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Chart Interpretation Example
See how to get organized to start a CHART INTERPRETATION.
You can listen to the interpretation in the podcast episode below or read on for all the main margin notes that I extracted to read this birth chart.
I’d like to thank Bo for giving us permission to use his birth chart for this training. We appreciate you.
In this podcast episode, Alison and Arwynne go through a new chart interpretation step by step and extract the most important planets and signifiers.
This is the way professional astrologers begin their chart readings.
Listen now >>> Bo’s Natal Chart Interpretation Prep
Bo’s natal chart details as given are as follows:
- 9:32 am, January 22nd, 1988, Ness City, Kansas, USA.
This birth data is rated “AA” on the Rodden Rating as the time (9:32 am) is recorded on his actual birth certificate in hand.
Chart Calculation Defaults
We are using standard Western astrological defaults including:
- The Tropical zodiac.
- The Placidus house system.
- The True Node.
This chart is calculated with Astro Gold.
Our standard natal orbs for both applying and separating aspects are:
- 8° for conjunctions, oppositions, trines and squares.
- 4° for sextiles.
- 2° for semi-sextiles, semi-squares, sesquiquadrates and quincunxes.
- 1° for quintiles, biquintiles, parallels and contra-parallels.
Begin Gathering the Information
This is how to approach a chart interpretation using the method I’ve been using for years. The aim is to get all the relevant information onto one page to start with.
Step 1: Balances
The balances refer to the polarity, elements, modes, hemispheres, quadrants, triple divisions, signs and houses. Only count the seven visible planets.
In this chart the active polarity has five and the passive polarity has two planets.
This makes the active polarity strong.
People who are strong in the Active polarity are positive and eject energy into the world by their thoughts and actions.
Now let’s consider the elements. In this chart there are three planets in Fire, Earth has no planets, Air has two planets and Water has two planets.
This makes Fire slightly stronger than the other elements. Technically, for an element to be strong it must have two more planets than the next best element, which fire doesn’t. It only has one more planet than the next best elements which are Air and Water.
Strong fire people are inspirational and will inspire others as well.
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Turning to the modes. In this chart. Cardinal has one planet fixed has two planets and Mutable has four planets.
This makes the Mutable mode strong with four planets. For a mode to be strong it technically must have two more planets than the next best mode. In this case the next best mode is Fire with two planets therefore Mutable is strong.
People who are strong Mutable types are amenable to change.
Of the four hemispheres, the Northern hemisphere has three planets, the Southern hemisphere has four planets, the Eastern hemisphere has six planets, and the Western hemisphere has one planet.
This makes the Eastern hemisphere strong with six planets.
People with a strong Eastern hemisphere. Have a great focus on their lives and what they are doing.
The Eastern hemisphere ruler is Jupiter (as Sagittarius is on the MC). Jupiter is in its own hemisphere (Eastern) so this make Jupiter a focus planet for us to note.
Considering the quadrants. The first quadrant has three planets. The second quadrant has zero planets. The third quadrant has one planet. And the 4th quadrant has three planets.
Because the 1st and the 4th quadrants have equal amount of planet. There is no strength in quadrants here.
Moving on to the triple divisions. The first triple division has three planets. The second triple division contains zero planets, and the third triple division has four planets.
This makes the third triple division slightly stronger. However, technically, for a division to be strong it needs to have two more planets than the next best triple division, which the third division doesn’t. That’s why the third division just getting the “slightly stronger” label.
The third Triple division is the “Them” division, where the focus is on what’s going on in the world.
Step 2: Ascendant Complex
The Ascendant sign is Pisces. This makes the chart ruler the greatest planet of all, Jupiter.
First House Planets
The planets in the first house are Venus in Pisces and the Moon in Pisces. We also note that the north node is in the first house in Pisces as well.
Aspects to the Ascendant
Looking at aspects to the Ascendant, and we have Venus conjoined the ascendant and Mars is square the ascendant.
Step 3: Chart Ruler Complex
Chart Ruling Planet
The chart ruler is Jupiter because Pisces is on the Ascendant and Jupiter rules Pisces.
Jupiter is in Aries.
Note that Jupiter is in mutual reception with Mars in Sagittarius.
Jupiter is in the second house.
Jupiter is conjoined the Part of Fortune and Eris. It receives sextiles from Mercury and Chiron, and trines from Saturn and Uranus.
Note that Jupiter only has soft aspects and therefore is unafflicted. Very nice.
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Step 4: Luminaries
The Sun is in Aquarius which is in detriment as it is in the sign opposite its rulership sign of Leo, so it gets a score of -5 in Essential Dignity.
The Sun is in the 12th house.
The Sun is unaspected as it does not receive a Ptolemaic aspect from another planet.
However, the Sun does receive a lesser-used aspect, the bi-quintile, from Chiron. Additionally, the Sun is trine the South Node.
Even though the Sun receives two aspects, it is technically considered “Unaspected” because the Sun does not receive a Ptolemaic aspect from another planet.
Luminaries: The Moon
The Moon is in Pisces.
The Moon is in the first house. Well placed in an angular house.
The Moon is conjoined the North Node and trine Pluto. The Moon is quintile Neptune.
The Moon’s hard aspects are squares from Saturn and Chiron. The Moon is the focal planet in the T-square.
The Moon receives an opposition from the South Node.
The Moon is opposition and contra-parallel the Vertex. This makes the opposition to the Vertex a double whammy opposition and is therefore a more significant aspect.
The lunar phase is Crescent.
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Part 5: The Other Planets in Order
Venus is in Pisces, in exaltation. Venus gets a score of +4 for it’s exalted status in Essential Dignity.
Venus is the rising planet and Venus is in the Ascendant Gauquelin sector.
Venus is in the first house. Well placed in an angular house.
Venus is conjoined the Ascendant.
Venus is square Mars.
Venus is trine Pluto and sextile Neptune.
Venus is quintile Saturn.
Chiron is in Gemini. Chiron is the only retrograde planet in Bo’s chart.
Chiron is in the fourth house. Chiron is part of the only T-square.
Chiron is trine Mercury and sextile Jupiter.
Chiron is opposition Saturn and square the Moon and part of the T-square. Chiron is opposition Uranus.
Chiron is biquintile the Sun.
Pluto is in Scorpio, in dignity and gets a score of +5 for Essential Dignity.
Pluto is in its natural eighth house which makes it in accidental dignity. I give Pluto a score of +1 for this. Well placed.
Pluto is square Mercury.
Pluto is trine the Moon and Venus and sextile Neptune (generational aspect).
Saturn is in Sagittarius.
Saturn is in the tenth house so is in accidental dignity because the 10th house is Saturn’s natural house (+1).
Saturn is conjoined Uranus.
Saturn is trine Jupiter and trine the Part of Fortune.
Saturn is square the Moon, opposition Chiron and square the Lunar Nodes.
Saturn is quintile Venus.
Uranus is in Sagittarius.
Uranus is in the tenth house.
Uranus is conjoined Saturn, trine Jupiter and trine the Part of Fortune.
Uranus is opposition Chiron and square the Lunar Nodes.
Neptune is in Capricorn.
Neptune is the oriental planet.
Neptune is in the eleventh house.
Neptune is sextile Venus and sextile Pluto (generational).
Neptune is square Eris.
Neptune receives a quintile from the Moon.
Mercury is in Aquarius.
Mercury is the occidental planet.
Mercury is in the twelfth house.
Mercury is sextile Jupiter, the Part of Fortune and Eris. Mercury is trine Chiron.
Mercury is square Pluto.
Mercury is biquintile the South Node.
Bo has a Mutual Reception Tree with Jupiter in Aries and Mars in Sagittarius on the top line.
Also note the Saturn is a Gateway planet with three planets below it.
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Part 6: Major Aspects Pattern
There is only one Major Aspect Pattern which is a T-square. The T-square composes of Saturn in Sagittarius opposition Chiron in Gemini, and both are square the Moon in Pisces.
The Moon is the focal planet of this T-square. The energy of Saturn and Chiron will be channelled and often expressed through the Moon.
This is a mutable T-square as all the planets are in mutable signs.
This T-square can be referred to as a “Moon mutable T-square.”
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