What are the best aspects in Astrology that determine a successful relationship

As I was browsing the net the other day, I came across a very interesting article on synastry. I don’t have too much knowledge on that part of astrology as I normally use the services of a professional astrologer when I want to check my aspects with someone. However, this article caught my attention and made me do a bit of research on some of the most exciting aspects in astrology.

For me, the most important indicators in anyone’s chart are the Sun, the Moon, and the Ascendant. Therefore, the first thing to look out for is the Sun and Moon signs and how they relate to each other in your synastry chart. The best variant is the conjunction- sun_moonmeaning the Sun and Moon to be positioned in the same sign (between 0° and 3° of each other), especially if it’s the man’s Sun and the woman’s Moon. This is one of the aspects that also determines a successful marriage, so it’s really good if you have it with your partner or love interest. Trine (120° with up to 4° orb) and sextile (60° with an orb of up to 2°-3°) are also good, but conjunction here is the most powerful. A good aspect between the Sun and the Ascendant and/or the Moon and the Ascendant are also very positive and give a long-lasting and very harmonious relationship.

The second most important aspect, in my opinion, is the Mars/Venus compatibility. Any of the major aspects here is quite positive- both the harmonious (conjunction, sextile, trine) and the challenging (square, opposition) ones. Conjunction or opposition give a lot of attraction and are an indicator of a very passionate relationship, especially if it’s the man’s Mars with the woman’s Venus sign. Here I have to mention that the aspect between the two partners’ Venus’ as well as Mars’ signs is also important. A conjunction between your Venus signs is an indicator of a long-lasting and harmonious relationship as both partners tend to express love and affection in the same way. A conjunction between your Mars signs is a very hot aspect as it gives a lot of passion and excellent sexual compatibility.

75d6a80d6048ebc2f57d07a9c887e132Any aspects between Venus and Pluto and Mars and Pluto make up for a very interesting relationship. Venus in any aspect (both harmonious and challenging) to Pluto indicates for very intense and deep feelings. In the case of Mars and Pluto, though, if the aspect is hard, this could add violence to the relationship. Similarly, an aspect between Moon and Pluto and Ascendant and Pluto brings on a lot of physical and emotional attraction as well as obsessiveness between the partners.

Ascendant in conjunction with Venus, Mars or Pluto, a conjunction between Moon and Mars and between Moon and Pluto are three aspects that indicate for a very passionate and sexual relationship that adds a pinch of psychological intensity to it.

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Jupiter is the planet of luck! Any positive aspects between Jupiter and the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Venus or Mars brings a lot of harmony to the relationship. Any of those aspects involves a lot of (positive) energy exchange between the partners. For instance, Jupiter in conjunction to the Ascendant means you and your partner are natural friends. Mars in conjunction to Jupiter is a very lucky aspect and makes the couple very outgoing and positive and brings on friendly competition between the two partners. A positive aspect between Jupiter and the Sun or the Moon brings friendship along with the romantic relationship. The two partners are very supportive of each other and feel very lucky to be together.

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Other quite positive aspects are any harmonious aspects between the Sun and Venus (especially conjunction) – creates a sense of harmony in which the individuals find a lot to like in each other – and between Neptune and the Moon, where there is an intuitive communication and mutual understanding between the individuals (e.g. saying the same words at the same time). Also, a positive aspect between the Ascendant and Mars gives a lot of mutual attraction to each other.

The above are just some of the best (in my opinion) aspects in a synastry chart, but they are also quite general. There are many other elements involved such as house positions, personal planets, asteroids etc. This article is to give you a general idea if you and your partner or love interest have enough basis to build upon your relationship.

L.V.K.

Who is Mercury and how his retrograde state affects us

Mercury- this pixy, little planet that can cause so much trouble…

As most of you probably know, Mercury or Hermes is an ancient god in the Roman/Greek mythology who is described as quick and cunning, moving freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine. He is also portrayed as a messenger of the gods: an intercessor between mortals and the divine. In astrology, the planet Mercury represents communication, intellect and awareness. He gives a quick wit, quick thinking, possibilities, opinions, reasoning and the ability to rationalise things to those who have strong mercurial influence in their natal chart. This is the planet ruler of both Gemini and Virgo and the Third and Sixth Houses. Mercury is an opportunistic planet, decidedly unemotional and curious.

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Mercury/Hermes – the messenger god

On an individual level, Mercury has different appearances, depending on how he’s positioned. By sign, he represents an individual’s style of communication; by house, reveals which areas of life we tend to intellectualise. For instance, Mercury in Virgo natives are very practical, detail-oriented, logical and quite critical to others; they are perfectionists and want everything and everyone around them to be perfect. If Mercury is in the Eleventh House for example, this gives the native a drive to communities and the ability to communicate well within a group; friendships are also vital for Mercury in the 11th.

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Source: examiner.com

We recently passed a difficult Mercury Retrograde period. What does it mean though? 3 or 4 times a year for roughly 3 weeks, Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the Sky. This is just an optical illusion as no planet moves back on its orbit. Illusionary or not, however, this state of Mercury affects us in a way- some in a big, others not so. As this is the planet of communication, during Mercury’s retrograde state there tends to be confusion in the information flow between peers and groups of people. This is not limited to any particular type of relationship and can affect any- friendship, romantic relationship, work communication etc.

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It is not recommended to sign any form of contract during Mercury Retrograde. This includes work contracts, marriage contracts, buying/selling contracts and so on. That is because what happens during this state of Mercury doesn’t tend to last long.

Believe it or not, there’s a positive side to Mercury Retrograde too! According to Cafe Astrology, “Mercury retrograde periods can be times of heightened inner awareness, when meditation, benefiting from keeping a journal, reworking old plans, and reviewing past work are favored. Mercury retrograde is powerful for studies, particularly for returning to old studies or for re-learning or refreshing knowledge in a subject already taken.”

Mercury is a small planet with enormous energy. If one knows how to use it well, one can benefit a lot in their life.

L.V.K.

Sources:

Mercury: Planet of Communication by Astrology.com

Mercury by Cafe Astrology

Mercury Retrograde by Cafe Astrology

 

The Plutonian Energy: Natal Pluto in the First House

In the Greek/Roman mythology, Pluto/Hades is the king of the underworld and god of the dead. As one can imagine based on this information, the planet Pluto has very strong and dark influence over us. His energy is rather mysterious and out of the ordinary; Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio.

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Hades/Pluto and Persephone

Pluto is the slowest-moving planet in the Solar System. His energy influences entire generations. For instance, Pluto spent about 11-12 years in the sign of Scorpio from Nov 1983 to May 1983, then from Aug 1984 to Jan 1985 and again from April 1995 to Nov 1995. This is considered a home placement for Pluto, where he naturally expresses himself at his best. Those people born in the years of Pluto in Scorpio have Plutonian energy about them and are considered the Scorpio generation. However, depending on how he’s positioned in everyone’s individual birth chart, Pluto has bigger or lesser influence on one’s life.

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Pluto in the First House gives a very noticeable and attractive but also mysterious and even dark personality to those individuals as the First House is the House of self. Free Spirited Mind gives an excellent explanation about it: “The First House signifies what someone IS. This means, that the body, the mind and the behaviour of the native are largely influenced by this house and any planet or mathematical point that is positioned inside it.” Therefore, here Pluto gives out a very strong Plutonian energy to the individual, making them intense, dark and mysterious. Those people have very dominating and powerful eyes and a piercing gaze that cannot remain unnoticed. In his Astrology, Karma & Transformation, Stephen Arroyo suggests that First House Pluto’s “cooperation at a deep personal level is so difficult for them that they often wind up lonely and, in some cases, even alienated from friends and family. If the Pluto energy is used creatively here, the person can exhibit powerful concentration, dedication to higher spiritual or social ideals, and a remarkable depth of insight into life’s deeper meanings.

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Plutonians are very secretive people who like keeping their personal life extremely private. They like surrounding themselves with mysteries and love being viewed as mysterious people living in the shadows. Pluto people are loners- they love spending time with themselves, exploring deep levels of their subconscious or just thinking over highly existential problems. Plutonians are very emotional and they love and hate passionately. They wouldn’t mind being in the company of people they hate because this drives their negative emotions (emotions feed Plutonians and are a driving force in their life). What they hate though, is being in the company of people they don’t care about. Plutonians consider communication with those people as a waste of time and no matter how much they are trying to hide their indifference and annoyance, it just shows on their faces. This might be why people with strong Plutonian energy (Pluto in 1st House, Scorpio Ascendant, Scorpio Moon, Scorpio Sun, Pluto-Sun aspect etc.) are considered arrogant and sometimes even unsociable.

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No matter the negative features a Plutonian might have, they are undoubtedly interesting people. They never pass unnoticed, although they try to as they hate being a centre of attention. People either like or dislike them, there is no middle ground. What Plutonians need to learn is to tame the destructive energy within them or at least make it work for not against them. After all, Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth, meaning he kills one so that one can be born again stronger and wiser.

L. V. K.

How You Express Your Anger, Depending on Your Moon Sign

The other day, I came across an article summarising how the different zodiac signs express their anger and react to scandals. As most of you probably know, newspaper horoscopes are a waste of time because one’s personality is not limited to their Sun sign only; it’s a complicated mixture, influenced by all planets and constellations and much more than that. That’s why I normally don’t read ‘astrological’ articles, especially in the daily newspaper, but for some reason, this one caught my attention. So I started reading, beginning with my sign of course, which is Virgo. Not surprisingly, what was written there was 100% wrong. However, I decided to read the Scorpio part as well, which is my Ascendant. I’ve heard from astrologers that if you’re reading the daily horoscope, you should read the part about your Ascendant, not about your Sun sign. And this now was 100% accurate! I was surprised because the Ascendant does not normally play that important part in your emotional state, but then I remembered my Moon was in Scorpio too (very bad positioning in my opinion). To be entirely sure of the accuracy of the article, I decided to check the parts, describing my family and some close friends’ (Moon) signs and they were 100% true as well. If you don’t know your Moon sign, that’s very easy to check; just google ‘Moon sign calculator’, type your date of birth and that’s it. So here are the descriptions of how all 12 Moon signs express anger (this might help you deal with them in critical situations):

Moon in Aries

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Aries is a fiery sign, the fieriest of all three. So you can imagine what happens when a Moon in Aries gets angry- they explode with the power of a nuclear bomb. A scandal with a person having their Moon in Aries is like an electric storm and if you’re in the centre of it, you’ll feel like a lightning rod. The only thing you can do after, is to pretend nothing has happened; the Aries will grump for a while and will then forget it. However, if the offense was a serious one, they are likely to remember and their anger might erupt again like a volcano- sudden and scorching.

Moon in Taurus

Moon in Taurus doesn’t explode so easily. You must have done something extremely terrible to make them angry. But once they get on the going, there’ll be no safe place for you on Earth. There’s no point in trying to calm them down, argue, cry or beg, you’ll just make them angrier. The Moon in Taurus will hardly forgive you and if they do, they’ll remember the offense for a very long time, reminding you of your ‘sin’ every now and then.

Moon in Gemini

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People having their Moon in Gemini are quarrelsome and nagging. They get angry very easily, anything could make them explode and they can even become quite aggressive. Kill the Gemini with silence- this is how to finish them in a quarrel. The fact you don’t respond to their attacks could result in hysteria. To win against them, you need to be very calm and reasonable, because if you get angry too, that will give them pleasure and the quarrel will never end. A good thing about the Moon in Gemini though, is they forget very quickly. After the storm, you simply need to behave in a cheery and friendly manner and everything will be fine again.

Moon in Cancer

The Cancer is an extremely sensitive sign, so it’s very easy to offend them. Once they get angry, they will attack you, using every possible means. Don’t get shocked if a Moon in Cancer uses a very personal thing you’ve shared with them, just to hurt you. However, they do it not because they are evil, but because anger blinds them, especially during a quarrel. The Cancer has a sense of fairness and will feel sorry for what they’ve done once they calm down.

Moon in Leo

The Leo is a very lazy beast; there’s no need for quarrel. They are smarter, prettier and much more elegant than you and on top of that, they have royal blood. Why would such a magnificent person, waste their time to argue with you? But once you get them roaring, put on some earplugs and a helmet. They will aim at your weak spot, they will offend you and humiliate you; it could even get to a physical aggression. And don’t expect them to apologise after that. If you want to remain friends with a Moon in Leo after a quarrel, you need to take the first step.

Moon in Virgo

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If they love you, they will forgive you. But they will shout at you nonetheless. Every time you fail to do something in accordance to their rules, they will either grumble or scream at you, depending on the level of your crime. They might even throw something at you (they are very well-aimed). Don’t worry while they are screaming, but if they stop, then it means they’ve had enough and the situation gets critical. After the quarrel, don’t be the first to act because they’ll think you’re trying to trick them.

Moon in Libra

The Moon in Libra doesn’t like huge scandals. But they participate in them nonetheless. People around them annoy them very often and they need to act whether they like it or not. The thing they hate the most during a quarrel, is the opponent to present a serious argument they can’t over-think. This will drive them crazy because they hate losing an argument. And if you remind them of a similar case when they’ve acted wrong, they will eat you, quite literally.

Moon in Scorpio

scorpionewmoonOn the outside, a Moon in Scorpio doesn’t get angry. They keep cool and strike with their poisonous tail.  To lose their temper and start screaming, something extremely terrible should’ve happened. A Moon in Scorpio will forgive people they consider close as long as they take the first step to reconciliation. If they don’t consider you close though, a Moon in Scorpio will only pretend they’ve forgiven you while plotting revenge.

Moon in Sagittarius

A Moon in Sagittarius might not even notice when they quarrel with you. It must have been a huge scandal with a few broken glasses, to make a Moon in Sagittarius remember it for a few minutes. The Sagittarius is quarrelsome, screams a lot, offends and sometimes involves external parties in the hassle. They could make such a show that the neighbours come out to the windows with popcorn. However quickly they explode though, they cool down twice as quick and might even forget they’ve quarrelled with you. You don’t even need to reconcile after that.

Moon in Capricorn

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A Moon in Capricorn does not normally shout, they will express all their emotions through their eyes. During a hassle, they will not respond to their opponent’s attacks, they will just look at them sternly with a pinch of arrogance. A Moon in Capricorn will remember every offense and every wound you’ve given them and will pay you back accordingly. They would never admit their fault, even if they realise it.

Moon in Aquarius

Those with Moon in Aquarius shout only when they think it would benefit them; it never comes emotionally, from their hearts. A Moon in Aquarius could turn into a spitfire though, but only when they are overloaded, stressed or have problems. They might insult you terribly but they don’t mean it. That’s why they will come and apologize later because they are not resentful.

Moon in Pisces

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If a quarrel is kind of sport for the Sagittarius, it is definitely a vocation for the Pisces. They cry, they shout, they insult. They could even throw something at you in their rage and cry over for it being broken for days after. A Moon in Pisces will easily forgive you though, because after such a quarrel, they normally seek the fault in themselves.

 

The Moon is responsible for one’s emotional and instinctual energies and is a key component in the makeup of the basic ego/personality. The three main components in formin one’s personality are the Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant. The Moon represents the internal self, the emotional state; we express this side of our character only to people we consider close. The Ascendant represents the external self, how we act in an unfamiliar environment; the Ascendant is how other people (this excludes family and close friends) see us. The Sun is the element that makes the connection between the two. In order to get a better understanding about yourself and how you’d react in particular situations, read the descriptions for your Sun & Moon signs and the Ascendant.

L. V. K.

The 13th Sign- Truth or Just Another Conspiracy

I read an article yesterday about the 13th zodiac sign- Ophiuchus. I admit it was an interesting piece of content which, however, did not really convince me it changes anything no matter whether it is existing or not. I’ll give you a short resume of what I’ve read in the article so that you can decide for yourselves.

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According to Greek mythology Ophiuchus also known as Asclepius, was the son of Apollo. He was a healer who possessed the gift to bring the dead back to life. However, Hades (Pluto) didn’t like that and convinced his brother Zeus (Jupiter) to kill Apollo’s son with a lightning bolt. As he was half-god, after his death he was placed as a constellation given the name Ophiuchus/Serpentarius (The Serpent Holder). According to Egyptian mythology, such man really existed and his name was Imhotep and he brought the art of healing to mankind. The Biblical equivalent of Asclepius/Imhotep was Joseph, son of Jacob who possessed the same attributes of healing.

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Outside of mythology it is said the Sun spends 19 days of the year in the Ophiuchus constellation which is located between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Moreover, before introducing the Gregorian calendar, the years used to be divided by 13 months with 28 days each. If we would stick to this calendar instead, the signs would be as follows:

Aries– 19th April- 13th May

Taurus– 14th May- 19th June

Gemini– 20th June- 20th July

Cancer– 21st July- 9th August

Leo– 10th August- 15th September

Virgo– 16th September- 30th October

Libra– 31st October- 22nd November

Scorpio– 23rd November- 29th November

Ophiuchus– 30th November- 17th December

Sagittarius– 18th December- 18th January

Capricorn– 19th January- 15th February

Aquarius– 16th February- 11 March

Pisces– 12th March- 18th April

I had a discussion with a friend of mine who’s into Astrology, regarding the 13th sign. A curious thing is the sign of Scorpio is really a strange sign. There is a huge difference between the October Scorpios and the November Scorpios. More over they are separated in black and white Scorpios. In terms of the other signs, all 12 of them are separated in decans which signifies that people born under the same sign do not possess the same qualities.

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The sign of Ophiuchus might exist and influence our lives together with the other 12 signs, or it could be just another conspiracy. No matter what though, the stories and mythologies around it are very curious and open our vision for the unknown.

L.V.K.

Astrology: beyond the general perception of it

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art & true science.

Astrology is many things, but mysterious is the adjective that describes it best. The word “astrology” is formed of the Greek words astro, meaning a star and logos, meaning a science; therefore, astrology is the science of stars. Many people would argue it is a pseudo-science but they just have no idea what it is all about. The average person would think astrology is your daily horoscope in the newspaper. Well it is definitely not. It is much more complicated and perfect to be associated just with this. Unfortunately, this is how it is perceived nowadays.

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Many years ago (astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE), astrologers used to be some of the most respected people and astrology itself was considered a scholarly tradition. It was accepted in political and academic contexts, and was connected with other studies, such as astronomy, alchemy, meteorology and medicine.  The fact planets, asteroids and some of the constellations have been named after Roman/Greek gods and heroes, means astrology was really respected back then. It could have been associated with theology at some point as the ancient people believed planets and asteroids were actually gods. For example, the ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun-god, was going out of his golden palace every morning in his golden chariot and was travelling around the Earth- the goddess Gaia- to give off light and heat to the people inhabiting her.

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Helios- the ancient Greek Sun-god

Every single person has unique characteristics in terms of their horoscope. The date, the hour, the minute you were born at, the place, the family etc. are all important indicators of what your personality is going to be. The Sun sign is very important but so are the Ascendant, the Moon, all the other planets and asteroids, the houses etc. After that comes the interaction between them which could be of several types- conjunction, trine, sextile, square, opposition etc. Every single formation in our Universe has a particular amount of energy which affects the surrounding world in a certain way. For instance, the Sun possesses such a great amount of energy that it has the power to create life. Why would someone think it is powerless to influence people’s lives too?

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The surrounding world has much more significance for us than we can imagine. Many people decide to stay blind to it because it is easier to deny things you don’t understand. Life itself is a series of lessons we have to learn in order to evolve to the next level of our development. Opening yourself to certain possibilities and to the world in general is the first step in the right direction.

L. V. K.