An astrological chart, or Horoscope, is a picture of the heavens,
looking out from earth, based on the date, time, and location of an
event. Most often this event is thought of as the birth of an
individual, but it can be any event, such as a marriage or the start of
a new job. That moment in time and space represents the union of the
material world with the spiritual world...the uniting of body and soul.
The chart is lan image of your own personal space, much like the house
you live in.
The Ascendant, also called the Rising Sign, is
determined by the location of the event as well as the date and time.
This is an important calculation because the degree and sign of the
Ascendant determine the placement of all of the other signs, and thus
the placement of the Sun, Moon, Planets and
other points within the chart. It is the front door to your inner
sanctum, through which all visitors must pass. It determines how
welcome these visitors to your life feel.
The chart is divided into twelve segments, each one representing a
major facet of life. These are the Houses
of the horoscope. Planets positioned within a house bring added
emphasis, energy, and tone to the house.
The Sign on the cusp, or edge, of a house
determines how the affairs of the house and how the energies of the
planets in them are expressed. The cusp of the tenth house is
referred to as the Midheaven.
It is also called the MC, or Medium Coeli, meaning the highest point.
It's opposite point is the IC, or Imum Coeli,
the lowest point.
The point opposite the Ascendant is called the
Descendant. The line drawn from the Ascendant through to the
Descendant divides the chart into the northern and
southern halves. The houses in the northern half, below
this line, relate to things of a personal nature, while those above it
in the southern half relate to your interaction with those outside of
yourself. Planets placed below this line will be expressed in a
more introverted fashion, while those placed above it will have a more
The line drawn from the MC through the IC divides the chart into the
eastern and western halves. Planets in
the eastern half, houses 10 through 3, result in a more self-directed
experience of life, while those in the western half, houses 4 through 9
result in energies that just go with the flow.
The angles being formed by one planet to another are the
Aspects. The major aspects are measured in 30 degree
increments. They define the type of relationship that exists
between the two planets. Like family, lovers, friends, and
siblings, the relationships between planets can range from highly
stressful to exceedingly harmonic.