The natal chart is the all-encompassing key term in astrology. In contrast to the “normal” horoscope, it enables the character, the merits and weaknesses of a person to be defined.

The planets and the moon revolve around the earth. Let’s take the example of “moon”: The moon cycle is – like the female menstrual cycle – 28 days. The moon is under the sign of Cancer. This zodiac sign is directly related to the moon and is therefore a zodiac sign of imagination and creativity, with a close connection to childhood. At the same time, this zodiac sign is capricious and changeable as it is strongly influenced by the rapid cycle of the moon.The planets and the moon revolve around the earth. Let’s take the example of “moon”: The moon cycle is – like the female menstrual cycle – 28 days. The moon is under the sign of Cancer. This zodiac sign is directly related to the moon and is therefore a zodiac sign of imagination and creativity, with a close connection to childhood. At the same time, this sign of the zodiac is capricious and changeable because it is very fast cycle of the moon is influenced.

When drawing up the natal chart, the astrologer takes into account the positions of all planets. He checks in which house (and thus area of ​​life) they were at the time of your birth in order to then create a corresponding sky map. With it he can make statements about you, about your personality and your life.When drawing up the natal chart, the astrologer takes into account the positions of all planets. He checks in which house (and thus area of ​​life) they were at the time of your birth in order to then create a corresponding sky map. With it he can make statements about you, about your personality and your life.

The natal chart is a graphic representation of the stars, so to speak a snapshot of the sky at the moment of your birth. To calculate your natal chart, not only your date of birth is necessary, but also the exact hour of birth and your place of birth. Two people born on the same day and hour – but in different cities – do not have the same natal chart.

What is a natal chart made of?


A natal chart is based on 12 signs of the zodiac, 10 planets (the planets of the solar system + the moon) and their constellations, 12 houses (also called fields, including the 1st house, the ascendant), 2 lunar nodes and the so-called aspects (colored lines, connecting the two planets in the natal chart and showing how they work together).

Based on the interaction of all these elements and through the analysis and interpretation of the sky map, an astrologer can define your personality and determine the most important dates of your life, your potentials, your abilities for one or the other profession and the rough course of your love life. Most importantly, it can show you the development trends for the whole year or the coming month.By interacting with all of these elements and analyzing and interpreting the sky map, an astrologer can identify your personalityDefine and determine the most important dates of your life, your potentials, your abilities for one or the other profession and the rough course of your love life. Most importantly, it can show you the development trends for the whole year or the coming month.

When creating the natal chart, the astrologer relies on the position of the planets at the moment of your birth. He refers to the ephemeris: star position tables that provide information about the daily position of the planets. Furthermore, the astrologer uses your zodiac sign, which corresponds to the position of the sun in the zodiac at the time of your birth.

Calculate the natal chart: the planets

These are the decisive stars that are important for the natal chart:

  • The moon corresponds to imagination and creativity. In a man, it also symbolizes the anima – his hidden feminine side. In a woman it expresses how the woman lives out her femininity.
  • Mercury is a fast, active planet. He stands for intelligence, liveliness, open-mindedness and a lively spirit.
  • Venus is the planet of love, beauty and aesthetics.
  • Jupiter , also called the Great Benefactor, points to opportunity, financial opportunity and expansion.
  • Saturn is a slow planet. He encourages us to design and build various structures. It stands for endurance, concentration and ambition.
  • Uranus is the planet of innovation. It shakes and disturbs already established things. Uranus is also the planet of scientific (and other) discovery.
  • Pluto makes us question everything. We throw everything overboard in order to start all over again … Pluto can, for example, stimulate us to start therapy, break our everyday routine, etc. It is not for nothing that Pluto stands for fighting spirit and passion …
  • Neptune is the planet of nightmares and illusions. It confuses our love life and often misleads us. But Neptune is also a spiritual planet that can stimulate us to spiritual soaring. Accordingly, it is not very efficient in specific areas.

Calculate the natal chart: the 12 houses

All these calculations, which are made easier today by computer astrology programs, make it possible to illustrate the division of the celestial circle into 12 sectors: These 12 houses correspond to 12 preferred areas of our life – the 12 areas that affect us most.

1st house: personality, behavior and individuality. The first house, also called the ascendant (AC), corresponds to the way we behave in the world. It expresses, so to speak, the personality with which we present ourselves to our environment.
2nd house: finances, investments, acquisitions and possessions.
3rd house: siblings, direct relationships, communication
4th house: origin and family
5th house: creativity and pleasure, eroticism and love life, relationship with children
6th house: everyday life and work
7th house: relationship and partnership, environment
8. House: material loss, relationship to common good, inheritance, crises, changes
9th house: philosophy, religion, independent thinking, worldview, travel to distant countries
10th house: social success, profession and calling, personal goals
11th house: friendship, groups, ethics, society, support
12th house: health, the Trials of life, anonymity, isolation, transcendence

Summary of the most important elements for calculating the natal chart:

  • 12 signs of the zodiac
  • 10 planets (including the sun and the moon)
  • 12 houses

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