Our birth charts, or natal charts, can deliver important messages to us about our strengths, weaknesses, relationships, and anything else that serves our souls in this lifetime. The birth chart is a map of where all the planets were in their journey around the Sun (from our vantage point on earth) at our exact moment of birth . Learning about how the stars and planets aligned when you were born and how those placements affect your soul can help you greatly along your spiritual path. Within the natal chart you can see personality, drives, fears, parental relationships, siblings, children, psychological patterns, and more on one sheet of paper
To get started, you need to know a few key details about yourself: your birth date and time, and where you were born. You can generate a Birth or Natal chart with that information.
The 4 Major components
There are 4 major components analyzed when looking at a natal chart are the sun-moon- Ascendant and the Acendant ruler ( or chart ruler). Within the analysis it is important to understand what the Houses, signs and planets represent…
The Houses represent the sky at the time of your birth. The ( path the planets moved in across the sky). The houses form the skeletal structure of the chart and are in the same location for everyone. Within the chart, the houses represent the areas of life in astrology or the Themes in our lives. For instance, the first house represents all having to do with the self such as self-image, motivations, goals, physical body, appearance etc. with the 2nd house representing values.
Signs represent where along the ecliptic the zodiac signs where at the time of your birth i.e.. what sign was rising , setting and from these, individual interpretations can be made with the house and sign components. Most people are most familiar with their sun sign. Signs represent the characteristics of the sky at the time of your birth . So they can be thought of as the characteristics of life and the qualities that come through our life and life experiences.
The Planets represent the experiences in our life. These transient bodies in the sky mirror our transient experiences on earth. These experiences shape our personality. The house the planet is in directly relates to the area these experiences will occur in our lives. The sign determines the characteristics these experiences are made of .
To sum it up, in terms of our personality the houses show the areas of life that are major for us ( themes). The signs show which characteristic are prominent in our personality while the planets are the experiences of life that shape our personality.
Understanding what the 4 components represent
To begin to analyze your natal chart, find the house and sign position of the 4 components: sun-moon- Ascendant and the Ascendant ruler ( or chart ruler). You must also understand what each represents.
The Sun And The Moon
The sun and the moon represent the most fundamental and essential yin and yang elements of the self. The Sun represents ones outwardly focused, expressive and Masculine side. (outer self), while the moon represents ones Inwardly focused, reflective, feminine side (inner self). Both the sun and the moon make up the bulk of the inner and outer personality along with the types of continued experiences that influence them.
The Ascendant and Chart Ruler
The Ascendent and Chart ruler represent how your life unfolds and what shapes your personality over time.They are like the the sun and moon but are more specific to ones life path and life events which further shapes the personality. It could be looked at in terms of who you are becoming and strongly represent you and your life in the chart. Your Ascendant represents the qualities you are developing as a result of your experiences.. There is no house associated with it as it is always the 1st house. The Planet ruler is the planet that rules the sign your ascendant is in. The house and sign position of the chart ruler give a more detailed look at not only the characteristics a person is developing but at the area of life as well.’
How To Analyze Your Chart
First, begin by Identifying your ascendant sign ( these are the qualities that come though your overall life experiences and shape who you are becoming). Therefore,these are very important qualities for you to gain in your life
Secondly, find what planet ruler/ chart ruler the sign your ascendant is in (chart ruler). There may be 2 and if so make note of both as each will be equaly as important.
Now that you have identified your chart ruler(s) Locate it’s house and sign placement using the same PDF’s in the highlighted text to identify what these areas of life and what the characteristics are that shape your personality over time.*Remember- The chart ruler represents you in the chart and what is being developed – ( the present/ your path)
Analying and Understanding these 4 components will account for a huge understanding of who you are and your prominent life experiences.For an even further analysis- look at the major associations that form between these 4 components and other planets in the birth chart- ( called aspects)
Next look at the following planets analyzing the house and sign placements.
Inner planets ( mercury venus mars)
Middle Planets (jupiter saturn)
Outer planets ( uranus and neptune)
Comets ( Chiron and Pluto)
You will Note that as you move further out to the more distant planets, the personality characteristics become more deep and less apparent… Like an onion the outer layer represent the 4 major components followed by the inner , middle and the outer ( at the center of the onion) .*Pay close attention to the planets in the 1st house as they will come through strongly in the personality and experience.
Everyone’s birth charts are unique, and take into account all the planetary alignments on the exact day and time you were born. Many people find them to be astoundingly accurate and helpful, because you can uncover so much about who you are and why you came to Earth in the first place.
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Ascendant / Chart Ruler