So.. wtf is my Birth Chart Anyway?

HANDS UP IF YOU CAN'T RESIST A HOROSCOPE? THAT'LL BE EVERYONE, THEN. MOST OF US KNOW OUR STAR SIGN AND MOST OF US CAN RELATE TO THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH SIGN - DREAMY PISCES! SOCIAL BUTTERFLY LEO! INDEPENDENT AQUARIUS! BUT THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN OUR STAR SIGNS, AND THIS IS ALL THROUGH OUR INDIVIDUAL BIRTH CHART.

SO, WE HEAR YOU SAY, WTF IS MY BIRTH CHART ANYWAY?!

The best way to begin dissecting your own birth chart is to look it up on a free birth chart calculator site, like Astro.com or CafeAstrology.com. You'll need your birth date, time, and location for accuracy. 

Okay, so you’ve put all your birth info into a birth chart and you have your result—a circular chart with a bunch of symbols and lines all over it. Let’s get into the details! First, look at that chart. See how it’s divided into 12 different sections? Those are the houses. Your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs and each planet are located in both a house and a zodiac sign—you might have your Sun or Taurus in the 5th house or your Mercury in Scorpio in the 3rd house.

 

THE PLANETS

The Sun

When someone asks you what your sign is, they're asking about the position of the sun when you were born. Understanding which house this is placed in can clear up many of your life path and career questions. Your sun sign is your star sign! It represents your truest essence, identity and path in life. 

The Moon

The moon represents our emotional inner world. Your reactions, emotional needs, and comfort zone are all lunar energy. 

Mercury

Mercury symbolizes communication. Mercury is associated with the mind, analysis, decision making and interaction. 

Venus

Venus represents beauty, love, and abundance. Your Venus sign and its house placement shows how you relate to others romantically and how you express your aesthetic or sense of style.

Mars

Mars symbolizes action, determination, and aggression. Fiery Mars offers clues as to who you find irresistibly attractive, what you need to feel energised and what motivates you to succeed.

Jupiter

Jupiter symbolizes fortune, philosophy, abundance, and spirituality. Your Jupiter sign offers insights into what your innate skills might be (the stuff that comes naturally and easily to you!) 

Saturn

Saturn symbolizes hard work, professional achievements, and resilience. 

Uranus

Uranus symbolizes technology, rebellion, and innovation. It governs Aquarius, the free-thinking air sign known for its eccentricity and nonconformity. Your Uranus sign and its house placement can reveal insights into your commitment to self-improvement, your desire to stand up for a cause and even how you might change the world.

Neptune

Named after the Roman god of the sea, this planet governs the magical, mysterious vastness of the spiritual unknown. 

Pluto

Pluto is a really big deal. It symbolizes power, transformation, destruction, and regeneration. It shows where you can experience tremendous growth. Seeing Pluto can stress an astrologer out, but don’t be afraid of change! Transformation is good and we cannot grow without it.

THE SIGNS

There are twelve zodiac signs (we’ll give you a lil reminder of the signs below!) The zodiac sign the Sun was in when you were born = your Sun sign.

Aries

Fire sign, ruled by Mars. Leadership comes naturally to Aries—it’s the first sign of the zodiac, after all. This sign is known for being courageous, direct and competitive.

Taurus

Earth sign, ruled by Venus. Taurus values safety and security and is not afraid to work hard. One more thing about Taurus: This zodiac sign is stubborn AF.

Gemini

Air sign, ruled by Mercury. This air sign is witty, sociable, playful, and adaptable—which gives this sign its “two-faced” reputation.

Cancer

Water sign, ruled by The Moon. Cancer is emotional, caring, and compassionate. 

Leo

Fire sign, ruled by The Sun. Leo lives for the spotlight! This fire sign is outgoing, playful, warm, and loyal. 

Virgo

Earth sign, ruled by Mercury. Virgo energy is disciplined, practical, hardworking, and analytical…but not boring! 

Libra

Air sign, ruled by Venus. Represented by the scales, Libra is all about ~balance~ This placement is diplomatic, harmonious, and adaptable, with a passion for justice and fairness. 

Scorpio

Water sign, ruled by Mars/Pluto. Intense Scorpio is the sign of sex, death, and the occult. This energy is powerful, strong, resilient, and reserved. 

Sagittarius

Fire sign, ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarius is the sign of travel and philosophy—which means that whichever planets fall in this sign get a big dose of fun.

Capricorn

Earth sign, ruled by Saturn. Hardworking Capricorn is the CEO of the zodiac. This sign is known for its strong, hard-working, practical, ambitious nature. 

Aquarius

Air sign, ruled by Saturn/Uranus. Aquarius indicates intellect and playfulness. This energy is adventurous, open-minded and philanthropic. This sign is often linked to science and technology as well as humanitarianism.

Pisces

Water sign, ruled by Neptune/Jupiter. The last sign of the zodiac, Pisces is an old soul. This water sign is known for its intuition, emotion, creativity, and head-in-the-clouds nature. Pisces is often linked to spirituality as well as compassion for others.

THE HOUSES

There are twelve houses in a birth chart and each relates to a different area of life. The house a planet falls in shows us where in your life its influence might play out. Don’t panic if one or more of your houses doesn’t contain any planets – empty houses tend to mean fewer lessons to learn.

1st House

The house of self. The identity you present to the world. First impressions. Your 1st house and Rising sign represent how you show up and present yourself to the world.

2nd House

This house is all about attitudes to wealth, values. Want to see if a raise is on the horizon or dollars are in your bank account? Look at the 2nd house. 

3rd House

Communication and short-distance travel are highlighted here. Your 3rd house can explain relationships with your siblings and the ways you communicate with others.

4th House

This is the house of home, family, mothering and being mothered, childhood, security and emotional wellbeing. 

5th House 

This area of your chart shows how you want to flirt, be romanced, and have fun.

6th House

This house relates to health, wellbeing, the daily grind, routines, day-to-day work life and healing. This house represents your daily grind, health routine, and work. 

7th House

The house of relationships, love affairs, harmony, togetherness and all types of partnership (not just romantic ones). This area of your chart represents marriage and long-term partnerships.

8th House

The eighth house is all about the darker and more mysterious side of life. Think power, seduction, death, inheritance, transformation, jealousy, focus, intensity and magic. Welcome to Scorpio’s domain. This is the house of Pluto and, yes, it can get intense. It rules sex and mystical practices like tarot, astrology, and magic. This is a place in your chart where the most transformation and growth occurs. If you have planets in your 8th house, you notice massive changes in your life more often than others.

9th House

Travel (particularly long distance), education (particularly higher education), luck, growth, philosophy and spirituality are all related to the ninth house. Your 9th house can describe if you prefer to learn from life experience or take the standard university route.

10th House

The tenth house is the house of career, success, ambition, reputation, achievement and power. This house is associated with authority, government, rules and restrictions. To understand the best career for you or why you’ve made certain decisions, look at your 10th house.

11th House

The super social eleventh house relates to friendships, communities, networking and connections. The 11th house describes what type of connections you bring and how you mesh with society around you.

12th House

The mystical twelfth house is all about healing, hidden messages, closure, spirituality, connection, intuition and the universe. You may not have any planets in this house, but if you do, there is a mystical element to their energetic expression.

NOW WHAT?

Now that you have the astrological foundation, you're ready to interpret your birth chart. You can now combine your knowledge of the 12 houses, 12 zodiac signs, and planets. Take a look at each house in your own chart and see if there is an astrological symbol placed inside. Feeling inspired by your Astrological Birth Chart? Shop our Zodiac Products!

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