Hey, hey, hey, welcome to ASTROLOGICALLY, new online magazine dedicated to all things astrology and Zodiac. Consider us as your tour guide through the stars and all the celestial bullshit (I’m looking at you, Mercury Retrogrades!).
But before we get started on everything and anything, it’s first really important to breakdown the major, overarching concepts. It’s sorta like learning verb tenses in a new language before constructing the sentence – ya, dig?
This astrological breakdown aims to briefly educate anyone about the major celestial bodies, the Twelve Houses, and general characteristics associated with the signs. All these aspects are repeatedly referred to in horoscopes, compatibility readings, and other astrological practices. These aspects are in each individual’s birth chart (a.k.a. natal chart) and are referred to in daily forecast readings. Going over these major themes and elements also help put any skepticism to rest.
Why? Because astrology gets a bad rap. After all, how could your birthday possibly predict everything from your personality traits to your future? Well, that depends… you could stick to the weekly vague horoscopes featured in magazines, or you could spend roughly five minutes calculating your natal chart (also known as a birth chart) for an in-depth, personalized astrological report.
So what is a natal/birth chart exactly? A natal chart is a chart and astrological graph that depicts how each celestial body and the varying Zodiac signs associated with them were positioned at the time you were born. These positionings and associations between the signs and celestial bodies show how they may play a role in several factors in your life.
Accuracy is key to making a stellar natal chart. Differences or inconsistencies in a person’s chart can be explained by something as simple as clicking his or her birth time as AM instead of PM, or by using the location where he or she grew up instead of his or her actual birthplace. A natal chart can be daunting to interpret, from the different celestial bodies to the meanings of the signs associated with each aspect in the chart. Here’s a breakdown of the key elements of a birth chart that you need to know:
- Modality: There are 12 Zodiac signs which are associated with the order of the houses. The modality goes as follows; Aries (1st), Taurus (2nd), Gemini (3rd), Cancer (4th), Leo (5th), Virgo (6th), Libra (7th), Scorpio (8th), Sagittarius (9th), Capricorn (10th), Aquarius (11th), and Pisces (12th).
- Planets: The planets are connected to personality (things like ego, communication style, and belief systems). The planets can help explain why certain personality traits exist in a person the way they do.
- Houses (to the right): Houses are in order from 1 to 12 and are associated with the modality of each Zodiac sign. Houses are concerned with different areas of our lives, from the first impressions we give off to others to who we hope to become into later in life.
- Asteroids (to the left): These fill in the details in your chart, tying your houses and planets together. Interpreting asteroids is a fairly new aspect in western astrology, and is slowly gaining popularity because it allows for a more unique, personalized chart reading.
Some people may also find that they have the same sign in several places, such as a stellium or with planets and houses having the same sign. Stelliums occur when someone has three or more planets that are ruled by the same sign in their chart that fall into one house. Stelliums indicate that one’s personality may be more strongly influenced by a particular planet/sign, and that may be amplified even further if this is also one’s Sun or Moon sign. Stelliums that affect these two signs essentially create a stronger influence in the person’s core ego and/or emotionality/subconscious. If a stellium falls into a house, then that area of life may be affected by several personality factors. Additionally, planets and houses may share the same sign, which would be interpreted as the planets having a stronger influence in those areas because of the doubling of power the sign has in these two areas. Planets and houses may also contradict, or even oppose one another. All natal charts account for harmony and disharmony between the planets and houses. That’s what makes us human!
Confused? Probably, especially when it’s hard to pick apart what the most important part(s) in your natal chart is to you. If you need it to be explained to you, you could have someone interpret your natal chart. However, this website will not only generate the chart, but also provide an in-depth analysis. Generally, natal chart readings deal with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), outer planets (Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto), the Ascendant/rising sign (also known as the First House), and the Midheaven sign (also known as the Twelfth House). Here is an example of a birth chart and graph:
The graph shows how each planet and house interacts with one another. The general chart that includes the planets, Ascendant, Midheaven, houses, and asteroids (i.e. Lilith). Instead of having someone interpret your chart, you can keep reading to find out what each aspect of chart means.
The Ascendant is the Zodiac sign that was ascending/rising on the eastern horizon at the time you were born. The Ascendant is why accuracy is important when calculating natal charts because this sign (and the rest of your houses) changes every two hours. So, it’s not uncommon for two people who share a birthday, but were born a few hours apart, to have completely different Ascendant signs/houses. The Ascendant, which is associated with the First House, primarily focuses on how others see you: your general impressions and gut reactions. This could include things like how you dress, your mannerisms, and the general vibe you give off to others; it may even be the sign people would predict that you are when they first meet you. It’s important to know your Ascendant because this is what you should use when reading your horoscope. When reading your horoscopes, we look toward the Ascendant sign to see what events may actually happen. On the other hand, your Midheaven sign is what you’ll eventually be more like later in life.
The Midheaven, which is associated with the Tenth House, relates to your career, reputation, and social standing later in life. The Midheaven suggests the life we end up creating for ourselves. Your Midheaven is typically something you’re always working towards, whether it be a conscious or unconscious effort. Regardless of the Zodiac sign associated with your Midheaven, we typically look at the positives of that sign in this placement. For example, someone with a Gemini Midheaven could indicate that person may maintain two ongoing careers, have developed an effective communication style, and even develop the ability to save face when dealing with unpleasant situations, or people. Although we are continually working toward our Midheaven, we may not see the effects until we are in our 30’s-40’s. We see these effects later in life because we’ve outgrown our immaturities associated with our personal planets/houses as well as experiencing some of the areas of life associated with the houses (e.g. partnership/marriage which is associated with the 7th house).
Personal planets are the planets we often relate to on a subjective level, meaning that we are more inclined to immediately associate ourselves with them than our outer planets. When someone asks you what your Zodiac sign is, this would be your Sun sign. The Sun sign is your core ego; this sign has traits that may have a heavier influence in your personality if you have a stellium with the Sun sign, or if the Sun sign and Ascendant share the same sign. When reading your horoscope, your Ascendant tells you what will happen, and your Sun sign is how you experience it.
The next most important personal planet would be the Moon sign. The Moon sign is the hidden unconsciousness, one’s inner emotionality, and voice. Because of this, you may feel more like your Moon sign than your Sun sign at times. That effect may also be amplified if your Sun and Moon signs are incompatible. For example, a contradictory pairing may be an Aquarius Sun with a Cancer Moon. An Aquarius Sun is expected to be erratic, a rebel without a cause, unemotional, unpredictable, and steadfast in their intellect. Traits associated with a Cancer Moon would be extremely emotional, empathetic, nurturing, and moody. A person with these placements may find that they tend be more like their Cancer Moon if they are more openly emotional, openly sensitive, may experience stronger mood swings, and may find it easy to connect emotionally with others. In other words, it’s ok to feel more connected with your Moon sign than Sun sign.
Mercury represents our communication and learning styles. Mercury explains how we process new information, how we facilitate conversations, and how we learn through personal and academic means. Venus rules our self-worth, values, money, beauty standards, how we love, and our relationships (with ourselves, platonic relationships, and romantic ones). Venus will ask us who we are in our relationships, what we look for, and what we find attractive. Mars influences our sex drive, ambition, aggression, and passion. Because Mars is the drive behind anger and aggression, it is considered a “malefic,” or a planet that is associated with more negative emotions and events. Venus and Mars are considered the lovers as the Zodiac, but differ in styles because Venus is associated with personable aspects of love and Mars is with sexual aspects. The following outer planets are aligned with the social and generational aspects of personality.
Our outer planets influence our values, ethics, and morality that are commonly shared by a generation. Jupiter represents expansion, influence, luck, and authority. Jupiter is considered a great benefic, meaning that Jupiter will bless you with good things. However Jupiter’s luck can turn on a dime, typically catching us off-guard. Saturn, another malefic, is concerned with karma, time, limitations/restrictions, right versus wrong, boundaries, and responsibilities. Saturn is the sign that will hold us accountable for our actions and life lessons.
Uranus is the rebel and the revolutionary, and will point to aspects in our personality that set us apart from everyone else through innovation and change. Uranus is also concerned with the community, and is a natural humanitarian. Neptune is the planet of the unconscious and spiritual self that rules dreams, mysticism, illusions, and enlightenment. Neptune allows us to see what we want to see, but not what we want to accept. Neptune can account for a dreamy, yet psychic personality. Lastly, Pluto deals with death, transformation, and rebirth. Pluto will facilitate our experiences with death, then transformation through rebirth and renewal. Because Pluto is associated with death and rebirth, it can cause an individual to go through many transformations in his or her life.
With this in mind, the outer planets typically take years to circle the sun meaning that a sign could stay in an outer planet for up to a generation. Jupiter will stay in one sign for up to a year, Saturn is about 2.5 years, Uranus clocking in at 7 years, Neptune at 14 years, and Pluto for 14+ years. This occurs because of how slowly the outer planets take to orbit around the sun. Because of this, our outer planets can often be interpreted as connecting us generationally, which would make sense because every separate generation tends to hold similar beliefs, values, and principles.
Lastly, each Zodiac sign is associated with at least one planet, an element, a disposition and a house. The signs house is the same place the Zodiac falls in the modality. However, planets are a bit different as they don’t go in order of the modality. Elements are also connected to the planet and the houses. Dispositions include Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. Cardinal signs are leaders, innovators, and commanders. Fixed signs are steady, stagnant, and stubborn. Mutable signs are easy-going, adaptable, and versatile. Here’s a quick cheat sheet:
- Aries: 1st House, Mars, Fire, Cardinal
- Taurus: 2nd House, Venus, Earth, Fixed
- Gemini: 3rd House, Mercury, Air, Mutable
- Cancer: 4th House, Moon, Water, Cardinal
- Leo: 5th House, Sun, Fire, Fixed
- Virgo: 6th House, Mercury, Earth, Mutable
- Libra: 7th House, Venus, Air, Cardinal
- Scorpio: 8th House, Pluto & Mars, Water, Fixed
- Sagittarius: 9th House, Jupiter, Fire, Mutable
- Capricorn: 10th House, Saturn, Earth Cardinal
- Aquarius: 11th House, Uranus & Saturn, Fixed
- Pisces: 12th House, Neptune & Jupiter, Water, Mutable
This website can not only calculate your natal chart, but also show you how each sign, planet, and house affect one another. If you’re looking for something mobile, I also recommend the app Co-Star. Co-Star will ask you for your birth time, birth place, and birth day as a birth chart generator would. However, Co-Star only analyzes our planets, our Ascendant sign, and if a planet plays a role in any of the house(s). The app also shows daily horoscopes, and how the most recent planetary aspects are interacting with parts of our birth charts. Your chart can provide the answers to questions you may have about yourself and your life, as well as understanding how day-to-day astrology can affect you!
This online magazine aims to provide thorough, concise, and accurate astrological information on an array of astrological concepts. In just a few short weeks, ASTROLOGICALLY will have more updates on the 2019 forecast, the retrogrades going on, and more! Welcome on this journey through the cosmos & welcome to the STAR family!
~ As above, so below.