How Do I Get My Natal Chart

If the concept of astrological charts is new to you, don’t worry, we’ll walk you through the various charts, what they mean, and how you can make your own.

Natal charts are essentially a picture-in-time of what the stars were doing at the exact time of your birth. Note that exact birth times provide the most accurate picture, while only knowing your day of birth will come with a little more ambiguity.

With a natal chart in hand, you’ll be able to know everything from your sun sign to the outer planets. Then you can go toe-to-toe with any astro enthusiast on a first date.

The easiest and most comprehensive charts we recommend can be made at Astrodienst, or astro.com.

Let’s take you through the process, step-by-step.

Navigate to astro.com and click on “Charts & Calculations:”

Continue by navigating down to the “Extended Chart Selection:”

At this point, you will either have to log in if you’ve already made a profile with astro.com, or you’ll have to start from scratch and create your user profile and enter your birth data.

Once you’ve logged in, you can start by entering your birth data for your own natal chart. If you know your time of birth, fantastic. If you don’t, your best bet, as most astrologers will tell you, is to enter your time of birth as 12 noon or leave it as ‘unknown’. Without an exact time of birth, your moon sign may or may not be accurate. It changes from sign to sign every 2-3 days, so it may end up being correct if it doesn’t fall on the cusp of a house. In that case, at least you will know it’s one of the two options.

Unless you have a very good idea of your exact birth time, you’ll also have to disregard your ascendant, as this one changes signs even faster than the moon (1-2 hours). By extension, you’ll also have to overlook the placement of the MC, IC and DC.

Disregard house positions as well, as these will be determined by your ascendant sign.

So then, what can you see without an exact birth time?

Well, you can see the placement of your Sun and the other planets, allowing a bit of ambiguity for the moon if it falls close to the cusp of a house. You can see the aspects between the rest of your planets, and start analyzing them one by one.

Once you have your natal chart in hand, take a look around AstroChai and start reading about your planets and the aspects they make with each other. If you want an in-depth reading, reach out to us. We’d be glad to help!