And you can find ways to work with the challenges and enjoy the benefits! What I like is that the composite chart can off set some difficult aspects you may. Using the composite astrological chart will give you a deeper understanding of your the karmic purpose of the relationship itself and delineating core challenges. Planets, signs, and aspects as they interact through the houses all speak. However, strong Saturn aspects in a composite chart tend to manifest in Unfortunately within a relationship, these problems are then projected on each other.
The Composite Chart - Astrodienst
A composite in itself will not tell us about compatibility. That is what synastry is for. The composite won't reveal whether the relationship is "good" or "bad" in terms of the chemistry between two people. The composite says to us, "If you choose to enter this relationship, here is its meaning and pattern of destiny.
This is what it is made of and what it is for. If we examine the synastry between the composite and the chart of each individual in the relationship, we can learn a lot about how the relationship makes each person feel.
We can also take a third party and compare that person's chart to the composite. This is a fascinating exercise. Let's say that I am in a long-term relationship, but also have a lover. I can take that third party's chart and look at how it affects the composite chart between me and my partner, and I can get a very clear picture of how my lover affects the relationship.
We can also look at the chart of a child in relation to the composite between the parents. This is very useful in terms of understanding family dynamics. Some children have a way of really disrupting the parental relationship, while others help to glue it together. We can see this by looking at the child's chart in relation to the parents' composite.
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We might not see this dynamic by merely exploring the synastry between the child and each individual parent. Freedom and fate within relationship Working with composites makes us think in terms of something larger than ourselves as individuals.
Wherever we go, we create interfaces with other people, and we may not have the same amount of choice in dealing with those interfaces as we might when we deal with our own personal issues. If one has a Sun-Saturn square in the birth chart, one can actively do something with it. One doesn't have to be its victim, or live solely from the darker side of it. It may be a difficult aspect in early life, and it may reflect deep feelings of insecurity or inadequacy. But one can say, "I know that a lot of my self-doubt is connected with my father and my childhood.
I sabotage myself because I am sometimes afraid to aim high. I am often too hard on myself, and expect too much. But I'm going to try to work on these issues.
I'll make an effort to understand what they are about. I may need some psychotherapy to help me to learn to trust myself more. And I'll try to develop my Saturn sign so that I have more confidence.
But when a Sun-Saturn square appears in the composite chart, the relationship cannot go into psychotherapy.
The relationship cannot say, of its own volition, "I'm going to work on these feelings of limitation and self-doubt. Both individuals can work on their own Saturns. But neither may have a Sun-Saturn square, and neither may really understand why, when they are together, something in the relationship thwarts and frustrates their joint goals.
The external limitations which often accompany a composite Sun-Saturn may seem strangely impersonal and beyond one's control. The impersonal feeling of the composite may be very uncomfortable for us if we are psychologically inclined, because psychological astrology implies individual responsibility and a belief that we can change many things in our lives if we are prepared to do the inner work.
Because we view the birth chart as an inner picture, we can take responsibility for how we express it, and consciousness can make a huge difference. A psychological approach to astrology allows us to transform many things if we make sufficient effort. But one can be deluded by the fantasy that one can change anything, and some things lie beyond the individual's scope of influence.
I am not suggesting that composites are not psychological, or that we should abandon this approach when interpreting them. But "psychological" does not always mean free, and change may mean a change in the attitudes of both people toward the relationship, rather than a change in the endemic pattern of the relationship itself.
We can do nothing to change the fundamental patterns in the composite chart. Of course the same may be said of an individual chart. But we seem to have more room to affect the levels on which we express our natal patterns. This gives us the inner sense - valid or not - that we have the power to participate actively in, or even create, our own future. Maybe we do, at least in some areas of life. But a composite presents us with a different experience, if not a different reality at core.
We can change how we react to the patterns in the composite, and we can make the effort to provide creative outlets for its energies. But even with the maximum cooperation with a partner, the patterns of a composite still feel "outside" our sphere of personal influence.
A composite will not say, "This is a bad relationship - get out of it. If you want this relationship, accept this issue. These limits may prove to be creative and positive for either or both individuals. But they feel as though they have been imposed on us. A Sun-Saturn square or a Sun-Chiron conjunction in the natal chart also contains built-in limits, but we experience them differently.
Let's take composite Sun-Chiron aspects. I have seen these many times when a relationship involves the unavoidable inclusion of limits from the past. The past may be an ex-partner who wants big maintenance payments, or it may be children from a former marriage. These situations can cause a lot of pain, especially where children are involved, because no matter how mature and conscious the two people are, there will be conflicts, divided loyalties, hurt feelings, and perhaps also financial restrictions.
It is not a question of altering attitudes; a priori families, for any couple, are a built-in fact which will always impose limits. If a couple do not experience limits in such circumstances, then we probably won't see Sun-Chiron in the composite chart. We know that Chiron is connected with experiences of wounding, particularly those which seem unfair and unmerited, and which are a product of the state of the collective at the time rather than some particular person's fault or act of malice.
Sun-Chiron contacts in a composite suggest that the relationship itself carries an unhealable wound, usually from the past of both parties, or from the nature of the world in which the two people are living. At the same time, the relationship may provide deep healing for both people, or for others who come in contact with the couple, because the inherent limits invoke suffering and consequent understanding and compassion.
I have sometimes seen Sun-Chiron in a composite when two people want very badly to have children but are unable to do so.
This is a wound which can make people think much more deeply about who they are and what purpose their lives serve, because they do not have the collectively sanctioned "purpose" of a family to give them a direction in life. Another example might be a partnership where there is a great age difference, and the younger partner must watch the other grow old and frail. No amount of love and commitment can turn the clock back. Or there might be a physical handicap in one partner which may be genuinely and deeply accepted, but which limits the mobility of both people.
During the last years I've used four techniques for determining compatibility. I should also say that I have some problems distinguish the difference between the English words "technique" and "method". Here I simply check the "aspects" between the planets in A: This shows to me how like-minded the two people are, how much they have in common regarding temprerament, etc.
According to the sign-connections, two people with much water in their charts should feel they have very much in common. They may be very attracted to each other, and in fact very like-minded. However, there is a risk of too much water in the relationships. There may be too much emotions, subjectivity, passivity, etc.Relationship Compatibility and Composite Charts with Astrolada & AstroDe
This is a paradox that has gotten my attention for years. Astrologers seems to disagree whether it is good or bad when two people have a majority of planets in the same element. Any thougts on this are welcome. My experience tells that the sign-connections tells VERY much about a relationship. The composite chart seems to tell a whole lot about the relationship itself, and which form it may take. I have generally paid far more attention to the composite chart than on the synastry see belowbut right now I have no clear opinion on the matter.
I don't pay attention to the signs in a composite chart. For instance, I have problems accepting that a relationship between a person with lots of planets in Cancer, and a person with lots of planets in Scorpio, should be very Virgonian. I think "good" aspects should be "consumed", otherwise they may actually start causing problems.
Squares may indicate a struggle between needs. A square between e. Saturn and Uranus, may indicate a relationship that requires both freedom, exciteness, surprises, etc, AND stability, predictiveness and control. And with squares, there are always some struggle and imbalance. Aspects may be personalized. In the case of an opposition between Saturn and Neptune, one person may be very idealistic and the other very Saturnian.
The two partners may alter the roles! My experiences tells me that aspects like Sun square Saturn or Sun square Mars often are found in the composite charts between people that don't get along very well. Whether a relationship will succeed or not, seems to depend very much on the LACK of difficult aspects. The composite charts of people living happily for many years, doesn't necessarily have lots of trines and sextiles. Rather, they have none, or very few, difficult aspects.
None of the above statements are based on empirical research. It's rather based on personal experiences and thoughts. By "synastry" I'm talking about the aspects between the planets in A: These aspects must be in orb. I don't think synastry necessarily tells that much about whether a relationship will become successful or not.
I rather think the synastry has an explaining function.
The Composite Chart
Via the synastry we are able to see exactly WHAT causes the problems. In this case the sign-connections are of value as well. Mercury square Moon in the composite chart, may have a connection with the fact that A is very "airy" and B is very "watery".