The planets symbolize the universal drives of our psyches, for example, the drive to assert our wills. For some people, these psychic drives interact easily; for others, these psychic drives conflict. We puzzle at the materials within our souls that cause such indecision, strife, and mayhem. Understanding our astrological natal charts can create understanding and acceptance of our psyches.
The Sun traces a circle, or a broad superhighway, above our heads. The Sun travels this circle once each year. Astrologers call this superhighway the ecliptic, and it is divided into the 12 zodiac signs. An astrological natal chart illustrates the exact location of the planets at the moment of your birth. The rising sign, or Ascendant, represents the zodiac sign precisely located at the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. Other planets, also moving in their orbits around the Sun, are located within zodiac signs. For example, Saturn may be in the sign of Sagittarius at the moment of your birth. The chart is divided into 12 houses, each representing an area of your life. Thus, an astrological natal chart provides a symbolic image of the heavens at the exact moment of your birth.