By Alison Price
This article will show you what next two steps to take after you know what is your Sun sign. A way to learn astrology.
If you believe your Sun sign is not enough then this is for you.
Perhaps you already know your Sun sign. It could be Aries, Cancer or Virgo etc. Your Sun sign depends on the date of your birthday. It is the zodiac sign which the Sun was in at the time and day you were born.
Everyone’s Sun sign is the easiest thing to know in astrology.
You will know your own, and your family’s birthdates, and probably your close friend’s birthdays as well. It is a simple step to ascertain everybody’s Sun sign.
The Sun sign is the first nugget of information that all people know about astrology but, after that, what should you learn next?
The second thing you need to learn is your Ascendant sign. This is likely to be different to your Sun sign although it could be the identical.
You will only know your Ascendant sign if you cast your chart.
The third fact you need to discover is your Moon sign. Again, you will have to cast your chart to find this out.
Your Moon sign is likely to be in a different sign both to your Sun sign and even to your Ascendant sign, but it could be the same.
Where to Get Your Birth Chart
If you do not yet have a copy of your birth chart, there are three pieces of information that you will need.
- Your birth time
- Your birth date
- Your birth place (the city and country)
For quick information go here to calculate your chart.
Alternatively, if you want your full birth chart one page diagram calculated by me as a PDF go here.
The Holy Trinity
These three pieces of astrological information, your Ascendant sign, your Sun sign, and your Moon sign, are known as the holy trinity, the triad or the triumvirate of your chart.
They are always listed in this order of importance; Ascendant, Sun, Moon (and yes, your ascendant is more important than your Sun).
If you are an aspiring astrologer, and if you attend an astrology conference, you will be given a badge with your name. There will be a space for you to write the three main parts of your chart listed on it, your Ascendant, your Sun, and your Moon.
For example, my top three or Holy Trinity would be listed as; Leo, Leo, Scorpio. This is because my Ascendant is in Leo, my Sun is in Leo, and my Moon is in Scorpio.
Your Ascendant, Sun, and Moon can each be in any one of the twelve zodiac signs.
Let us have a quick look at the numbers.
The Ascendant has the possibility of being in any one of the twelve signs, the Sun has the possibility of being in any one of the twelve signs, and the Moon has the possibility of being in any one of the twelve signs.
Therefore, 12 × 12 × 12 = 1728 possible combinations of Ascendant, Sun, and Moon.
This detail is huge and speaks to the complexities that can be found within an astrology chart, but there is a simpler way.
In astrology there are two polarities active and passive. They can also be referred to as masculine or feminine, or positive (+) or negative (-).
The twelve zodiac signs are either in one polarity or the other.
The active signs are; Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. The passive signs are; Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.
Let’s look at some examples of polarity.
If you have your Ascendant in Aries, your Sun in Virgo and your Moon in Pisces your polarity converts to: active, passive, passive or (+, -, -).
If you have an Aquarius ascendant (+), your Sun is in Gemini (+), and your Moon is in Libra (+), you are active (+, +, +).
In the scenario of active and passive signs, as regards to your chart’s holy trinity, there are only eight possible combinations.
The three are always listed in the sequence; Ascendant, Sun, Moon.
The ratio is always active:passive (+ : – ).
+ + + 3:0 100% active
+ + – 2:1 More active than passive.
+ – + 2:1 More active than passive.
– + + 2:1 More active than passive.
– – + 1:2 More passive than active.
– + – 1:2 More passive than active.
+ – – 1:2 More passive than active.
– – – 0:3 100% passive.
Some More Examples
Ascendant Sun Moon
Libra Gemini Pisces + + –
Aquarius Sagittarius Virgo + + –
Leo Aries Taurus + + –
They are 216 possible combinations that are active, active, passive (+, +, -). But only eight possible combinations.
The use of polarity in the holy trinity of your chart is way to simplify what is a complex subject, astrology.
Spend some time analyzing your family’s and friends charts to see polarity at work.
Of course, there are many more interesting things about astrology charts that you could learn.
Aspiring Astrologer Activity
I love providing you with aspiring astrologer activities.
This initiative is similar to “next steps” and the activities give you some ideas on what to do with the information you have just gathered.
Step one: Your Sun sign.
Step two: Your Ascendant sign.
Step three: Your Moon sign.
Step four: Write your polarity combination (Ascendant, Sun, Moon).
Step five: Holy trinity polarity (only eight possible combinations), (?, ?, ?).
Share and Learn Astrology
Share your polarity combination with us in this quick anonymous survey.
I will revisit this post every six months at the equinoxes.
The equinoxes occur twice a year the first equinox is around March 21st and the second equinox is around September 21st.
Have a prosperous day,
by Alison Price
Every time you attempt to read a chart there are so many things to look at it can be daunting.
Here I have brought the essence of chart reading down to five features to consider. These are things you will always consider when doing any chart reading. If you practice this type of high level chart your interpretation you will get to the heart of your chart reading soon.
These five tips will sharpen your focus so you don’t go off at a tangent or wander down a chart reading back road.
1 – The Dominant Broad Stroke
The dominant broad stroke refers to the background feel for a chart shown by the quantity of plan at and their distribution throughout the char. It does not consider individual planets.
You count the visible planets only and this will always add up to seven. The seven visible planets are the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
The broad strokes that you count are:
- The two polarities of active and passive.
- The four elements of fire, earth, air and water.
- The three modes of cardinal, fixed and mutable.
- The four hemispheres of north, south, east and west
- The four quadrants numbered first, second, third and fourth.
In all of this find the highest possible number and focus on interpreting that broad stroke.
2 – The Chart Ruler Complex
The chart ruler is the planet that rules the sign on the ascendant. If it is one of the three signs with two rulers (Scorpio, Aquarius or Capricorn) then look at both rulers.
Look closely at this planet and discover it’s message. Understand this planet by sign, house and any aspects it receives in the chart.
It is strong if it is in its own sign or in exaltation. Or in other words if it has essential dignity.
It is strong in accidental dignity which is the natural house of its sign. So for example, Mars in the eighth house is strong because Mars rules Scorpio the natural eighth sign.
Notice if it rules the hemisphere, quadrant or house it tenants.
If it has only soft aspects it is supported but if it receives only hard aspects it is afflicted. A combination of both is neutral.
See if it dominates the chart by being most elevated, oriental, the final dispositor or is it in an angular house (first, fourth, seventh or tenth). These positions add weight.
See of it forms part of a major aspect pattern and if it dominates the pattern. This placement adds weight.
Check if its motion is direct, stationary or retrograde. being direct adds weight and retrograde detracts.
3 – The Sun Complex
Understand the Sun in the chart by sign, house and any aspects it receives.
Fully explore the message of the Sun in the chart.
4 – The Tightest Aspect
To find the tightest aspect you have to consider the aspects between the planets and the orbs.
Look for aspects between the planets and not the points. The planets to consider when looking for the tightest aspect are; the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron.
Do not consider any points like the Ascendant, the Midheaven, the lunar nodes or the part of fortune etc.
I also do not consider the asteroids unless you use them in your daily astrology practice. If not then ignore asteroids including Ceres.
Only look for the five Ptolemaic aspects which are the conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition.
Find the aspect with the tightest orb which should be 00 00′. See which aspect it is and understand the meaning of this aspect. look at the two planets in the aspect and how they will work together in this chart and in this aspect.
Check the house and signs that the tightest aspect lies over and understand what this means.
5 – The Prominent Major Aspect Pattern
You need the find the most dominant major aspect pattern in the chart.
Some charts may not have a major aspect pattern. And if so then skip this step. Major aspect patterns in order of importance are:
- Grand crosses
- Grand trines
- Thor’s hammers
- Quintile pointers
- Mystic rectangles
- Crosses of David
If there is more than one major aspect pattern of the same type, say you have three T-squares, then find the tightest orbed T-square, the non-disassociate T-square and the one that includes the chart ruler, the Sun or the final dispositor.
Find this major aspect pattern and fully understand the planets involved in it by sign, house and essential dignity.
Use these 5 tips to help you read a chart quickly and easily.
by Alison Price
You can improve your astrological interpretations in one week. Simply follow this seven day plan to get your readings back on track.
By taking these few steps you will be ready to present the best consultation you can muster on Saturday.
That’s six sleeps!
First you will interpret the natal chart and then selected forecast work.
At the end you won’t have considered every single little detail, but you will have looked at the important components of the natal chart and forecast indicators.
Sunday: Book and Print your client’s charts
Book a client for next Saturday. It can be a family member, a friend or new person. But it must be a chart for someone you have not done before. Make it a one hour session.
Choose a consultation time when the transiting ascendant is in the same polarity as your Sun. If your Sun is in the passive polarity make the consultation time when a passive sign rising and the same for active signs.
Having their chart details, print out the natal chart, transits and progressions.
Cast and print the consultation chart (the chart of the time and place where the consultation will happen).
Use a bi-wheel with the natal chart in the centre and secondary progressions on the outside. By hand write in the current positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto outside the bi-wheel.
Don’t start the written interpretations yet.
Color in the major natal aspect patterns. T-Squares in red, grand trines in blue, yods in green and Thor’s Hammers in orange.
Highlight the chart ruler and any sign or house emphasis in yellow.
Monday: The Balances and Strengths
Today you start writing your notes.
As you write, list all the short form codes in the margins and explore the full interpretation meanings in the body of the page.
Find the balances in the chart.
- Active and passive.
- Elements and mode strength.
- Strong signs and houses.
- Major aspect patterns.
Know the strong parts of your client’s chart. These will be things they are aware of already and hearing them makes you look good and seem capable.
Pull out the other chart highlights
Tuesday: The Ascendant and Chart Ruler
Explore the Ascendant complex
- Look at the sign on the ascendant.
- Consider the aspects to the ascendant.
- Note any planets rising or placed in the first house.
Explore the Ascendant ruler complex
That means the planet that rules the sign on the ascendant (use traditional rulers).
- Look at the chart ruler’s sign.
- Consider the chart ruler’s house.
- Note the chart ruler’s aspects.
Write out your keywords and fully understand each and every detail.
If there is an aspect you are not sure of, for instance Mars conjunct the Ascendant, research it thoroughly by reading the aspect in your cook books and on-line. Get to know that particular aspect so you will always be able to interpret it when you see it again.
Wednesday: The Luminaries
Explore the Sun complex
- Look at the Sun’s sign.
- Consider the Sun’s house.
- The aspects to the Sun.
Explore the Moon complex
- Look at the Moon’s sign.
- Consider Moon’s house.
- The aspects to the Moon
Note the Lunar phase. Make sure you know what it means.
Consider the nodal axis by sign and house. Look out for planets squaring the nodal axis.
Thursday: The Forecast for Money and Career
- Note the Midheaven sign.
- MC aspects.
- Planets in the tenth house.
Explore the 10th house ruler
- The planet that rules the sign on the tenth house cusp.
- Note it’s sign.
- It’s house.
- It’s aspects.
- Transiting Planets in the 2nd (money).
- Transiting Planets in the 6th (job).
- Transiting Planets in the 10th (career).
- Consider the 2nd house progressed ruler.
- Look at the 6th house progressed ruler’s condition.
- Explore the 10th house progressed ruler’s condition.
Friday: The Forecast for Love and Romance
Explore the 5th house (where love begins)
- Note the 5th house cusp.
- Explore the 5th house ruler by sign, house and aspects.
- List any natal 5th house planets.
Explore the 7th house (partners and spouse)
- Look at the 7th house cusp.
- Consider the 7th house ruler.
- Note any natal 7th house planets.
- Consider any transiting planets in the 5th.
- Interpret any transiting planets in the 7th.
- Check the progressed 5th house ruler’s condition.
- Look at the progressed 7th house ruler’s condition.
Saturday: The Consultation
Prepare yourself to give. A consultation takes something from you as an astrologer. You need to be prepared to give your understanding, advice, energy, time and sympathy to your client.
Make sure the consultation room is cool and well ventilated.
Read 10 things to do before your client arrives.
One hour before, re-read your notes.
Five minutes before, breathe in… breathe out…