Astrology 102- What’s a Birth Chart? An In-depth Simple Explanation! Natal Chart

What is a Birth Chart?

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This is what a birth chart looks like! The two photo’s above are birth charts for Gandhi and Leonardo DiCaprio, notice all of the differences. A birth chart is a map of the planets (and other celestial objects) and their place in the sky at the moment of your birth, from your vantage point on Earth. The two charts above show symbols on the outer edges of the circle that represent where those planets were in the sky when you were born. To get started you should find your own birth chart, to have something to reference throughout this article! Or you may use one of the many provided on this page!

If you’re a beginner check out these posts before continuing!

Astrology 100: Astrology for Absolute Beginners- What’s your sign?
Astrology 101- The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant / Rising Sign Meaning

How to Find your Birth Chart?

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Birth Chart Instructions

Your birth chart is a snapshot of the sky the exact moment and location you were born! It is based on the day, time, and location you were born so it is required that you know the exact time of your birth and the name of the city you were born in. (For most of your signs, if you don’t know the time you were born then you won’t know for sure your ascendant and sometimes your moon, but still give it a try!)

1. Click this link.

2. Fill the information out on the page. Click OK. You are now going to click on the city that they have corrected for you and click OK one more time.

(There is ALOT of information on this page feel free to explore this but don’t be overwhelmed.)

3. Scroll down to the 2 tables that should look something like this:


This table is a list of the facts that are on your birth chart. In the first table it gives you your Sun, Moon, all of the planets, Lilith, and Asc node (north node) signs! In my chart above the sun is in Libra, moon is in aquarius, asc node / north node is in Libra. It also gives you what “degree” your sign is in. This information will be very useful later when explaining what all of that means. Here are more examples of more tables to show the differences:

Capture11.pngThe second table shows the “houses in astrology“. This won’t make much sense until the end of the article when we break down what all of this means.

4. Scroll to the bottom of that page with your tables and you will find your own birth chart! It should look similar to this-


You may notice on the birth charts what elements are similar and what are changing.

1. The Symbols on a Birth Chart

You will see the following symbols on your birth chart, these are the 12 astrological signs  and also all of the planet’s symbols. Each planet and zodiac sign has traits and characteristics unique to it’s own, examples below.

Quick Reference to Planet Meanings in Astrology 

The following are simplified meanings to what the planets represent in astrology! This will help you through the rest of the article!

Sun- Ego     

Moon- Inner Emotions     

Mercury- Communication & Thoughts

Venus- Love      

Mars- Passion & Aggression   

 Jupiter- Luck & Abundance

Saturn- Duty & Achievement   

 Uranus- Rebellion & Revolutions

Neptune- Creativity & Imagination 

 Pluto- Purging & Catharsis   

Ascendant- Attitude

Positions of Planets on Your Birth Chart!


The wheel above tells us that, Saturn is in Aries, Mars is in Leo, and Venus is in Leo, Mercury in Virgo, Sun in Libra, Pluto in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Capricorn, and Neptune in Capricorn, Uranus in Aquarius, and Moon in Aquarius. We know that because the symbol of the planet is placed on the chart in the area of that zodiac sign. Each of these phrases represents a set of traits that come with each placement. To simplify this concept read what the planets mean above and think of that aspect being ruled by that planet. This person: Achieves like an Aries, is like a Leo when AggressiveLoves like a Leo, Communicates like a Virgo, Ego of a Libra, Catharsis of a Sagittarius, Luck like a Capricorn, Etc. We found all of this information from looking at this birth chart!

I will be writing individual articles about these placements, for now there are plenty of resources on google when searching “Moon in Aquarius” or “Jupiter in Aries”

2. The Wheel and The Houses in a Birth Chart


This is what an empty birth chart looks like! The numbers in the wheel represent the 12 astrological houses in astrology (meanings below). When you see the place of your signs in this wheel you will know “where” in your life the planet is influencing/affecting. This is a bit of a complex idea in astrology, and takes a few lessons to understand completely. But, the term “where” represents in what aspect of your life you are going to experience things. For example, if you have a planet in the third house, that means that you will deal with issues involving communication, like that zodiac sign, and that planet. Here is a quick cheat sheet for the astrological houses-

I First House (Ascendant) – Self  

II Second House- Possessions

III Third House- Communication

IV Fourth House- Home

V Fifth House- Love

VI Sixth House- Health

VII Seventh House- Relationships

VIII Eighth House- Death

IX Ninth House- Exploration

X Tenth House (Mid heaven)- Career

XI Eleventh House- Groups

XII Twelfth House- Wholeness 

The first house is also known as your ascendant sign, then the II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IIX, IX, MH (Midheaven), XI, XII houses. These numbers represent the “houses” in your birth chart.

In the birth chart and corresponding table above, we can see that the ascendant is in Sagittarius, we can see that Capricorn is in the second house, we can see that Aquarius is in the third house, (here is that photo zoomed in)
If it were a clock the ascendant would be at the 9:00 place. The ascendant sign is in Sagittarius, which is also the first house, Second house in Capricorn, third house in Aquarius, Pisces in the fourth house, Aries in the fifth house and Taurus in the sixth house. That is how you find out what sign your house is in. Let’s look at one more example and then I will explain what this means. In the photo and table below-
The ascendant is in Pisces, the second house is in Taurus, third house is in Gemini, the fourth house is in Gemini, the fifth is in Cancer, the sixth house is in Leo and so on.

Now for the explanations! I have interpreted in a post what sun, moon, & Ascendant signs are and what they represent (Astrology 101- The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant / Rising Sign Meaning) so I’ll be using these as examples! In the photo below can you tell me what house the sun, moon, and ascendant sign is in?


In the chart above the sun is in Gemini, and the sun is also in the third house. (Find the sun symbol and look at the house it is in, and then the sign it is pointing to.) The moon is in Pisces, which is also in the twelfth house. The ascendant is also in Pisces, which is in the first house.

(Any of these phrases alone can be googled for a complete explanation: try “sun in third house” or “Jupiter in fifth house”)

1. If we look above at the cheat sheets we know that the sun sign represents ego and is in the third house which represents communication. That means that all of the issues, obstacles, success, and lessons that they will have that pertain to their ego will be dealt with like a Gemini by communicating.

2. If we look above at the cheat sheets we know that the moon sign represents inner emotions and is in the twelfth house which represents wholeness. That means that all of the issues, obstacles, success, and lessons that they will have with their inner emotions will dealt with like a Pisces and will determine their sense of wholeness.

3. If we look above at the cheat sheets we know that the ascendant sign represents attitude and is in the twelfth house which represents wholeness. That means that all of the issues, obstacles, success, and lessons that they will have with their attitude/mask will be dealt with like a Pisces and will determine their sense of wholeness. (like their moon sign.)

One more example, same concept, try to find what houses their Venus, Mercury, and Mars are in


1. Venus is in the tenth house which is also in Libra. This shows that love is going to be found through their hard work, career, and ambitions and that they will love like a Libra.

2. Mars is in the eleventh house which is in Scorpio. This shows that their passions, and aggression will be acting as a Scorpio while dealing with groups and the community.

3. Mercury is in the ninth house which is in Virgo. This shows that their communication will resemble a Virgo while exploring or trying different ways to communicate.


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3. Aspects in Astrology on a Birth Chart

Finally we get to the last step of learning how to read your birth chart, aspects. As you have probably noticed in the photos above, birth charts have shapes in the middle of them! These shapes in the chart are made by “connecting the dots” the dots, being the planets. The planets are the symbols around the outside of the charts. They are in these positions on your chart because this is where the planets were on the day of your birth!

For example, the photo below shows how birth charts connect planets. Venus is connected to the moon (The pink symbol is Venus and the moon symbol is the moon.)


This photo below will give you an idea of how the planets connect to make the different aspects in a birth chart! Venus is connected to the moon, and Mercury (on the left) is connected to Saturn (on the right).


Each planet is connected to other planets by degrees apart, until there are no possible connections left. There are seven major aspects: Conjunct,  Sextile, Square, Trine, Quincunx, and Opposite.

(Check out my entire post on Trines in Astrology here)

Conjunct AstrologyA conjunct aspect in astrology happens when planets are close traveling together on your natal chart, the energies of the signs blend and work together.

Sextile AstrologyA Sextile happens when planets are 60 degrees apart, these planets reveal hidden talents.


downloadA trine happens when three planets are 180 degrees apart forming a triangle, these talents come natural and work harmoniously.  

Qiuncunx Astrology

A Quincunx forms when planets are 150 degrees apart, they do not understand each other.

Opposition Astrology

An Opposition the opposition is created by dividing the circle by 2, the planets create a felling of unsure and a tug of war affect.

Square Astrology

A Square happens when four planets form a square and are 360 degrees apart, this aspect cause tension. 

These planets form shapes in our chart, these shapes give us insight to ourselves. When two planets are close to each other they work together, and when three planets are from into a trine and they work harmoniously together!

In conclusion! How to Continue Studying my Birth Chart?

To continue studying your birth chart take a few moments to read over your table and do research on individual pieces of your chart. For example, google what your mercury sign means by typing in “Mercury in ” and then the sign next to mercury on your chart! If you need a bit more basic understanding of astrology check out:

Astrology 100: Astrology for Absolute Beginners- What’s your sign?
Astrology 101- The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant / Rising Sign Meaning
Do you see a Trine on your birth chart? Click this link to find out what that means!

Stay tuned for more in depth astrology explanations!


Thank you for running into my blog I hope you learned something while reading this article! Have a wonderful day and happy searching!

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