Dr. Hieronymus Nostuabuk, a friend of long standing, has most graciously consented to share some of his extensive astrological learning. Today’s topic is synastry:
H.N.: The origins of synastry are shrouded in mystery. Synastry is considered by most authorities to be the first astrological parlour game. Quite confidentially, I think it was invented by a lovelorn astrologer who didn’t have all of his stars in the right place. Who else would come up with such an idea?
Synastry, the Greek form is not as difficult to play as its Latin counterpart conastra. Conastra in its pure form has more or less died out, as it took too long to play. In it each player tried to gather transiting planets. The player whose planets had the most dignities won. Conastra is now only played in a corrupted form. It is the very popular card game canasta. Not many of its players know its true origins. Synastry has kept its form and its name. In this game the players compare charts. The team whose charts have the most conjunctions win. Advanced players use secondary progressions for days chosen at random. There is also a variation similar to “turn the bottle” in which players compare charts, if there is one conjunction they must kiss each other. This is considered by mature players as being too adolescent, although some experts say that it comes close to the original.