May 22, 2024
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Discover the wonders of Astrology with the Birth / Natal Chart Calculator! 

How? Simply by entering your birth date, time, and place on the formin the AskAstrology Birth Chart Calculator. You can receive a personalized birth chart providing a visual representation of the position of the sun, the moon, and the planets at the time of your birth.

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* NOTE: If birth time is unknown, the report will not include positions or aspects for the Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, Vertex, or Part of Fortune, nor will it include House positions for any planets.

This powerful tool, used by astrologers all around the world, produces a personalized birth chart based on your birth date, time, and place. And do you know what the best part is?

Askastrology’s birth /natal chart calculator provides a stunning visual representation of the sun, the moon, and the planets at the time of your birth. But that’s not all! With Askastrology’s rising sign calculator, you can take your astrological understanding to the next level.

Discover your rising sign and gain deeper insights into your astrological profile. You will discover the unique traits and fluctuations that apply to each zodiac sign. Want to know more?

Astrology eludes a simple definition, becoming more intricate as one delves into its study. The daily horoscope merely skims the surface of an immense field of expertise. A full natal chart reveals a vast realm of knowledge and information awaiting exploration. Delving into astrology unveils a captivating journey through celestial insights, offering more than meets the eye in the everyday horoscope.

Where and How to Begin with my Birth Chart Understanding


Astrology is a challenging subject to master because there is quite a bit you have to memorize and flat out know before you can even begin trying to interpret information about your own natal chart. Your birth chart, when you get one “cast” online or with a professional or using an astrology software, is a two-dimensional representation of the layout of the solar system when you took your first breath.

Houses and Birth Chart

It is cast as a circle made up of twelve segments (pie pieces astrologers call Houses) and populated with glyphs that represent astronomical bodies in the sky and calculated points used for chart interpretation. These Houses and Points are associated with Signs of the Zodiac, and the points relate to one another through specific angular Aspects from the point of view at the center of the chart, making four Keys (data points) that must be combined to unlock astrological knowledge, along with a special fifth Key.

Birth Place and Birth Chart

The gateway into the realm of astrology relies on three key details you furnish to an astrologer or input into an astrology program: your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy), your birthplace (city/state or city/country), and the precise moment of your birth.

Birth Time and Birth Chart

The time you were born is important. It determines which Zodiac Sign governs the first House (the Ascendant), and all the subsequent House (if Scorpio rules the 1st House, the Sagittarius rules the 2nd House, and so on).

Therefore, the Keys are:

  1. The Points in the sky (like the Sun and Venus, both bodies in our solar system) or ones that are calculated (like the Descendant, based on the time of birth).
  2. The Houses, 1 through 12.
  3. The Signs, Aries through Pisces (12)
  4. Aspects, the relationship of one point to another point that has a certain meaning.
  5. The most important key is free will!

It is important to understand that the chart is NOT the person. It is essentially an energetic vehicle your soul decided to drive around in during this lifetime. And the easiest way to understand this idea is to talk about twins; they all have the same chart, but they do not have the same driver! One of those souls may be a race car driver, while the other may prefer to walk.

Memorizing the Data of the Four Keys Is Necessary

There really is no getting around the fact that you will have to know the meaning of the Points, the twelve Houses, the twelve Signs, and the major Aspects (the four most common), if you want to get to the depth and power of astrology. And if you do not want to make this deep dive, then you want to find a professional who has done this work.

Thus, it is important to know that something like the daily horoscope, while well-known, is like trying to understand the most sophisticated car in the world by only looking at the tires! Your Sun, in your chart, is not just in a Sign, but also in a House, and usually with several Aspects from other points.

Key #1 – The Points

An astrology chart cast using AskAstrology’s Birth / Natal Chart Calculator provides 15 points of reference; some programs use many more. Referring to them as “points” instead of planets is crucial because several points are not planets (the Sun is star; Chiron is a minor planet/comet). The Sun signifies your Life Force, the Moon reflects your Soul Path, Mercury influences communication, and so on. Asteroids like Ceres reveal nurturing preferences, while Juno indicates commitment tendencies. Additionally, calculated points, like the angles (the Ascendant and Midheaven) and Nodes of the Moon, offer deeper insights into your astrological profile.

Key #2 – The Houses

There are twelve Houses and they represent the areas of our lives starting with Identity (1), then Needs and Resources (2), Communication (3), Family (4), Creativity (5), Skills/Day-to-Day Work (6), Partnerships (7), Intimate Relationships (8), Mastery of Knowledge (9), Career/Prosperity (10), Community (11), and Spirituality (12).

Points reside in Houses and indicate a focus; so, if your Mars in the 4th House of Family, your drive and energy are notably directed toward matters related to home, family dynamics, and the foundation of your personal life.

Key #3 – The Signs

The twelve zodiac signs, categorized into fire, air, water, and earth elements, exhibit distinct behaviors. Understanding the elemental and modal qualities of each sign provides valuable insights into an individual’s inherent characteristics. Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are classified as fire signs, representing enthusiasm, passion, and initiative. Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini fall under the air element, embodying intellectual curiosity and communicative skill. Water signs, including Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, are associated with emotional depth and intuition. Earth signs, comprising Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo, signify practicality and material concerns.

Moreover, signs are further classified as cardinal, fixed, or mutable, reflecting their energetic qualities. Cardinal signs initiate energy, fixed signs organize and stabilize, while mutable signs adapt and flow. For example, someone with Mercury in Aries, a cardinal fire sign, tends to be a direct communicator, unafraid to assert their opinions.

Key #4 – Aspects

Astrological aspects refer to the angular relationships between celestial points within the chart, influencing their interactions and dynamics. The most common aspects include conjunctions, oppositions, squares, and trines, each contributing to the overall astrological narrative.

A conjunction occurs when two points are close together, symbolizing a merging of energies and a shared journey. Oppositions, at 180 degrees apart, create a balancing act, especially evident in individuals born during a full Moon when the Sun and Moon oppose each other. Squares, occurring at 90 degrees, signify conflict and growth, challenging the individual to evolve. Trines, formed at 120 degrees, indicate a harmonious flow of energies, facilitating ease and cooperation.

Key #5 – Free Will

At the heart of astrology lies the fundamental principle of free will. Contrary to deterministic notions, astrology does not dictate one’s destiny but offers insights into predispositions and tendencies. A birth chart, while providing a roadmap of energetic influences, does not foretell specific career choices or life paths. Instead, it serves as a guide, allowing individuals to navigate their choices in alignment with their unique astrological configurations.

Understanding one’s chart equips individuals with the knowledge to make informed decisions, capitalize on strengths, and navigate challenges effectively. It is not a rigid script but a dynamic tool for self-discovery, empowerment, and maximizing the richness of one’s life experiences.

Discover my Name Destiny Path Number with the Name Numerology Calculator

Some birth / natal chart calculators, like Askastrology, also provide Name Numerology as a second step. By analyzing your birth name, you can gain a more comprehensive understanding of your personality and your life path.

With the sun, moon, and rising sign calculator, you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge about yourself and your place in the world. Your sun sign reveals your ego and your personality, while your moon sign represents your inner emotional world.

And then there’s your rising sign. It gives an insight into your outward appearance and the first impressions you make. So why wait? Let Askastrology guide you on your astrological journey.

Our team of astrology enthusiasts is dedicated to ensuring that complex concepts are easy and even fun to understand!

With our online resources, you’ll be on your way to a deeper understanding of yourself in no time.