The Secret to Understanding your Natal Chart in Astrology
Astrology is hitting the mainstream and more folks are tuning in to its energy as we head into the Age of Aquarius. In the past, astrology has gotten a bad rep as unreliable hooky. The new age practice of focusing only on the Sun sign meant we only got generic horoscopes that often missed the mark.
This is because we are so much more than just our Sun sign. If you, like many others, have read about your Sun sign and felt a disconnect, this is not because astrology is false, but because your Sun only plays something like a 1/10 role in the shape of your personality. You really need to look at your chart to see what's at play.
But once you do open that chart and see all those lines and symbols, it can feel so overwhelming. What does it all mean? Which parts matter and which parts are minor?
There is a secret to help you sort it all out.
The Holistic Approach To Reading An Astrological Chart
What is a holistic approach? Well holistic practices take the whole into consideration. In the case of your astro chart, getting familiar with the whole picture before you break it down into details can help you hone in on which parts matter most.
Science has found that forms of play can help us retain information much faster than other study tools. Taking notes and adding relevant doodles is also said to boost your mental capacity for both remembering and understanding information.
That's why filling a chart in yourself is the best way to really get a deep understanding of any chart you a reading. Drawing in the lines of the houses and aspects, adding the symbols for the zodiac signs and planets, and noting the degrees of each, can give you a deeper familiarity with the chart, than just browsing a printed copy. If a planet has a lot of aspects, or if a lot of planets are at the same degree, in the same sign, or in the same house, you will notice as you fill things in. Patterns that highlight what is most important will emerge for you as your pen and ruler put the planets in place.
Is the chart lopsided with planets clumped together or are they evenly spaced? Is the chart heavy with aspects or clean and direct? Are there any shapes formed by the lines of the aspects as they cross the circle? Triangles are very common, but there could also be a square, a seesaw, a basket, a kite and more.
The shapes and spacing of the planets tell us which planets are most important. If a planet has a lot of lines, is part of a lot of shapes or even part of one big shape, it can indicate that this planet matters and its energies strongly affect this person, as opposed to a planet that has very little action in the chart, which could indicate less influence in the person's life.
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