The Composite is a mid-point method between the charts of two people, It is the final product of the Synastry.
It shows the relationship in practice and the daily reality of the couple. Reading a Composite chart is similar as a birthchart except that it’s about two people instead of one.
A shitty Composite chart, does not mean the relationship is unable to last, however it will come with a fair amount of challenge that you’ll need to overcome. It can work, but a lot depends on the individuals (self)awareness of both people involved. When it comes to the longevity of a relationship : get over yourself. Relationships happen for a reason and always come with a purpose. If you use Astrology to figure whether you’ll marry or not, then first question why you’re concerned about this.. all begins within.. the marriage with oneself.
How to read a Composite chart
Before you begin to interpret the Composite, it’s important to first examine :
• The individual birth charts = personality, needs, struggles/challenges
• The synastry = chemistry, mutual attraction, how you trigger one another
|• Check for house emphasis & stellium = key theme and focus of the relationship|
• House of the Sun & Moon = the dynamic of the couple, key issues
• Aspects to the Sun & Moon = purpose of the relationship, how you deal with issues
• House of Venus & Mars = how is love & sex shared
• Aspects to Venus & Mars = shows challenges, blockages or ease and flow
• Angular planets = strong emphasis & theme in the relationship
• Placements in 1, 5, 7, 11 = any afflictions can affect the health of the relationship
• House & aspect of Saturn = weakness & challenge of the relationship, karmic influence
Basics of the Composite
ASC : How the relationship started & how others / environment see you, persona of the relationship
ASC ruler : Area of focused expression as a couple
Sun : What brought you together and what goal you have in life
Aspects to Sun : Shows if the purpose of the relationship supported or not
Moon : Emotional connection & the soul of the relationship, instinctive reactions onto one another
Northnode : Indicates in what direction you should grow as couple
1st, 5th and 7th : Important houses in Composite
Eros : Mutual passions, erotic connection & obsessions
Psyche : Intuitive connection
Juno : Me-You dynamic, the nature of the relationship, sense of comitment
Ceres : Nurturing connection
Vesta : Dedication & Commitment
Chiron : What causes struggles, pain, insecurity, lack & needs work
Northnode : Purpose & lessons of the relationship, what needs to become
Conjunction : Binding force, depending on the planets combined
Sextile : Harmonic union, comforting
Square : Challenge, No break-ups when you understand each other
Trine : Harmonic union, cooperating well together
Opposition : More prone to break-ups, attraction
Meaning of the houses
1st House : Planets in 1st are directly felt by the couple, it shows how the couple is with one another and how other people see them. Neptune, Uranus and Pluto are difficult placements for the Composite 1st house. Describes the impression of the relationship. A strong 1st house shows a significant relationship that ha a strong impact on both people, as well as the shared impact onto their direct environment, this is mainly true for Pluto in the composite 1st house.
2nd House : Deals with the possessions, shared finances and values of the couple, the ability to share with each other and how the individual relationship to security affects the relationship. This house shows potential disagreements and conflict, therefore it’s good to have a positive 2nd house, especially for a romantic relationship. Any afflictions can affect the health negatively, such as fear or lack of resources.
3rd House : Shows the communication of the couple and the ability to express their thoughts. It also shows how the couple thinks about their environment. Afflictions to the 3rd house can bring communication issues, Chiron in 3 can be a challenging placement for there’s insecurity or mental inability for exchange. The 3rd house shows whether you get along (mentally) on a basic level.
4th House : Any placement in the 4th has an additional weight and meaning in the relationship. One of the important houses to look at in the composite, because it shows whether it’s a good idea to settle down together or not. The Sun or Moon placed in 4th are the best position for settling down and build a home together. This house also deal with the foundation and structure of the relationship and what it’s built upon. Let’s say Neptune is close to the 4th house cusp, than it can show that the relationship is based on an illusion or idealized perception of one another, which is not the most stable foundation on the long haul. This is a very intimate house and shows how a couple shares their vulnerability and private life.
5th House : Deals with the couple’s creativity and fun activities. A busy 5th house is a couple that would like to have children around or have children of their own, however this can be an less favorable indication for settling down. Together with the 8th house, the sexual activity of the couple can be seen. The 5th deals with the shared need for pleasure and whether you’re a fun loving couple or not. Afflictions to/in the 5th house can affect individual self expression, this can result in sexual issues and a lack of affection.
6th House : Represents where the couple will be tested, in order to handle the outside world. It deals with the couples daily activities, duties and responsibilities. Placements in 6th are sober and serious, therefore a strong 6th emphasis is more suitable for work relationships, and can make a romantic relationship very platonic and dissatisfying : it becomes a job rather than a spontaneous love union. Any personal planets in 6th add a practical flavor to that planet, such as Venus in 6th has a emphasis on practical love.
7th House : Is the house of one-on-one encounters. It shows whether you function as a union or as two separate people. Personal planets in 7th add weight to the mutual desire for cooperation. A (afflicted) Sun in 7th can show two people starting of as lovers but a quarrelsome ending, becoming enemies. Venus in 7th is one of the best indicators for marriage and passionate romance between two people.
8th House : The couples ability for commitment and ownership together. It is the house of joint property and can indicate your potentials for shared investments, or the ability to take a loan as a couple. A busy 8th house shows a very deep bond between two people. An intimate sharing together. This house shows how you grow together. 8th house stelliums are by far the most intense : there is an Astrologer who claims that this is a twinflame indication, I wish to bring to your attention that this is not true for you can have 8th house stelliums with good friends or soulmates. Any 8th house placement will have a profound meaning and effect in the relationship for it often shows psychological purging, awareness and transformation. It signifies deep attraction especially with personal planets.
9th House : Shows how the couple explores the world together, their activities and adventures. This house shows how the relationship affects the consciousness of both people involved. The ability to learn or to feel restricted. Mutual understanding is seen through the 9th house.
10th House : Deals with the status and reputation of the couple and how they fit into the world together. This house shows how serious the couple is in their approach towards life and responsibilities. The 10th house shows the reality of the relationship, what it’s actually made of. Venus in the 10th usually indicates a couple that is publicly affectionate, unless it’s afflicted.
11th House : The social activities and social culture of the couple. Their friends and how their environment sees them. This house tells whether the couple is accepted into society or not. Positive placements is beneficial for romance and marriage, for the relationship is built upon a mutual friendship. It also shows the shared dreams of the couple and how you see the future together, the idea of long term commitment.
12th House : This house shows all things that are unconscious, therefore planets in 12th are considered difficult and may affect the success and longevity of the relationship if not handled well. Planets in 12 have an unconscious expression, therefore the couple may have primitive or instinctive reactions that may trigger the other. The deeper meaning is to dig out personal struggles, suffering and problems. It also shows the need for healing and how the relationship can potentially help in that process. Planets in 12 can create a feelings of fate between people.
Ascendant : Type of couple
Aries : Sports, common interests, environments that allow you to express yourself, adventurous places, possibly through common goals or through a spontaneous decision.
Type : Active, self-sufficient, confident, impatient. Compromise is needed
Taurus : Neat and tidy environments. gentle and natural environments, relaxing places that provide to the senses (gardens, oceans, etc,..), maybe through development. you might have this ascendant with a parent; mother in particular.
Type : Traditional, practical, solid, long term thinking. Variety is needed
Gemini : Through anything that involves communication (internet, texting, letter writing, emails, etc,…), through siblings, learning environments. possibly neighbors, distant neighbors or through these people.
Type : Mental, instinctive, restless, adaptable. Intimacy is needed
Cancer : Comfortable and stable environments, places that feel homely. possibly at home, or at someone else’s home. possibly through family. you might have this ascendant with a parent.
Type : Emotional, Security, comfort. Communication is needed
Leo : Environments through creative expression, through children, childhood friends, school friends, through siblings, speed dating. possibly through what you use for personal pleasure (hobbies, drugs, sex, etc,…)
Type : Confident, compassionate, Lower pride is needed
Virgo : At work, through animals, possibly learning environments, professional environments, health environments. could be through something you are committed to or are responsible for.
Type : Practical, detail-oriented. Seeing the big picture is needed
Libra : Through friends or acquaintances, debates, communal and social areas such as youth clubs and parties. possibly during periods of collecting products for your own aesthetic (clothing, interior/exterior design, books, toys, etc,…)
Type : Compromising, loving, sociable. Balanced compromising.
Scorpio : Absolutely weird places that people don’t usually specifically meet (alleyways, suburban streets, graveyards), through law systems, through problem solving, through sex, lovers.
Type : Intense, transformative, sexual. Objectivity is needed
Sagittarius : Possibly during emergencies, through adventurous endeavors, through school or learning environments. travel, cultures, philosophical debates, the seeking of freedom.
Type : Adventurous, independent. Balance is needed
Capricorn : At work, in professional environments, through colleagues. could be during a period where you’re building or maintaining a social image. through group projects, maybe through defeating your fears.
Type : Focused, structured, age difference. Understanding emotions is needed.
Aquarius : The internet, in communal and social spaces such as libraries and cafes. through friends, possibly whilst helping this person, attending the same protests.
Type : Independent, different.
Pisces : Spiritual endeavors, mental health, places of the unknown (you were lost, in a place you use to escape reality, possibly astral projection or through a prophetic dream). somewhere you thought you were alone.
Type : Dreamy, spiritual, sacrificial, silent, sense of reality is needed
Composite 7th house : planets
Shows what’s needed to make the relationship work.
Sun : Need for balances ego’s in order to make it work. It’s a good placement for marriage, but it can quickly evolve into becoming open enemies if you are not willing to compromise and listen to each other.
Moon : Emotional involvement is a strong theme. Giving security to one another is needed as well as balancing the emotions of both people. One or both need to learn objectivity in heated or sentimental conversations.
Mercury : Equally sharing is a theme, learning to see both sides of the same coin. Communication is strong, but also the point that needs to be balanced in order for it to work.
Venus : A very good placement for all love relationships as well as business related relationships. It’s important to find balance in giving & receiving. Careful with over-compromising, needs a balance of give and take.
Mars : Balanced distribution of energy exchange is needed. You are both profoundly involved, the relationship needs constructive assertiveness. Harmonious cooperation and mutual input is needed.
Jupiter : Mutual enhancement and growth, a beneficial placement for all personal endeavors. A shared journey of learning, including confrontation.
Saturn : This creates commitment and durability. However mutual respect is a necessity, patience and determination for a shared goal. There may be restrictions and blockages that require serious effort to make it work. See each other as equals.
Uranus : A need to be unconventional together. LDR or open relationship. Freedom is a big theme so that both individuals can grow. When conjunct with the Sun, it shows true unconditional love. You have to accept and appreciate each other for who you both are. It can show up in the chart of an age-gab couple (unusual). Unable to expect this relationship to be traditional or monotone.
Neptune : Creates difficulty in seeing the relationship as it really is, patience and mutual respect is needed. Be open with each other. There is often a (minor) secret kept, careful not to repress personal truths.
Pluto : A very intense placement able to stir up power conflicts, the need to possess and claim each other. Try to balance these energies, treat each other as equals. Profound rebirth through cooperation.
The Northnode by house and sign placement shows the purpose of the relationship. The interpretation of the house is most important, the Signs are usually not considered much in the Composite chart. Squares to Pluto and Saturn show a difficult and karmic path that requires you to surrender to the potentials of overwhelming energy that may arise at one point. It’s meant to transform the both of you fundamentally. Consider planets in aspect to the Northnode :
|• Challenged Northnode = Difficulty to fulfill the purpose|
• Supported Northnode = Goals will be achieved
• Cultivating the positive side of Northnode = benefits the relationship
1st/Aries : Learning assertiveness and independence. An important union that enhances self-development and awareness. Individual growth, learning to merge two different identities. Taking action, to be courageous but not to forget who you are individually.
2nd/Taurus : Learning stability and sensuality. Acceptance of individual rhythm and a journey of setting healthy boundaries. Learning about self-care and inner stability. Patience and stable growth. An emphasis on strengthening the individual self-esteem and self-worth. A focus onto the sensual side of expression and togetherness.
3rd/Gemini : Learning to communicate and remain open. Lightheartedness. Learning to distinguish, filtering out the correct information. Developing new skills and talents. Shared journey of learning. An emphasis onto the sharing of ideas and the need to feel understood.
4th/Cancer : Learning how to nurture one other and create a home. Cooperation within family matters. The need for introspection and inner healing, creating a solid emotional foundation. The need to learn objectivity. To bring comfort to each other. Deep shared soul-searching.
5th/Leo : Learning self-expression and creativity. Children are a big theme with this placement, either having a lot of children together or children taking over a huge part of your shared life; responsibility. The need to stimulate and accept each other’s inner child, shared self-discovery. The importance of finding joy in things.
6th/Virgo : Learning how to structure the daily routines, an emphasis onto health. Service and sacrifice. Becoming a functioning team of mutual service or shared projects. Finding ways to cooperate and help one another, the need to merge both individual routines into a functioning team. This placement has an emphasis onto the tangible and practical side of life.
7th/Libra : Learning about harmonious togetherness, through balanced cooperation and compromise. This placement is linked to marriage and love relationships. Learning to team up, and how you can join your strengths and differences to make things work.
8th/Scorpio : Learning depth and intimacy, the union exists to transform you (both). Often this placement suggests a strong emphasis on vulnerability and sexuality. Overcoming fear and trauma, shared soul-searching and finding deeper meaning. The need to learn to trust and share. With Scorpio, sexual issues, repression, blockage,.. can arise.
9th/Sagittarius : Learning about spirituality. The purpose of life and beyond. Travel and educating one another. Sharing wisdom and perspectives that help each other move through life. A shared spiritual journey and achieving a broad understanding of life. Can bring a (necessary) journey to foreign lands at one point.
10th/Capricorn : Learning how to cooperate together and build strong long-lasting foundations. Linked to the public image and how you stand in society as a couple. Often linked to partnership that are business oriented. Steady growth. With Capricorn it can point to age or work related issues that need to be overcome. This can be a very supportive relationship, growing stronger and becoming grounded.
11th/Aquarius : Learning to think outside of the box, and to be friends in the first place. A humanitarian union of mutual support and intellectual enhancement. Liberation and independence. Networking is an important part of the relationship, to exchange perspectives, Insights, knowledge and ideas with other people. With Aquarius, ‘online’ can be a theme. An emphasis onto friendship as the base of a (romantic) relationship.
12th/Pisces : Learning about the psyche, sacrificial love. A strong emphasis onto learning compassion and the need to respect personal privacy. Can be a difficult placement for people that are very active and group-oriented. Can bring spiritual results and awakening. The need to see reality for what it is. Unconditional love needs to be achieved. To be understood in personal suffering.
Best placements from my own observation :
5th, 7th, 9th house
Libra, Taurus, Capricorn
Juno in the Composite chart
Juno shows our long term relationships. However little information is to be found regards Juno in the Composite.
What I have noticed is that when Juno is in the same sign or house as the Northnode, it shows a long term relationship. But it doesn’t always mean marriage. Other good placements/aspects :
• Juno conjunct/sextile/trine Venus
• Juno conjunct/sextile/trine Jupiter
• Juno conjunct/sextile/trine NorthNode
• Juno in 5th, 6th, 7th or 10th
• Juno in Libra, Taurus or Capricorn
• Juno in same sign/house as NorthNode
• Juno conjunct/trine MC
Chiron in the Composite chart
Chiron is the wounded healer and can either heal or cause more harm. An angular Chiron is most ‘powerful’ in a Composite chart but. How this will manifest, depends on the aspects to other planets. Chiron can be read pretty much literally by house placement.
Some examples :
Chiron in the 2nd house shows insecurity and potential lack of resources. Money can be a huge issues here.
Chiron in the 3rd house shows communication or mental struggles between two people.
Chiron in the 4th house shows issues that arise regards the living situation or actual property of the couple.
Chiron in the 8th house shows shared finances, traumas/anxieties, sexual matters as an issue.
And so on…
Chiron isn’t always negative, but it shows in what area of life you may experience more struggle or a feeling of inadequacy.
But it also indicates where you can gain strength and awareness as a couple, through conquered the pain and insecurity. It requires the need to have another approach to the issues such as creative solutions to problems. Dare to be vulnerable is the main message of Chiron.
Aspects in the Composite
Good aspects for compatibility
• Mars conjunct Venus = Sexual component that brings two people together
• Sun conjunct Venus = Love union, warm mutual feelings, natural appreciation
• Sun conjunct Jupiter = Lucky and brings growth. Prosperity and opportunity
• Sun conjunct Moon = Divine union, new beginnings (not in the 6th or 12th house)
• Sun trine Moon = Compatible, true love. Man and woman can coexist
• Sun conjunct/trine Uranus = Unconditional love, unusual connection
• Sexual chemistry = Aspect between the rulers of 5th & 8th
• 5th ruler and 8th ruler conjunct = Active and good sex potential
• Sun in 7th = Lovers or enemies
• Moon in 4th or 7th = Favorable position for a relationship or marriage
• Venus in 4th or 7th = Favorable placement for relationship and marriage
• Venus opposite ASC = True love, marriage potential, mutual admiration
• Venus-Mars = Sexual attraction & balance
• Venus-Moon = Emotional balance, deeply affectionate, poetic
• Jupiter conjunct DSC = Mutual understanding & support
• Neptune conjunct Jupiter = Spiritual union, idealistic
• Sun-ASC or ASC ruler = Chance for survival
• Juno in 1 or 7th
• Juno conjunct DSC
Difficult aspects on the long run
• A lot of square aspects = Very intense and challenging relationship
• 5th ruler and 8th ruler square = Lifeless sex, weird uncomfortable vibe, friction but can give passion too
• Planets in 12th house = Underlying dynamics that disrupt the connection, dormant potentials
• Mars conjunct/square/opposite Saturn = Sexual distance. One is hot while the other isn’t
• Saturn conjunct/square Mercury = Communication struggles, issues, difficulty to speak your mind
• Stellium in 8th = Very deep, intense bond. Transformative, therapeutic connection, overwhelmingly sexual
• Lilith square Chiron = Lack of depth, conflicts of past wounds-sexuality
• Mars in angular house = Difficult, quarrelsome, one being overly dominant
• Neptune in 1st = Not seeing each other for what you are, fundamental difference
• Hard Neptune aspect = sweet start, sour ending, a repressed personal truth
Prone to breaking up
• Saturn conjunct to the nodes = Won’t last, difficult karma
• Jupiter square/opposite Uranus = Divorce aspect, restlessness, working at cross purpose
• Saturn conjunct/square Northnode = Not supporting the purpose of the relationship, limitations
• Sun Conjunct/square/opposite Saturn = Something is missing, essential lack, repressed expressions, dissatisfaction
• Neptune in hard aspect = Beautiful beginning, sour ending, betrayal, unclear
• Mars in hard aspect = Sexual attraction, competitive & quarrelsome
• Sun square Moon = Imbalance, usually difficult for long term, temporary
Marriage indications (for the desperate ones)
• Jupiter conjunct/Trine/Sextile Venus
• Jupiter in the 7th
• Saturn 1st house (though, rather difficult placement)
• Pluto Conjunct the ASC/MC (not for the faint of heart)
• Vertex conjunct the DSC
• Juno In aspect to the DSC ruler
• Juno Conjunct/Trine/Sextile Sun
• Juno Conjunct/Trine/Sextile Venus
• Juno Conjunct/Trine/Sextile Jupiter
• Juno same sign/house as Sun
• Juno Conjunct/trine Saturn
• Sun conjunct/opposite Venus
• Sun in 7th or 10th
• Venus in 7th or 9th
• Moon 1st, 2nd, 7th or 8th
• Composite personal planets in Cancer
• Composite ASC/Sun in Libra
• Venus Sextile/Trine Saturn
• Venus conjunct vertex
• Juno conjunct vertex
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