Astrology: Your Natal Chart
In the study of astrology, a natal chart can be calculated based on the precise location of the planets in the sky at the moment of your physical birth. Also known as a birth chart, this ‘snapshot’ of the heavens can be analyzed to provide deep insight into your personality traits, motivations and desires. Your natal chart is the foundation for all astrology readings, and for this reason it’s very important to know your exact birth time and geographic location on the planet. If your birth time or location is unknown, the chart will be less accurate, but still very useful.
You’re probably familiar with your sun sign- the one you can read horoscopes for in the daily newspaper. Your sign sun is simply the place on the zodiac where the sun was at the moment of your birth. You may have been born on April 30th, and know that your sun sign is Taurus. But did you know that each planet in the sky occupies a place on the zodiac wheel? The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all become very important when interpreting your natal chart. You may have Venus in Scorpio or Jupiter in Aquarius and so on.
Your ‘snapshot’ of the sky at birth is also sectioned into what we call ‘houses’ for the purpose of analyzing the different areas of life. The first house (the zodiac sign that was rising in the eastern horizon at birth) represents our identity, sense of self, general temperament and physical appearance. You may have Gemini ruling your first house, and this would give you strong intellectual abilities, a sense of curiosity, a desire to communicate and a very adaptable nature. Each of the twelve houses represents an area of life that is colored by the zodiac sign ruler and any planets in that particular house. We can also analyze the aspects or relationships between planets to go deeper.
So is an astrologer a fortune teller? Unfortunately not! Looking at one’s natal chart cannot provide specific details, dates or outcomes of situations. Astrology can tell us what energies we are destined to work with in this lifetime based on the signs and positions of the planets. It can provide insight into how we may unconsciously react to situations, and how to use our personal energy to achieve what our soul needs to work on during this life time. A natal chart can be the map or guiding light for you to understand what your soul is looking to achieve or heal in this lifetime. Geometry, symbols, glyphs and mathematical relationships between planets can seem like a foreign language.
If you’re struggling to make sense of it all, or just don’t know where to begin, an experienced astrologer can help you to navigate your natal chart and provide you with insight on relationships, your childhood and parents, career or profession, hopes and dreams, psychological patterns and more.
Crystal Dawn is the Resident Astrologer in Opal Rising magazine.