Latent Synastric Elements: The Secret Fuel of Love

Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward 
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What is it that makes two people come close and eternally stick together? The obvious assumption, “because their signs are compatible,” is rather inconclusive. There is ample evidence of relationships that went wrong even though the couple had compatible charts. On the other hand, we often encounter incompatible elements in so-called happy, long-term relationships. Thus, the supposedly standard astrology rule—“to have a happy relationship all we need is many harmonic elements between the two partners’ charts”—is too simplistic, and often contradicted.

In reality, astrology and synastry (the branch of astrology that specializes in human relationships), are more complicated than this. Just survey the people you know, and you will realize that in certain happy relationships, the Lights of the partners (their Sun and Moon) are found in mutually discordant signs. That’s not a “bad” thing on its own. When the Lights of partners are found in discordant signs, an energizing pattern is formed that carries the potential of forging deep bonds.

To examine this issue of discordant signs further, let’s take a look at one of the greatest love stories of all time: Prince Edward (Duke of Windsor) and Wallis Simpson (Duchess of Windsor). The grandeur of their love stems from the fact that the Prince gave up the throne of England in order to marry the “mortal” (and already twice-divorced) Wallis Simpson. If this wasn’t love, then what is? The two stayed together for 30 years—the rest of their lives. Such hard evidence attests to the fact that theirs was a genuine love. Edward and Wallis stayed together not for some utilitarian convenience, but because they really wanted to, because they enjoyed each other’s presence. For such a sublime, eternal love we would expect a great synastry. Much to our surprise though, there is an arresting discordance in the synastry between these two mythical lovers—if we study it following the traditional “synastric” recipies. There is another technique though that delves much deeper into synastry, a technique that I personally call “Latent Synastry.” I believe now that the secret of this illustrious couple’s success lies in their latent synastry.

Discordant Signs

To begin with, their Sun signs are considered incompatible: Simpson is a Gemini and Edward a Cancer. Furthermore, Edward’s Moon is in Pisces, which is in a very discordant position to Wallis’s Sun sign, Gemini. According to astrological tradition, this is a negative factor, because in a man’s chart the Moon represents his inner self, his “anima,” the kind of feminine figure he is ideally attracted to. And, in this case, we have Edward who apparently, and against every rule, “buttons up” his anima to a woman whose personality possesses dissimilar traits to the ones he longs for.


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Edward-Simpson biwheel chart (Edward inner wheel)
Simpson-Edward biwheel chart (Simpson inner wheel)
Duke Edward’s natal chart
Wallis Simpson’s natal chart

But there is even more. Wallis’ Moon is in Libra, forming a square aspect (by sign) to Edward’s Sun in Cancer. Again we discover an element of discordance among their Lights, a clashing of the inner world of Wallis to the core personality of Edward. It seems odd for what is considered the most illustrious couple of the previous century to have such discordant configurations. Even their common Ascendants do not actually compensate for this fact (both Edward’s and Wallis’ Ascendants are in Aquarius, although some astrologers claim a Cancer Ascendant for Wallis). The identical Ascendants speak more of some sort of common background and of an attraction that climaxed mostly during the initial stages of their relationship. In any case, identical Ascendants are not an element good enough to firmly bind two people. How then did this couple come to live happily for so long together?

Latent Element #1: Incompatible Conjunction

We cannot satisfactorily answer this question unless we apply to this couple the “latent synastry” technique. At first glance, Edward and Wallis’ charts seem to have very little in common. They have no major affinities (apart from their common Ascendants). Their crucial solar and lunar signs are anything but harmonious. But latent elements are crucial aspects that may not easily be spotted at first glance. So we have to plunge deeper into their synastry in order to understand the mystery of their union.

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First of all, their basic signs might not be harmonious, but their respective Suns lie very close in the zodiac—just 3 degrees apart. Therefore, their Suns, although in different signs, actually form a conjunction aspect. This kind of conjunction I call “incompatible” because it contradicts the classic signs-based concept of a conjunction. Incompatible or not, the fact remains that Edward’s and Wallis’ Suns are in conjunction, so they do share some fundamental common energy, some sort of affinity in their core personalities.

Latent Element #2: Incompatible Trine Aspect

A second latent element is the trine aspect formed by Edward’s Moon and Wallis’ Sun. This too is an “incompatible” aspect, as the signs of Pisces and Gemini are discordant. Still, his Moon and her Sun are within orb of a 120-degree angle, a much needed aspect in order to “button up” Edward’s inner world to the otherwise discordant (to him) core personality of Wallis.

Latent Element #3: Reciprocal Fifth House Emphasis

The synastry of these two legendary lovers becomes more meaningful if we take into consideration the Houses their Lights are in, apart from the signs of their Lights. Wallis’ Sun is in her natal Fifth House, but as the Fifth House corresponds to the sign of Leo (each sign bears a similarity to its respective house) Wallis has a regal, Leonean Sun. But Edward’s Sun is also in his natal Fifth House, so he also has Leonean traits. Since both their Suns dwell in their natural House, we have here two individuals who are radiant, glamorous, and aristocratic. And undoubtedly this reciprocal Fifth House emphasis breeds a strong sense of community between them.

Wallis’ Sun falls in the duke’s Fifth House. This particular domification further “lionizes” her Sun. Thanks to their synastry, Wallis Simpson was turned into a very prominent Leo (especially when standing beside the Duke!).

Latent Element #4: Kindred Sun/Moon Traits

Wallis was born under the sign of Gemini, but she had her Moon in the sign of Libra. Her Moon is also in her Eighth House, therefore she has a Scorpio-flavored Moon (the Eight House corresponds to the sign of Scorpio), giving her a very penetrating and powerful, erotic, and passionate character. But this “Scorpio-tinted” Moon of Wallis perfectly matches both Edward’s Cancerian Sun and Piscean Moon (all three being watery signs, signs that crave deep feelings and a potent binding of the souls).

Edward’s Sun forms a harsh square aspect to his potent Mars (in Aries), bestowing upon him much energy, dynamism and virility. The same square aspect though is creating in him (along with his Moon in his First House) a very impatient and quarrelsome sub-personality. But Wallis probably had an equally virile and quarrelsome side as her Mars (in Aries) partile opposes her Scorpionic (Libra) Moon. These similar aspects in their charts produced “kindred” traits in their characters (remember that a man functions mostly through his Sun while a woman mostly through her Moon).

Edward’s Moon in his “cardinal” First House means that he needed a very dynamic, assertive, and independent woman by his side, as Wallis Simpson was.

Latent Element #5: Prominent Venus

Wallis had a Sun-Venus conjunction. Thus, both her Lights turn out to be very “Venusian.” Perhaps this explain her irresistible eroticism, her elegance, and her diplomatic ways—all of which enabled her to obtain whatever she wanted. When Duke Edward met Wallis, she was neither young (40 years old, too old back then!) nor really beautiful, and already twice-divorced. Still, Wallis managed to cast a huge spell over him.

No doubt that Venus is a prominent planet in Wallis’ horoscope. Venus resides at the cusp of her natal Fourth House—a house corresponding to the sign of Cancer. In this way, Wallis turns out to have a strong Cancerian tint in her personality (and, as we remember, Edward is a Cancer).

Edward’s Venus is well-positioned in Taurus (in the sign it rules). His Venus is in his Third House, which actually corresponds to the sign of Gemini. This position suggests that the ideal other half of him should be an intelligent, youthful, communicative, versatile, woman—in other words, a Gemini, like Wallis.

At times their opinions clashed and they squabbled (her Mars squares his Mercury). When having an argument, she would easily lose her temper and, in those moments, he perceived her as inexplicably hostile and polemic. In any case, there was a strong intellectual stimulation between them and this too played a key role in their relationship, as Wallis had a whole bunch of planets in Gemini (a Mercurial sign in constant need of cerebral stimulation).

Latent Element #6: Jupiter Conjunct Neptune

Another crucial latent element in their synastry is Edward’s Jupiter forming a conjunction to her Neptune—and to nearly all the planets of her remarkable Stellium in Gemini (Jupiter is traditionally considered the major benefic). No doubt that Wallis benefited from her wedding to Edward. The two became a very open and free couple (her Uranus is in opposition to his Venus), a cultivated couple, both spiritually and socially.

Wallis is a Gemini in excess (she has Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune, and Pluto in this dual sign). If an individual has the Geminian traits in excess then, by extrapolation, she somehow lacks the Jovian ones (meaning a sound moral system, spirituality, a faith in a superior force taking care of her and optimism/joie de vivre). Not by chance Gemini is considered the sign of Jupiter’s exile. But the Duke’s Jupiter remedies Wallis’ “frailty” because it actually conjuncts her Geminian Stellium (meaning that Edward is graciously offering her what she lacks). In particular, his Jupiter in tight conjunction to her Neptune brought her a lot of faith and magic in her life—made her literally believe the unbelievable.

Latent Element #7: Eighth House Synastry

Wallis’ Moon falls in Edward’s Eighth house. The Eighth House is considered to be an utterly (and fatally) unifying House. Its force of union (or repulsion) is irresistible, and when two persons come together under the urge of the Eighth House, the unitary force produced is of the deepest and most powerful kind. We should not forget, as well, that the Eighth House is the House of the sex drive; therefore, passion and sex must have been paramount for this couple.

Latent Elements in Progression

Now let’s take a look at the evolution in time of their synastry during the magical period of their marriage/post-marriage. If we progress Edward’s chart to the day of his marriage to Wallis (June 3, 1937), we encounter his progressed Moon in her Eighth House and in the sign of Libra, in a wide conjunction to Wallis’ natal Moon—and ever more approaching her Moon in the ensuing months. This lunar convergence means that a unique emotional convergence took place between the couple during their marriage/post-marriage period, an attunement of their souls and of their erotic appetites (Eighth House emphasis).


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Edward marriage progression biwheel chart (Simpson natal chart inner wheel)
Simpson marriage progression biwheel chart (Edwards natal chart inner wheel)

Then, if we progress Wallis’ chart for the same event, we notice her natal Stellium in Gemini (mainly her Sun, Mercury and Venus) being moved to Leo, into Edward’s natal Seventh House (a strong indication of attraction and integration among the two).

Furthermore, on the occasion of their wedding, Edward’s progressed Jupiter was forming a perfect trine aspect to her natal North Node (a bountiful karmic aspect), and was simultaneously starting to form a conjunction to her natal Sun. On the other hand, Simpson’s progressed Moon was forming an opposition to Edward’s natal Saturn (which by the way was already opposing Wallis’ natal Moon for a “double-whammy” effect!). So, on their marriage day, both her lights were receiving strong Jovian and Saturnine energies. This means that Wallis experienced her wedding with Edward as a very joyful event, as an event that expanded considerably her horizons and catapulted her socially, but brought her excessive obligations too as the Duchess of Windsor.

The Lessons of Latent Synastry

This one example should hopefully give you a general idea of how the latent elements work in synastry, weaving a multitude of invisible patterns of attraction and affinity. Though the process of pinpointing these latent elements may be difficult, it is crucial to dig into the many layers of astrological latency for a real understanding of synastry. Starting from the most obvious and explicit layers, we should dive deep to uncover those layers that require a deeper and more sophisticated analysis. The more we bring to light the latent elements of a synastry the more we can understand the mystery of love.

How are latent elements at work in your synastry? Let us know in comments below.

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Data from Astrotheme and Astrodata Bank

  • Wallis Simpson was born on 19 June 1896 at 22:30 at Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, USA. (According to the German “Horoscope Lexicon” she was born at a different time: 7 am.)
  • Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, was born on 23 June 1894 at 21:55 at Richmond, UK (“Astrodata Bank” mistakes London’s Richmond, where Edward was born, with Yorkshire’s Richmond and consequently displays in its site an erroneous Capricorn Ascendant for Edward.)

About Thomas Gazis

I am Thomas Gazis, a Greek astrologer, writer and speaker. I have written two astrology books and articles for many magazines (among them “American Astrology” and “Horoscope Guide”). I have extensively lectured almost all over Europe and I have been invited to lecture at the UAC 2012 conference in New Orleans.
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  1. thanks for the great articles , Its very useful 🙂

  2. Fleursdumal says:

    Enlightening article! I used this criteria to look at my own synastry with my bf. Not that we miss obvious aspects, but it was nice to discover also some of the latent ones.

    1. Our Suns are conjunct by orb, although they are in neighboring signs
    2. My Sun and his Moon are in sextile signs and they are both in our respective 1st houses
    3. His Sun is in his 10th house and my Sun is in his 10th house, too
    4. His Aqua Moon has things in common with my 11th house Libra Moon; both Moons make stressful aspects to our respective Uranus
    5. His Venus is in his 9th and I’m a Sag
    6. My Jupiter conj. his Sun, Venus, Uranus, MC
    7. My Moon, Mars, Uranus and Pluto are in his 8th house

    Well, the last 2 are pretty obvious. 😛 And I didn’t even get into progressions…

  3. Artemis says:

    Oh my goodness! This article has helped me understand why there’s such a beautiful and innocent attraction between myself and an Aquarius who’s quite smitten with me. I’m a double Cancer (sun and moon) whilst he’s an Aquarius with a Cancer Moon. I’ve noticed that our houses and planets actually “speak” to one another –

    > My 4th house is in Aquarius — His Sun is in Aquarius
    > His 7th house is in Cancer — My Sun and Moon are in Cancer
    > My 7th house is in Taurus — His 4th house is in Taurus
    > My 8th house is in Gemini — His Mars is in Gemini

    We also have the same Juno! o.o – Both being in Capricorn. That’s MASSIVE considering that his rising is actually in Capricorn too, whilst my own Scorpio rising is in his midheaven.

    He’s honestly the sweetest guy I have ever met. I just woke up to see that he had sent me some poetry he had typed up for me via text. He basically almost had me crying.

    I’m so thankful.

  4. This article accentuates the point that by any person’s perception, a case can be made for astrological compatibility (even through seemingly incompatibility). As novice astrologers, when you like someone you can tend to look for anything that supports the notion that you both will work out. Simultaneously, if you are a pessimist or the relationship does not work out, you can look to elements that support that. There are so many facets at play- natal charts, their synastry together, progressions, transits, etc. Also, where each person is in their own evolution at the time of contact. So, timing is a big factor. I wonder how helpful it is to analyze all of the details, without the added balance of acknowledging a grand design that we may not be able to chart or calculate with degrees. What good is dissecting and deconstructing, if there are so many inconsistencies or relationships that defy the ‘astrological rules’.

    Astrology, in many ways, has to do with perception…understanding at best certain energies and the knowledge we have of it presently with the flexibility to recognize a higher design that may not be able to explained.

  5. Dear Joyyy thank you very much!

  6. Dear “Fleursdumal” thank you for your kind words! You did a good analysis of your “Latent Synastry” with your boy friend! The element that impressed me the most is your Moon, Mars, Uranus and Pluto in his 8th house. This is a very “binding” element, an element that brings a unique sense of “Merging of the Souls” of “Union” (and a lot of Sex Drive of course). It might cause though a lot of turmoil too in your common life – if you are not totally “sharing” your selves…

  7. Well, dear “Artemis” I don’t know how much you like this person but the fact is you’ve got a very strong “Synastry”! He has a Cancer Moon, your Sun and Moon “fall” in his Seventh House, his Sun “falls” in your Fourth House (you being a Cancer)? I don’t want to put ideas in your mind (and I don’t have a full picture of your Synastry) but that’s a kind of Synastry we often encounter in long-term relationships…

  8. @ dear Thomas 🙂 can’t wait to read ur next articles.
    @ NovLady : can’t disagree more with u, ^0^

  9. Dear “NovLady” as a Greek I am much into philosophy and I like your comment because it has some philosophical connotations. I am into Logic too and I can tell you that your statement: “This article accentuates the point that by any person’s perception, a case can be made for astrological compatibility” is not particularly logical. In my article I present a specific methodology and some very tangible “latent” elements so that the reader forms a precise idea of what the “Latent Synastric Elements” are – making him/her able to distinguish the “latent” elements from the other trivial elements in the Synastry !

    Regarding your other (rather philosophical) statement “(we should have) the flexibility to recognize a higher design that may not be able to explain…” well, that’s our Prometheic task dear “NovLady”, to try to decipher as much as we can the so called “higher design”. Otherwise we shouldn’t have invented astrology at all…nor any other science…

  10. Fleursdumal says:

    “It might cause though a lot of turmoil too in your common life – if you are not totally “sharing” your selves…”

    Absolutely, Thomas. So true… 🙂

  11. @Thomas Gazis

    I am SUPER analytical (Gemini Moon, Mars in Virgo, and two house ruled by Gemini with my Mercury in the 7th house). So, I totally get the need for logic in delving into the astrological world.

    However, in my experience, the number one reason people usually get into astrology- is because there is some synastry in a relationship they are trying to figure out. Is my guy going to be the one? Why is she acting this way? Is it our Venus Square Saturn that divides us? When the relationships are going great, you can read soooo many boards of people attributing it to certain aspects. When the relationship is going sour (more often in postings), you can see soooo much of the same- pointing out the ‘harsh aspects’. Since more people gravitate towards dissecting charts when there is a problem, part of me can’t help wondering if it turns into a situation where judgment is clouded and people see only what they want to see.

    I’m familiar with Wallis and Simpson. Sure, they were together for years…But, was their relationship healthy and evolving. Many couples have been recorded to have a longevity, but it doesn’t not signify if the relationship was in their best evolutionary interest. We don’t all come back because we did everything a-okay. Lol.

    I think your article was intriguing. I appreciated your insights. But, maybe as a dedicated novice astrologer (and the current events/timing in my life)….I can’t help but wonder if this article would illicit a response from another person ‘seeking answers they want versus what IS’ by getting elated at the possibility now of contradictory and cross aspects favoring a potential union.

    I guess what I am feeling is that if two people with ‘great’ synastry do no work out (though there was desire on one or both parts) and two people with ‘contradictory’ synastry could work out pretty enduringly…then, as the natal scientist that I am, I can’t help but wonder- if there is a grand design at poetic play (why else would there be a 12th house, 😉 or that the astrologers woven interpretations are just as important as the aspects themselves.

    This could be my Cancer NN talking or my Neptune in the 8th. 😉

  12. Oh, and by the way, I love Greeks! Haha!

  13. Dear “NovLady” what you wrote (“the number one reason people usually get into astrology- is because there is some synastry in a relationship they are trying to figure out”) is true to some extent. Very many people come to astrology not so much because they are extra-interested in our divine art but simply because they are trying to figure out their relationship to somebody…There is nothing wrong though with that. Love is an extraordinary energy that makes our world go round (an ancient Greek proverb goes: “if there is excitement and laughter somewhere, then undoubtedly love is present there…”). So, if people come to astrology out of love that’s a very good thing! Astrology is gaining, people are enhancing their awareness…

    You wrote: “Since more people gravitate towards dissecting charts when there is a problem, part of me can’t help wondering if it turns into a situation where judgment is clouded and people see only what they want to see”. I am totally against this methodology. In any case, the study of the “latent” elements of a Synastry is not a “dissection” of the chart but an attempt to bring to light the “hidden” potential of the Synastry.

    An astrologer’s “interpretation” is a human being’s feeble attempt to decipher the “higher design”. There can be no good astrological interpretation unless the astrologer is a man/woman of integrity, s/he is objective and has a profound astrological (and general) “Culture”….

  14. I meant to write that I am aware of “Wallis and Edward”….

    I don’t think there is anything wrong at all with seeking out astrology due to a relationship challenge. In fact, I think its very telling when a person is seeking to understand how another person relates. People are seeking to understand themselves, those they encounter, and the world clearer. Its what drew me into astrology. I guess I tend to read many astrological articles and the comments that accompany them. I see astrology very akin to a behavioral science or psychology (even spiritual sects). Many people gravitate towards Freudian thinking (maybe many Scorps, ha) while others Jung, etc. Some people like a monotheistic God with clear boundaries while others seek something a bit more expansive and less defined. Its the person’s perspective that shapes their experience greatly, I think.

    What I am trying to express is that if astrology has merit as a science(and, I feel it does) it is in being able to interpret some consistent patterns (so that we may use this knowledge to the best of our knowledge). Like up and coming psychoanalysts, I sometimes question the methodology or the concrete information of some astrologers interpretation. This is not to discredit your article. I feel I would like to explore what you propose.

    If Wallis and Edward’s chart was looked at without knowledge of who they are and how they turned out…would predictions or theories that they had a long lasting dramatic love affair, each providing the other with the specifics that were mentioned, by just looking at their ‘latent’ synastry? Or, would their anonymous charts been read as incompatible? This is the objective scientist in me questioning interpretation. Because if there can be various interpretations, then I feel that there can be many ways their synastry, latent or obvious and potent, could have played out…and, something else a bit less defined is at play there. Since there are synastry charts that defy astrological theories, I feel their could be ‘latent’ synastry in nearly EVERY relationship.

  15. “People are seeking to understand themselves, those they encounter, and the world clearer. Its what drew me into astrology.” Me too! This probably is the most precious gift of Astrology to us humans!

    “Since there are synastry charts that defy astrological theories…” Well, NovLady the “latent synastric elements” technique is not defying at all the astrological theories. It is rather offering some new insights and interpretative tools – enriching in that way the “astrological thories”. After all, when a “field of knowledge” remains “stagnant” and does not evolve that’s a sign of obscurantism…Don’t forget our Prometheic task as humans is to decipher as much as we can the “higher design…”

  16. @Thomas Gazis

    As far as the ‘latent synastric elements’ offering new insights, I can appreciate that. I’m keen on evolution. I feel astrology is such a complex science and art (in the way a chart must be woven into interpretation) that I like to keep a fair amount of the critical thinker in me at hand or else I get overwhelmed by new facets that I may need some studies/research to provide a sense of valuable credibility…if that makes sense?

    Do you have more writings?

  17. Dear NovLady it’s good to be a critical thinker. It’s even better though to be a free thinker!

    The fact is we exchanged some interesting ideas. Thank you!

    Yes I do have more writings. You may check my blog – you’ ll find its address above, at my “resume” – “About Thomas Gazis”.

  18. Did you see Madonna’s movie WE about Wallis and Edward? Apparently she felt quite trapped in the marriage and by his watery planets clinging to her. And, though he was dazzled by all that air, he never felt ‘fed’ by her. No doubt karma explains this connection. Gemini/Libra is fundamentally incompatible with Cancer/Pisces in a long-term relationship though, and their relationship seems to bear this out.

  19. curious757 says:

    From Madonna?? The woman who can’t even make a relationship work and last???

    There are PLENTY of relationships that are supposedly super compatible and they fail. All. the. time.
    It will keep on failing in the future because, nothing is set in stone – what matters is working through the differences and falling in love for the sake of LOVE, not for some astrologer that says they are “compatible” and then finds out, so many times, they FAIL.

  20. I like this style because I can feel its painful simplicity; it’s a tight weave 😉

    The simplest Truth is that we are all connected; so simple that it’s difficult to understand! Synastry is simply the observation of affinity. Magnetics.
    Mastery of Magnetics is what life is all about…

    I noticed in a synastry, once, that we both had 9th House Moons, and 11th House Venus’us.
    I felt the affinity. These would be prominent themes for our relationship – Truth Friends.
    We both have Virgo Stelliums.
    He also has a Pisces Stellium.

    My nodes on the Virgo/Pisces axis.
    His nodes on the Sagittarius/Gemini axis.

    Mercury, a prominent ruler of us, both.
    Jupiter, powerful, too.
    Both Rising Rulers in 10th House.

    His 9th Stellium; Sagittarius South Node; Sagittarius DC; and my Rising in Sagittarius and Jupiter-ruled chart ~ a lot of Sag affinty, alone, and together.
    Will need to re-evalutate the aspects of Jupiter in our synastry.

    Powerful Pisces, too; my South Node and his Pisces Stellium, including his Moon, in his 9th House.
    Neptune conjunct my AC in Sagittarius, natally.

    He has Gemini Rising in his 12th (Gem my DC) – which mirrors Sag – and my entire Virgo Stellium in his 3rd House (my Jupiter there, too, I think…).

    Our 11th House flavoured Venus’us and my IC Aquarius – ruler is Uranus. My Uranus conjunct his Neptune in his 5th. His Uranus in his Virgo Stellium, conj my Virgo stellium.

    My Leo Moon in his 2nd House; he has Taurus Sun/Venus conjunction.

    My mind is all in knots now, so I end there 🙂

    Thanks for a great, thought-provoking article!
    Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury, Venus, Moon, Neptune… Some research ahead of me!

  21. Dear Tara you did an excellent analysis of your latent Synastry! Congratulations!

    Thank you for your kind words

  22. Yes, its true…you can find latent synastry or obvious synastry to explain compatibility. It doesn’t always mean the relationship will last. There are higher forces, at play. Or, there is karma to be worked out. Or, we must understand that ‘soul mates’ does not necessarily mean that its just a lover or that it is forever. We are drawn to people for whom we feel a natural affinity, a recognizing of kindred spirits. We are also drawn to people who are opposite us, whether that attracts or repels us for we need that opposition for integration.

    Astrology, at its best, helps us understand the forces at play- hopefully, for better integration of our own psyches. Ideally, we learn and expand our abilities to love. ANY ONE PERSON whom you have obsessed over, experienced unrequited love for, had a wonderful relationship with that did last, had a wonderful relationship with that didn’t last, repelled you, intrigued you, were unexplainable to you- AND, your experience of them has been SIGNIFICANT enough to contemplate means you HAVE SYNASTRY with them (latent or obvious).

    From exploring this article further and crediting what I have learned from astrology these insights aid in using the medium of reading the stars to make some sort of comprehensive insight into the “whys” of your experience. This latent synastry article is a way of using another viewfinder to explain the dynamics of attraction. Wallis and Edward’s relationship was obviously a potent experience. We all experience potent relationships. But, whether these experiences elevate us or expand our capacity to love as human beings, involves more exploration into our own integration of learning life lessons. And, how we learn and integrate affects (or works in tandem) with the astrological forces at play. We can learn more why certain energies exist between us and a person, but there is no guarantee in synastry for longevity. And, a relationship that lasts ‘long’ is not an indicator of true growth either. Its relative to your personal experience.

  23. While I do agree with the latent synastry that you’ve pointed out, some other more blantant synastry aspects stood out even more…like the fact that they both have Mars in Aries. Talk about hot sex. Not that sex is the focal point of this response, but without sex, two people who are attracted to one another aren’t really a couple, they’re simply friends. lol

    I’ve said this somewhere else and I’ll go ahead and repeat it here. While synastry can answer some questioins as to what is happening or happened in a relationship between two people that synastry is not the genie in the bottle to what makes a relationship work or tear it apart. I repeat…two mature people with challenging synastry can make a relationship work better than two immature people with great synastry.

    While astrology holds some fascinating answers to questions regarding attraction, transits (timing), and provide wonderful insight as to why two people even got eachother’s attention in the first place, there is so much more to making a relationship work. Astrology can’t do all of the work for us. We have to be willing to put in the effort to understand, tolerate, and extend mercy to people if we are going to be in any kind of relationship with them.

    Interesting article to say the least, but I do have to say that the latent synastry part of it really didn’t make a strong supporting argument as to why these two people ended up spending the rest of their lives together. Sorry.

    BTW…not sure if you’ve read this or studied this in any way, but rumor has it that two people with conjuncting (Asc, Desc, MC, IC) angles are bound to be together…fated. With their asc in the same sign…I kinda saw that as a primary reason as to why they might end up together in the first place. Me and my bestie have conjucting angles (Her: Aqua Asc, Scorp IC, Leo Desc, Taurus MC/ Me: Taurus Asc, Leo IC, Scorp Desc, Aqua Asc) and as someone who doesn’t study astrology in any way shape or form…she refers to our friendship as a life long marriage. Would that merit any weight in the synastry between Wallis and Edward?

  24. Dear Ms.Teeq1974 thank you for your kind words and your interesting comments. The current article was not meant to be a thorough study on Edward’s – Simpson’s Synastry but rather an introduction to the “Latent Synastry” theory. I am actually using the Edward’s – Simpson’s Synastry as a “background” upon which I “project’ some basic “latent synastric” techniques.

    About the argument of how much “fated” and bound to be together are two people having identical angles in their charts (identical Ascendants i.e.), well I am not quite sure…There is definitely something there, some kind of “kindred destiny” since both these individuals will be receiving the influence of the transiting planets in the same Houses of their charts and approx. at the same time…Common destiny bounds people together but does not necessarily breed romance, passion, sexual attraction….

  25. Sorry Thomas. Maybe I wasn’t clear. From what I’ve read, they don’t have to have conj Asc, IC, Desc, or MC, but rather all of those angles have to make contact in some sort of way to foster this feeling of being bonded for life.

    I do totally agree that this bonding doesn’t necessarily breed romance, passion, and sexual attraction in its own merit, but in sexual people…being bonded means you’re always together and trust me…when even one of the two is a sexually expressive being, that sexual attraction will be somewhat a key element to perpetuating the bond. Even if it’s never acted out upon. I know for a fact that my bestie has been extremely sexually attracted to me at times. It just so happens that I’m straight and there is no way I would cross those boundaries with someone who I planned on being life long friends with, no matter the gender, unless we mutually agreed that we would at some point integrate the friendship into a romantic relationship. Blame it on my Venus in Cap.

  26. Dear Ms.Teeq1974 in a Synastry every kind of contact (Asc, Ic, Desc, Mc included) is meaningful. I personally favour the Descendant and IC. contacts – i.e. the Sun, Moon, Venus of my partner conjuncting my Descendant/ being in my Seventh House or the same planets conjuncting my IC./being in my Fourth House. The Fourth House is a huge trigger of emotions and the emotions (hopefully accompanied by sex) do bind “opposite polarities” individuals.

    Are you sure it’s just the “angles” thing that creates this particular bond with your bestie? How about classical Synastric elements (yours/hers Sun-Moon-Venus mutually contacting each other or “falling” in some Seventh or Eighth House or creating a strong “Latent Synastry”?

  27. Great article & very informative with a unique perspective! My boyfriend has his Moon, Venus, and Saturn in my 5th house, and his Sun & Mars in my 7th house. My Moon & Pluto are both in his 8th house, my Venus & Jupiter are in his 2nd house, Sun & Mercury in his 3rd. His North Node is conjunct my Sun. My North Node is conjunct his Neptune.

    We love each other intensely & are best friends. It can be quite tense at times & feelings of jealousy for both of us, but it only gets better with time & we grow from each argument.

  28. Though I enjoy most of your articles I find this one stretching the imagination a bit too far.Theirs was no love story. It has been disclosed through her letters that Wallis was very much in love with her ex husband but chose to stay with Edward because of moentary and polictial reasons. Plus she got a lot of materialistic gifts from Edward that she found difficult to wihold from. Theirs is a very complex story of co dependency and that does not mean love. They were both outcasts and in each other they found solidarity. Edward also had Asperger’s Syndrome and his attraction for Wallis was a bit Freudian considering he was a product of a Victorian upbringing.

  29. He did not give up his throne for love! He was ousted because he favoured the Germans( him being of German heritage from his mother) which shocked his ministers. He was a selfish man, a Nazi synpathiser and materialistic. You can say he met his match in Wallis but in love they were not!

    Upholding their example as love completely undermines what love is about! His brother Albert and Elizabeth make a far stronger contender if you ask me, although not a glamorous one

  30. Dear “AC” you might be totally right! I haven’t written though this article for the sake of the Edward’s – Wallis ultimate love but in order to give a practical example of what a “LATENT” synastry is…Their relationship has been a mere canvas to me…

  31. You may read the Leonardo Da Vinci’s and his patron Duke of Milan Synastry (containing some crucial “Latent” Synastric elements) here:

  32. Reginald Daniel says:

    This is a truly masterful, as well as highly original concept and analysis!! In fact, the topic of “latent synastric elements” merits an entire book. I hope you plan on writing one. These critical nuances certainly won’t appear in those computerized chart readings that have inundated the Internet. Moreover, I think many, if not most, professional astrologers frequently fail to take into consideration or at least do not pay sufficient attention to these latent synastric elements when they do chart comparisons. For example, essentially this means that someone with a Moon in Gemini in the fourth house would have a Cancer-inflected Moon, which would be the basis for a latent synastric dynamic with someone who has a Sun in Cancer. Perhaps this is not as compelling and powerful as an actual Moon in Cancer/Sun in Cancer conjunction. However, it certainly would seem to enhance the affinity between two signs–Gemini and Cancer–that generally would be thought of as being at emotional odds with each other.

  33. Thank you for your kind words dear Reginald!

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