“Synastry” refers to the astrological study of relationships. There are 3 main techniques and each of them have their own merits.
A synastry chart or what I would call a “chart comparison” is when you check how one person’s planets relate to another person’s and interpret what you find.
If you want to understand this in real terms just consider that you are a person and you respond to other people. Some people you just automatically like and feel easy around, others activate you in ways that are not so comfortable.
As an example, people who have their Jupiter conjunct one of your personal planets are almost always benevolent towards you. In return, your energy buoys them.
In another case, a person’s Mars may square your Sun in which case they may attack (Mars) your ego (Sun). They may also just fire you up. It may be the attack itself that has this effect so you have to be careful when judging these things. That there will be interaction is a given. How the interaction plays (for good or ill) is dependent on the people wielding the power (or the energy).
A composite chart is actually a chart of the midpoints between two charts. Say again?
The mathematical midpoint between the two Suns becomes the composite Sun. The midpoint between the two Moon becomes the composite Moon and so forth. What you’re doing is merging the two charts, or the two people to come up with a chart of their “relationship”. This sounds somewhat squirrelly but most agree, these charts are valid. They work!
The difference is that the one method (comparison) shows you how two people interact and affect each other. The other (composite) gives information about the relationship itself. It’s purpose for example. Is it happy? Stable? Erratic?
Two people can feel really good around each other but still have a relationship that is erratic and fraught with difficulty or impediment or whatever the chart might show.
There is one more important point to make. The composite chart is meaningless unless the relationship actually forms. It’s a hypothetical.
If you see a man you like and you see that you have a nice composite chart with him, it’s not going to do you any good if he doesn’t like you in the first place because he is not going to enter into a merge with you.
There is me, there is my husband. Since we have entered into a relationship, there is an “us” and the composite chart comes into being.
In another circumstance you can have two people with very difficult charts of their own but when you put them together the composite is great. This would be a situation where people are better together than apart. You see it in life when someone says, “It was like crap but then I met….”
The astrology is great. But if you can go beyond reading to observing how these principles play in real life, it will make you a much better astrologer and position you really enhancing your relationships with others.
Which synastry technique do you prefer?