Your Sun/Moon Midpoint: The Key To Your Relationships

Sun/Moon Midpoint - Relationship Key


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There is a critical point in your natal chart that’s sometimes overlooked in relationship analysis. It’s called the Sun/Moon midpoint, and it is the mathematical halfway point between the degrees of your Sun and Moon. It symbolizes the union of masculine (Sun) and feminine (Moon), ego (Sun) and emotions (Moon). It represents what makes you feel complete. Transits to this point can often foretell major events such as a new relationship, marriage, or disruptions to an existing relationship.

Calculating Your Sun/Moon Midpoint

How do you know where your Sun/Moon midpoint is located? Manual calculations are complicated, but I recommend this tutorial.

When a Transit Activates Your Sun/Moon Midpoint

Now that you’re armed with this information, you need to know what upcoming transits are going to hit your midpoint and what they will mean. A transit’s influence is strongest within one or two degrees of your midpoint. Although all aspects will have an impact, it’s usually the hard ones (conjunction, opposition or square) that you’ll feel most strongly.

Example 1:Transiting Saturn Conjunct Sun/Moon Midpoint

Let’s say your Sun/Moon midpoint is at 28 degrees Libra. Right now, transiting Saturn is at 29 degrees Libra. But it’s retrograding, so it will back over this point in March. It already hit 28 degrees Libra in December 2011/January 2012. You may have experienced this as a desire to formalize (Saturn) a relationship. Or maybe you’ve been feeling the burden of responsibility (Saturn) in a relationship. Some scenarios could include a distancing (Saturn) between you and your partner. Before you jump to this conclusion though, you must look at other transits to your chart.

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If you’re ready for a commitment, Saturn’s energy can feel reassuring. If you want your freedom, Saturn’s energy can weigh you down. Also, transits to your Sun/Moon midpoint will describe what’s happening to you, not your partner (more about this later).

Example 2: Transiting Uranus Square Sun/Moon Midpoint

If your Sun/Moon midpoint is at 2 degrees Capricorn, you’ve been feeling an irritating square from Uranus in Aries (it’s at 3 degree Aries right now). Squares from Uranus do not indicate the desire to settle down. An existing relationship could be destabilized by this energy, or you could encounter a new relationship that blows away your ideas about convention (Capricorn). Remember, anything that happens will be due to your feelings of restlessness, and the desire for change. Uranus aspects to your Sun/Moon midpoint will revolutionize your needs for companionship and union.

Reading Transits to the Midpoint for Commitment Potential

If you’re in a relationship and are wondering if your partner is ready to commit (or move on), checking the transits to his midpoint can be very revealing. Transits from Jupiter could indicate that he is ready to expand (Jupiter) his commitment or, at the very least, feels enthusiastic about the relationship. A square or opposition from Pluto will dramatically transform what makes him feel complete. Chances are he’ll be under too much internal pressure during this transit to make a commitment. But before you push the panic button, know that this is not a guarantee that your partner is going to leave you.

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Once again, you need to look at the whole picture, including transits to the composite chart for the two of you. (The composite chart is one chart that takes the midpoints of all the planets in both people’s charts.) But if you do see that his midpoint is being hit by some transformational energy (such as Uranus or Pluto), you’ve got some information to work with. If his relationship needs are changing, this means his existing relationship (with you) will need to change. You’ll be prepared because you know (of course) that things that remain static under these transits are left behind.

Inner Planet Transits

I have described transits from the outer planets, because they are long lasting. Inner planet transits (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) don’t usually last long enough to have an effect. The exception to this is if a planet is retrograde. If transiting Venus or Mars is making an aspect to your midpoint (or your partner’s) and it goes retrograde, it will hit that point at least twice. Venus transits are generally positive, although a square could stir up some conflict. Transits from Mars can be dicey; watch for irritability, and the urge to push for a commitment before the other party is ready.

Natal Planets in Aspect to Your Midpoint

If you have natal planets in aspect to your midpoint, they will add another layer to your relationship needs, and will intensify any transits that hit it. If your natal Neptune aspects your Sun/Moon midpoint, you may have difficulties with confusion and deceit in relationships. Natal Mars aspecting your midpoint will energize your need to find a partner, but you’ll have to deal with impatience, power struggles and challenges to your will. Transits can magnify or balance these influences. If transiting Jupiter aspects your midpoint and Mars, the need for a relationship “right now” could be expanded (Jupiter) and lead to overconfidence or aggression on your part. But if a calm trine from transiting Saturn comes along, your domineering tendencies could be dampened long enough to let a potential partner take the lead.

Think of the Sun/Moon midpoint as your most personal relationship button. Most of the time you may not even know it’s there, until it’s activated by a transit. If you look back over your romantic milestones, you’ll probably see at least one major transit activating this midpoint. Going forward, it can be an invaluable tool that helps you map the future of your partnerships.

What happens when your Sun/Moon midpoint is activated by a transit? Let us know in comments below.

Recommended Reading: Midpoints: Identify & Integrate Midpoints Into Horoscope Synthesis (Special Topics in Astrology), by Don McBroom

Related Post: Introduction to the Composite Chart (PDF)

About Nadia Gilchrist

Nadia Gilchrist offers 15 years of experience in Evolutionary and Traditional astrology. Her writings and personal consultations focus on applying astrology and tarot readings with a clear, practical approach to the real world. Nadia blogs regularly at Ruby Slipper Astrology.
 

Comments

  1. Super interesting read! I’m assuming this goes for any kind of relationship, and not just romantic, correct?

  2. Another great read! I’ve been curious about the Sun/Midpoint and this article is very beneficial. Thank you for providing the midpoint calculator.

    If I have entered my information correctly, my Scorpio Sun at 20 degrees and Gemini Moon at 4 degrees produces a Leo/Aquarius midpoint at 27 degrees. Natally, I have Jupiter in Libra at 27 degrees, Pluto in Libra at 25 degrees, and Uranus in Scorpio at 29 degrees. I am assuming the tighter the orb the better the interpretation?

    How does the nature of the sign (Leo) affect one’s midpoint? Since the midpoint seems to be the bridge to ‘wholeness’, does this mean that the good qualities of Leo (creativity, romance, fun) are the links to inner integration of the sun/moon forces?

  3. Another great read! I’ve been curious about the Sun/Midpoint and this article is very beneficial. Thank you for providing the midpoint calculator.

    If I have entered my information correctly, my Scorpio Sun at 20 degrees and Gemini Moon at 4 degrees produces a Leo/Aquarius midpoint at 27 degrees. Natally, I have Jupiter in Libra at 27 degrees, Pluto in Libra at 25 degrees, and Uranus in Scorpio at 29 degrees. I am assuming the tighter the orb the better the interpretation? How does one interpret these natal effects?

    How does the nature of the sign (Leo) affect one’s midpoint? Since the midpoint seems to be the bridge to ‘wholeness’, does this mean that the good qualities of Leo (creativity, romance, fun) are the links to inner integration of the sun/moon forces?

  4. I’m a little confused…i can see how you would obviously know if a planet was transiting over your midpoint, but is there an easy way to see a square, trine or sextile? do i just count the degrees? sounds tedious!

    me an current crush have opposing midpoints orb 7 degrees. is that…bad? good? meaningless? lol

    mine is 15 33 libra/aries , his is 8 39 aries/libra. venus just crossed his midpoint and i was still around for that (we are indecisively “involved” but not official) but looks like uranus square pluto will be cleaning up shop soon. kill me!

  5. As always, a fascinating article!

    My natal Chiron opposes my Sun/Moon midpoint within 2 degrees. Does this indicate healing through pain in relationships? Also, I notice that an Ex’s Pluto conjuncted my Sun/Moon within 1 degree. What would this mean in synastry?

  6. @Tracey L Rogers
    If it’s not a romantic relationship then it will be intimate in some way (even if it’s just emotionally intimate). The Sun/Moon midpoint symbolizes the type of emotional completion that’s usually associated with romantic (rather than platonic) relationships. But there’s always exceptions to this and I don’t want to invalidate a profound relationship of another kind. But casual acquaintances? Probably not.

  7. @NovLady
    Yes, tighter orbs mean a stronger impact. Your Jupiter on your midpoint means expansion and optimism regarding your intimate relationships. Also, you want more. The sign the midpoint is in matters when that that midpoint is triggered by a transit or when you have a natal planet sitting there (as you do). Jupiter in Leo gives your approach to relationships a “regal” quality…you’re the Queen in these partnerships. The qualities of the sign are associated with the integration (and you’ll be especially aware of this because of your Jupiter).

  8. @zoriana
    The usual rules apply when calculating an aspect. Your midpoint at 15 Libra means that a planet transiting through any of the air signs (between 14-15 degrees) would trine your midpoint. A planet transiting around 14-15 deg Cancer/Capricorn would square your midpoint.
    Opposing midpoints…meaningless because when we’re dealing with natal midpoints, conjunctions and oppositions are considered the same. I know this sounds confusing. But essentially you and your crush have similar midpoints (although the degrees are different). So you’ll both experience transits to your midpoints in the same way. How this impacts your relationship depends on the transit.

  9. @Limerence
    Chiron=Sun/Moon midpoint (as I explained to Zoriana, a conjunction and opposition to a natal midpoint are considered the same influence) means you’ll experience relationships in conjunction with pain in order to heal (everyone does but this is an especially important step for you). Your ex’s Pluto hitting your midpoint might mean he gave you a new relationship perspective (by pushing you to transform). His Pluto would also have opposed your Chiron so he might have triggered some intense soul-searching/pain but ultimately healing events.

  10. @Zoriana
    Slight revision to my earlier statement. Opposite midpoints are not meaningless because they will resonate with each other. But yours are pretty far apart (8 and 15 degrees) so the resonance won’t be as strong.

  11. Nadia,

    Thank you for the enlightening response. It’s too bad the opposition orb is too wide…wishful thinking I suppose :( . As for my midpoint….can’t I get a little something…ever????? My natal Mars is squaring my midpoint, transiting Pluto will soon be squaring it, and transiting Uranus will be opposing it in Aries soon enough. GEEEEEEEEEZ

  12. @Zoriana
    Transiting Jupiter will be at 14-15 degrees Gemini from Aug 22-Sept 19. Your midpoint will receive a nice, uplifting trine from that influence. It won’t feel as strong as the hard aspects but it might give you multiple options (in relationships) or you could just feel confident about the choices you’ve made.

  13. @Zoriana
    Correction…Jupiter at 14 deg Gemini from Aug 27.

  14. zoriana says:

    nadia-

    thanks for the glimmer of hope! i also hear that jupiter in taurus will be helping me out soon, as i am a scorp rising with taurus on dc. hope it works out this year. now if this aries would just get over his ex… (he’s mars taurus…takes forever i suppose)

  15. Wow. Out of curiousity, I looked up the transits to my natal on the day my now ex told me he wanted a divorce. I already knew that a Venus-Uranus conjunction over my 7th house Pisces Moon and yes it was an out of the blue announcement (he was drunk & it was from a call from his cell. Neptune & Uranus in cahoots?) . What I didn’t know until I read your article was that my 4th house Sun/Moon midpoint AND NN was being hit by a Moon-Pluto conjunction. Uh yeah, so my sense of security was pretty much blown apart that day. Then I was devastated, but it seems to me now that old Pluto knew what he was doing.

  16. Thanks Nadia. Yes, I think that really fits! I have definitely found a lot of times that pain associated with my relationships has led to growth and change (though I’m sure that is true for most people!) The Ex I refer to was a short relationship, but absolutely transformative and did lead to much “soul searching”.

  17. @Nadia Gilchrist

    Thank you for your insights. So, Jupiter on your midpoint (in Leo) is like having a Jupiter in Leo?? I have a natal Jupiter in Libra. I’m curious as to how to interpret. Are there resources that go into a bit more detail about the signs individual energy on the midpoints?

    Thanks!

  18. Thanks Nadia. I think you just answered a huge question as far as timing goes. Come to find out, Pluto has been transiting the “other’s” sun/moon midpoint from the time we met til now and has also been in the same sign as my venus. lol ha ha ha ha At the time that we met, Jupiter was transiting my sun/moon midpoint through the entire relationship. Weird, weird, weird, but loads of answers.

    Now I just gotta figure out why this other guy continues to boomerang with force. LMBO!!!

    I don’t like people hanging around, being emo, and not willing to commit. Life is too short for scaredy cats. After reading this information and finally finding what I think is the final piece of the puzzle to all of my questions, I feel free like the Geico pig…”Weeeeeeeee, weeeeeeee, weeeeeeee…” LMBO!!! I truly appreciate all of these articles that are really getting into the meat of the astro matter and they are answering ALOTTTT of questions for me. Please keep em coming.

  19. @NovLady
    Sorry, my mistake.
    I mis-read your first comment as you having natal Jupiter on your midpoint. But you don’t, so scratch my original comment. Your Jupiter in Libra would not impact your Leo midpoint. As for the sign your midpoint is in…in my experience the sign becomes more important if you have a natal planet right there. You wouldn’t feel the effect of a midpoint in a certain sign the way you would feel Venus or Mars in a sign. The midpoint has to be activated by a transit or by someone’s planet. But in general Leo energy colors your sense of what makes you feel complete in a relationship (confidence, being special, sense of purpose).
    For more information on midpoints in general, the end of the article has a recommended book (“Recommended Reading”).

  20. @fireopal09
    Thanks for sharing that.
    As painful as he can be, Pluto always seems to know what’s best.

  21. @Ms. Teeq1974
    You’re welcome!
    It’s always good to hear that my articles trigger breakthroughs. There will be more to come (I meant articles but hopefully breakthroughs as well!)

  22. @Nadia Gilchrist

    Thanks for pointing out the recommended reading. I love learning more.

    So, since my Jupiter in Libra is at 27 degrees (the same sign as my Leo midpoint), wouldn’t that make a sextile contact?

  23. @NovLady
    Yes, your Jupiter sextiles your Sun/Moon midpoint but a sextile is a soft aspect.
    When dealing with midpoints it is the hard aspects that have the biggest impact. I mentioned trines (a soft aspect) in my article because I have seen mild influences with them but a sextile is iffy (a sextile has less oomph than a trine). It’s really the hard aspects that trigger things because they drive change, provoke crises or otherwise grab your attention.
    Having said this, this analysis is based on my experience as an astrologer combined with my studies on midpoints. Others may disagree (although I know many astrologers consider only the hard aspects relevant for midpoint analysis).

  24. I have nep squaring my sun/moon which will be exact on the 20th…been dating this guy for about a month, on paper he looks great…but he’s not really doing it for me, although, the sex is great. You think this could mean that this is all there is to the relationship?

  25. @Nadia Gilchrist

    Thanks for that clarification. Its good to know when a dynamic aspect (versus a flowing one) is more relevant to interpretation.

    My Uranus in Scorpio is at 29 degrees. And, being that my Leo midpoint is at 27 degrees- I will take that as a dynamic square that I could use to examine my midpoint effects.

    With Uranus in my 7th and 8th houses (with a Sun conjunct Uranus) natally, I am wondering if this Uranus energy just throws another lightning bolt into the eccentric fires!

  26. @Nadia Gilchrist

    Thanks for that clarification. Its good to know when a dynamic aspect (versus a flowing one) is more relevant to various chart interpretations.

    My Uranus in Scorpio is at 29 degrees. And, being that my Leo midpoint is at 27 degrees- I will take that as a dynamic square that I could use to examine my midpoint effects.

    With Uranus in my 7th and 8th houses (with a Sun conjunct Uranus) natally, I am wondering if this Uranus energy just throws another lightning bolt into the eccentric fires!

  27. @PiArLe
    Squares from Neptune can create disappointment in relationships. It might pass after the square is over but it’s impossible to say without looking at both charts.

  28. @NovLady
    You got it.
    Your square from natal Uranus will constantly push you to explore your independence in relationships. Depending on how close the conjunction is between Uranus and your Sun that would mean your Sun is square your midpoint as well (but only if it’s between 25-29 degrees Scorpio). Either way, Uranus conjunct your Sun is about having things your way; ego (Sun) combines with independence (Uranus).

  29. Ok Nadia. lol I have another one for you and this one is probably more bizarre than the others. If two people’s midpoints are almost exactly conjunct, meaning…same sign…like 1 degree off, would that mean that they would have similar responses to planetary transits?

  30. @Ms.Teeq1974
    Yes, two people with the same Sun/Moon midpoint would feel planetary transits in the same way. There would be quite a connection between them but I think this situation is pretty rare (although not impossible).

  31. @Nadia Gilchrist

    Again, thanks for the pointers. I am learning so much by your contributions!

  32. Ebonystarr55 says:

    Wonderful article! My Sun/Moon midpoint falls in my 3rd house in Libra conjunct my Venus/Uranus conjunction. It’s exactly conjunct with Venus and has an orb of 2 for the Uranus conjunction.

  33. @ Nadia. Thanks for the confirmation. It is a very rare thing. I’ve never interacted with a guy who’s sun, moon, and merc were in the same sign as mine. It’s quite interesting. lol My sun is in exact conjunct to his moon and vice, versa. Not just in sign, but by degree as well, so our midpoints are exactly conjunct.

    Any tips on how I should handle this interaction other than with care? lol ha ha ha ha

    I admit, it’s kinda weird, not like looking at myself in the mirror at all, so maybe I view myself with rose colored glasses. LMBO!!! I’ve NEVER considered that. Hmmmm.

  34. @Ms.Teeq1974
    Just remember that whatever you’re experiencing when transits hit your midpoint, he’ll be experiencing the same thing. So it will be doubled in strength when the two of you are together. Awareness is your best tool.

  35. @Ebonystarr55,
    Thanks!
    Interesting combination of independence and cooperation on your midpoint.

  36. Thanks Nadia!

  37. Thank you for article, got me thinking. I’m Pisces Sun, my midpoint is Aquarius 6. My romantic relationships have been often intense, short termed. I crave for stability and companionship, but it’s hard to find the balance. So now Uranus is in Aries 3dg. My natal Venus is Aries 24dg in 10th house and Mars is Aquarius 24dg in 8th house. Natal Uranus is in Scorpio 11dg. These aspects seem to communicate with each other? Will this transiting Uranus in Aries help me understand better myself in terms of relationships? :-)

  38. ..To add one more detail: Natal Uranus is in Scorpio 11dg, in 5th house of relationships.

  39. Dear Nadia,
    great to get information on the sun/moon midpoint. A couple I am very close to (my daughter and her first and life-changing love) : his chiron = her sun/moon. Theres already a great deal of healing going on here and of course its mingled with good old Nazareths “love hurts”…
    Its important to look at B´s chiron to find out how well its integrated in his natal chart. here I find it in part of a grand trine in water signs along with pluto and sun conj mercury.
    What do you think about chiron= sun/moon in synastry?

  40. midpoint in early degrees of taurus 6th, the last time jupiter was there i lost my job but i inally began painting. i have chiron in late degrees of taurus, my work now serves therapeutic for me. my art is therapeuic for me. does this mean, i will end up with a taurus guy?

  41. I have transiting Mars And Saturn conjuncting my natal Sun/moon midpoint in Libra right now!

  42. Nadir, I would like to know .. Do you have any interpretation for the couple who has exactly the same sun-moon midpoint? Is there any things special at all ? Or this doesn’t count .

    Thank you

  43. Dear Nadia,
    my SU/MO midpoint is 15.30 virgo in my 12 th house, (no aspects to my planets, only an opposition to my vertex at 20 pisces)
    and the man I am interested in has SU/MO midpoint 11.30 virgo in his 10th.
    Do these midpoints count as a conjuction?
    What does it mean having the same midpoint??

  44. Dear Nadia,
    my SU/MO midpoint is 15.30 virgo in my 12 th house, (no aspects to my planets, only an opposition to my vertex at 20 pisces)
    and the man I am interested in has SU/MO midpoint 11.30 virgo in his 10th.
    Do these midpoints count as a conjuction?
    What does it mean having the same midpoint??

    I’m trying to learn about midpoints and read that semisquares, squares etc from one person’s personal planets to the other’s SU?MO midpoint are very important.
    I noticed that my SU/Mo midpoint 15.30 virgo semisquares His Moon at 29.50 gemini.

    Also His SU/MO midpoint 11.40 virgo semisquares my MC at 26.30 gemini

    Are these considered strong affinities?

  45. What about synastry-wise? Mi Mercury conjuncts my partner’s Sun/Moon Midpoint. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks!

  46. Great article btw

  47. How fatal karmic conjuction is this, could you please explain? What is the lesson of this for both?

    -She’s midpoint conjuction to man’s natal Saturn ( 10th house) in Aquarius ( orb 4′)
    -He’s midpoint conjuction to She’s natal Saturn ( 1st house) in Aries ( orb 2′)

  48. I working on an interesting case of synastry with incredibly strong connections. (See link please). Both persons have has their natal sun/moon midpoints conjunct (within 1-2 degrees) the upcoming Saturn-Jupiter-Neptune exact grand trine on 18 July 2013. Saturn conjunts hers, Neptune conjuncts his and consequently Jupiter opposes their composite Sun/moon mp. And this happens while uranus STATIONS opposite his natal uranus and her natal Vertex. (His uranus tightly conjunct her vertex)

    The couple met once and are now long distance friends chatting online daily. If you have time please have a look at the synastry and let me know what you think.

    Thanks

  49. I am in a fairly recent relationship with a man who shares exactly the same sun/moon midpoint as me just a few minutes different at 0 degrees Pisces. We also both share the same Mars at 1 degree Aries. My Saturn is 0 degrees Virgo so opposite both our midpoints. How do you see this playing out?

    There’s a very strong sexual attraction between us. (my Sun and Venus are conjunct the shared Mars position so strong Mars connection between us may be causing that)

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