Lynette Rens 24 July 2012

Planets in Synastry – Book Review

Planets in Synastry, E.W. Neville

Whitford Press Astrology Library

We all have books we haven’t read. I bought this one in 1991, and have never got around to it, until…

I wanted to check what Neville calls ‘Planets captured in houses,’ and hauled out all my usual reference books but couldn’t find what I wanted. I decided to trust my instincts so packed those books away, then I saw this one lying there.

Neville discusses firstly The Synastric Process – the capacity to relate, compatibility, harmony and discord, composite charts and the evolving relationship.

He then goes on to the chart elements – the Ascendant, and the polarities of the houses, the functioning of the planets and signs, and the aspects, and describes the Synastric Work Method.

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After that comes the interpretation:

Interestingly, he divides the synastric links into 3 groups:

Primary, Ascendant, Sun and Moon. This group establishes the fundamental gridwork of the relationship, within which all other influences will be contained in their function.

Secondary, Venus, Mars and Uranus. This group establishes the masculine/feminine element into the relationship. Uranus is included because of its catalytic effect on a relationship.

Tertiary Group. The remaining planets play a lesser role in synastry. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury establish the tone of the daily process of the relationship, the impact of Neptune and Pluto is subtle and ephemeral, adding only a faint piquancy to the primary ingredients.

Within each of these groups he describes the interaspects of the planets and also their action when captured within the houses of the other party.

He has an interesting appendix – It is about people who are different.

There are the ‘definitely heterosexual ones’ who have a lot of the attributes of the traditional ‘other gender’ – a woman with a mind like a steel trap, or a man with sensitive emotions.

Then there are the May/December partnerships, and the possible underlying reasons as shown in the charts.

I found that these interpretations could apply to any sort of relationship, not only romantic, and that they seemed very applicable to the charts I was working on.