a reply to: Zouler
a reply to: gallop
Before I focus on your individual charts, I wanted to give some general information for you and everyone.
ChaosAstrology.com still provides complete natal reports, and you can enter your birth data
after just a brief introduction. After you enter your birth data, it will
probably give you a screen to confirm your place of birth, and once that's done it will give you another screen with all the birth data and a button
to edit that info, and a button to request the report -- "Step 5: Run Free Report and Chart."
I went ahead and ran mine through, and the report is quite long, describing each natal planet's position and aspects to other planets. It does not go
into house placements however.
Now I'll explain how to read your natal charts. If you look at your charts (from Astro.com), you see on the left the planetary placements in a little
sideview. The glyph for each planet is to the left of the written name... and these glyphs are used within the natal chart itself, rather than the
written name. So you can refer back and forth to find the planet in the chart -- or identify the glyph in the chart. Likewise, the house signs are
labeled by the signs glyph, rather than it's written name. You can see a chart of the glyphs for all the planets and signs
Next to the planet name is its position in the chart; for example 3 Tau 31'52" means the planet is at 3 degrees of Taurus.... technically, 3 degrees
32 minutes and 52 seconds, but for the most part you can ignore the minutes and seconds. It's just the degrees that are important.
Some planets will have a little "r" next to it, which indicates it was in retrograde motion at the time of birth. So from our perspective on earth,
the planet appeared to be traveling backwards. Generally speaking, these are energies that you will need to reconsider, re-examine, re-evaluate,
etc., throughout your life. It may seem like a pain in the butt, but these are also areas in which you will grow the most... because of this
At the bottom of this sideview chart, you will see a couple more lines. These are the house cusps. ASC refers to the 1st house cusp, also known as
the Ascendant or Rising sign. MC refers to the 10th house cusp, also known as the Midheaven. These two angles are very important in the chart. If
you likened the natal chart to a clock, the Ascendant would be at the 9:00 position, and the Midheaven would be at midnight. Interestingly enough,
the houses are ordered in a counter-clockwise fashion. So 9:00 is the first house, 8:00 is the 2nd house, 7:00 is the third house, and so on. Each
house represents a specific area of life. For example, the first house or Ascendant represents our approach to the world, what we show the world and
how the world sees us. It also represents our physical body, literally our physical body's entry into the world. The second house shows our values,
our physical senses, our sense of our own self-worth.
Note: There are many different house systems used by astrologers. Most house systems use equal houses -- meaning each house comprises 30°. But
there are also advanced systems that use unequal houses, and even have intercepted houses. These are often used in karmic astrology, representing
areas of life in which we are either reaping well-earned rewards for past deeds, or learning lessons that we failed to learn in past lives. I just
wanted to mention this, but it's not something we need to think about here.
Right below the planetary and house cusp chart is a little grid chart, wherein theplanets' placement in the natal chart is broken down into the
elements -- Fire, Air, Water and Earth -- and qualities -- Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. You then identify the element with the most planets and the
quality with the most planets, and correlate it to the sign representing that element and quality. So, for example, a chart with the most planets in
fire and the most planets in cardinal signs would be represented by Aries -- which is fire and cardinal. If the chart has most planets in water signs
and fixed signs, the chart would be represented by Scorpio. It's pretty nifty little summation of the overall chart and its inherent nature.
Finally, at the bottom, is a triangular shaped chart which notes the aspects between planets and angles. The most important aspects are the
conjunction (0° apart), sextile (60° apart), square (90°), trine (120° apart), inconjunct (150° apart) and opposition (180° apart). As the name
implies, a conjunction is where two planets are in the same sign and degree, with some leeway. So if the planets are a couple degrees apart from
exact conjunction, it is still considered a conjunction. Those degrees separating the planets are called "orbs," and I keep my orbs pretty tight --
just 2 or 3° -- especially with conjunctions and oppositions. The tighter the orbs, the stronger the influence. Conjunctions, sextiles and trines
are considered positive or favorable aspects (generally speaking!), and the squares and oppositions are considered negative or unfavorable aspects.
None are inherently "good" or "bad". Rather, the so-called "positive" aspects are ones in which the energy flows and manifests with little to no
effort on your part -- for better and worse. (There can be too much of a good thing!) And the "negative" aspects are ones which require some thought
and effort on our part to make the most of them... or things can go very very wrong when left to their own devices.
For some practice -- and fun -- with your charts, check this link out: Astrological Keyword
. It provides a list of keywords for each planet, sign and house, which can be combined for insight. It's a very basic approach to
interpreting your chart, but very effective and insightful, and lots of fun!
I really hope this is helpful. I'm waiting for a tree trimmer right now, but when I'm done with that, I'll be back to address your individual charts,
in accordance with your individual purposes.