Welcome to the most complicated and real side of astrology where all the pieces fit together. Although there’s a stigma about them being too hard to read or “pro-level,” without knowing the basics of natal charts, you’re left with your Sun and rising signs that are not enough to get the big picture. We have good news! There’s no need to be afraid of the complicated birth charts because we are here to tell you the basics. Believe us; it’s going to be like following a popular science book without even knowing what H2O stands for. Here’s the easiest way of interpreting a birth chart.
What is a natal chart?
A natal chart shows the positions of the planets and stars on your birth time. Well, basically. There are locations and other minor stuff involved, but you don’t need to get there thanks to modern technology. In short, it’s your own celestial map. Every planet has a unique effect on our behavior, and their positions on your birth time matter a lot to know what’s going on with you astrologically. Here’s what a birth chart looks like:
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How to read a birth chart
The most important elements in your birth chart are your Sun sign, your ascendant (rising) sign, and your Moon sign. As you know, the Sun sign is assigned by the month you’re born in, but when it comes to calculating the rising and Moon signs, even minutes and location are essential, and that’s why most of us don’t have the same astrological features. The Sun, Moon, and rising signs tell a lot about a person, but of course, when you dive deeper, the real fun begins.
You can think of your Sun sign as the base of your character. Your Sun sign isn’t necessarily what you show to the outer world, but it defines the core of your soul.
Our rising signs are the masks we show to others. That’s one of the biggest reasons you guess people’s zodiac signs wrong. In short, your ascendant sign defines how you create your first impression on others.
Moon represents the dark side of yours, the same rules apply in Tarot cards, too. When we say “the dark side,” we don’t mean evil things; it’s all about the emotional qualities that are often associated with negative feelings like melancholy and sadness. Your Moon sign plays a huge role in how you handle your emotions, and it is a very essential element in telling a person’s nature.
Houses & Planets
The three major elements were the basics of astrology, and they’re enough for most people. But the houses and planets are where it gets pro-level. It’s impossible to explain each house and planet in a single article, but knowing the basics will help a lot. Each house represents a different part of your life like money, relationship, and spirituality. And each planet represents a mood, so you need to combine the planets with your houses, but we can’t say there are exact rules of astrology—it’s all about interpretation.
You can learn more about astrological houses here, and the meanings of planets here. But there’s an easier way to get deeper into astrology without being able to read a chart, and that’s by knowing the meanings of your other signs. Here they are:
Mercury is the planet of communication, and that’s why our lives get so complicated when the planet goes into retrograde. So basically, your Mercury sign defines your way of connecting with people, which is why knowing your mercury sign is crucial while reading a birth chart.
Mars represents male energy, and it rules Aries. So you can associate the sign with the moods that the planet has a force on. Your Mars sign tells important things on your willpower and fiery side. For example, if your Mars is in Taurus, you have a calmer way of dealing with aggressive events.
Venus is the planet of love and fortune, and it represents the female energy in your life. Your Venus sign tells a lot about your romantic affairs and your career. But remember that it has nothing to do with emotions; it’s Moon’s job.
Jupiter is considered the planet of luck. Although it is true in some ways, in your birth chart, it’s like the little brother of Mercury, and it defines how you communicate with others. But unlike Mercury, Jupiter rules only the positive sides of human relationships like hopes and dreams.
Saturn is usually associated with negativity and bad luck, and in the birth chart, the ringed planet rules the negative factors in communications like how uptight you are. So if your Saturn is in a calmer sign like Virgo, you should be dealing with your limits with your perfect plan-making skills.
As we go further in the Solar System, the planets’ movements relative to us become slower. So it means that you have the same Uranus sign with your peer group. The planet shifts signs every seven years, and it rules the rebellious side of humanity. We can say that Uranus may be responsible for the big movements in anthropological history.
Neptune changes signs every fourteen years, and it rules our imaginative sides on a deeper level. So if you’re a millennial, your Neptune is probably in Capricorn, meaning you get inspired by ambition and appreciation.
The little planet, Pluto, shifts signs every thirty years, and it rules our passionate sides. It is the ruler of Scorpio, so you can get the whole picture of it only by thinking about your passionate Scorpio friends.