The first 5 things you absolutely must do when reading a birth chart

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Do you know your rising sign, moon sign, ascendant, or any of the other 12 zodiac marks? If not, don’t worry. When reading a birth chart there are 5 things to always look at first. Before we begin, if you don’t have a copy of your birth chart don’t worry, I’ll be providing a link for you to get your birthchart for free at the end of this article. First off, you don’t need to have an in-depth knowledge of astrology to read any birth chart and uncover its hidden meaning. There are really just a few items to look at when analyzing any chart to get quick and dirty insights into just who the person behind the chart is. The world of astrology is a colorful one. It’s filled with planets, stars, moons, suns…and many different words for those celestial entities. The first step to reading your birth chart is learning what the terms represent in real life. Once you understand their meaning in the context of your own horoscope, you can begin analyzing what they signify about who you are as a person and how that might impact your future…

What is a Birth Chart?

A birth chart isn’t like a regular old chart, with numbers, calculations, and formulas. It’s a visual representation of the position of the planets at the precise moment of your birth. Your chart then becomes a roadmap to understanding your personality, strengths, weaknesses, and future prospects. Astrologers use your birth chart to determine what your sun sign is. Your sun sign is the most basic and well-known part of a natal chart. It’s the sign that represents your overarching personality. You can think of a natal chart as an illustration (or horoscope). It has 12 sections, one for each of the signs. Each section includes information about your sun sign and those of the planets, moons, and ascendants in your chart.

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The Authors Birth chart

A Quick Guide to Reading a Birth Chart

– Finding Your Sun Sign

The Sun sign and moon sign are the two most important parts of your chart. But the ascendant is also very important.

– Finding Your Rising Sign

Everything about your chart begins with your rising sign, also known as the ascendant. The Ascendant is the zodiac sign that rises in the eastern sky at the precise moment of your birth. The Ascendant represents your outward expression. It shows how you relate to the world around you.

The first thing you must do when reading your birth chart is to find your rising sign, also known as the ascendant. The Ascendant is the zodiac sign that rises in the eastern sky at the precise moment of your birth. The rising sign determines your overall personality and approach to life. It is the version of you, you want everyone else to see. It is not how you perceive yourself, that would be the Sun sign. The rising sign also shows what you struggle with or find difficult. It shows what comes as a challenge and what you must work on to improve.

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.rising is the same as Sun
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.rising is the first sign after Sun
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.rising is the second sign after Sun
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.rising is the third sign after Sun
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.rising is the fourth sign after Sun
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.rising is the fifth sign after Sun
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.rising is the sixth sign after Sun
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.rising is the seventh sign after Sun
10 p.m. – 12 a.m.rising is the eighth sign after Sun
12 a.m. – 2 a.m.rising is the ninth sign after Sun
2 a.m. – 4 a.m.rising is the tenth sign after Sun
4 a.m. – 6 a.m.rising is the eleventh sign after Sun
Ascendant quick calc

– Finding Your Moon Sign

Next, you’ll want to find which sign the moon is in your birth chart. The moon sign represents how you relate emotionally to the world, how you feel things, and process the world emotionally. The moon phase is one of the most accurate and helpful ways to predict and understand your changing emotions and moods.

Next, you’ll want to find which sign the moon was in when you were born. The moon phase represents the current state of your emotions—your feelings and moods. The moon sign is one of the most accurate and helpful ways to predict and understand your changing emotions and moods. The moon sign in your chart shows how you handle and process your emotions, feelings, and moods. It shows what you will most often react to positively or negatively from an emotional perspective and what triggers you. Together the Sun, Moon, and Rising Sign are the three most important aspects of any birthchart because they provide the deepest insight into a person’s character, how they see themselves, how they want others to see them, and how they relate emotionally to the world. Together, they indicate your natural temperament, potential strengths, and challenges in life!

– Are you a lefty or a righty?

So that big pizza pie called a chart has two major lines running through it. The first divides it into two halves. The left half and the right halve. The left half is all of the pizza slices from the 10th house at the top down to the 4th house at the bottom.

too much on the right side and they feel their Fate is in the hands of others, more than 5 on the left. They are the captains of their own ships. they hate having other people drive or dictate when and how to do anything. Left-side people are quite content by themselves whereas right-side people NEED people.

reading a birth chart

Are you a top or a bottom?

No, we aren’t talking about THAT position here; we’re talking about that birth chart you’re looking at to get deep insight and clues about the person it represents. The upper hemisphere is all the houses from the seventh house of relationships to that deep dark, hoogedy boogedy, deep dark secrets twelfth houses. The bottom hemisphere is all of the planets from the first house of YOU, just YOU to the seventh house of relationships. So take a look and make a note of how many occupy each upper and lower half of the chart.

So you did total how many planets were in the upper and lower half, right? So, do you have more planets in the lower half of the chart? This means you make you when reading a birth chart; more planets in the bottom half of the chart means that you are looking at someone that is a subjective type; their personal integrity and feelings are more important than just about anything. You have a lot to give, but watch out too many planets in that bottom half mean you can allow your feelings and eccentricities to get the best of you.

Let’s look at that top half of the chart; five or more planets here means the person is a worldly type; you need an audience, something, or someone to focus your attention on. Too many planets here, and this person may have a hard time being on their own.

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Wrapping Up

Put all of this information together and you’ll have a complete picture of your natal chart. You’ll know what your rising sign, moon phase, ascendant, and all 12 houses are, as well as the shapes associated with each sign. This is how you read your birth chart and open the door to new insights, understandings, and self-knowledge. Now that you know the basics of how to read your birth chart, it’s time to get to work. Your chart is like a book waiting to be read, and the information inside it can be incredibly revealing. With the help of your birth chart, you can understand yourself and others better.

If you don’t already have your birthchart. I’d be happy to calculate it for you. Just email me

Reading and interpreting a birth chart is no easy feat. It requires a good understanding of astrological symbols, zodiac signs, planetary influences, and personal interpretation. To get the most out of a birth chart, here are the top five things to do when reading a birth chart:

1. Look at the Overall Arrangement: The arrangement of the birth chart is just as important as the individual parts. All of the signs, symbols, and lines create a visual landscape of the individual. Spend some time looking at the chart as a whole to get an overall sense of the individual’s energy and personality.

2. Identify the Sun Sign: The Sun is the most important part of the birth chart, signifying the person’s core identity. Look at the position of the Sun to determine the individual’s Sun sign.

3. Connect the Symbols: Birth charts are made up of a number of symbols, with each one representing a different element or energy. Spend some time connecting the symbols to gain a fuller understanding of the individual’s personality and life path.

4. Analyzing the Aspects: Planets interact with each other in distinct ways, resulting in different energies and influences. Examine the aspects in the birth chart to see how the planets are working together and how they might influence the individual.

5. Consider Personal Interpretations: Astrology is an ancient practice that needs to be applied to the modern world. Personal interpretations can help bring the birth chart to life and help you form a detailed understanding of the individual’s personality.

By following these five steps, you can get the most out of a birth chart and gain a better understanding of the individual’s unique character. Astrology is a multi-layered practice, so take your time and enjoy the journey of self-discovery.

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