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How to read an astrology chart like a pro — Part II

In Part I of this article in last month’s issue of Nature’s Pathways Magazine, I talked about the tools and steps to help get you started reading an astrology chart like a pro. Now if you want to go even further, take a look at the sign position of the ruler of that sign that has so many planets and add that to the equation.

For instance, if the person whose chart you’re looking at has three planets in Capricorn, then also take a look at Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn).

If their Saturn is in Sagittarius, you can say that the person will manifest the typical Capricorn tendencies of shrewdness, ambition and being skeptical a lot; but that they do those things in a Sagittarian context, i.e. they travel the world, are a little bit arrogant, or they are involved in spiritual and religious organizations.

Working with planetary aspects:

At this point do not be concerned about trying to incorporate the aspects between planets. Just talking about the planets themselves will produce such a wealth of information that the person probably will be fully occupied digesting what you have told them. Aspects are secondary to sign and house position, anyway; the fact that signs are trine, square or opposite each other, the significance thereof will come out in the sign/house interpretation. If you want to know how to use aspects, follow this procedure:

Aspects from the malefic

When you see aspects from malefic (“misfortunate”) planets, a square or opposition, you can also say that there are going to be blocks, problems and overall difficulties in the life of the person in expressing those sign energies.

For instance, if a person has a couple planets in Libra; if they receive a square or opposition from Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus or Pluto, then you know that there will be difficulties in successfully expressing the Libran harmony and pleasantness.

  • Mars creates impatience and impertinence
  • Saturn produces pessimism and deviant behavior
  • Neptune produces confusion, delusions and false feelings
  • Uranus produces extreme dissatisfaction
  • Pluto produces off-the-deep-end obsessions and compulsions

You don’t have to spell it out in great detail; in fact, ask them a question to elucidate on how they experience that difficulty. Remember feedback is extremely important in being able to help a person, and your non-astrological people skills will come in here. The astrological chart is best looked at as a jumping off point for greater self-understanding, and getting an idea of what’s coming up in the future.

Trines and sextiles from malefic planets produce less turbulent, but potentially workable manifestations of planetary energies. The feeling of ease that they produce, however, can allow subtle problematical issues to perpetuate, which can flare later on.

Positive/negative chart manifestations

Positives and good luck in life areas will be seen in the chart in cases where planets are in the signs that they rule, such as when Jupiter is in the sign of Sagittarius or Pisces (which it rules). Then you know that life experiences in that life department for the person is probably going to be good, or possibly even exceedingly good.

The same would be if Mars was in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn or Venus in Taurus. Remember that there are two positive astrological dignities: rulership and exaltation. Alternatively, the two negative astrological dignities are debilitation and fall. Positive here means good fortune and ease, negative means problematical in its expression and plagued by anxieties.

Aspects from the benefic

Positives and reinforcement of planetary energies are also seen in aspects or conjunctions with Venus or Jupiter (which are natural benefics).

For example, if you see that Mercury in a person’s chart is in Taurus and it receives an aspect from Jupiter, then you know that Mercurial energy in the person’s life is expanded and uplifted by the influence of Jupiter. Venus disposing Mercury (ruling Taurus, the sign Mercury is in) does much the same, plus adds an element of personal charm to the planet in question.

Squares and oppositions from Venus or Jupiter tend to produce wasteful and extravagant manifestations of the other planet’s energies.

Another neat trick to know is that a planet in a chart expresses itself best when it is in the middle ten degrees of a sign, that is from 10 to 20 degrees, and even more powerfully so in the region around 15 degrees. If the moon was at 14 degrees Virgo, the tendency to be practical, studious, and fastidious will be a very powerful force in that person’s life. (Note: this technique works best when you use the sidereal zodiac, such as used in Vedic astrology.)


Don’t end up overwhelming the person you’re trying to help, just give them a few nuggets of information that they can let their minds process in their own time.

If you can really help someone with one relatively small point, they are really going to appreciate you and come back to you more than if you only succeed in confusing the heck out of them with your “full chart synthesis,” which more than likely is going to come out as “full chart foolishness.”

If you try the technique outlined in this report you may be surprised to see how easy chart interpretation is, and at the gratitude you’ll receive.

Your job is not to tell them everything like you’re an amazing magician, but to help them to understand a few bits and pieces of themselves so they can put together the big picture on their own — a much better way to do it and still retain their friendship.


Curtis Burns

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