The astrology of family dynamics is a complex one. So I’ll give you some tips and tricks into looking at your family’s charts and understanding it.

First what I do is look for any conjunctions, and I mean tight conjunctions. This applies for angles and nodes as well.

An example of me and my dad's birth charts. With his Saturn conunct my DC, Mars conjunct my Pluto, and Sun conjunct my Midheaven.
An example of me and my dad's birth charts.

Ignore the Pisces/Virgo opposition for now- let’s focus on My dad’s Mars conjunct my Pluto, his Saturn conjunct my descendent, and his Sun conjunct my Midheaven. Another example would be this:

An example of my sister and mom's birth charts, with my sister's Pluto conjunct my mom's ascendant.
An example of my sister and mom's birth charts. 

My sister’s Pluto conjunct our mother’s Ascendent.

My sister and I's birth charts. Her south node is conjunct my Venus with a 1 degree orb.
My sister and I's birth charts.

My sister's south node conjunct my Venus.

Me and my sister's charts. Her midheaven is conjunct my Jupiter.
My sister and I's charts.

My sister's Midheaven conjunct my Jupiter.

My mom and I's birth charts. Our suns are conjunct. Her Mercury is conjunct my Uranus.
My mom and I's birth charts, with our suns conjunct.

My mom and I’s Suns conjunct one another, as well as her Mercury and my Uranus.


Then I look towards the angles. I check for aspects to one another, and how they work. So for example, as stated above, my sister’s Midheaven is conjunct my natal Jupiter by mere minutes. This would also apply to my dad’s Saturn conjunct my Descendent.

My dad and sister's charts. His Midheaven is conjunct her Ascendant.
My dad and sister's charts. His Midheaven is conjunct her Ascendant.

Another example of this would be my dad’s Midheaven conjunct my sister’s Ascendant.

As a continuation of the last point, I then look for overlapping signs. For example, my father and sister are both ruled by Mercury, with my sister’s Ascendent being in Gemini, and my dad’s in Virgo. My mom is ruled by Jupiter, and I have a lot of Jupiter ruled (Pisces) energy in my chart. My family leans heavily on the Mercury/ Jupiter axis. Another example of this would be The polarity of me and my sister’s signs as a whole. She encompasses much of Taurus, while I have a Scorpio rising.

Then I’d check for any retrograde patterns in the charts. Retrogrades do not symbolize debt or karmic debt, and anyone who tells you you’re responsible for your family is not only guilting you, but bullshitting you. Retrogrades are simply a part of a much larger planetary cycle.

An example of retrograde patterns in my family’s chart would be that my father and I don’t have any planets in retrograde, while my sister has Pluto in retrograde, and my mother has Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter in retrograde.

After that I’d check the nodes. For example, my father and I have a sort of nodal opposition going on. If you’re interested, even the planetary nodes would be worth looking into. Me and my mother have the same birthday, for example, and have very similar, if not the same, planetary nodes. It’s interesting to see how these things play out in evolutionary astrology. To think we’re trying to accomplish similar goals, just in different ways.

A chart of me and my mother's planetary nodes. Most of them are conjunct.
Me and my mother's planetary nodes charts.

Me and my mother’s planetary nodes. Some of them are for outer planets, which don’t move often, but the one’s I find most interesting are Mars and Venus, which seem to play heavy roles in our family and in my chart.

Aspects between the charts themselves are also worth noting. I’d include aspects to the planets, angles, and nodes.

Lastly I’d notice any correlations you see- for example, my sister and I’s Mars in both at the tail end of our stelliums,(not to mention the fact that we both have massive stelliums) not conjunct anything else. Our Suns are also conjunct our Jupiters and Mercurys. Each parent’s Saturn sign falls in line with a child’s, I got my mother’s Saturn sign and my sister got our father’s. My sister’s Taurus stellium being opposite my Scorpio ascendent, but not exactly.

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