For astrology enthusiasts, a birth chart (also called a natal chart) offers a means of explaining your personality. The birth chart identifies your astrological details with remarkable precision, identifying the key astronomical body (sun, moon, or one of the planets) with one specific sign of the 12 astrological houses. For example, the birth chart can identify you as a “Mercury-in-Leo” personality. The birth chart also allows you to study the relationships between the planets, called the aspects. For sincere enthusiasts of astrology, a birth chart is a tool for making decisions and understanding themselves and others, while for others it is simply good fun and fuel for conversation.
Traditionally, consulting a professional astrologer is how one receives birth chart information, but today it’s easy to find your birth (or natal) chart from an online source. The list given here shows three websites that offer high-quality birth charts. To receive a precise chart you need detailed birth information—date of birth, place of birth, and the time-of-day when you greeted the world for the first time. You can still get a chart without your exact birth time, but the chart won’t set the rising sign and the house positions.
Astrodienst offers professional quality birth charts, and the site serves as a great overall resource for astrologers and beginners alike. Look for Chart Drawing/Ascendant for the basic birth chart. Your birth data is saved and available each time you go to the Astrodienst site from your home computer. This makes it easy to go back as you’re ready to look at other kinds of charts or compare your chart with someone else’s (known as synastry).
Cafe Astrology is a great site filled with engaging and provocative interpretations. Once you’ve put in your data, you’ll have access to the chart and the interpretations that to go with it. It offers insights on both the strengths and weaknesses of the planet sign/house positions and aspects. But the first thing you’ll see is a table chart with your birth planets and their signs, offering a fast way to size up all the information rather than digging up the information on the wheel.
Like the other sites listed here, Astrolabe doesn’t make you jump through hoops to get your birth chart. By simply inputting your birth date data, the chart will come right up with the information in just seconds. You can even save the chart to your computer’s hard drive. The basic birth chart is followed by interpretations of each of your natal planets, beginning with the Sun sign.
Astrology Answers is a very easy to use website in which you simply answer a series of questions regarding the time and place of your date, along with some personal information. The website then sends you a detailed profile of your birth chart information within 24 hours.
Like Astrology Answers, this site requires simply that you type answers to a few questions, then it produces an instantaneous profile of you, although the interpretation is somewhat general in nature.