4 Easy Birth Chart Reading Techniques For Beginners

4 Easy Birth Chart Reading Techniques For Beginners

Updated September 16, 2019
By Corrine Lane     10 Comments

Reading a birth chart is a process that can take considerable time. However, sometimes you just want a quick, overall summary of a person’s character. Sometimes, you quickly want to know what stands out the most in a birth chart. This is a fun way to show your friends how accurate astrology can be.

Here are four quick things to look at if you only want an overall summary of a birth chart reading. Usually, when you point out these things in a person’s birth chart, they will immediately identify with them.

(If you prefer, see instead the comprehensive, step-by-step lesson on How To Read Your Own Birth Chart.)

Note that of the four techniques below, the first two require an accurate birth time. The fourth also requires an accurate birth time to see if the Moon is involved in the tightest aspect. Get your birth chart here, then come back to read the following 4 birth chart reading techniques.

1. Rising Sign

People will usually immediately identify with their Rising Sign. Sometimes even more so than with the Sun sign. The Rising Sign tells you a lot about how a person acts on a regular basis, especially in front of others, at work, at school, at the grocery store, etc. This is explained in detail in People Act Like Their Rising. See the meanings of the different rising signs: Rising Sign Interpretations.

2. Planet in conjunction to an angle

If a planet is in conjunction to one of the important angles (Ascendant, Midheaven/MC, Descendant, IC), it’s a huge influence on the person. This can overpower the Sun sign characteristics. People will greatly identify with the characteristics of that planet. This is explained in The Meaning of a Planet in Conjunction To 1 of Your Angles. On that page, you’ll also find descriptions for each of the planets in conjunction to an angle.

3. Planet in conjunction to the Sun

If a person doesn’t have #2 (a planet in conjunction to an angle), then check for a planet in conjunction to the Sun. A planet in conjunction to the Sun will color you with the qualities of that other planet. For example, a Capricorn Sun sign person with Mars in a tight conjunction with the Sun will often behave more like a “Martian” (or an Aries) than a Capricorn. The link above, to “The Meaning of a Planet in Conjunction To 1 of Your Angles”, contains a section that shows which personal characteristics each planet endows. Look up whichever planet is in conjunction with your Sun.

4. Tightest dynamic major aspect involving 1 inner planet.

If a person doesn’t have #2 or #3 above, then look at the tightest major aspect involving either the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and possibly Jupiter and Saturn. The aspect can be from one of these to any planet, including to the outer planets. If the aspect is between an inner planet and an outer planet, it’s even more obvious and noticeable in the person. Now, just focus on the one tightest dynamic major aspect. The dynamic (aka challenging) major aspects are the conjunction, the square, and the opposition. The tightest one will be the aspect with the smallest orb. That aspect will be a prominent influence in the person’s life. It can explain why a person acts the way they do.

See more Why People Don't Act Like Their Sun Sign

10 comments on “4 Easy Birth Chart Reading Techniques For Beginners”

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  1. I want to know my birth chart

  2. r pristine on said:

    hi. i have a query. jupiter(20deg taurus)trines venus(18deg capricorn)-modifying all that venus means, thus modifying the nature of venus’s aspects too. hence,will venus throw jupiter’s energy TOO alongwith it’s own on mercury(16deg aries)in it’s square aspect??. all planets are direct;&no other planets in the signs mentioned.all are applying aspects. requesting specific answer to the question, to understand basic principle,ignoring all other considerations except given data. thanks.

  3. Benitta on said:

    I have a doubt! In zodiacs lessons u briefed us the datea for each zodiac signs
    Ex: Scorpio: Oct 21-Nov 22
    Sagittarius: Nov 21-Dec 22
    Suppose a person is born on Nov 21st or 22nd will he have two sunsigns .All the zodiac sign dates flashes a error mode in my mind. It showed different in other sites . Can u help me with it . Thankyou.

    • Astrology Library on said:

      They will not have 2 sun signs. See this note about Sun Sign Dates for an explanation.

    • You would be born on a cusp. You will see characteristics from both sun signs that blend together to create your specific uniqueness. My son and daughter are both Taurus suns, but my daughter is on the Gemini cusp. I can definitely see both Taurus and Gemini in her.

    • Shonda Rise Live on said:

      No one has two birth signs. Because you were only norn once, you see? You only need 3 things to get an accurate birth chart: date if birth, time of birth, and location of birth.

  4. george Saldana on said:

    I am new to this and I am hoping someone can help me. If I don’t know my birth time. How can I do a birth cart.

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