Why a compatibility chart done by the book can still be moot

I wrote a paper sometime late in my course giving an example of someone I was interested in. I’m going to post this paper, which you can read, now. I’m not that good at compatibility astrology, but the chart seemed to augur well for a good relationship. (I’m doing it according to David Cochrane’s method.)

This is another thing that Cochrane said. What are your needs? What are your potential partner’s needs? What are your affinities? His analysis of astrology was always based in a kind of realism.

The reason this relationship wouldn’t have worked is about the following: We were in different generations. She was older, which wouldn’t be a problem per se, but she is in the Boomer generation. And by Boomer generation I mean the following: Pluto in Leo generation (covering 1937/39 to 1956/58, particularly; our Neptune are both in Scorpio.

But this Pluto in Virgo (1956/58 – 1971/72) individual does not particularly relate to Pluto in Leo. The outlooks — the basic philosophies — are so different from each other. Pluto in Virgo can’t compete with the incredible achievements of Pluto in Leo, and Pluto in Leo doesn’t understand that people in other generations are fundamentally unlike them.

Pluto in Virgo is all about analysis — brilliance — deep understanding. It’s a fundamentally quiet (and misunderstood) generation, it seems, but we are there. It doesn’t completely cover Generation X, but it overlaps and I use the terms interchangeably.

I tend to appreciate the younger generations, as Pluto in Libra and Pluto in Scorpio are not only of age, but well into adulthood and making their mark

Weirdly, Pluto is in fall in Leo. But it’s a powerful placement nonetheless.

I’ll leave it there for now and post the paper, and as you read it do know that it may be entirely moot.


David McWade

AGY 121, Final Paper

My confidence in doing an effective compatibility reading is not very strong; as a result, I wanted to focus on compatibility between myself and someone else that I was interested in getting to know better; focusing on two famous people would not be motivating enough to do very well but since I’m very interested in getting into a relationship (in fact it’s been over 14 years since I’ve been in one), I’d be committed to do a relationship report since I’d be very motivated to find the one most compatible.

There are several women that I am interested in getting to know.  Of those whose birth charts I know, I did a cursory look at our compatibility and have concluded that the one most likely to work out is the one I’m going to use – let’s call her Nicole.

I’ll post her chart here, next to mine:

Birth charts of the two indivduals.

I’m going to skip over individual needs for now as I’m not fully certain what mine or hers are.  I don’t know her well enough yet, and I’m not totally clear on my own:  this whole process is meant, in part, as a way to discover at least my own needs.  

As for our strongest zodiac signs, I have a very strong Libra (4 points), Scorpio (6 points), Sagittarius (8 points), and Capricorn (7 points).  She has strong Gemini (8 points), Cancer (7 points), and Sagittarius (6 points).  Notably, her Sun is in opposite sign to my Sun, her Moon is in opposite sign to my Moon, and her Saturn is in opposite house to my Saturn, at least in the birth chart.  Gemini has all to do with curiosity and discovery, Cancer has to do with intimacy, closeness and protection.  Sagittarius has to do with adventure and exploration.  Capricorn, along with the other things we’ve learned, indicates the ability to understand the the options available, put them in perspective, weigh the pros and cons and see what the likely results will be.  (That is what I’m doing here, actually).  It also can indicate feeling removed from fully participating in life, the ‘glass wall’ that certainly I enjoy breaking through when I can.

The Gemini-Sagittarius seems to be a bit more compatible than then Cancer-Capricorn.  That being said, I may not be a typical Capricorn in that I’m not averse to a protective type of relationship, particularly given my own likely financial issues down the road.  My lack of experience is a real handicap here.

Here’s Nicole’s 9th harmonic chart:

9th harmonic chart comparison

She has an unusually strong 9th harmonic, involving Chiron/Moon conjunction aspecting Venus/Uranus conjunction as well as Saturn/Neptune conjunction.  Her 9th harmonic is quite a bit stronger than my own.  (We actually know each other because we are both involved at the same radio show. Her show has been after mine on some occasions. The station affirms community involvement, that is, the community that is that station, and perhaps she’s more involved in aspects of the radio station than I am?)

I was looking at our “Cosmo Compatibility” report underneath the Synastry tab in Sirius 3.0 but I wasn’t sure whether to use it because I based it on the 9th harmonic chart and I don’t know if the Cosmo Compatibility  is only meant to be used for comparisons of the natal chart.  I would like to understand this better, for my sake.

Here’s a bi-wheel of our 9th harmonic charts:

Biwheel of 9th harmonic charts.

Here are the strongest things I see:

Her Sun conjunct my Mercury

Her Jupiter opposite my Moon

Her Saturn opposite my Mercury

My Sun square her Mars/Pluto conjunction, although the Mars part of it is weak, it’s close to being a spreading pattern

Her Sun trine my Sun, moderate in strength

Her Moon opposite my Pluto

Her Moon square my Venus

Her Mercury conjunct my Venus

Her Venus trine my Pluto 

Her Mars conjunct my Uranus

I would like to hear your opinion about the potential strength of this relationship relative to two random people getting together, but it seems like a very strong one.  I’m honestly confused about what this would mean and don’t want to rely on the interpretation the software provides (at least for this paper) to try to determine what it means.  I would think that the Sun trine Sun is very significant, if it’s about our shared basic essence and reality.  I would think that the Venus trine Pluto is very significant, if it’s about some kind of compulsion or very deep influence in love.  The Sun conjunct Mercury, because it is a conjunct, seems especially influential, and it would have to do with communication, or mental compatibility on an essential level?  The Mercury/Venus has to do with aesthetics?  Would the Mercury/Saturn opposition be problematic?

The next thing to do is the composite chart.  Here it is:

Composite chart (natal chart).

Even my own limited experience with Vibrational Astrology doesn’t stop me from saying that this is an extremely remarkable composite.  But how, precisely?

There are six planets involved in a spreading opposition pattern from two conjunctions of three planets in which there are six strong connections and two weak connections out of a total of nine possible (the one that isn’t there is what makes it spreading).  The two conjunctions are Venus-Pluto-Uranus and Mercury-Chiron-Sun.  The strong oppositions are Uranus-Chiron, Uranus-Mercury, Pluto-Sun, PlutoChiron, Pluto-Mercury, and Venus-Sun.

Defining based only on the conjunctions Venus-Uranus-Pluto, per your text file HARASP01, “Your romantic and sexual energy is very strong. At times a relationship may survive based on sexual attraction, while mutual understanding, kindness, and love are not as easy to find. If this happens, it is best to not make long-term commitments until a more complete and satisfying relationship is clearly possible.”

Well, wow.

The other conjunction, Sun-Mercury-Chiron, can’t be used as HARASP01 doesn’t have Chiron.  But traditional astrology says it’s one’s “inner wound,” but VA has it as “quiet charisma” and “focused selfexpression.”  Chiron fits with both of us since we do radio shows where we’re broadcasting.  Our radio personas are definitely different from each other, but at least they’re personas.   

Would we then be going back to our first original course to determine what each of the two or three planet combinations mean?  I would think the answer would be yes.  And how would we identify the oppositions?  Are they nefarious, difficult aspects?  I don’t know the answer to that question, but of course we can see what happens when we go up an octave:

2nd Harmonic chart.

As expected, this is a spreading conjunct pattern encompassing exactly 19 degrees.  Perhaps the best way to define this is the Pluto-Sun-Venus conjunction spreads 6 degrees, and the Uranus-MercuryChiron spreads about 7½ degrees.  I’m not sure what to conclude being that this is a 2nd harmonic chart.  Does this mean that the definitions of these 3-planetary combinations are meant to be ‘with each other,’ given that a multiple of 2 indicates mutuality?  But this is already a composite chart, so I don’t know what a 2nd harmonic is supposed to be.

Sun-Venus-Pluto, per your HARASP01: “It is almost certain that you will fall madly in love at least once, and become obsessed with the other person. Your feelings run very deep and you pursue things with compulsive and obsessive attention. You may become fanatically involved in art or a humanitarian mission.”

Mercury-Uranus has to do with quick responses and the ability to come up with suggestions, insight, etc.  Does that mean that we’d have that going for us in a potential relationship?  With it being performed through focused self-expression?

Regardless, I am starting to conclude that this is an extremely remarkable compatibility of some sort, given the information I’ve seen thus far.  Let’s look at the 9th harmonic:

9th harmonic composite chart.

Other than a Sun-Neptune conjunction that’s almost exact squaring the Moon (also almost exact), there isn’t a lot here.  I’m not sure how to define this in the 9th harmonic (also since a square is 36th harmonic), but Sun-Moon-Neptune indicates:  “You enjoy an atmosphere or mood that is enchanting or unusual. It is likely that music is very important to you because it transports you to a world of imagination, dreamy moods, sentimentality, or possibly even mystical feelings. You have a colorful imagination, although it may be difficult for you to express the subtlety of feelings and impressions that you experience.”

Well, that makes perfect sense.  In a community context, also, that being the radio station.

I’m not sure how to easily and quickly look for compatibility in harmonics, through a biwheel, which is the next step.  It would be time-consuming and arduous looking through every harmonic for each of us and then creating a biwheel.  However, just to show I know what some of the process is, one example is the 5th harmonic.  There, I have a Venus-Saturn-Pluto conjunction spanning a total of 10 degrees.  Whereas, Nicole has a grand trine involving Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto.  

5th harmonic chart.

Then we would create a biwheel and look for aspects, using the Sirius software to ferret out the actual aspects.  (Sirius does have its own interpretation, and I am not sure how much to rely on it, but it comes with its findings of the aspects.)  I’ll refrain from doing the biwheel as I’ve demonstrated the process with the 9th harmonic.

The biwheel would then be done with other harmonics that might be strong in both of our charts.  I looked up Nicole’s Profile Scores, and she has very strong 45th, 35th, and 41st.  Of the first 16th harmonics, her strongest are 5th and 7th, but they’re not super-strong.  So my 35th is also very strong, and it has to do with high culture and I’ll have to find the more comprehensive interpretations somewhere in the notes.

Additionally, I do understand the concept of mixed midpoints, but that doesn’t mean I know how to generate or interpret them.  Honestly, though, I’ve see enough even as soon as we looked at the 1st harmonic natal composite back on page 4 of this paper.  This is a very unique, remarkable connection and is worth pursuing.  I will now endeavor to get to know her better and if we reach that point, ask to have the charts addressed in class.  I would love to hear your opinion of what I’ve gotten here so far.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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