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Western Astrology

"What does my birth / natal chart mean?"

This page will break down every inch of your chart.

The stars make up pictures in the sky known as the constellations. The zodiac constellations reside in 12 sections of the sky that we see as we rotate around the sun in a year.

When a chart is drawn it is calculating precisely what position the Sun, Moon and other planets were in each section of the sky to the exact degree. The picture is drawn from the place we were born and from the date and time we were born.

A circle is drawn and cut into houses or sections just like the sky. Each house is ruled by a zodiac sign and a number as well as other key elements. The planets are placed appropriately inside the houses and can influence each other positively and negatively.

A very detailed chart is drawn when all of the information is known. A general picture is drawn when the time is not known.

An astrologer studies the energies or personalities of the planets, luminaries and constellations. A good astrologer views each aspect like an ingredient and can see the big picture or culmination of the full recipe clearly.

 

 

Enter information and click to learn. Make sure to check the boxes on the bottom to view planet positions and aspects. Once the positions of the planets are known, scroll down to read what each planet and sign mean.

 

Free Birth Chart

 

Mini Astro Glossary

 

When reading your chart, first read about the planet- then read about the sign attached to it. Below is a list of planetary descriptions and zodiac descriptions. Your Sun sign is only one influence. You will need to read the charactoristics of all your planet signs to get a full picture. Especially read the zodiac for your Moon and Ascending sign. If you have more than one planet in a certain sign, that charactor or power will be stronger in you. Some people are also born on a cusp and the sign before or after their sign will describe them more.

Planets- Every planet is seen in a specific position of the sky with a zodiac sign ruling each section they occupy. They move through each sign or section at different speeds depending on their own rotation and how far away they are from us.

Our chart shows us how the sky was set up when we were born and from where we stood at that moment. Some say the planets influence us. Some say we influence them. Others see them as a reflection. Sort of a mirror reflecting the inside of what we can't see with our eyes. Our chart is the snapshot of what the sky looked like when our soul entered this existence.

Inner Planets-
These are personal and under our control

Earth- Our home. The most important planet known to mankind. This is where we stand. Earth holds the pure elements of Air, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood, Land and Love. The Earth is Demeter in Greek mythology, mother of Persephone. According to them, Persephone's and Demeter's stories are the reason for the seasons.

Sun- Everything revolves around the Sun in our solar system. It is our life force. Our sun sign is our main sign. It indicates our personality and what we will choose to give to the world. It indicates what kind of parent, child, friend, sibling, spouse and co-worker we will become. We circle the sun every 12 months. There are 12 zodiac signs or sections in the sky that the sun crosses through out a year. The Sun is God the father- creater of heaven and Earth in Greek mythology.

Tricks of the trade: Decide your personality and make it so. Astrology is only what you do naturally. Free will can be a wonderful experience.

Moon- Moon signs are secondary but very important. The moon reflects the sun's light and shines on us when the sun is on the other side of the world. It's what you see when a person is running on instinct and their trained personality is on the other side of their world. It revolves around us about every 28 days. It stays in each sign or section of the sky about 2-3 days. Our moon sign indicates how we deal with our emotions and how we instinctually act or react to situations. The power of this reaction will be determined by astrological aspects as well as what actual phase the moon is in at birth. A woman is very compatible with a man who's sun sign is the same as her moon sign. There is a mutual understanding. The Moon is the cosmic mother or Goddess in Greek mythology.

Tricks of the trade: The Moon is one of the hardest to master. Instead of trying to control your emotions, try controlling your behavior. Once your emotions are no longer fed the same dysfunctional behavior, they will slowly change themselves. It's backwards psychology. Just like in magic, you learn to teach you subconscious mind instead of the other way around. Astrology is only what you do naturally. Free will can be a wonderful experience.

Mercury- Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It is an iron rock with both extremely hot and extremely cold temperatures. This planet is always in either the same sign as the sun or the one right next to it. Mercury's sign indicates how we communicate with others and how true we are to ourselves and to the world. Mercury was the right hand of God, or the Sun, in Greek mythology. Sometimes Mercury was represented by a good twin and bad twin.

Tricks of the trade: Controlling your thoughts is the most difficult task known to man. Physical feats that seam impossible can be easier. Go about it another way. Control what comes out of your mouth to start. Then start controlling what gets into your mind. Don't listen to what bothers you. Learn to choose your surroundings carefully and even mentally block certain words and images. Get around quiet and serene as much as possible and be mindful of the quiet. Use it like a blanket. Remember the way the blanket feels in stressful situations. Use a sword to direct your mind to thoughts that are pleasant. If all this fails, work yourself physically or creatively to exhaustion. You won't have time to think. Astrology is only what you do naturally. Free will can be a wonderful experience.

Venus- Venus is the planet of love. It was very similar to the earth at one time but because of the greenhouse effect, venus is full of violent storms and gases which makes it glow a very pretty array of pastel colors. Some say that is what the Earth will look like in a distant future. Venus's sign, like Mercury's, is also very close to the sun sign and it indicates how we love and what we want in a companion. Some Venus positions will show a person who doesn't even want a companion at all. Some will show soul mate connections and some will show difficulties in connecting. Venus ruled love and young women in Greek mythology.

Tricks of the trade: Changing a belief comes from desire. Believe in what you desire and it will come to you. Astrology is only what you do naturally. Free will can be a wonderful experience.

Mars- Mars is the planet of action. It is the firey red planet made of rocky mountains and deserts. Our efforts have proven that there was once water all over Mars. It is another planet somewhat similar to Earth. But it is much larger and has no greenhouse. Mar's sign indicates how we get things accomplished, how we deal with conflict, what excites us, motivates us and turns us on. Mars ruled war and men in Greek mythology.

Tricks of the trade: This is a planet of physical control. To change a habit you have to make a new one. If you are too physical, be less satisfied for a few weeks and make it a habit to be less physical. If you are too heavy than be uncomfortable for a few weeks but make it a habit to be more physical daily. Astrology is only what you do naturally. Free will can be a wonderful experience.

 

Outer Planets-
These are ancestral, generational and worldly

Jupiter indicates ancestral karma.  Saturn indicates personal karma.  Uranus graces us based on intention and favors humanitarians.  Neptune indicates our spiritual outlook and mystical boundaries.  And Pluto, being the leader of it’s dwarf planet community, indicates what we will give to the world as a generation. 

Jupiter- Jupiter is the planet of luck. We are lucky we only have one Jupiter and that our Jupiter is stable and not knocking us into the sun like a marble because that is what they do in most of the other solar systems we have studied. It's because our Jupiter is stable that we have been able to live for so long and evolve to this level of awareness. We should be grateful. Jupiter indicates not only luck but ancestral karma and soul connections. It rules evolution. It breaks with tradition and starts new ways of thinking, living and growing. It passes on new knowledge to it's children. People with the same Sun sign as your Jupiter sign will naturally feel a connection to you and like you.

Some people are naturally lucky in certain areas. To get the attention of Jupiter when you aren't feeling all that lucky- Get optimistic, let go of burdens and be a little bit of a rebel... in a charming, non-criminal way. Break with tradition and start something new. The only trick is you that absolutely can't feel guilty and can't feel like you don't deserve to be lucky. Jupiter rebeled against his father Saturn and earned the grace of his grandfather Uranus in Greek mythology.

Saturn- Saturn is the planet of restrictions. It is dual in nature but not on a whim or fate. Saturn reacts to our own actions directly. Sometimes from a past life. He is the law though not the final judge. Saturn indicates our day to day tasks. It shows us our personal 'karma', our duties and our responsibilities. It keeps track of our deeds. It teaches us, punishes us and rewards us. It is heavy, massive and set in it's ways. It rules time and loves tradition. This planet is what keeps order, we should be grateful. Only when Saturn ruled in Greek mythology, was the world at peace and everyone was accountable for their own actions.

If you find yourself negatively affected by Saturn every step you make... it's time to start being good. Follow man's laws. Be diligent. Be organized. Do things one step at a time and rely only on hard work for success. Even for the karmically challenged, Saturn will back off if you do all of that.

Uranus- Uranus is the planet with the final say but usually doesn't get involved with day to day activities. Uranus is the judge who looks at the absolute bottom line at all major crossroads. What sign your Uranus is in will indicate your level of compassion and change. Uranus rules a utopian way of life not seen in any political system we have currently running. Uranus people are charitable and full of ideology. They communicate a positive message of peace to their friends, students, children, readers, customers and fans no matter their social or financial status. We should be grateful. They have a unique style or appearance. Interestingly, even if a Uranus person isn't "lucky" per say and they happen to break some rules here and there, they seem to get away with it- They aren't orderly, responsible or on time- but they communicate a positive message of peace and love to the world and seem to slip in under the radar because they are working for a greater good. In this case a "higher power" trumps Saturn. They seem to rise to levels of power and influence effortlessly. The louder their voice though, the more temptation will try to sway them but it's only their ideals they have to lose. If they stay positive, they will keep being blessed. These people seem to be a mischievous bunch in many areas of life. Sadly, many of these people are killed if they get to a position of power that threatens a darker energy. Uranus was the first planet in Greek mythology. The grandfather of us all.

Neptune- About every decade, there is a new art, sport, style of music and clothing.  There are new types of books and movies.  These are the creative outlets for our imaginations and spiritual lives.  Neptune stays in the same sign about 10 to 15 years.  It indicates how mysterious and surreal our life will be; how vivid our night dreams are and how often we day dream.  A person with a strong Neptune influence will have an active imagination and many times conflicting perceptions of reality.  Life is more fourth dimensional. Neptune rules the ocean and all it's mysteries in Greek mythology.    

Neptune significantly and noticeably influences our present time as well as the people born under a certain sign.  During the 80’s and early 90’s Neptune was in Capricorn and all everyone cared about was money, bling, labels, status, career and world power. For the yuppies this was a phase.  But for the people born under this sign, it is more a state of mind than a series of actions. Before that it was in Sagittarius, when all the hippies were taking drugs, traveling and seeking higher and mystical wisdom.  For the hippies this was a phase.  But for the people born under this sign, it is more a state of mind than a series of actions. Right now Neptune is in Aquarius and has been since before the millennium.  It will not change to Pisces until February 4th 2012, right around the Chinese New Year. Right now everyone is looking towards the future.  Science, technology, community and equality is main stream.  Some propose Jesus will return when Neptune enters Pisces, after all, he spawned the Pisces age 2000 years ago.  Some culture's calendars even end around this time.  I try not to let my imagination carry me away. We can only speculate.  Certainly we will be looking backward more than foreword because of the nature of Pisces.  But just like Y2K, we can’t stop what we are doing for an unknown event.  It could simply be a new level of awareness, combining old with new.  We are currently looking to advance so fast that we have forgotten many old standards that have helped us get this far in evolution: like mid-wives, breast feeding, organic foods, natural materials, community living, small businesses, stay at home parents, trade and living in harmony with nature.  We have no idea the consequences of what we are doing.  Right now corporations are even patenting our seeds and genetically altering them. One company currently owns more than 10,000 seeds. This is something we would notice and stop if we weren’t going so fast. 

Pluto- Pluto was recently named a dwarf planet.  Some think this discovery has lessoned Pluto’s importance in astrology, but I have always found someone’s Pluto sign to be the most obvious charactor trait revealed in a chart.  Pluto indicates the different generations and what they will give to the world.  Usually a sign stays in Pluto for 20- 25 years.  Remember, Pluto is extremely far away and goes through the constellations based on our perception or view of it, just like all the planets.  Sometimes Pluto goes backwards, or goes into retrograde, for quite a long time.  It will even go back to the previous sign when on a cusp, and then foreword again.  Pluto was only in Libra and Scorpio recently for 10 years each.  These two generations work together in a very important way and are often in each other’s lives through siblings and friendships.  The fact that Pluto is the leader of the newly discovered cluster of dwarf planets supports the fact that Pluto influences a massive group of people at the same time.   Pluto influences significantly noticable change in the world.

Personally, Pluto indicates death or traumatic change or uprooting in a person’s life.  A person with a heavy Pluto influence may end up moving to a foreign country, losing their entire family or even suffer from amnesia and end up with a completely new life. Pluto is the lord of the underworld in Greek mythology and was said to carry all of the lost souls that have passed from Earth.

 

The Ascending Sign- You ascending sign is determined by your time of birth and becomes the starting point for your astrological chart. This is your vehicle. Your 'how to get there' sign. This is the character you will have to incorporate into yourself to become successful in life. This sign rules your first house and it indicates your personal character traits when dealing with yourself in life.

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Zodiac

Remember, these are more than Sun signs. Look at your whole chart.

 

Youth...

Aries- fire-1st house- Ruled by Mars and the Sun. Male. Libra is it's polarity on the 'encounter axis'. Symbol = the ram. Key words: I am. Aries qualities include: courage, energy, vitality, excitement, optimism, adaptability, freshness and assertiveness. Many are late bloomers when it comes to responsibility. Aries are adventure seeking, impulsive and can be very hard on themselves though they usually do put themselves first. No one can punish them harder than they punish themselves but it is a rare moment when they really put themselves in another's shoes. Aries are extremely passionate and charming. Aries need to love what they do for work or they won't stay long. Aries are compatible with every sign but there may be difficulties with Leo and Capricorn . Aries have quite a temper and love to fight. Aries are susceptible to harm from fire or sharp instruments. They are prone to high speed accidents and tend to get involved in dangerous situations. Aries rules the head, face and hair. They often clench their jaw when stressed. They love their hair brushed and head massaged and can be prone to headaches and head injuries.

Taurus- earth- 2nd house- Ruled by Venus and the Earth. Female. Scorpio is it's polarity on the 'possession axis'. Symbol = the bull. Key words: I have . Taurus qualities include: stability, stubbornness, strength and endurance. They are determined, practical, patient, pleasure seeking but hard working, resistant to change and collectors of wealth and possessions. They function best under order and routine. They seem to grow up and be responsible early. A Taurus is very good at keeping cool in front of most people. They appear dispassionate at times but are exactly the opposite. They are fruitful and fertile. They acquire wealth. They are wonderful gardeners. A Taurus is faithful as long as their lovers are faithful. They are good with any sign but will probably have difficulties with an Aquarius. They can keep secrets forever. Some find it extremely hard to break habits. They love comfort. They are extremely creative. A Taurus can be very jealous and possessive which can lead to deep drama with others even to the point of violence. Taurus rules the neck, upper shoulders and throat. They often store tension in their neck and shoulders and would appreciate a massage, but will rarely ask for one. Taurus people often have wonderful singing voices. They are usually pretty muscular and sometimes heavy.

Gemini- air- 3rd house- Ruled by Mercury. Male. Sagittarius is it's polarity on the 'thought axis'. Symbol = twins. Key words: I think . Gemini qualities include: versatility, adaptability and social flare. They have definite star quality. They are intellectual, logical and dual by nature. A Gemini can be detached emotionally which can make it hard for others in a relationship with them. They aren't home a lot and keep themselves very busy. They can be intimidatingly confident and cold. Geminis are extremely fun though with friends, children and new loves. They have the best sense of humor. Some live double lives. Geminis have multiple talents but excel at communication. A Gemini would make an excellent salesman, annalist, performer, customer service rep and entrepreneur. But they can also be very good con artists. They are most compatible with other Geminis but can get along with anyone. Many Geminis remain childlike into adulthood. Geminis are prone to accidents, especially plane crashes. They also seem to arouse anger in others and are prone to attacks. Gemini rules the lower shoulders, arms, hands, fingers and nerves. They have very good hand eye coordination but often suffer with nerve disorders. As they get older- loud noise, flashing lights and chaotic situations will often bother them. They are also susceptible to injury or ailment of their arms, hands and fingers.

Cancer- water- 4th house- Ruled by the Moon. Female. Capricorn is it's polarity on the 'individuality axis'. Symbol = the crab. Key words: I feel. Cancer qualities include: kindness, sensitivity and receptivity. They are extremely likable, reserved, emotional and intuitive. They are very charming. They usually have people in their lives to take care of them. Cancers are creative and imaginative. They day dream much of the time. They have to follow their heart in life to sleep good at night. Cancer is the sign of home and family. They are wonderful caretakers. They are homebodies. Sometimes to the point of not wanting to leave home at all. But they will do whatever they have to for the ones they love. Cancers need a strong sign by their side. They live and love in the moment and though they are fickle and moody, they have very good intentions. They are very attentive in love, but their love can change with the moon. Cancer people are prone to accidents at home and they are often targets or victims of criminals. Cancers are sensitive and really have to protect themselves. Cancer rules the stomach, breasts and lungs. The really shouldn't smoke or take birth control pills, even though they are usually very fertile. Cancers shouldn't eat really heavy or spicy food and should drink a lot of water. They easily gain weight as they get older and need to keep up with exercise. They will often get a stomach ache when they are emotionally distressed.

 

Maturity...

Leo- fire- 5th house- Ruled by the Sun. Male. Aquarius is it's polarity on the 'relationship axis'. Symbol = the lion. Key words: I will . Leo qualities include: enthusiasm, creativity, generosity and winning charm. Leos are usually the center of attention. They are honorable and strong and very loyal to their families and close friends. A Leo will turn on you in a heart beat though and never look back if they are wronged, but while in their grace a companion will feel like anything is possible. Leos definitely have star quality but sometimes a huge ego to match. Leos seem to always be teenage like. They are tolerant of other peoples flaws in general but extremely hard on themselves. They expect a lot from themselves and sometimes can be quite vein. Some people find them arrogant but it does take arrogance to handle what a Leo will take on. Leos will let everything fall at least a few times in their life. They will let it all go, let themselves hit bottom, spoil themselves and eventually get back to taking care of everything in a new life. Because they are in the middle, Leos are compatible with all signs. A relationship with another Leo may not last very long though and they are most compatible with their polar opposite, Aquarius. Leos are often victims of slander and sometimes dramatic acts of violence. Leo rules the heart, back and spine. These are the centers of our physical body. A Leo with good supporting planets and aspects will have a heart of gold. A Leo with negative supporting planets and aspects will be a heart breaker. A Leo seems to live as long as people hold onto them emotionally and need them. They are prone to back injuries and ailments.

Virgo- earth- 6th house- Ruled by Mercury and the Earth. Female. Pisces is it's polarity on the 'existence axis'. Symbol= the virgin. Key words: I analyze. Virgo qualities include: They are wonderful caretakers.

Libra- air- 7th house- Ruled by Venus. Male. Aries is it's polarity on the 'encounter axis'. Symbol = . Key words: I . Libra qualities include: Libras make the best parents.

Scorpio- water- 8th house- Ruled by Pluto and Mars. Female. Taurus is it's polarity on the 'possession axis'. Symbol =. Key words: I am. Scorpio qualities include: They take care of their families like no other sign. They are involved in their everyday activity and will be there through birth and death. They are possessive though and will quickly turn on anyone not cooperating with their plans, especially if that person isn't one of their children. You don't want a scorpio upset with you. Nothing is as chilling.

 

Master...

Sagittarius- fire- 9th house- Ruled by Neptune and the Sun. Male. Gemini is it's polarity on the 'thought axis'. Symbol =. Key words: I am. Sagittarius qualities include:

Capricorn- earth- 10th house- Ruled by Saturn and the Earth. Female. Cancer is it's polarity on the 'individuality axis'. Symbol =. Key words: I am. Capricorn qualities include: They are wonderful short term care takers but will bore quickly.

Aquarius- air- 11th house- Ruled by Uranus and Saturn. Male. Leo is it's polarity on the 'relationship axis'. Symbol =. Key words: I am. Aquarius qualities include:

Pisces- water- 12th house- Ruled by Neptune and Venus. Female. Virgo is it's polarity on the 'existence axis'. Symbol =. Key words: I am. Pisces qualities include: Pisces make wonderful caretakers but must learn to put up an invisible protection barrier in their aura because they are very susceptible and can easy pick up illness, sadness and negativity from others. Sometimes Pisces are very child like but it's because they are such old souls and evolution is a circle not a straight line. They are moving towards innocents. Pisces may complain about several physical ailments starting very young.

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What does each planet / zodiac combination mean?


Zodiac / Planet Combinations ~ Inner Planets
These are personal

Signs/Planets Sun Moon Mercury Venus Mars Saturn
Aries            
Taurus            
Gemini            
Cancer            
Leo            
Virgo            
Libra            
Scorpio            
Sagittarius            
Capricorn            
Aquarius            
Pisces            

 

Zodiac / Planet Combinations ~ Outer Planets
These are ancestral, generational and worldly

Signs/Planets Jupiter Uranus Neptune Pluto
Aries        
Taurus        
Gemini        
Cancer        
Leo        
Virgo        
Libra        
Scorpio        
Sagittarius        
Capricorn        
Aquarius        
Pisces        

 

What does it mean for a planet to be in a particular house?

 

Houses ~ Inner Planets
These are personal

Sun Moon Mercury Venus Mars Saturn
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Houses ~ Outer Planets
These are ancestral, generational and worldly

Jupiter Uranus Neptune Pluto
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AC Ascending Sign-

DC Descending Sign-

MC Medium Coeli-

IC Imum Coeli-

GM Golden Mean-

LP Low Point-

IP Invert Point-

Cusps-

Cardinal Cross-

Cardinal Points-

The Angular Cross-

Sections-

Quadrants-

Zones-

Polarity Axis-

Intensity Curve-

Time Line / Age Progression-

Part of Fortune-

MH Mid Heaven-

Aspects-

Example Chart-

 

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