The Davison Chart is calculated by the midpoint method between the birthdays, birth hours and birth location of two individuals. It’s similar to the Composite chart, but instead the Davison chart has an actual identity, such as a real birthchart with actual planetary positions that took place in time. The Davison chart contains retrograde planets which the composite chart doesn’t have, therefore it acts as a different perspective on the same relationship. The Davison is the relationship itself.
|1) Exact aspects (0-2°)|
2) Sun & Moon
3) Most occupied houses
4) Chart ruler (=ASC ruler)
5) Elemental void
Sun in Angular/Cardinal House :
Important relationship, adds to the individual development, public relationships
Sun in Succedent/Fixed House :
Secure feelings, foundation, transformation and solidity
Sun in Cadent/Mutable House :
It’s about sacrifices, active relationship, some related to karma (6th & 12th)
How to read a Davison chart
Similar as a birthchart, since it is an actual birthchart (of the relationship). However keeping in mind the interpretation is for two people.
1) Most exact aspect
It shows what topics and areas in life are most prominent in the relationship.
It tells a large part of the story in general, i’ve written on this before :
If the aspect is a square or opposition it makes the relationship difficult.
If the aspect is a trine or sextile it brings ease to the relationship.
If the aspect is a conjunction it depends on which planets are merging.
Also important is to look at which houses these two planets in aspect rule.
Saturn (7th) sextile Moon (1st) actually shows a longterm relationship.
Neptune (4th) sextile Mercury (8th & 10th) shows a soft tendency to idealize the areas of sex, shared resources and public image but it’s not harmful due to it being a sextile, instead the partners may have the possibility to make their dreams come true. through communication aswell as soft spoken romantic words of love between them.
2) Sun’s house placement (Check list above)
It shows the Entity of the relationship. The sign it’s placed in gives more flavor of the shared energy between two people.
Sun in Cancer shows there is a natural element of mutual nurturing in the relationship. Sun in Taurus shows there is a sense of stability and shared values. Sun in 1st shows the partners to feel good together but sometimes there might be a feeling of lacking an element to make up a feeling of wholeness.
3) Moon’s house placement (Check list above)
It shows the heart & the soul of the relationship.
Moon in Capricorn shows sober emotions that are shared between the partners, a sense of stability but also prone to depressive feelings especially when this Moon is placed in 6th or 12th house.
4) Most occupied house
It shows that there is lots of activity in the areas the house rules over.
3rd house stellium shows a relationship in which communication, short travels for pleasure, shared information and mental activity is a big theme.
an 8th house stellium shows a relationship with transformative and heavy energy in which the partners have deep understanding and connection with eachother, however not an easy stellium for some people. The planets that occupy the house show how you tend to approach this area in life, such as Uranus in 8th shows a rebelling and unusual approach towards shared resources and sexuality.
5) Placement of ASC ruler + aspects
A good placement of the ASC ruler is when it falls into one of these houses : 1,4,5,7,10.
Especially when it sits in the same house as the Sun or Moon, there is an overall sense of stability and understanding between the partners.
6) Elemental Void
Fire = lack of action & assertiveness
Earth = lack of stability & value
Water = lack of emotion & empathy
Air = Lack of communication & perspective
7) Aspects to the Sun & Moon
Do they receive Supportive or challenging aspects? The squares and oppositions are strongly felt, however it’s difficult to get a grab on it when it involves Neptune.
example : Sun opposite Neptune creates a strong attraction between the partners, however they might idealize each other and not even notice it.
8) Sun – Moon – Venus
These are the most important planets and show a true love union whenever they are in harmonious aspect.
Techniques that work on the Davison chart
• Solar arc
• Synastry (with one of the partners)
Positive aspects & placements
• Sun, Moon or ASC ruler in the houses 1,4,7,10
• Venus conjunct, trine, sextile to Sun or Moon
• Moon trine, sextile Saturn
• Jupiter trine, sextile Mercury
• Venus in an earth sign or fixed house
• Venus conjunct, trine, sextile Mars
• Moon trine, sextile Jupiter
Difficult aspects & placements
• Sun, Moon or ASC ruler in houses 3,6,9,12
• Venus square, opposite Saturn, Pluto or Neptune
• Sun conjunct, square, opposite 12th ruler
• Sun square, opposite Moon
• Mercury square, opposite Moon, Neptune, Pluto or Saturn
• 5th ruler in hard aspect to 6th ruler
• 8th ruler in hard aspect to 2nd, 6th, 9th or 12th ruler
Not very popular, but still relevant with accurate information. It’s a method where you pull up a Synastry with the Davison chart, and the birth chart of each individual. And make, yet another, a Davison chart which results in the Marks chart.
Let’s put it simple :
1) Make the Synastry of two people
2) Calculate the Davison (1) chart of the Synastry
3) Save the Davison (1) chart
4) Do a Synastry with the Davison (1) + Partner A
5) Calculate the Davison (2) chart from this
6) Do a synastry with the Davison (1) + Partner B
7) Calculate the Davison (3) Chart from this
= POV (point of view) A.k.a Marks chart
Before reading the Marks chart, it’s important to analyze the Synastry between the Davison (1) chart and each individual partner, this will show you how the relationship itself affects each partner. For example if the Moon of the Davison (1) chart is making a hard aspect to the Moon of one partner, it shows there is emotional tension or struggle for this specific partner.
What does it show
This technique shows each partner’s POV, how the relationship makes them feel.
The Sun tells the importance of the relationship in each partner’s life.
This is very helpful and useful for relationships that are one-sided, such as one partner constantly giving and feeling drained while the other only receives.
• Placement of the Sun = the heart of the horoscope
• Placement of the Moon = the feelings
If a certain aspect between two planets is prominent in the Davison chart, and these two planets are also in aspect in the Marks chart of person A, it means that partner A will feel this energy more than the other partner. Especially with hard aspects, it will show who is suffering most under this planetary energy. It can also show up in both the Marks charts of the partners.
How to read it
You read is as a birthchart but keeping in mind it’s a point of view.
So for example if a person has a lot of challenging aspects to the Moon, it shows the relationship brings a lot of emotional struggle to this particular individual.
An example :
Moon opposite Jupiter
The Moon is the emotion and the heart, in this example the Moon is the ruler of the 12th house and Jupiter is the ruler of the 5th house. It shows a challenging interaction between 12th-5th. This may result in unconscious inhibition to express pleasure and romanticism freely in a balanced way due to friction which is hard to pinpoint (12th house), it also shows that children may cause a burden to feel free.
Moon square Neptune
The Moon as the ruler of 12th house and Neptune as ruler of 8th house, shows difficulty in sexual flow which might be linked to fears, but also illusions and disappointment are a result. Not being straight forward about emotions.
Some of my observations
Davison chart + Transits from beginning of relationship :
T Venus conjunct Mars (exact) : Indicating sex, love, relationship
T Neptune conjunct Eros (1° separating) : Magnetic sexual attraction
T Sun conjunct Juno (3° separating) : Ideal mate
T Juno in 7th : Arrival of a comitment
T NN in 8th (on 9th house cusp) : Transformation and growth needed
Marks chart Partner A + Transits from beginning of relationship :
T Venus conjunct Saturn (1° applying) : Commitment in love, meeting serious partner
T Juno conjunct Venus (1° applying) : Love interest
T NN conjunct Moon (1° separating) : Karmic connection, important female
T Saturn conjunct Neptune (2° separating)
T Psyche conjunct Juno (2° applying)
Marks chart Partner B + Transits from beginning of relationship :
T Moon conjunct Lilith
T Mars conjunct POF (exact)
T Uranus sextile Venus