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Synastry Grid Analysis

This document will cover the basic method of performing an inspection of a synastry grid. The synastry grid shows where people have natural compatibility and natural challenges. The chart does not set anything in stone. A compatibility does not insure a blissful relationship. An incompatibility does not doom a relationship. The synastry grid must be taken as a whole. Weaknesses in one area may be offset by strengths in another. A weakness recognized may be addressed and the influence of the weakness maybe lessened.



The basis of synastry comparison is examining the planets that are closely aspected. A minimal number of degrees is set for their orb. I typically use a 2 degree orb.

The method of determining the astrological compatibility through the use of the synastry grid can be broken down into steps.

 

1.0 Circle all major aspects that have an orb of two degrees or less. The major aspects are:

 

Conjunction

Opposition

Trine

Square

Sextile

0°

180°

120°

90°

60°

Angles of Aspects

 

2.0 Draw lines showing the Inner, Transpersonal, and Nonplanetary areas of the synastry grid. See the example chart for where lines should go.

3.0 Total the number of aspects circled going across and down the chart.

 

Analyzing the Synastry Grid

It is now time to analyze the results! Only those planets with an orb less than two degrees were chosen. These tightly associated pairs show where the connections between the two charts are focused. They are like the buttons on a shirt.

Analysis is done through the building of sentences expressing the nature of the meanings of the planets and the keyword of the aspect. The relationship between the planets may be interpreted by the use of this formula:

<meaning of planet #1> <keyword of aspect> <meaning of planet #2>

 

Some examples are:

Sun conjunct Mars ( ): Will unites with Personal Drive

Venus square Pluto ( ): Personal Magnetism challenges regeneration

The urge of the planet may be substituted for the meaning.

 

 

Glyph

Planet

Urge of Planet

Meaning of Planet

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Sun

Power, Vitality, Ego

Will

moon.gif (850 bytes)

Moon

Security, Emotions

Feelings

mercury.gif (838 bytes)

Mercury

Communication, Intellect, Perception

Communication

venus.gif (839 bytes)

Venus

Sociability, Beauty, Mildness

Personal Magnetism

mars.gif (852 bytes)

Mars

Aggressive, Energy

Personal Drive

jupiter.gif (841 bytes)

Jupiter

Expansion, Learning, Joviality

Expansion

saturn.gif (841 bytes)

Saturn

Restriction, Focus, Crystallization

Consolidation

uranus.gif (842 bytes)

Uranus

Individualistic, Eccentricity, Disruption

Intuition

neptune.gif (846 bytes)

Neptune

Illusions, Visions

Illumination

pluto.gif (841 bytes)

Pluto

Universal Welfare, Cooperation, Coercion

Regeneration

Urges and Meanings of Planets

 

 

Glyph

Aspect Name

Degree of Separation

Keyword of Aspect

Conjunction

0 °

Unites with

Sextile

60 °

Works well with

Square

90 °

Challenges

Trine

120 °

Flows with

Opposition

180 °

Versus

Keywords of Aspects

 

Areas of the Synastry Grid

The synastry grid can be split into areas where the planets are inner, transpersonal, outer and transpersonal.

The inner area of the synastry grid shows the planetary aspects that are easily recognized in day-to-day interactions. Behaviors originating from this area are visible to all involved. The effects of the interactions can be immediate and short-term.

The outer area of the synastry grid is where the planetary aspects are hidden, subconscious, and not easily seen. The effects are long-term and their expression may be hidden in the long sweep of their influence.

The transpersonal area has qualities of both the inner and outer areas. Here the planets of Jupiter and Saturn hold court as they expand and restrict the relationship. The effects of the planetary aspects are visible enough to see if we choose to, but hidden enough to ignore if this is chosen. There is much wisdom in the transpersonal planet aspects, but we must be willing to listen to their advice.

 

The non-planetary area is where our destiny/karma, Ascendant and Midheaven come into play. Aspects in this area speak to how a person will affect our destiny (North Node), our fame (Midheaven), and how they will be influenced by who we seem to be (Ascendant). The notable thing to look for is planets conjuncting the Ascendant. A person who has the planet conjuncting the Ascendant can be blinded and fail to realize that they are not interacting with the true character of the Ascendant owner. Likewise, the Ascendant owner will realize that they are influencing the relationship through their Ascendant "mask", and they may not push the relationship forward in a healthy progression. Their energies will be placed in maintaining the mask to the detriment of other healthier planetary connections.

The Dominant Planet(s)

Totaling the number of times a planet interacts with another person’s chart will show its overall influence in the relationship. The planet or planets with the highest frequency should be examined closely. Their house and sign placement should be considered.

Other Chart House Placement of Planets

One person’s planets will fall somewhere into the other person’s natal chart. This placement will show where the meaning of the planet impacts the identity or expression of the other person. Below is a chart with keywords for each of the twelve houses.

 

House

Keyword of the House

1

Self Identity

2

Values, Possessions

3

Communication Skills

4

Home, Security

5

Creativity, Self Expression

6

Service, Health

7

Partnership

8

Rebirth, Sex, Death, Taxes

9

Exploration, Expansion, Learning

10

Public Recognition, Career

11

Group Consciousness, Uniqueness

12

Subconscious, Secrets

House Keywords

These keywords can be used in the following sentence:

Person’s planet expresses its energies of <meaning of planet> in the other person’s area of <keyword of house>.


Charts Used

 

House Keywords

House

Keyword of the House

1

Self Identity

2

Values, Possessions

3

Communication Skills

4

Home, Security

5

Creativity, Self Expression

6

Service, Health

7

Partnership

8

Rebirth, Sex, Death, Taxes

9

Exploration, Expansion, Learning

10

Public Recognition, Career

11

Group Consciousness, Uniqueness

12

Subconscious, Secrets



Keyword of Each Sign

Glyph

Sign

Keyword of Sign

Best Quality

Worst Quality

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Aries

I am

Leadership

Officiousness

taurus.gif (843 bytes)

Taurus

I have

Stability

Stubbornness

gemini.gif (847 bytes)

Gemini

I think

Versatility

Flighty

cancer.gif (857 bytes)

Cancer

I feel

Tenacity

Insecurity

leo.gif (851 bytes)

Leo

I will

Kindness

Domination

virgo.gif (855 bytes)

Virgo

I analyze

Analysis

Criticism

libra.gif (845 bytes)

Libra

I balance

Affability

Approbation

scorpio.gif (860 bytes)

Scorpio

I desire

Resourcefulness

Destructive

sagittarius.gif (839 bytes)

Sagittarius

I perceive

Loyalty

Risky

capricorn.gif (852 bytes)

Capricorn

I use

Diplomacy

Deceitfulness

aquarius.gif (859 bytes)

Aquarius

I know

Altruism

Argumentative

pisces.gif (843 bytes)

Pisces

I believe

Sympathy

Delusional

 

Urges and Meanings of Planets

Glyph

Planet

Urge of Planet

Meaning of Planet

sun.gif (854 bytes)

Sun

Power, Vitality, Ego

Will

moon.gif (850 bytes)

Moon

Security, Emotions

Feelings

mercury.gif (838 bytes)

Mercury

Communication, Intellect, Perception

Communication

venus.gif (839 bytes)

Venus

Sociability, Beauty, Mildness

Personal Magnetism

mars.gif (852 bytes)

Mars

Aggressive, Energy

Personal Drive

jupiter.gif (841 bytes)

Jupiter

Expansion, Learning, Joviality

Expansion

saturn.gif (841 bytes)

Saturn

Restriction, Focus, Crystallization

Consolidation

uranus.gif (842 bytes)

Uranus

Individualistic, Eccentricity, Disruption

Intuition

neptune.gif (846 bytes)

Neptune

Illusions, Visions

Illumination

pluto.gif (841 bytes)

Pluto

Universal Welfare, Cooperation, Coercion

Regeneration

 

Keywords of Aspects

Glyph

Aspect Name

Degree of Separation

Keyword of Aspect

Conjunction

0 °

Unites with

Sextile

60 °

Works well with

Square

90 °

Challenges

Trine

120 °

Flows with

Opposition

180 °

Versus

 

Sample Analysis 

 

 

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