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when compared to the actual experience of color, they’re not practical.
 e same can be said about composite charts.  e theory behind composite charts makes sense, but when it’s applied to the actual experience of human relationships, it has no practical value.
What is a composite chart?
A composite chart is a technique used in relationship astrology that was  rst introduced in the 1970s. You combine the two natal charts of the individuals in the relationship to come up with a
But a composite chart can include impossible aspects, such as Sun opposite Venus or Sun trine Mercury.
British astrologer Ronald Davison proposed an alternative to the midpoint composite chart, known as the Davison Relationship Chart. Rather than averaging the positions of the planets, a Davison chart averages the birth data for the two individuals.  is gives you a valid date, time, and location for the chart — even though the location may be somewhere in the middle of the ocean.
So, you have two choices with composite charts.
third chart, the composite chart, “A relationship
You can choose a traditional midpoint chart that averages the positions of the planets, or a Davison chart that averages the birth data. Either option gives you a chart that, in theory,
which is, in theory, the chart of the relationship itself.
Traditional composite charts are midpoint charts. Each point in the composite chart is the average longitudinal position of that point in the two natal charts. For example, if John’s
exists between two
individuals, but it
Moon is at 15° Aries and Jane’s
Moon is at 15° Gemini, the
Moon in their composite chart
would be 15° Taurus, the near
midpoint between the two natal planets.  ere’s just
A relationship exists between two individuals, but it doesn’t have a life of its own. Relationships don’t have personalities, desires, ambitions,
or aspirations. And while relationships can be observed objectively, objective data about a relationship has no practical value. What matters in any relationship is the subjective experience of the individuals in the relationship.
A composite chart describes a relationship in the same way that Mary, the colorblind neuroscientist described color.  e di erence is that Mary’s ideas about color
doesn’t have a life of
its own. What matters represents the relationship.
is the subjective experience of the individuals in the relationship.”
 ere’s just one problem.
Relationships do not exist independently of the people in them.
one catch.
Traditional composite charts may not exist in reality.
Astrology charts are maps of the positions of the planets in the sky at a speci c place and time. Composite charts look like an actual chart, but they’re not. In reality, Mercury can never be more than 28° from the Sun, and Venus can never be more than 46° from the Sun.
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