In an ongoing study, Australian astrologer Paul Westran says he continues to find statistical support for the relational roles played by the Sun and planet Venus as they progress through the birth charts of couples. Britain’s newest Royal couple, Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle are the latest pair who demonstrate this effect.

“Like Prince William and Kate Middleton before them, Prince Harry and Meghan will have the planet identified with love and attraction celestially supporting their union for a period that extends well into the future,” he said.

Paul Westran, Correlation Magazine.

One of the main methods astrologers use to evaluate couple compatibility is synastry. Here, astrologers compare and contrast the main angles formed between the Sun, Moon, and Mercury and Venus in the linked couples.

Some angles or aspects formed between planets in these charts are favorable, while others are hard. Astrologically favorable aspects are “easy” relationships. While “hard” aspects are challenging and show where the two will have more work in keeping their relationship together.

                                    Venus the compatibility Factor

Westran studied1,300 public record relationships objectively and was able to statistically demonstrate when planet Venus becomes prominent in a chart, couples react to this emphasis in predictable ways. This trend Westran reported in the British Correlation magazine persisted even as the couples in the study above 3,000.

He also noticed favorable synastry aspects between the Sun and Venus turned up in the compared natal birth charts of romantically involved couples more frequently than expected by chance but they change like the person through transits and secondary progressions.

What are secondary progressions?

Astrologers use secondary progressions to help time events in people’s personal lives by calculating how far the Sun, Moon and planets have progressed around the horoscope wheel using a day for a year formula. The progressions start twenty-five days after the person’s birth, and thus at that point show the effects of what will happen in natal’s 25th year of life, showing both trends and tendencies at that time. After that, the chart is “progressed” one day for each year going forward.

Because of their simplicity, secondary progressions are the most used in calculating forward events. Tertiary progressions count by lunar cycles and so are trickier. Tertiaries are also a much newer technique in the astrologer’s arsenal of techniques.

Westran thinks a plausible answer to this question continues to emerge from a systematic research effort aimed at merging synastry aspects with another well-established technique astrologers call secondary progressions.

When astrological students are first introduced to the subject, they learn that astrology deals with angles the Sun, Moon and planets form between each other as they hurtle through space at orbital speeds dictated by the varying distances between them. “Different angles symbolize different relationships, correspondences or outcomes,” he said.

                      “We often see relationships begin when this happens. Also, how long the progressed aspect remains in orb (operational) has been shown to influence the relationship’s longevity,” he added.“With an increased level of certainty we can now say why couples become couples. We don’t know with certainty what keeps people together but we have a better idea about what gets them together,” he said.


Other Royal Venusian aspects

                                   The William & Kate angle

The research astrologer reports that aspects involving the Sun and Venus have turned up regularly in progressed synastry charts for couples in Britain’s Royal Family. For example, Prince Charles and Diana came together when Charles’ progressed Venus was forming a trine to Diana’s progressed Sun. However, the relationship began to unravel once this aspect became exact and started to wane.

In contrast, for Royals William and Kate, a long-lived trine involving Kate’s progressed Venus and William’s natal Venus was forming when the couple met in 2000. Because of  retrograde motion this aspect will not separate until 2030, at which time the couple will be able to rely upon other helpful aspects like the children growing up and William moving into a more prominent role in the royal family.

Wallis and Edward

Westran notes that Wallis Simpson, an American, had already been married twice when she met Prince Edward Windsor in 1934. At the time a progressed Sun – Venus conjunction in the couple’s progressed synastry chart was exact.

The Prince became King Edward VIII in 1936 when his father, King George V, died and  Wallis divorced her second husband Ernest in 1937 in order to marry Edward, but the House of Windsor, also a bastion of the Church of England, did not recognize divorce and discouraged the marriage.

Edward abdicated the throne and married Simpson, and while the couple was ostracised by the British Royal family, married.  This led to George  VI taking the throne and then his daughter Elizabeth II following him.  Edward had no regrets, and lived a life of a gentleman at leisure in Paris.

Back to Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan also began their relationship under the same progressed Sun progressed Venus aspect when it was exact. These combinations “act like windows of opportunity for relationships to begin, but also tend to fade when the when the Sun and Venus move on,” Westran said.                                         

Like Wallis, Meghan is an American divorcee but Harry is far removed from the line of succession, so the issue is moot.  Not only that but his father, Prince Charles is divorced from their mother Princess Diana

And example of Westran’s computer analysis is below.  The top is for Edward & Wallis where we see they converge and then grow apart as did happen in their marriage.  The bottom red OTOH is for Harry & Meghan showing a rather placid relationship except for al lthe noise caused by their meeting, marriage and then ongoing publicity as they left the royals and went to America to make their own fortune.

Additional examples for Royals William and Kate and Charles and Diana can be found on Westran’s website:


==============This was originally published in April 2017.

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