As of last year, since I had more time on my hands like most people, I decided to put some of that time into something I’ve been meaning to look into for ages, astrology. If you’re not a fan, then this post isn’t for you and I understand that it can be a bit of a marmite subject with people. Some wear their zodiacs proudly while others will shrink away from the idea that they belong to a certain collective of people sharing their birth month etc. I’ve always been into it, however, I didn’t always feel like I was my sign, if that makes sense.
Until last year I hadn’t looked into my natal chart 100% so all I knew was that I was a Pisces and therefore I was over emotional, overly sentimental and often moody and mysterious. Whereas I may be those things now and again, like anyone, everything else that fell under the Pisces trait didn’t always feel like me and I’d heard a while back that it’s not that simple. And it really isn’t, my god. There’s a lot to unpack and I’m only just starting out on this myself, but if you’re interested in yours, here’s what I did.
First of all I bought this book, which I did find was a great source of information even if it made my head hurt a little:
Steven Forrest is a seriously remarkable man, there’s an unbelievable amount of mathematics and exact science to mapping the stars etc and I can’t lie it’s very daunting at times but his graphs, the images and the break downs throughout the book really helped.
I actually came across Steven Forrest through the YouTuber Lavendaire whom I’ve mentioned a couple of times in the past, she’s someone I check back on quite a lot, I find her really inspiring and calming to watch, her video on her natal chart really pushed me to delve deeper, I recommend any and all of her videos, astrology or whatever suits you.
The site I used to calculate my own natal chart was http://www.astro.com, it’s straight forward to use, you just need to know the time you were born, where and when. If you don’t know the exact time, a rough time is alright, and if you’re not sure on that either I’ve heard others say to simply state midday, but an exact time is the very best for the clearest results.
The chart might be hard to read at first, but once you start to work your way around it, things fall into place. I recommend journalling the results down, starting with:
… and so on.
The houses are another thing entirely, starting from 1 and finishing on 12. Each house represents something different.
First house – ego, sense of self
second – material possessions, security
third – local community, communication
fourth – home, family
fifth – creativity, romance
sixth – day jobs, routines, health
seventh – partnerships
eighth – death, sex, transformation
ninth – travel, philosophy
tenth – public image, career, legacy
eleventh – humanity, technology
twelfth – collective unconscious, psychic abilities.
My personal favourite is the eighth and ninth house. To begin with, google what each one means for you, please don’t take them literally though, if (like a tarot card) there’s a draw back or flip side that unnerves you it doesn’t mean that you’re fated to have this happen, it’s all to be taken with a pinch of salt. Just like everything else, it’s all very well throwing yourself in and seeing your inner workings coming to the surface as you read into all this, but you won’t always see the good and glittery sides, you’ll see the darker sides too. Like perhaps you have a jealous nature, or you’re secretively manipulative etc take it all in but don’t hold it heavy in your heart. And if you don’t agree with it, then that’s fine too. Either way, there’ll still be some deeply insightful and interesting parts to dig up, I assure you.
One of mine is, that my Venus is in Aries, which explains a lot. I’m one of those girls who needs to feel like I’m number one priority with my partner no matter what, and I need my needs to be met, I’m very passionate about it all. Which is entirely accurate. I become infatuated quickly, I dive into relationships quickly, I have had many whirlwind romances, I’ve had sudden sparks of passion, quite a few heartaches and heartbreaks and other bits in-between. Everything I read about this resonated with me, as well as finding out I was a Virgo rising. (I’ve always felt more of a Virgo than a Pisces).
There’s also a North node, also known as a ‘True node’ and a South node. The North node (from what I’ve read) is what we move towards, what guides us, and who we’re becoming.
The south is where we’ve come from, where we’ve been, and who we were. Again, some argue that they have other meanings, but this is the one I’ve heard the most of. The node can be found at the very bottom of your chart, it will be represented via a sign and within a house.
Another section of the Natal chart belongs to the Chiron, to my knowledge this is what holds us back, our downside, our negative side. My Chiron was in a house and a sign which stated that I compare myself to others too much and it slows me down, it hinted towards a jealous streak from when I was a child, to holding myself back as an adult. There’s different ways to approach the Chrion, and different ways to look at it, but the main fact is, not to dwell too much over it. We all have our darker sides, we all have our shadow sides.
The Lilith is another factor I’ve not mentioned, mainly because I’m still figuring it out myself, so that’s a post for another time.
In short, it can be a lot of fun to look into.
Along with this, you can venture further and figure out what planet is dominant with you, such as, I am Mercury Dominant, which also, explained so much. These kinds of threads can really help us feel less alien and more connected, if like me, you often feel like the odd one out, and you don’t blend well with others, or perhaps you come across all wrong to others, I promise you, you have someone just like you out there, that’s what I found.
If you Youtube Claire Nakti – she’s another great and intensely beautiful Youtuber who goes into Saturn dominant people, Venus dominant etc and the overall usual appearance, characteristics, dark personalities and so on. Again, a lot of this is also uncovering the darker side of our nature, so don’t feel daunted if and when you come across part of your natal chart that unsettles you, no one, I repeat, no one is made of sugar, spice and everything nice.
Claire does also go into the Hindu astrology and the moons involved there, but to warn, that’s a realm of its own and I’d leave that for the advanced. Let’s stick to this for now.
There’s a tonne more to uncover, but that’s as far as I’m going on this post. There’s a vast astrology community on Twitter that I’ve come across recently but even a lot of that is a head spin, it’s an entire language spoken by some that still feels alien to me, but I can grasp the odd bit at least now. Of course there’s also the Chinese zodiac which I am also into, and very interested in. I grew up telling everyone I was a Dragon, a proud earth dragon, I still like to think this is one of the best zodiacs you can have from the Chinese lunar calendar, who wouldn’t want to be a dragon? Even so, there’s more to uncover on this too.
For now, if you’re interested, calculate your own via the site I gave previously, take a look at what’s placed where, read into it bit by bit and most of all, enjoy getting to know yourself. There’s something comforting about it all in my opinion, to know that the map of our stars can be decoded and translated, right from the cosmic and journaled down in order for us to better know ourselves.