What Is A Birth Chart?
The Mechanics of The Chart
Your birth chart (or natal chart) is a map of the heaven’s, relative to the time and place that you were born.
This map shows areas of strength and opportunity, as well as weakness and challenge. Your birth chart is a powerful tool which can also show how things are likely to unfold through time, as well as what is happening for you at the moment.
How Does It work?
Let’s have a look at a chart to get a sense of what all the lines and symbols mean.
The wheel running around the outside represents the circle of The Zodiac, which allows us to position exactly in the sky where each planet was when you were born. The Zodiac is an imaginary band that is projected out into space from Earth. It is a wonderful tool, because it allows us to know where all the bodies in our solar system are, relative to us.
Astrologers use the chart to create a snapshot of the moment you draw your first breath, mapping the position of the planets back down to earth to make it exactly relative to the time and place of your birth. This then becomes your unique map, or blueprint, and can guide you throughout your life.
You will see a number of planets within the circle, and lots of lines connecting them to each other. These lines show what are called the ‘aspects’ between the planets, and which planets were in a significant relationship to each other at the time that you were born.
Some people have lots of lines, and some relatively few. This doesn’t mean anything especially significant, so don’t worry if yours looks “all over the place”! Everybody has the potential for wholeness, and everybody will express this differently.
The other important thing to note is which house a planet is found in. You will find the numbers of the houses on the inner circle of the chart – 1 through to 12. The houses show the area of life experience that a particular planetary energy is seeking to express itself.
You read more about the Sun and the twelve Solar Houses here.
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