Do You Have “Joyful” Planets In Your Chart?


This has nothing to do with how joyful you are as a person, but brownie points to you if you automatically replied “yes!” before you even read beyond the post title!


“Planetary joy” is something of an older, traditional thing that’s not used as often anymore. It designates each of the seven traditional visible celestial bodies a house that they are/were purported to really express their inherent qualities the best in. A planet in a house it “rejoices” in gives that planet a type of dignity. A lot of people know what essential dignity is: a planet in its domicile, for instance. (Mercury in Gemini -the sign it rules- would have essential dignity.) Planets can also have dignity if they are in a house of their jollies. These things did not come about by guesswork or accidents; there was good reason underlying the matchmaking or it wouldn’t have stuck around for long.


So, what houses do the traditional planets find “joy” in?

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Synastry Vs. Composite Charts: The Destiny Of Your Relationship


“Hi Clarissa, I noticed on your astrology readings page that you prefer composite charts for relationships more than synastry charts. Can you explain why?” ~ Heidi 


This was a recent email question posed to me after someone read that on my consultation page that I think synastry charts between two people are a bit overrated, and that I prefer looking at composite charts for relationships. Sometimes these things are dependent on the astrologer and their unique experience; no two astrologers will see eye to eye on everything. I do think synastry is overrated. Reason being: we have synastry with everyone. Synastry just describes how something in your chart fits in with another person’s chart. You have synastry with your boss, your coworkers, your hair stylist, the wait staff at restaurants. If you read my blog and love me, you’ve got great synastry with me. If you hate me and feel compelled to write me a long email telling me so, you’ve got synastry there too. (Also, too much time on your hands.)


A composite chart, in my opinion and from my experience, better describes the dynamics that brought two people into a relationship. You have synastry with everyone, and a good portion of them will have similar synastry charts as the person you’re in love with. So, what drew you two together specifically? Synastry can describe chemistry, composite can take it one step further and describe destiny, or the deeper feeling of fate that brings a relationship together.


A 9th house emphasis in a composite chart can show two people brought together by shared beliefs, and show a relationship that falls apart if people do not know exactly what the other person believes in or if beliefs change. A 10th house emphasis in a composite can show a couple that can turn the relationship into a business, or help each others’ status. It can also show they think of each other as status symbols that raise their individual profile first, and think of them as a person second. An 11th house emphasis can show the couple remains friends when the romance has faded, which is a benefit in any romantic partnership. It can also show they think of each other as “just friends” and it never goes to a deeper level. A 4th house composite emphasis can show a couple brought together or destroyed by views on heritage, family, and residence. An 8th house emphasis can show that the couple is brought together for the common purpose of emotional and psychological exploration; how that ends depends on how well equipped each partner is for such an intense journey.


The ascendant of the composite chart is a good indicator of how other people view the two people in a relationship. It can explain why some people are very happy despite public fighting and arguments, or why two people who appear perfect in the eyes of loved ones have nothing but struggles behind closed doors.


Do you prefer synastry or composite charts for relationships? Which one and why? What has been your personal experience of the houses in composite charts? Let us know in the comments below!


The 3rd House And Depression (And Other Quirks)


Mental health issues -whether something we were born with a propensity for or aquired through our lives- come in a wide variety of flavors, each with different root causes and paths to healing. Mental health in astrology is equally varied, and can be attributed to many different combinations of planetary aspects, transits, and so on. Astrology is a fairly reliable tool in getting to the source of the problem and pointing out the deeper philosophical and spiritual reasons for why one is going through such an experience. It’s been interesting to me throughout my years of astrological observation that the relationship between the 3rd house and mental health, specifically depression, doesn’t seem to be as common knowledge as some of the other astrological influences. So, I thought I’d make a brief overview of the 3rd house, depression, and some of the different ways this plays out in real life.

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