Are We in the Same Relationship? When the Composite Chart Affects Each Partner Differently

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Two people can be in the same relationship, but experience it in totally different ways. When assessing astrological compatibility, synastry (comparing one partner’s chart to the other) is ground zero. But once the partnership is established, it’s revealing to compare the Composite chart to each natal chart. This will tell the story of how each person feels about the relationship — whether it’s comfortable for one and restrictive for the other, or whether the relationship means the world to only one partner.

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About Nadia Gilchrist

Nadia Gilchrist offers over 19 years of experience in astrology. Her writings and personal consultations focus on applying practical astrological analysis to the real world. Nadia blogs regularly at Ruby Slipper Astrology.


  1. Thanks, Nadia, this is fascinating! Just a quick look at my friend’s and my charts and the first thing I saw was saturn squares for both of us. No wonder! I’ve noticed that locked in feeling and it seems to be mutual. There are certainly a lot of saturn lessons, healing the past and finding future direction in this friendship. I keep seeing a past life connection too, signs of fatedness or destiny keep coming up. From this, I figure saturn etc must be bringing tough lessons, why not stick with it and see what they are. Great insights here, I’ll enjoy pondering this. I might post again if I have any questions, as I am guessing there is nowhere online we can look this up?

    Thanks again! 🙂

  2. Hi Nadia,

    Quick question. Does this work for natal sun/moon midpoints conjuncting composite luminaries? How about the following,

    1. My natal sun/moon midpoint conj. composite Sun (4 degrees)
    2. His natal sun/moon midpoint conj. composite Moon (4 degrees)

    Additionally, something strange between Saturn and SN. My natal saturn conjunct composite SN and composite Saturn conjunct my natal SN. Both exact. Does that mean anything? Was he my ‘boss’ in a past life…:)

    Thank you for your time?

  3. Yessss! Thanks Nadia. The composite chart isn’t something I’ve paid much attention to but I’m glad that I did. My bf’s and my composite sun/mercury conjunction is conjunct my first house SN/Mars conjunction. I *definitely* had a feeling of having ‘known’ him already, when we met and got (quickly) close. Maybe this explains that!

  4. Quick question on those saturn squares, please could you tell us how it works the other way around?

    In our composite chart, there is a stellium in 2H of 5 planets (neptune 4, venus/mercury/sun 10, saturn 12). My natal saturn is 10 deg pisces 5H, and his is 13 deg virgo 10H.

    Also, he has natal mars opposite composite north node. Are all aspects to the north node positive?

    Composite jupiter in cancer 9H is exactly opposite his natal sun capricorn 2H and close to his mars.

    Composite neptune is conjunct his natal venus. I think that’s a nice one. 🙂

    Still looking at this. Hope it’s ok to ask. Thanks, Nadia!

  5. @Kisses
    I’m not aware of any specific resources online for Composite contacts to natal charts, but if you Google it you might find something. Mutual Saturn contacts can certainly make both parties feel locked in. Fro past life contacts though, it’s all about the South Node and/or 12th House.

  6. @marion
    Yes, I’d say it would work for midpoints to Composite luminaries. The examples you listed suggest each of you finds areas of the relationship (it’s purpose and the emotional climate) “complete” you, or make you feel whole. The two way Saturn/SN contact for you suggests you feel responsibility for the relationship, and also that the relationship was part of the past life rules you had to live under. But that doesn’t imply what you were to your partner…for that you need to look at the contacts between your chart and his chart.

  7. @megan
    The contact to your SN definitely explains the familiarity .

  8. @Kisses
    If you mean natal squares to Composite planets, it suggests that the person whose Saturn is squaring the Composite planets might find the energy of that particular part of the relationship is intrusive, or pushes against their boundaries. Yes, the NN is usually positive. If his Mars is conjuncts the Composite NN, his initiative is what would drive the relationship forward, but only if he wanted it to (free will).

  9. Nadia this may be a silly question … when only one partner in a relationship has those south node markers, does it indicate that only that person is dealing energetically with the past life connection, even though the presence of undeniable SN contacts point to both of the partners having been involved before?

  10. Thanks, Nadia. 🙂 Intrusive and pushing against our boundaries makes a lot of sense. We both realised we couldn’t continue the way we were and it was time to grow up a bit. There’s a lot about transformation and healing in our charts.

    His mars is opposite the composite NN. Him being in the driving seat is spot on though. I noticed that early on.

    I found one or two links in Google, thanks, although they were quite general and I didn’t find the other aspects I mentioned. I keep seeing past life connections in both our charts and now I found some more, SN and 12H. He did seem familiar the day I met him. I’m curious to see where all this is going!

  11. How do I know that my natal planets have aspects with the composite planets ??
    For example : My Venus is in Aries .. Composite Sun is Aries . Conjuction there ?
    Oh I’m so confused .. But this is soooo interesting . Would you mind clarify my doubts ?
    Thank you very much

  12. I’m trying to understand the composite reading because somehow the synastry aspects can’t quite explain my relationship with this man . In our composite reading we have

    – Sun Leo 5th house
    – Moon Aries 1st house
    – Venus Aquarius 11th house
    – Mars Leo 5th house
    – Jupiter Libra 7th
    – Pluto in Scorpio 8th House
    – Chiron Leo 5th House
    – Psyche Scorpio 8th House
    – Adonis Libra 7th House
    – Casanova Aries 1st House
    (just to name a few)

    Now I’d like to fully understand the impact it has on each of us …
    I am Sun Taurus, AS Gemini, Moon Aquarius, Venus Aries, Mars Leo . He is Sun Scorpio, Moon Gemini, Venus Sagg and Mars Cancer .. Nor this or the synastry explains this deep (too deep) , intense, life changing bond we have with each other …
    Love this site 🙂
    Thank you !

  13. @megan
    Not a silly question at all. It means the SN person will feel the the past life issues more directly than the other person. There are specific lessons the SN person has to learn through this relationship.

  14. It’s only a conjunction if the planets are within orb of each other (close to the same degrees). For example, if your Venus is at 2 degrees Aries and the Composite Sun is at 20 degrees Aries, they are too far apart to be conjunct. But if the Composite Sun was between 0-5 degrees Aries, it would be close enough to conjunct your Venus.

  15. The above comment is addressed to Mariana.

  16. @Mariana
    Please order a consultation if you’d like to fully understand the impact it has on each of you.

  17. How can I order a consultation ?
    Thank you very much!

  18. Thank you, Nadia…

  19. @Mariana
    Depending on what you’re looking for, Sasstrology offers Compatibility Reports (see the tab at the top of this page) or you can visit my website (

  20. @Mariana
    …also, there’s a ink right in the article for Sasstrology’s Composite Reports (which will analyze the Composite Chart) although I’m not sure if it compares it to the chart of each person (Jeffrey could give you more details on that).

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