The art of helping Through Imagination

The astrology birth map or natal chart - A basic primer

The natal chart is essentially a picture of the sky taken at the time and place you were born. It graphically presents the Sun, Moon, and planets in the solar system and their positions in the zodiac. Astrologers believe that where and when a person is born is significant, just as wines from differing regions and different years possess entirely different characters.

In addition to the natal chart being a literal map of the heavens, astrologers imagine that it also discloses a hidden architecture within us. This map provides a framework for mirroring a deep intimacy between our inscape and the outer landscape in which we are situated.

Your natal chart is comprised of four different symbol systems – the planets, the zodiac signs, the houses, and the aspects.

Planets - You might think of the Sun, Moon, and planets as actors on our inner stage. They also symbolize a variety of psychological functions such as the Moon having to do with our feeling life, Mercury signifying our style of thinking and communication, Venus having to do with the way we enter into relationship, and Mars with our capacity for assertiveness and aggression, etc.

Zodiac - The zodiac is simply the orbit of the earth around the Sun divided into 12 sections of the heavens that we call the signs. It describes the ongoing and changing angular relationship between the Sun and the Earth. If you were born in late March when spring begins, your Sun was in Aries. If you were born just after Christmas, your sun was situated in Capricorn. The signs are metaphors for 12 basic needs common to all people. Taurus is the need for safety and stability, Leo is the need for validation and approval, Libra has to do with our need to be related to others, etc. The signs in which the planets are placed are the roles and costumes the actors have been assigned. So if Mars is in Aries for example, it needs to act differently than Mars sitting in the sky in Gemini or another sign.

Houses -The 12 houses are determined by the daily rotation of the earth on it axis. Houses reflect the 24 hour day divided into approximately two hour sections. The houses are numbered counter-clockwise. The 1st house begins each day at dawn, noon images the 10th house, sunset is the 7th house (opposite the 1st.), and midnight (opposite noon) images the 4th house. The houses mirror the contexts or scenes in our life in which our actors perform their roles. The various settings could be in the home (4th), the workplace (6th), the neighborhood (3rd), in a college environment (9th), a nursing home (12th), etc.

Aspects - The aspects are the angular relations between the planets in the sky as seen from where we stand. For example, when the Moon is full, it is 180 degrees away from the Sun and is called an opposition. It has a particular meaning to astrologers. When we have a quarter Moon, it is 90 degrees of celestial arc from the Sun. This aspect is called a square and also has a particular meaning for astrologers. There are six different kinds of aspects I use that echo the kind of dialogue going on between two or more planetary actors in the scene. Is their conversation friendly and supportive or is it conflicted and filled with stress and discord?

Using this natal chart as a guide for life exploration, the astrologer and the client engage in a dialogue about specific concerns brought by the person to the session. The expected outcome is that the person feels enriched, gains deeper insight into his/her situation, and is able to move forward in life in a more satisfying and renewed fashion.


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