Once a natal chart is drawn up, then the interesting question comes up:
just what does it mean?
To say there is a "correct" interpretation of a natal chart is
nonsense. There are many interpretations. "Right" and
"wrong" are not the variables at work here. The variable at
work is: what are you looking for?
The natal chart contains enough
information about you to fill an encyclopedia and then some.
You're not going to digest all that in one swallow. Narrow down your
enquiry to something manageable.
Once you have that figured out, getting going on the interpretation of
the chart is fairly straight-forward. If you're a beginner, you'll want
someone knowledgeable about astrology to walk you through the parts of
your chart which answer your question(s).
Those more knowledgeable about astrology will find themselves buying
one (or more!) of the many books available on chart interpretation. But
an arm's length opinion from a professional astrologer often rounds that
picture out, and is well worth the money invested.
Once you have that diagram of the planets in front of you and you start
to try and figure it out, you will come up against the one hard reality of
astrology: it is a foreign language unique unto itself, the language of
the stars. And like any foreign language, it requires time, effort, and
patience to learn.
The language of the stars is unlike any other. It is not linear. We are
used to speaking in sentences, which usually take one thought and logically
tag it onto to the next. Forget that lonely left-brain approach. Get your
right-brain functioning, too. Astrology has multifaceted factors at play
simultaneously, even multi-dimensional if your spiritual comprehension
goes that far.
It's a bit of a stretch to take all that activity and reduce it to a
dry linear language, and often a few things are lost in the translation
process. Good astrologers are like language interpreters. This is art as
well as science.
To interpret a chart, astrologers often start by looking at four basic
areas: The signs, the houses, the planets, and the aspects. Each is a
lengthy curriculum in itself to learn. (Advanced chart interpretation
gets in things like transits, progressions, and returns.) Then these
four are blended together in a process called chart synthesis. This is
where people who are good at working simultaneously with left and right
brain excel, and it's where you really get to see what your chart says
This is also where you see the differences in the schools of astrology,
as different schools do the synthesis differently, as do different
astrologers. It is the synthesis which makes the big difference in the
interpretation. There aren't really textbooks for this. It's something
learned from a lot of experience.
And here is where your free choice comes in again. You can invest the
time and energy and learn to do this yourself, or you could see a
professional and gain the benefit of his/her years of experience.
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