• Dr Keith Bound

Revealing the Secrets of the Birth Chart and Your Celestial DNA

This article will explain the astrological birth chart which reveals your celestial DNA. No one has the same birth chart unless they are born at the same time, location and birth date. The birth chart reveals 99% more information about you than a generalised astrology reading (daily, weekly, monthly) that focus on the star signs (e.g. Aries). The birth chart reveals your personality, your approach to life, life purpose, finances, education, family life, your talents, relationships, career and friendships.

What is Your Celestial DNA?

The previous article The Origins of Western Astrology discussed how the positions of the planets appeared in the twelve zodiac signs based on the perceived movement of the Sun around the earth, known as the ecliptic. The zodiac signs and planets indicate celestial phenomena that can tells us about our motivations and psychological traits, but astrologers needed a point of reference, a system that would allow astrologers to pinpoint where the signs and planets fall in the birth chart. Your celestial DNA is defined by the birth chart which is calculated using your full birth date, time and location (town/city) of your birth.

Astrologers devised a system called houses which represent a structural framework that comprise of twelve houses that move through the twelve zodiac signs in 24 hours based on the daily rotation of the earth’s axis. The houses define how planets and signs are expressed as celestial events on earth. The houses represent different life experiences with each house cusp (beginning of a house) intersecting a zodiac sign in the birth chart.

There are four important houses cusps known as angles that divides the earth into four quadrants that are projected onto the ecliptic (the twelve zodiac signs). With the earth having a tilted axis means that the four quadrants vary in angular sizes depending on the location of birth using latitude and longitude co-ordinates, date and time of birth. These four points in quadrant house systems begins with the ascendant (rising sign) representing the first house cusp, the beginning of the first house.

The rising sign is the most eastern point based on the observer’s horizon on earth. The opposite point to the ascendant is the descendant and is the most western point and beginning of the seventh house. The ascendant-descendant axis represents the observer’s line of the horizon on earth. The third point is the sign culminating at the upper meridian (south) and is called Medium Coeli which is called the Midheaven (middle of the heavens) or abbreviated to MC.

In quadrant house systems the MC represents the beginning of the tenth house and its opposite point the IC (Imum Coeli) ‘the lowest heaven’s’ (north) represents the beginning of the fourth house. The I/C (fourth cusp) and MC (tenth cusp) is the axis of the Meridian. The division of the remaining house cusp axis’s (2nd-8th), (3rd-9th), (5th-11th) and (6th-12th) are determined by different methods of calculating the division of the houses. With no agreement amongst astrologers about which house system is the most reliable raises debates amongst astrologers about the validity of house systems.

However, astrologers agree that different house systems can be used to gain a different perspective of the individual and that house system selection comes down to the personal preference of the astrologer who base their decision on experience of reading birth charts. For me personally I have experimented with many different house systems over thirty years and use the most popular western house division system named Placidus which I have found to be consistently accurate.

We shall now turn to the most complex astrological phenomena that enables astrologers to gain in-depth interpretation of the birth chart. Planetary aspects are specific planetary relationships that occur in the birth chart between two or more planets or between angles (e.g. ascendant and MC) and planets. The major aspects include the following: conjunction (0º), sextile (60º), square (90º), trine (120º) and opposition (180º).

Many astrology textbooks will categorise aspects as conflicting relationships that are negative and others as being positive, but these simplistic interpretations are incorrect because analysing aspects is complex because the astrologer has to weigh up the strength of each planet, the nature of each aspect to planets or angles and in some cases interpret major aspect patterns (e.g. Grand Trine, Grand Cross, T-Square) until they can provide a well-defined astrological interpretation.

Also, the same aspect in two people’s chart will operate according to their perspective of the world, culture and past experience. For someone who perceives the world as fearful and has poor self-esteem are unlikely to take advantage of any opportunity that might appear from an aspect that astrologers would consider favourable. The zodiac signs, planets, houses and aspects can be defined as different celestial themes of the birth chart that form the basics principles of astrology which are crucial to astrological interpretation of the birth chart.

The next article will discuss how modern technological advances are changing the way we consume astrology.

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