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Best & worst synastry aspects: Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman

Synastry is something that interests many people that are interested in astrology because we as humans, often make relationships with other humans so it’s completely normal that we want to know more.

There are many articles online where you can find informations about what’s good in synastry and what isn’t, and most of them usually talk about relationship between Mars and Venus, but this isn’t the firm foundation for a long lasting relationship.

Mars and Venus can help in the “chemistry” part thing, sexual arousal, even emotions and taste but these two will not guarantee that something will last forever.

Luminaries and sacred marriage 

Relationships between Sun and Moon, our luminaries seemed to be important since alchemy time.

“Above this circle is inscribed the word Rectificando, which means “by rectification” or setting things right, and the wings of the Ascended Essence spread over this operation as if to bless it. It is truly a sacred process. The alchemists often referred to the Conjunction as the “Marriage of the Sun and Moon,” which symbolized the two opposing ways of knowing or experiencing the world. Solar consciousness is intellectual and relies on rational thought; lunar consciousness is feeling based and taps into non-rational sources of information like psychic impressions and intuition. After this Marriage of the Mind, the initiate experiences an increase in intuitive insight and the birth of Intelligence of the Heart. This newly found faculty produces a sense of reality superior to either thought or feeling alone.

Conjunction is more than a simple marriage however. It is actually an alchemical crucifixion in which the substance at hand (or the alchemist) is nailed (or fixed) on a cross between the Vertical Axis of reality and the Horizontal Axis of reality. In the vertical orientation, Conjunction is the attempted union of the forces of spirit Above and matter Below. As can been seen in the Azoth drawing, Conjunction is really a turning point from working with the first three operations Below (in matter) and working with the last three operations Above (in spirit).

In the horizontal orientation of left and right, the Conjunction is an attempt to balance the masculine consciousness of the King with the feminine consciousness of the Queen. As can be seen in the Azoth drawing, Conjunction marks balancing point between the forces of the Anima (Soul) on the alchemist’s right side to the forces of the Spiritus (Spirit) on the alchemist’s left side. In fact, it is the alchemical crucifixion at the center of the vertical and horizontal realities that makes Conjunction the most significant operation in alchemy. 

            Images of horizontal Conjunction include the fruitful earth, sexual intercourse, rams and satyrs, double-chambered furnaces (athanors), glue or tape binding opposing entities, two streams coming together in one stream, Janus or double-faced people, people wearing crowns, and the hermaphrodite, Often engravings show the King and Queen in reconciliation at this stage, with Hermes (or Mercury) joining them an embrace or handshake. In some of these drawings, Hermes is shown with a wry smile or even with two faces. This is a subtle revelation that the Conjunction is really a good-natured ruse by the notorious trickster, who knows that both the King and Queen must die or sacrifice their identities in the marriage to produce the Child of the Philosophers, which is all Hermes really cares about.” 

Physiologically, Conjunction is using the body’s sexual energies for personal transformation. Conjunction takes place in the body at the level of the Heart or Copper Chakra. On the planetary level, Conjunction occurs when primordial life forms are created from the energy of the Sun or lightning.

Psychologically, Conjunction is empowerment of our true selves, the union of both the masculine and feminine sides of our personalities into a new belief system or an intuitive state of consciousness. The alchemists referred to it as the Lesser Stone, and after it is achieved, the adept is able to clearly discern what needs to be done to achieve lasting enlightenment. Often synchronicities begin to occur at this stage that confirm the alchemist is on the right track in his or her personal transformation. In society, it is the growth of crafts and technology to master the environment.  ” (Source: here )

Sun as king, and Moon as queen from old alchemical manuscript


Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman, foreva-eva?

I think there many people that dream of this possibility, to find a partner you will marry and stay with for the rest of your lives. To some, this information sounds horrifying; to spend your whole life with just one person.

Marriage, regardless of Mars & Venus effects, is also work of luminaries, but also Saturn…because everything Saturn touches gives that special feeling of being responsible for someone, it gives much to work with and it all takes time, years

Actor Paul Newman and actress Joanne Woodward are one of the most long lasting Hollywood marriages. Their marriage lasted from 1958.  until Paul’s death on 26th September, 2008.

So how is it possible? What makes synastry so good that two people can stay together forever without walking away from each other?

Before we go to charts, I would like to find some quotes where they talked about their marriage, as they claimed their marriage was always very happy.


-from Youtube comments

While rehearsing for the stage play, “Picnic,” she met her future husband, fellow-understudy , Paul Newman. They were married on 1/29/1958, 6:00 PM, Las Vegas, NV and have two children, born in 1961 and 1965. Their marriage is one of the most long lasting in Hollywood. When asked the secret of their contentment, Joanne replies, “Who’s contented? We may divorce next year. But we like each other a lot and have great respect for each other. We feel very comfortable together. We don’t believe in being together all the time. We spend about half the year together, and have nothing in common.” She, for instance, cares nothing about his race cars or politics and he has no interest in her passions, opera and dance. But somehow, they make the relationship work. (Source:

Signs in chart:





So what do we have here 🙂 Interesting situation, Paul has a Moon sign in Pisces (Joanne’s Sun sign), and she has Moon in Aquarius (Paul’s Sun sign). Both people having the same rising sign, even makes things a bit easier.

Let’s see hits. So application aspects are the ones you can see right away, and separation ones are the ones we see through time.

Paul’s Moon Conjunction Joanne’s Moon
Orb 6°46′ Separating
The Moon is considered one of the personal planets in relationship astrology. A positive combination of personal planets is believed to augur well for intimate unions. Therefore this is an ideal combination for a close, personal relationship whether it is a close friendship or love relationship. Emotional bonds are important in personal relationships and when two people’s Moons are in a positive aspect there is a feeling of empathy and understanding which is required for intimacy. Paul and Joanne can relax in the knowledge that they are compatible on an emotional level. Instinctively they feel comfortable in each other’s company. They know how each other feels and are willing to consider their loved one’s feelings along with their own. Paul ands Joanne enjoy spending time in each other’s company because intuitively they understand each other. At times they may feel surprised at the ease with which they both are able to spend time together. Of course all relationships undergo times of strain and tension. However, in times of anxiety Paul and Joanne both seek solace in the same manner thereby reducing the possibility of extra tensions resulting through misunderstandings. In fact simply being together comforts them. This is a most rewarding personal relationship.

Paul’s Moon Conjunction Joanne’s Sun
Orb 6°23′ Applying
This is an ideal combination for a close, personal relationship whether it be a close friendship or love relationship. Paul and Joanne enjoy each other’s company and feel that the other person is giving something special to the relationship. They have a lot in common and the ability to share enjoyable times together. Joanne is likely to be the more dominant person in the relationship believing her identity and individuality are likely to be enhanced by the association. Perhaps Joanne receives emotional support from Paul which contributes to a greater sense of being alive and an ability to achieve her personal goals. Joanne may appreciate Paul’s emotional insights. On the other hand Paul feels comforted by the relationship, perhaps playing a supportive role and offering emotional insights and comfort. Alternatively Paul may simply feel secure within the relationship, experiencing a sense of well-being. This relationship provides Paul with a supportive base from which to explore life. Both Paul and Joanne understand each other and enjoy an easy rapport which augurs well for their association.


Slikovni rezultat za joanne woodward and paul newman
“Being married to Paul is being married to the most considerate, romantic man. ” -Joanne Woodward

Paul’s Moon Square Joanne’s Jupiter
Orb 5°53′ Applying
Although there can be some difficulties with this combination, on the whole this is a positive combination. Paul and Joanne enjoy each other’s company and feel a certain zest for life when together. Paul and Joanne share a need for fun-filled adventures and the capability of achieving their goals. They both feel that the world is their oyster which is ready to explore together. This can include holidays in far-away places, adventure travel and also encompasses any activity which expands their minds and views of life. This is a meeting of higher-minds. Paul feels that Joanne expands his horizons. Paul feels safe and appreciated in this relationship. Joanne knows that Paul is a comrade in arms when it comes to fun and adventure. Joanne knows that she is truly appreciated for her generosity and optimism. Together Paul and Joanne can conquer the world. Nothing seems too far-fetched. And this is where problems can lie. It is possible that neither Paul nor Joanne know when enough is enough. There is a saying that ‘you can have too much of a good thing’. This is one of the underlying problems of this association. Paul and Joanne need to make sure that they do not become too grandiose in their dreams. Overinflated ideas of their capabilities are not helpful and can lead both Paul and Joanne into troubled waters. Another complication can arise if Paul and Joanne do not share the same values, because morals and beliefs play an important role in this relationship. However, if Paul and Joanne share the same beliefs and can exercise some restraint this can be a positive combination for a long-term relationship.

Paul’s Moon Opposition Joanne’s Neptune
Orb 0°23′ Applying
Romance is a major theme in a union that involves the Moon and the planet Neptune. With this combination of planets Paul and Joanne both feel that they are meant to be together. Perhaps they believe that it is a union of their souls. This is the height of romantic love. However, with romantic love there is always the possibility of disillusionment. Paul and Joanne are likely to stumble across obstacles in this relationship because of unrealistic and overly idealistic expectations of each other. It is difficult for them to maintain the heights of love first attained at the beginning of the relationship. Misunderstandings can easily arise. After the first flush of love Paul feels that his emotional needs are being ignored, that Joanne does not understand him. It is even possible that Paul feels that Joanne is being deceptive in some manner. There is a danger that Joanne does feel the need to hide behind a facade, failing to be her true self. Perhaps Joanne feels that she cannot live up to Paul’s expectations. Despair within this relationship needs to be avoided by both Paul and Joanne facing their feelings of loss in previous relationships. They need to face the problems honestly in order to avoid the breakdown of trust and ultimately the relationship. As a result Paul and Joanne may be able to recapture their sense of belonging together which was so strong in the initial stages of their union.

Povezana slika

Paul’s Moon Sextile Joanne’s North Node
Orb 2°42′ Applying
Both the Moon and the Nodes individually are significant in relationship astrology. The combination of the Moon and the Nodes indicates that this is an important personal relationship, one that changes the course of Paul’s life and deeply affects Joanne. Paul and Joanne feel strongly drawn to each other, perhaps experiencing a sense that their relationship was written in the stars. In other words they may feel as though they were destined to meet and form a union. Whether the path of this relationship is smooth or rough, Paul and Joanne’s paths were meant to cross. The nature of this association depends largely on other aspects of Paul and Joanne’s charts. Passion may ignite if the right ingredients are involved, or friendship may be most appropriate choice of relationship.

Paul’s Sun Conjunction Joanne’s Mercury
Orb 8°16′ Applying
The importance of communication in relationships cannot be emphasised enough. Without understanding of another person’s point of view and the ability to communicate one’s own thoughts and feelings a relationship can easily break down. This is an ideal combination for harmonious communications in a relationship. Paul and Joanne are able to communicate with ease, understanding how the other person thinks and sharing many of the same opinions. On the occasions when Paul and Joanne do disagree, they do so with a respect for each other’s point of view. Paul and Joanne enjoy learning from each other and may take part in a shared activity or pastime from which they both learn about themselves and life. Both Paul and Joanne enjoy listening to each other, as well as talking. They may also enjoy writing notes to each other. Together they learn a greater understanding of each other and themselves. Paul has a great respect for Joanne’s intellectual prowess and may even help her to develop her mental skills. Paul knows that Joanne helps him to shine more in his own life through the intellectual stimulation that comes from this relationship. In response Joanne knows that Paul’s sunny personality stimulates her and that she is appreciated. Paul helps her to grow in her awareness of the world.

Povezana slika

Paul’s Sun Trine Joanne’s Jupiter
Orb 1°31′ Applying
The Sun and the favourable planet Jupiter are combining suggesting that this relationship is blessed with good fortune and happiness. It is an ideal combination for an intimate relationship such as marriage because it indicates shared philosophies on life and the ability to grow together. Together Paul and Joanne land on their feet no matter how difficult a situation. They seem destined to be in the right place at the right time. Paul and Joanne enjoy each other’s company, feeling all of the benefits that come with this union. Their optimism and enthusiasm are infectious, and as a couple they are popular. In particular Paul shines as a result of his association with Joanne. Paul feels able to embrace life and all it has to offer. He is aware that his union with Joanne is truly blessed and that it helps him to achieve his full potential. Joanne knows that her horizons are continually expanding through her association with Paul. Joanne feels able to conquer the world. In fact it is likely that both Paul and Joanne enjoy travelling, studying or teaching together. They enjoy sharing anything that expands their minds and contributes positively to their lives.

Paul’s Venus Conjunction Joanne’s Saturn
Orb 4°44′ Separating
The planet Saturn is an important ingredient in any committed relationship. This sombre planet can take away some of the short-term excitement of any union, but on a positive note it adds commitment and security needed for a long-term association. In other words Paul and Joanne take this relationship seriously. They are devoted to each other and joyful in making promises that they are both able to keep. From the start of their association they enjoy taking their time getting to know each other, experiencing stability and understanding that grows slowly over time. They genuinely love each other and want to work towards a strong partnership. At times Paul would like more fun and spontaneity, but he appreciates Joanne’s wisdom in slowing things down in order to build a lasting union. Mutual respect is a central theme to this union. There is also a strong feeling of fate in this relationship. Paul and Joanne may tell a story of how destiny meant for them to be together. While this combination of planets indicates a serious personal relationship, it can also be a positive influence on a partnership formed for the purpose of an artistic or creative project requiring both inspiration and hard work.



As you can see, luminaries would be the most important in making a long lasting relationship.  Because of active and passive principles. Here we have no aspects between Venus and Mars surprisingly or no, but we have a sextile between their Venuses. I bet most of you would say that couple that has Venus squaring Uranus wouldn’t last, but this Hollywood marriage proved us wrong. Yes, of course they had friction, just like any other couple, but separation from time to time was actually good for this.

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