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F A E W C F M Sun 10° Gem 51' 55" Moon 6° Vir 28' 27" Mercury 20° Tau 4' 10" Venus 25° Ari 3' 30" Mars 27° Gem 39' 42" Jupiter 13° Lib 19' 21" Saturn 25° Sag 32' 24" Uranus 27° Ari 0' 16" Neptune 14° Pis 12' 3" Pluto 18° Cap 59' 57" P.Fortuna 10° Sco 24' 21" True Node 27° Leo 35' 20" AC 6° Aqu 0' 53" MC 27° Sco 26' 30" • JUNE MOON • 1 June 2017 • 12:00 AM Princeton, New Jersey U.S.A. 40n21, 74w40
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    Each year the sun crosses over the 12 constellations of the Western zodiac. Each zodiac sign correlates with a particular time of year and is traditionally associated with particular character traits, inclinations, strengths, and motives.  Astrologers look closely at the zodiac’s orientation and how planets are distributed among the signs in order to gain greater insight into an individual’s personality and destiny.

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    The fast-moving "personal planets", the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars, are believed to provide insight into your individual character traits.  The slow-moving outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto, more broadly reflect characteristics common to entire generations of individuals. Astrologers look closely at the positions of the planets and their relationships with one another. Planetary Portrait charts also include additional points commonly used in modern astrology for interpretation. These are Chiron, The north node, the part of fortune, the AC (Ascendant) and MC (Midheaven).

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    Astrologers take note of aspects- particular angles that form between planets, as captured in the snapshot of your birth chart. Planetary Portraits charts feature the five most important major aspects: conjunction (0 degrees), square (90 degrees), trine (120 degrees), opposition (180 degrees), and sextile (60 degrees). These special angles indicate planetary themes and energies that are either complementary (soft) or conflicting (hard), and suggest areas of tension and flow in one’s personality and life experiences. On a Planetary Portraits astrology chart soft aspects are represented by solid lines and hard aspects by dashed lines.

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    The 12 houses present distinct areas of human experience outlined from birth (house1) to death (house 12). By noting the planets in each house, astrologers determine which areas of life deserve special attention. In certain houses particular drives, represented by planets, are considered more easily expressed and encountered than others. Houses containing soft or hard aspects hint at whether certain experiences may be dominated by a sense of tension or flow. In charts created with unknown birth times house information is necessarily omitted.

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    Position List & Element/Modality Table

    Detailed versions of Planetary Portraits charts feature a list of the exact positions of each planet and point (bottom left), as well as an Element and Modality table that categorizes the 10 planets by element (air, fire, water, and earth) and modality (cardinal, fixed and mutable). Learn more about these terms in the Planetary Portraits Free Horoscope Guidebook.

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What is an astrology chart?

Astrological charts are most commonly used in natal astrology (in this case often referred to as birth charts, natal charts or horoscopes) to map the positions of the planets and their relationships to one another at the moment of an individual's birth.  For centuries Astrologers have used these complex charts to examine an individual's personality traits, preferences, strengths, limitations and opportunities. 

When you order a Planetary Portrait you are getting the same basic chart that an astrologer would use to perform an astrological reading. Note that Planetary Portraits uses the Equal House system for an aesthetically balanced artwork.

The beauty of astrology charts

Whether or not you have ever seen one before, you can easily appreciate an astrology chart’s inherent beauty-  A beauty that lies both in visual aesthetic as well as in what is implied.  Astrological charts embody thousands of years of human tradition, observation and contemplation, and yet at the same time their subjects are always unique and specific. Planetary Portraits frames thousands of years of tradition in a contemporary, elegant design.  Our prints are focal points of interior design as well as inner reflection.

Other types of astrological charts

Astrology charts are not limited to birth events.  They can be drawn when considering occasions related to groups of people, such as companies, clubs, countries, etc. In this case a specific event is required, such as the signing of an official document or the time of a clearly defined ritual marking the beginning of a new process. The resulting chart captures that special moment in time and is said to reflect the nature of the entity that will blossom.  

Celebrity charts can be inspirational. The internet is full of birth information on notable personalities that can be turned into your own Planetary Portrait. You can display the chart of a figure you admire as a way to honor their mind and story.  See our Resource Page for useful links to celebrity birthdays.

Need Help Finding Birth Information?

You can also visit our Resource Page for our recommended links to help you learn about astrology in greater detail.