Friends! I’ve decided to do a simple step-by-step guide on how to analyze Natal
Charts. I recommend becoming familiar with the archetypes of the signs, what
the planets represent, what each house reveals, and the impact of aspects
before you attempt to read a chart. Remember it’s a learning process, so some
confusion at first is normal and expected. Hopefully this guide can clear
things up a little. I will use my natal chart as a prototype to demonstrate,
simply because it is the chart I am most familiar with :)
Step 1: Naming the Planets and the Houses
This may seem silly and redundant- but before you begin to
analyze any chart it’s important you name what sign each planet is in which
house they can be found. For example, my Mars can be found in my third house,
which is ruled by Virgo. Knowing about Mars, Virgo, and the 3rd
house, I can infer that my style of communication tends to be direct and
analytical. Again, it may seem amateur, but going through each planet and
interpreting it at such a basic level will set up a foundation for further
Step 2: Observing Distribution of Planetary Influences
The first step to interpreting a birth chart is to observe
how the planets are dispersed among the 12 houses. People with particularly
“full” houses (2 or more) may display that portion of their life more readily
and constantly. You can see I have both my sun and mercury in my Gemini-ruled
11th house, which is commonly known as the house of friends. As a
result, meeting people, networking, group projects, communication etc. have
been a constant theme in my life.
NOTE- Empty houses do NOT mean that that part of your life
is “empty”. It is impossible to have a planet in every house. Empty houses are
instead predominantly ruled and influenced by their cusp.
Step 3: Cusps of the Houses
Next step, take a look at the cusps, or rulers, of each of
the houses. Different cusp rulers will
affect how the house presents itself in a person’s life. For example, my 5th
house, known as the House of Creativity, Fun, Sexuality, and Children, is ruled
by Scorpio, which makes my approach to creative pursuits and fun as something
that it to be done with much intensity, recklessness, and passion. Imagine how
differently someone would interpret fun and creativity with their 5th
house ruler in Capricorn- the possibilities are endless.
Step 4: Angular Houses
Now that you’ve gotten a feel for how your houses express
themselves- let’s pay particular attention to the Angular houses. The 1st,
4th, 7th, and 10th houses are considered extra
influential in a chart, which means the planetary influences in these houses
tend to show up clearer in our lives- some astrologers even consider these
planets to have “extra strength”. I have an Aries Saturn in my 10th
house, which has made me ruthlessly committed to my career and work goals. Even
though my Sun is in Gemini, which stereotypically should make me flighty, my
Saturn Aries is strongly placed it overrules my flightiness when it comes to
goals and work ethic.
Step 5: Aspects
With an understanding of the different ‘houses’ of our life,
and how our different planets express themselves, we can now move on to how all
of it relates with each other. Aspects. Aspects reveal to us how our planets
work together, whether it is in harmony or in conflict. For example, I have my
Gemini Sun (11th house) sextile my Leo moon (2nd house)
and from this I can imply that my personality is balanced between its drive and
its emotions. If I analyze deeper I could say since the sextile is between the
2nd and 11th house, I gain a natural sense of fulfillment
and security when I am providing for my friends, or vice-versa. The
possibilities are endless and take a lot of intuitive, critical thinking.
NOTE- the basic aspects (trine, sextile, conjunction,
opposition, square) can come together to form a LARGER aspect such as a
T-square or a Grand trine. These aspects are the MOST influential and should be
given the MOST attention when looking at a chart. You can see I have a Grand
trine between Mercury, Mars, and Neptune.
Final Step: Interpreting As a Whole
I’ve just skimmed the surface of what chart analysis offers.
The more you delve into a chart, the more information will be revealed to you.
My greatest piece of advice is: Use your intuition. Trust your intuition. No
one is simply a “Cancer sun sign” or a “Leo Ascendant”, every person has
largely unique personalities with endless layers. The more you understand this
concept, the more you can pull away from strict stereotypes and start to
understand people as individuals.
Behind the scenes of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (Part 6)
Excerpts from the DVD commentary for The Impossible Planet (with David Tennant, Shaun Parkes [played Zachary Cross Flane], and Will Cohen [visual effects producer] )
Will Cohen: This - not that I often go into fan forums or anything, but this scene caused a bit of controversy.
DT: Did it really? Why?
WC: …and a certain amount of delight amongst fans because - the sort-of domestic conversation that you have with Rose Tyler.
WC: Talking about mortgages and settling down.
WC: It was the subject of many threads.
Shaun Parkes: They didn’t like that?
WC: Well, there was the usual split
DT: For and against?
WC: That’s what makes it brilliant
DT: Part of this is, of course, as the series goes on there’s a cranking-up of this whole idea of the Doctor and Rose being inseparable and talking about things like this is part of that, I suppose. Just so the finale of the season, which - if you’re listening to this commentary I presume you know what’s coming for Rose - it’s just to, you know, make that feel all the more painful and poignant when they’re finally torn apart forever. In fact, I think it’s episode nine when the devil says,“The young girl who will die in battle very soon,” was the first bald reference to what was coming at the end.
DT: Yeah, you got it?
SP: But she didn’t die… but she did…
DT: Well, she sort-of died, didn’t she? She’s dead in the real world.