Astrology is more than just daily horoscopes. Daily horoscopes can only generalize vague tendencies based only on our sun signs. But ancient beliefs believed that all the planets and their positions in relation to one another factor into who you are or might encounter as a person. Your birth chart and its interpretation is the first step in a more complex reading of who you are.
How Interpret Your Birth Chart
A birth chart is a map of where the planets are at the particular date, time and location of your birth. It is also possible to cast a chart in the future to determine whether a particular date would be good for a particular event such as a wedding.
Authorities in the field – even those who think astrology is merely mythological – agree that the fundamental mythical themes and archetypes are embedded into our culture. Carl Jung, the famous psychologist believed that the mythical archetypes are ingrained into the collective unconscious of the human species, and that only the people who could understand themselves and the archetypes could avoid the pain and challenges of living out those same myths.
Astrologers believes that the planets offer a path towards that understanding.
Combining Birth Chart Components
On the chart you will find four main groups of information which are combined together and interpreted to give a more in-depth reading:
The interactive birth chart at the bottom of the page allows you to learn about most of the elements by clicking on the planets, house numbers and signs. But it is important to understand the following parts of the chart for interpretation:
We tend to think our sign is most important when it really is the planets and luminaries (sun and moon). For the most important out of these of all is generally the sun, and it is the sign that is in the background of the sun on your date of birth.
But to the ancients, the planets were gods in the sky. These gods lived out great dramas that reflected real human emotions and experiences.
It was thought that where they were at the moment of your birth not only had symbolic implications, but also shaped the forces of your life to come.
Some believe which planets are considered dominant planets in a Birth Chart are more important that even your sun sign. There are several ways a planet can become a dominant planet. Click here to learn more about how to determine your dominant planets and signs in your birth chart.
If you do NOT know the time of your birth, it is possible your moon sign may be inaccurate and the moon moves into different signs ever two to three days. In that case, just make your best guess. But know that your moon will feel affects from the sign next to it in any case.
However, astrology signs actually represent constellations of stars. While the earth moves in relation to the stars, the earth and planets also move in relation to each other.
On any given day a sign, a constellation of stars will be in the background of a particular planet, and all the planets are part of our astrological make-up. Not just the sun. But the moon, too, and Mercury, and mars and so on.
Given that the seasons really do change life for us all and those around us, and the time when we are born can affect how well we might resist or cope with certain health concerns, it has been a way for humans to forecast possibilities for centuries by looking at the patterns in the sky. A planet appearing in a constellation (sign) meant various changes were coming.
When we read the birth chart, it is important to understand that your sun sign which is what most of us know as our sign, is only once component of our horoscope. There are other signs that also may have a dominant influence on your Birth Chart. Click here to learn more about your dominant plants and signs.
Aspects are when certain established distances can be plotted between planets in your birth chart.
Hard aspects represent challenges (represented by red lines on the birth chart).
Easy aspects represent opportunities for growth and development(represented by blue lines). These are represented by lines drawn within the circle. There are many aspects to a birth chart but these below are the ones appear to have the most influence on a person or event.
- Opposition (separated by 180 degrees) represents difficulty
- Square (located 90 degrees from each other) represents tension
- Conjunction (8 degrees from each other) implies internal conflict
- Trine (120 degrees apart) represents harmony. Sextiles also are seen as beneficial.
There are 12 houses ** that are each numbers and each house represents a different aspect of every day life such as career or family life. This allows the astrologers to determine life situation where the particular planets influence may be felt in your life.
The four most powerful houses are the “Angular Houses” which are the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th house. Planets near these houses are more powerful than others.
If there are no planets in a given house, it simply means that your life is not necessarily defined by this aspect of life.
** On the interactive Birth Chart below, you will need to enter in the time of your birth to determine what planets fall in which houses. However, if you do not know your birth time, you can still use the chart; but you will missed out some key information. All the aspects, planets and the the signs that are in the background will probably be correct, with a possibility of the moon and moon aspects being off, as the moon changes sign every two to three days.
Combining all the many elements of the birth chart
Interpreting how all of the elements together is an important part of the astrologers job, but you can do it as well.
Imagine that the planet Saturn was found in Aries in the first house. But it was opposite (opposition aspect) to Mars in the seventh house of Libra. Astrologers might interpret this a defining aspect of this birth chart would include a strong conflict between the desire to be alone and self-contained and the aggressive pursuit of others.
Using the Interactive Birth Chart
A window will pop up with more information about each component when you click on planets, signs or houses. Be sure to close the window before clicking to get new information.
Below enter in your birth data (or the birth data of another person or upcoming event). Enter the time of the birth (or event) if you know it for greater accuracy and click the check box. Otherwise, just leave it blank.
Interactive Birth Chart
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