We’re going to dive right into this Beginner’s Guide to Astrology Series, starting with Birth Charts.
What is a Birth Chart?
A diagram that shows the positions of the celestial bodies at any given moment is called a horoscope.
Your birth chart (also known as a natal chart) is a horoscope, a diagram of the heavens, at the exact time of your birth. It is created using the date, place, and the exact time of your birth.
We know that the Sun is at the center of our solar system and that all of the planets revolve around it. But in Astrology, we put the Earth in the center, because we are studying the heavens from our viewpoint.
The chart is made up of two circles.
The outer circle is the zodiac wheel, divided into 12 sections, each representing one of the 12 signs of the zodiac.
The inner circle is also divided into 12 sections, each representing one of the 12 Houses or areas of life.
What Can You Learn from a Birth Chart?
Remember, your birth chart is totally unique to you. For someone else to have the exact same birth chart, they would have to have been born at exactly the same place and time on the same date as you. Even twins have different birth charts due to the time difference between their births.
Your birth chart is a great tool for personal development.
By reading your birth chart, you can learn about your individual strengths and weaknesses. You can also discover how the positions and alignments of the planets affect your energy and your personality. Your birth chart can also reveal the career path that is best suited for you and major lessons you are meant to face in this life. You can also improve your relationships with others by studying their birth charts.
Creating Your Birth Chart
A quick Google search for “birth chart” will give you tons of sites that offer free birth chart creation.
My favorite is astro.com. You can create a registered user profile that can store up to 100 birth dates. This is a great tool for creating and studying charts of others and comparing them to your own birth chart. (Or you can create a guest profile that will store up to 4 birth dates.)
Next, I’ll guide you step-by-step through creating your birth chart on astro.com.
Create A User Profile
(I recommend creating a registered user profile, so I’ll walk you through that process first. If you’d rather create your chart as a guest, click “Create a horoscope immediately, as a Guest user” instead of creating a registered user profile.)
In the top right corner of the site, click Login.
Next, click Create a free registered user profile.
Fill in all of the registration data, then click OK.
You will see that your registered user profile has been created.
This will take you to your My Astro: User profile overview, where you can add and edit data.
Next, we’ll add the data that we need to create our birth chart.
Click Add new Astro data.
Enter all of your birth data, then click Continue.
This will take you back to your My Astro: User profile overview, where you will now see your birth information in your Stored Astro Data.
Now we’ll create your birth chart!
Mouse over Free Horoscopes.
Click Extended Chart Selection.
The Chart type should be Natal Chart Wheel.
Scroll down to Additional objects, then select Chiron from the list.
Chiron is a comet that is symbolized by the “wounded healer” and represents our deepest wound and our efforts to heal the wound.
Finally, click Click here to show chart.
This is my birth chart.
Yours will look similar, but because we were born on different days, at different times, and in different places, our charts will not be the same.
We will spend the rest of this series exploring your birth chart deeper.
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