Synastry Studies: When Angle Hits Axis

It has been said, and backed up with research, that the single most common signature for long term partnerships is not a link between Sun/Moon or Venus/Mars or Moon/Saturn or any of the common planetary partnerships. In fact, planets have nothing to do with it. The single most common long term signature, which is borne out by my experience, is angle to nodal axis.

This is baffling to a lot of people, many of whom don’t quite relate to either their angles or their lunar nodes, let alone figure out what they’re doing in their partnerships. They aren’t anything solid, they’re a point in space and time. How can a point influence a point? Moreover, how can they interact? Although astrology has always placed an importance on planet-to-angle in synastry, it was always thought that the planet, the solid body, was influencing the passive angle. How can a node do the same?

This is missing the astrological boat entirely. Our angles are what define us, and have everything to do with our material existence. Our angles anchor the infinite symbolism of our charts in space and time. Without angles, the chart has no dimension. You can read a chart without angles, but it’s lacking a crucial element–reality. A bundle of energy without a container.

But our angles provide much more than a frame upon which we hang our souls. Each angle is a defining point where spirit and matter interact. In this way, they are much like the nodes. But where the nodes display our soul direction, how the past becomes the present and future, the angles provide a gateway for our inner being to meet the external world. The angles turn the old astrological catchphrase, “As above, so below…” into something relatively new to astrological thought: “As within, so without…”

We cannot conceive what is not already within us, in nascent form. Astrology declares that our lives are not the result of random occurrences, but reflect what energies are already there within us, waiting to evolve (with the progressed chart revealing what is of evolving spiritual importance at any given time). Our angles are the pathways of this energy exchange between inner and outer, the bridges of the evolving Self. They provide the forming connection between the restless energies of the spirit and the denser layers of matter. They are highly sensitive, almost electrically charged, the finely tuned antennae of being and becoming. When planets hit our angles we feel them acutely. When we have natal planets on angles, the planets’ energy becomes magnified and focused, and are certain to play a starring role in our internal drama. By association, our angular houses carry a power that the other houses do not. Each angular house, in it’s own way, carries the initiating (cardinal) energy of Aries, the thrust from the unmanifest to the manifest.

So, no surprise then, given what we know of the nodes (see the series on the Nodes, which begins here), what happens when the lunar nodes of one chart hit the angles of another. The nodes represent the evolving consciousness; they are almost like the arms of the Moon, reaching out to embrace experience. To the Node person, the experience of the angle person’s manifesting life, the dizzying traffic of that spiritual bridge, is like a potent drug. The Node person can feel the excitement of the angle person’s evolution as the power of the chart flows through it. The Node person is attuned to the direction and intention of the angle–it feels familiar to the South Node side, and stimulating to the North. The Node person feels as if this is where they should be for their own balance and development. There is a natural affinity and a mutual direction.

For both people, the contact runs deep, and a real empathy is possible. The angle person, in particular, feels to the depths the Node person’s struggle to evolve, and these people are very aware that they are on some kind of path together. They have a mutual investment in one another’s growth, and may feel very comfortable moving forward together in life. The angle person’s experience of life is enhanced by the conscious awareness of the Node person. The Node person senses that evolution and balance is easier and more rapid with the angle person around.

The drawback to having this contact comes at times of hard aspects to the angle/axis. Transits via conjunction and square will bring challenges to both (and at the same time), but any planet moving into an inconjunct position to the angle/axis can be disruptive in the extreme. it will take much effort by both parties to assure that they evolve together, rather than apart. The themes of the inconjunct planet will have to be brought into the relationship and worked through in a conscious way. Another difficulty may come when one person’s progressed planet forms hard aspects to the position–that will signify a long period where the person with the progressed planet will need to examine the role the planet plays in the relationship, and how the relationship is reflecting that planet’s development. These can be times where the planet person may want to take a step back from the relationship to get perspective.

The other drawback to this position is one that occurs in all relationships, but the angle/node couple will be more prone to it–simply assuming that we’ll always be together and that things are always okay. This contact may cause us to feel so familiar with one another that we forget that the other person is a developing entity in his or her own right, and may not feel as we do in all circumstances and situations. It’s very important with this contact that we have a perspective on our relationship and acknowledge our partner’s independence. Just because we’re on the same road together doesn’t mean we can’t take detours now and then.

In essence, the energy of this combination can provide for a very powerful bond, a place where two forceful rivers meet, and become stronger than they were separately. Life experience for this couple seems to enhance, not diminish, the tie. As always, in relationships there are no guarantees, but, as my grandmother used to say, “It’s easier when two people pull the cart.” In this case, the cart is the often heavy burden of our spiritual evolution, and it certainly is nice to have a helping hand.


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