Suppose you ended up on this page. I will assume you have a basic understanding of Astrology, Zodiac Signs, and general terms. If not, no worries… check out some of these articles here to catch up a bit before moving on to charts.
If you found this read to specifically learn about Astrology Chart Wheel basics and various ways to read a chart- stick with me and dive into the basic overview of the chart wheel and how it was designed.
The Chart Wheel In Astrology
The Chart Wheel is a map of the space surrounding us when we are born. The wheel is divided into 12 sections called Houses. The planets in the sky are placed on the Chart Wheel in the houses that correspond to where they are actually in the sky at birth.
The planets are represented in their Zodiac positions in the Chart Wheel.
Planet positions are measured by how far they are from the sign's starting point.
The Zodiac goes all 360 degrees around the sky, and this circle is broken down into 30-degree segments that form the 12 signs.
Each degree has 60 minutes, and each minute has 60 seconds.
The Chart Wheel is divided into 12 sections called Houses.
The houses are numbered from 1 to 12. The pie-like lines that divide one house from the next are called house cusps.
Keep in mind that our Earth makes a complete turn on its axis once in 24 hours.
The Chart Wheel represents the space surrounding where we were born.
The Earth is like a big wheel with 360 degrees. The Zodiac is divided into 12 parts, and each piece is 30 degrees. The Earth rotates so that each part of the Zodiac comes around once every 24 hours. That means a new part of the Zodiac every 4 minutes.
Are you following still? Great! So now, let’s dive into the natal chart and how that applies to the chart wheel.
The Natal Chart
The Natal Chart is a chronological map of your life. It’s similar to taking a picture of the solar system and the universe frozen in time at your birth. This “photograph” is what the entire cosmos says about who you are and what you may become after being created.
The seeds of the future are constantly revealed in the present, but can we comprehend them? This is what astrology is all about: interpreting signs of the times and hearing what they have to say about us now and in the future.
The Composition of a Natal Chart
A Natal Chart is made from your month, day, year, time of birth (am/pm), city, and state of birth. With this information, your Natal Chart can determine certain aspects, including your personality and who you will become!
The Sun, Moon, and Rising create your personality.
The Sun is on top, the Moon and Rising are at the bottom. However, there is a lot of information in a Natal Chart!
The planets will not be in the same place at the time of your birth for another 25,000 years; there are no two personalities the same in the world.
You are unique!
Now that we have learned all the cool things about chart basics and how it is compromised, we can dive a little deeper into significant milestones in a chart.
The Ascendant And Midheaven In Your Birth Chart
The Ascendant in a birth chart is the sign that is rising at your birth. It is the first sign in the first house of your chart. Astrologers usually focus on the characteristics of the Ascendant, rather than the Sun Sign, to project a personality profile.
The Midheaven Milestone
The Midheaven is the point on a person’s birth chart where the Sun is found at noon. The sign where the Midheaven is found affects that person’s public persona, career choices, and how they express themselves to the world. The Midheaven represents the ego and the characteristics associated with the sign it falls in.
There’s a lot more to cover when it comes to the parts of an astrology chart, but we’ll save that for another day! In the meantime, keep in mind that your natal chart is like a snapshot of the solar system and universe at the moment you were born—and that’s pretty darn cool if you ask me.
So there you have it! The main parts of an astrology chart and what they mean for your life. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out, and we will help you out!