How to read astrology birth chart

How to read astrology birth chart
Mikhail Nilov

The complete guide for you to learn how to read your astrology birth chart, So you did your birth chart on Howtowise, came across a lot of information, and asked yourself how to read and interpret all this? We will help you!

All influences and trends are in the birth chart, like a fingerprint of the exact moment of your birth, but we know that it is a lot to assimilate and, if you are a beginner, you may have several doubts. After all, what do the planets, signs, houses, and aspects represent?

One of the first great challenges for astrology lovers or enthusiasts is knowing how the synthesis and complete reading of a birth chart works.

We often come across people who narrow down the scope of astrology by dividing all human beings into just 12 categories: each sign. But if we just add the Ascendant to this equation, the number already increases to 144 combinations. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as the position of the ruler of this Ascendant, the Astrological Houses, the planetary aspects, and many other variables, take astrological analysis to a totally different level.

To help you read your birth chart, your friends, and people of interest, we are going to show you important things to take into account so that you can get a well-synthesized general notion.

Check out in this guide the basic step-by-step guide on how to read your birth chart and what each part of it means.

For beginner, what is Birth Chart?

This seems like a very simple question, but it has a lot of depth if we think about it calmly. In the most basic sense, we can ask: is a birth chart just a guide to our inner world, our psychological makeup, and personality? Or is it a chart of our entire life, our destiny, the happenings and events of life, career, daily life, and family environment?

And the answer is both. In fact, the birth chart describes how we perceive, experience, interpret and interact with reality. The main purpose of the dynamics is to show the possible action of energy fields that are constantly generated around us due to the Earth’s positioning in relation to other stars – and how they will interact with us during life.

A chart can be considered as a kind of “basic manual of self-knowledge”, something that helps us to walk our path towards personal evolution. But one thing is certain: interpretation cannot be seen as something objective, black and white. There are many influences and nuances to consider along with our subjectivity, intuition, consciousness, feelings, and worldview.

The astrological mechanics

Every celestial body has its own electromagnetic waves and gravitational action. Just as the position of the Moon influences the tides, other different influences reach us, depending on the position that the Earth is in relation to the cosmos.

We are all born in a different place on the globe and we are moving all the time through time and space, undergoing different interactions all the time: the Earth rotates on its own axis and around the Sun, along with other planets in our solar system. This one, too, is revolving around the center of the galaxy, along with other systems, in an eternal spiral.

Planets and signs, with their own meanings within the study of astrology, represent certain archetypal principles that work together according to the cosmic situation of a given moment in space-time, interacting with us according to their strengths, weaknesses, proposals, and capabilities.

The sign Mercury is in, for example, shapes the way we capture and transmit information and the functioning of our nervous system. The Astrological House that Neptune finds itself intends to become more blurry and hazy in the way we experience it.

Due to the individual combinations of the entire context of the chart and our subjective way of experiencing reality, certain potentials develop more fluidly and others do not.

Analyzing our birth chart can bring us more awareness, but like everything else in life, we shouldn’t be totally stuck with it so that we don’t put the responsibility for everything that happens in our lives, on the stars.

It is important to understand that, in fact, there are no negative aspects or positions that will harm us in a perpetual way. Even though certain configurations can demand more energy, leave us exhausted, limited or weak, every challenge carries a large amount of energy being released within us when it is solved. We should not be afraid of aspects considered tenser, as they mean that we have things to learn and evolve throughout our current existence.

What astrology basically says is that: we are an extension of the cosmos operating in its most perfect order. The word “cosmetic” in its contemporary context comes from this idea, as it derives from the Greek word “cosmos”, which basically means “beauty”, “order”, “harmony”, “organization”.

The universe is indeed something beautiful that works within its own “organized chaos”. We are all a kind of extension of the universe, the human manifestation of it at a certain time and place. As tools of its timeless needs, we are the universe expressing and experiencing itself.

It seems like something difficult to understand, but remember that our senses are very limited. We can see very little of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear even less. Some animals, for example, cannot see certain colors because they do not have the necessary receptors to do so.

And everything we experience, we do with our senses. Colors and sound do not exist in and of themselves – we have to create and interpret them in our brains and minds. Everything is just made up of electromagnetic waves until we are able to translate them into concepts such as sound, vision, taste, smell, etc. There are many other energies that we are not aware of, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Astrology carries at its core the willingness to try to touch the intangible through symbols and archetypes that can translate, in human language, all this energetic interaction, drawing a parallel between the macrocosm and our microcosm, our mundane existence.

How to interpret the planets in the Astrological Chart


Sun in Gemini in House 3, Moon in Sagittarius in House 9

The birth chart is basically a combination of planets, signs, houses, and the interaction between them all. In order to be able to read our birth chart correctly, it is essential to understand some basic things, such as the quality of the planets that make it up and what each one of them has to tell us.

In astrology, planets are the parts of our psyche, that animate and shape us, which drive our performance in life. They are archetypes that act differently. Every planet in astrology is a kind of actor, a separate part within us that plays a certain role in our lives. For example, the Sun is the Father and tells us about our primordial, luminous essence, our center of power. The Moon is the Mother and tells about our inner essence, our emotional mechanics, and habits. Venus talks about how we express and attract affection and our perception of beauty and values, Mercury shows how we think and communicate, etc.

Here’s a brief explanation of each of the main themes of planets in astrology:

Sun

The Sun is the central star of our astrological chart, it is the One principle. It is the Father, considered the centralizing part of the chart, and represents our basic essence, through which other factors will interact. Therefore, when we say that someone is “Aryan”, we actually mean that the person has the Sun positioned in some degree of the sign of Aries in their birth chart.

Ascending

The Ascendant is not specifically a planet, but rather the cusp (initial line) of the 1st House in the birth chart, which is a very important placement. It means our basic temperament, appearance, the mask we wear on a daily basis, our projected image, that is, how we are seen by people, and the first impression we make. It is our first manifestation in the world and it says a lot about the way we started things.

Moon

The Moon represents our instinctual nature, the world of emotions, feelings, our behavior at home and in our private world. The energy of the Moon moves our intimate, it is what gives us sensitivity, intuition and says a lot about how we nourish ourselves, ourselves, and the environment that surrounds us.

Mercury

Mercury is the planet that rules our intellect and shows how we communicate. By interpreting it in our birth chart, it is possible to reveal something about the way we think, how our reasoning works, how we communicate with other people, and how we assimilate information. He is considered the “messenger of the gods”.

Venus

Venus offers important information about the way we express our feelings in interpersonal relationships, what we do to attract affection, our perception of beauty, our behavior with values, money, chattels, and the mode of operation in love. It says a lot about what we consider beautiful and what our subtleties are.

Mars

Mars brings us information about our driving force, our active and warrior side, our instinct to fight and defend, active sexual behavior, and motivation to act and succeed. It is the planet that sets the tone for our propulsion and our desires.

Jupiter

Jupiter is considered the “great benefit” in astrology, the planet that expands what it touches. The birth chart, says a lot about what we cherish as something bigger and higher, our luck and capabilities, what our spirit truly values, our optimism, and our way of expansion. It gives a positive impulse in the area of ​​life in which it is positioned, generating benefits.

Saturn

Saturn is the opposite of Jupiter, considered the “great malefic”. A restrictive planet that tends to shape things. Without it, we would just be shapeless creatures with an unmeasured expansiveness. It is what generates our caution and solidity, indicating our limits, the way we deal with rules, and the quality of our responsibility.

Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, etc.

In addition to these planets, there are also so-called Transpersonal ( or generational ) Planets, such as Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, as well as other placements such as Midheaven, Bottom of Heaven, Descendant, some asteroids, and other points. Accessing the Howtowise birth chart you will understand what each one of them represents.

How to interpret the signs in the birth chart

The outer circle of your chart shows the sign symbols. Each of them comprises 30° of the circle, forming the 360° zodiacal wheel. By looking at the symbols of the planets on the chart, you can see which sign and house they are positioned in.

Remembering, the planets represent the energies of our psyche and the signs are responsible for setting the tone for them. It is what will make the operating modes different from each other.

We can say that the astrological signs give personality traits to the planets and are the most publicized and popularized subjects in the astrological world, where we often hear only about them and not about the planets and houses in informal conversations with little knowledge about the subject. Therefore, it is quite common that there are shallow interpretations about the characteristics of each of the twelve signs.

To learn more about each of them, you can access our articles to learn what they really represent and how they work within astrological dynamics. We recommend this reading to deconstruct clichès and stereotypes, after all, Aries is much more than a hot-tempered sign, Taurus is more than feeling hungry, etc.

Categorizing signs quickly

Fire

Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius share active and innovative energy, as they are ruled by the Fire element, of Yang / Masculine polarization.

Earth

Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn enjoy a taste for order, security, and dominion over matter, as they are ruled by the Earth element, of Yin / Feminine polarization.

Air

Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are moved by intellect, reason, and communication, precepts of the Air element, of Yang / Masculine polarization.

Water

Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are enveloped by the emotions, depth, and sensitivity inherent in the Water element, of Yin / Feminine polarization. Want to know how this information can affect your life?

How to interpret the Houses in the Astrology Chart

In a birth chart, there is also another subdivision, that of the twelve astrological houses. In the drawing of the chart, they vary in their size, as this has to do with the place and time of year of their birth. It is the innermost circle, just below the sign division.

An astrological house ( also called a mundane house or field of experience ) is an area of ​​life, of personal experience. While the planets are part of our psyche and the sign-in which they have positioned show which traits these parts assume, the houses show the areas of life in which this set is most able to manifest.

We must analyze which planets and signs are in each house in order to understand what their effect is on the areas of our life.

There are also some axes, crosses in the birth chart, the cardinal cross being the most important. This cross takes the cusps (beginnings) of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses.

Ascendant (or cusp / 1st house start ): It is the point that starts the first house of the chart. Opposite it is the so-called Descendant or 7th house cusp. It is our persona, our opening window to the world, our mask, and how we are seen in the first instance.


Descendant (or 7th house cusp/beginning ): Describes how we view others, what we project onto other people, our partnerships, what attracts us, and what we look for in a partner. It also says a lot about projections, what we end up projecting on the other, and the quality of the relationships we attract to our lives. Depending on the planets involved, such an area can be more fluid or tense.


Bottom of Heaven (or cusp/beginning of the 4th house ): Describes where we came from, our roots, family, our home, the basis of who we are, our childhood, and the last part of life. It is said that for the Meio do Céu, the crown of your tree to work fluidly and obtain good visibility, the roots must always be well planted in the ground and well-nourished.


Midheaven (or cusp/early 10th house ): It is our reputation and public image. It’s where we’re going, where we’re striving to get to, who we want to become and what we want to contribute to the world. It is part of our social role and is about the goals and achievements that we strive or are more predisposed to achieve.

How to read the Aspects in the Astrology Chart

After understanding how the planets, signs, and houses are associated, we move on to a second very important step in our interpretation: understanding what aspects are and how they influence our birth chart. As we said, the planets are the protagonists of our birth chart, so the relationship between them cannot be left out of the interpretation.

Aspects are the relationship between two planets. They are analyzes of how one planet interacts with another and what is the affinity of the energies that are being exchanged according to the position they occupy in our birth chart. For example, if we say that in a certain chart, Venus is in conjunction with Mercury, it means that both planets are positioned side by side, in the same sign and in a possible orb (distance in degrees). But, if we say that Venus is in opposition to Mars, it means that both planets are situated in opposite signs, 180 degrees away from each other, as for example, Aries and Libra.

Aspects are crucial and, possibly, the most reliable part of the interpretations, as their interaction depends solely and exclusively on the orb of the planets and does not change the way they are generated within the chart construction methods, unlike houses, which can undergo alterations in terms of according to the technique used.

Knowing the strongest planetary aspect of a person can say a lot about him and give a different tone to the other different interpretations of the chart. For example, a person may have the Sun in Aries in addition to other more proactive or dry placements. But if she has the Moon conjunct Neptune, for example, she will hardly be a cold or harsh person, as her emotional sensitivity can be quite prominent in her personality.

Aspects can be fluid or difficult. We have an interesting article that explains how aspects work, but for now, here’s a summary of the main aspects (called Major Aspects) that can be found in a birth chart:

Conjunction

It is the most powerful aspect, which combines the strength of two planets, which tend not to know how to act alone, but always together with the other. Depending on the planet and the signs where they occur, it can be easy or challenging.

Opposition

It is a very powerful aspect of tension that brings the energies of two planets into conflict. As the name says, opposite each other and basically means projection. Their action usually takes place in a conflict with the other and not with internal restlessness.

Trine

It is the strongest aspect among the fluids and makes the planets work more naturally, enriching each other. The help provided tends to be quite visible in the person’s life, where things happen more easily.

Quadrature

It is an aspect of tension that makes the relationship between the planets difficult. It causes an inner difficulty that can also be visible as if the energies cannot work together, only one at a time.

Sextile

It is a favorable aspect that increases harmony and complementarity between the signs. It is less intense than the trine and its action generates opportunities that must be taken advantage of for the influence to work satisfactorily.

Doing a synthetic analysis

Making a “summary” of the birth chart is a very thankless task, as we have to try to analyze all the information and fish for the areas of greatest influence, which really stand out. This does not mean that we will throw the rest away, but the synthesis of a birth chart aims to bring together its different influences and energies in a coherent way, making the reading more objective and focused.

Making the first summary can be more complicated: what to look for and how to interpret what was found? Over time, practice makes reading more efficient and natural, and just by eyeballing, we’ll know what we need to highlight and elucidate.

It also helps a lot to set up a personal system to assist in this data collection and interpretation process. Next, we will show a method used by some astrologers to obtain an efficient synthesis of the birth chart, but you can build your own method based on your unique perception.

Below you can see some basic concepts for you to start a faster analysis of a birth chart, but know that there is no “more correct” method than the other: the analysis of a chart will always depend on the crossing of the basic characteristics of the archetypes with a subjective interpretation, coming from their own experience, intuition and common sense.

Tasting: Start as if you were doing a real tasting. Just as we do with wine, observing its color, smell, and particularities after the first sip, look at the chart looking for outstanding characteristics. Take your time, take a deep breath and take your time. See each of the houses and planets, which major and most influential aspects are happening (especially with the angular houses, 1, 4, 7, and 10), the qualities, elements, and distribution between the two hemispheres, in short, everything that can help to define the peculiarities of the chart and where the highest energy concentrations are. The goal is to have an overall first impression and write down everything that is relevant.

Organization: Make a list of the most important areas of life, such as relationships, work, career, money, communication, faith, creativity, fun, family, health, talents, etc. Separate everything you think is essential and what is the most relevant information to be obtained and transmitted. Observe each astrological house, which signs occupy the cusps, and what kind of influences they bring, making small observations about each one.

Try to understand each point: See which house the Sun occupies and which sign it is in. Then which house the Moon occupies and which sign it is in. Then dig a little deeper into the remaining details:

  • See the condition of the Ascendant ( the 1st house cusp ) and all aspects and planets that are close to it. This is the most important angular house in a birth chart.
  • See which planet rules the ascendant, which house it occupies, and which sign it is there.
  • Then, analyze the sign that is in the Midheaven ( the 10th house cusp ), a very important house because it is your social image, reputation, and aspirations in life.
  • The same goes for the personal planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars; the social ones: Jupiter and Saturn and the transpersonal ones: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, the latter being more relevant for the analysis of houses and aspects.
  • Then move on to the Lunar Nodes, an area that governs your comfort zone and is linked to your personal evolution.
  • Finish by analyzing Chiron, the other asteroids, the Arab parts, and more secondary and advanced things, if you wish.

Add Your Personal Touch: Now you must blend everything you’ve managed to reserve into your own personal insights, noting each thing along with your subjective interpretation. To do this, look at the signs, planets, and aspects you have encountered. Although you are doing a quick analysis, take the time to write down everything you think is important and what astrological basis was used in your subjective view. Write down general information about the birth chart in question.

Resolving conflicts: If everything went well so far, you are on the right path to synthesize all the data obtained, but first, you must work on existing conflicts. Cross-check your notes for conflicting interpretations and separate them. After finding all the possible contradictions, you need to determine which information is most accurate and consistent with the person’s reality and personality. Conflicts will always exist within the astrological scope and it is up to the astrologer to try to resolve them in the best possible way.

For this, combine all your astrological knowledge and your intuition to discover which influence is greater and more aligned with the personality of the person in question. Observe the intensity of the planets and aspects, if any energy is being blocked or redirected, which ones can be weaker or stronger… The person himself can disguise some influences in his life, after all, we all wear some mask to become more sociable or we fight against some characteristics to achieve certain goals. Thus, these contradictions must not always be eliminated, only rethought, to discover how they fit into the individual’s experience.

Finishing the analysis: Okay, if you managed to align all the contradictions and made several relevant notes, you reached your purpose, which was to generate a synthesis of the entire astrological chart, discovering the energies that most influence the individual and painting an overview of their characteristics, flows, tensions and life path. If you are still not completely sure of the results obtained, continue exploring and studying the chart until you feel that your interpretation is as correct and complete as possible.

Now you know how to read your birth chart!

After reading our guide and understanding how to read a birth chart, you are better prepared to know what the stars have to say about you and the people around you. It is worth remembering that a birth chart is like an astrological fingerprint, the crossing of all this information tends to generate a unique and very specific scenario for each of us and this is one more reason why we must be careful with the stereotypes of the signs.

In addition, we must always remember that the stars play a very important role in our lives, but that there are many other factors that contribute to the development of our personality, such as the context in which we grew up, the people we interact with with, the genetic factor. and above all, free will. Astrology emerges as a guide that can help our self-knowledge and for that, we need to use it wisely.

It is also worth remembering that, although we are increasingly seeking a better understanding of astrology and our astrological experience according to our birth chart, it is always important to consult an experienced, reliable, and professional astrologer at least once in a lifetime. A private, face-to-face consultation, especially when we are beginners, can be something really aggregating to our self-knowledge.

What is the next step?

You still don’t know what your birth chart looks like? Don’t worry, because here at Howtowise you have access to your chart quickly and simply. You just need to know your birth information: exact date, time, and place.

Make your Complete birth chart now and take advantage of all the tips we’ve given you to learn much more about yourself! Share this guide on social media so that all your friends can also get to know themselves better.