To Begin, you have to decide from which perspective you want to Interpret the chart:
Personal Character & Traits
Present Liabilites & Assets
O.K., now let's say you have picked your "Chart Perspective". You want to do a Natal Personal Chart.....Now you have to understand one thing:
If you want to do the chart correctly...see the whole person and not just a part of the person then; you........ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO DO ALL THE THINGS, THAT WHEN TAKEN IN TOTAL...GIVE YOU JUST THAT...THE WHOLE PERSON.
What happens if you don't? What happens if you say..."Oh, that's just too much work...I don't have time for that...?
Then, my friend, I'm sorry to have to be the one to say so ...you just don't have time to do REAL ASTROLOGY. And, that's O.K., but; this page is probably just not for you.
If, you think you'd like to try...then...by all means, read on.
Below Is a List for Beginning Astrology Students. It is a List of Components needed to Assemble & Assess a Complete Natal Chart: This is not the "canned" versions that are computer generated ... but is more the "old school" way of doing things.
FIRST - Start by Drawing up the Chart Itself
Today most students use a computer program to print out a chart as calculating a chart by hand is fast becoming a lost art. But, if you do use a print out; be sure it includes all the following placements :
The 4 Natal Eclipses: the 2 Pre-Natal ...and ...the 2 Post-Natal
The Main Fixed Stars that are in Very Close Orb (My list)
The Arabic Parts (My list)
The Equatorial Ascendant (the Ascendant in Meridian House System)
SECOND - YOU FILL IN THE CHART
First, students transfer the Computer Chart to a Large Form Chart you fill in by hand, so you can learn the Symbols, Patterns & Glyphs, etc.
Second, they fill in the Aspect Grid & List the Aspect Patterns. While a computer program will do this for you, I have my students do "2" things:
They set the orbs for the aspects & aspect patterns to my list of orbs...& they use my list of aspect patterns
Then, they learn to Color Code the aspects & patterns and use the specific aspect list that will give them the results they will need.
My Students take the Computer generated chart & transfer it onto a hand drawn Form which I give them....but the Form is very large and now in the right colors and written in their own hand.
In this way they learn to make the glyphs properly and actually read them.
THIRD - YOU ADD THE FOLLOWING Chart Components
The following is one more set of Data that is required to begin. These get listed in their allotted places on the Main Natal Chart form:
The Birth Card & its Challenges
Polarities of the Chart
Dignities of the Chart
Qualities of the Chart
The Past Life Sphere & Circumstances
The Angular Midpoint
Critical & "Psychic Degrees"
The Esoteric Aspects
The Moon Phase
The Natal Planetary Pattern
Retrogrades & Interceptions
The Natal Midpoints
One Final Consideration
Still thinking of learning REAL Astrology? That's just the beginning of the beginning.
There is another consideration as well:
NOTE #1: When you choose a chart as your "beginning chart"; it has to be a well documented chart...not something gleaned from the media pages or celebrity biographies.
If the facts of the person are not "rock solid"; then you are just "having a fantasy" about the person...based on either yours or another's personal opinions and/or imaginings. That is NOT real astrology.
NOTE #2 : The True Art of Astrology, once the basics are understood; lies in the the ability to truly understand what the actual meanings of each point indicate... and how those "indicators" (or factors) relate to the chart as a whole.
You have to know these factors so well, that you can perceive the Horizon of the Chart's Path laid out before you and not just the superficial scenery along the way.
Astrology (when done properly) is able to tell us what to Expect...it Does NOT tell us what to Do.
Astrology does strive to give us more tools & thus more options when we are trying to decide which path is best for us.
A properly done Astrology Chart CAN tell us what we have done before, and thus are likely to do again.
AND again, perhaps, best of all...it always shows us where there might be Another Way.
Below are the First Focal Points a Student Learns in "Astrology - 101".
They may give you a better idea of the Perspective a Real Astrology Chart is Based On
Again, this is only the beginning layer or level of these Focal Points:
The Ascendant: The Persona. What you give or Project
The Descendant: What you Attract and/or Receive
The Vertex: How you are Judged or Assessed by Others (Also; matters that are or can be "fated")
The Cardinal Houses: What aspects of yourself that others can see
The Composite Point: Where your true interests lie
Final Dispositers: Where you tend to invest much of your time & energy
The Nadir: What you need for stability...what gives you stability
The Midheaven: What you Need for Growth
South Node: Your path of least resistance, and/or inertia
North Node: What you need for Balance, but may be the least inclined to do...but did as a child
Dark Moon Lilith: Your Achilles Heel. Your greatest lessons in, and source of, emotional immaturity. Where you still retain major naive expectancies; and, where you have the least amount of objectivity.
Chiron: Your Tragic Flaw
TransPluto: Where you may find that you walk the line between Genius & Chaos