The Davison Chart

Finding true love with a soulmate is not all that it’s cracked up to be. It’s more likely to be a case of “Help, I’ve found my soul mate!” In astrology, the 7th house is not just the house of marriage, it is also the house of open enemies. It is also opposed the 1st house of the physical self. Therefore the supposed “Soul mate” relationship is very often a tug of war on many levels. What may feel destined could also be a number of things. The beloved could be reflecting strongly back to you your animus or anima, what you are lacking in your chart, what you have disowned in your chart or, when the relationship turns sour, your worst demons.

With synastry, squares and challenging synastry aspects between a couple are karmic aspects and can be extremely challenging. These will usually enable you to “fast-track” your spiritual evolution by burning off a ton of ingrained karma. Often a soul mate comes into your life simply to do this, but it does not mean it is life long. Negative karma from the past can attract you even more strongly than positive karma. Hence those impossible, gut-wrenching, and often unrequited love affairs.

I don’t believe an Astrologer can or should ever tell you This is the one”. It could be a one however, and astrology can certainly show you why you have been pulled together. You will also be able to see why you find it so hard to break up even if the relationship is making you miserable. Usually these are Moon/Saturn contacts. Looking at the charts individually first is crucial to see what each person can handle in a relationship. Some people just cannot take too much drama, others would be bored without it. Some may need a very cosy domestic 24/7 togetherness, while others crave space, so that a long distance romance might actually suit. Therefore it’s really rather pointless saying “Oh my Sun is conjunct his Moon, we are destined!” if one of you is a thrill seeker and the other likes vegging infront of the TV.

The Davison Chart

DavisonThe Davison horoscope takes the midpoint in time between the couples birth-date. The co-ordinates are also half way. This is my speciality. I love Davisons because this chart actually exists physically, so one can take into account the fixed stars. I now use the Davison as my only composite chart, as it keeps things simple and for me they just work more than the composite mid -point chart.  I have also found them to contain the most magic. This chart describes why you have been brought together and what lessons you have to learn in this lifetime.

Relationships are the best teacher and synastry aspects between the natal charts can show what type of lessons you are learning from each other. One of the most illuminating things to look out for, is when the partners important planets or points make a conjunction with the Sun, Moon, AC, Nodes or Vertex in the Davison chart. It shows how important the relationship is for each of them. It will reveal if one is more attached to the union than the other.

The fixed stars in the Davison can give us an idea past lives and karma that brought the couple together. With Soulmates it is usually very obvious. Symbols and themes will keep repeating themselves and a story will come out. The Nodes will often show the nature of the karmic contract. It is very important to look at the connections from the Davison to the couples natal charts. Strong indicators of many lives together and/or a karmic mission will be confirmed if the couple have conjunctions to the big 3 (Sun/Moon/AC). UPDATE! I believe that the Davison can show the nature of a third entity in the case of  hyper-dimensional interference as explained in my Twin Flames or Hell Fires article.

You can also look further into synastry astrology in Best Synastry Aspects


Author: Marina Macario


  1. Wonderful article, thank you! So nice with different techniques at hand for chart analysis. A further technique – for looking into the development of a relationship – is to look at the progressed composite moon, and its aspects to transpersonal planets in the individual charts..

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    • Oooh, another thing to play with. Thanks Hanne!
      Progressed Moon I love, it seems to be active when people met up. Prog Moon of one partner making a conjunction to the Sun or Venus of the other partner.

  2. Hi Marina, this is just excellent fodor for all those out there who wonder about their “Soul Mate”. Having excountered a couple of them in my life time, and now about to embark again…as a fellow astrologer I always like to get another opinion about these things..;-) I wonder what you think about a Moon in Aquarius, exactly conjunct in 18 degrees my fellow’s Saturn? He is a 1963 and I a 1956. (clearly he is the elder betweenn us.) and yet, we have remet again after 25 years…it is a real Karmic return of sometime. Other aspects are all amazing but I can’t help wondering about this of my Moon (with my Chiron not too far behind in 10degrees Aquarius) and his Saturn. Our composite chart is filled with Sag, and the second house. He lives in Italy and I am relocated to London from the States..yes, some 25 years now. I know it is not the whole data, just curious…love your blog and have reposted it on my FB page, because I am a huge fan. Suns trine exact in fire, his Moon to my Saturn in sextile, and his Venus conjunct my Asc. My Venus trine his Moon..Jupiter also trine my Saturn, my Jupiter trine his Sun…and so on…Blessings, xxx Shawn

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    • So your Moon is conjunct his Saturn and HIS Moon is sextile your Saturn. That’s a great double whammy for a long distance relationship as you need all the glue you can get. And that’s really superglue! It probably wouldn’t have stuck without Saturn. It’s real long haul! That’s how I see it with Jamie and I also. We also have Moon sextile Saturn in the synastry.
      It’s nice for you because they are not stressful aspects either which makes it less likely to be co-dependant. Also you have Venus and Jupiter sealing the deal with Saturn which is just lovely.

    • Thanks Marina, for your reply. Nice to hear good news, especially when the old man Saturn is sculking around! Well, I shall look forward to many long and happy years ahead with my “His Saturn conjuncts my Moon exact degree in Aquarius”…Many blessings to you and hubby Jamie, Thanks again, Shawn xx

  3. thanks guys I’m just beginning with the Draconic charts so it’s fascinating to see that you use them alongside the composite and Davison ones. I’ve never quite got the hang of reading Davison charts, although I can see the logic of a place/space in time and I’ve read somewhere that looking at eclipses that fall within six months of the Davison date can also be very instructive.

    Having met two “soul mates” – oh yes, definitely and neither of them have been painless – I now want to do the Davison charts for both of them! I’m single at the moment but when there’s someone else around, I’ll be in touch like a shot for a reading!

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    • I LOVE the Davison charts. I think I’ve found my niche. Over the last 5 years I have had some intense soulmate relationships and it was always the Davison that had more poignancy for me. I’m not very experienced with Draconics. I still find them odd so I leave that to Jamie.
      I’m going to start doing a series on Davisons with famous couples. I’m really curious to see how the fixed stars work out with say John & Yoko compared to Sid & Nancy.
      Thanks for the tip about the Eclipses. Will look into that.

    • will look forward to that Marina – what I find most disconcerting is that the nodal axis in a Davison turned out to the reverse of a composite chart I did. Maybe pure coincidence – there was quite an age gap! Same degree pairing, just opposite placements. The eclipse tip I think I got from John Townley’s book – I may be mistaken. If you follow the guidance that solar eclipses are about what you’re here to teach, and lunar eclipses what you’re here to learn, then that could say something quite profound about why the couple are together. Particularly if it’s a “prenatal” eclipse ie before the date of the Davison. On one I did, there was a total solar eclipse 3 days before the chart date.

    • Thanks Jan. I must try that! It’s a rare treat to indulge myself on playing with our own charts. Writing this gave me that opportunity.

  4. I always look first the the Ascendant in any chart and see if it is conjunct a named fixed star with interpretation, and any tight aspects. In our Davison chart, the fixed star Sadalachbi (constellation Aquarius) is rising. “The Lucky Star of Hidden Things”. In horary it indicates the ability to discover that which is hidden or lost. The meaning we find in this star is, as an indicator of the right time for making moves, entering upon new ventures, a likelihood of general success in enterprises if Sadachbia be well placed and aspected on the horoscope.” [The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.111.]

    And the AC is trine the South Node, so there is a positive karmic theme going on related to our past lives. The South Node is conjunct the fixed star Khambalia (constellation Virgo). “The name has its roots in old Coptic and means ‘Crooked Claw’, most probably the same device which we call also the Swastika, and whose ancient symbolism contained the idea of a secret knowledge, accessible to us, but only if one knows the way to get to it, as we find also with the symbolism of the maze in other cultures. Consequently this star denotes those good at applying intellect to deep research of any kind, to police-type investigation, to espionage, and also to such pursuits as alchemy and the esoteric in general.” [The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.73.]

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    • Hey I like the “The Lucky Star of Hidden Things”, I didn’t consider the other stars close by the AC. Got blinded by the Pegasus theme I guess. You saw all the secret agent stuff!. Khambalia seems like a Mulder & Scully, Gene Hunt & Alex Drake type star. 😉 Yay!

  5. BTW Marina, can you pleeeease stop using those charts with the constellational zodiac around the outside?

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    • Okaaya okaay already. I’m not changing the old ones tho. I can’t take any more going back and fiddling. Seems like I’ve spent 1000 years repairing the pictures cock-up by some speed freak who thought they were too sloooow…

    • Speed freak means something different in Australia…

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