Have you ever flipped through a magazine and fallen upon the horoscope page? Of course, you decide to read it for fun. Although you may be reluctant, you have to admit that there has been a time or two where your horoscope has been a little too specific.
I, myself have fallen into the traps of reading into my Capricorn characteristics. Although I feel that sometimes it may not always be accurate, sometimes my horoscope hits the nail on the head. Well, what exactly do the stars have to do with your zodiac sign? The answer lies in your natal chart.
Zodiac 101: How Do The Stars Align?
If you’re just getting into the world of astrology, then get ready. Your natal chart gives you the absolute best insight into your zodiac status. However, before we get into that, you may be wondering – what makes a horoscope a horoscope? And why exactly are you a Capricorn, Aries, or whatever you may be?
Understanding How Astrology Works
Essentially, astrology is the study of the influence that distant cosmic objects, which usually mean stars and planets, have on human lives. It is thought that all of these objects are relative to how we live our lives, and can impact our personalities, as well as have an effect on our romantic lives, personal and economic growth, and other relationships.
Many people know what star sign they are associated with and the basics of a horoscope. However, there is much more depth and dimension when it comes to the world of astrology. Whatever astrology you may be familiar with actually has a term: sun-sign astrology. This is the simplest form and revolves around the 12 constellations of the zodiac.
However, if you want an even more detailed explanation of how your stars align, that’s where a birth or natal chart comes into play. To interpret your birth chart, you need to know the exact date and time you were born in order to get the most accurate results.
Breaking Down The Natal Chart
If you’re not sure what exactly a natal chart, which is also called your birth chart is, allow me to explain. To put it into simple terms, your natal chart is a map of where all the planets were in their circle around the sun at the exact moment that you were born.
According to Astrostyle, your chart can reveal your strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities for internal growth as well as the best timing for you to make important life decisions.
The Planets & Their Symbols
In case you didn’t know, the determination of your star and zodiac signs comes from the planets and their locations. Here is a quick breakdown of what each planet means when it comes to understanding astrology:
When it comes to astrology, the sun represents our fundamental essence. This includes our ego, our sense of belief, basic personality and general preferences.
I’m sure you all know that the moon is in charge of the tides. In astrology terms, the moon represents our emotional inner world, meaning the retreat of our private selves. This includes personal and romantic relationships.
In simple terms, Mercury represents communication within astrology. This means that Mercury reflects logic and rationality, which helps us synthesize and articulate complex ideas.
When it comes to astrology, Mars symbolizes action, determination as well as aggression. It also comes into play when it comes to our physical passion and lust.
Jupiter symbolizes fortune, philosophy, abundance, and spirituality. What does this mean? It allows us to broaden our horizons through philosophy, spirituality as well as education.
Saturn is associated with time, regulations, and restrictions. This can result in high highs and low lows when it comes to your professional advances and love life. However, it gives us the best life results.
Uranus is a unique one when it comes to understanding astrology and applying it to a natal chart. It actually symbolizes technology, rebellion, and innovation.
According to allure, Neptune governs the magical and mysterious vastness of the spiritual unknown. It exists at the intersection of fantasy and reality and impacts our exploration and imagination.
Last but not least us Pluto. Although it may be small in comparison to the rest of the planets, it has a huge impact on the astrology realm. Pluto symbolizes power, transformation, description, and regeneration.
Using This Info to Interpret A Natal Chart
Now that you understand the basics about how the planets influence astrology, you can use this information to interpret a natal chart. The planets specifically relate to the individuals’ date and time of birth, because they orbit through the zodiac often.
A birth chart is broken up into 12 different sections, which are referred to as houses. From this, the significance of the outer planets is determined based on the houses that they are located in. Each house represents different areas of life – houses 1-6 reflect everyday activities and mundane matters such as personal finances, the home, and personal health routines. And houses 7-12 reflect outside concepts, which include philosophy, psychic abilities.
Your interpretation for your unique birth chart should follow the guidelines of this “formula:” planet + sign + house = interpretation. This can be found by examining your own chart and correlating the planets and their signs and houses.
The way the planets are placed is determined by your rising sign. Your rising sign is the zodiac sign that was on the eastern horizon at the time of your birth. It is essentially the backbone of your entire chart.
Applying Astrology to Daily Life
If you’re just into astrology for a hobby or you’re looking to go a step further, it is a useful piece of knowledge to have. It can determine your overall life “path” and can allow you to fully make the best out of your life the choices that you make. Although it may seem somewhat complex, hopefully, this chart helped to break it down a little bit for you.
If it did, then you can pretty much use astrology and your natal chart as a guide in your everyday life. It gives huge insight into your personal strengths and weaknesses. And on top of that, it holds some other answers to your business, and or financial growth. If that doesn’t sound like a major life hack, I don’t know what will.
There is a reason that astrology has been around for so many years. Despite the skeptics, astrology is such an interesting concept. And the best part? It’s specific to you and only you, making sure you live your life to the fullest.