How can i understand my birth chart?
There are thousands of free resources about reading and understanding your birth chart available online. There are popular sources that cover a wide range of topics from the basics for beginners to in-depth analysis for experts and professionals. To familiarize yourself with the basic elements of your Planetary Portraits chart, feel free to visit our Chart Basics page (https://planetary-portraits.myshopify.com/pages/about-birth-charts ) or our Interactive Chart.
Remember that our ebook, Planetary Portraits Guide to Understanding Your Astrology Chart, is included for free with the purchase of any astrology poster (offer does not apply to digital orders). This guide provides a comprehensive overview of all of the elements in an astrology chart and how to understand the chart symbols.
What if I don’t know the time of birth or event?
An optimal chart includes an accurate birth time, therefore we recommend creating a chart with a time.
Luckily, today it is common practice for most countries to register an official time of birth on birth certificates. If you do not have a copy of your birth certificate on-hand you can contact the local office of vital statistics or the registry office where birth records are maintained in your country or region. Alternately you can sometimes get official birth information by contacting the hospital in which you were born as they do, in many instances, keep birth records on hand. Be sure to specify time of birth in your requests as some versions of documents omit that information even when it may be recorded and available on a different version of the record. For additional links that might help retrieve birth time in your region visit our Resources Page.
What is an astrology chart / birth chart?
A birth chart maps the positions of the planets in relationship to one another at the moment of birth. For centuries Astrologers have used these complex charts to examine a person’s personality traits, preferences, strengths, limitations and opportunities. Several standard elements bring each chart to life, most importantly the zodiac, celestial markers which include the 10 planets as well as other celestial bodies and mathematically significant points, and the 12 houses. Find out about the main elements in a Planetary Portraits birth chart by visiting our Birth Chart Basics page (https://planetary-portraits.myshopify.com/pages/about-birth-charts)
How is my chart printed?
Premium printed charts arrive on museum quality, heavyweight, archival art paper with a smooth matte finish. Standard charts are printed on professional quality ultra premium heavyweight matte paper. All prints appear with high-quality colors that are deep and rich.
How accurate is my chart?
Planetary Portraits uses a number of trusted, contemporary resources to calculate your chart so that it can be as accurate as possible.
We draw from the Swiss Ephemeris, which is a highly recognized, comprehensive list of the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects as well as artificial satellites in the sky at a given time or times. The Swiss Ephemeris is based upon the planetary and lunar ephemeris DE431 developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This program serves the needs of astrologers, archaeoastronomers, and, depending on purpose, also the needs of astronomers. It’s precision is at least as good as that of the Astromical Almanac, which follows current standards of ephemeris calculation.