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Synastry
Synastry
Understanding the Astrology of Relationships

By: Rod Suskin
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738712550
English  |  264 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: February 2008
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Contents

List of Tables and Examples ................................................................... xii

List of Charts .......................................................................................xiv

Foreword by Noel Tyl ............................................................................xvi

Introduction: What Is Synastry? ............................................................... 1

Chapter 1: The Basics ..................................................................... 5

In This Chapter ......................................................................................... 5

Why the Client Seeks Help ....................................................................... 5

What Astrology Can Offer ........................................................................ 6

Which Relationships Can We Analyze? ...................................................... 7

What Is Compatibility? ............................................................................. 7

The Difference Between Synastry and Natal Readings ............................... 8

First Impressions........................................................................................ 9

Why We Form First Impressions ............................................................. 10

Why We Create Impressions in Others .................................................... 10

Why First Impressions Often Are Wrong ................................................. 11

Appearance Counts: The Ascendant ........................................................ 11

Analyzing the Ascendant for First Impressions ......................................... 12

Controlling Other People’s Impressions of Us .......................................... 14

Finding the “Real” Person ........................................................................ 16

Chapter 2: Relationships and the Individual ................................ 17

In This Chapter ....................................................................................... 17

The Promise of the Natal Chart ............................................................... 17

The Chart as a Whole.............................................................................. 18

Hemisphere Emphasis ............................................................................. 18

Strong or Weak Planets ............................................................................ 19

Other Emphasized Chart Features ........................................................... 20

The Primary Needs: Sun and Moon ........................................................ 21

Steps to Analyze the Sun and Moon ........................................................ 23

Interpreting Compatible or Incompatible Needs ..................................... 25

How Needs Are Made Visible to Others .................................................. 26

Another Look at the Ascendant ............................................................... 27

Drawing Some Conclusions .................................................................... 28

Chapter 3: First Steps in Comparisons ......................................... 29

In This Chapter ....................................................................................... 29

Initial Comparisons ................................................................................. 29

Start with Elements Alone ....................................................................... 30

Comparing Elements ............................................................................... 30

Highly Compatible Elements .................................................................. 31

Elements That Are Compatible with Effort ............................................. 31

Not Compatible or Disinterested Elements ............................................. 32

Comparing Sun, Moon, and Ascendant ................................................... 33

Conveying Information to Clients ........................................................... 34

Comparing Individual Characteristics ..................................................... 34

How Much Should You Say? ................................................................... 39

The Foundation in Place ......................................................................... 39

Chapter 4: The Foundations of Relating ....................................... 41

In This Chapter ....................................................................................... 41

Communicating Feelings ......................................................................... 42

Analyzing Communication Using Mercury and the Moon ...................... 42

The Value System .................................................................................... 43

Self-Worth ............................................................................................... 44

Love, Sex, and Pleasure ............................................................................ 46

Connecting Self-Worth and Love ............................................................ 48

Children .................................................................................................. 50

Beyond Pleasure ...................................................................................... 52

Marriage and One-to-One Relationships ................................................. 54

Planets in and Ruling the Seventh House ................................................ 55

Likelihood and Lastingness of Marriage ................................................... 58

Learning about Ourselves ........................................................................ 60

viii Contents

Chapter 5: Basic Chart Comparison ............................................. 61

In This Chapter ....................................................................................... 61

What Does Synastry Involve? .................................................................. 62

The Method of Comparison .................................................................... 62

Making the Necessary Calculations ......................................................... 62

The Effect on Each Other ....................................................................... 63

Finding Patterns of Interaction ................................................................ 66

Measuring Important Interchart Aspects.................................................. 67

Focusing on the Most Important Planets and Aspects .............................. 68

Planets in Relationships ........................................................................... 68

Aspects in Relationships .......................................................................... 69

Planets in Aspect in Synastry ................................................................... 72

1. The Luminaries ............................................................................... 72

2. The Angles and Their Rulers ........................................................... 74

3. Mercury .......................................................................................... 76

4. Venus .............................................................................................. 77

5. Mars................................................................................................ 78

6. Jupiter ............................................................................................. 81

7. Saturn ............................................................................................. 82

8. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto ........................................................... 85

Checklist: Key Areas of Comparison ........................................................ 86

Keeping It in Balance .............................................................................. 88

What You’ve Learned So Far .................................................................... 88

Chapter 6: Life Issues .................................................................... 89

In This Chapter ....................................................................................... 89

Going Deeper .......................................................................................... 90

Fear of Rejection ..................................................................................... 90

The Natal Chart and Life Experience ...................................................... 90

Succedent Houses Show Core Issues ........................................................ 91

Secretiveness and Denial .......................................................................... 93

Contents ix

The Twelfth House .................................................................................. 93

Planets in the Twelfth .......................................................................... 93

Triggers from the Partner’s Chart ............................................................. 96

The Challenge to Grow ........................................................................... 97

Effects of Outer Planets ........................................................................... 98

Aspects Between Outer Planets and Personal Planets ............................... 98

How Each Outer Planet Takes Effect ..................................................... 100

Aspects Between Outer Planets .............................................................. 102

Karma, Saturn, and the Seven-Year Cycle .............................................. 104

Using Uranus and Neptune to Enhance Your Understanding ................ 106

Other Outer Planet Connections ........................................................... 110

Chapter 7: Charts of the Relationship ........................................ 111

In This Chapter ..................................................................................... 111

What Defines a Bond? ........................................................................... 111

Combining Charts ................................................................................ 112

An Alternative Method .......................................................................... 113

Advantages and Disadvantages of These Methods .................................. 114

Helping Clients Understand the Composite Chart ................................ 115

Working with the Composite ................................................................ 116

Emphasizing Aspect over Sign ............................................................... 118

Combining Multiple Charts .................................................................. 120

Marriage Charts .................................................................................... 121

What to Analyze in the Marriage Chart ................................................. 122

Moving Forward into the Present ... and the Future............................... 124

Chapter 8: Beginnings and Endings ........................................... 125

In This Chapter ..................................................................................... 125

When Does a Relationship Begin? ......................................................... 126

Progressions Show Lasting Changes ....................................................... 126

Transits Time the Changes ..................................................................... 128

Will It Last? ........................................................................................... 131

Preparing and Delineating Directed Charts ........................................... 133

Directions of Marriage Charts ............................................................... 134

x Contents

Making Composites from Progressed Charts ......................................... 134

When Will Changes Happen? ............................................................... 134

What Changes Will Happen? ................................................................ 135

Giving a Joint Predictive Reading .......................................................... 141

Important Directions in Individual Charts ............................................ 143

Directions Involving Composite Charts ................................................. 144

Strategies for Using Transits to Composites ........................................... 145

When Will It End? ................................................................................ 146

O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson, Part 1—Natal Synastry ....... 150

O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson, Part 2—Directions .............. 154

Chapter 9. The Consultation ...................................................... 161

In This Chapter ..................................................................................... 161

Ethical Issues ......................................................................................... 162

The Right to Privacy ............................................................................. 162

How Much Information to Give? .......................................................... 163

Advice and the Law ............................................................................... 164

Preparing for the Consultation .............................................................. 165

Selecting Information ............................................................................ 165

Collating Information ........................................................................... 167

Develop a Strategy for Timing the Session ............................................. 168

Let Astrology Be Your Guide ................................................................. 169

Spend a Moment on Yourself ................................................................. 169

Your Role as Astrological Counselor ...................................................... 170

The Relationship Goes “Live” ................................................................ 172

Giving Constructive Advice ................................................................... 175

Wrapping It Up ..................................................................................... 178

Appendix A: Further Reading .............................................................. 179

Appendix B: Relationship Analysis Worksheet ........................................ 181

Appendix C: Charts ............................................................................ 193

 




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