The first 5 things you absolutely must do when reading a birth chart

Ken Saunders
6 min readJan 21
The first 5 things you absolutely must do when reading a birth chart

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Do you know your rising sign, moon sign, ascendant, or any of the other 12 zodiac marks? If not, don’t worry. When reading a birth chart there are 5 things to always look at first. Before we begin, if you don’t have a copy of your birth chart don’t worry, I’ll be providing a link for you to get your birthchart for free at the end of this article. First off, you don’t need to have an in-depth knowledge of astrology to read any birth chart and uncover its hidden meaning. There are really just a few items to look at when analyzing any chart to get quick and dirty insights into just who the person behind the chart is. The world of astrology is a colorful one. It’s filled with planets, stars, moons, suns…and many different words for those celestial entities. The first step to reading your birth chart is learning what the terms represent in real life. Once you understand their meaning in the context of your own horoscope, you can begin analyzing what they signify about who you are as a person and how that might impact your future…

What is a Birth Chart?

A birth chart isn’t like a regular old chart, with numbers, calculations, and formulas. It’s a visual representation of the position of the planets at the precise moment of your birth. Your chart then becomes a roadmap to understanding your personality, strengths, weaknesses, and future prospects. Astrologers use your birth chart to determine what your sun sign is. Your sun sign is the most basic and well-known part of a natal chart. It’s the sign that represents your overarching personality. You can think of a natal chart as an illustration (or horoscope). It has 12 sections, one for each of the signs. Each section includes information about your sun sign and those of the planets, moons, and ascendants in your chart.

The Authors Birth chart

A Quick Guide to Reading a Birth Chart

- Finding Your Sun Sign

The Sun sign and moon sign are the two most important parts of your chart. But the ascendant is also very important.

- Finding Your Rising Sign

Everything about your chart begins with your rising sign, also known as the ascendant. The Ascendant is the zodiac sign that rises in the eastern sky at the precise moment of your birth. The Ascendant represents your outward expression. It shows how you relate to the world around you.

The first thing you must do…

Ken Saunders

Born in New York, schooled in the Berkshires, Became an adult in L.A., found my Soul in Seattle. Been writing & drinking copious amounts of coffee since 2012.