These instructions will allow you to find some of the more obscure data,
like your Ascendant degree or positions of Ceres, Pallas Athene,
Juno, Vesta or Chiron, as well as the basic 10 planets.
Before you begin:
Your astrology chart is the go-to map of your life. Your Whole. Entire. Life. It’s worth digging up your accurate birth time for this, because some things in the sky move quickly and can cause a difference in your chart (and therefore your personality) in as short a time as 10 minutes. The time listed on your birth certificate is usually better than what a relative remembers. Find a written source with a down-to-the-minute-accurate birth time in it. You’ll be glad you did.
No birth time?
If you have no birth time, list noon as the time. Many things about the resulting chart will not be accurate, including your Ascendant (aka Rising sign) and the house placements of all the planets. Your Moon sign may also be off, if you were born on a day when the Moon changed signs.
How to cast your chart on Astro.com:
Use this link to get to the birth data entry window at astro.com: http://bit.ly/makechart
When you get to the part where you enter your birthplace, the box will show you your Sun, Moon and Ascendant signs right away, before you even hit “continue.”
Hit “continue.” This brings you to your chart and also a triangular graph showing aspects in your chart (it’s called an “aspectarian”). Now you have the basic 10 planets, but you don’t have the asteroids.
To get the asteroids, next you’ll need to go to the Extended Chart Selection page. You don’t need to change much here. Just mark things under “Additional objects” as shown in the image below and hit “click here to show the chart.”
Now the chart you get has more objects inside it.
And NOW, when you use the button at the top left of this page, “Additional tables,” you will find that the asteroids appear in it (see image below).
This person has the Sun at 26º of Aquarius (circled in purple), Juno at 15º of Taurus (circled in blue) and 11º of Gemini Rising/Ascending (circled in red). The funny-looking symbol circled in pink is Capricorn.
You may be wondering about the sign and planet symbols. The symbols can differ from one font to another (as if astrology wasn’t confusing enough already!). Here are two keys to help you:
What can you do with this information?
On my blog, there are a lot of things you can do. Here are just a few of the options:
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What does your Moon sign mean?
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What does your Venus sign mean?
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What does your Mars house position mean?
What does your Mercury sign mean about your learning style?
How does your Jupiter sign bring you joy?
What does your Saturn sign say about the Great Work of your lifetime?
It’s March of 2015 and the final pass of this revolutionary transit is happening—Pluto and Uranus are meeting up in a stressful square for the last time. Jupiter stepped in at the end of 2014 to lend a hand and Mars did a little deft diplomacy while retrograde in Libra (check out part 4 of this thread). Jupiter and Mars have now left the field, but the North and South Nodes have arrived to bring a sense of destiny to this story.
Human Being is still in his own dreamscape. The Great Edifice has fallen. The ground is littered with shiny black rubble with a bright red interior showing in its cracks and broken places. Dead bodies are scattered around. People cower and hold each other, crying and confused. Human Being is consoling them. Meanwhile, Pluto (still dressed like a ninja) cocks his head to one side and listens, then calls to Uranus, who (still in his orange coat) is on the other side of the pile of rubble, scanning the sky for lightning bolts.
Pluto: Hey, Uranus—are we networked to other Edifices?
Uranus: Why yes, Pluto, in fact we are! And that brings me of the rest of our work here.
Uranus leaps into the center of the rubble and digs a bit. Then he pulls a lightning rod out of his pocket and sticks it in the ground like a flag.
Uranus: There, that should do it!
Then he crooks his finger at the sky in an inviting way. The thunderclouds above spew forth a giant bolt of lightning, which zaps the lightning rod and sends a jolt of electricity into the pile of rubble and the earth below.
Pluto: Wow, that’s impressive!
From that central point, jagged red lightning bolts travel through the earth’s surface in every direction—bursting forth in a web of red light extending to the horizon. Far off in the distance, another edifice appears, a black tower which suddenly fills with red webbing, cracks apart and crumbles. Then another edifice appears—and another and another, too many to count. One by one they crumble, until the dark landscape is filled with a red glow.
Uranus (with some satisfaction): I specialize in the cascade effect.
Pluto: Spectacular. But what is there left for me to do?
Uranus: You’ve already done it, my friend. My lightning network has carried your transformational death-and-rebirth to other, connected edifices nearby. Change has begun and now there’s no stopping it. In the immortal words of a science fiction character named Kosh, “the avalanche has started; it’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Human Being has walked up to Pluto and is tugging on his sleeve.
Human: What are we to do now? Many of us are suffering. Did we deserve this?
In answer, Pluto walks to the nearest corpse and touches the top of its head. The spirit belonging to the corpse rises out of the body and floats before Pluto.
Pluto: There is no death.
Spirit: There is no death. But what am I to learn from this? My involvement with this Edifice has killed me. Does that mean I did wrong?
Pluto: When you take on a physical body and enter the world, it’s possible to create many different kinds of experiences. Good people can die, bad people can go untouched, these things can happen. Events are not always a statement about your goodness. Now that you have passed away from the physical world, take some time to think about what your life was for and what it accomplished. Begin planning the next one. Know that all your experiences will be judged by a loving Universe and that they will all contribute to your understanding. Allow those you leave behind to grieve in peace. Move on into the light of universal love.
Pluto waves his hand and a door opens in the sky with golden light pouring through it. The spirit is drawn to the light and passes through the door. Other spirits follow until all the unquiet dead are released.
Human Being (tugging again, more insistently this time): But what about those who are still living? What does all this mean about our purpose? What’s our destiny?
Just then, a giant bubble appears in the sky, with two angelic figures inside it. The bubble bursts as they touch ground.
Human: Who are you?
Angelic Figures: We are the North and South Nodes. We have vital information about your destiny. Please sit down and listen.
Human Being gathers all the other people in a circle around the Nodes.
South Node: I’m in Aries and I want to stress how important it is that you let go of old, combative ways. You have learned how to be battle-ready, but fighting and arguing are not going to solve your problems right now. Draw on what you already know about how to protect yourself in the world and then disarm yourself. Existing in a state of angry war-preparedness is no way to live.
North Node: I’m in Libra and I’m here to tell you how important it is that you be kind to one another. It’s time to embrace peace, respect, diplomacy, fairness, equality, democracy, relatedness, harmony, symmetry and balance. Connecting with others does not mean dominating them.
South Node: Let go of anger. . .
North Node: . . . and create peace.
Behind the Nodes, where the edifice stood, light breaks through, rays piercing the sky. There is a white shadowy shape, softer and more rounded. It glows warmly. Pluto and Uranus laugh exuberantly, then grab hands with the Nodes for a happy dance.
Pluto: There it is! The beautiful, safe and loving world I knew we could create!
Uranus: There it is! The beautiful, egalitarian society I knew we could create!
South Node: There it is! A world without war.
North Node: There it is! A world where everyone is heard.
Pluto: I guess I can take a break then.
Uranus: I think we can both take a break. Nodes, would you stick around to help people transition?
North Node: Sure!
The South Node is already lighting little fires to burn off the karmic rubble. The North Node turns her attention to blowing little bubbles of rational calmness, which, when they burst above someone’s head, result in an open-hearted dialogue.
Pluto and Uranus walk off, arm in arm, and for quite some time you can still hear the thunder and feel the distant earth-shaking rumble of their footsteps.
They will be back.
The Uranus-Pluto square is only one milestone in the grand cycle of Uranus and Pluto, which lasts for centuries. That cycle began when Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in the middle of the 1960’s. Those were revolutionary times and the present global changes are the next phase of it. This square between Uranus and Pluto is like an earthquake with reverberations that will go on for decades until the next Uranus/Pluto connection, which will be an opposition in 2046. Expect the next level of really big change to happen then.
In the meanwhile, Uranus and Pluto will meet again much sooner, and in a more harmonious way. That connection will be a trine and it begins in July 2026, just 11 years from now. As to what it means, let’s see when we get there.
To read the first article in this series, start here:
In my Rocket-Fuel Your Career teleclasses this year, I’ve been talking about how astrology can help you get on track and pursue a career that’s right for you in a self-disciplined way. So far, we’ve been focusing on Saturn and things have been rather heavy, but they’re about to get a whole lot lighter. In the upcoming teleclass, I’m going to talk about how astrology can help you get inspired and find meaning in your career by pursuing what you love and radiating so much enthusiasm that you become a natural leader that others want to follow. There are 4 ways your chart can help.
Jupiter, the Charismatic Leader in You
The red giant in your chart shows your natural leadership capacity—and any factors that may be restricting it or holding you back. Jupiter is the planet of abundance, good fortune, hope, optimism, possibilities and sheer luck. Luck is no accident—Jupiter is strong in the charts of individuals who just seem to have it easy, and (since everyone has Jupiter somewhere) you can learn to do what they do—but in your own way. Jupiter helps you find your style of authentic leadership and because Jupiter’s great for marketing, promotion and sales, it’s an especially good thing for entrepreneurs to know about.
Neptune, the Visionary in You
Neptune in your chart shows your wishes, hopes, dreams and fantasies. It’s easy to allow the Neptune side of you to remain a lazy dreamer instead of taking action on your visions, but once you become aware of your dream, you may find yourself caught up in its magic and inspired to take it on. Neptune also speaks to the dream of your whole generation and your chart shows how you can incorporate that dream into your career, so you can reach (and positively impact) the people who share it with you.
Big Voice/Little Voice
Your chart reveals the natural tone of your Little Voice, the intimate voice you use to connect with other individuals in one-on-one interactions. Your Little Voice helps you discover the message you are here to share. Your chart also reveals the tone of your Big Voice, your broadcast-to-a-crowd voice, the one you should use when speaking to inspire a large group. Your Big Voice is useful for marketing, promotion, sales, and gaining more visibility in your field. This is another great piece for entrepreneurs and I’ll show you how to separate the two, so you can use each for what it’s good for, and also how to combine them to create powerful marketing materials for your business.
Who’s Your Daddy?
Every field of endeavor has a particular astrological “ruling planet” which brings life-experience, wisdom and very specific timing, offering you a clear path to success in your field. In the teleclass you’ll have an opportunity to find out which planet is in charge of your field and find out what that planet wants from you. Then you can cultivate or “worship” that principle in your life in ways that will get you unstuck and help you progress and thrive.
Learn more about Jupiter, Neptune and your career by getting a Mission Orders reading. Contact Jamie now to schedule one!
February 18, 2013
“Wake up!” says Saturn. “I gave you a chance to see your responsibility recently. Now I’m telling you again: this is a time of testing.”
Today is a Pivotal Day
When a planet turns retrograde it makes a pivot in the sky and also creates a metaphorically “pivotal” experience for human beings.
Today, that planet is Saturn. It’s as if Saturn is telling us, “You can’t go on avoiding responsibility forever. I’m delivering a wake-up call.”
You may have seen my blogposts about Chiron and wondered “What the heck is that?” Chiron is not something they teach about much in grade school when you learned the planets of our solar system, but it is a member of the planetary pack. Not all astrologers use Chiron in charts, but those who do swear by its usefulness in understanding a human being’s primal wounding and how to heal that. Chiron is also very useful for healers.
Astronomically, Chiron is a planetoid, sometimes called a “centaur,” with its orbit placed between Saturn and Uranus. In our solar system, Saturn is the furthest-out planet that’s visible with the naked eye—Uranus, Neptune and Pluto lie in the further, more mysterious regions of space, and now Chiron too, like a bridge between the visible and invisible. One of Chiron’s astrological themes is that of the bridge or shaman, the one that connects the known world with the worlds of mystery and the unknown.
Chiron’s orbit is very elliptical, like a very long oval, bringing it at one end inside the orbit of Saturn and at the other end outside the orbit of Uranus. This means that its cycle is irregular. Chiron passes through some signs very slowly and others much faster. You’ll find many more people have Chiron in Aries and Pisces, because it takes almost 8 years to pass through these signs, while many fewer people have it in Libra and Virgo, because it takes less than two years to pass through them. Gemini and Sagittarius have Chiron for the average time, about four years. Chiron’s whole cycle lasts 50 years.
The 50-year cycle of Chiron leads to a significant life-passage all human beings go through in the year when they turn 50, and it’s the reason why age 50 is such a heavy birthday for so many people. Any Chiron transit, whether it’s Chiron transiting something in your chart or something in the sky transiting your own Chiron, brings up old wounds to the surface for healing. If you’ve been doing your healing work all along, your Chiron Return doesn’t have to be painful. But if you have repressed your wounds and focused on coping while ignoring unhealed pains (whether emotional or physical), your Chiron Return will be a time when all the old, frozen stuff comes rushing to the surface. For many people, this is overwhelming and they feel suddenly old. For healers it can be a wonderful time of the blossoming of wisdom. For healers who have been doing their own healing work on themselves, doubly so. (Please note that being a healer doesn’t mean being a doctor literally—it is much broader than that and encompasses any situation in which wholeness is restored.)
The elliptical nature of Chiron’s orbit has led astronomers to speculate that it may be a comet captured by the gravitational pull of our Sun. In this sense, Chiron may also be a bridge between our tiny solar system and the rest of the big, wide universe. Chiron’s orbit is subject to instability caused by gravitational perturbations by Saturn and Uranus, possibly causing it to shift its orbit or even leave our solar system entirely at some point to become an actual comet, and so this centaur may be a “brief” visitor to our solar system—for a few million years.
Uranus and Pluto are involved in a momentous, years-long square in the sky right now. This is a really big deal and I want to tell you why.
Every pair of planets in the sky has a cycle they go through together, like the cycle of the Sun and Moon that makes the Moon phases we are familiar with. When the Sun and Moon are conjunct, the Moon appears dark. We call this a new Moon and it’s the beginning of a month-long cycle. As the Moon travels on through the zodiac, the Sun also moves forward a bit, and after about a week, they form a 90-degree angle in the sky. That’s called a square and the Moon appears half-full because the Sun’s light is illuminating it from that 90-degree angle, so we see the half of it that’s nearest the Sun. Have you ever wondered why a “first quarter” Moon appears half-full? This is why.
The Sun and Moon then continue travelling until they are exactly opposite each other in the sky (an ‘opposition’). This is when the Moon appears full, because it’s on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun and we see the sunlight coming from behind us to illuminate its whole face. After the Full Moon comes the Third Quarter Moon, which again appears half-full and is another 90-degree angle between Sun and Moon, a square. Finally, yet another week later (for a total of 4 weeks or about a month), the Moon catches up with the Sun and is again new, ending the old cycle and starting another.
Uranus and Pluto are doing this dance also, except their time-frame is much, much larger. This square is the first time they’ve met up again in the sky since their conjunction (or ‘new’ phase) in the middle of the 1960’s. That conjunction of Uranus and Pluto was the 1960’s—it defined the times. It brought the previous, hundreds-of-years-long cycle to a close and ushered in a new era. Uranus rules revolution and Pluto rules psychological change—these two principles were blended throughout the sixties. There was tremendous social change, racial integration, draft evasion, encounter groups were invented, hemlines went up, and young people listened to music that terrified their elders. And I haven’t even mentioned the sexual revolution. That’s Sexual (Pluto) Revolution (Uranus).
So right now, Uranus and Pluto are in their First Quarter square. This stressful square lasts from 2012 to March of 2015. During these several years it will peak in its intensity several times. When the peaks happen, I’ll try to write blogposts that may give you a feel for this thing and it’s enormity. Unless I’m too busy experiencing it in my own life, of course. The following script shows how it might feel to us here on Earth.
Human Being has wandered from his sleeping body and is roaming the great astral plain. There he spots a sort of dark block, far away at the horizon. He turns towards it and, as often happens in dreams, suddenly he is standing next to it. The edifice is black, shiny, massive, monumental, a tower as huge as an Egyptian pyramid. Human cranes his neck but cannot see the top, which reaches into the sky and blots out the stars. On its face climbs a small figure, hanging from a cord. The figure quickly rappels down the face and greets Human. It is Pluto, dressed in black and masked, like a ninja. He is almost impossible to see against the dark, deep black of the structure behind him.
Pluto: What are you doing here?
Human (shrugs): I’m one of those who can see things others can’t. (points at the edifice) What is it?
Pluto: I don’t know, because I only see the archetypal. What we’re looking at is the dream-world image of the thing. The thing behind the thing. It’s an edifice, a great big one. I don’t know how it actually manifests in the physical world. Maybe it’s a government. Maybe it’s a corporation. It’s an institution of some kind, that’s for sure.
Human: Why are you climbing on it?
Pluto: I’m looking for fault lines.
Human: What will you do when you find them?
Pluto: I’ll press on them until they break open. Then this structure will have to change.
Human: That makes me nervous. And why are you dressed up like a ninja?
Pluto (proudly): I look like a character from Mission Impossible. No—I look like James Bond!
Human: But you’re a god! Aren’t you beyond that?
Pluto: Yeah, sure I’m a god. But I still like looking like James Bond.
Another figure appears at the bottom of the building.
Human: Who’s that?
Pluto cranes his neck to see.
Pluto: Oh that’s Uranus. Who invited him to the party?
Uranus is wearing a fiery orange coat. He’s concealing something inside of it.
Pluto: Hey, Captain Obvious! Go away. Can’t you see that if this tower is to come down, it has to be done by stealth?
Uranus: Ridiculous. If true change is to occur, everyone has to see it happen, or else it won’t stick. Things will just go back to the way they were.
Pluto: Absurd. I’m going for nothing less than a full-on, cellular-level metamorphosis. That can only happen in darkness. Going to transform this puppy into something really useful.
Human: Uh, do you know what that useful thing is yet?
Pluto: Heck no!
Uranus: I have a plan too.
Pluto: Of course. What is it?
Uranus: I plan to break this thing down into its tiniest pieces, then reform them into something better, something bigger, something more all-inclusive.
Pluto: Perhaps we should work together then.
Uranus: Sounds good—how about you find the fault-lines and I’ll plug them with the explosives I brought. Then we’ll blow the thing open and search the rubble for whatever meaningful endures.
Human: Um, guys—have you thought about what this structure is?
Pluto: All I care about is that it’s decrepit, decaying, dying and I must destroy it.
Uranus: All I care about is that it’s forgotten how to remain flexible and I must replace it with something more progressive.
Human: Have you thought about what humans will do without this structure while it finds its new shape?
Uranus and Pluto look at each other in delight.
Uranus: Probably lots of chaos, don’t you figure?
Pluto: Disorder, change, disruption.
Uranus: Sounds good to me!
And back to work they go.
If you think this story bears some resemblance to the events of September 11, 2001, you would be right. But that’s not why I wrote it this way. It’s just a metaphor, not a prediction. The edifice represents institutions of all kinds, and the social structures behind the physical buildings.
What changes will occur as Uranus and Pluto do their work? I don’t know, but chances are good we will look back at this period as interesting times.
The story continues here.
Ever read a description of your “sign” and just felt like it had little or nothing to do with you? Ever felt categorized by astrology, forced into a grouping that had no relevance for your life? Ever felt frustrated by others who discover your sign and then nod sagely and say “of course” as if now they suddenly have the key to you? It’s all very annoying. Believe it or not, it’s annoying to astrologers too. Believe it or not, the problem is not with astrology, it’s with how people use astrology. Your sun sign is only one small part of who you are, and while astrologers view the sun as important and central, it’s not everything. Not in the least.
What Does My “Sign” Mean Anyway?
When someone asks you your “sign,” they are asking about your sun sign, or the sign of the zodiac the sun was in when you were born. The sun moves through all 12 signs every year in a regular pattern we experience as the seasons. The sun is always just entering Aries on the first day of spring—in fact, that’s an integral part of the very definition of the first day of spring. On the first day of spring, the sun is directly overhead at the equator, making the days and nights of equal length (equator, equinox, equal—coincidence? I think not!). The sign of Aries is the season of early spring, where the sun is when it’s just beginning to warm up the northern hemisphere for the summer. All the other signs are similarly linked to seasonal zones.
Why Sun Sign Astrology?
In the 1960’s an astrologer named Linda Goodman popularized astrology greatly by focusing on sun signs. She’s the reason why asking someone’s sun sign at a party (and drawing compatibility conclusions from it) is such a 60’s cliché. The sun is a very easy part of one’s chart to be aware of—all you need to know is your birthday and you’re off and running. Also it’s accurate enough of the time to intrigue many people.
Linda Goodman did astrology a great service by making it accessible to everyone. This has probably led to a lot more people getting useful guidance from astrology than would ever have thought of it on their own. However, she also did astrology a great disservice by reducing it to such a simple factor. The sun simply is not all there is to any individual, and to categorize individuals by sun sign is to miss out on all the other rich details in human personality.
What Else is There?
A look around an actual birth chart quickly reveals that there’s much more to it than the sun. A chart is full of detail—overwhelmingly so (thus the need for sun sign simplicity). Not only is the sun in a sign, but everything else in our solar system is too. You have a Mercury sign, a moon sign, a Venus sign, even a Neptune sign. And to add layers of complexity, planets-in-signs may be important, but they are still only part of the picture. Check out this sample chart and you’ll see what I mean:
It’s hard to even know where to start, isn’t it? If you look at the bottom of the chart and a little to the left, you’ll find a small circle with a dot inside it. That’s the sun. As you can see, it’s just one factor among many.
Actually this single diagram is loaded with information, all coded in symbols. Astrology is a language, like Spanish or algebra or C++ or musical notation. Every symbol shown here means something and every combination of symbols adds layers of complex and individual meaning. And because the patterns of planetary placement in the sky change at least a little every 3 minutes, this makes a birth-moment, and thus the chart that locked in during it, and by extension the person who was born that moment, highly individual. No categorization at all.
This chart has a complexity of a factor of 11 x 12 x 12 at a minimum. Why? Because in the chart there are 11 “planets” (two of which are the sun and moon, not strictly planets at all), each of which has the possibility of appearing in any of 12 signs and any of 12 houses. And this is just the beginning of the complexity here. I won’t belabor the point because by now no doubt you are getting the picture. You are not your sun sign! Not remotely.
Sun signs were really only ever intended as a gateway. If you find your sun sign interesting, seek out more information (one great way is to get a natal chart reading). You will find that your astrology chart, if accurate, is surprisingly well-suited to describe you in great detail. And the chart does more than describe—the chart also advises. Read properly, your chart will show you your own best life, describing avenues of success and happiness and giving your existence meaning. All in much more detail than your sun sign alone could.
This is one of three related articles on the subject of why your Sun sign is not all that you are. For more insight, see the other two.
What Is A “Sign Type?” posted 4/9/09
You Are Not Just Your “Sign” posted 4/4/07
What Makes a Strong Sign Type? posted 8/28/07