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Dynamic Astrology V

synastry matrices

"I believe now that only the direct encounter with empirical data that one has personally investigated can effectively serve to overcome the extreme resistance that virtually every person educated within the modern context must initially experience towards astrology" Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche


This is an introduction to the progressed synastry matrices used to further demonstrate patterns in synastry. Below is the matrix of Jean Pierre Aumont and Marisa Pavan who shared three Sun Venus aspects in the year they married, 1956.


The synastry matrix is a tiered matrix which includes the planet positions of both parties natal charts, together with their progressed planet positions for the year they married. In the example below, the French actor Aumont was born on 5th January 1911 and so the planet positions of noon GMT on this day (we have no time of birth for Aumont) are listed in row E and the planet positions for 19th February 1911 (45 days after his birth) are his progressed planets in row C. Italian actor Marisa Pavan (twin sister of Pier Angeli) was born around 18:05hrs on 19th of June 1932 in Cagliari, Italy. The planets for this date and time are in row B. Pavan's progressed planets in row D are the planet positions for 13th July 1932.


Color coding has been used to differentiate the planets which connect to each other. Red, green and blue are used indiscriminately for trines, conjunctions and oppositions. Red is mainly used as first choice independent of whether the aspect is a trine, conjunction or opposition, for the closest or most significant aspect, blue is then used for a secondary aspect of this type, then green. On one occasion, gold is used to show a fourth important aspect of this type.

Plum and occasionally dark red are mainly used for squares...

And, when they are rarely highlighted, sextiles are colored Indigo or dark blue. Colors show connections of planets, if there are more than two planets of the same color, they are all part of the same complex.

In the lists below 00 degrees 00 minutes are used, thus showing exact aspects between planets at the same degree of different signs. Aspects within two minutes and one degree are regarded as close in this study. Aspects which fall short of this level of exactness, but which are probably of some importance, are shown using a broken line thus:

The lists below are meant to give an example of how to recognise an aspect using the sign co-ordinate of a planet. The first list gives trines and the first example is an exact trine aspect between a planet at 00 degrees 00 minutes of Aquarius and another 120 degrees away at 00 degrees 00 minutes Gemini. It would still be valid if one of the planets were at 02 degrees 00 minutes of either sign. In this case, at the cusp of a sign, if one of the planets were at 28 degrees 00 minutes of the previous sign, it would also be valid aspect (called a dissociate aspect).

Trines between signs

Squares between signs

Conjunctions between signs

Sextiles between signs

Oppositions between signs


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