Birth Chart

Your birth chart is your unique, astrological fingerprint! This is the free explanation of you birth chart on Horoscope Friends.

Fill in the requested data to see your detailed chart, showing the position and aspects of the planets at the time of your birth.

This is a detailed reading of your free astrology birth chart, as it was shaped at the time of your birth. In order to get the full scoop, you will need to know the day, time and place of your birth. If you do not know the exact time you were born, you will still get an accurate reading for the most part, but the positions of the planets in the houses might not be exact, as the Moon and Sun move at a faster pace than the rest of the planets.

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Use our natal chart calculator and find your Sun sign, the Ascendant, the Houses and Midheaven, as well as all the planetary aspects (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), which shape your future. As shown in our astrology birth chart, our natal horoscope is decided at the time of our birth and the planetary positions signify personality traits that will follow us for the rest of our lives. One’s birth chart in astrology is their unique fingerprint in this life as at the time of our birth, the universe seems to classify us under a star sign.

Our free birth chart reading includes all the planetary positions and the ascendant of your natal chart as well as the aspects the planets were forming at the time and their influences on both your character and your life. As the best and most experienced astrologers often insist, one’s horoscope does not just consist of their star sign. If you have a look at your birth chart, you will see that your horoscope is an extremely complex system of interacting elements that come together in a unique way for each one of us, to complete our profile puzzle. But if you’re here, on HoroscopeFriends, you probably know all that already. So, next time you’re interested to find more about a potential love interest, make sure you get their date of birth right, because a Taurus with a Sagittarius Ascendant and a Gemini Moon might not be that much of a Taurus after all!

Are you typical Taurus? A textbook Leo? Or do you feel that Astrology has got it all wrong when it comes to you? You are much more than your star sign! There is a whole world of planets and astrological symbols that make up your full astrological profile - your birth chart - and of which sun-sign Astrology is but a small part.

So what is a birth-chart? Your birth chart is a snapshot of the heavens at the precise time and place of your birth. It’s the astrological blueprint of your incarnation (complete with soul’s intent) and a roadmap to your personality, your relationships and, ultimately, your destiny.

How do you read a birth chart? Chart interpretation proceeds by analysis, then synthesis. First you analyse the position of the astrological planets and points, by zodiac sign, house and aspect. Then you synthesise all this information into a complete and meaningful picture. Why synthesise? Well, you might read in part of your chart interpretation that you are outgoing and sociable and in another that you’re introverted and shy. So which is it? We humans are complex creatures and there’s much more going than meets the eye. The bits you don’t identify with are just as important as those you do, no less because they create powerful attractions to particular people and relationships! Synthesising contradictory information will tell you which bits make up your personality and which create your relationship destiny!

So what are the key components of a birth-chart? First up is your Ascendant. This is the zodiac sign that rises in the eastern horizon at the precise moment and location of your birth. You need to know your birth time for this (something you can easily obtain from your full birth certificate) and it’s worth doing since the Ascendant or ‘rising sign’ is just as important as your star sign! It determines your outward personality, how you meet the world and the impression you make.

The Ascendant also determines your 12 astrological houses, each governing a different life arena. For instance, your first house governs your appearance whilst your tenth house, or Midheaven, governs your career. Love and relationships fall to the 5th and 7th houses. To see which house a planet occupies in your birth-chart, count the slices antilock-wise, starting with the one just below your Ascendant at the left-most point of your chart-wheel.

The natal Moon is also of crucial importance in chart interpretation (in India, it’s even placed over and above the sun!) and that’s because it represents the emotional and mental screen through which you filter all your life experience. Check it out by sign, house and planetary aspect.

What are planetary aspects? They are mathematical relationships that two planets can have to each other. Aspects often form lines in the middle of your horoscope wheel. (Check them out. Do you see a pattern?) A conjunction is when two planets are side by side whereas  an opposition is when two planets are right across from each other. Other aspects are named after the number by which they divide the circle. A square, for instance is 90 degrees, dividing the circle by 4. This is considered a ‘hard’ aspect. A trine is 120 degrees, dividing the circle by 3. This is considered a ‘soft’ aspect. In the square, the planets clash, in the trine they flow. Conjunctions (360:1), oppositions (360:2), squares (360:4) and multiples thereof are strongly manifest. Oppositions, in particular, come to life in your 1-1 relationships.

You need to know your precise birth-time to know your Ascendant, houses (and sometimes, the Moon). This is not the case for the rest of the planets and their aspects, which can be read off your birth-date alone. So what if you don’t know your birth-time?  You can still gain valuable astrological information without a birth-time. Just calculate your chart for 12 noon (the middle of your birthday) and ignore any Ascendant or house information that comes up. Focus on the aspects and the planets in signs. You won’t be able to get down to the nitty gritty without an accurate time but you'll get the broad brushstrokes - and certainly loads over and above your sun sign!

Now, there is also a practice in Astrology called chart-rectification. This is when you ask an astrologer to try and calculate your precise birth-time working backward from key life events that you provide from your past. Applying astrological transits, directions and progressions (forecasting techniques) to those events, the astrologer fine-tunes your horoscope by discovering and triangulating sensitive points in your chart that are not already indicated by the planets. It’s a bit like laying two transparencies on top of each other until the pictures match. This is a difficult, time-consuming exercise that only a competent astrologer can carry out. Help them by providing as accurate a list of life events as you can.

Now, you might wonder, how do C-sections and planned births affect a birth chart?  These are very common after all, especially in the 21st century. Your doctor tells you to come in at a specific date and time convenient to them and, lo and behold, a whole new destiny is this way born! Surely there is something wrong with that picture? Does this mean, for instance, that certain people are born at the ‘wrong’ time?

To answer this question, we need to look at the philosophical underpinnings of birth “horoscopes” (literally “hour-watching”). At core, Astrology is the art of reading time. Our human choices (or the doctor’s!) are never outside the cosmic clock and so cannot ‘jinx’ it. The moment something happens encodes the cosmic blueprint for that event and for its future unfoldment. Whether the event is planned or accidental, whether it's a natural birth or a C-section, it’ at the ‘appointed time’. There is, under this picture, no such thing as being born at the ‘wrong’ time. But maybe there is a deeper question to be asked: do we choose our birth-time and place? Many astrologers believe that we do! Because this ensures that we have free will at a soul-level. If so, planned births are nothing special. Just a chosen moment in time from a much wider perspective.