There are many considerations that the astrologer should include when working with synastry charts. One of the most important and rarely spoken of factors is the weight an individual planet carries. We can look at aspects between charts, but if not having the fundamental understanding of the individual nativities, we loose a precision in the reading.
Let’s take a look at my Moon. Moon in Cancer in the 6th house. Already we know it is going to be considerably strong being that the Moon is in the sign that it rules. The Moon is one hour away from an applying perfection of opposition with my Sun being in Capricorn (that isn’t very strong being in the 12th). A waxing Moon gives strength, as does the opposition, being that it is a full Moon. The only “negative” aspect to the Moon is from Jupiter (tsquared) but Jupiter is exalted in Cancer… so not too strong a “negative”. The Moon is in Jupiter’s term and Venus’s face. My Moon is in a Feminine house which gives some dignity. We can look at the Draconian chart and find the Moon in Pisces (a trine/triplicity). Taking the Pullen ranking, the Moon is strong and the co despositer of the chart. The Moon is also involved in a YOD to Venus. Looking at the Decant, it is in the first, ruled by Cancer. The Dwadashamsha is Virgo. The Moon is conjunct the fixed star Mirzam, which is very fortunate and expressed like the nature of Venus. Being a full Moon the NN is conjunt and the Part of Fortune in Cancer.
Okay, that is one strong Moon…. think we can safely say that my life is filled with baking pies, working on cross-stitch while watching Matlock… making baby booties and a vocabulary littered with words like, snuggle and cozy. I should be content with a gingham kitchen to match the little statuette farm geese motif…. Eeeerrrrrrrrkkk… put on the brakes. You MUST be talking about someone else…. that is not a description of me that is anywhere near accurate. Instead of running out and burning your collection of astrology books, lets dig a bit further.
The antiscion of my Moon is 23 degrees Gemini. I mention the degree because we will see it again. We know the Moon is a co depositer in my chart… who is the other one? Uranus. The YOD? Uranus is involved in that too (actually Uranus is also the apex of another YOD in the chart). How do the Moon and Uranus get along in the chart? A sextile. The Moon Persona chart has the Moon’s ascendant in Gemini and the Moon in Aquarius. The Persona tells us how the Moon is colored…and it is with detached, mental action signs. In that same Persona Chart, we find Venus (Also involved in both YODs) in 23 degrees of Gemini.
So we have a very strong Moon that appears to not only get along well with Uranus, but seems to share many of the same qualities.
I am still a nurturing person, but it is more on a mentorship level and with education and the passing of ideas. There is this Universal Love streak that is very prominent in me. I may bake a pie…but more likely for a cause than just for the sake of baking. Am I emotional, as the Cancer Moon would suggest? Well yeah, but I quickly will logically evaluate the situations…come to terms with understanding…then maybe cry or laugh (you never know with someone born during a full Moon).
How is this applied to Synastry. Well, we have to get to know the other person’s planets like we did above with my Moon. Be sure to look for midpoints that not only hit the Cancer Moon, but also strong Gemini or Aquarius applying to the Persona Chart of the Moon. Off the cuff, I can say that I would be looking for someone with strong Air signs and/or a strong Mercury or Uranus, because that is where the Moon is the most comfortable.
Birthday present? Yeah, I would still love a basket full of bath products and a yummy batch of cookies…and I would be just as thrilled with techno toys.