Tuesday 30 August 2016

Astrological Relationship Analysis & Compatibility

By Marlena Applebaum

“A mystic will seek to penetrate the veils through constant and arduous meditation practice, whilst the lover, through his feelings for the beloved, will arrive there in his heart. In this sense, human relationship is spiritual practice, with benefits of equal value.”~Robert P. Blaschke

Astrological relationship analysis is one of my favorite areas of study. While astrological knowledge certainly can’t give any guarantees about whether a relationship will be “successful” or not, it can provide insights into the everyday dynamics of a relationship as well as give some clues about the underlying spiritual journey two people have together. Below is a compilation of gems I have gleaned from my studies as well as observations taken from client experiences and personal experience.

The three main ways I investigate relationships:
  1. Synastry: This is the comparison of two individual’s natal charts to understand how they affect one another, including aspects between the charts (for example: A’s Sun is conjunct B’s Moon) and house overlays (for example: A’s Sun falls into B’s 11th house, B’s Moon falls into A’s 7th house).
  2. The Composite chart (the midpoints of A’s & B’s respective planets and angles): This is an illustration of the relationship itself, i.e., the third entity that is created when the two come together (interpreted like a birth chart, but representing the couple as a unit).
  3. Birth chart analysis — to determine individual propensities in relationship.

Some of the key elements I look at when considering attraction, harmony, and endurability:
  • 7th house overlays (the 7th house represents the partner, as well as how the native relates within partnerships): for example, what part of A’s chart falls into B’s 7th house and vice versa; and noting what other houses are overlaid by the other person’s planets and angles — showing main areas of focus in the relationship (such as home, career, finances, or spirituality).
  • Ascendant contacts — represent strong attraction indicators and show love & affection.
  • Descendant contacts — represent the marriage bond and partnership needs.
  • Aspects between personal planets, especially the Sun & Moon, and Venus & Mars —show yin/yang complementarity, attraction, and compatibility.
  • The ratio of harmonious to disharmonious aspects between the two individuals and within the composite chart — harmonious aspects give the feeling of being loved effortlessly, whereas disharmonious aspects require growth and change. It is said that a two-to-one ratio of harmony to disharmony is desired to make the relationship sustainable, yet too much harmony can lead to stagnation and lack of personal and spiritual growth. The challenge is working out how to tally this ratio. I am still experimenting with different methods.
  • Whether the chart rulers are in aspect and if so, what type of aspect is it, as this represents a key dynamic between the two individuals.
  • Whether the chart ruler of one is conjunct the horizon of the other — represents a strong compatibility indicator.
  • Sun conjunct Venus in the composite chart — indicates a foundation of love in the relationship.
  • The aspects that the composite chart makes to the two individuals charts — shows how each individual experiences the relationship.
  • Planets in the 7th house of the composite chart, or the lack thereof.
  • Nodal & vertex contacts — to consider past life links, karma, and “fate”
  • Saturn trines between the two show longevity; the Saturn placement in the other’s chart or the composite shows where there is responsibility, seriousness, and duty towards the other, but can also represent limitations or heaviness in the relationship.
  • Transits and progressions for the individuals as well as to the composite to consider timing and ripeness/receptivity towards love and relationship.
  • The Sabian symbol for the degree of the composite chart ascendant — illustrates a subtle, symbolic flavor of the relationship.
  • Aspect configurations between the charts and in the composite — reveals special features about the relationship.
These points might seem like exacting requirements, but it is amazing how often couples do indeed exhibit many of them (of course not all are seen in every relationship)!
Opportune times for love (some examples):
  • Transiting Jupiter through the 5th house (romance), 7th house (partnership), and 8th house (emotional and physical intimacy/bonding) — correlates with opportunity and abundance in these areas.
  • Transiting Jupiter conjunct Venus — correlates with an opportunity for love
  • Progressed Venus trine progressed Jupiter — same as above.
  • Progressed Moon conjunct natal Venus — the heart is ready.
  • Synastric timing: for example, progressed Sun of one conjunct natal Venus or natal Moon of the other or progressed Ascendant conjunct natal Ascendant of the other — shows a synchronization between the two, and often reveals the time of meeting.
Key elements to analyze in the birth chart:
  • The sign on the 7th house cusp and planets in the 7th — signify the type of partner who will be a complement, and in general, the experience the individual has of partnership, as well as the way one is as a partner, oneself. Also, is the individual owning or projecting their 7th house of “other”?
  • The ruler of the 7th house — provides further information of the above.
  • The condition of Venus, who presides over love and attraction, gives ideas about inherent relationship dynamics for the individual.
  • Traditionally the sign, placement, and aspects of the Sun and Mars in a woman’s chart give clues about the partner she will seek.
  • Traditionally the sign, placement, and aspects of the Moon and Venus in a man’s chart give clues about the partner he will seek.
  • The sign and placement of the asteroid, Juno (Hera), who presides over marriage, gives information about what is desired and needed in a marriage partner.
Some of the best information I have found about synastric comparison and the composite chart:
“No amount of love can continually offset lack of harmony in a relationship… It is highly recommended that a minimum ratio of two harmonious aspects to one disharmonious aspect be present when comparing the planets of two individuals involved…”  and
“The composite chart is the ‘bottom line.’ If the composite chart is very harmonious, whereas the planetary comparison is not, there is a possibility the relationship can survive… It would also be wise to remember the two-to-one ratio in composites.” ~Nance McCullough

“The Sun, ascendant, or Moon of partner A in partner B’s 7th house makes B feel that A is his/her ideal for a mate; i.e. you are my epitome!” ~Nance McCullough

“Regarding angular love ties (Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter of one partner in the 1st and/or 7th house of the other partner) — these ties are felt immediately and are very strong from the beginning… Planetary conjunctions and close trines of the Sun, Moon, Venus, or Jupiter and trines to the ascendant have no impact at first, but every time these two individuals are together, the love between them grows more and more until ‘death due us part.’” ~Nance McCullough

“Sun-Moon conjunctions are the Cadillac of all synastry aspects for marriage, with the trine between the Luminaries, or a Sun-Ascendant conjunction, tying for second place.”~Robert P. Blaschke

“Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars in one horoscope in the sign ascending or descending in the other horoscope is an astrological testimony of a strong attraction… Unless the Ascendant or Descendant of one horoscope combines with the planets of the other by sign, it is doubtful that the attraction would result in marriage.” ~Lois Haines Sargent

“Contacts with the Ascendant are rather physical and instinctive, and always instantaneous. Contacts with the luminaries are deep and virtually potent.” ~www.astrotheme.com

“The stronger the love tie, the more ecstatic the union. Once you have experienced a fantastic close Venus tie with someone’s Sun, Moon, ascendant, or Jupiter, you will never be satisfied with less.” ~Nance McCullough

“I always take an aspect between the ruling planets (i.e., the rulers of their Ascendants) as a testimony to the fact that the two people are likely to have a relationship of extraordinary intensity and importance… The close interaction of the ruling planets’ energies can be seen as indicative of a particularly specific symbol of how the two people interact with each other… in the vast majority of such cases, all of the other levels of interaction shown in a comparison will be secondary to the intense type of interchange symbolized by the aspect between the rulers.” ~Stephen Arroyo

“The composite chart describes the entity of the relationship itself. When you consider the aspects between the composite chart and the birthcharts, concentrate on the effect that the entity of the couple, symbolized by their composite chart, has on the individual birthcharts.” ~Steven and Jodie Forrest

“It appears that the aspects to the Sun are the heart and soul of any partnership, and, as a composite Sun goes, so goes a relationship.” ~Robert P. Blaschke

“According to many sources, lack of a 7th house composite planet precludes marriage.”~Nance McCullough

“[L. Edward Johndro] felt that the Vertex was the electrical, the Ascendant the magnetic and the MC the gravity axis in a natal chart.” ~Alice Portman

“The astrologer should look for any synastric aspect configurations… Just as marriage vows state that both parties take each other for better or for worse, so too, do shared configurations manifest in either a positive or negative fashion… If a Grand Cross, T-square, or Yod are formed by synastry, then the couple, just by being together, will encounter unexpected stress factors in the relationship… When a Grand Trine is produced by synastry, couple can appear to withdraw into a cocoon, a sort of private world… Couples with synastry Stelliums live as if they are one unified being, made whole by their love.” ~Robert P. Blaschke

Some of the best information I have found about past life links and karmic relationships:
“Ancestral and family karma is found in the 4th house, the karma of loss in the 8th house, and spiritual emancipation in the 12th house… The deepest karmic lessons are usually accompanied by pain and suffering. Can the astrologer see this type of karmic lesson between a couple? Yes, it would be found with an overlay Sun, Moon, or Saturn in the 8th house, with the planets also in synastric square or opposition.” ~Robert P. Blaschke

“When I see a synastric conjunction from one person’s Light or planet to the partner’s natal IC, I interpret it as a past life family connection… The 12th house symbolizes the most recent past life and a synastric conjunction with the 12th cusp is an indicator of two souls having been together in their most immediate past lives. However, the South Node represents the ongoing spiritual growth for as many as seven past incarnations. If the astrologer sees a synastric conjunction to the South Node, he knows that two souls have had a long history.” ~Robert P. Blaschke

“The South Node conjunct a planet is supposedly very karmic and implies that the South Node individual owes the planet individual a debt or service from a previous life.”~Nance McCullough
“One of the jokes that I told is how one, when seeing that another soul has planets on their South Node, instinctively reaches for their wallet and asks, ‘how much do I owe you?’” ~Robert P. Blaschke

“When astrologers see synastric or composite conjunctions to a North Node, they can view this as a karmic credit. In the case of synastry, however, the planet person will repay the Node person in some positive way. When found in the composite chart, couples will have positive karma… As a general rule, the astrologer can interpret synastry conjunctions to the South Node that are not also accompanied by a conjunction to the North Node, as the karma of conscious completion… If there is also a North Node conjunction, astrologers can view this as an ongoing soul connection, continuing into the next life together.” ~Robert P. Blaschke

The Vertex: “This sensitive degree in the horoscope has been associated with fated love, and appears to symbolize relationship brought into one’s life for karmic purposes, such as for the birth of a child, or a life-changing transformative journey together.” ~Robert P. Blaschke

Astrology A Launguage of Life: Volume IV – Relationship Analysis by Robert P. Blaschke
Skymates II: The Composite Chart by Steven Forrest and Jodie Forrest
Love Formulas~2 by Nance McCullough
How to Handle Your Human Relations by Lois Haines Sargent
Astrology Karma & Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart by Stephen Arroyo

Source: http://www.happinessseries.com/05/2013/astrological-relationship-compatibility/

Asteroid Karma

 ASTEROID KARMA (3811) in the signs

Note: 3811 adds up to 13, the date on which this Asteroid was discovered. He who masters 13 is given great power.

Karma can indicate a negative balance or positive balance.
Negative Karmic events are like accidents, heart breaks, exposure to outbursts that seem unfair and financial losses.                                             Positive Karmic events are sudden strokes of good fortune, chance meetings with a true love and so on.
Retrograde Karma means you dished out more negative karma than positive karma in the mentioned areas.

Karma squared by Mars or Saturn or Pluto is a typical indicator of negative karma. Karma trine Jupiter or Venus or Sun is a typical sign of positive karma. One must look carefully in the natal chart and come to the conclusion.

Karma in Aries:
Destined for balance in creative impulses, egotism, self absorption [Did you pay enough attention to self in the past lives?], head wounds [being safe or getting them], argumentativeness, entrepreneurship in business ventures [Did you scuttle someone's business in the past life? Did you motivate to help someone succeed?] , independence and family values reform.

Karma in Taurus:
Destined for balance in establishing a family, accumulating possessions, patience in projects [Did you stifle others projects in the past? Did you enable other's projects to proceed speedily in the past life?], enjoying creature comforts [Did you enjoy too much? Too less?],
reacting to family survival mechanisms and coming to terms with musical talent.

Karma in Gemini:
Destined for balance in the intellectual and communicative plane. Did you talk too much in the past? Was the talk useful or harmful? Did you deceive using fast wit? Did you write enlightening literature or books of facts?
This placement also indicates experiences that help the individual guide social reform.
A hidden law may help many innocents reclaim dues and one with Karma in Gemini may be destined to research this data and be of so much use to thousands. In the past life he may have been cheated because of ignorance.

Karma in Cancer:
Destined for balance in emotions, financial security and basic survival. The Native may not have attained any financial security nor had a decent home life in the past. Karmic debts to the native are in getting money, home, emotional nurturing from the mother figure. Had he abused these, then he may have to pay others financial dues, nurture others and give emotional empathy to others because he did not do so in the past. Treating your mother well can be part of the destiny. This Native in the highest level can pay his dues by initiating child welfare, creche, reforms in maternal care, soup kitchens or be a philanthropist who gives away interest free loans.

Karma in Leo:
In the Positive sense, this Native is very likely to have been a total pussycat in the past lives. Time to roar, time to be forced into expressing some creative aspect of Self, to wallow in the ego and enjoy romance and luck in gambling. Negatively aspected or retrograde, this means balancing experiences that cause the ego to suffer, public insults, shut ups, failure in speculation and lack of romance in life due to abuse of personality in the past lives.

Karma in Virgo:                                                                                                                                                                            =============
Destined to balance health issues, critical studies, routine work. Were you a miserly boss who made workers suffer? Did you neglect your health in the past? Did you work as a nurse who selflessly toiled?
Depending on the good or bad of the past and the positive or negative of the present, this can be a very useful placement. Career success is assured for one who builds on the positive karma.

Karma in Libra:                                                                                                                                                                                            =============
One of the most challenging placements. Destined to Balance and balance and balance, mentally or physically.
Every thought that is wrong may instantly be balanced by contradictory evidence. You may judge someone as wicked and proof may come that he is good. Watch out for guilt trips and pricks to the conscience. Best to never judge or label anyone but instead objectively analyze and assess with disclaimers.
Negative karmic experiences here include heart breaks owing to being too flirtatious in the past. Positive debts may mean a wonderful spouse and relationship in this life, wonderful surroundings and so on.

Karma in Scorpio:                                                                                                                                                                        =============
A rogue occultist or a dedicated surgeon? A black magician or a healer? A monk or a sex maniac/mass murderer? A challenging placement that can help fate plan a powerful destiny or a punishment of sinking to the lowest depths of despair. Emotional control is the ally for this native. Letting emotional hatred go out of control will set up a vicious cycle of karmic debts that never benefit anyone.
Forgiveness is a fantastic asset. These natives must master breath control, meditation and some form of social service, at least mentally.

Karma in Sagittarius:                                                                                                                                                                                    =============
Were you a religious fundamentalist or a social reformer? A corporate cheat or a philanthropist? Watch for experiences that balance your clumsiness, your kindness, your luck, your manner of speech and your friendships. If you are unkind in words even if you meant otherwise, the asteroid Karma will still make you feel the other persons emotions at your words.
In the highest level, such people can become great religious reformers.

Karma in Capricorn:                                                                                                                                                                    =============
A very difficult placement. Retrograde and negatively aspected  might  indicate a corporate white collar criminal or big billionaire conspirator against the masses in a past lifeline. Greedy Ambition and status consciousness that sacrifices ethics and truth leads to humbling balances in this life. The native must practice generosity, inner and outer. He must treat all people with respect and must not be condescending to others. No misdeeds like ratting on fellow employees for promotions, for instant karmic punishment will follow. One must be wary of taxation problems and legal problems.
The Native must balance career and affection to family, and not let career be the only objective in life. Once positive loops are set and old karmic debts erased, this placement can bring large financial rewards. This will then become the new test. Is social service funded with the rewards? Is egotistical reputation concern mellowed? Is Status still given importance or character of people? Is ambition under control or do the past bad habits of power trips raise their ugly head again?
These natives can become Nation Builders or Global Corporate/Financial/Legal Reformers in the highest positive level.

Karma in Aquarius:
Destined to balance their capabilities for humanitarian causes and to find guidance for individual reform. Were you a thinker who was too lazy? A mad scientist? An eccentric engineer who burnt his inventions because he did not get a patent? These natives will be prodded in this life with experiences that settle the old debts of neglect and inspire ideas of benefit. Negatively, they may have made many people uncomfortable with unrestrained wildness/rebelliousness in the name of individual freedom and in this life, their freedom may be curtailed. One must be wary of sudden events and accidents if there is a square to Uranus or Mars.
Karma in Pisces:
The end of the karmic wheel! A native who could have transcended the highest Spiritual
realms of ecstasy or crawled through life as an alcoholic or drug abuser. This placement may also indicate that the native had mislead others in tpics of spirituality or deceived others by misusing compassion. Positively, this can be a native who was so selfless in thought and deed that this life will give a balance in the form of true knowledge or opening of the third eye/psychic powers and higher states of consciousness. Retrograde Karma here could mean chances of psychiatric illness, schizophrenia and more drug abuse. Great honesty, objectivity and self mastery is needed in this case for setting up the positive karmic loops to enable Neptunian rewards from this Asteroid placement.
Source: http://www.tamsoft.co.in/astrology1.html

Identifying a great romantic-marital relationship with astrology. soulmates and twinflames – checklist

Our theme here is a great love that has the potential to turn into a great relationship, and viceversa.

A quality relationship has two Pillars, just like Boaz and Jachin, the legendary pillars of Solomon’s Temple, extrapolating it to an enduring temple of love:
  • Compatibility
  • Durability
And these two pillars have the ability to sustain the most important criterion, the Roof: Relational Happiness.

Based on my research so far, conducted on various and multiple examples of such relationships that already stood the test of time, I identified the armature of such a “building”, a must-check list when evaluating the potential of a relationship with astrology. All points on the list are present in long-term quality romantic/marital - type relationships, in various degrees for each point, and having all of them prominent in synastry/composite actually qualifies for an astrological theoretical model of romantic relationships. This model describes the best identified relationships.

There is no point in discussing Romantic Soulmates or Twinflame astrology outside the framework of how love connects with astrology in real life, outside the markers already found in enduring real-life love relationships. Our Romantic Soulmate/ Twinflame, as per the myth, completes us on the highest level of compatibility, so any Soulmate or Twinflame relationship will show at least these markers, and will have at least such a strong astrological tapestry as skeleton.

I will detail each point on the list in subsequent articles. Before proceeding to the list itself, and since this analysis includes major love/marital asteroids, I need to define the list of asteroids and call them LOVE ASTEROIDS (L.A.)
The essential Love Asteroids (L.A.) I use for such analysis:

Union (1585): major asteroid signifying the couple, the principle of relationship and union

Amor (1221): which I identify as one's greatest love in this life

Cupido (763): being stricken by Cupid's arrow, striking your arrow into someone's heart, initial attraction, the act of infatuation; in the context of a solid synastry, a source of a cyclic rejuvenation of “infatuation”

Valentine (447): falling in love, being in love, really in love, the principle of romantic love

Eros/Psyche (433/16): the Eros/Psyche myth, plus Eros viewed as our deep erotic nature, often involving transformation and sometimes with Kundalini rising undertones, and Psyche: the soul, the beauty of our soul, what touches one's soul deeply.

Lust (4386): sexual attraction, general awakening to the joy of living

Lilith - BML (Mean and True BML): passion and desire, sometimes dark-toned relationships (forbidden, compulsive etc.)

Priapus (h22): compulsive desire to merge physically and totally, great physical attraction and desire

Juno (3): one's destined partner/relational style

Vesta (4): the sacred flame, passion, something very valuable to us, what we cherish, fidelity

Ceres: the nurturer, taking care of one another, cozy, warm and plentiful; themes of co-dependency, for good or bad

Alma (390): the soul

Karma (3811): from a synastric point of view, common, shared life (destiny)

Pholus (5145): a turning point; the relationship as a crucial, life-changing event

We first look at the major aspects between planets, angles and Nodes, then the similarity/complementarity between natal charts and in synastry, both described below in THE CONNECTIONS to establish if we have grounds for such a relationship, then we look at asteroids. There's no point in looking at asteroid connections before the planetary analysis, since it may produce false results.

The topic is romantic relationships, but many of these aspects can be found in long-term valuable friendships.

Photo: Love, Alexander Milov
NOTE: Keep in mind that the most important criterion is MUTUALITY.  All the described connections have to be mutual, equally felt on both sides. Mutuality can be mixed, not necessarily an exact, direct DW.


1. Sun/Moon and Venus/Mars aspects between charts. Ideal: DW (double whammy)

Having a Sun/Moon AND a Venus/Mars DW is quite rare, so don't get discouraged. It's a theoretical ideal. Any major aspect between Sun/Moon and Venus/Mars in a synastry is particularly strong.

A DW should include a major aspect, the other could be: 4th harmonic (semisquare, sesquisquare), 5th harmonic (quintile, biquintile), 7th harmonic (septile), 9th harmonic (novile), 11th harmonic (undecile ), 12th harmonic (semisextile).

A combination within the same harmonic is valid too: for example Sun semisquare Moon, Sun sesquisquare Moon or Sun quintile Moon/Sun biquintile Moon, or Sun septile Moon/ Sun biseptile Moon, as it often creates a specific pattern related to that harmonic.

A combination between two esoteric aspects might also work, such as: Sun septile Moon, Sun novile Moon.

However, at least one major aspect between Sun/Moon and Venus/Mars is of great importance, even if we don't have a DW.

It is unlikely that a Twinflame synastry (as theoretical model) could be qualified as such without a Sun/Moon Venus/Mars DW, because the very definition of the Twinflame, applied to astrology, is a major Yin/Yang match between charts. Since these are our primary Yin/Yang planets, they would have to be matched first and foremost, for us to even consider the Twinflame possibility.

2. Planets in aspects with angles, especially conjunct, on both sides; L.A. conjunct angles, also mutually (not necessarily a DW of the same asteroid or planet)

3. IC involvement: planets conjunct/major aspects to IC or aspecting IC ruler

4. Planets in major aspect with Lunar Nodes, either/both of them, especially conjunct; L.A. conjunct nodes; angles conjunct Nodes

5. Squares to Nodes by major planets such as: Saturn, Sun, Moon, the angle axis

6. Vx/Avx axis activated by planets and L.A., on both sides

7. Saturn connections to luminaries in synastry and/or composite (major aspects); as variation, many aspects with Saturn and personal planets on both sides and/or in the composite, although the luminary connection seems to trump all the other combinations and it is incredibly strong.

8. Mutual overlays in Cardinal and Fixed houses and at least some of these houses activated in the composite; overlays in primary and secondary love houses.

9. Aspects and compatibility between love house rulers and angle rulers

10. Complementary (Siamese and Yin/Yang) aspects in natals and synastry

The Siamese aspects are similar aspects in both natal charts, for example both have a Sun/Mars aspect in their natal chart, thus share the same energy, the natal charts mirror each other by similarity. Yin/Yang aspects are two complimentary aspects in the two natal charts, for example one partner has Sun conjunct Mars, the other has Sun conjunct Venus, or Moon conjunct Venus in their natal chart, which creates a mirror by compatibility. The principles of similarity and complementarity apply to various layers of the natal charts, not just aspects, but also the sign/house dynamics. For example, a similarity can be found when one has Venus in Scorpio for instance, and the other has Mars in the 8th, this would create a layer of shared energy, essential to any compatibility.

Compatibility between two people, from a relational point of view, is always given by a right and rich amount of similar (Siamese) and complementary (Yin/Yang) traits.

11. PATTERN COMPLETION in synastry

12. A variation of planets/L.A. and L.A. combinations in close conjunction or DW or involved in regular closed patterns such as the Grand Cross and the Grand Trine or Kite, with a special note to:

Alma/Juno: alma "soul" juno "partner" = the soulmate
Juno/Psyche: soulmate
Venus/Psyche: soulful love
Venus/Karma: destined love
Union/Alma: soul union
Union/Psyche: soul union
Amor to angles, Sun, Moon, Venus, Neptune, Pluto and other L.A.
Valentine to angles, Sun, Moon, Venus, Neptune, Pluto and other L.A.
Ceres to angles, Sun, Moon, Venus, L.A.
Juno conjunctions/DW/patterns
Vesta conjunctions/DW/patterns

13. Karma contacts: conjunctions/DW/patterns to any of the above

14. Planets conjunct house cusps in overlays, on both sides.

Source: http://www.leeloosesotericorner.com/blog/identifying-a-great-romantic-marital-relationship-with-astrology-checklist

Friday 26 August 2016

Singleton Effects

The Singleton Effects

As a general principle: a singleton planet creates strong focus for the birthchart as a whole.

The surrealistic painter, Salvadore Dali, for example, has 9 planets above the horizon, and only Uranus below. 

With a southern preponderance, we expect Dali to be an extrovert, shaped largely in response to the norms and expectations of consensus reality.  If anything, the opposite seems true. 

Early in his career, Dali was known for his near photographic realism, painting still life oranges with every dimple visible.  Today, Dali is known for an extremely subjective style of art called surrealism that celebrates the unconscious and the interior landscape of the psyche.

At the other extreme, we have filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who has 9 planets below the horizon and only Uranus above. 

With a northern preponderance, Spielberg should be a classic introvert, living in his own world, shaping himself according to some internal dictate.  Yet Spielberg is one of the most prolific directors of his generation, with many of his films touching a powerful chord of recognition within the public – exploring such extroverted subjects as extraterrestrials, the horror of war, and the adventures of swash-buckling heroes.

As a child, Spielberg suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism that leads to obsessive interests – often with positive results, but here noted as an expression of the exaggerated introversion his pattern would lead us to expect.

Despite the northern orientation of his chart, its singleton effect has propelled him to superstar status within the extroverted domain of public recognition. He is noted for projecting his personal obsessions onto the big screen for public consumption – speaking a common language with widespread resonance. 

As an example of western preponderance with an eastern singleton (Mars), we have Sigmund Freud. 

A European Jew born in the mid 19th century, Freud grew up in a world that was a broad social experiment in adaptation to the German mores of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Jewish men of the day were limited to careers in law or medicine, and so Freud chose medicine.  What he really wanted to do was neurophysiological research, but he lacked the necessary funds.  Since Freud was already engaged, and planning a family, he chose a practical career as a physician with a specialty in neurology – essentially pursuing an adaptive path in line with his western orientation. 

With a singleton Mars in the east, however, Freud had the opportunity to put his distinctive stamp on the practice of neurology. His big breakthrough came when he underwent self-analysis (a particularly eastern experience) that would continue for the rest of his life.  Out of this came his notion of the Oedipus complex that put sex (governed astrologically by the planet Mars) at the root of human motivation.

The opposite situation exists with impressionist painter and older contemporary of Freud, Pierre-Auguste Renoir – who had an eastern predominant chart, and Mars as a singleton planet in the west. 

Expressing an early interest in art, Renoir took an apprenticeship painting decorations on china for a porcelain factory.  He moved on to study the classical art of the Old Masters, but soon rebelled against the art establishment of his day.  In contrast to the somber realism of Victorian Europe in vogue, Renoir began painting colorful scenes in bright colors and quick brush strokes, cultivating a style that came to be known as impressionism.  Shunned by the stodgy art elite, Renoir and some fellow renegades started their own Salon des Refuses, the show of the refused ones – a rebellion often characteristic of eastern predispositions.

Unlike Freud, who started pioneering in his 40s, Renoir returned to his roots as a traditional arts craftsman and admirer of the Old Masters, and to a more classical style, involving greater attention to detail.  His subjects, however, remained cheerful dancers, sun-drenched landscapes and young nubile women painted in luminous, vibrant colors – blending a typical Marsian lust for life with a western response to the challenge of his critics that impressionists sell "sketches that are hardly dry.”

Source: http://www.astropoetics.com/2013/02/singleton-effect.html 

Revisiting Singleton Planets--Alone, but not Lonely

For a woman with a Singleton Venus, oozes charm and unwittingly attracts others.  She might hide herself away like a nun or fear she isn't attractive enough, yet other people think she's beautiful.  Someone with a Singleton Jupiter possesses the luck of the Irish but thinks someone has put a curse on him or her. And so it goes with the Singleton planets in a Natal Chart.

What are Singleton Planets? They are unaspected planets in a Natal Chart, at least they don't form any aspects with other planets, though they might have conversations with asteroids, Moon Nodes or appear in a a prominent place in a chart such as in an angular house.  When we first notice an unaspected planet we might think that the planet is weak in the chart, yet, I have noticed the opposite scenario.  A Singleton planet actually carries more weight in a chart because it arrives in its purist form in that no other planet adds its influences to it.

However, since the planet doesn't aspect other planets, we have little access to it. Singleton planets remind me of planets that fall in the 12th House where they hide from us.  I have a Singleton Venus (which I've written about in previous posts) that falls in my Sixth House and represents one of several retrograde planets in my chart (I also have Saturn and Neptune retrograde).  On one hand, I feel like I have to work hard to look attractive.  When I wore makeup it smeared, didn't often stay in place and I struggled with getting it right (Venus).  I can't stand my thin hair which often frizzes.  And I have ruined clothing, often snagging silk or staining favorite blouses.

And yet, others don't notice these flaws and I often don't see what they see in me.  When I was a teen I subscribed to fashion magazines and envied the models, but at the same time, I'm an aesthetic person so I admire "beautiful people" too especially since my Singleton Venus forms an inconjunct to my Neptune in Scorpio.  Since this Venus falls in my Sixth House, if I don't take care of my health (drink enough water, get rest, exercise and eat healthy) I resemble a hag.  And so a beauty routine is part of my regime and has been since I turned 13 years of age.  While I could go on, I would rather you read another article I wrote on Singleton Planets.

I met a woman on the bus with a Singleton Jupiter.  I was admiring a satchel that she said she found at a thrift store. While that was definitely a "find", something someone with a Jupiter Singleton excels at, this woman gave me the vibe that she considers herself unlucky.  Yet, someone with a Singleton Jupiter seems extremely fortunate to other people.  They are in the right place at the right time and whatever they're doing, we wish we could do.  Yet, Singleton Jupiter people feel like they're often down on their luck.  They don't notice that the Universe is blessing them at every corner because they don't have that awareness.

So what happens is that they complain to others and sometimes act like victims. When they do that, the other people scoff at them.  I mean these are the folks who often have jobs we envy or they buy their first lottery ticket and take home a prize or they always seem to manifest what they desire, though usually in obtuse ways.  Contrarily, they could also come off as intense Polly Annas and scare people with their exuberance (Jupiter) or enthusiasm.  They also learn foreign languages easily and wonder why other people struggle learning new languages.  They love to travel and they fit into whatever culture they visit.  Or they could stand out like a sore thumb such as a tall Swede traveling in Japan.

The point I'm trying to make is that we require an awareness of any Singleton Planets in our Natal Charts or in the charts of our children, friends, parents, lovers, etc.  People with Singleton Planets are not playing mind games with us.  They really lack an awareness of how others see them and witness their lives.  It's like that saying, the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.  And yet, when we dismiss these planets and don't integrate their energies in our lives, we can't reach a place of wholeness and feel like something is missing from our lives (for me that has always been a relationship with a significant other or feeling comfortable in my own skin).

The next step is to look for the Ruler of the Singleton Planet (or in the case of Venus or Mercury, rulers) and see which House it rules and any planets in that house.  So if a person has a Singleton Mars in the Sixth House we look for Aries in the chart.  Perhaps the person has an Aries Ascendant and normally would identify with an Aries persona and themes, except that Mars energy is hidden from this person which could come off as anger issues such as repressed anger or a stormy personality that causes other people to disappear from a room. Yet, they see themselves as peaceful or as nice people.

Also look for the sign and house the Singleton Planets falls in as well as its direction.  A Singleton in retrograde motion gives us even less access to its energy.  And what about a planet that falls in its own sign or an exalted sign as a Singleton? 

While we shouldn't spend all our time exploring the Singleton Planets when reading ours or clients' charts, let's not skim over these planets either.  With transformational astrology especially, these Singleton's bring up emotional issues or even wounds (my Venus square my Natal Chiron) that we must address at some point.  And I think it's better to do this as young adults rather than to wait until middle age. And for many years I dismissed my Venus as unimportant not knowing that she gave me an emotional workout behind the scenes. And that's the same for any Singleton Planet.

If you have a Singleton Planet in your Natal Chart (which you can find by running a free chart from any number of websites), don't just stop at this article.  Explore your planet and its themes.  Read other articles and chapters in astrology books on Singleton Planets. And if you find that you're battling with ongoing problems that your other aspects don't explain fully, then see how the Singleton plays a role.  Self-discovery is a gift bestowed on us by unaspected planets. 
Source: https://wholeastrology.blogspot.com/2014/12/revisiting-singleton-planets-alone-but.html

Source: http://astrologyclub.org/guide/singleton-planets/

 The Singleton Planets

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Wednesday 17 August 2016

Long-term aspects in synastry: the big 5

By LeeLoo's Esotericorner

I have identified 5 major aspects of long-termness in synastry, keeping in mind no thorough synastry analysis can be summarized in just a few elements, and that usually the solidity of a synastry comes at all levels and they are many. However, it seems these 5 factors are a common denominator in long-term happy and healthy relationships and they qualify as primary markers when we want to evaluate the potential for long-term based on the synastry. Here they are, in order of importance:

1. Mutual aspects to Saturn. Touching someone's Saturn means triggering their long-term interest/involvement/desire to commit (potentially, if you fit their Saturn profile)
As major examples:
With Sun, general commitment to you (to your basic self, to you as a whole)
With Moon, mother/father, child/parent archetype, emotional commitment and sense of belonging/protection
With Venus, need to love and be loved by the person, love growing with time, love commitment
With Mars, sexual commitment, long term sexual interest, growing with time

2. Trines. Trine energy is familiar from the start, on a psychological level, and they have a comfortable energy. They are about "sliding together", peacefully, in sync. They have a Saturnian value, because they are the aspect of "growing up together", in a continuous, flowing, familiar way, they have strong time-related attributes (continuum, durability), also their Saturnian vibe comes from the idea of "that which is familiar", another Saturnian attribute.
In the natal charts, they show how our inner (psychological) attributes grow and evolve with time - such as talents or other personal gifts/aptitudes. A synastric trine will trigger this process of evolving as a psychological unit/team (easily and naturally, as if belonging to the same family), depending on their nature (there are four types of trines: Air, Fire, Water and Earth trines). Trine energy (that familiarity) doesn't diminish with time, it has an unaltered quality, it's the same energetic print with meeting an old friend and feeling as if you parted ways yesterday.

Another long-term value of trines comes from the energy of MUTUAL TOLERANCE AND ACCEPTANCE they bring.

And finally, their contribution to long-termness resides in how trines love routine, habits, rituals, which means in a relationship, they will reflect that part of it when the two people like to relive patterns of behavior and share comfortable previously known and practiced activities together; they create an area of familiarity, memories and common habits both people can be very fond of.

3. Overlays to fixed houses and/or aspects from the other’s personal planets to fixed house rulers.
The fixed houses in the horoscope are houses 2, 5, 8 and 11. The 2nd/8th axis, corresponding to Taurus/Scorpio energy shows an area where we experience commitment to values or people, emotional devotion and stability, the desire to build fixed, stable structures in our lives. The 5th/11th axis is when we experience the true formation of stable feelings (a feeling being in fact a more complex, stabilized emotional construct), starting with the 5th house, where long-term romantic attachments become possible, and a continuum of romantic and sexual attraction under the rays of Leo energy, whilst at the level of the 11th house, we already project the couple as a team heading towards the future, integrated in the community, and this is also the house where we feel our hopes and desires in relationship are likely to be fulfilled with this partnership. Furthermore, while the 5th house is the area where we tend to “go” after another, romantically, to feel stimulated and intrigued to “conquer, seduce and romance” them, the 11th house is where we are likely to experience the reverse: feeling loved, wanted, appreciated, admired, put on a pedestal, worshiped, and the center of attention.

In my experience so far, there are significant connections between the fixed levels in a chart in long-term relationships: direct overlays (especially when the native has their own planets in fixed houses) and/or through rulership (aspects between one’s personal planets and the other’s fixed house rulers). One two is usually not enough to qualify for this marker, there will be at least several such aspects between the two charts, mutually.

For romantic/marital relationships, the main personal levels of a chart are: angles, personal love planets Sun Moon Venus and Mars, love rulers (and any planet can be a personal love ruler) and the nodes.

4. Midheaven (MC) involvement. In brief, this equals having a common future together. Conjunctions (or a bundle of other aspects) to MC; 10th house overlays; and/or MC rulers making significant aspects to the other’s chart, especially on the level of personal planets. Mutual  and strong MC connections on the above levels are always present in long-term relationships.

5. Juno and Vesta archetype match. Personal aspects to asteroids Juno and Vesta on both sides and/or sign/house resonance between once’s Juno and Vesta and the other’s chart. Juno is the asteroid of marital devotion and it also describes the partner we will eventually commit to, and our own style of partnership in long-term marital-type relationships. Vesta is devotion in general, fidelity, and also persistent and consistent interest and passion for something/someone.  Both asteroids show who the person is likely to commit to and to form a long-term partnership with and to experience long-term love and general devotion and faithfulness in a relationship.

Same sign conjunctions (if not by orb) seem to weigh a lot here, meaning having personal planets in the same sign as the other’s Juno and/or Vesta. But direct aspects with angles, Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, love rulers have to be present too. The resonance comes from having similar Juno and Vesta archetypes, by mirroring, or triggering the other’s archetype, even in an indirect manner,  for example one of the partners has Juno in the 1st, and the other is aspecting it with their Mars, which is a touchdown when it comes to the same energetic print. Or one of them has Vesta trine Saturn in their chart, and the other is a strong Saturnian, and if this partner also makes direct aspects to this Vesta, especially with their Saturn, they will match Vesta’s type.

Completing the other's Juno and Vesta geometry is another major part of activating Juno and Vesta archetype in a chart through synastry.

The rule with these big 5 is that they all have to be present, because they are all present, as identified markers, in long-term relationships, and Saturn remains as the most important one, it is unlikely for a relationship to last if Saturn, the lord of time, is not properly aspected on both sides.

NOTE: The 5 markers apply to a synastry which is already marital, cohesive and where the basics are already covered: richness of aspects to personal planets and love rulers on both sides, matching individual geometry and symbolism; mutual type match, and they refer to the potential for durability of an already well structured basic synastry.

Source: http://www.leeloosesotericorner.com/blog/long-term-aspects-in-synastry-the-big-5

Wednesday 10 August 2016

The Love Degree

Our love degrees are nothing more or less than specific degrees that promote love in an auspicious way when triggered by a (personal) planet/body or point. Numerous books and articles have been written about the meaning of the 360 degrees of the zodiac.

The majority of the authors prefer visionary and spiritual descriptions leaving space for further interpretation and the so-called "free will." The Sabian symbols are a good example and the most popular ones.

The problem with images and symbols is that, while they can be stunningly accurate at times, they can be so vague and unreal that even with a whole lot of phantasy, you can't match them to the event. A little stretch will not hurt, but sometimes you need more than some imagination and a joint to "get the picture."

Astrology is not about guessing...

In our opinion, the most valuable degree meanings are the ones you can quite confidently use to accurately predict future events (not past events!).

If you can't use the the degree meanings to accurately predict future events, you can't use them to delineate past events too because you are interpreting and projecting.

Comparing different methods, we can say from our own experience that the Sabian symbols are not the most accurate ones to predict future events.

If you take the symbolic and philosophical meanings to try to predict future events, you will find no consistency in the accuracy of the predictions. The predictions most often remain superficial und you have no idea what exactly the event will be like.

While most astrologers use these symbols and images and keep using them, we forget about them.

Instead, we use descriptions that were derived by empirical research and experience done by some brilliant authors and astrologers.

However, not all the 360 degrees of the zodiac are covered and researched indepth in the same way (seemingly, some degrees are more significant and dominant than others).

Unfortunately too, a lot of these degree meanings are not translated into English... One of the astrologers, Michael Roscher, who has done extensive empirical research into the meaning of degrees and degree areas died untimely at the age of 45 so that we'll have to stick with the unfinished results of his research.

We too research the degree areas and specifically the love degrees or degrees taht are of importance to the love life.

It is found and observed that some degree areas or degrees are more favorable for your love life. While some people thought the degree areas are under the influence of certain "lucky" Fixed Stars, this is not yet confirmed by further research.

You're lucky if at the moment of your birth, one or more of these love degrees is occupied by a personal point or planet.

Every planet or point (Ascendant, MC,...) can be on any degree, but when talking about your love life, we will only refer to Venus or Jupiter on some specific degrees that we call love degrees.

Because the outer planets (beyond Saturn) stay quite a long time on a single degree, they have no particular meaning for your personal life (except when taking the rulerships into account but for the sake of simplicity we will not go into that for now). The outer planets almost always bring collective issues into your life.

Why only talking about Venus and Jupiter?

Venus is the planet of relationships and love in a general way. This planet is often called "Fortuna Minor". When delineating one's love life, this planet is one of the first to consider.

Jupiter, when not afflicted, brings luck and happiness and is often referred to as "Fortuna Major". When posited on a love degree, chances are your love life will blossom. Jupiter here reinforces the positive meaning of the love degree.

Jupiter often brings money too and tends to bring money through (the) relationships when posited on a love degree.

Also notice that the below mentioned degrees bring happiness in your love life - on condition that NO other divorce related degrees are activated AND the planet on the love degree is not afflicted! Afflictions occur when Saturn squares the planet for example.

Indeed, it happens all too often that Venus is posited on a certain love degree and the Moon (for example) is on a degree of divorce and separation. Well now, in this case you will have to first take a look at the midpoint analysis to know what is going on and to find out what prevails.

Honestly, it's quite rare to find the love degrees activated without the intervention of some other (turbulent) degree(s). On planet earth, love is seldom a smooth ride!

Now to the Love Degrees:

* Venus or Jupiter at 12° Aries, Cancer or Libra
* Jupiter at 13° Aries, Cancer or Libra
* Venus or Jupiter between 29° Cancer - 1° Leo (and not afflicted)
* Jupiter between 29° Libra and 1° Scorpio
* Venus or the Moon at 3° Taurus or Leo
* Jupiter at 15° Taurus or Scorpio
* Venus or the Moon at 26° Taurus or Leo
* Venus between 29° Scorpio - 1° Sagittarius
* Jupiter at 16° Sagittarius or Pisces
* Jupiter or Venus at 18° Sagittarius or Pisces

Don't panic if you don't find any of the listed degrees occupied by the according planets in your natal chart. This does not mean you will not have a happy love life! The above mentioned degrees are only one single piece of a giant puzzle.

Also, when you have specific midpoints in your chart that point to a happy marriage or love life, these midpoints must be considered too. The most exact midpoints (with an orb of 0°00') always overpower other configurations in your chart.

Source: http://astro-n.page.tl/The-Love-Degrees.htm