What is a Birth Chart?
Think of it like a map that provides a snapshot of all the planetary coordinates at the exact time of your birth. Every individual’s birth chart (also know as a natal chart) is completely unique. The location, date, and time of your birth is all that is needed to calculate your birth chart.
Visually a chart is a 360 degree wheel divided into 12 sections. Each section is named after the famous constellations or zodiac signs that we are all familiar with (i.e Aries, Leo, Gemini, …). Your planets are plotted onto the wheel to see which sign they fall into to. For example, to calculate your Sun sign we look at which zodiac constellation the Sun was sitting in at the time of your birth.
Astrologers interpret this map by looking at the interplay of all your astrological elements and based on the archetypes that each of the signs represent. Each planet can offer insight into your individual character and clarity about your soul's avenues for growth and personal evolution.
For information on how to read your birth chart, check out our article How to Read Your Astrology Chart.
Modern & accurate
Astro-Charts was created to usher in fresh and fun energy to astrology on the internet. Our birth charts (natal charts) balance a modern look combined with up-to-date and accurate data from planetary databases created by NASA. We do all the calculations for your birth chart (natal chart) and handle daylight savings and other nuanced location situations.
Easy to customize
We give you the power to customize your birth chart (natal chart) to your liking within the settings area: custom orb limits, multiple house systems, sidereal calculation, declinations, show/hide any planet, asteroid, or aspect. We also are open to suggestion for more features that you may find useful.
Display chart patterns
Astro-Charts make it easy to discover the unique and interesting chart patterns in your birth chart (natal chart). There are over 17 different chart patterns we look for in your chart. Some common chart patterns include: Yod, t-square, stellium, rectangle, grand-cross, grand trine, castle, Star of David, and many more.
Calculate special features
We wanted to give you quick bite-sized facts about your birth chart (natal chart). These are highlighted in our special features section of your chart. Some of these interesting facts include: the moon phase when you were born, the dominant element of your chart, the dominant planet of your chart, and much much more.