Astrologers see the birth chart as a map of your soul. When your personal soul map is placed next to the soul map of someone else, it’s possible to see energy links, known as aspects, between the planets in your chart and the planets in the other person’s chart. Regardless of the relationship you share — family, professional or intimate — these planetary aspects can help you understand the flow of energy between you and others. Putting the birth charts for any two people — or more, if working with family groups or workplace dynamics — side by side invites the planets and the zodiac to inform you on what’s really going on when you interact.
Astrology comes alive when used in a dynamic setting such as relationships. Family themes, sibling connections and, of course, intimate intricacies can all be explored, named and re-viewed using the symbols in astrology. Relationship astrology is a direct, effective and simple way to use astrology. It can provide a fresh perspective on old relationship patterns, helping you better understand the true nature of close connections.
One of the primary ways astrologers gain information about you from the sky, via your birth chart, is to consider the links or aspects between various planets at the time you were born. This concept of planetary links is also applied when considering how two people relate.
Astrologers use 10 planets (regardless of NASA’s definition, Pluto remains an integral part of the astrological pantheon). The Sun and Moon stand alone as “luminaries” or lights. The next three bodies — Mercury, Venus and Mars — are known as personal planets and their chart influences create personality. Saturn and Jupiter are known as social planets and show how you interact with the society in which you live. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are known as generational or modern planets. Their inclusion in astrology only dates through the past 300 years. These planets are slow movers and spend anywhere from seven years (Uranus) to 24 years (Pluto) in one sign.