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Reading a Birth Chart: The Basics

A birth chart, also known as a natal chart, is a representation of the positions of the planets at the time of an individual’s birth. It is believed that the positions of the planets at the time of birth can influence an individual’s personality, characteristics, and potential opportunities and challenges.

To create a birth chart, you will need to know the date, time, and place of birth. This information is used to calculate the positions of the planets at the time of birth and create a visual representation of their positions in the sky.


Step 1: Determine the Ascendant

The first step in reading a birth chart is to determine the ascendant, also known as the rising sign. The ascendant is the sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth, and it is believed to represent the way in which an individual presents themselves to the world.

Step 2: Identify the Planets and Their Positions

The next step is to identify the planets and their positions in the birth chart. Each planet is associated with a particular set of characteristics and traits, and the position of the planet in the chart can indicate how these traits are expressed in an individual’s personality and life.

Step 3: Interpret the Aspects

In astrology, the aspects are the relationships between the planets in a birth chart. These relationships can be harmonious or challenging, and can indicate how the energies of the planets are interacting in an individual’s life.

Step 4: Analyze the Houses

The houses in a birth chart represent different areas of life, such as career, relationships, and personal growth. The positions of the planets in the houses can indicate the influence of the planets in these areas of life.