Astrologers have different ways of looking at charts when they interpret them for their clients. I have a sort of basic natal chart checklist which will get adjusted according to what I see after calculating.
- Sun in Sign and House. The Sun represents the ego and the house is where the ego flourishes.
- Moon in Sign and House. The Moon shows the feelings and the house is the area where feelings are expressed.
- Ascendant or Rising Sign. The Ascendant is the First House, which stands for the personality and outlook in the chart. It sets the overall environment of the chart. The Sun, Moon, the signs and houses that the luminaries are in, and the rising sign are the first three things most astrologers look at first.
- Midheaven or the 10th House. This is the area of professional careers, which is opposite of the 4th House that stands for home and family. Traditionally the mother is associated with the 4th House or Nadir, and the father the 10th. In more modern interpretations the reverse is accepted.
- Groupings and Stelliums, where planets in the same sign or house intensify their influences. Anything more than three planets in any area is considered a stellium. Groupings can have shapes like bucket where there are one or two planets that can be considered the handle and the rest below the horizon clustered together. Another grouping example is a splay, where the planets are spread out in almost every one of the 12 houses.
- Intercepted Houses. Usually all 12 signs make up the cusps, but on occasion some signs have more than 30 degrees which will squeeze two (sometimes four) signs into houses that have spilled over. The planets in these houses are not as strong as they would be in houses that are not intercepted.
- Quadrants, broken up into Thinking, Sensation, Intuition and Feeling. The more planets in those three signs which make up each of the quadrants, the more heightened the areas are. However, if there are no planets in a specific quadrant that does not mean for instance that the person doesn’t think or feel.
- Twelfth House, the last house and the area in traditional astrology is the house of self-undoing. Planets in this house can reveal mental health issues and if the aspects are detrimental, this is an immediate red flag.
- Descendant or Seventh House, is the first house in the social area of the chart, the first six are personal. It stands for partnerships, marriages, business relationships and legal aspects. Reveals how one relates (or doesn’t relate) to the rest of the world. Again, if someone has no planets in the 7th House, it does not mean this person will not get married. This is where astrologers look at the sign on the cusp, the planet that rules that cusp and where the planet is in the chart as well as the aspects.
- Fifth House which is the house of what I call creation, recreation and procreation. Planets in this house reveal how a person expresses oneself artistically, physically and sexually. The opposite house, the eleventh, shows how a person expresses oneself in a group, whether friends or person with a common interest.
The rest of the planets, then the important aspects, Grand Trine, Grand Cross, Yod are looked at for any stand outs and at that point, the interpretation begins.
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