There are a variety of compatibility tests using astrological synastry on the web and some astrology programs like Kepler cater for synastry. So I was inspired to experiment with the Café Astrology compatibility ranking system* and came up with my own Love Match test. It does seem gimmicky and crass to invent such a thing, but could such tests be useful? Love between a couple cannot be measured as such, but harmony or a sparky tension between the connections certainly can. The important thing is that there connections at all, even difficult ones! A so called ‘Love Match’ test then, can at least be objective and prevent your own love-sick bias from making a silk purse out of a sows ear.

I tried as many famous couples as I could find with an accurate birthtime and all the couples I knew personally. I wasn’t surprised Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward scored highly, but when I tried the others it all fell apart. After experimenting and stripping down the score I think I have come up with a formula that sorts out the wheat from the chaff.

I found the aspects that cut it time and time again are the classics. Forget your hyped-up outer planets, deluded Neptune and your karmic quincunxes. Space-dust and glitter! To find a rock solid, mutually supportive relationship that will weather the storms of modern life, I used Ptolemaic aspects and considered the following: Tight orbs between the Luminaries/Saturn and the relationship planets, also Luminaries/Saturn to the destiny points and AC/DC. I also looked at the Sun/Moon midpoint and Luminaries in the 1st/7th house. Here is the list of my best synastry aspects.

I used this system on both the synastry inter-aspects, Davison Chart and composite charts. Just using the inter-aspects didn’t work for some couples. Some of these were were surprisingly strong because of the weird magic that happens when you put an unlikely pair together.

Love Match Test Aspects

Horoscope Compatibility TestCafé Astrology ranks the following as red alerts. These are highly stressful aspects that are supposed to be real “No-no’s”. You can get away with having one of these at the most they say: Moon square Saturn, Mercury square Mercury, Venus square Saturn and Mars square/opposition Saturn.

On the other end of the scale there are the super aspects. I regard these as karmic-contract aspects.  These are top scoring aspects on Café Astrology, but I have added the Vertex conjunct North Node to that list since it was discovered to be significant in long term marriages according to Cosmic Technologies. I have found it to be significant. Karmic contract aspects are as follows: Sun or Moon in hard aspect to the Sun/Moon midpoint,  AC conjunct the North Node, Vertex conjunct the North Node, Sun or Moon conjunct or opposite Vertex,  Sun or Moon conjunct DC.

These may bump up the score in a relationship that isn’t really long term. These are usually catalyst relationships and their sole purpose is pulling you onto the right karmic path. They may do this for example by splitting up a failed marriage,  or pulling someone out of drug addiction. When this is achieved the relationship ends pretty quickly.



  1. Agree – i have since 2012 a Partnership which has exactly this hard aspects like :

    Mars Quadrat Saturn
    Saturn Quadrat Saturn
    Merkur Quadrat Merkur

    Pluto Quadrat Sun
    Pluto Quadrat Moon

    But we have also a lot of good hamonics between Sun , Moon , Venus & AC and also to Uranus
    North Node conj. MC
    North Node conj. Pluto

    ( i have to say we are both creative people and our partnership started uranisch or neptunisch ?!not sure 😀 …he had a Jupiter reto. Transit about his Venus konj. Saturn when we came together.It was a apokalyptisch start between us…the first year was dramatic…sometimes a bit too much from all :-)) …but we were also a good creative team and worked together on music…my beeing jealousy was/is a problem (Pluto qudrat Sun + Moon )- there was 1 Situation where i lost complete my trust …since then is Pluto always in me pushing to control with stupid question -of course subtil-i am a skorpio :-)) ….ah well…
    We got this summer a baby – a ” Love child ” …but our Partnership is so difficult just right now ( i guess the saturn qudrat saturn ) – and i have T Saturn since September in Haus 7 :-/ ….. i think about ” 2016 to leave him – maybe at first without stopping Partnership -but i need Distanz …i need my own room …also our baby needs Stability and Rhytmus & Harmony ….in a 1 Room Appartment 43qm is living together with such aspects for me not anymore possible…. okay ,i have to stop… its early here in germany ….really nice blog here….found it today … soon i have to read more here 🙂

    ah sorry – i said something stupid :

    we have not merkur quadrat merkur – its a trigon between
    the same between our mars .
    Pluto trigon AC
    Pluto trigon venus
    North Node trigon AC

    okay …i stop now :-))


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