An Introduction to Astrology Natal Charts

How to read a natal chart

Embarking on a Celestial Journey: An Introduction to Astrology Natal Charts

In a universe as vast and mysterious as the night sky, there exists a map of cosmic energies intricately woven into the fabric of our existence. Welcome, fellow travelers, to the enchanting world of Astrology Natal Charts, where the stars align to reveal the unique tapestry of your soul's journey.

At its core, an Astrology Natal Chart is a snapshot of the heavens at the exact moment of your birth, capturing the positions of the planets, stars, and celestial bodies in relation to Earth. It serves as a celestial blueprint, offering profound insights into your personality, strengths, challenges, and destiny.

You may already know your 'Zodiac Sign' which you probably mean to say is you 'Sun Sign', but there is so much magic that lay beyond. Someone with a Pisces Sun, Capricorn Moon and Leo Rising is a very different cosmic blueprint than someone with a Pisces Sun, Scorpio Moon and Sagittarius Rising. You need to take into account your whole chart (and your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs are just the first layer that even begin to scratch the surface of your cosmic blueprint).

Overwhelmed? Don't worry, you don't need to dive deep into the rabbit warren just yet, we've compiled the main, key aspects of your chart for you so you can get started. Embrace the gentle, divinely timed unfolding of self discovery.

Your Cosmic Blueprint

Imagine the cosmos as a grand symphony, each planet and luminary playing its own melody in harmony with the others. Your Natal Chart is the sheet music, guiding you through the ebbs and flows of life's melodies and astrological play. The position of the luminaries, planets, aspects, houses and zodiac signs all create the unique orchestra (and masterpiece) that is you.

To find you birth chart, you'll need: the location, date and exact time of your birth. (Yes, you'll need the exact time from your birth certificate or mom. Don't skip this step). Then you can generate a Natal Chart from one of the many apps and websites available to you - I recommend Cafe Astrology for it's beginner friendly layout and decoding of your chart. Read on to learn more now, or come back once you've completed your chart.

Key Focuses

The major areas to look for are your sun, moon and rising signs. Note the zodiac sign they're governed by as well as the house they're in. The Zodiac Sign placements are what rays shine through your personality, the House placement governs the area of life these are in.

Your natal chart will be a round wheel, sliced into 12 segments. Each of these segments will have a Zodiac on the outer edge and House Number located towards the centre of the chart (1-12). Once you locate your Sun (circle with a dot in the middle symbol), Moon (crescent moon symbol)and Rising (ASC), you can then look to see which segment it belongs to. Write these down!
E.g. Sun in Aries, 1st House.

Reading your Natal Chart

The Radiant Sun

Ah, the radiant Sun! In your Natal Chart, the Sun Sign represents the essence of your being, your core identity, and the path to your highest potential. Whether you're a fiery Aries, a nurturing Cancer, or a visionary Aquarius, your Sun Sign illuminates the qualities that shine brightest within you.

The Mystical Moon Sign

Bathing us in its gentle glow, the Moon symbolizes our emotions, intuition, and inner world. Your Moon Sign reveals the hidden depths of your psyche, your emotional needs, and the ways in which you nurture yourself and others. Embrace the lunar magic within and dance to the rhythm of your soul's tides.

The Ascendant Rising

Our ascent isn't a planet, but a calculated point in the sky, hence why you won't see it floating around with your other placements.

As the curtain rises on the cosmic stage, the Ascendant, or Rising Sign, sets the tone for your outward expression and first impressions - it's like the face we wea for the world to see. How people perceive you and and how you naturally are or want to be perceived. Like a shimmering veil, it cloaks you in a cloak of mystery, revealing how you present yourself to the world and navigate your earthly journey. Allow your Rising Sign to guide you as you navigate the intricacies of human interaction and self-discovery.

Dancing with the Zodiac Signs

Last but not least, we encounter the twelve radiant Zodiac Signs, each infused with its own unique energy and symbolism. From the pioneering spirit of Aries to the compassionate depths of Pisces, the Zodiac Signs paint a vivid portrait of the human experience, guiding us on a journey of self-discovery and growth.

Navigating the Celestial Houses

Within the realm of your Natal Chart lie twelve cosmic abodes known as Houses, each representing different areas of your life journey. These celestial dwellings serve as the stage upon which the planetary actors perform their cosmic dance, infusing each aspect of your existence with its own unique flavor and significance. From the foundational First House, which governs self-expression and identity, to the transcendent Twelfth House, which delves into the realms of spirituality and unconscious patterns, each House offers a window into the multifaceted tapestry of your soul's evolution. As you traverse the astrological landscape, exploring the themes and energies embodied by each House, you gain deeper insights into the various facets of your earthly experience, empowering you to navigate life's twists and turns with grace and wisdom.

What's Next?

Once you get the hang of this, you can start uncovering more, like your Venus, Mars and other planetary placements. You can look at what the planetary energy means and observe it's placement within your chart (you can use our Child Of The Universe Oracle to do so!). You can then start exploring the aspects of these planets and how they begin to interplay with each other depending on favourable or hard aspects (like being 'squared', which you may have heard of etc. 

You can then also start analysis the patterns within your chart! This is only just beginning!

Embrace the Celestial Symphony

As you embark on this celestial journey of self-discovery, remember that your Natal Chart is not a fixed destiny but a sacred guide, offering insights and wisdom to empower you on your path.

Embrace the magic of the cosmos, dance with the stars, and let the celestial symphony of your soul guide you to greater heights of love, joy, and fulfillment.

With love and stardust, St Soleil.


Founder of St Soleil 


Words by Founder of St Soleil.
Aquarius Sun, Pisces Moon, Cancer Rising.
Living by The Sun, Dreaming by The Moon.



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