The Natal Chart: A Beginner’s Guide
So, you’re new to astrology and not quite sure where to start? Never fear! We’ve got you covered. Here are some first steps you can take to get started on your journey.
Get Your Natal Chart
Most astrologers start out by learning how to interpret their own natal chart. Most people know what day they were born, but many don’t know the exact time of birth. You’ll need an accurate birth time and location to find out what your rising sign is. You can typically find this information on your birth certificate. If you don’t have your birth certificate handy, learn how to order a copy.
Here are some easy, fast and free ways to get your natal chart:
- Go to Astro.com. Click on Free Horoscopes > Natal Chart/Ascendent. You can create a free registered user profile or create a horoscope as a guest. After registering or continuing as a guest you will see a Birth Data Entry form. Fill out this form and submit it to see your generated natal chart.
- Go to Astrolabe: Free Birthchart and Astrology Report. Enter your birth data into the form and submit it to see your results. Scroll down to view a brief interpretation of your chart. Print the page to save your chart as a PDF file.
Interpreting Your Natal Chart
You’ve got your natal chart… great! But what does it mean? The primary actors in a natal chart can be broken down into Planets, Signs, and Houses. After you understand how these three components work together you’ll quickly move on to learning about other facets of chart interpretation.
These are some great beginner resources for learning about the basic components of an astrological chart:
Astrolabe: A Mini-Course in Astrology
First Steps in Astrology by Liz Greene
TMA Beginner Series