I used to think astrology only consisted of being one of the 12 signs of the zodiac that corresponded with our birthday (also known as our sun sign).
So being born on November 9, Scorpio was the only sign I connected to when reading horoscopes and personality profiles.
Most of the time the traits were pretty accurate, then there were those times where I questioned if I was even a Scorpio after all.
When my interest in astrology peaked and I started studying it more in depth, I quickly realized the reason for this confusion and why it was almost cynical to associate myself with only my sun sign.
There are many different aspects to astrology and one of the most important aspects is understanding your ‘Birth Chart’ (also known as Natal Chart).
They are created using the date, time, and location of your birth and consist of not just your sun sign but also your moon sign–where the moon was at your time of birth and rising sign– the sign that was ascending over the horizon at the exact time of your birth.
Your moon sign governs your emotions and inner desires, while your rising sign illustrates how others see you and your appearance.
Amongst these two signs are also the signs that the other planets were in at your time of birth.
There are 10 of these planets in total (astrologically speaking) and they include: The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
Birth charts are divided into twelve groups or “houses” known as the ’12 houses of zodiac’.
The first house is the house of self and relates to your identity, body & appearance, and how others see you.
Each house represents its own set of traits, and the placement of every planet within each house is what makes up your own unique profile.
In order to properly decipher your chart, you have to know the characteristics of all the signs, houses, and planets of the zodiac.
Another interesting feature on your birth chart is the North and South Node. They are mathematical points that fall directly opposite each other in two opposite zodiac signs.
Our north node depicts our life purpose and destiny, while the south node reveals our past lives and natural abilities. These two nodes are complex and deserve their own separate blog post.
Your birth chart can reveal your innermost parts that we sometimes don’t even realize are there.
While some may shun astrology all together because they don’t “believe in it”, I personally don’t think it’s something to believe in, but rather, something to be aware of.
The influences of the planets do in fact have an effect on us, and we can all benefit from taking the time out to explore our charts.
If you need help creating your chart, there are many free resources online that do the work for you. All you have to do is enter your information.
A website that I recommend is Alabe.com/freechart.
Thank you for reading, and I wish you much luck on the journey to exploring your birth chart!