Astro Basics Essentials

How to cast your own astro chart…


It’s the day after Boxing Day.

Well, it’s not really…today is in the future, and I’m writing this in the past- over a week in the past to be exact. But, looking into the future, I’m guessing that I’m lolling about on the pool lounge thinking about how much I’ve eaten over the last couple of days.

I’m also keen to get 2014 happening.

Perhaps one of your resolutions is to learn more about astrology? I’ll be launching some you-beaut correspondence classes shortly, but to get you started, let’s start at the very beginning…with a birth chart.

Sure you can send me a mail and I’ll charge you $10 to draw one up (no consult, just the chart…) or you can have a go at doing it yourself.

Here’s how.

Make your way via the magic of the internet to

  • Choose the option for “free horoscopes” on the left hand menu


  • Select “horoscope drawings and calculations

chart 2

  • Select “Chart drawing, Ascendant”
  • You don’t need to be a subscriber, but if is free if you want to sign up. Signing up allows you to keep a bit of a file for your charts if you are learning.
  • Select the guest users option and click to go to the data entry page.
  • From here you will need to follow the information prompts. If you don’t have an accurate birth time the Ascendant and house system will not be correct, but the planetary information should be. You will need to pop something in here though, so use 12pm. This is my dog’s chart. The time isn’t accurate…


  • This will produce a chart that looks something like this.


  • If you click on “view the additional tables (pdf)” you will see the aspect table and house cusps in more detail.
  • Don’t understand what all the symbols mean? Check out this post on Café Astrology for the answers.

What about when you talk about transits? How do I know where those planets are touching my chart?

  • Go to Extended chart selection.
  • Under Methods, click on “please select the type of chart you want”
  • Under the heading “-Prognostic Methods-”, select natal chart and transits.
  • This will produce your chart, with the planets in green type on the outside of the chart representing where the planets are now in relation to your chart. In the example below (my chart) you can see that the Sun (in green) is hovering around the 2nd house of my chart, and the transiting Moon (in green) is in Leo in the 5th (creatively I should be on fire today!)

Have a go and let me know what you think…