How to read birthchart

This is a comprehensive lesson. The most important thing to remember while interpreting any birth chart is: synthesis. The entire chart must be taken as a whole. A natal chart abounds with bits and pieces of information about an individual. Each separate bit must be synthesized into one whole picture of rexd person.

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Our online classes and learn more here programs allow you to learn from experts from anywhere in the world. An astrology birth chart —also called an gow natal chart—is a map of where all the planets were in their journey around the Sun from our vantage point on earth at the exact moment you were born. An astrology chart reading can reveal your strengths and weaknesses, your opportunities for soul growth, the best timing for your most important moves. You can calculate yours here. All you need is your time, date, and place of birth.


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The zodiac sign will show how the planet is manifested. Previously, we likened the signs to "stained-glass windows" through which the planet is expressed. See if this analogy helps: envision a sentence, with a "verb" and an "adverb. That's not a happy placement for the Moon, but remember: there's more to the story…the rest of the chart. See what each planet means in Lesson 5: The Planets. See what each zodiac sign means in Lesson 8: Zodiac Signs. The other thing to remember is that the planet in the sign will focus on the House.

This means that the activity denoted by the planet will take place in the arena of your life designated by the House in which that planet falls. Remember, each House represents a sphere of life — i. The planet is the "what," the sign is "how" that "what" is done, and the House is "where" it takes place.

Here is a handy reminder to use when interpreting your natal chart:. Say a person has Saturn in Capricorn in the 7 th House, which could manifest as a reserved Capricorn attitude in love relationships 7 th House.

Then, say this same individual has Venus in Sagittarius in the 11 th House. This person will be friendly and outgoing Sagittarius in social situations and groups 11 th House , but unemotional and detached although dependable in love relationships Saturn in Capricorn in the 7 th.

Astrology is a powerful tool for understanding those seemingly contradicting tendencies that we all have. The birth chart tells it all. With time and patience, you will be able to read all such details from a birth chart.

Another influence on each House in each department of life is the ruling planet of the House. The ruling planet of each House in your natal chart is the planet that rules the sign on the cusp.

For example, if you have Capricorn on the 7 th House cusp, then Saturn is the Ruler of your 7 th House, because Saturn rules Capricorn. The result is that Saturn will have an influence in the matters of your 7 th House, regardless of which House Saturn is actually residing in. Here is a table of the Sign Rulerships. The sign on each house cusp shows one's attitude towards the matters of that house, whereas planets in the house show actual circumstances.

For example, Capricorn on the 7th House cusp denotes an attitude of reserve or caution towards forming partnerships. On the other hand, Saturn in the 7th house may denote actual problems transpiring in partnerships and in marriage. These are subtle differences that will perfect your interpretations when reading a birth chart. So a House is influenced by any planets residing in that House, but also by the ruler of the House.

Most of the time, the ruler will be in a different House. Many times, the goods of the House will be used for advantage in the House where the planetary ruler actually resides. For example, say you have Capricorn on the 7 th House cusp, and Saturn Capricorn's ruler in the 2 nd House. You may very well choose to marry 7 th House for money ruler in 2 nd House. This last statement brings us to our next point — a word of caution. The celestial configuration that took place at your moment of birth is a powerful indicator of your motivations, drives, preferences, and psychological makeup, but it does not seal your fate.

It does show the potential you were born with, but what you do with that potential is up to you. Some astrologers mistakenly interpret birth charts by declaring the outcomes of the drives, or the external circumstances.

They declare things that must definitively take place. But the correct way to interpret a birth chart is to declare the drives, strengths, weaknesses, preferences, needs, tendencies, and so forth.

Astrology reveals our inner psychological makeup. For example, above it was mentioned that if you have Capricorn ruling your 7th House, and Saturn in the 2nd House, then you might marry for money. But the proper way to read that example is to declare that you "have a need for security in your relationships.

You have a need for security, but it does not necessarily mean that you will marry for money. You may very well choose to marry a pauper for true love.

But be assured that your need for material security in relationships as shown in your birth chart will continue as a nagging feeling you won't easily be rid of. The natal chart never lies. The problem is when the natal chart is read incorrectly. Remember, instead of giving predestined predictions, you will be more precise to explain the potential.

People choose what to do with their potential. As Henley wrote,. Here is another example, taken from history. Ancient astrologers, before psychology was popular, interpreted charts in a more fatalistic manner. If you were a Pisces, they would say that you would end up living in poverty the "starving artist" stereotype because you were such a "weakling".

Modern astrologers understand the deeper psychological drives and needs that are represented by the planets and signs. Nowadays, we understand that Pisces has a need to transcend the mundane, and while he is very artistic, he is not fated to live in poverty.

Pisces simply does not prioritize money or materials. He could be poor, or he could be rich. Either way, the Pisces will prioritize the intangible over the tangible — which is how we interpret it today. Don't forget the aspects.

If you attempt to make an interpretation without considering the aspects, you will be in error. Interpretations for each planet in sign and house must be modified according to the nature of the aspects. Aspects can soften things and bring ease to otherwise troublesome planetary placements, or they can bring conflict to otherwise pleasant planetary placements.

Aspects stimulate the planets. Every planet has both easy and difficult or positive and negative manifestations. Do a chart or an estimated one to see what was happening in the stars then. An astrologer will add up the elements and qualities and "score" the chart.

If there's a lack of one trait or a predominance of another, they'll advise the client on how to practically bring more equilibrium into their lives. We call this Astro-Ayurveda because it's the art of balancing your chart!

Learn how to read birth charts for yourself and others, identify your talents, weaknesses, and strengths via the elements, use astrology beyond the basic sun signs, create personal growth, financial gain, and harmony in all of your relationships, and align the stars for yourself. Also known as your "birthday chart," the solar return chart gives you a one-year chart that lasts from your current birthday until your next one. These charts will vary depending on location.

Align your celebrations with the stars for best results! Check out a video tutorial on calculating these here. In addition to the astrology birth chart, you can do an astrology compatibility chart to see how you'll get along with other people. Synastry charts compare and contrast the planets in your chart and the other person's while a composite chart averages out your two charts using a "midpoint method.

A composite chart treats your relationship as if it was its own entity or a third "person" which in many ways is true! You can also calculate charts for people and events. Just put in the time, date, and location of the event in question and you can cast an astrology chart for it.

For example, if you're planning a party or a big pitch meeting, you can enter the time, date, and location to see how the stars align. Want to know what's happening right now? Do today's astrology chart by simply entering today's date instead of your birth details. Wondering what the year ahead holds? Check out an annual forecast chart that maps out the next 12 months. We work with the Western astrology system, which dates back thousands of years.

Humans have tracked the movement of the heavens since civilization dawned. As far back as B. Around B. They created the zodiac wheel that we use today with planets and houses around B. The oldest known horoscope chart is believed to date to B. If you still have questions about how to read your birth chart for max insights, check out the tutorial below:. They have authored four print books: AstroStyle , Love Zodiac , Shoestrology, and Momstrology, and have a growing collection of ebooks, including their popular annual horoscope guides.

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