There are a lot of trends from the early 2000s that are currently making a comeback, but one you might not have expected is Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s relationship. Nearly two decades after they broke up, reports of Lopez and Affleck spending time together throughout May 2021 officially put “Bennifer” back in the spotlight, less than one month after Lopez announced her split from fiancé Alex Rodriguez. And, in a surprise twist only an early-2000s rom-com writer could dream up, J.Lo and Affleck formally tied the knot in Las Vegas on July 16. The singer signed off on her newsletter announcing the nuptials, “With love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
With two decades elapsing between the actors’ original 2002 engagement and 2022 marriage, it’s enough to make you think about whether the couple was truly meant to be. And based on Lopez and Affleck’s astrological compatibility, there’s a strong case to be made. While we have the full scoop on Affleck’s birth chart, Lopez’s exact birth time is unknown, so, as an astrologer, I can’t confirm her rising sign or see which houses in her birth chart each planet falls into. But I’m still able to see her major planetary placements based on her birth date and location, so we can examine the key planetary relationships that make Bennifer’s connection unique.
Here’s what the stars have to say about J.Lo and Ben Affleck’s astrological compatibility and their second shot at love.
Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck’s Double Leo Relationship
Lopez (born July 24, 1969) and Affleck (born August 15, 1972) are both Leo zodiac signs, which makes them confident, gregarious, and a little prone to drama. As one of the fire zodiac signs, Leos are passionate people who put their whole heart into love. Because the sun is one of the most important placements in astrology (as it represents the core of who we are), sharing a sun sign gives Lopez and Affleck a natural understanding of each other on a soul level.
“Two Leos together can make the ultimate fairytale,” astrologer Clarisse Monahan previously told Bustle. “This tends to be a high octane connection with both having the same effervescent and lighthearted approach to life.”
But the glamorous Leo action doesn’t stop there. Lopez and Affleck are actually double Leos, as they were each born with Mercury, planet of communication, in the sign of the lion as well. This gives the pairing a strong intellectual compatibility and social chemistry. Their love language might reflect this Mercurial emphasis on communication: In May 2021, TMZ reported that Affleck had been writing Lopez letters since February. Both stars express themselves in theatrical and creative ways and inherently understand the other person’s way of thinking, so connecting with one another through words comes easily.
Leos are known as the superstars of the zodiac who naturally attract the spotlight, which explains why this attention-grabbing Hollywood duo is a hot topic in the media again. Unfortunately, this influx of Leo energy may have worked against them, as the couple cited “excessive media attention” as one of the reasons they delayed, then cancelled their planned 2003 wedding. That they opted for a private, surprise ceremony in 2022 belies their lion-like love of the spotlight.
A Venus/Saturn Connection With Significant Emotional Power
As double Leos, Lopez and Affleck have an effortless understanding of each other and appreciate each other’s unique ideas. But the real cosmic glue that’s bonding this pair is a set of powerful Venus/Saturn aspects in their charts. Saturn is the planet of commitment and Venus is the planet of love, so having these planets so strongly connected gives their relationship substance. Saturn is all about hard work, tough love, and long-term commitment, so emotions can get serious between them quickly. This enriches their relationship with deep meaning and value, but it can also put a lot of pressure and responsibility on them as a couple, which could prove to be too much to handle.
While the serious nature of Lopez and Affleck’s connection doesn’t guarantee a fairytale ending, it does speak to a profound relationship that will teach both parties crucial lessons about life and love, and impact their lives forever. Nearly 20 years after their split, Affleck was still gushing about J.Lo in early 2021. The couple’s cosmic link has clearly made a significant mark on each of them, and it grows stronger with time.
Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, & A 19-Year Eclipse Cycle
News of Lopez and Affleck’s rekindled romance came out within a few weeks of the first eclipse of 2021, which took place on May 26. Eclipses in astrology are known for bringing about big revelations, prompting major life changes, and re-aligning us with our fate. And while various eclipses happen every year, individual eclipses repeat themselves every 19 years in what’s known as a metonic cycle in astrology.
In 2002, the year Lopez and Affleck first got together, there was a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius on May 26 and a solar eclipse in Gemini on June 10. In 2021, exactly one metonic cycle later, we experienced the exact same set of eclipses on the very same dates.
The 2021 return of 2002’s eclipse cycle brought up nearly two-decade-old themes in everyone’s life, but they happened to activate notable personal planets in both Lopez and Affleck’s charts specifically (including love and sex planets Venus and Mars, tough-love Saturn, and spiritual Neptune). Their relationship is in a powerful alignment with the metonic eclipse cycle, so it makes sense that poignant feelings and experiences from 19 years ago began resurfacing around this time.
J.Lo & Ben Affleck’s Marriage Compatibility
Lopez and Affleck tied the knot on July 16 at 12:30 a.m. in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Lopez’ newsletter. News of the nuptials is no shocker, given the couple’s spark-filled synastry and the fateful planetary alignments that may have helped to bring them together. The strong Venus/Saturn aspects in their combined charts especially signal relationship longevity and commitment, so marriage is a natural step toward fulfilling the longterm potential of their astrological connection.
The weekend of the couple’s union was an especially romantic one in astrology. At the time of the ceremony, the sun and Mercury were perfectly conjunct in the emotional sign of Cancer (an alignment known as Mercury cazimi, which means “in the heart of the sun”) bringing clarity to communication and deepening intuitive sensibilities. This sensitive energy was amplified as the two planets applied to a lucky trine aspect to Neptune, the planet of dreams and unconditional love. This enhanced a feeling of spiritual alignment for everyone, blessing the date of the ceremony with a sprinkle of ethereal magic.
Additionally, the feelings-focused moon was in a lucky trine with love planet Venus during the hours before and after the couple was officially wed, bringing up softhearted feelings of tenderness and making it a sweet time for such an intimate and low-key ceremony. On the day after the ceremony, amorous Venus also moved out of whimsical Gemini and into devoted Cancer — which happen to be Lopez’ and Affleck’s natal Venus signs, respectively — making it an especially romantic weekend for both Jen and Ben’s astrology.
Between Lopez and Affleck’s compatible astrological charts and profound planetary aspects, as well as their relationship’s fateful alignment with the eclipse cycle, it makes sense that this couple is back in the spotlight and putting their love on lock. Astrology shows that the bond they share will always be a sincere one that helps them grow, mature, and understand themselves.
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