What Is a Natal Chart?

Monette De Botton
3 min readOct 22, 2021

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Also known as a birth chart, a natal chart is a graphical representation of a person’s life that shows the planets’ placement at the time of birth. Each planet symbolizes a person’s life and personality. A natal chart shows information relating to parental relationships, siblings, children, drives, fears, and other psychological patterns in a diagram.

Human beings are born with a chart that explains who they are astrologically. Everyone has a zodiac sign based on the position of the sun at the time they were born. In some natal charts, all the planets appear in the same constellation, while others are spread out in the sky. Indeed, the distance between these planets plays an important part in a person’s snapshot at birth.

Visually, a natal chart consists of concentric circles. It also has some complicated geometric lines and symbols, called glyphs, representing the sun and the 12 zodiac signs.

Natal charts involve stars and planets. Ancient Babylonians divided the night sky into 12 sections, called the zodiac or constellations. A zodiac calendar tracks time and makes predictions. For instance, the Babylonians used the movements of the planets, which coincided with events and misfortunes on earth. Later, astrology was born when the Romans started using the zodiac and incorporated the role of the stars.

The relationship between the planets’ placement and the zodiac helps to understand natal charts. For example, the movement of the planets with short orbits across the zodiac and where they lie in a natal chart is specific to a person’s date and time of birth. These are called the inner planets and include Mercury, Venus, and Mars, as well as the sun and the moon. They directly impact a person’s day to day experiences and unique personality.

The planets lying on the other side of the asteroid belt are called the outer planets. These are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. They move much more slowly, and change signs between one and 30 years. Outer planets help to explain larger life experiences and relationships in these experiences among generations.

The outer planet’s significance is explained by the houses they occupy. A house is one of the 12 sections of a natal chart. Every house represents a distinct area of life. Houses number one to six explain everyday activities and other matters such as the home and finances. Houses number seven to 12 relate to abstract concepts such as philosophy, psychic abilities, and legacy.

The planets’ placement in the houses provides information on where people store their energy and their strengths and weaknesses. Also, the unique placement of planets in the houses is determined by a person’s rising star, also called their descendant. It is the zodiac sign that appeared on the eastern horizon at the time of their birth. The rising star develops the architecture of a birth chart and defines an individual’s planetary ruler, a planet linked to a person’s chart.

Explaining natal charts by making sense of the glyphs, planets, and houses exposes the complexities of astrological wisdom. A person will better interpret their chart if they apply it to their everyday life. Indeed, observations and narratives should be developed, since this is also how the solar system was discovered.

Originally published at http://monettedebotton.wordpress.com on October 22, 2021.

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Monette De Botton
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An advanced astrologer & chronic pain coach, Monette De Botton utilizes deep meditation methods to help individuals cope with chronic physical & emotional pain.