What Is a Birth Chart?

You can create an astrological chart for any moment in time. It’s like stopping the cosmic clock and studying the positions of the planets at that moment. Your birth chart is the moment you arrived into this lifetime. It tells you all about the energetic influences at play, and what life lesson you can expect.

Horoscope means hour watcher in Greek and is another name for the astrological chart. But that term is used most often now to mean predictions based on astrology, like the popular Sun Sign horoscopes.01of 07

The Birth Chart

 Molly Hall Nagy

This is what an astrological chart looks like, though they vary in appearance. This is for the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

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The Houses

  Molly Hall Nagy

The chart is divided into twelve sections, and these are known as the houses. The houses begin with the Ascendant, at the middle left on the wheel. The numbers go up, as you move around the chart counter-clockwise.

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Zodiac Signs

  Molly Hall Nagy

The Zodiac signs run counter-clockwise around the wheel. This image shows thenatural wheel with the Zodiac signs beginning with Aries at the Ascendant. Every chart begins at a different degree of the Zodiac and continues around the wheel.

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Degrees

 Molly Hall Nagy 

The chart is 360 degrees around, so it’s broken up into that number of Zodiac degrees. This image shows the degrees of the wheel.05of 07

30 Degrees

  Molly Hall Nagy

Each house has 30 degrees, and so does each Zodiac sign. This image shows the pie piece of 30 degrees that make up one house in the birth c

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