Understanding astrology

The astrological birth chart

The astrological birth chart

What can the birth chart tell you?

A birth chart is a map of the sky as seen from the Earth at the time and place of of birth. The planetary placements are interpreted as archetypes, universal principles associated with a range of thematic meanings, experiences and psychological tendencies, that are expressed in perceptions, emotions, images, attitudes, beliefs, memories as well as in synchronistic external events with a meaning that resonate with those patterns. 

The planets in a solar system montage, by NASA

The planets in astrology

Intelligent processes

The planets are associated with fundamental energies that inform all matter in nature with intelligent patterns. This universal principles, that astrologers call archetypes, are associated with basic motivations that portray a map of the psyche. The placements in the birth chart reveal deep insights into the personality. Find out what the planetary archetypes symbolise in the birth chart.

The houses in astrology: the clock at Museum D'Orsay in Paris, France

The houses in astrology

Areas of life

The astrological houses are subdivisions of the Earth based its’ diurnal rotation on its axis that mark the cyle of the Sun as it is seen from the Earth as it rises in the East of the horizon, passes overhead in the Midheaven, sets in the West and hides in the Imun Coeli. The daily cycle of the Sun as represented in the time map of the birth chart is associated with a field of everyday experience based on a natural rythm.

A statue of the goat in Somerset House London, symbolising the sign of Capricorn

The signs in astrology

Qualities

The signs of the zodiac are subdivisions of the eliptic, the yearly movement of the Sun around the earth, that starting with 0 degrees of Aries, the point where the Sun’s path intersects with the celestial equator. The Sun takes about a month to pass through a sign. The time of birth indicates the sign rising in the East. Signs are associated to qualities or ways of being.

Fountain, South Bank, London

The elements in astrology

Temperament

The temperament is a mix of qualities associated with the four elements, the signs and the seasons, according to the Greeks. Jung actualised this theory of personality types and associated the four elements with functions. A predominance of air in the chart is related to thinking, water to feeling, earth with sensation and fire intuition.

Earth, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars

The aspects in astrology

The story in the birth chart

How are the planets aligned? An opposition represents a dilema, a trine symbolises a talent and a semi-square is a very productive combination.

Astrological birth chart

Astrological birth chart analysis

A very brief example

Here are some very brief showcases of how we weave together the symbols for birth chart interpretation step by step.

The archetypes

The archetypes in astrology

Intelligent patterns in nature

The archetypes are intelligent patterns in nature that structure the psyche. Plato associated them to the planetary cycles and called them ideas or forms, Kant made them internal and called them a priori categories of the mind and Jung tried to join the perspectives using the term motivations. What have other philosopher's thought about them?

Galileo Galilei

Astrology quotes

Astrology in culture

The list of people who have acknowledged a debt to astrology reads like the Who's Who; of the greatest philosopher's, scientists and artists that the West has produced: Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Paracelsus, Kepler, Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Daniel Defoe, Victor Hugo, Carl Jung. It heavily influenced Shakespeare, entre otros que rodeaban la corte de la Reina Elizabeth I.

Library

Resources about astrology

Introduction to astrology

If you’d like to learn more about astrology, here’s a list of bibliography we highly recommend. The authors are the best references in contemporary approaches to astrology: psychological, archetypal and political.