The stars and planets can offer us infinite insight. When we are born into the world, the stars and planets are in specific and unique positions, each of them offering different meanings which we can all use in our daily life.
The position of these heavenly bodies at the time of one’s birth is called a birth chart or natal chart. Everyone has one, and every chart is unique. This is because the chart needs to take into account where you were born, the day you were born, the month, the year, and the time. You can think of a birth chart as a photograph of the heavens at the exact moment you were born, and it can serve as a cosmic map that you can use to navigate your way through this journey on Earth called life.
In this article, we take a close look at natal charts. We’ll look into what they are, what they mean, how to read them, and how you can apply it to your everyday life.
At first glance, a natal chart may seem intimidating. After all, the symbols and lines aren’t something that everyone is accustomed to. In actuality though, reading the chart is actually very easy once you know what the symbols and segments on the chart are, and in this section, we explain just that.
This will probably the first thing you’ll see when looking at the chart. These are the divisions of the chart seen on the outer ring. This is the skeleton of the natal chart, and it remains constant with most people. The meaning of these houses is pretty simple, they are simply a representation of the sky at the time of birth. There are 12 divisions on a chart, meaning that there are 12 houses. The flow of the chart is counterclockwise, which is also why the houses are arranged in that order. So if you go counterclockwise, you will see all the houses in proper sequence. All of these houses have different meanings and applications in life, with all houses representing different areas of life.
Most charts follow the Western format, which has 12 equal subdivisions. However, different astrologers may use different charts with different layouts, but the standard 12-division Western chart is one that most people follow.
The next thing you might notice is the Zodiac signs on the chart. These will probably be somewhat familiar to you since most people are familiar with their signs and their meaning. However, on a natal chart, you might notice that there’s more than one sign placed on it. The two most prominent signs that will have an influence on life are one’s sun and moon signs.
The sun sign is the one we’re all familiar with (it’s your Zodiac sign), and it represents one’s outer personality, the one most seen by people. Sun signs are also called star signs. On the other hand, the moon sign is a more personal one. It represents a person’s inner personality and the part of a person that is rarely (or sometimes never) seen by other people.
This would be the last main component of the chart and it’s as simple as it gets. The chart will show the position of the planets during your birth. This will obviously have an impact on a person’s life on earth. All of the 12 planets of the solar system represent different energies, journeys, and personalities. The planets serve as a mirror for experiences on earth, and the chart shows what house these planets were in at the time of your birth represents what area of life certain experiences will occur, which can give one a lot of insight into their journey.
The Planetary Aspects
While the three components above are the main parts of a chart, there’s one more thing to cover. Chances are you’ll see blue and red lines running along the chart, and these are called planetary aspects. These lines are representations of the connections that certain heavenly bodies have with each other at the time of an individual’s birth. The lines represent how a planet’s energy is being expressed, which can be used to interpret how an individual will handle or experience that energy.
Now that you know all the sections and symbols on a chart, it might be time to try reading one yourself. It might help to have a list of the symbols and their meaning with you, especially if you haven’t memorized them. But once you know the meanings of certain parts of the chart along with the meaning of the symbols, then reading the chart will be very easy. To get started, one will have to read the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and Chart Ruler.
Sun And Moon
These were explained earlier, and they’re simply one’s inner and outer personality. Once you’ve found and identified your sun and moon signs, all you need to do is figure out the meaning of them. This can be done by researching yourself or even asking an astrologer or a friend familiar with the signs.
Ascendant And Chart Ruler
A person’s Ascendant is basically a representation of how one is developing with their life experiences. You only have one Ascendant and it is always associated with the first house.
The Chart Ruler is basically the planet that has the most influence or rules your Ascendant. Obviously, these two are interconnected and have a strong influence on each other. You can think of these two signs like the Sun and Moon signs, but instead of representing one’s personality they represent one’s life journey and who they are becoming as a person.
Once you’ve identified and interpreted the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and Chart Ruler, all that’s left to do is tie it all together. Reading the four components can already give one a lot of insight into themselves or other people, but if you want to take the analysis a step further and read about the connections of these signs and how they interact with each other. This will take some research and a fair amount of reading, but the information and all the insight one can gain from reading into it is well worth the effort, and it also serves as great practice for those who really want to get into reading charts.
So now that you know the ins and outs of a Natal Chart, the only thing left to do is get started on reading yours!