A reader wrote:
“There are some synastry aspects that make people want to run the other way, a Saturn square or a Neptune one say, but that kind of reaction doesn’t take into account the natal relationship each person has with the square planets in their own charts. Does that modify the synastry? Does the natal chart trump synastry and composite charts?”
I think you’re asking if it’s possible to have a great relationship even when there are harsh aspects between the charts. The answer is yes!
I think you’re asking if a person has good command of their Saturn energy, would it follow that a harsh aspect between their Saturn and their partner’s Sun might be less oppressive. The answer to that is maybe.
I say “maybe” because I think you’re trying to rely too much on astrology to think about this. In reality there are too many variables. There are the things you mention but there are also an individual’s wants and needs to consider.
For example, my husband’s Saturn hits my chart hard (synastry). We also have a composite grand cross involving Saturn. Textbook astrology would tell you to run for the hills. Who wants all this hardship?
Well it turns out I do. It turns out I like firm surfaces rather than fluffy pillows. It turns out I could use some guidance in a number of areas and we all know that diamonds are created under pressure, right?
I might be in a more cushy position with a different man, but it turns out I would rather become a diamond. This is my decision and I don’t want astrology (or an astrologer) making this decision for me.
I’d say if you see these aspects between the chart, they will play. How a person feels about that play is an individual matter.
Anyone else out there in a good relationship with bad synastry?
Beginning in the 1950s, two French Psychologists, Michel and Francoise Gauquelin began doing research of tremendous importance. The details are too complex to go into in this column, but in general they discovered that planets did affect individuals who were born with those planets in certain specific places in the chart. The results they obtained were extremely statistically significant with odds against chance that were very much greater than the minimum usually considered necessary to establish a statistical correlation.
Almost everyone who has studied the Gauquelin’ work has concluded that their results confirm the existence of some kind of astrological effect, that is, planets do seem to have some influence in determining an individual’s character or behavior. This is radical enough in itself, but most of those who have examined the results have overlooked the most radical implication of the results.
In astrology, we take the moment of birth as the beginning of life. The natal chart is erected for the moment of the first breath or cry after the child is completely out of the mother. This has always been a source of controversy because of conception. Doesn’t the life of the individual actually begin when the egg is fertilized in the mother’s womb? Even in ancient times this fact was recognized, although ancient astrologers did in fact give very good reasons for using the birth moment. They did not just ignore the objection.
But with our modern understanding of genetics, the argument for the time of conception over the moment of birth seems even more compelling. This argument has often been used by astrology’s critics as a reason for rejecting astrology, at least as we practice it. However, the Gauquelin results were obtained using the moment of birth, not conception. This is a strong confirmation of the standard astrological practice, even if that practice seems against logic from a modern point of view. That is point number one!
But point number two is even more radical. Even if we grant that the planets somehow influence our lives, why should one moment of that influence be so important? Conception makes a little more sense than birth because one could argue that the arrangement of the planets at conception might affect which sperm unites the egg and therefore what the genetic makeup of the individual is going to be. But at birth the individual that is born is fully-formed genetically. Only the results of environment are left to have an effect. But those influences should be the continuing product of the motions of the planets at any time.
There is no reason why the birth moment should have any continuing effect on how the individual reacts to the ongoing planetary influences. Yet this is exactly what astrology claims, and the Gauquelin data demonstrates. This is the main hurdle that any would-be “scientific” explanation of astrology has to overcome. If geomagnetism affects people, why should the geomagnetism of the birth moment have a continuing effect?
All of this is also only taking the birth chart into account. What about some of astrology’s other methods of prediction such as progressions, and directions that do not even use real-time celestial motions, but rather celestial motions in a kind of symbolic time? All told, either the methods that astrologers use are completely bogus (which is obviously not my experience), or it is going to be very hard to make astrology into a new kind of science without making some radical changes in our notions of science.
This is my point: For science to accept astrology in anything like the form in which it now exists, the fundamental philosophical assumptions of science have to change radically. I think that scientists, even those who know very little about astrology (which is most of them) intuitively recognize that astrology and science, as they both are now, are completely incompatible.
We can do scientific-type investigations of astrology. The Gauquelin did. We can find things that are truly astounding. But I do not think that we can incorporate astrology into the theoretical and philosophical structure of the sciences without abandoning most of what constitutes astrology. I believe that science will discover more and more that there are correlations between planetary movements and terrestrial phenomena, but that will be about it. They will declare that this is not astrology, or that it is the “real” astrology, and that what we do is bogus.
In the next several articles we will look some more at this question and also look at some other theories and explanations concerning astrology.
Mercury enters Leo on July 13th, joining Venus and increasing the focus on creative possibility. Mercury in Leo is about bold and bright ideas. But it’s also about putting your sense of purpose into words. Identifying what’s special.
Here’s something that’s not commonly associated with Leo, but is actually one of its prime qualities: organization. Leo is the sign of integration (centre of the universe) so Mercury’s transit can assist you with planning and development. It’s not about details as much as understanding how all the dots connect. Combined with the sign’s creativity and enthusiasm, this transit can be good for personal and professional projects. The downside to this transit is rigidly condescending ideas or speeches. Fixed Leo’s flare for drama can result in some gold-plated words that hurt when they hit.
Planetary energy is building in Leo, and the peak will be from July 22nd to July 29th, when the Sun joins Mercury and Venus. This is a fun-loving, romantic sign, but you’ll be overlooking its full potential if that’s all you focus on. When this sign is emphasized, you’re asked to identify your special purpose. What gives you confidence, because it is uniquely and unmistakably yours? Where do you look for applause? How do you feel about applause? Some have a complicated relationship with approval. Some deny they want it, but secretly crave it. Others refuse to accept recognition. Leo makes many people uncomfortable, because of its unabashed joy in being recognized.
When Internet technology became available to me personally some sixteen years ago, I discovered a way to share my knowledge with the world. Some of you maybe familiar with some of my earlier works, such as “Traditional Astrology” or “Astro’s Astrology“. Today, this website, Astrology Online, is my primary focus. If you enjoy reading the stars and planets as much as I, or if you are just getting started, then this my friend is the place to be!
I was getting offers to have it published on many other sites, as well as in hard print. The popularity grew, and today Astrology Online‘s free horoscopes are one of the most popular places on the internet. And for that, I thank you all. It is my sincerest hope that this becomes the only astrology and horoscope web site anyone will ever need. This is a huge project, and as you might imagine, we will be “under construction” for a long time to come! Please be patient as we grow, the more time and care I put into this, the better it will be in the long run. I do work another job, but I will be making time for this site’s construction and updating. As some of you may have noticed, we now have free Horoscopes, (by popular demand), and writing these takes time each day.
This is an extremely large site, and being so, I have endeavored to make it as easy to navigate as possible. Simply look at the row of options in the green on the left, choose the topic that most interests you, and click it! When you are in an area with more options (or “branches”) you will find a text navigation bar at the bottom of the page with links to other areas pertaining to that particular topic. Also within each page is links and discussion on how to proceed. Note: The free horoscopes page is the most popular btw.
Natal Mercury retrograde means there was a problem with how you thought and communicated in a previous life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that has critical repercussions, or were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.
Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. Especially when young, there can be a repeating theme of challenging events related to your past.
The aim of Mercury retrograde in your birth chart is for you to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be reduced and you can get off the roundabout.
Mercury retrograde in your natal chart can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing and comprehension. You may be a shy, quite person whose thoughts have turned inward. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.
Mercury retrograde only last for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury retrograde later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury retrograde.
Transiting Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.
The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods.
Mercury retrograde is associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury-Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde, so you can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period may be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.
Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or when provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace, and double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.
Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde, so this is not a good time to be signing contracts. Some important details are not yet available, and other parties may not be reliable or honest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced before hand.