How to Read an Astrology Chart

Simplified astrology chart:
M.C. = Midheaven or Zenith
I.C. = Immum Coeli
ASC =  Rising Sign
D.C. = Western Horizon
5 Steps to help you learn how to read your astrology chart, courtesy of

Step 1

Have your astrology natal chart drawn and plotted for you.
  • You will have to provide the astrologer with a few key pieces of information including your full date of birth, your place of birth and your time of birth.
  • Although some people have drawn up their own natal charts, it is best if you leave this to an astrologer or someone who has knowledge in astrology.
  • You will receive a round horoscope wheel containing many pieces of information designated by symbols and intersecting lines. These signs and symbols all residing in 12 different houses, also known as astrological signs.

Step 2
Look at the outer ring of the circle.
  • You'll notice the outer ring is divided into 12 sections. Each section will have either the symbol for the astrological sign it represents or the name of the sign.

Step 3
Find your sun sign on the horoscope wheel.Underneath each astrological sign you may find a series of other symbols. These symbols represent planets, nodes and trines. You may also find measurements and degrees.
  • When someone asks you, "What is your sign?," they are asking you what your sun sign is. Although your sun sign is an important aspect of your birth chart, it is not the only thing to be considered. Your birth chart shows where every planet in the solar system was located in the sky at the exact moment of your birth. These planets, depending on where they are in the sky, exert certain influences over you, who you will become and what your future may hold.
  • You will also receive a key that tells you what each symbol represents. Normally the symbol for the sun is a circle with a dot in the center. Locate this on your birth chart. Once you find the sun symbol, check to see what astrological sign it falls under. This is your "sign."

Step 4
Follow the above steps to locate all of the planets in your astrology birth chart.
  • All of the planets have an influence over you, but there are three things that influence you more than others. These three things are your sun sign, your moon sign and your ascendant.

Step 5
Research the planets and their locations within your birth chart and you will begin to see how accurate astrology can be.
  • There are a number of places where you can do your research, such as the Internet and books. Many times the person who plotted your birth chart will also provide brief insights and explanations.
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