How to Read a Birth Chart.. in Minutes!
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How to Read a Birth Chart.. in Minutes!

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look at
any birth chart (whether yours or someone else’s) and quickly see what the most important
components of the personality and overall life experiences are? Here’s how. First you will need a birth chart. Let’s use
yours as an example. If you don’t have it available, you can use
my simple and easy-to-use birth chart calculator here. Keep in mind this calculator uses the actual
size and location of the constellations, called sidereal astrology. So you might notice some
of your signs are different. For more information on sidereal, watch this quick video explaining
it in detail. Now let’s get started. There are three main components of any astrological
chart: the Houses, Signs, and Planets. The houses represent the sky at the time of
your birth. More specifically the ecliptic, which is the path the planets move across
in the sky. The houses form the skeletal structure of the chart and are always in the same location
for everyone. In a western chart, like the one we’re using
today, the left most part of the chart represents the eastern horizon, also known as what’s
rising, or the ascendant. This is the beginning of the chart and the houses start here. Beginning
with the 1st house moving counterclockwise through the 12th. (Note that there are different house systems
used by astrologers. So the ascendant might be somewhere in the 1st house, or you might
notice the houses aren’t divided up equally in other charts. The system we are using today
and what my calculator uses is called the equal house system, which divides up the ecliptic
into 12 equal segments starting from the ascendant. Feel free to use whichever system you prefer.) Directly opposite the ascendant is the descendant,
which as you might guess is the western horizon, or what’s setting. The top of the chart represents
the highest part of the ecliptic in the sky, and the bottom what’s underneath the horizon,
or the non-visible sky. So what do these houses mean in the chart? An easy way of thinking about this is since
the houses represent the areas of the sky: in astrology the houses represent the areas
of life. Starting with the first house which represents
all areas of our life having to do with the self such as self-image, motivations, our
goals, our physical body, appearance, etc. The second having to do with our values, and
so on. The houses represent what we might call “areas of life”. The next component of the natal chart is the
signs. The signs represent where along the ecliptic
the zodiac signs were at the time of your birth. What sign was rising, which setting?
This is where individual interpretations can begin now that we have two components of the
chart to compare. It can be said the signs show the characteristics
of the sky at the time of your birth. So an easy way of remembering what they represent,
is thinking of them as the characteristics of life. From the directness of Aries to the
receptiveness of Pisces, the zodiac signs show the qualities that come through our life. The last component, the planets, represent
the experiences in our life. These transient bodies in the sky mirror our transient experiences
here on Earth. As they always do, these experiences further shape our personality. What house a planet is in shows us in which
area these experiences of life occur; what sign, which characteristics these experiences
are made up of. In terms of our personality, the houses show which areas of life are major
areas for us; the signs, which characteristics are prominent in our personality. The easiest
way is to think about planets are as the experiences of life which shape our personality. Now let’s look at what your chart says about
you. In general birth chart analysis we want to
start with the most foundational elements first. In other words, the most foundational
elements of your personality and overall life experiences. There are four main components of the chart
that show this. Your Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and the Ascendant’s ruler also known as your
Chart Ruler. Essentially we are looking for the house and
sign position of these four components (except for the Ascendant which only shows the sign,
but we’ll get to this later). Let’s start with your Sun and Moon. These
two elements represent the most fundamental and essential, yin and yang, elements of the
self. The Sun represents your outwardly focused, expressive, and masculine side. While the
Moon your inwardly focused, reflective, feminine side. Together these planets make up the bulk
of your inner and outer personality. Along with the types of continued experiences that
influence them. Identify the Sun and Moon in your chart. They
are represented by these symbols here. Once you’ve identified both your Sun’s house and
sign placement, and your Moon’s house and sign placement, use these PDF’s to uncover
what these fundamental elements of your inner and outer self are all about. Remember that the house placements show the
areas of life that are important to you and are major themes in your life. The sign shows
the characteristics that come through your personality and life experiences. Your Sun
representing your outward self, and Moon inward. Now let’s look at your Ascendant and Chart
Ruler. These elements essentially represent how your life unfolds, and what shapes your
personality over time. They are like your Sun and Moon, except more specifically the
life path and life events which further shape your personality. You might think of this
as who you are becoming, and strongly representing you and your life in the chart. Your Ascendant represents the qualities that
you are developing as a result of your life experiences. There is only a sign associated
with it because it is always associated with the 1st house. Your Chart Ruler, on the other hand, is essentially
the planet that rules the sign your Ascendant is in. The house and sign position the Chart
Ruler is placed in represents a more detailed look, at not only what characteristics you
are developing, but the area of life as well. First let’s identify your Ascendant sign.
Look up the characteristics of this sign using the same PDF we used earlier. Remember these
are the qualities that come through your overall life experiences and shape who you are becoming.
These are very important qualities to develop in your life. Now let’s identify your Chart Ruler. First
you must know what planet rules the sign your Ascendant is in. Use this PDF here to get
a list of rulers for each of the zodiac signs. You might notice you have two, in this case
mark both planets as they’ll be equally important. Once you have identified your Chart Ruler
locate its house and sign placement, just like you did for the Sun and Moon. Use the
same PDF’s we used earlier to identify what these areas of life and characteristics are
that shape your personality over time. Remember the Chart Ruler essentially represents you
in the chart, and what is being developed. At this point in your analysis you’ve uncovered
the four most fundamental elements of the natal chart. Analyzing and understanding these
four components alone will account for a huge understanding of who you are and your prominent
life experiences. You can apply this same process to any person’s chart. For those of you who want to take the analysis
further, you’ll want to look at the major associations that form between these four
components and other planets in the birth chart. These are called aspects. The aspects
can either be found on in the inside of the chart, next to the chart, or both. Here is
a PDF of what the different aspects mean, for your further analysis. Next you can look at the inner planets of
Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Then the middle planets: Jupiter and Saturn. Followed by the
outer planets of Uranus and Neptune. And the comets: Chiron and Pluto. Analyzing their
house and sign placements. Note that as you move further out to the more
distant planets, the personality characteristics become that much deeper and less apparent.
Much like an Onion, where the outer layer of our personality and experiences represent
the four main components we covered in this video. Followed by the inner planets, middle,
then outer at the center of the onion. (As a side note, pay particular attention to any
planets in the 1st house as they will tend to come through strongly in the personality
and experiences.) Here is a list of the major planets, it shows what elements of the self,
and experience in life, they represent. With continued practice, focusing primarily
on the four major components of the birth chart outlined in this video.. you’ll be able
to interpret a birth chart quickly and precisely, in a matter of minutes.


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