First things first, let’s define astrology for a quick minute. Astrology is the interpretation of celestial bodies, which means it’s the way we interpret what is in the sky. It’s an art, and is very subjective which makes it very enticing to a lot of people because it is really interesting that everything has a meaning though not scientific.
So what is a birth chart? Your astrological birth chart is basically a snapshot of the sky at the time and location that you were born. So depending on where in the world you were born and exact time, it’s the picture of what is in the sky at that exact moment, like a map of all the planets, the sun, and the moon. It is very important that you know the specific time, place, and alignment of the heavenly bodies to determine your birth chart, because every hour or so, your birth chart changes because the earth is moving.
The Primal Triad
The primal triad is your sun, your moon, and your ascendant. These three aspects have the biggest impact on your personality. The sun sign depends on the day you were born and what season you were in. your sun sign represents your personality and is the core of who you are.
The moon sign represents your emotional self. The moon is your sensitivity, your emotions, your feelings, your heart. Oftentimes people veer towards their moon sign than their sun sign because your moon sign is what that harbors your emotions which means you tend to feel more and gravitate towards your moon because of that. Whatever sign you are in your moon, that is a hint of what can make you happy and fulfilled.
Your ascendant, or rising sign is essentially the mask you wear when you go out into the world. It is how others perceive you. Think of it as the first impressions people have when they meet you. Other people might see you in a certain way when they first meet you, and realize you are a different kind of person once they get to know you more. Your ascendant is how you appear to others.
Components of the Birth Chart
There are twelve signs, from Aries to Pisces, accompanied by the ten planets which includes the sun and the moon and the twelve houses, with each house representing specific areas of your life. The different astrological signs corresponds to different characteristics and personalities. The planets correspond with different mind functions, whether it is your ego, your thinking, or your communication.
The twelve houses on the other hand, represent the areas of life. Whether it’s the house of Self, which governs a person’s persona to the house of Secrets or the unconscious, which represents the finalities in our life and the deepest secrets tucked away in our mind.
Making Sense of the Birth Chart
When you see a birth chart, you will see a circular graph with the planets scattered throughout it. Along the border of the circle you will see the twelve zodiac signs like numbers in a clock. In the middle, there are different notations for the numbers which corresponds to the twelve houses.
When looking at a birth chart, start with the planets and look at them one by one. A planet tells you the “what”. Remember that the planets signify the mental functions. The sign that it lands in tells you the “how” and the “why”, take note again that the sign is the personality or the characteristics and will help you decipher the how and the why of that mental function. Lastly, the house that a planet lands in tells you what area of life this is mostly happening, where most of this activity is going in.
So those are the basics of it. It’s not exactly easy or very intuitive at first, you are going to have to practice understanding the birth chart and how the different planets and signs work together. But we hope this gives you the basic knowledge on how to decipher these different signs, and houses, and these planets and what they really mean for you in your life.