I have set out in these posts to give you the information for reading your natal chart. I hope you try this – a natal chart is a wonderful source of personal information. You can calculate your natal chart on Astrotheme.com, whose extensive database of research charts has provided me with many of my examples.
I have designed the sequential structure of my posts to mirror the preliminary steps you can take to make sense of your astrological chart. I set out to teach you essential delineation.
On reflection, I’m happy with my efforts. I’ve given you the first key to unlock your chart, remember –
To read a chart, you need to:
- take in the shape of your two-dimensional representation of the sky at the time of first breath.
- work from without – gaining an understanding of the signs covering the ecliptic.
- find your ascendant sign – then set up your house system (beginning with a time/space system like ‘Placidus’ then moving to a whole sign system (or not).
- understand the house divisions and the relationships between signs and houses.
- look at the planets, give their basic meanings, and their ‘strengths in terms of dignity.
- develop some archetypal planetary meaning, in more detail, out to Saturn.
- gain an underlying sense of challenging aspects.
I presented this ‘course’ using well-known charts, both illustrating and extending discussion.
I hope these posts have proved helpful, and that they bring forth discussion: the stuff of symbolic learning.
I will begin a series of Craft of Astrology 2 posts, in a few months, further developing my ideas on contemporary astrology. I will couch these posts at a level that presumes a reading of either my first series or my Kindle text.