Introduction - The Overall Picture
The Four Components in Every Chart
Four Points of the Cross
Ascending Sign (Ascendant)
First you need a chart for this step-by-step exercise. If you
don't have one, you can download
one from the web. I downloaded this one from
more detailed chart will have the same basic components. A
hand-drawn chart should have at least what is shown here.
You also need:
A blank piece of paper and a pen.
get your bearings, take a look at the overall shape. In Western
Astrology birth charts (=natal charts) are circular. The two red
arrows I have added show that we read the chart in a
counter-clockwise fashion. The red dot in the middle symbolizes
Verify the accuracy of the birth data. This includes the name,
the birth place, the birth date and the
birth time. Here I used the
name "Jane Sample" and made up the birth information. In your
own case, this step is extremely important. You would never want
to begin to interpret a chart that is not accurate.