Your Horoscope . . .
How to Interpret an
Astrological Birth Chart
After casting an astrology horoscope either manually or with astrology software, it's time to interpret it. The steps below are for people who are new to reading charts. Here, this article will sketch how to write an interpretation. Prepare a blank document file or sheet of paper. This is for taking notes.
In the document file or paper, place Subject Headings to divide your report. Examples are: Basic Personality, Family and Relationships, Health and Leisure, Career and Abilities, and Strengths and Weaknesses. Note the type of chart it is (bucket, locomotive, etc.) But don't rely too much on the traditional interpretations of the cluster types.
Note which element and modality are emphasized. Just relying on the four elements' signs can be misleading so don't rely on this too heavily. But the modes are more accurate. Cardinal means initiative. Fixed signs mean stubbornness and rigidity, and passion. Mutable signs often indicate flexibility and a good mind. Now look at each placement. Start always with the ASC or Ascendant. Then the Sun in Sign, Sun in House, Sun's Aspects, the Moon, and so on. Then see how each factor contributes to the Subject Headings. For example, a Moon in Taurus will have something to say about that person's basic character, family relations (the mother especially), emotional needs, talents and health.
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For each Subject Heading, insert the relevant keywords from that placement. In the case of a Taurean Moon, keywords and phrases such as "emotional stability" for Basic Personality, "loyalty" and "constancy" for Relationships, "fertility" and "good singing voice" in Health and Leisure, etc. Keep doing this for every planet in sign, planet in a house, and planet in aspect to the ASC, MC or another planet. Now, you will notice that the same traits seem to crop up again and again. For example, "quick temper" and "self-centeredness" may be suggested by a Sun in Aries, a Sun Square Mars, a Stellium in Aries or Leo, and a Sun Conjunct Midheaven (MC). When this happens, you can be sure you have found a dominant trait in your subject's psyche.
On the other hand, if a trait is suggested only once, it may not be that strong unless it is a very close aspect or the planet involved is strong (personalized, ruling, dignified, etc.). Do not stress a trait too much if you are not sure it is that influential. Look for which planet, sign and/or house is emphasized the most. Then think of the qualities of that planet, sign or house. Consider this when writing your interpretation. Once you are finished, and you see the "trends" in the chart, you are ready to begin writing your interpretation. By now, you should see a picture of your client/subject in your mind. Proceed systematically, referring to your notes always. Make the report only about 5-10 pages long. A long report is boring and repetitive; a short one is useless. Print it in large print, stapled, in an envelope. Or email it to your client in DOC or PDF format. There are free PDF makers available online. Afterwards, talk to your subject about it. Don't make the mistake of skipping dialogue with your client. You cannot learn from a one-sided reading. Ask him or her for feedback.
attention to the ASC or Ascendant. It is the most basic personality of the
person you are studying. No matter what the other factors in the chart are,
their expression will be invariably modified and colored by the ASC. If a
planet is 6 degrees or less away from the cusp of the next house, it is in that
house! For example, if you technically have Venus in the 5th house yet it is
only 4 degrees away from the 6th, it IS in the 6th! When interpreting, keep in
mind that trines and sextiles mean opportunities and natural talents; these are
often taken for granted. Squares and oppositions are challenges; these are very
noticeable. Conjunctions can be easy or difficult depending on the planets
involved. In a chart, you will find maybe one or two areas of emphasis. Pay
attention to them. The best people have the worst charts; the worst people have
the best charts. Don't get excited over minor aspects. Concentrate on the major
ones, especially the square, opposition, conjunction and trine. Use the "Astrological
Alphabet" to find areas of strong emphasis. Letter 1: Aries, Mars and the
1st House, etc. Look for interchanges between Letters.
Things you'll need: A calculated natal chart. You can do one on your own or use astrology software. Notebook or a word processing program.
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