Finding the Clues in your Natal Chart
Being able to read your chart is somewhat like becoming detective..if you can find the clues, you can decode the mystery.
Last week, I presented you with an article on how to break your chart down in 8-10 minutes. Well now, I’m going to give you a few more hints.
Astrology isn’t difficult or complicated, nor do you need to spend 20+ years studying it. All you really need is the will and desire to learn the basics: planets, points, angles, degrees, transits and aspects. This can sound daunting, but it isn’t really. The challenge is learning to put those things together and come up with the “story” that your chart is trying tell you.
Let’s start with Mars sign. Finding what house and what sign your Mars is a good thing as Mars is all about heat, passion, drive and motivation; but it can also be about aggression, fighting, war, conflict and anger. Whatever house Mars sits in, this can be where you are driven and passionate, but when faced with opposition, you can become impatient, irritable and ready to bite someone’s head off. Whatever sign he sits in, will show how or the style/manner in which you display your passion or anger. The house he sits in will tell you what area/life department gets your juices flowing or can feel like fingernails down a chalkboard.
So, let’s say, for example, that you have Mars in the 6th house in the sign of Virgo. This could mean that you are very passionate and driven about being healthy, staying in shape and working out. Both the 6th house & Virgo rule the body, work, health and service. But when the shadow side of Mars comes out in this house/sign, it could mean that you get mighty bent out of shape if you can’t workout when you want or a family member refuses to try your new recipe for your Kentucky Blue Grass, Tofu, Wheat Germ and Almond milk health shake.
And it is at this point, that your Mars starts to show, because you drone on-and-on about the Kentucky Blue Grass that your ordered specially for this drink and the benefits of it and how it does this and that. Yet, despite all your passion for it, the person still refuses. Then you get mad, pour yourself a big old glass and storm out into the garage and drink it by yourself. As you sit there, you fume that the person doesn’t want to try anything good for them or maybe you might think that they just don’t support you in your efforts, when in reality it could simply be – they don’t like the idea of consuming Kentucky Blue Grass.
Mars can do that. He can make you charge ahead with your own ideas without stopping to give consideration to others. So, it’s a good idea to learn about your Mars sign (you can find Mars in the houses/signs here).
When three or more planets sit in one house and in the same sign.
Stelliums are important because of the number of planets they contain. In the above example, you can see two of the personal planets (Sun/Venus) in this house, but you can also see a couple of generational planets there too (Pluto/Uranus).
Whenever you see 3 or more planets in same house/same sign, this is where you do the most, experience the most and become characterized by that house.
Let’s say that you have a stellium in the Fourth House – this means that you may become defined by where you live, how you live, and where you come from in terms of your cultural roots/heritage. But let’s say that you have a stellium in the Fifth House, then you could become well-known for teaching/coaching a younger generation, your kid’s projects, maybe for godchildren or fostering children; you could also become know for your artwork, creative projects or be known for having many lovers! Of course your personal chart is yours – it’s just for you and no one else. Basically, when you get a chart reading, it shows how you see yourself from the inside, how you define who you are and what matters most to you.
FIND YOUR ASCENDANT
The ascendant or “rising sign” is like an advertisement and relates to what you “project” out into the world. Think of it like an online profile…we all know that for practical intents and purposes, the “picture” we put up on our profile is what stokes the attraction or “best light” But this can also make the exterior more important than the interior!
In comparing the Sun/Moon/Ascendant, here’s what they mean: The Sun shows how you shine, The Moon describes how you “parent or nurture”, but the Ascendant is like your badge or brand. If you want to know more or would like to double check your rising sign, you can go to www.astro.com. Do know however, that the sign next to the Asc is your Ascendant or rising sign and this is based upon the exact time, place and date of your birth. This is one of the reasons why having the correct birth time is so important.
But here’s a bit of astrology “trivia” for you: many astrologers attribute the Ascendant to one’s physical appearance, but it may be more probable that your physical appearance is determined by your IC (Immum Coeli). The reason for this is because the IC shows your family tree and the relatives you most resemble in terms of life themes and physical appearance.
Ever heard yourself when looking into the mirror and realizing that you really do look like your Mom or Dad? Or find that the older you get, the more your mannerisms and even the way you dress resembles one of your parents?
Look at the photo below and see the physical resemblances – This is how astrology can work!
There are three planets that a generation of souls will share – Neptune, Uranus and Pluto.
Some astrologers believe that the generation you were born into represents the Zeitgeist or the “sign of the times”. The theory is that a group of souls will incarnate into a Collective with the aim to bring about change and/or revolution.
When looking at your chart, look to see what sign Uranus and Pluto sit in; and whatever sign you find them will give you clues to change and revolution. (If you want to know more about Uranus and Pluto, hit the search bar and type “Uranus” or “Pluto” in the upper-right hand corner of the page…it’s the looking glass icon)
If you were born in the 1960’s then Uranus and Pluto will be in the sign of Virgo. The sign of Virgo is about the body and it is the only sign that is defined by it’s physical condition. Born into the 60s, then you were born when the Pill came in and not just that, but all kinds of other pills too, like anti-depressants. Being born between 1957-1970 means that you have Neptune in Scorpio. Neptune is all about the dissolving of boundaries and the spiritual plane, so it was also during this time that LSD and other mind-altering drugs were brought forth. However, Pluto and Uranus hold the most power as being in the sign of Virgo, this brought about a revolution through the body – controlling fertility with a small pill resulted in the biggest transformation in history – economically, socially, politically. This is the power of Virgo.
But let’s say you were in Pluto and Uranus in Libra, then your generational theme will be concerned with equality and fairness in marriage. This could explain why you don’t have such an issue with lesbian or gay marriage or even civil unions.
This generation was the first to be born to divorced parents in large numbers because it became easier to obtain a divorce through “no fault”.
This gives you a completely different take on love, sex, marriage and commitment than other generations. You grew up as the “latch-key” generation and went to school with other friends whose parents were also divorced and this can play out as having a deep concern over what the classic wedding cake should look and mean.
Astrology isn’t hard…once you know what to look for.
Up next, an article on understanding transits.
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