Synastry chart – the up and down sides of your relationship

Today I encountered someone who asked online for a quick reading for a chart.

I had no idea who the person was so I just said what seemed to be obvious from the chart – that the person had an Aquarius moon on the 2nd house conjunct with Neptune and that this person is probably making money out of art.

I also saw an exact entrance of Jupiter, ruler of this chart, into the 5th house of romance, hobbies and pets so I mentioned this time is probably a time of self development through these areas of life.

It all seemed to be right since the inquirer told me that they were dating this person and would love to have their relationship chart, named Synastry.

since Synastrys are my favorite Astrology practice, I decided to dedicate a post to this subject or field of Astrology and Astrology reading.

a Synastry involves both sides strongest traits as they come to manifestation in a specific relationship. The way programs draw a synastry is easy – they just put two charts one outside the other in a way that the astrologer can read the poinrs or traits of both people and the way they kind of ‘speak’ with each other.

Often times it is very much of a discussion coming to life for me, when reading a synastry chart. the elements actually speak up with each other by different tones and other vocal nuances that can teach me about the relationship itself.

Off course, a synastry chart reading can not be replaced by, only based on, natal chart reading. meaning you are going to use the appropriate tools on your favorite astrology program or website to see the spread of the synastry. after being spread this way, charts have special angles and points that seem to speak to each other louder then others. Those are points where planets conjunct, opposite, square or sextile to each other.

Generally, the more dominant a planet or point is in one’s chart the more weight it has for the synastry calculation. Although, we can have some people ‘doing’ all kind of things to us – make us feel special, or understood, or even karmatically attached somehow. Usually, those connections will be manifested in the synastry and its attachment points.

In the picture you can see circled in black are the conjunctions, yellow – the sextile and pink – square.

usually all angles are meaningful (imagine them not talking to each other at all) but while sextiles are fluent positive energy and conjunctions are intense energy, squares tend to be more challenging to deal with though not necessarily difficult or fatalistically destructive for a relationship. having Saturn squaring someone’s Venus, sun or moon is better then…. right, not having them communicating at all.

And one last thing about synastries – try, for practice, having your synastry with someone that you like artistically such as a novelist or a painter. usually you will find some interesting connections….


finding (natal) chart rulers or ruling planets

working with Astrology and with natal charts takes some basic do’s and dont’s.

at the Dos section we can find the first step when approaching every natal chart: identifying its ruler or ruling planet.

Deciding which of the plants is/are the most dominant or influential in a person’s (or event’s, relationship’s, atc.) chart is sometimes easy, sometimes not so much. Often a hint would be found by the AC or rising sign. sending us to its ruler (ruling planet) and ruler’s location on the natal (or other) chart.

If this is it we may find some enforcement to the planet’s theme/s with other dominant positions on the natal chart. For example an Aquarius horizon with Uranus as its ruler or ruling planet is common to have other dominant Aquarius “stamps” on it (aquarius moon or sun) and/or dominant 11th house.

Dont’s: vice verse doesn’t always work. If you see a stelium, for example, on 11th house it doesn’t indicate Uranus as the chart’s ruler or ruling planet.

Ruler / ruling planet is very important when doing readings to people and events or when making personal forecasts. it is crucial when working with transits.

Make sure to see the bigger picture, too: sometimes it is not just one but 2 different rulers for a chart: for example, the above Aquarius rising chart is ruled by not only Uranus but also Saturn: both are the traditional rulers of Aquarius, therefore both should be checked closely when checking transits – for an event, for a person, atc.

As for rulers location on natal or other chart and also how it affects the chart reading and interpretation – on the second part of this article.

Love to you all


The 5 kinds of Astrology charts

Generally, there are five main kinds of Charts an astrologer can draw and analyze. All these charts are personal charts, being drawn with the place, date and time of birth of a specific person. The main five Astrology charts are called: Synastry, Composition, Solar and Lunar Return, Natal Chart and Transits Chart.


An experienced Astrologer would usually combine few charts, or few readings, to answer a specific concern. For example, if a person wants to know about their love life in the next year, the astrologer would usually combine a Natal Chart with transits and Solar Return Chart in the Astrology Reading. In case there is a specific romantic candidate, a Synastry and Composite charts can be drawn, too.

Every Astrologer uses their own way of reading the Astrology personal Chart they are making. Some use Western Astrology methods and tools, some use Vedic Astrology (eastern Indian old method) and some use Kabbalistic Astrology tools and interpretations. The way a specific Astrologer choose to interpret the Astrology Chart doesn’t change the chart itself: same planets, houses and signs are used in all Astrology methods, except in the Chinese astrology.

Here I would like to say a few words about the most popular and powerful kinds of Astrology Charts: the Synastry, the Composition, the Solar Return, the Natal Chart and the Transits Chart.

Note: All charts require exact time, date and place of birth.

Natal Chart

The basic Chart, showing a picture of the stars and signs in the sky on the exact time you were born, as seen from the exact place you were born. This chart is the basis for all other charts and without it Astrology reading can’t be accurate. It tells the persons personal planets positions, shown their dominant houses and tells one’s rising sign, which leads usually to find the Chart’s ruler.


a Transits Chart, and Transits Reading, tells what is going on in one’s life in current days, while current can mean day-by-day, if chacking the moon transits – or it can show a period of few years, if checking Pluto or Neptune transit on the Natal Chart.

Solar and Lunar Return

the Solar Return Chart is used to predict what is going to happen within the next year from your birthday. Astrology fans draw this chart in the few days before or after their birthday, every year, to see how the year ahead is going to look like. This kind of Chart usually tells, in combination with Transits Chart, if one is going to have new love this year, start a new job, get pregnant, and so on.

Lunar Return Chart is used when there is a dominant Moon in one’s Natal Chart.


The Astrology Chart we call Synastry is actually a chart combined from 2 personal Natal Charts. Putting these 2 charts in an overlapping way shows the aspects in which the two people meet: what is it in each of them that makes the other tick, what atracts them to each other, how they affect each other, how they help each other grow or the other way around, how they hold each other back. A synastry chart is usually very accurate when knowing both persons time and place of birth, in addition to the date of birth (year, month and day of the month). A synastry couple chart can function as the relationship road map and it reveals the dynamics, the psychology, the atraction and the friction of the relationship between two people. This Chart is usually drawn for couples to show their romantic relationship but other relationships and partnerships can benefit from such reading: parents and children relationship, sisters and brothers relationships, boss and employee partnerships, atc.


Composition chart is the Astrology chart that reveals more about the essence of a relationship or partnership. It shows something like what this thing is all about and what are we here for. It is considered a more spiritual astrological drawing of the relationship, while synastry would be the kind of chart showing more of the psychological aspects of the relationship. In some ways, it shows the third entity being created when two people meet and interact: the relationship itself.

In addition to these charts, Astrology uses drawings and transitions to the natal chart in other cases and occasions:

Relocation Chart – when one is moving away from their birth place;

Event Chart – when there is a special event – then, the astrologer can create an event chart and read it in the light of the natal chart;

Horary Chart – when there is an inportant question that needs to be answered by the universe;

sometimes, when a name is being changed.

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What happens to Natal Chart when moving Abroad

Iy might be very surprising but Natal Chart changes along with its owner’s moving to other place than were born. When people move in the same neighborhood or even city, nothing really happens because coordinates remain the same as original ones.But when moving to another country, usually coordinates change in a way that an adjustment to the Natal Chart is needed.

How can a Natal Chart be changed?

Actually Natal Chart can not change. It remains the same throughout the whole life. But when moving, an adjustment to the Natal Chart has to be made so that a new chart is being drawn. this new chart won’t replace the old Natal one; it is only a new, additional chart to be taken into account when calculating personal transits and forecasts.

How to calculate your new Natal Chart

Calculating the new Natal Chart is easy. All you need to do is put the new coordinates instead of the old ones. If working with a making a chart program, just choose the new location instead of the old one. For example, I have moved from Israel to Snata Fe, NM so instead of putting Tel Aviv in the birth place field, I put Santa Fe.

You would also want to change your hour of birth. this is a bit more complicated – you need to substruct or add to the hour you were born in, according to the geographical relations between the place you had been born and the new place were you have moved to. For example, if time in Israel on my birth was 00:25 and I moved to Santa fe then i substract from my birth time 8 hours; because time gap between Israel and Santa Fe is -8. Make sure to take into account any saving time methods that were presence in your birth place during your birth.

How to read the new Natal Chart

Reading new Natal Chart is similar to reading the old chart, the original one, only here you read it in addition to the old one. usually the only thing that is being changed after the chart time ad place shift, is the Ascendant or AC (Rising Sign), and the position of planets in houses. That means that Any major or small planets aspecting you natal planets are still relevant when reading your own chart only now you also need to take into account any aspects being made to your new AC. Plus, since planets in houses have changed, the aspects affect also the new houses where plants are present, not only the old houes.

What does Saturn, the great tutor, teach us?


These days are Capricorns’ birthdays, so I’d like to dedicate this post to Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler in astrology. I’d like to focus on the tricky idea of Saturn as “the great tutor” – it’s astrological nickname nowadays.

I’ve been trying to figure Saturn since the beginning of this millennium. Back then, I had him visiting my 1st house, not nataly but as a Gemini: all Geminies had Saturn in the 1st cause Saturn was moving into Gemini and stayed there for about 2.5 years.

Nowadays, for Geminies, Saturn is dealing with our everyday, habits, work, health and service house – the 6th.

What are you, Saturn?

Saturn is the restrictions and hardship planet. It relates in astrology to “heavy” stuff: duty, obligations, restrictions, inhibitions, guilt and outside limits, but it also forms the ability of one to work and build for oneself, to plan ahead and to form something in one’s life.  Before the concept of Saturn as a tutor, it’s being experienced personally and interpreted astrologically as a giver of restrictions and hardships.

The “new age” attitude puts Saturn, along with Chiron, as some kind of “chance givers” – when we are being forced to deal with those two planets (either in their placements in our personal natal chart or in their transits into the signs and houses)we get an “opportunity”: Saturn gives the opportunity to know ourselves and our limits (as “doing inner work” and “digging inside our real abilities and karma and self” knowing) while Chiron gives the opportunity for “healing” (in quite the same “spiritually-development” ways).

Neither of these concepts is the whole truth. Saturn is neither the chance giver only nor the great hardship pusher only. It’s not a nice opportunity to get rid of unusefull things we cling on to but it’s also not the planet of the ever lasting debt. It’s both, and it is also a great tutor, as long as one knows the limits of the “lessons” they are going through.

Saturn carnations in History of Astrology

Actually, if we think of Saturn “image” or “persona”, we see, that until the new age it was perceived by astrologers as some really scary monster (this link is to David Bowie song scary monsters – Bowie is a Capricorn and a very interesting saturanian figure) or as a planet of duty, debt and heavy responsibilities, including the “debt” humanity owes to god as the giver of life, therefore it was also connected with death, as well as marriage, the church, high status, the law. Judaism, the first religion from which Christianity and Islam were derived, is also known to be under the mark of Saturn and the sign of Capricorn. During the last decades, Saturn have become the “great tutor”, as part of a general approach of converting “hardships” forced from the skies (i.e., Christian and religious concepts) into “privilege” of learning and knowing something about ourselves (i.e., new age perceptions, self-development and spiritual concepts).

from being the evil, even devilish face of astrology, Saturn has become some tough but yet nice guy: a guy that all we need to do in order to be able to deal with it is accepting his authority upon us – sort of like a father figure. But here lies the great mistake and misunderstanding of the great tutor. This authority is tricky, deceiving and sometimes even leading astray: the lessons Saturn wants to teach us is not the lesson of authority but the lesson of knowing our limits from within. Its not “what is it in our lives that limits or restrict us” – its “how we negotiate it and manage through it” and “where are our inner limits and inhibitions lie”. The negotiation itself and the knowing of the whereabouts of our limits are both the lessons of Saturn. Some of us need to learn to demand our most basic rights, while others need to learn not to force their own will upon others, or to take into account also other’s rights and wills.

What can we learn from Saturn?

So the Saturn way in our lives is the way of a real tutor – a one that knows just how much he doesn’t know. A real tutor knows there’s nothing he can teach his students or practitioners – all they have to know, they must learn themselves. The real tutor, therefore, ask questions without knowing the answers. Not like a quiz or a trivia game, where there is 1 possible answer to any given question, the answers to the questions and dilemmas we face while Saturn is involved in our lives are many, and the right answer is the one suits most to our resources: our character, abilities, limits, restrictions, atc. In order to measure all our resources correctly we need to be realistic and to know ourselves, without fear and without wishful thinking. Those areas (measurement, resources, realism, fear and disillusion) are all being ruled by Saturn. This is his harsh realism and those are the “lessons” we learn throughout our lives.

Example of the influences of Saturn position in Natal Chart: Saturn in the 7th house

The place (house and sign) where Saturn is presence in your natal chart is where you will feel this need, force, tendency or obsession the most. Another option for the function of Saturn in the natal chart is the function of guilt. Again, depending on the placement of Saturn (house and sign) it will indicate the areas in life where you tend to feel guilty and where guilt, over-responsibility and doubts are most common, sometimes leaving you too overwhelmed with burden and therefore unable to act.

For example: Saturn in 7th house in Scorpio will make you super aware of the give-and-take aspects of every partnership, including love relations. You might have a constant feeling of being used by others or using others, and you are always aware of your part in the process of bonding. Or, you are very much aware of the realistic limitations that connect or separate you from others: you never find yourself being carried away as you always aware of Everything.

Such position of Saturn in Scorpio in the 7th house may also indicate a person who aims to a very deep and meaningful bonding in partnerships, and at the same time seeing every restriction that holds him from being able to create such bonding. The result, many times, is difficulties in relationships, especially deep and meaningful relationships. Even people who are happily married may feel with this position restricted by, and very much obliged to, their deep and meaningful relationships.

something nice for dessert: Jack Sparrow as a Saturn-Mercury combination

One very nice example of what I was pointing here about Saturn is the Johnny depp role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirate of the Caribbeans”. Jack always negotiates his position and always tries to take, have and posses more then he gives. He always tries, quite blatantly, to maintain an upper-hand position. He doesn’t care destroying others lives to maintain his own privileges. And quite often, he pays a heavy price for that – including in his own life (the 2nd movie).

Jack is also quite a mercurial type: he talks himself out of almost every situation and improvises his escaping routs . “does he plan it all in advance or does he improvise?” – the navy commander asks the navy captain when, again, Jack escapes under their nose in a brilliant spontaneous and non predicted act. it’s a good question:  it seems as if in Sparrow’s case, as in some of the Capricorns and other Saturenian types, the plan is to improvise, and the improvisation is well planed. This is also the tense between both signs and planets – Gemini-mercury and Capricorn-Saturn: the former always has a plan, the latter never has a plan, it only improvises.

Johnny depp himself is a Gemini sun (ruled by mercury) with Capricorn moon (ruled by Saturn) so this role represents his main natal planets very well.

Oppositions in astrology


Because of the either-or neither-nor nature of the opposition, it’s hard to solve it. You can’t integrate the two opposed elements into one distinctive and dominant energy. You can’t dismiss one of them completely. Theres not much you can do, besides being very much aware of the power of the opposition itself. It is very much an illusion, and should be treated as illusions, delusion or deceit: with lots of suspicious respect. “I don’t believe it, though I know the impact it has upon me” – that’s what you should tell yourself when dealing with opposition influence if you find this influence hard and complicating. But many times an opposition integrates well in the personality and is not experienced as a problem at all.

Opposition, so they say, is one of the hardest aspects found in natal charts.

Oppositions may appear in Synastry also but their meaning is different.

In a Natal Chart, Opposition is possible as long as planets occupy the houses on both sides of the chart: east-west or north-south. The reason, of course, is that two planets need to have a 180° angle between them in order to form the opposition aspect.

(by the way, in case you were wondering: the angles – 180° (opposition), 60° (trine), 90° (square), 120° (sextile) atc – are measured from the center of the chart, i.e. planet earth. Meaning a square (90°), for example, between Chiron and sun, for example, is formed when both chiron and the sun forms a 90° angle accordance the center of the chart)

What I have found is that the opposition itself, such as many other aspects in astrology, is not necessarily hard. It depends very much on balancing agents, or other aspects and planets on the chart.

First, charts which are loaded with oppositions tend to be harder for the person then one single opposition. It’s almost like the person has developed a special sensitivity to conflicts and dichotomy and have become throughout life very touchy to every situation or feeling involves one of these characteristics: conflict and/or dichotomy. That’s because of the nature of the opposition aspect/s: it makes an either-or neither-nor attitude and finally, an either-or neither-nor reality and mental environment.

Usually, charts with no oppositions at all are more likely to have conjunctions, which are aspects that are experienced as much more natural and less conflictual then the opposition (and the square), even though they might cause troubles as much.

Opposition considers an external angle, meaning it’s energy is being direct outwards. It is the most outwards-oriented angle; therefore it’s hard influence, if there is any, is not being accumulated within the person but rather manifests itself in the open – either in actions, reactions or external dialogue. Finally, It says to sooth and ease the personality and moderate the energy of both planets involved.

Because of the either-or neither-nor nature of the opposition, it’s hard to solve it. You can’t integrate the two opposed elements into one distinctive and dominant energy. You can’t dismiss one of them completely. Theres not much you can do, besides being very much aware of the power of the opposition itself. It is very much an illusion, and should be treated as illusions, delusion or deceit: with lots of suspicious respect. “I don’t believe it, though I know the impact it has upon me” – that’s what you should tell yourself when dealing with opposition influence if you find this influence hard and complicating. But many times an opposition integrates well in the personality and is not experienced as a problem at all.

The problem, as I wrote previously, is when one has lots of oppositions. It’s sort of like there is no “neutral” consciousness to say “I don’t believe it” or “I do/dont want it” – all of it is blurred and fogged by the many oppositions influence.