A birth chart – natal chart or astrology chart – is a map of where all the planets were in relation to the Sun at the exact moment you were born.
You know your Sun or zodiac sign, and you probably read your Daily Horoscope, but do you know all of your other signs?
Your Sun or zodiac sign simply represents the sign the Sun was passing through at your exact birth time. Where were the other zodiac signs at that time? How were the planets aligned?
Ascending sign, Moon sign, 12th House of Endings - get ready for the next layer of astrology, because once you learn about them, you’ll reach a whole new level of understanding yourself, your career choices and your relationships!
Your birth chart data can tell you:
- Your areas of strength - what do you already do well?
- Weak areas - where are you lacking?
- What career path best suits you
- How the unique influence of each planet affects your personality
- What lessons you need to learn in this life
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To properly calculate your natal chart - we need to know the exact date, time and location of your birth - representing a snapshot of the sky at the moment you came into the world.
It’s the combination of zodiac signs, planets and astrological houses that makes us unique. Each have their own distinct traits, strengths and weaknesses.
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What Can a Birth Chart Tell Me?
In terms of personalizing your chart, think of it as an inverted triangle, with the broadest explanation at the top - your zodiac sign. With only 12 options, you are going to be included in one of these groups - with a lot of other people. But not all Geminis are the same!
Next, you would look at planets. Because it takes the planets longer to move houses and signs, whole generations can have the same planetary placements!. The slower the planet moves, the more of us will share that placement and the qualities it brings with it. For example, anyone born between September 1975 and November 1981 will have Uranus in Scorpio, because it takes the planet of innovation about 7 years to change signs.Your Ascending and Moon signs will further narrow the details, as the Moon changes signs every 2.5 days.
Houses change signs every 2 hours, so that spreads us out even more - people who are both Taurus zodiac signs will have very different personalities depending on their 2nd House (Wealth and Values), 4th House (Roots and Family) and 11th House (Friendships) for example.
The Primal Triad: Rising Signs, Moon Signs & Sun Signs
Your Primal Triad - This refers to the three most influential parts of your birth chart: the placements of the Sun, Moon and Rising or Ascending sign.
You can know a lot about a person just by knowing their primal triad! Pay close attention to your birth chart results - where are these signs?
Your Sun Sign, also known as your zodiac sign or star sign represents your ego, the mark of the innermost structure of our character. This sign guides your actions, like your career and skill development and how you perform in social interactions. We respond at the deepest level through the filter of our Sun sign. It’s a mark of our developmental needs, our core personality.
Your Moon Sign describes your emotional inner self. The Moon sign also affects your romantic behavior when in love. This sign represents your physical, emotional and social needs.
The Ascendant (also known as your Rising sign) is your exterior, the face you show the world, the way you appear to others. If you see surprise on the faces of those you reveal your Sun sign to, it’s probably because they are picking up on your Rising sign.
It can become the mask you wear that prevents the world from getting to know the real you. This is how we see the world and how the world sees us. This is also known as your 1st House of Self.
Before you dive into your entire natal chart, spending time deciphering the Primal Triad is a valuable practice. It could be very enlightening for you, as struggles you may have had in your past could come down to the difference between the perception you are putting out into the world (Rising sign) and your 'real' inner personality.
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Houses & Planets in Your Birth Chart
Just like there are 12 zodiac signs, there are 12 astrological houses on the wheel of your birth chart. These houses each represent a different area of your life and the combination of what they represent and the traits and influences of the zodiac sign and/or planets that reside there will point to specific aspects of your personality.
Astro houses can help you understand your compatibility with other people in your life. Looking at the signs in your 7th Houses can tell you a lot about what you both need in your relationship.
Just like you would look at your Sun signs to see if your traits are aligned, so too can you do this with your astro houses.
Having Jupiter in your 4th House of Family will have a much different influence than if you have it in your 9th House of Philosophy.
Having a more action-oriented sign such as Aries in a more serious house like the 10th House of Social Status might mean you aren’t as interested in more static roles where you will be at a desk all day.
We know that planets in astrology brings a different energy and influence into our lives.
- Sun - Sense of Self, ego
- Moon - Emotional Self, feelings
- Mercury - Communication, how you express yourself
- Venus - Love, relationships
- Mars - Activity, courage, how we assert ourselves and get motivated
- Jupiter - Luck, generosity, opportunity
- Saturn - Discipline, ambition and commitment
- Uranus - Innovation, rebellion, change
- Neptune - Mysticism, intuition, imagination and healing
- Pluto - Power and transformation
Planet placement in your natal chart is very important when it comes to revealing your personality! Where your planets are placed will determine the influence on that house and or/sign.
For example, if Mercury, the planet ruling communication, was in Leo at your time and place of birth, then the way you express yourself is likely to be creative, fiery, and enthusiastic — characteristics attributed to Leo.
If you have Venus in Cancer, you will likely be more affectionate and concerned about your partner displaying rock solid loyalty. If you have adaptable Gemini there, you may be a natural flirt who wants to test the waters.
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Jupiter in Taurus will be helpful when it comes to material wealth - the largest planet is about expansion, luck and optimism, and Taurus is the stable, sensible Earth sign attuned to personal and financial stability.
Getting insight into your houses and planets can further your understanding of your unique chart and how you can harness the power of your zodiac signs!