Start at the Ascendant

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What is a Natal Chart?

Start at the Ascendant

The term "natal" means birth. Therefore, to have one's natal astrology chart explained means that the astrologer will read the planetary positions and aspects in the person's chart for whom the natal reading is being done.
To begin reading a Natal Chart, start at the Ascendant (left centre line of the chart). Note the sign here, and any planets in the First House. (That is the segment of the chart immediately below the line of the Ascendant). If there are no planets here, note the sign on the 1st house cusp and look for the house and sign placement of the planetary ruler of that sign.

   

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