quarreling, arguing and contention in their environment.
Venus in the 6th House can undervalue themselves and their work. Some can be so insecure that they do not do their work, feeling that anything that they do is unworthy.
Venus in the 7th often prefers the unconventional in relationships. They can attract an undemonstrative partner. If you feel that you do not deserve more, you will not demand and get more.
Venus in the 9th often marries someone from a different social or cultural background. This can give them an edge of superiority. Because they feel that they do not fit in, the difference in the relationship is less threatening. Delays in education— they can put others through college before themselves or it gets postponed because of the needs of others.
Venus in the 10th has a shyness that is very obvious. They can allow bosses to take advantage of their work and recognition comes much later.
Venus in the 11th is a position that actually does better in group situations. 1-to-1s can be scarey. They can easily make sacrifices for the benefit of the group.
Venus in the 12th gives a larger overview of Venus Retrograde generally.
In the 12th, there can be much internal scarring so that the individual may set themselves up as a victim in all relationships because they do not feel lovable.
Ideally, they work best with “unlovable people” as therapists, in the helping professions, championing the underdog.
They have problems when they judge themselves by traditional values, by other people’s standards. Happiness comes when they develop their own unique values about what is worthy, lovable and of value!
Feedback by student : Timing is a problem in relationships— meeting the right person at the wrong time. They feel that they do not deserve to reach out to another person. They lack relating confidence. Many feel that there is a “protective” quality to this Venus which comes at a critical moment in their lives.


Mars rules how we initiate, how we take the initiative and how we deal with and express anger. Whenever I see this aspect, I have observed that the individual came from a family in which no one knew how to express or deal with anger. It signifies a family pattern and it will show up with the other family members in some way, with their Mars’ either by aspect or Interception.
With Mars R, reactions, aggressive urges and hostilities are internalized in some way. On the surface, they can appear calm but, inside, they can be a raging volcano. In other cases, anger is expressed inappropriately. And, it can be passive-aggressive in its indirectness. These people do not know how to express their anger.
The House position of Mars Retrograde is where you bottle up, bottle up, bottle up and then BOOM— they explode and cut off the situation. They feel anger inside but they do not know how to direct it and get it out.
They are rarely comfortable with direct, competitive activities, preferring to work alone or indirectly. This can manifest through encouraging the energies and supporting the enterprises of others… such as a coach.
EXAMPLE: A client with Mars Retrograde in Libra finds it too difficult to fire an employee. As the owner of a successful business, she hired an aggressive woman who LOVES to fire people… so this is her job.
When anger is internalized, it leads to various psycho-physical distresses, including depression. They can be accident prone but, statistically, accident-prone people live longer than other “angry” types because they will release their anger through jamming their toe on a chair rather than internalizing it for 20 years and suddenly dying of a heart attack!
FEEDBACK from Students:
  1. In aggressive situations, I keep my mouth shut and “go mild.”
  2. Alcoholic who drank rather than show anger. When this person stopped drinking, it released the anger.
  3. Self-destructive and abusive relationships, also alcohol.
  4. Gripes and complains a lot rather than do anything about problems.
  5. Represses her anger until it does away. Her family immediately explodes with their anger and this anger is a distortion, over-reacting to what happened, she is afraid that she will be this herself so she keeps angry feelings inside.
  6. Father was alcoholic and abusive— she learned not to say or do anything or the father would only get worse.
  7. These individuals have a rather strong habit of suppressing anger, as well as their ambitions. This woman says that “this is something we have to deal with all our lives.”
Mars Progressed Retrograde Direct: My husband has Mars Rx along with five other retrogrades in his chart. When Mars turned Direct in his chart, he stopped drinking, became involved in 12-step recovery, got divorced and began to study Poekelan, an Indonesian martial art.
Mars in 2nd— There is a sabotaging pattern with anger— they can work hard, save their money and then one day they get angry at the wife, take out all of the money from their savings account in the bank and buy a Porsche…then they have to start all over again saving their money.
Mars in the 3rd and 4th tends to get along with family members for years and then all of a sudden they have a big fight and never speak to them again. In the 3rd, there can be a change in the behavior during the school years— the quiet child who all of a sudden starts getting into fights with other children.
Mars in the 5th does better motivating the creativity or recreativity of others. Dancing or playing the drums helps them release energy.
Mars in the 12th often causes subconscious resentments, passive-aggressive behavior that they do not recognize in themselves but others clearly see it. It is best applied in helping the disadvantaged.
The House position of Mars Retrograde is where you bottle up, bottle up, bottle up and then BOOM— they explode and cut off the situation. They feel anger inside but they do not know how to direct it and get it out.
In your chart, this would apply to your one-to-one relationships. Anger issues are projected into the relationship but not in an obvious manner.


Some retrogrades are not bad at all and this is one of them. When Jupiter is Direct, there is a greater attunement to external appearances. The energy and appearance is more popular and acceptable.
When Jupiter is Retrograde, if you strive for material accomplishment and this is your main goal, you will find that these material things come up short; the more material/external your accomplishments, the more you will come to feel dissatisfied with your life.
There may be a great questing and seeking but, until they look inside, they will never find what they feel they are looking for. Their inner faith has some doubts or holes on it. This is why they are always searching for something that would give meaning to their lives— what they seek is anything that is philosophically uplifting.
I have a Direct Jupiter so I am always acquiring knowledge and information. If my Jupiter were Retrograde, I would need something that is more enriching internally.
Jupiter R often has an eye for quality because they are able to look beyond the externals. I tell my students that, where you find Jupiter R, this is where the individual has the ability to restore to life things that are considered dead or dying.
Jupiter rules playing a role in order to gain approval. Jupiter R does not want to play this role with anyone. When Jupiter is ℞ and afflicted, one individual stated that, in her family, you were only loved because you looked good, because you made a good appearance, and you were socially acceptable in everything that you said or did. Playing that role depleted the energies for the Jupiter R person. Playing a role is performing and not being real.
Jupiter R in Houses 2-6-8 have a natural healing ability but they do not always work directly in areas of physical healing. The Earth signs and Scorpio have the natural healing abilities. This includes animals, nature, and even objects (renovation and repair, especially with antiques, in the 2nd and 4th Houses). The natural ability to restore things to life.
The natural ability to restore things to life— but this is not always physical healing. This position is good for figuring out better ways to do the work, better methodologies.
Jupiter ℞ in the 1st identifies very strongly with anything spiritual, philosophical or expansive on inner levels. This could restrict the individual financially since the material side of the career or life activity is not appealing and not a primary focus. They could actually neglect the physical because they live so strongly in the philosophical realms. They should avoid excessive involvement in theoretical concepts. Rob Hand has Jupiter in Cancer R here! He loves ancient philosophies and systems that actually may not be practical.
Jupiter ℞ in Sagittarius in the 1st House— One friend confided that she sometimes feels manic/depressive because her family life, her life as she is living it, does not connect with her need for spiritual values that she can practice in her daily life.
Jupiter R in the 3rd and 4th Houses have an ability and willingness to go back and make a connection/relationship work. Example: One individual put a lot of energy into getting people in her family to get along with each other.
Jupiter R will always try to go back and try to re-connect. They possess skills in renovations, restoring homes and buildings— they have a natural ability to want to revive/restore that building, to bring it back to life!
Jupiter in the 5th— I have seen them try to work out a relationship with a child, always trying to re-connect. In romance, they will put that extra energy into reviving that relationship in some way…making the re-connection.
Jupiter in the 7th wants a partner who brings philosophically uplifting growth into the married life. When the relationship is failing, they have an ability to revive the relationship. There can be a broken engagement. They possess skills in marriage counseling, helping couples get back together.
GEISLER: For instance, a Jup R in Cancer ruling 7— husbands ‘foreign’ to one’s own experience, in some way and not the good providers one would expect from a dignified Jupiter. There would be a problem with the home, either too large, wrong place or the individual would be forced to move often. Ditto family—too far away, or something
Jupiter in the 9th often does not really know what they believe in so they are always seeking and searching. They can get hooked on a religion or philosophy and then realize that it goes not give them all the answers they desire. Lots of doubts in their faith, especially when the life become difficult.
They often go back and re-educate themselves at a higher level. One individual did not finish high school.
Jupiter in the 10th will often go back to college to improve their professional skills.


Saturn symbolizes the rules and regulations in the early environment. The sign shows the cultural influences. When Retrograde, you were never really taught an accurate sense of what the rules are and how much to you have to do in order to be responsible.
You were not taught proper discipline but this does not mean that you were not disciplined but there was a certain vagueness about it so that you did not know when to stop yourself–when is it enough?
They often have no idea of what they can or can not do.
Where you find Saturn R, this is where the individual has difficulty saying NO and defining boundaries. They have no clue where these boundaries are so that they have difficulty defining boundaries and setting limits for others as well as themselves.
Saturn R does not know its limitations. At times, these individuals confine themselves to a small corral when they could be roaming 40 acres; others can be so irresponsible that they think that they can roam 80 acres— and all of a sudden they crash into the societal limits that the legal system imposes. They have no boundaries— there is a real problem when Neptune or Pisces is also strong. One individual confided that he does not always pay his bills, does not pay taxes, does not like to work, does not clean…what does he do?! He looks for women to take care of him.
When Saturn is R natally, these people need to teach themselves to say NO, to set boundaries and to learn exactly what is expected of them, and to learn an accurate sense of responsibility. They need to go out into the world and stake out their own boundaries, fight that invisible barrier they create for themselves.
There can be much anxiety in responsibility situations because they do not know how far they can go before their chain begins to choke them. This can cause problems WITH responsibilities due to the self-doubt engendered about when they can actually be permitted to say NO.
Saturn ℞ in 1st is very typical of the 1st House Saturn. First, this position often was unwanted during the gestation period. Saturn here assumes responsibilities for others in order to feel wanted or connected to others. The Direct Saturn can isolate with a set of barriers to protect them. When ℞, these people take on responsibilities for others in order to feel wanted and because they do not know when to say NO.
  1. One woman said that she always felt like a guest in her own home while growing up. She feels guilty for so much in her life that she will not even take personal calls in the office or take a longer lunch break.
  2. “ I take care of everyone!”
  3. Another woman fears being isolated or trapped.
They have problems defining what they do or do not owe other people, especially in the people Houses— 3-4-5-6-7-10-11
Saturn in the 2nd naturally feels that “you only get what you work for and you work hard for everything you get.” They observed their own parents working very hard to provide for them so they adopted this “work hard” pattern or philosophy. When ℞, they can feel financially responsible for everyone— “My mom did everything for the family.” One individual said that her dad could not save money, poor Saturn structuring of boundaries, and he went bankrupt so this individual works very hard not to have this happen to her.
Saturn in the 3rd and 4th often cannot say NO to the family members. In the 3rd, there can be early school problems because of that anxiety about how much do they have to do. Anxious students often have hearing problems and they misunderstand or make mistakes. That is, they are so anxious about being wrong that they do not hear correctly. When anxious, they become disoriented.
One individual with Saturn ℞ in the 3rd said that there was a cultural different so she had trouble communicating.
Saturn in the 5th has trouble saying NO to children, especially the first born! Several had commented that they could say NO to the other children but not that first born!! One woman said that she is overly responsible, feeling that she had to do it all herself, and she never had a babysitter to help her. Another said that having the child really helped them to focus and get organized with other tasks in their life.
Saturn in the 6th and 10th are perfectionists in their work because they do not know their boundaries. They have trouble putting their foot down, defining boundaries and saying NO so that bosses and employees take advantage of them. This is not an effective position for being a boss.
Saturn in the 7th attracts parenting issues in relationships. They can attract an irresponsible partner and the relationship becomes a parent-child relationship that is never satisfying to either partner.
Saturn R in the 8th warns that you really know the partner’s financial circumstances (and how they handle money) before you legally tie yourself to this person because these can be a liability for you. S. Orman says that you need to look at your father’s attitude towards finances in order to see how you deal with financial matters. This is especially true with Saturn R in the 8th House.
Saturn in the 9th, especially ℞, should never be raised in a strict religious environment… but they usually are! One woman went to Catholic school and feels that she had religion shoved down her throat. They can get lost in religious dogma to a point where they do not know who they really are. They need to define a new value structure.
Several students noticed a pattern of being raised by parents from different cultures or different backgrounds. This was often true of the 3rd H Saturn R.
Lots of guilt here and maybe a lot of fear as well.
They may go back for further education. Some interruption in the education is shown. One very brilliant man changed universities a lot due to self-doubts.
There is an attitude of rejection or not being good enough coming through the religious or philosophical attitude of the parents or church. If they accept this without question, they feel guilt and shame; if they reject this, they reject God.
Saturn in the 11th is often raised in a world of adults so that they often do not fit in with their peers. When D, they seek a functional purpose in a group in order to feel that they belong. When ℞, they can become terrified of groups (they were often raised by adults too and they may not relate well to people their own age). D assumes responsibilities in groups but the ℞ people often say that they never do this because of “self imposed limitations.”
Saturn in the 12th has a lot of fears connected with authority and abandonment. They often isolate themselves and appear anti-social.
One student commented that she was not allowed to do anything for herself— from the routine things like doing laundry, cooking and cleaning so, as an adult, she does not know how to set limits for herself.
From Pat Geisler: Although the Saturn retrograde phenomena may indeed suggest loss of the father, the retrograde condition more likely suggests the absence of authoritative guidance provided by the father. The father may be present but not involved in the child’s development. Work may usurp all of his time. He may be unable to give such guidance because of his own lack of structure. Or he may be tyrannical or an anachronism. The situation is really one of dysfunction whether the actual father is present or not.
There are conditions that require modification of this guideline. A retrograde Saturn in the 10th in Capricorn is unlikely to signify an absence of authority. Also, when there is an absence of the father in actuality, there are compensating configurations such as lunar node aspects. These configurations suggest the maternal presence that provides that guidance. Single mothers are both mom and dad.
And then there is the time/maturity factor. The feedback given by a teenager may change completely as that teen matures. An idyllic childhood may actually be realized as horrific as age lends perspective. A client that swears the parent was “present” may not have a clear idea of the magnitude of parental absence until much later in life. Or their life situation may not require a high degree of guidance in order to function in a typical way.
For the record, I have Saturn Rx in the 9th. I was definitely not raised in a religious household. If anything, I was not taught any kind of religion or spiritual discipline. From the time I was a teenager, I did a lot of soul searching to find out exactly what would make me happy spiritually, and as it has turned out, none of them satisfied my need. Any form of dogmatic spirituality or religion turns me off completely. I guess I’m a self-proclaimed pagan. The only time in my life I ever questioned whether there was indeed a “god” or “higher source” was when my oldest daughter’s dad was killed in a car accident when I was 17— it took me quite awhile to regain my faith. I just didn’t see how a loving spirit could take away the one person I called my soulmate. I was very young and it took some time to stop grieving and get on with living. It may sound terrible to some, but through his death, I learned a lot about life, living, love and faith.
In early degrees, childhood fears and parents “teaching” the child to be quiet and out of the way, “good boy/good girl” syndrome. Middle degrees indicate difficulty with changing circumstances.
Late degrees indicate leadership qualities through positions of executive-ship.
Saturn in the 9th might indicate or reflect as being rather uninterested in what other people’s opinions have to offer.
Saturn Rx acts a lot like Saturn 12th— it needs external stimuli for self motivation through the house it is associated.


This is not a bad position to have. It is more rebellious but the person may not always see themselves as rebellious. Like Mars, it is where you bottle up, bottle up, bottle up and then rebel!
When Direct, the individual finds that their intuition, sense of rebellion and independence flow naturally like in a stream. When ℞, it get dammed (not honored by the individual who sees him or she self as very normal) and then it explodes. Intuition has fits of explosion that seems more creative over all— they have a dry spell (in weather, when you have no rain) when they do not feel creative at all and then BOOM!
Retrograde makes Uranus more potent when it explodes forth! Because it builds up, it has a higher energy level when it expresses itself.
The Reformer Complex is quite strong with Uranus ℞ so they can make mountains out of molehills— something small can get blown up into something very big. It can be more dogmatic yet they may deny what is going on because they see themselves as being very normal.
The difference between D and R is that R sees themselves as being quite normal when they are not. They are less aware and not always in touch with Uranus within themselves. A friend with Uranus R unaspected in the 9th House finds it impossible to incorporate her metaphysical knowledge into her professional life (she is a psycho-therapist).
Students have commented that they feel that they must change first before then can rebel against the situation. They need to learn WHY they need to rebel in order to validate themselves and make changes.
Uranus in the 1st is highly independent anyway but, when R, the individual may not always realize how super-independent he or she really is! This emphasizes the Uranus R’s need to be involved in activities associated with reform and rehabilitation. The “bottle-up-rebel” pattern colors all areas of their lives and this manifests as a “comply-change/rebel” quality in relationships, the career or even the residence.
Uranus in 2nd is not in touch with the need to be unconventional in how they earn a living. If they get into normal jobs, it manifests in a lack of financial stability— they do not realize that the instability is part of their rebelling against the normal.
Stability comes from doing the unconventional. Being in a very secure, high-level government job would not make them happy in the long run. They would probably get sick or get fired! It may take them a long time to realize this need to be unconventional in their work— the longer it takes, the more disruptive the change will be.
Uranus in the 3rd is like Mars, manifesting problems in the early education due to sudden rebellious urges.
Uranus in the 4th can make normal choices for home, family and living environment but these never seem to work. Their early home life appeared normal but it was not.
Uranus in the 5th— They see themselves as normal but others see them as anti-social and they always feel left out of these normal situations. They are unconventional and, therefore, become “wallflowers” until they find their place in an unconventional world.
Uranus R in the 6th House has a very sensitive physical body. They should not over-work or work when tired or upset. This can lead to health problems. They prefer to work alone because, being around other people’s electro-magnetic fields (auras), is disruptive to their own energy field. This can make them abrupt and impatience with co-workers. They do best in making reforms in the work systems. They get bored easily and need to move on, if they cannot work alone.
Uranus in the 7th prefers a sudden, “in-love” feeling in a relationship. When the relationship becomes normal and not very exciting, it suddenly ends. They may not even understand why. Everything seems to be going just fine and then POP… that’s the end of the relationship. They are not good at relationship confrontations. I have observed that they prefer to live in the “in-love” stage and not deal with a relationship when it becomes real.
Uranus in the 8th— one individual said that they were very good at getting people to change their financial habits. They experience strange events that seem beyond their control. These events can be life-changing.
Uranus in 10th, like Direct, does best in some job where another has given up or failed— how much worse can they do if the previous person failed. Uranus does not like comparisons with others. They may not be good at starting at the ground level of a professional activity.
Uranus in the 11th is given to sudden goal changes that seem to come out of nowhere.
Uranus in the 12th fears being crazy. A parent may have criticized their behavior— “You do not want people to think you are crazy?!” And, they become afraid that they might be judged crazy. They need to become involved with New Age or other unconventional people in order to feel comfortable with themselves.


When Neptune is Direct, its House position is where you seek to fulfill your dreams, where you can manifest things, and where you seek to escape reality and, when it is Direct, it is much easier to get a handle on what that dream or vision really is. Direct rules more traditional forms of creativity.
Neptune R tends to be more vague, more unclear and the individual may not know exactly what they are looking for in expressing their personal creativity. If Neptune turns direct by progression, it signifies that time when they suddenly realize what they want to do creatively— it can be something that they have been doing all along and did not realize it!
Neptune rules where you have an ability to manifest, to creative from your imagination, but R may not be aware of this ability. Neptune R is extremely sensitive, more so than direct, because of the connection with unseen realms. This is where their creativity expresses itself— through the psychic, the metaphysical, the intuitive, the spiritual, the humanitarian— not something traditionally seen as creative.
Because of their heightened sensitivity, they need to avoid drugs, alcohol and stimulants. The tendency is stronger to cultivate addictions to dull the astral body, the solar plexus, and this can get them into trouble.
This heightened sensitivity can encourage fears, paranoia and phobic conditions— that connection with the unseen realities, the veil between the seen and the unseen.
These people are naturally very psychic but they may not realize this. This may engender fears of the unseen which they do not understand.
These people pick up a lot from the astral plane— other people’s thoughts and feelings can be perceived as their own. Smoking often cuts off the astral stimulation.
EXAMPLE: When I am giving tarot reading, if there is too much smoke around me, my psychic ability is cut off and my intuition is gone. I have observed psychics and other sensitive people who smoke to cut off this “picking up” of others energies because it is just too draining.
This Neptune is not clear about what it wants because it is not something tangible that they seek. They can more readily pick up qualities in another that the person will never manifest in reality. This can cause them to attract “Losers.” They see the potential…a potential that never becomes a reality.
Neptune in the 1st is so receptive to the environment that they do not know who they are or what they feel. They must learn some type of discipline, setting up boundaries, so that they can tell the difference between their mood and another’s mood.
Neptune in the 3rd is often attracted to using a nickname because it changes their vibration. A study in numerology is helpful here. They have an affinity with numbers. They sometimes get lost easily.
Neptune in the 4th is overly empathetic to conditions in the home but they may not realize this. They must find a calm, serene domestic environment and living space. A place in the woods with nature would be nice. Chaos and disorder are stressful.
Neptune in the 5th and 7th Houses are continually looking for a vague type of perfection in relationships. They do not know how idealistic they really are! Disappointment ensues. Neptune in relating Houses seek relationships in order to escape the pain of the reality in their lives. When they start to feel the pain, they move on.
Neptune in 6th is super-sensitive to the work environment and chaos therein. They need an ideal to fulfill in their job but they can be naive in relating— change jobs and long to find what they really want to do… which they may not find.
Neptune in the 8th can have a lot of denial issues around the partner’s finances and handling of finances. There can be problems with taxes, insurance matters and how money is invested.
A woman with this position told me that her husband was the type to forget about bills, misplace them or ignore them all together so she always took charge of financial matters in the marriage – and this is exactly what this Neptune wants her to do!
Neptune in the 9th is looking for utopian ideas for living on this planet. Since there aren’t any, they get disillusioned a lot. They can even become cynical. Utopia cannot be found in a place. This is another addictive position.
Neptune in the 10th wants to do something creative with their lives but they usually do not know what it is that they want to do.
EXAMPLE: I once taught a Career class using astrology. All of the students in that class had a strong Neptune— they were not use of what they wanted to do professionally, they were studying for a career for which they were ill-suited or they longed for some type of greatness professionally.
Neptune in the 11th express the vagueness is seeking ideals and people who embody such ideals. They do not really know what they are looking for— often to escape the pain and fear in their personal lives— and they are periodically attracted to people whom they feel embody some sought after ideal. It is the vision of the moment because they are not really clear about what they are truly seeking. When it is not what they want (or when the group demands a commitment), they move on to something else.
These people can find themselves working in groups, helping those with addictive personalities— such as the 12-Step groups of Alcoholics Anonymous (all types of addicts— drugs, alcohol, sex, food).
As a House of Groups and Friendships, these people can get caught up with affiliating with disorganized groups (spiritual people are rarely organized), groups that have a wonderful ideal of saving the planet but no one really knows what they are doing.
In choosing friends, there is an attraction to dreams and alcoholics. They should never mix friends and money. They must avoid people who arouse sympathy— people whom they seek to rescue. There is no such thing as a rescuer— only 2 people vying for the victim slot.
Neptune in the 12th is so highly mediumistic that coping with reality may be difficult.


Pluto is more intense when Retrograde and this intensity is highly psychological which can make them more suspicious of others because they pick up more at that psychological level.
Pluto D is more interested in external power— a great job, lots of money
Pluto R is definitely more psychological— investigation, healing, transformational
They register the unseen very quickly, they see the negative side more easily but they need to cut this off because it will isolate them from life and people.
These people have much greater insights into the subconscious. This makes them more loners and introverted. They may have trouble relaxing around many people due to the psychological process and registering so much information.
Powers of regeneration and rejuvenation are incredible in its House position.
Pluto in the 1st (but not within 6 degrees of the 2nd cusp) can first be interpreted as influencing the mother’s attitude during the gestation period. With Pluto rising, mother felt angry, resentful and very resistant to being out of control while pregnant. There may have been tensions occurring within the family and mother internalized the anger with powerful emotions. Even the unborn child felt feelings of being out of control by what was happening during gestation! With Pluto R, the influence is more psychological rather than expressing an external need to control the environment. As a child, the individual learned to pick up subtle cues from adults – picking up good moods or bad moods, when to assert or when to step back. They make good psychologists or they do well in jobs where profiling others is important. Their powers of physical regeneration are phenomenal!
Pluto in the 2nd wants control over their own resources. D is a power issue. R fears the psychological vulnerability. . NOTE: Pluto or any planet is considered influencing the 2nd House if it is within 6 degrees in the 1st House, near the 2nd cusp
Pluto in the 3rd can control the minds of others through intense focus. This can make them great teachers, people who can positively influence the minds of others.
Pluto in the 6th are so intense in their work. They cannot handle interruptions. This can cause alienation with co-workers. Work best alone. Not a team player generally.
Pluto in the 7th is a bit difficult to establish cooperation because the intensity is so strong that the loner tendencies do not function well sharing the life with another person.
Pluto in the 8th often feels that they have had to take control of the finances in the marriage. This causes cooperation problems. Another woman said that it was her husband who wanted to be in control and pay all of the bills but he never did— and this caused the friction.
Pluto in the 11th is not a group position but the individual has a gift for going into a group situation, revitalizing it, getting things focused and then leaving. They have a talent for setting the group organization up for another to take over.
Pluto in the 12th is extremely intense to the point of being strongly disposed for research, investigations and their greatest asset is the ability to help other people help themselves. They have probing insight that psychologically analyzes. They can quickly pick out another’s strengths and weaknesses so that they are able to help people help themselves. Like Pluto D, this is a highly protective position in life-threatening situations.

Ruler of 7th house in houses

The ruler of the 7th house is a major indicator of the way your relationships evolve and the choice of partners.

In astrology, every zodiac sign is ruled by a planet or a Light (the Sun and the Moon). When a house cusp falls in a certain zodiac sign, we know that the planet or Light that rules that zodiac sign also rules that house.
If Capricorn is on the 2nd house cusp, Saturn rules the 2nd house because it also rules Capricorn.
We always take the modern rulerships into account (assigning Uranus to rule Aquarius, Neptune to rule Pisces and Pluto to rule Scorpio) but do not neglect the fact that Mars co-rules Scorpio, Saturn co-rules Aquarius and Jupiter co-rules Pisces.
As of today, we are convinced that the modern rulers do work but we have also found the co-rulers to work too in some instances. As far as our research stands (and it's not yet conclusive at all), there may be a difference between day and night births.
Just for your information: a day birth is seen from the natal chart when the Sun resides in the houses above the horizon (7 to 12); a night birth is seen from the natal chart when the Sun resides in a house below the horizon (1 to 6). In our opinion, astrological research should take this difference into account.

The rulerships:
* Aries is ruled by Mars
* Taurus is ruled by Venus (as a Morning Star)
* Gemini is ruled by Mercury (as a Morning Star)
* Cancer is ruled by the Moon
* Leo is ruled by the Sun
* Virgo is ruled by Mercury (as an Evening Star)
* Libra is ruled by Venus (as an Evening Star)
* Scorpio is ruled by Pluto and co-ruled by Mars
* Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter
* Capricorn is ruled by Saturn
* Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and co-ruled by Saturn
* Pisces is ruled by Neptune and co-ruled by Jupiter

The rulerships are a very important part in delineating horoscopes because they show the core or essence of the way the topics that are related to that house will unfold and develop.
In relationship analysis, we ALWAYS take the ruler of the 7th house into account because that's where we'll find the way relationships will unfold and develop.
It also shows the way "the other(s)", your partner(s) behave or are.
When the ruler of the 7th house is retrograde at birth, "the other", the partner and everyone you meet or encounter never tells it all... There is some secrecy involved. Also, "the other" or the partner may have (or even be) a problem, a burden, some frustration that is not easily talked about.
The other does not reveal him or her nature entirely and he or she may keep things to him- or herself.
A retrograde ruler of the 7th house denotes someone who rather RE-treats, is shy, modest, self-conscious and sometimes even feels inferior.
Expect a solitary person to be your partner, someone who at times strikes against life.
Sometimes you will have to face rejection ("the other" is turning his or her back to you), and might have to live with denial and/or maladjustment regarding the people you meet or encounter.
The ruler of the 7th house retrograde may also denote someone who returns after some interruption, tries to correct errors and/or tries to RE-concile or RE-unite.
Sometimes "the other", the partner too can be rejected, sent away or not willing to take part in some activities (often because he or she feels deeply hurt).
Also consider that a retrograde ruler of the 7th house may denote a person in ill health, but holding on!

Below you can find the core meanings of the (direct) ruler of the 7th house in the 12 different houses of the natal chart.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 1st house
You may be under the influence of the partner. You tend to follow and submit to the other, the partner. The danger is to become totally dependant. Love at first sight and sudden encounters/attractions influence one's life. The partner brings you in motion and is the force that drives you.

In the long run, relationships tend to be deceptive. The love relationship tends to evolve into a relationship full of disputes.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 2nd house
The 2nd house is the most stable house of the zodiac. The ruler of the house of relationships in this fixed house is often about stalemate and situations about eternal longings. You may be stuck in love and cannot get out of it.

Relationships should be stable and if no relationship is possible, stability is found in material gain and possessions. Relationships tend to influence one's self-worth enormously. Relationships may develop slowly and with difficulty. It's not always the partner you're dreaming of that you will marry!

Often, the partner is involved in one's business (love relationships and business go hand in hand).

Ruler of the 7th house in the 3rd house
The 3rd house is the most unstable house of the zodiac. Almost all relationships in your life may vanish and it's highly difficult to find a relationship that will last a life long. Also, you want to be seen. You need a partner to show yourself to. You do need a whole lot of attention.

The partner is your mirror and the need to communicate with the other is part of your life. You also need a lively partner. The outer appearance of the other is of the utmost importance and the pitfall is that you bond with someone who may have a gorgeous body but who is totally unsuitable for you.

Your partner may be much younger than you are.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 4th house
Encounters and relationships bring you into an emotional state. You are very sensitive and tend to identify yourself with the other, the outer world. You need to become more detached. You MUST have a partner to feel good and you are a very private person. You should learn to be more independent though.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 5th house
Flirting is part of your life and "the other", the partner brings you in a state of creative self-expression. You want to enjoy life with the other through shared hobbies and sports. You need the other to keep you going. It's the other, the partner who ignites your creative drives, who is your source of inspiration and makes life worthwhile.

You need a partner to look up to, who has flair. Relationships need something playful.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 6th house
In relationships, you tend to be careful and rather submissive. You may be shy and need a friendly environment. You can't stand conflicts and feel easily rejected or neglected.

You pay attention to the details and your partner has to be neat. Your partner may have a weak health and you may encounter him or her in your working environment.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 7th house
Your partner may be quite selfish or self-sufficient and goes for his or her own urges and instinctive drives. In a certain way, the partner lives his or her own life, detached from your life.

Your partner may be eccentric who does not want to belong to a certain gang/group/family. You are very intellectual and need mental stimuli.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 8th house
The 8th house is the house of eternal longings. You feel attracted to people who will not (never) let you go. Your partner should be a tower of strength, even if life changes. This position can point to a very stable union, whatever happens in one's life. Encounters can be highly impressive and intense and leave you with deep and often painful (unfulfilled) desires.

Relationships should be built on fidelity, stability and reliability. In case these principles cannot be attained, relationships tend to become a cruel and destructive war. Competition may be an issue.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 9th house
Relationships have a fairy tale characteristic. It's about the "grand amour." Often, the partner has a totally different world view (because she or he is a foreigner, stranger or just someone living far away from the own birth place).

It's not the most realistic combination and you tend to live in an imaginary world, seeing the partner through rose-colored glasses. You see no problems, only solutions.

You want (and often are) to be loved and popular, always joyful and friendly. Many love affairs are likely because you love them all...

Ruler of the 7th house in the 10th house
You need more mature partners and in case you are a woman, chances are there is a HUGE age difference with your partner. Also, your partner has to be a person of importance, someone who climbed the ladder and has a decent position you can look up to.

Status and prominence attract you. Relationships have something conventional, traditional and may be rather "boring." You need a partner to bring order and structure to your chaotic mind or life.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 11th house
This combination may bring a toggle relationship. Often, love is at a distance and you are attracted to people you often can't have. Bonding is really difficult with this combination and while you long for love and close comfort, you run away when you've found it.

Relationships tend not to endure and are short-lived. You are attracted to unconventional people who don't want to be pinned down. You have it difficult to make choices. Very often, you need different relationships to feel good.

You can't stand emotions. It's a very contradictory configuration bringing stress into your relationships too.

Ruler of the 7th house in the 12th house
You may meet your partner through your working environment (your partner is a customer). Perhaps the partner loves solitude and is creative. It's a passive combination in which your have to accept things as they are.

The 12th house is not a physical house at all so that you can detach yourself from physical experiences/pleasures and need a partner to live life on another level (a more spiritual level). Relationships may be platonic and lived in the head, more than in reality.
Your partner may be very artistic or be musically inclined, living his or her own inner world.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Composite Sun

by Dawn Bodrogi

We’ve distorted the meaning of the word “essential” in popular language to mean something that is absolutely necessary. In truth, the meaning is the opposite—if something is essential or “of the essence” it is something that can never be taken away or distorted. It has nothing to do with need.
I think of the world “essence” when I deal with the Sun in all forms of astrology.Renaissance astrologers referred to the Sun as the “heart” of the chart, without which the chart could have no warmth or light or definition. The Sun is also a consolidating energy, as anyone who has ever seen it working in transits and progressions can testify. A transit or progression can sit there, inactive, for months, and then things blow when the transiting Sun hits the relevant points. (I give an assignment to my beginning students which asks them to watch for transits of the Sun and Mars over natal, progressed, and transiting aspects of their own charts. You learn about astrology very quickly that way.)

What Does the Sun Represent?

Now, I’m the first one to admit that the Sun is not an easy thing to define within the dynamics of the chart. It’s the essence, the lifeblood, but what does it represent? The Moon is readily defined, though she has her hidden meanings. We know about Mars and Venus, Mercury and Jupiter. We have a good idea about Saturn’s issues and we’ve learned not to mess with the outer planets. But what do we know of the Sun?
We often think the Sun is related to “I,” to identity. We say, “I am a Virgo” or an Aries, but aside from defining a birth month, what does that mean? Furthermore, the “I” is ever-evolving. I’m sure not one of us defines ourselves the same way we did five years ago.

The Sun’s Function

I like to think that the Sun has a dual function in the chart, and one of them is to portray the essence of the human being. It represents that eternally creative life force which is our core Self, in its truest expression. The evolving “I,” the one that evokes and embraces change, is represented by the progressed Ascendant as it moves through time. We are both eternal and evolving through the experience of our material reality.

The Sun’s second function is as creator, and as the consolidating force in life. The Sun is the engine of the chart, moving it forward, creating, with the Moon, the experiences we need for our own evolution. The Sun brings things together in our lives, triggers them off, much the way it works on transits and progressions. When the Sun touches another planet, we become aware of that planet and are primed to learn our lessons regarding the function and meaning of that planet in our lives.
I tend to think that there is nothing malefic about the Sun. Even if it is connected with the darkest pile-up of planets you can imagine, the Sun’s presence there would be hopeful, because there is always the possibility of light and awareness. With a hard aspect, the awareness might be hard to come by, but the possibility would be there, unlike the flat-out darkness and destruction that might exist if the Sun were absent. If we have the Sun attached to an outer planet, that Sun is trying to help us learn about life through Uranian or Neptunian or Plutonian eyes, and to understand that those forces exist within us and are meant to be used consciously.

The Sun in Synastry

In synastry, I never worry about hard aspects between the individual Suns. All that means is that two people have very different ways of processing experience, and may come to different conclusions about shared experience. But it carries none of the discomfort and emotional alienation that can happen when the two Moons are at crossroads, for example. With the Sun, the stimulation that occurs with hard aspects can be very creative, and cause us to seek out new ways of interacting and solving problems.
The Sun can be a great mentor, too—if the Sun is attached to any planet, its life-weaving creative power may cause us to draw people who represent those planets into our lives, to show us the way. Sun/Jupiter will be lucky with teachers or spiritual guides; Sun/Pluto may draw from both sides of the legal divide to learn its lessons; Sun/Neptune may draw the artistic or the helpless, or even those who spend time on or in the water. In all cases, it’s the Sun bringing awareness of the planet, not the planet acting on the Sun. The Sun is the center, and includes the whole of potential. As the essence, it cannot be manipulated or maneuvered.
Virgo will always count her change before she gets on the bus. An Aries may knock you down as you both call for a cab, then give it to you once he’s realized his mistake. But expecting these instinctive impulses to change is insanity. They are both processing life, getting there, the only way they know how. The house will show the area of life experience this force is most readily expressed in, but the essence will not change.

The Essence of Relating: The Composite Sun

The composite chart is a thing of beauty, when read correctly. The Sun in a composite chart represents the essence, the creative drive, that is the outcome of two energies joining forces. By house and sign, it will show the essential purpose of a relationship and what it is meant to illustrate to the two beings involved in it. Aspects to the Sun will illustrate the major developmental challenges two people will experience within this lifetime.
The Sun in Composite Houses
Composite Sun in the First House: A lucky place for the Sun to be, as it tells us that this is a couple whose energy will pour easily and naturally into the relationship itself. It’s a strong signature, and one that is likely to weather the typical storms of partnership. These people are very much wrapped up in ‘we’ and ‘us’ and are usually happier gaining identity from the partnership. They usually share a strong feeling that they are meant to be together. They usually portray a united front to others and are very clear about where they are going as a team.
Life together is seen as an adventure, and there is a great deal of strength gained from this. The challenge is to learn to be inclusive as a couple, and to balance the work and home life with other partnership needs.
Composite Sun in the Second House: With the Sun in the second house, we value what we have together. We may be together for the express purpose of sharing our talents with one another and with the world. We may be a natural team that has something definite to do together. Our great strength is in our shared values and the way we express them. We may be keen on acquisition and on broadening and extending our shared resources. If we’re lucky, we have a sense that the world is ours for the taking, as long as we keep our heads and watch our pennies. We may also have a passion for nurturing and taking care of our Earth’s natural resources. We will enjoy making a contribution to our lives together, and with others—no matter if it is of the body, mind, or spirit.
On the whole, the Sun here is practical, and wants to accomplish something concrete with the relationship. Challenges can come through conflicts regarding creative pursuits or organizations, groups, and peers. There is a need to join personal resources with the resources of others—to share.
Composite Sun in the Third House: Our lives will be about making connections, whether spiritual, mental or physical. We may be the couple who talks constantly, who make a point of keeping in touch all day with one another, and who are constantly darting in and out of the neighbors’ and cousins’ houses. Or this may be a relationship that works primarily on the intellectual plane, where the exchange of ideas is the utmost priority. There may be an emphasis on movement itself, and the acquisition of knowledge. There is usually great curiosity about the way the world is put together, and there may be an emphasis on travel and discovery. They may be a force in the local environment or community.
Challenges come when one or the other partner wants to break through and experience the greater world “out there,” when the need for information and contact stretches into a search for meaning. Conflicts can come from the work environment and/or health issues.
Composite Sun in the Fourth House: The emphasis may be on home and family, and the laying down of roots, but it may also be that the relationship is inner-directed and needs a respite from the world at large. There may be a tendency to want to stay in rather than socialize, and it’s the indicator of a couple whose individuals find a great deal of comfort with, and in, one another.
Challenges come from the outside world—career issues, other people invading the “sacred space”—or from the need of each partner to individuate. Composite Sun in the Fourth House is one of the easier placements for traditional relationships, not so much for same sex couples or other relationships outside the mainstream. There may be periods of cyclical withdrawal.
Composite Sun in the Fifth House: This is the “fun” couple who may be together just for the sake of having a good time. This is a very dynamic, expressive couple, and you won’t see them hiding their light under a bushel. They may pursue creative fields together, or the emphasis may be on procreation—many couples whose main focus is raising children have the Sun in composite fifth.
Challenges may come when they can’t get a handle on just what it is they have to contribute to their world, and they may have difficulties making themselves understood well enough to fit in with others. Another challenge is in learning that they can’t do what they want to all the time—there are rules and boundaries which must be respected in order to fit into society in some way. There may be challenges that come from sharing their value system with others who may not agree with them or understand them.
The Composite Sun in the Sixth House: An interesting placement for a composite Sun. The emphasis here is on balance, on wholeness and healing. The Sixth House can be a crisis house, and those couples with composite Sun in the Sixth may be prone to experiencing one challenge after another in their lives.
The challenge comes from needing to integrate the inner and the outer worlds of the relationship. They may seem like one thing to others, and another in private. They may feel like scapegoats, put upon and oppressed by others, or they may have trouble establishing meaning in the life they’ve created for themselves. There may be an emptiness until some kind of spiritual focus enters their lives and provides context for their existence.
On the other hand, couples with this configuration often have an emphasis on work and service—the challenge then is in finding the right type of vehicle for their actions. However, they may focus solely on just “getting it right” as a couple and defining their lives for themselves.
The Composite Sun in the Seventh House: Usually, this placement goes one of two ways. Either the couple is very out there and passionate about connecting with others in some way (usually very warm and charming together) and/or they spend their time trying to figure out who they are by finding out who they are not (defining themselves against those who surround them). Depending on the Sun, they may be aggressive in determining their territory.
With the Seventh House emphasis, they may spend a lot of time inadvertently falling into the shadow side of the partnership—coming up against behavior which may be undermining the partnership in some way. The Sun’s light will go a long way towards working out the kinks in the relationship shadow, allowing them to become progressively closer and stronger over time. They need to find out who they really are together—outside of family ties and outside of what society expects their role to be.
The Composite Sun in the Eighth House: Couples with the composite Sun in the Eighth House will experience profound inner transformation together, either through intimacy or through experiences which will challenge the very existence of the partnership. They may be brought back from the brink many times in many ways—there may be outer influences on the partnership, there may be challenges to financial stability, there may be profound psychological changes in store for one or both parties. These are the couples who may lose themselves in the throes of partnership, and then find out that they are not who they thought they were.
Challenges also come from trying to maintain an individuality whilst engaging fully in the deepest intimacy. There is a possibility that they are enticed by what is occult and considered taboo, all in the interest of tearing down unneeded boundaries to redefine the landscape. It may become difficult when one or both parties become uncomfortable with the constant intensity and prefer something more sanctioned by the group/society, or when individual creativity and self-expression becomes an issue. Children, also, may be problematic—the demands of raising children getting in the way of the kind of deep psychological transformation this position requires.
Composite Sun in the Ninth House: A Ninth House composite Sun is a relationship that is built on mutual goals, dreams, and visions. The purpose of the relationship is to explore as far as possible and break old rules about the way the world should be. They are more interested in what unifies us than what separates us, and the composite Sun in the fiery Ninth can be endlessly stimulating and forward-moving. They will break conventions and break rules without a second thought, and base their lives on a perpetual search for meaning and higher purpose.
The drawback to composite Sun in the Ninth may be the search for searching’s sake, with a lack of willingness to commit to the partnership in the fear of tying it down and holding back its potential. The couples who live together for years and still have a terror of marriage are often Ninth House types, who feel much more comfortable with a window open in the room. Challenges come because life may not always be as stimulating as these relationships require, and the hard work that comes with grounding ideals in the real world may be tedious enough to weaken the partnership.
Composite Sun in the Tenth House: The composite Sun in the Tenth House is another one of those “easy” placements for composite Sun, because the Sun is very happy up there and prominent in its noon position. If the Sun is right on the M.C., these couples may be prominent in their society or in their field. The Tenth House represents our status in the world, and with composite Sun there we are very happy being seen as a couple, and willing to take our place as leaders in the community. Usually, there are few external challenges, unless family loyalty conflicts with the natural flow of the partnership. Others see us as a couple very easily, and are often shocked if there are any difficulties brewing under the surface.
Usually the challenges come from a lack of real emotional honesty and intimacy—in the pursuit of an externally oriented life, we may lose what emotional grounding we once had. We also may lose sight of who we really are, believing in our own public mask. Some couples may find that there is too much emphasis on work and status, and not enough on the emotional glue and intimate experience that holds the relationship together.
Composite Sun in the Eleventh House: The composite Sun in the eleventh house can be a very friendly placement. This may be the very social couple who are surrounded by friends and are extremely active in all kinds of group activities. They also may be the crusaders on the block, the ones passing out the Amnesty International leaflets and asking you to sign petitions. As opposed to the Ninth House Sun couple, who are more interested in structured study of more established spiritual systems, the Eleventh House couple may be involved in diverse New Age explorations and alternative lifestyles.
The focus of the Eleventh House is on how things should be rather than what is, and they may run into problems when the reality of their lifestyle does not match their dreams and/or ambitions. They may be so busy with common causes that they ignore individual needs, and may not be realistic about what they really have to contribute as a couple. They may be shocked to find out, after years of friendship and “getting along,” that the relationship did not provide the depth and intimacy that one or both parties may need.
Composite Sun in the Twelfth House: Many people are wary of the Twelfth House—the infamous “House of Self-Undoing” in old astrology. The Twelfth House governs places of seclusion and introspection: hospitals, prisons, monasteries. Understanding this is the key to its function. Those places, unpleasant though they may seem to us in our “freedom above all” culture, represent places where we must retreat in order to become whole again, in order to heal. When we have a Twelfth House emphasis, and particularly when the Sun is there, there is something that needs to be fixed, adjusted. And that something in the Twelfth House is our alignment with our true fate or destiny: that thing that we were born to do.
Couples with a composite Twelfth House share a specific karma that needs realignment; something is out of kilter and needs to be put right again. Twelfth House couples often have a specific thing that needs to be accomplished. They may stand as representatives of an archetype for others in their community, large or small. They may have sacrifices of one kind or another asked of them throughout their lives. They may have to give up their small plans for themselves to take on a bigger role. Most of all, they will be asked to walk their talk as far as their beliefs are concerned. The Twelfth House couple may be more inclined to turn to spirituality than either partner would have done so alone.
Troubles come when perfectionism makes “walking the talk” impossible. They may have a hard time harnessing their beliefs to their actions, and may think nothing is worth the effort. More than any other solar composite position, there is a tendency for these couples to break up and move on once the specific lesson is learned, and they have fixed what was meant to be fixed in the way they express themselves in their daily lives. There also is a tendency for Twelfth House Sun couples to wallow in their discomfort, or choose escapist behavior, rather than make the effort to change.

By Astrology Place

The composite chart is the horoscope of two people in a relationship combined. The midpoints between the two Ascendants pool together to form a new ascendant. The midpoints between the two natal Sun’s give a new Sun sign and house for the relationship chart. The composite chart is like giving birth to a whole new entity, and signifies the two people in the relationship having one purpose (Sun) or one set of emotional needs (Moon) and one way of communicating (Mercury) and so forth.

The composite chart represents the relationship as a totality, and the Sun rules the major focus of any partnership.  Therefore we would look to the sign and house placement of the astrological composite Sun, to understand where the central concerns are in the partnership and the purpose and meaning behind the relationship coming together. Below is a brief overview of the Sun in the first six houses of the composite chart and interpretations.

Sun in 1st House: This shows a couple that strongly identify with one another and their impact as a couple is powerful. According to Liz Greene, “People open up in ways that they may not do when around others. Sometimes this can be disruptive. A couple walk through a room and suddenly somebody starts a punch up in the corner, and that happens to be the moment that the lights blow. Things tend to be activated in the environment when there is a couple with a 1st house composite Sun around. Light is cast in dark corners and things get energized which might otherwise remain asleep." In general, people are affected by this couple and the strength and style of their impact can be studied by looking at the composite Sun sign. The composite Sun in the 1st house likes to start things off first, and radiate confidence as a couple. Perhaps they are both leaders in their field or a pioneering couple and they certainly know how to set a scene. The Sun in 1st house couple tends to do things first and others follow.

Sun in 2nd house: The Sun in 2nd house couple have shared values and focus upon money, spending and finances in general. This is a self-sufficient pair and their self worth as a couple are prime concerns. Often with composite Sun in the 2nd or 8th house there is a focus on the couple’s resources and how they sustain themselves within the relationship as a unified entity. However, the relationship may be overly focused on all that is dependable and trusted and provides them with basic security needs and things which do not threaten their safety. The orientation of this partnership may be material and they might both be collectors, or share the same spiritual values, and both have a desired focus on finances. Hilary and Bill Clinton have their Sun in the 2nd house of Virgo, signifying a focus on helping others or working together. This is an earthy composite Sun and the relationship is grounded and they focus primarily on their work, resources and the development of personal skills. The composite Sun is square to Uranus in the 11th house in Gemini, and this could represent their very political (Uranus in 11th) relationship. And with Venus in Libra in the 3rd house of the composite it is also all about diplomacy! Libra rules negotiations, what’s fair, politeness and reaching a balanced and clear (Libra) view (3rd).

Sun in 3rd House: Indicates that communication is the focus of the partnership and may show a side to the couple that likes to keep the relationship light. The 3rd house relates to local transport, messages, writing, and siblings. Life as a couple may involve travel, witty conversations, lots of newspapers and books around the place. The couple may enjoy talking, discussing, debating and  share many interests or distractions in this partnership. They both may enjoy learning together, sharing, and will grow in areas of intellectual exchange. Socializing and networking may be at the center of their lives. Some people with the Sun in Gemini’s house have even related to feeling like twins/siblings. Interactions are important in this relationship and channels must always be kept open to talk.

Sun in 4th house: A domestic focus is powerful in this relationship, as the Sun is placed in the heart of the house and mutual concern for family and relatives is a primary drive. The couple may come from the same family background and there may be strong familiarity between them both. Both families may play a large role in the relationship and the focus is on nurturing, feeding and providing. Safety may also be a concern for this couple, and like the 2nd house there is conscious goal aimed towards security. The home life is central and the relationship may make them want to settle down and set-up home. 

Sun in 5th house: A strong romantic and dramatic couple with a powerful focus on children and shared creativity. Attention on romantic affairs and bringing out the best potential regarding each others creative endeavors is the best use of this energy. They may both be artists, or share a love of children. They might work in artistic fields where self-expression in the union is paramount. Both of them like to have fun and drama in their lives together, and they may be an attention seeking couple. Others notice their strong, dramatic style, and as a couple they enjoy pleasure seeking pursuits: Partying, hobbies, sports, art and entertainment are all enjoyed. 

Sun in 6th house: The partnership is focused on helping others or working together. Liz Greene says, “The composite Sun doesn’t shine as overtly as it does on the composite MC or Ascendant. The energy of the relationship usually flows into everyday life. The composite Sun requires living in the moment. The core of the relationship serves others in some practical way. The 6th house is known as the house of healing, and the relationship may serve to heal not only others but the couple themselves. Also, there may be a shared love of skill and craft. The 6th house doesn’t necessarily involve boring responsibilities; don’t forget that this is Mercury’s natural house. The composite Sun in the 6th house suggests a relationship which needs to “do” something useful in life. It is not focused on making a lasting impact on the world, like the composite Sun in 10th house, but often great satisfaction comes from creating something together that makes everyday life better and more rewarding."

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Sun in 7th:This relationship indicates a primary focus on sharing, diplomacy and romance. As a couple the drive is towards harmony and through operating as a single unit to attract others. Its important for this partnership to find social connections with others. The relationship may be bound up to the public in some way. Rob Hand believes that this placement predisposes couples to marriage. However, Liz Greene believes that this is more of a statement for others to acknowledge the relationship itself and it is not always based on romantic reasons. The feedback is vitally important and the couple may live through others.

Sun in 8th House: The relationship may be private and heavily intimate. Transformation is the core purpose behind this relationship. The primary focus is on joint resources but the purpose and meaning behind of the bond is to understand the emotions underlying it. As a couple you are thrown into crisis periodically and may as part of the development, deal with a difficult emotional issue. The relationship may even be a taboo or  secret liaison. Compulsions and dramatic emotional experiences dominate and the couple can be potentially changed forever.

Sun in 9th House: As a couple you may travel together, emigrate, or the relationship is centred on religion, philosophy or learning. The relationship will expand personal horizons and perhaps you both explore the world together or attend seminars, lectures and classes. The meaning behind you two getting together is central around a growth in consciousness. Adventures both intellectual and physical can be experienced.

Sun in 10th House: This may indicate a couple focused on their careers, running a professional business. The public image of the relationship maybe important and the relationship is driven towards achievement and sense of making something tangible together. Either through status or recognition. At core you are an ambitious couple who want to contribute to society in someway. 

Sun in 11th House: When the composite Sun falls in the house friendship it may indicate a couple whose goal and purpose is geared towards defining their friendship. Humanitarian, political and group activities may form the part of your involvement together. As a couple you may both share similar interests and goals, and the relationship may lose some its individuality as the life-force of the partnership is placed in the 11th house sector of humanity, its people and the collective. 

Sun in 12th House: This is another indicator of a possible secret affair and the relationship is kept hidden for various reasons. The relationship may involve a sacrifice of some kind. The energy of the relationship is sometimes given to spiritual values, compassionate causes and it may even be difficult to keep a clear sense of boundaries in this relationship. A 12th house Sun is often a medium for the larger collective and the couple have to give something up.