by Alison Price
The Building Blocks of a Chart
This is a beginner series of posts about starting to read a horoscope and what you need to know as opposed to the flood of options you have to learn stuff about astrology.
I have condensed it into bite sized chunks of information to get you started.
Overview of the Parts of a Chart
Astrology has four main building blocks you need to understand to read a chart. One of the is the signs.
The others are;
Along with the chart points.
And a closer look at sign qualities and elements.
And a million other things…
But the first things you need to know are the basic four building blocks.
The Meaning of the Signs
Each sign has a different meaning and when a planet is in one sign it will behave differently to when in another sign. In your chart the planets will be in a variety of signs.
The Sun passes through all the tropical signs.
There are twelve signs of the tropical zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
The signs start at Aries the first sign and end at Pisces the twelfth sign.
The Sun is in Aries from March 21 to April 20.
The symbol for Aries is the Ram a male sheep. A key phrase is “I am” and strong Aries types often say this. The ruling planet is Mars named after the God of war. The zodiac sign of Aries is in the cardinal mode indicating they are leaders, in the fire element suggesting inspiration and of the active polarity so they have an outgoing personality.
Aries people are courageous and self-assertive. They relish new beginnings and are enthusiastic and can be impulsive. Often impatient and headstrong they want to be first. Aries folk look good in the color red. They can be acute, sharp and are dynamic leaders. They are inspirational and can get heated and excited and can be considered an army-of-one.
The Sun is in Taurus from April 20 – May 21. The symbol for Taurus is the bull. A key phrase used by Taurus is “I possess” and many Taureans use this opener or related ones like “I have…” to start their sentences. Beautiful Venus is your ruling planet.
Taurus is of the fixed mode suggesting that you like stability, the earth element indicating you are in touch with reality and the passive polarity which means you are sensitive and sensuous.
Taurus people are generally patient. You can be possessive and keep things forever. You like land and what money can buy. You are good at preserving (both relationships and food) and are considered very reliable. Of all the signs you have the most common sense. If you are a bull you are deliberate in your actions and you are generally solid, earthy and a good worker.
The Sun is in Gemini from May 21 to June 21. The symbol for Gemini is The Twins and this shows up in your dual nature. A key phrase is “I think…” and many Gemini types say this every day. Your ruling planet is Mercury the messenger of the Gods.
Gemini is in the mutable mode meaning you are flexible and dexterous, the element is air suggesting that Twins are intellectual and of the active polarity indicating you are confident and outgoing.
Gemini’s are instinctive communicators and want to make connections with others. You are good at associations and are happy just to know your name. Twins are adaptable, restless and crave variety in life. You can have diverse interests. You are inquisitive and want to know things to fill your mental database with lots of information. You are the sign of duality and can multi-task like no other. Gemini makes good jugglers and fare well in pub quizzes.
The Sun is in the sign of Cancer from June 21st to July 23th.
The symbol is the Crab and their key phrase is “I feel…” which is often their sentence opener.
Cancer is the second cardinal sign which means you are leaders and Cancerians will often lead from behind. You are in the water element which indicates that much intuition is used and you are fluid and in the passive polarity suggesting a reticence for aggression and a more receptive approach to life.
The ruling planet is the Moon which is not really a planet at all but the natural satellite of the Earth. The Moon goes through phases and this is a typical attribute for Cancerians.
The Sun is in Leo from July 23 to August 23. Leo’s symbol is the Lion king of the jungle and this has much to say about Leo.
The key phrase for Leos is “I create” and strong Leo types use this.
The Lion is of the fixed mode suggesting they don’t like change, in the element of fire indicating they are inspirational and of the active polarity meaning they are extroverted. The ruling planet is the Sun (yes, we know it is a star, but in astrology circles it is referred to as a planet).
Leos are dignified, have honor and are proud. They can be vain. They are the most creative sign and fun loving. They are honest, warm and loyal. They are organized, strong and can be dramatic. They will delegate to the other signs. They take life on in a wholehearted manner. They have a childlike wonder of the world and detest poverty. Of all the signs they can play their role once they know what it is.
The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin and the Sun is in Virgo from August 23rd to September 23th. The key phrase is “I analyze” and strong Virgo types use this phrase. The ruling planet is Mercury the fastest planet.
Virgo is of the element of earth suggesting being in touch, the mutable mode indicating you are flexible and can multi-task and the negative polarity which means you may be shy or reticent.
Virgos are particular and this is another word for picky. You like to analyze situations. You may seem to be finding fault but it is just your attention to detail that makes you aware (more than most) of any imperfections in people or situations. You can be self-critical and this may be a problem when you are young. Virgos are discriminating and want perfection in life. You are kind, meticulous, fastidious, even, and can be detailed oriented. Virgo is the sign of those who serve and you are good in this role. You are modest and humble and make excellent workers.
There are more Virgo births than any other sign. Those born under the sign of the virgin are the workers of the zodiac and are often placed in supporting roles. You do not like being put on the spot and will resist leadership when it is offered to you. It’s like a beehive with one queen bee – the Leo and many worker bees – the Virgos.
Libra is the sign of the Scales and the dates when the Sun is in Libra are from September 23rd to October 23rd.
A Libran key phrase is “I can relate to that” and many strong Libran types will pepper their sentences with that one. The ruling planet is Venus the brightest body in the sky after the Sun and Moon.
Libra is of the air element and means you are intellectual and a thinker, of the cardinal mode suggesting leadership qualities and in the positive polarity showing that many Librans are extroverts and go-getters.
Libra loves equality especially in partnerships. You are persuasive and will encourage others to see your point of view. You are balanced and will compromise on occasion. You generally have good manners and are civil, polite and courteous. This is an elegant person with style. You are brilliant negotiators and will step in to mediate and take on a peacekeeping role. You love companionship and enjoy being with one special person. The sign of the Scales rules balance, symmetry and things on the level. You can commit and are focused on your significant other’s needs.
The symbol for Scorpio is the Scorpion and the Sun will be in Scorpio from October 23rd to November 22nd. The key phrase is “I desire” and strong Scorpio types will use this expression.
Scorpio is of the element of water which means you are emotional, and of the fixed mode indicating you are a bit set in your ways, and of the passive polarity suggesting you are receptive to others and may take things in for consideration before responding.
If you are a Scorpio you have two ruling planets the traditional planet of Mars the warrior and the modern planet of Pluto the transformer.
Scorpios are intense, passionate, survivors. You have self-control and are penetrating. You like to delve to the bottom of things. You are sexy, deep but also suspicious. You can be unforgiving. You fare well in a crisis. You are potent and can be jealous. Others think you are intimidating and if you are betrayed you will get revenge.
The symbol for Sagittarius is the Archer and the Sun is in Sagittarius from November 22nd to December 22nd.
A Sagittarian key phrase is “I seek.” Your ruling planet is Jupiter the largest planet in the solar system. If you are a Sagittarian then you are in the fire element suggesting you are inspirational and can make a spark, you are of the mutable mode and this makes you changeable and adaptable and you are of the positive polarity which provides you with an outgoing personality.
Archers are cosmopolitan and love anything international. You are open and have a breadth of vision. You are a seeker and are keen to explore the world. You are optimistic and like to live life large. You are forgiving. You can be tactless and plunge in like a large puppy being excited but at the same time it can be disturbing for others. You are the sign of the upwardly mobile and you can bring ethical principles to your life. You have an extensive reach which you may use to gather life’s abundance. You see the horizon as an opportunity to explore as who know if the be dragons there? You have a strong faith and a positive spirit. You can be philosophical and will search far and wide for your truth.
The Sun is in the sign of Capricorn the Sea Goat from January 1st to January 21st and from December 22nd to December 31st. A sea goat has a goat upper body and a fish tail much like a mermaid.
Your key phrase is “I aspire…” and many strong Capricornians will use it to start their sentences.
Your ruling planet is the ringed planet Saturn. The Sea Goat is in the earth element suggesting you are practical and steady, the cardinal mode indicating you are a leader and of the feminine polarity which means you are receptive and happy to absorb others ideas and thoughts.
If you are a Capricorn you are well formed, persistent and ambitious in the traditional sense. You can easily become an authority in your field. You enjoy structure, shapes and boundaries. You are responsible, reliable and because of this you can achieve your goals. You have backbone and will respect rank. You admire status and wish to attain it yourself. Of all the signs you can measure concrete results in a mature and serious fashion.
The Water Bearer is the symbol for Aquarius and the Sun is in your sign from January 21st to February 21st. Your key phrase is “I understand” and many Aquarians say this. Your ruling planets are Saturn, the traditional ruler, and Uranus the modern ruler.
If you are an Aquarian you are of the air element meaning you are a thinker, and of the fixed mode indicating you are inflexible and like things to remain and the positive polarity suggesting you are outgoing and generally upbeat.
Aquarians are concerned with equality and the brotherhood of man. You are generally humanitarian and humane. You are detached and can be objective. At times you are aloof and only seem friendly. You are independent, willful and happy to be unconventional. Being socially aware and progressive you support activism as a catalyst for change.
Pisces is the sign of the Fish. Its symbol is two fish tethered together but swimming in the opposite direction. The Sun is in Pisces from February 21st to March 21st.
Your key phrase is “I believe…” and many strong Pisces types use this to begin conversations.
You have two ruling planets; Jupiter your traditional ruler and Neptune your modern ruler.
If you are born under the sign of the Fish it means you fall under the fluid and flowing element of water, the quality of mutability which suggests you are flexible and the passive polarity indicating you will take in and absorb things more than most. This can mean you empathize with others.
If you are Pisces you will make sacrifices and are understanding. You will blend well with others and can be arty. You may drift a bit in life but you have compassion. You are idealistic and can become disillusioned at times. You may be glamorous. You can be vague, kind and will be happy to surrender. You may retreat near the sea and you are spiritual and devoted.