When we think about synastry and compatibility, we often think about romantic or familial relationships. What we rarely think of, though, is compatibility with our pets! This blows my mind, because our pets are some of the closest, most intimate relationships we have. They trust us completely, and we care for them in return. It’s such a pure love.
But not every pet relationship is the same, right? Some animals tug on your heart right away, others grow on you, and there are some with whom you never quite seem to click. And then, there’s your soul-animal. The one who touches you so deeply and powerfully that they carve out their own place in your heart, and nothing else will ever quite fill it.
This, just like anything else, can be explained with astrology! While many of us do not have the good fortune to know our pets’ birth dates, for those of us who do, the astrology couldn’t be clearer.
-My father’s soul-dog had a Virgo Sun exactly conjunct his Virgo Moon. They were both anxious and caring, noticing every possible detail and making sure to take care of each other. They comforted each other through so many life changes, and when one of them couldn’t sleep from stress or worry, the other would be right there, sharing the pain as well as wrapping them both in the love between them. She died a few years ago, and my father still goes out to her grave every day to talk to her. That is a bond that lasts beyond life.
-My mother’s soul-dog had a Taurus Sun that was opposite her Moon and sextile her Venus. This dog was the only living being who could calm my mother’s troubled heart. When the volatility of her mental illness would flare, our sweet little Taurus pup would sigh heavily (she never did like moving out of a comfortable spot!) and curl up in my mother’s lap, slowly grounding her and bringing her back to earth. She was never the most excitable or affectionate dog, but she was the anchor that kept our family secure.
-The dog who has my heart was a gift from my parents before they split. He has a Cancer Sun that is conjunct my father’s Cancer Sun (and my nadir), and a Scorpio Moon that is conjunct my mother’s Moon (and my Descendant). He is a literal manifestation of the shared love my parents have for me. When I am closed-off and lost in my own thoughts, he INSISTS I break out of my reverie and come back to the real world. When I am down, he literally climbs on my face and groans until I am laughing so hard I think my sides will burst. He is perfect.
And these are just a handful of examples. I know many readers will have stories of their own, and I want to hear them!
Tell us about your soul-animal! What did that bond mean to you? Can you connect any astrology?