Composite charts for true long-lasting love

I would like to share my own observations and thoughts on what makes a good composite chart. Many Astrologers don’t see it that way but this has been something I have learned over time and looking at many charts.

A composite chart is a chart of a relationship between two or more people. It is the magical chemistry that happens when two people become connected in a relationship. Personally, I found composite charts to be VERY important if people want to live together or marry.

Getting along or even falling in love with a person is not enough!

Both people are effected by the third entity- the relationship itself. Constant struggles in sex, finances, health, family relations and general quality of life is shown in the composite chart.

I want to say that a composite chart can work or not work depending on the people. The rules are very individual but what is important is that the relationship is significant, strong and long-lasting enough to grow into something. This post would show you examples of good composite charts.

So what do I like seeing in a composite chart of a couple?

Below is one of the best composite charts I have seen. It belongs to Paul and Linda MacCrtaney.

The composite they shared had a SUPER love-stellium of Sun-Venus-Mercury-Chiron and Pluto. That alone is an indicator of soulmates.

Additionally they have Jupiter AND Moon in easy aspect to this cluster of planets. To make this chart even more amazing (Maybe I’m amazed?) they have a second stellium of Saturn-Mars and Uranus. They really have a balance of something unique and creative and yet realistic. Moon conjunct Neptune show real soul mate connection and deep understanding of each other.

They did struggle from some tension between freedom and structure and maybe other people or strange situations trying to break them up. This is a perfect composite chart in every way. It shows hardships but very strong attachment and a bond based on love.

  1. I want to see that your relationship is SIGNIFICANT. This means that all planets form aspects to each other and most importantly that there is at least one conjunction of planets. I don’t want to see planets with only easy aspects and no conjunctions. The best thing for me to see is a three or four planets together or what we call a stellium in astrology. This means this relationship is important and will have effect on the people involved.
  2. I want to see the Sun conjunct Venus, Mercury, Mars or the Moon. The Sun is the life force of the relationship and shows what it is about. I want the sun to have a conjunction to at least Venus. This shows real love and getting-along ability within the relationship. The best relationships have Sun conjunct Venus, Mercury and another planet.
  3. I want a Pluto or Saturn in easy aspect to the stellium or in opposition to it. Yes oppositions are good!
  4. I want Jupiter to have easy aspects to it. This is very important because even if other things in the chart show arguing or other issues in the relationship, a well-placed Jupiter shows the couple can always share a common vision for what they want together. Jupiter also shows that at the end of the day these people are good for one another and this relationship would make them grow in a positive way.I want to see Saturn in a mix of easy and hard aspects. This show this relationship can take formal shape in reality and not just in the fantasy of the lovers. This is a good sign they will make a commitment even if the relationship gets hard. I am not too worried about hard Saturn aspects if there is enough to balance and an element ease to the relationship.I want the Moon to be in a good state. The best is if the Moon is making an easy aspect to the Sun. In some cases, a Moon in opposition to the Sun can also work well. Especially if the Sun is conjunct Venus as mentioned earlier.

What I don’t like seeing for a long-term relationship:

  1. Hard aspects to Neptune and Uranus. This can work great for a creative relationship in the art world but Isn’t good for daily family life. I see this a lot on composite charts of singers and actors. These relationships can feel amazing but are rarely long-lasting. Moon conjunct Uranus or Neptune on the other hand is brilliant in most cases.
  2. I don’t like a Moon that has only hard aspects. This means strong feelings and obsession but no ability to share same space when living together.
  3. I don’t like seeing a composite chart with a Pluto theme if one of the partners is not natally Plutonian.
  4.  I don’t like to see that the composite chart speaks to only one partner. One-sided love is painful.

Another famous couple with an amazing composite chart is Beyonce and Jay-Z.

They have their problems but the composite indicates it is indeed a powerful relationship. Beyonce and Jay-Z share the same thing I keep seeing again and again in long-married couples.

They have SUPER-BIG love stellium in opposition to Mars. Saturn is square the stellium so this one shows a less easy connection but it means they would stay together no matter how hard it gets. They have a less romantic or easy composite compared to McCartney and Linda but it is also more powerful and rare. They have a lot of social power as aa couple as indicated y the focus of planets in Libra and the first house. They have a lot of secret sexual issues creating anger in their psyche as indicated by Mars in the 8th house. This suggests they both act in ways that are unconscious and impulsive and therefore hurtful.

They are also both very independent as indicated by the Venus and Moon conjunction to Uranus. This suggests that together they have sparks of creative energy that is very dynamic. They will stay together a long time as indicated by Saturn that is squaring all this love. They might feel a lot of duty to stay together even if secrets and hardships come up through the mars in the 8th house. What this also means is that being active and making money is an outlet that helps them keep the relationship. The Sun conjunct Moon suggests a real marriage of two souls- male and female. They were meant to be together.

What is the best composite chart you have seen? Do you have any indicators of true love in your composite chart?

To really learn more about composite charts I recommend Robert Hand’s classic book Planets in Composite (1975) . Hand really helped bring the art of composite charts to life and the book is an easy and practical read. You could probably read on your own after reading it.

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41 thoughts on “Composite charts for true long-lasting love”

  1. Hi what do you think of a scorpio stellium in the composite sun, moon, mercury, Venus and Mars in the 2nd house with the moon in the 2+8th house?

  2. Hi what do you think of a scorpio stellium in the composite sun, moon, mercury, Venus and Mars in the 2nd house with the moon in the 2+8th house?

    1. Cat, It is not clear which houses the planets reside in?
      I can say that any stellium in a composite is significant and one of the best (and rarest) would include the Moon. These are usually important and close relationships. I would also look for supporting aspects from Pluto, Neptune or Uranus.

      1. Sorry i wasn’t clear but the moon is in both the 2nd and 8th house. Won’t too much scorpio be too intense and cause a burnout? We also have a Capricorn stellium with Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus in the 4th house

      2. The Moon in composite can only be in one house. Either way, no reason to think Scorpio placements would cause burnout. I
        would look at the Synastry to see burnout aspects like: Mars square Saturn or Jupiter. for example.

  3. Hi, there Just a quick question “I don’t like to see that the composite chart speaks to only one partner. One-sided love is painful.”, what do you mean with that. I have an strange composite with someone (2 House sun cojunt venus, opposite to 8th house Moon, Jup, Mercury, and Saturn – ALL of them but saturn squared Uranus). I have a lot composite Natal overlays, but not my SO :(. Can that be One sided?m

    1. Well, relationships are complicated and the composite chart should always be compared to the natal charts of the couple. There are situations where one partner has a certain configuration or leaning and the other doesn’t. It doesn’t mean the love is one-sided but sometimes one partner chooses to run from the relationship or fears it more.
      In the case of someone you are not dating, I would just study their natal chart. The composite chart you described sounds like an important relationship but with a constant tension between freedom and commitment. Therefore, you can look at his/her natal chart and see if they have any hard natal aspects from Saturn or Uranus. In general, an Uranus square like the one you described can add interest to the relationship dynamic. It can sometimes just show the couple needs to avoid trying to navigate the relationship through costumes and rules (Saturn) and instead follow their own self-expression (Uranus). This is just one option but I hope it gives you some insight.

  4. Many thanks for the swift feedback and the hint. 😉 .
    The Composite I’ve described is the one I have with someone I’m seeing since last year. In my natal, Saturn from (Leo) 7th squares my Scorpio stelium (Sun, Merc, Mars, Uranus – 9th). I find quite bizarre the fact that Uranus in the composite is only 5 degrees away from my natal Uranus, (which is trine my Moon in Cancer and conjunct my Nord node in Scorpio too), but its me who finds really hard to keep the thing open, and not commited. He is a Taurus Sun (no hard aspects from Uranus ( trine his Venus in piscis and Virgo Moon) or from Saturn. Shouldnt it work the other way around or am I getting it wrong? Thanks again.

  5. What do you think of our composite? We have Sun conj Pluto in Scorpio, both square Moon in Leo. However, we both have Moon sq Pluto natally. We dont have the love stellium, but we’ve been together for 4 years and plan on getting married soon!

    1. Congratulations! Free wil and the fact you are getting married is what matters. Sun-Pluto conjunction is very binding and a powerful configuration in a composite chart. In square to the Moon the involvement is definitely built on deep intimacy and passion.

      1. Thanks! We got together a little roughly (left our partners for each other) and I’m wondering if those squares will cause challenges going forward?

      2. I can’t answer that without seeing a chart. Squares are challenges but also serve as motivators that keep things exciting in a relationship.

      3. The composite suggests the dynamic of the relationship itself.
        Sometimes it can show that people got together because of trauma, an affair, or their career. The squares you have can show an area of over-compensating in the relationship. For example, Moon square Jupiter could suggest there is an emotional over combination because you don’t share your hopes and values for the future.

  6. We’ve a mix of wonderful and very challenging aspects in our composite: a conjunction of Sun-Venus-Mercury-Psyche-Vertex in 5H trine Moon/ASC sextile Mars. Jupiter is also sextile Venus opp Moon. However, we also have Pluto squaring the stellium. Mars although supports the stellium but also square Saturn opp Uranus. Saturn is trine our Midheaven. How will you describe our relationship?

    1. I would not dare read any type of chart for anyone just based on a description. Generalizations are rarely true in astrology.
      My post points out general patterns taken as a whole but different people need different relationships.

      The most important thing to study is the natal charts of the couple. That said, I would say that yes you have a beautiful stellium in the 5th house and in trine to the Moon no less! Amazing.

      Pluto square the stellium can add staying power and an ability to overcome crisis together as a couple. It can be very binding. The real question is if the people involved are psychologically healthy or not. Toxic relationships where people stay together for 60 years are also possible. Saturn opposite Uranus would suggest you do have the ability to create and face change. There might be some anxiety over change in general or one of you coud feel they need some space. Again, this would require looking at his/our natal to see what your fears and needs are.
      A very significant relationship.

      1. Thanks! Yes I know this can only be general. We don’t have Saturn opp Uranus. It’s 3H Mars square 5H Saturn opposite 9H Uranus forming a t-square. It seems to suggest we’re caught in a tension loop but I wonder what? We do tend to engage in competition for air time.

        Our stellium trine Moon creates a very loving relationship and Pluto is binding as you said…there’s a strong meant-to-be and can’t-let-you-go feeling… but we can get jealous/possessive while he’s also more controlling. I’ve Pluto in 5H quincunx my Taurus Sun and he has Pluto conjunct Moon in Libra square Cancer Mars. We did a lot of communication to avoid the unhealthy plutonic tendencies.

  7. Hi my partner and I have a sun, venus, mercury and pluto 8th house stellium in Scorpio. Our composite moon (pisces 12th house) is trine to those planets in that stellium but our mars (5th house Leo) squares the stellium. This is where I get stuck. Can you explain the dynamics with some of these?

    1. Hi Mary, explaining the chart requires reading it which I can’t do based on a description. I will say it is ana amazing composite. The square to mars could suggest one or both of you are competitive and daring or you become that way in this relationship. A lot of attraction and sexuality but can be some conflicts around who is “boss”.

      1. Wow, thank you. I’ve never thought of mars in this light. I always assumed it was to do with anger or aggression which I haven’t found to be the case with us. Yor analysis actually makes complete sense. I am not competitive at all and really frowned on competition before we met. My partner IS competitive, very sporty. I never thought he’d be my type at all! We are not competitive with each other (so far) but I am definitely more motivated to take action and be part of things than I used to be. I guess he has activated that side of me. As far as who’s boss well we’re both Scorpios 😣

      2. Mars can be a great flavor, and we all need some “spice” so the relationship won’t be boring. Scorpio likes some spice. I wouldn’t worry about it.
        If he is more Mars dominant, he won’t feel this energy in the relationship, but you will. In all relationships, we tend to have power in some areas and our partners in others. Mars is what keeps us “turned on” and makes us get out of bed and DO something. That he is not your usual masculine (Mars) type makes sense. I know another couple with something similar, and she said the same. She wasn’t attracted to him at all at first.
        Thankfully a good relationship where you share a household is not based on MARS but good MOON aspects. Easy Sun-Moon is a gift like no other.

  8. Thanks so much, that’s very comforting to hear. It’s so easy to assume the worst when you look at hard aspects like mars squares but you’ve really put this in perspective for me. You’re right, it is a very action oriented connection. He does have strong mars aspects in his chart including a moon (Sagittarius) square mars in virgo and yikes that made me nervous at first! I have a pretty passive mars in Cancer so I don’t like any possible risk of confrontation 😂 Yes I think the sun moon connection is beautiful. I’m finding reading about astrology fascinating but the synthesis of it all as you’ve done here makes it alot more clear. Thanks for being so generous with your time. I’m looking forward to reading more of your content 🖤

  9. HI! I recently got into astrology and wanted to say how much this post means to me. I see people have a really “fatalic” view on things most of the times, I read awful descriptions over aspects you said you like. Me and my boyfriend have 2 small steliums (2nd and 8th houses) and some of the planets (including pluto) are opposite, I’m a bit plutonian so it’s ok. The “harsh” things mainly would be two sun oppositions and a moon square uranus. Overall I never had such a great relationship and so much comfort/intimacy with someone and he told me he feels the same, we mostly understand our own wounds/challenging aspects and communicate it to the other, it’s crazy in our synastry and composite that ou relationships involves lots of healing and learning with love, no healing process is easy and I see people are too afraid of it but it’s important to go through it so we can evolve, and if we can evolve together it’s ok even if we don’t last forever we’ll always have lots of love that we shared and will wish to one another.

    Because of this I also started reading another posts in your blog and I am absolutely falling in love. Keep up with the good work and kind yet realistic words! Lots of love from Brazil ❤ hope to do a reading with you one day

    1. Thank you Nina.
      This means so much to me. I truly appreciate your kind words. I hope one day I could express how much Astrology can be helpful and healing. Meanwhile, I adore getting to know people from all walks of life and seeing the spark in us all.
      Your words really touched me and reminded me why I got into astrology in the first place. I believe in free will and in the journey of transformation. I avoid reading the future because I believe all is open. Like you said, nothing is decided.
      You described love so beautifully! Real Love – whether it lasts forever or just helps us heal. This type of love is real and rare. I am so happy for you. It takes a very brave spirit.

      I hope you stick around for more things to come in the future.

  10. Thanks Lee I love this article. I’m new to your site – I stumbled across it whilst trying to find out more about Pluto- Venus conjunctions in composite. I know a little about astrology, so will definitely read more of your posts to learn!
    My partner and I have a stellium in the second house of Venus, Pluto, Uranus, sun, mercury….all opposed by Saturn. I’ve read that a stellium containing Uranus and Pluto in the middle is not helpful. Would you agree? (They separate the sun and Venus.)
    Thankfully (according to your descriptions above!) we have a lovely fourth house moon/Neptune/Chiron conjunction (that also sextiles Pluto exact and Venus/sun more widely) and the soothing healing romantic homey element can definitely be felt.

    1. Thank you for reading Lilli. Nothing in astrology is good or bad :). I suppose with Saturn opposite your stellium there could be some circumstances/people/situation challenging your relationships. You have many wonderful placements that matter far more.

  11. Hello Lee! I’m really happy to have landed on your page. Your commentary about composite charts is quite illuminating!!
    The chart between my love and I seems intriguing. I’d like to share a few aspects for your opinion.

    Sun conjunct Venus (5d)
    Sun Trine Moon (Moon conjunct MC 2d)
    Sun and Venus sextile Pluto

    Jupiter in the 7th house conjunct NN (<1/2d) and both are the apex of a Yod from the Sun, Venus and Pluto sextile.

    Composite Sun is at 10d Sagittarius. Natally, My ASC is at 10d Sag. and her IC is at 11d Sag.

    Does the Jupiter placement and the Sagittarius at 10d stand out to you?

    1. Thank you for reading! I admit it is hard for me to interpret anything without the visual of a chart.
      You describe an almost too good to be true and harmonious composite chart.
      Very tight degrees as well.
      Jupiter as the apex of a Yod can feel very urgent. If either of you is in paths related to Jupiter like teaching, publishing, or even travel it would be activated.
      Sun in Sagittarius you get to shine and express yourself/social prominence maybe/she gets to feel more confident too.
      It would also dependant on your natal Jupiter positions- so do take a look at those 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for your reply Lee 🙂 I too thought it is unusually good but the relationship is going along quite nicely I’m happy to say.

        As for the yod I am a teacher and an artist that can encompass publishing to some extent. Though she does not partake in these endevors it’s curious to me that she has her 6d Jupiter in Gemini in the 9th house 5d from her MC… That said, her Jupiter is closer to my 10d Gemini DC in synastry. My Jupiter is in Aries (conjunct Venus) and makes no other aspect than a bi-quintile to her Sun in Virgo.

        Again, thank you for your responses as they are greatly appreciated 🙂

  12. Hello Lee, this was a wonderful reading! I never thought of stelliums until now, and it makes so much sense!! What does it mean if there aren’t many aspects to the Sun or Mars? Sun square Jupiter and MC, Mars trine ASC. But Venus and Jupiter both trine Moon/Saturn/Uranus/Neptune stellium. I am hopeful because of the grand trine. But worried that there are hardly any Sun or Mars aspects! I did check our natal charts and the composite Sun is conjunct my Mars, and conjunct his Moon. What do you think our composite chart means? Thanks in advance! ❤

  13. I was warned that composite moon conjunct uranus may be bad but good to see it is not a deal breaker..I was stressed over it!!

  14. Hi, I also have stellium with my boyfriend. We are both virgo. We have love stellium in10/11 house mars conjuct venus,moon,Jupiter,sun,metcury. Everything should be ok, but this all planets have square from saturn,uranus in 2 house. I love him very much but sometimes its hard for me, he hurt me.

  15. Hi Lee!
    Many Thanks for your great page and article. I simply love your insights and the way you are able to explain complicated issues in an easy way!

    The composite from our relationship shows a big grand square in Fixed signs. Uranus is squared the Composite Sun which is conjunct Venus BTW, and therefore squared to Uranus as well. Chiron squares Moon ( that is conjunct Jupiter and therefore squared to Chiron). Sun Venus and Moon Jupiter oppose each other. That means Moon and Jupiter are squared Uranus as well.
    We have positive aspects ( trine and sext) from Neptune which is squared Saturn. Saturn forms a trine with Uranus but is not in aspect to personal planets. Trine and sextiles from Pluto Mars to Sun Venus and Moon Jupiter as well.

    We’ve been dating for 2 years in a very non structured way, and it has worked well. We deeply care about each other. But the future is foggy any type of planning ( even short term) leads to a discussion about personal freedom, compromise and restrictions.
    Is it such as bad as it seems to be? No future ( uranus deal breaker),very painfull bound, (Chiron no healing), no way of compensating it ?

    1. Thank you 🙂
      It is only bad or good depending on the two people involved. Congrats! Sounds like you got yourself an Uranian relationship which can work very well if it is never pushed into a traditional structure.
      There are ways to compensate this tendency like living in different houses or having a mutual hobby that involves something very Uranus-related. These relationships also tend to work well in a long distance scenario sometimes so if one partner works over- seas or for a political cause.
      The REAL question is what your natal chart shows in terms of your needs and wants for the future. The expectations you have of a relationships will show with your Mars and Jupiter and his Moon and Venus.

      1. Hi Lee,
        Thanks to you 🙂 for this.
        Well, We met in Sep 2019 but I had to leave the country in August 2020. Since then, we are living in different countries. So I wouldn’t mind living in different houses in the same city at all ;). I have the chance now to return to where I was living before but Im scared about taking a one sided decision and breaking the balance, if you know what I mean. My natal Mars (10th) is In Scorpio and my Jupiter (4th) ( Retro) in Taurus. His natal Moon is Virgo (10th) and his Venus (4th) in Piscis (29 degree). Not really sure what does that mean in terms of relationship expectations, but a Virgo Moon and a Taurus Jupiter do not give me an eccentric flavour, correct? ;P
        Ps: Dont take house placement such as seriously, natal time is approximate for both of us.

      2. Ginny,
        it is impossible to say without really taking consideration of the whole chart. It is not as simple as a Virgo Moon requiring stability or not. It does sound like the relationships is Uranian and that it works that way.
        I think the best thing to do is learn your own natal chart and see what you need. Usually, a person with hard natal Saturn aspects or strong 8th house/Pluto would find it harder to be in this type of dynamic.

  16. Hey there!
    Great article thanks so much.
    What if the Composite Chart is Woow but one partner natal chart is only slighly impacted? So to say Composite Sun, Venus Moon and Mars falling in empty houses (3rd 9th), only aspects from Composite Uranus Pluto Saturn and Neptune to natal Saturn Uranus and Pluto.
    I have that with my girlfriend. How should I take this? Should I worry about she not feeling the connection so strong as I do?

    1. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.
      It is impossible to say without looking at the natal charts of both partners. These things can vary greatly depending on the individuals.
      Are there any indicator in your natal chart that can show your worry? Does it repeat in other relationships?
      Are there any indicators in her chart that can show a more detached nature in romantic relationships? 🙂

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