How Do I Obtain a Free Copy of My Birth Chart?

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For those wondering where and how they can get a copy of their birth chart for free, I always recommend astro.com, which is an excellent site and has tons of information for the Astrological novice, as well as those who may be further along in their studies or practice.

The steps are relatively simple to retrieve your birth chart:

(1) Go to: http://www.astro.com

(2) Click on the ‘free horoscope’ link on the menu at the top of the page

(3) On the next screen, you’ll want to click the link for guest users if you haven’t established an account with the site. When you click the link, you should see a form that allows you to enter in your data (first/last name, gender, date/time of birth as well as country, city and state)

Note; You’ll want to use the extended settings feature to make sure the time zone is correct.

After this, you’ll hit the ‘continue’ button.

*The methods section will be set to ‘circular charts’, which is what you want.

(4) On the drop down menu select ‘natal chart wheel’, which should automatically be there. The chart drawing style will say ‘web default style’. you can keep that setting.

(5) Under the options setting, it should be populated with the current date in the ‘Start date for charts marked with’ section.

(6)  For House systems, you can either leave it at the default setting or choose Placidus.

(7) For Image size, you’ll want to keep it at full size for good print quality.

* You can skip ‘additional objects’ as well as the menu to the right unless you’re familiar with how that setting alters the appearance of the birth chart.

(8) Push ‘click here to show the chart’

You should have an official copy of your chart for your records. There are also sections on the site which give you free mini interpretations to get you started. Note that these “cookbook” interpretations aren’t designed to serve as an official consultation, but more as narratives to describe potentials. In order to get a personalized analysis of your chart, it’s advised that you invest in a consultation with a professional Astrologer.

The Zodiac Signs: 12 Developmental Paths

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For most of us, the art of Astrology has been simplified into a few “keywords” which describe personality or behavioral characteristics for each sign.

We’ve dug into Cosmo’s “Bedside Astrologer” or read Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs” and discovered valuable information in regard to how our signs operate in many different facets of life. So, we’ve learned how sexy Scorpio’s are, but never to cross them. Or, that your Cancer woman will have the house in order and dinner on the table at 6 pm. Even to never trust a Sagittarian with a secret, or to exercise extreme caution against allowing a Leo to borrow your mirror.

While all of these anecdotes have their place, it can become very deductive and limiting to human beings whose main focus consists of self-actualization and evolution. Our Sun signs are not only descriptive in the way that they offer insight into character, but they also represent twelve different paths of evolution and development.

Ladies and gentleman: your birthchart is not a mistake. Yes, we want to trade in our 12th house planets or our Moon in Capricorn, but these placements were bestowed upon us for a reason. Our charts are like a celestial toolbox. Given the situation, we need to be able to pull out the correct instrument. Life would be pretty tough if we looked in our containers and all we had was a set of twelve Ginsu knives when all we need is a hammer for that pesky nail. Our Sun represent the “skin” that we are growing into in this lifetime. The sign that we were given represents the most effective method, style or path of growth and development.

If your Sun is in Aries, you’re walking the path of the warrior. Initiating and acting courageously. Sometimes you have to embark on your journey alone. However, you’re flexing muscles that you never even knew you had. It’s not that warriors never become afraid; they just don’t allow this temporary fear from paralyzing their ability to take effective, decisive action. As an Aries Sun, you are straying from your path when you become too impulsive, acting in a “knee jerk” manner without thinking. Or, you fail to realize that the most intense competition will always be internal.

With the Sun in Taurus, you’re on the path of the builder. Stable and grounded. Using your common sense. Developing persistence to solidify and maintain a structure which “works”. Knowing that slow and steady wins the race and accuracy can never be sacrificed for speed. You have strayed from the builder’s path when you become too rigid. Using familiarity as a crutch
instead of a foundation. Making assessments of value based on how much “discomfort” or change will be involved.

If your Sun is in Gemini, you’re walking the path of the informer. The skin that you must grow into is that of a distributor of valuable information to humanity. You must “get the word” out and use a wide variety of communication methods. Network, make connections and become a “jack
of all trades”. Versatility is your middle name. The title of “eternal student” is your birthright. Your curiosity serves as a guide to keep you open to fresh ideas and perspectives. You have strayed from this path when substance regresses to gossip, trivia and idle chatter. Or, when your connections, become lost in ultra breezy superficiality. When you become compulsively addicted to skating on the surface of life because it’s so “fun”, it may be time for a self-check.

With the Sun in Cancer,  you’re on the path of the protector. Instinctively knowing what to do to make those around you most comfortable. Calming, soothing and nurturing. Letting those that you love and care about deeply know that you have their back. Creating a “safe space” for them to return to whenever they require such care. Embracing your family, whether biological or ideological and supporting your race, country and tribe. You’ve strayed from the path when the “itis” of nostalgia overrides the ability to be objective. When you become obsessed with the past and cranky because you’ve forgotten to create the same secure haven for yourself as you
have for others.

If your Sun is in Leo, you’re walking the path of the performer. Lights, camera and action. It’s time for you to shine. There is a deeply ingrained “star quality” bursting at the seams to be released. The skin that life is calling for you to grow into consists of maximizing your powers of self expression and allowing the world to stand up and take notice of who you truly are. Choosing to enjoy life in a playful and childlike manner. Exercising your sense of wonderment while maintaining a fundamental internal dignity. You stray from the path when you can no longer distinguish your true self from the “roles” that you’re playing. When you become compulsively addicted to praise and approval and your need for external stimuli has reached an all time high and you have to google “introspection.”

With the Sun in Virgo, you’re on the path of the perfectionist. You excel at being able to view the whole and dissect the parts. Amazingly adept at separating the genuine from a” fugazi”, you’re being called to step into any situation and use your powers of observation and analysis and improve the status. You stray from your path when others become “fix it” projects. Or, when you become self critical because you’re so obsessed with what you’re not, or what you “should be” instead of using your energy to actually become that.

If your Sun is in Libra, you’re walking the path of the moderator. You’re a natural at building bridges and alliances. Always appearing in your best light. The ultimate diplomat and “representative.” Charm and grace will never be strangers to your door. You possess extraordinary and refined aesthetic taste.Your’re being called to serve as a artistic authority in whatever area of life that you choose. You stray from your path when you become a chronic ‘fence sitter” when it’s time to choose sides. Or, when an unpleasant truth is necessary and you become too much of a “TACT-ician” instead of offering valuable assistance.

With the Sun in Scorpio, you’re on the path of the healer. Innately equipped for heavy, intense emotional experience. You eat realities for breakfast that would make the hardest thugs crawl up in a corner with a baby bottle. You’ve been through the trials of fire and have emerged reborn and ready to school these mere mortals on “transformation 101”. Life is calling you to fly at your highest heights because you’re well versed in the lowest depths.You stray from your path when you use your piercing insight to sting, manipulate or indulge in power games or emotional blackmail. When you use knowledge to “devour” rather than feed others.

If your Sun is in Sagittarius, you’re walking the path of the wise teacher. You are the embodiment of a true “Renaissance Man” or Woman. Your eclectic telescopic worldview is something to behold. Well-traveled and thirsty for all of the knowledge and experience that life has to offer, you turn expansion into an art form. Your guru-like ability to see the wholeness of life and the big picture deserves a round of applause that would make your Leo cousins blush. However,  you stray from your path when you think you have the copyright on truth. Yeah, you just know it all, don’t you? Well, let’s talk with your friends who paid for your bail. Or, your cousin who wired that money to Vegas so you could get back home to be at work on Monday morning. Dogmatism should not be your forte. Yes, Sadge you can get off your soapbox now.

With the Sun in Capricorn, you’re on the path of the achiever. You have a natural gift for organization which allows you maximum productivity. Because of your capacity for discipline and restraint, getting work done has never been an issue. In fact, you assume a natural executive like authority that makes it extremely easy to respect you. You are being called to embody timeless principles which are revealed in your outward status and success. The skin
you’re supposed to grow into is that of one who produces a tangible product that is worthy of his or her ambitions. You’re deviating from your path when you allow yourself to become cold, controlling and unfeeling in order to become “somebody” in the eyes of society. So, you’ve climbed that mountain and reached the pinnacle. Sadly, you’re all alone. Where did all the “slackers” go?

If your Sun is in Aquarius, you’re walking the path of the revolutionary. You’re being called to shake humanity out of their comfort zones. It’s you who needs to pose the questions regarding if people think and act the way they do because of societal dictates. Testing others and reminding them that walking familial, racial, political and social “party” lines can be poisonous to their mental health and registers at “rock bottom” on their freedom meter. Your skin is that of the catalyst and reformer. Forming perspectives to liberate those stuck in a proverbial rut. You’ve strayed from the path when true change becomes a novelty and you advocate being different just for the hell of it. When you’ve become a slave to rebellion and can’t recognize that your bondage is just as problematic as the person who’s constrained by the chains of convention.

With the Sun in Pisces, you’re on the path of the mystic. There is an ethereal quality that colors your aura so richly that when people ask you where your from, they’re not expecting to receive your answer in the form of a city, state or country. You have access to realms of the mind and spirit that most of us can only read or speculate about. Highly intuitive, you’re being called to be “above the clouds”. Your skin is comprised of exercising your gifts in selfless service to humanity and checking your ego at the door. Through your super powers of imagination and visualization, you can create in solid form. Dreams and symbols are as comfortable to you as that old faithful pair of slippers. You stray from your path when the world you create is mired in deception, haziness and smokescreens. When you choose to be the victim rather than the victor and use your fingers exclusively as pointing instruments in order to relinquish ownership for negative situations which are clearly of your own making.

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Pisces Sun, Aries Moon

One of your keys to connecting with the greater sphere of humanity is to confidently and courageously know your own value and accept yourself in all of your intrinsic worth. After all, this is what fills your heart.

Your life lessons stem from being able to discriminate between working in your self-interest from thoughtless and insensitive behavior toward others. When you fearlessly love yourself and provide the self-care you deserve you have the potential to blossom into someone who understands the unifying principles which permeate through human life. Therefore, you can operate from a place of internal power and respect for self as well as your fellow woman or man.

We live in a society where “might makes right”, but you’ll learn that your application of will requires a touch of finesse to become truly effective. In fact, a potent STRENGTH lies in your SENSITIVITY toward other people.

The willingness to embrace the adventure of trusting your gut and following your inner guidance can serve as the ultimate tool in your self-realization. Visionary warriorhood lies within your grasp.

Developmental Lessons For Virgo

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“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non essentials.”

-Lin Yutang

It’s amazing how much “stuff” is out there.

Just by logging on to any computer, or checking our e-mail we can open up the floodgates and it can be quite overwhelming. Not to mention a headache. Most of us want information that we can use. Unfortunately, a lot of what we encounter is not of the practical variety.

One of Virgo’s most important life tasks is becoming adept at the art ofdiscrimination. Mastering the ability to analyze information, or enter into any situation and become an efficiency expert. Separating what’s truly important and useful from that which is fluff.  Identifying “the real McCoy” and minimizing  exposure to the world of trivia. Virgo’s have a tremendous capacity to improve whatever they come into contact with. By employing their powers of razor sharp critical thinking, they can show us all how to be better in all of our pursuits.

When sculptors produce their statues, they must first chip away at all of the marble that’s not needed. In time, they may create a masterpiece.

Virgo: Chip away at the trivial, unnecessary and non-essential. Thepersonal sculpture you create will serve as your contribution to life.

Virgo Sun, Aquarius Moon

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*Excerpt from the upcoming “Book of Virgo”

The outside of you screams “Six Sigma”, while inwardly, you may be plotting a coup d’e’tat.

Six sigma is a set of techniques used for process improvement.

Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.”

With the Sun’s placement in Virgo, it’s likely that your life approach is fueled by efficiency, “cutting the fat”, and getting things right and exact. Being a useful person provides a continuous source of energy. However, with the Aquarius Moon in the picture, the work of improvement is done through unconventional, and possibly even radical means. By shaking people up at their cores in service of “change for the betterment of humanity.”

You’re a purist with the heart of a rebel. Your challenge is to employ analysis and discrimination to ventures which also call for an element of risk.  You may find this particularly daunting because most things which produce massive changes don’t usually unfold like origami.

 

Scorpio Sun, Virgo Moon

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In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Scorpio and the Moon in Virgo the core life energy which stimulates the individual is comprised of depth, intensity, extremes and the control of information. 

This placement suggests a penetrative orientation. One who desires to investigate material that’s been buried, repressed and kept “secret”. Scorpio shuns living on the surface. They would rather get to the root of life even if what they unearth may be repulsive or hideous.

Scorpio finds value in the sacred AND the profane. This allows them to be very effective in the process of healing themselves and others.

The Virgo Moon uses the light of the Scorpio sun to create a personality form that needs to be right, exact, correct and useful. The Moon in Virgo suggests an emotional need to perfect a part of oneself and offer it to humanity as a gift in the form of serviceVirgo Moons are nourished by precise analysis, picking things apart in order to see how they may function more optimally when reassembled.

The ultimate compliment you could pay to an individual with a Virgo Moon is:  ”this situation has improved so much ever since YOU entered the picture. Your skills of analysis are impeccable.”

However, what would benefit lunar Virgos is to make sure this process of “picking apart” doesn’t run rampant and morph into hyper criticism of others and unfounded anal retentiveness. For this type of behavior can sometimes be a reflection of inner disappointment from not being perfect:

”They [Virgo Moons] likewise feel more secure by making definite improvements in their environment, in their scientific, artistic or intellectual pursuits, or-what is NOT always appreciated-in other people. In fact, as woman wrote in a questionnaire, “sometimes they can be busybodies, putting others’ lives in order with advice-usually not so tactful. They’re so busy organizing friends’ lives that they forget about their own back yards.”

“Being helpful makes them feel better about themselves and aids them in overcoming their habitual self-doubt and sense of personal imperfection. In fact “perfectionism” is a key word for Virgo, and their unavoidable awareness of their own imperfections leads very often to an excessive self-consciousness, sometimes of a type so severe as to render them unable to use their true gifts with any confidence.”

The optimum version of this blend is an individual who is effective in eliciting emotional reactions from others, yet is also strikingly useful once the proper situation presents itself. It’s the type of person that might take you aback at first meeting, maybe even with a twist of psychic nakedness.

If you don’t stop at the surface, however, they will show you how to re-assemble your mental and emotional wardrobe in a restorative way. It’s the doctor that gives you that medicine which may not taste so good, but in the end, it cures what ails you.

Reference: Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex & Compatibility by Stephen Arroyo

Sun-Uranus Aspects

To thine own self, be true.

Most of us have heard and read this phrase countless numbers of times. However, how many of us have stopped to actually ponder it’s meaning and deeper significance? If you have a Sun-Uranus aspect in your birth chart, part of your life’s mission is to explore this theme upside down and inside out.

Sun-Uranus aspects suggest a tremendous drive to put your unique stamp or fingerprint on everything you do. Whether it’s your signature way of brushing your teeth, the slang that you originate or a scientific breakthrough. Authenticity is of utmost importance to people with Sun-Uranus aspects. 

In fact: A portion of your path is to develop your individuality via the uprooting of conditioned behaviors, values and customs which do not serve your distinct style of evolution.

Sun- Uranus people must participate in a revolutionary act of courage which will spur their development. They must responsibly and intelligently relinquish the person they were taught to be by family, friends, and culture, and put their efforts toward becoming the person they were meant to be, complete with a genuine life philosophy which encourages their individual empowerment, devoid of societal trappings.

If the two selves are largely in alignment with one another, the act may be less shocking. However, highly functioning people with this aspect need what they’ve been taught by others to pass their litmus test before they accept and incorporate it into their lives. When Sun-Uranus aspects operate in a dysfunctional manner, nonsensical rebellion grabs center stage.

The mental faculties are no longer guided toward realization of your unique life story, but rather the desire to overcompensate and prove to everyone how widely your non-conformist capacities span. You become the type of person who refuses to admit a movie was entertaining because everyone else liked it. Or the eccentric aficionado of super, duper obscure underground hip-hop.  Becoming authentic contains its rewards as well as its responsibilities.As a Sun-Uranus person, you must use your exceptional ingenuity to create a life which honors both.