Start Out With The Three Most Important Points On A Birth Chart:
Moon - in the birth chart, the Moon generally reflects where we
tend to find our greatest source of emotional security and feel the
safest. The Moon is often the most important point during our "growing
up" years. Paradoxically, the Moon symbolizes both our "inner
mother" and our "inner child."
Don't go into shock... but at times, the Moon might even be considered
to be above the Sun in terms of significance.
Liz Greene points out, in her book The Luminaries, that as
adults, whenever we're scared or find ourselves "cornered in a tight
spot" - the Moon contains our "bag of tricks," our inheritance,
our instincts that we unconsciously tend to fall back on to save ourselves
in times of trouble.
Remember all those old stories where the young hero starting out on
a quest is given something to protect him/her by their mother? The
thing given is usually a magic ring, cloak, potion, etc.?
The item Mom (Moon) gives the young hero is very often something that
once belonged to the hero's father. It's a part of the hero's inheritance.
And so when the hero gets caught in a really tight spot - the hero
then gets out this gift that miraculously enough "saves the hero's
on we come to The Sun - in the birth chart - that best reflects
our sense of identity, self-expression, source of creativity, and
how we shine best. The Sun normally gains in importance and strength
as we grow older and develop a clearer sense of who we are as an individual.
is, though... some folks never effectively express their Sun Sign energies
(regardless of what the Daily Horoscope versions of astrology say).
Some folks get stuck in only identifying with their Ascendant and/or
Sun is the focal point of our Hero's Journey! In order to feel totally
alive... the Sun is the "inner hero," that over the course of
a life-time, we must learn how to consciously give energy and expression
- then we
come to The Ascendant Oh no! I just slipped in another term
you're unfamiliar with! The Ascendant is also sometimes known as the
"Rising Sign" - and (unlike the Moon and Sun) the Ascendant
is not a physical celestial body or planet.
Ascendant (or Rising Sign) is the Zodiac sign which was rising (and
racing) on the horizon at the exact moment of your birth. The Ascendant
represents the exact dawning of your life on planet Earth. It's the
part of the Sky that came to meet and greet you at the exact moment
of your birth.
Ascendant aids us in answering the question: "who am I in this world?"
The Ascendant acts as an "I am filter" through which we process all
of our life experiences...
part... the Ascendant acts as a protective mask (yet it's much more
than simply a mask). The Ascendant reflects how we allow the
world at large to "see" us... it reflects our outward behaviors and
personality that people first see when getting to know us.
Purpose of the Ascendant Mask
During the Golden Age of Greek drama (circa 400 BC), the massive theaters
honoring Dionysos typically had seating for as many as 14,000 spectators.
the actors were a long distance away from the nose bleed sections of
their expectant audience.
So a distinctive mask and costume was constructed and designed for
each individual character in a particular play. Along with a full
head exaggerated mask, they also wore thick boots and gloves in order
to add to their height and exaggerate their hands movements were easily
seen by the spectators. The various characters in each play were easily
identifiable and distinguishable via their unique masks even up in
the nose bleed section.
Just as importantly... along with the theaters, themselves, having
extraordinarily sophisticated acoustics - it's also believed that
the acoustical design of the Greek mask served to greatly amplify
the actor's voice, making the dialogue easier for the massive audience
our own personal "hero's journey," the Ascendant takes on the very nature
of "the quest." The Ascendant sets the "stage" of our story. And the
Ascendant is "the Guide" on our personal Quest!
Ascendant (like the ancient Greek drama mask) helps to identify and
amplify to our at large audience who we are and what we're about.
fast moving point of the Ascendant cycles through all 12 of the Zodiac
Signs within the course of a single day. And because the Ascendant is
such a fast moving point on the chart - it's the main
reason why astrologers need to know the exact time and place
of your birth.
Ascendant also determines the house placements in the birth chart. I
would be remiss if I didn't mention that some astrologers are big into
the Ascendant determining physical characteristics - I'm not convinced.
interesting aside note: in at least one of her books, Liz Greene mentions
that the Midheaven is often more important in determining physical
characteristics.... Don't worry.... If you stop off at the Castle
before leaving this section, then you'll be introduced to the Midheaven)
Moon is the Inheritance (the bag of tricks containing a magic ring
or potion) which saves the hero in those times of grave danger.
the Sun is the Hero of our quest .
the Ascendant is the Guide on our personal quest.
In a nutshell::
* the Moon is where we're been,
* the Sun is where we're going
* and the Ascendant is how we get there.
The Rest Of The Planets Are Very Important Modifiers
* Mercury - communication, intelligence
* Venus - relating abilities, pleasure, enjoyment, values
* Mars - assertiveness, getting what you want, survival
Don't forget - the Social Planets
* Jupiter - expansion, beneficent, jovial, opportunity, religious
* Saturn - restriction, limitations, structure, learning hard lessons
(most important to individual personality as they form aspects to the
other planets, the Ascendant, and the houses they fall in)
* Uranus - independent, electricity, shock, inventive, detachment
* Neptune - dependent, foggy, romantic, misty, mystical, magnetic, imagination
* Pluto - intensity, hidden, invisible, transformation, eros, erotic