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Sun Venus Semi-sextiles and Inconjuncts

Natal Sun Venus semi-sextiles and inconjuncts in relationships

Some Venus synastry is easy to miss. Some aspects which appear to be synastry aspects, that is, close "major" aspects between the Sun and Venus which have very solid meanings in astrology are often recognized as relationship aspects due to their presence in a relationship. If the closest Sun Venus aspects is a 150 degree inconjunct or a 30 degree semi-sextile, the natural assumption would be that the relationship contains a strained quality, or that it was founded upon ideas that relate to these aspect meanings. In the case of the 30 degree aspect we might posit a teacher-pupil relationship, or with the 150 degree aspect a master-servant relationship.

For example, a couple who share a close natal Sun Venus semi-sextile, like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, might lead a student of astrology to believe that the Sun Venus semi-sextile is a conventional relationship aspect, that is a connection which facilitates love, attraction, similarity and harmony between the couple.

Sarandon's natal Venus at cell B6 is a semi-sextile away from Robbin's natal Sun at cell C3.

I wrote about numerical superiority, proportionate superiority and independent influence in When Stars Collide . These are the three ways I have used to drill down to see which planetary combinations play the catalytic roles in relationship astrology. Basically: which aspect types occur most often in relationships; which ones occur more than they should and when we remove the relationships which contain those aspects that occur most often, can we see any others aspect types which take over their role and start to occur more often than others? This idea is based on the concept that one planetary connection influences the formation of a relationship more than all the other connections. The analogy I give is of music being played by the conventional indicating aspect above a cacophony of noise created by all the other aspects.

We would expect, if relationship astrology were not true, to see some basic mathematical outcomes from calculating planetary distances between birth charts. Although peaks can be expected in small samples, when we extend our sample into the thousands, we should expect a flattening out of the results so that each aspect set would be seen to occur randomly at approximately the level of chance.

We do not see this with synastry aspects when progressed planets are used together with natal planets. In fact, in several cases we also see natal aspects which remain above the radar asitwere, but we also see artifacts or noise - basically other planetary aspects which occur at high rates, but not necessarily with either any numerical consistency or any qualitative outcome - which needs to be explained.

In the case of Sarandon and Robbins, as we have noted elsewhere:

The connection may be argued in terms of their Sun Venus semi-sextile, but a far more persuasive argument can be put forward for progressed Sun Venus conjunctions (in red), which became close towards the end of the 1980s.

If we take the Kennedy family as a microcosm of our larger group, I'll try to explain the difficulties in observing the astrology that is going on when we apply statistical rules to our method.

Here are the Kennedy relationships under consideration:

 

1

John F

Kennedy

Jacquie

Kennedy

2

Robert

Kennedy

Ethel

Kennedy

3

Joseph P

Kennedy

Rose

Kennedy

4

Daryl

Hannah

John F

Kennedy Jnr

5

Carolyn

Bressette

John F

Kennedy Jnr

6

Gloria

Swanson

Joseph

Kennedy

7

Patrick

Kennedy

Mary

Hickey

8

Ted

Kennedy

Joan

Bennett

9

Ted

Kennedy

Victoria

Reggie

10

Edward

Kennedy Jr

Katherine

Gershman

11

Robert

Kennedy Jr

Emily

Black

12

Matthew

Kennedy

Victoria

Stauss

13

Christopher

Kennedy

Sheila

Berner

14

Mary

Kennedy

Andrew

Cuomo

15

Michael

Kennedy

Victoria

Gifford

16

Kathleen H

Kennedy

David

Townsend

17

Caroline

Kennedy

Edwin

Schlossberg

18

Courtney

Kennedy

Paul Michael

Hill

19

Jean Anne

Kennedy

Stephen

Smith

20

David Anthony

Kennedy

Rachel

Ward

21

Eunice

Kennedy

Robert Sargent

Shriver

22

Kathleen

Kennedy

Peter

Wentworth-Fitzwilliam

23

Kathleen

Kennedy

William

Cavendish

24

Anthony

Shriver

Alina

Mojica

25

Mark

Shriver

Jean

Ripp

26

Timothy

Shriver

Linda

Potter

27

Kym

Smith

Alfred

Tucker

28

Peter

Lawford

Patricia

Kennedy

29

Angie

Dickinson

John F

Kennedy

30

Joseph P

Kennedy II

Sheila

Rauch

31

Joseph P

Kennedy II

Anne E

Kelly

32

Arnold

Schwarzenegger

Maria

Shriver

Most of these relationships are marriages. They are timed to a reasonable precision, meaning that most are documented well and the relationship timings are to the correct year (with marriages, we can sometimes find ourselves recording start-dates which are a number of years after the beginning of the relationship).

If we look solely at two-degree Sun Venus major aspects for these relationships we find the following numbers:

120 degree Trines = 10

0 degree Conjunctions = 3

180 degree Oppositions = 3

90 degree Squares = 5

60 degree Sextiles = 7

150 degree Inconjuncts = 10

30 degree Semi-sextiles = 6

While the trines-happen-a-lot-in-relationships theory works well here and we would expect far fewer of all of the aspects noted from a sample of this size, the Sun Venus inconjunct aspects are more prolific than my theories, and traditional synastric rules, would suggest.

In the larger sample of 1300 relationships which provides the basis for When Stars Collide, we could see that Sun Venus inconjuncts occurred very often, but, as I demonstrated in When Stars Collide, they occur as a by-product of Sun Venus trines and oppositions. This is because there is a certain level of dependency involved between natal Sun Venus aspects and progressed Sun Venus aspects. In effect, if you and your partner share a natal Sun Venus semi-sextile, that is if your Sun is 30 degrees from your partner's Venus in your birth charts, you may also share a progressed Sun Venus conjunction around the time your relationship began. This is because the two aspects are only 30 degrees apart and as both the Sun and Venus only take 30 years or less to move 30 degrees, a progressed Sun Venus conjunction of some type may 'kick-in' at around the time you are forming relationships (at approximately 30 years old <>7years). This accounts for the fact that we see a high number of particular styles of Sun Venus semi-sextiles and inconjuncts in the larger sample, but we do not see consistently high numbers of natal and progressed Sun Venus semi-sextiles and inconjuncts across all four styles.

The 150 degree Inconjunct or Quincunx aspect is 30 degrees from a 120 degree trine and 30 degrees from a 180 degree opposition.

In the Kennedy sample, there are only 10 Sun Venus Inconjuncts, 10 trines and 3 oppositions (Sun Venus conjunctions are not usually present in the same relationships as inconjuncts).

The ten Inconjuncts occur in these relationships:

Robert

Kennedy

Ethel

Kennedy

Mary

Kennedy

Andrew

Cuomo

Kathleen H

Kennedy

David

Townsend

Jean Anne

Kennedy

Stephen

Smith

David Anthony

Kennedy

Rachel

Ward

Eunice

Kennedy

Robert Sargent

Shriver

Anthony

Shriver

Alina

Mojica

Kym

Smith

Alfred

Tucker

Joseph P

Kennedy II

Sheila

Rauch

Joseph P

Kennedy II

Anne E

Kelly

Those with accompanying Sun Venus trines and oppositions are coloured RED

Robert

Kennedy

Ethel

Kennedy

Mary

Kennedy

Andrew

Cuomo

Kathleen H

Kennedy

David

Townsend

Jean Anne

Kennedy

Stephen

Smith

David Anthony

Kennedy

Rachel

Ward

Eunice

Kennedy

Robert Sargent

Shriver

Anthony

Shriver

Alina

Mojica

Kym

Smith

Alfred

Tucker

Joseph P

Kennedy II

Sheila

Rauch

Joseph P

Kennedy II

Anne E

Kelly

Which leaves us with four relationships which might have been founded upon a Sun Venus inconjunct. That is, the Sun Venus inconjunct may be playing the 'music' that makes the relationship happen.

Remember, I contend that Sun Venus inconjuncts are not conventional relationship indicators and they do not make relationships happen in the same way or on the same scale that trines, conjunctions and oppositions of the Sun and Venus do.

Kathleen Kennedy and David Townsend shared a progressed Venus progressed Mars opposition (a la Burton and Taylor and Sarandon and Robbins see cells D6-C7 in the matrix above), at the time their relationship began.

Joseph P Kennedy II and Shelia Rauch shared a progressing Venus natal Mars trine (a la Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson among many others), in the year their relationship began.

Which leaves us with Jean Anne Kennedy with Stephen Smith and David Anthony Kennedy with actress Rachel Ward.

Ward's natal Venus is under five degrees from a trine to Kennedy's natal Sun - a wide natal Sun Venus trine - a conventional relationship indicator

Smith's natal Sun is in an even closer trine to Jean's natal Venus at just over three degrees - the same conventional relationship indicator.

The first question you might ask is, "what makes the Venus Mars aspects significant?"

Well the Venus Mars trine is certainly significant from a numerical perspective, at least so far in my study. And, when we remove all of the relationships with Sun Venus trines, conjunctions and oppositions from the sample, the Venus Mars trines, conjunctions and oppositions can be seen to occur at significantly higher rates in the reduced sample than other aspects. (See When Stars Collide for the figures)

So what about wide Sun Venus trines, if they aren't inside two degrees they don't count, right?

Wrong. Natal Sun Venus aspects work with wider boundaries than progressed aspects. We use the two-degree rule to enable the experimentation to be done. My own relationship includes a natal Sun Venus trine at 2.5 degrees. It wouldn't qualify for this study as a natal Sun Venus trine, but it works like one. The same goes for some very famous relationships, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's is one that springs to mind as another example of a 'wide' Sun Venus trine.

So, when we see high incidences of Sun Venus inconjuncts (and this applies to semi-sextiles as well), it is because Sun Venus trines and oppositions (or conjunctions in the case of semi-sextiles) occur very often in relationships, not because they are conventional synastry aspects.