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.