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Difference between birth chart and horoscope

Horoscopes are small predictions based on the interpretations of the movements of the planets for each zodiac sign at a given time.

Some horoscopes are based on the theory that people have a fixed destiny determined by these celestial bodies, without us having any part in it. We are passive actors in life, enduring every hardship and rejoicing in the good patches until the day we die. But there’s so much more to Astrology than that!

If you are not fully convinced of the influence of the planets in your life after reading a horoscope, you are not the first. They tend to provide very little information about the sun sign, which is an important, but small fraction of the number of planets and aspects that also affect your life.

Our birth chart refers to the position of the planets on the day, at the time, and from the place where you were born.

This map offers us a valuable tool to guide us towards the evolution of our consciousness. Rather than predicting our future, it reveals our talents and strengths and what situations we must work extra hard to overcome.

Now, we all have free will and can decide to use this tool or ignore it, condemning us to repeat the same patterns and fall into the same blind spots over and over again, unaware of the underlying lesson the Universe is trying to teach us.

Our birth chart indicates those energetic qualities that predominate in our psyche, in which areas of our life we will excel, and in which circumstances or relationships we will feel most at ease.

Explaining each component is a long and in-depth task, but the key ones you can look for are the Sun, the Moon, and the Rising sign. Understanding these three elements will explain why the horoscopes don’t seem to match your personality and why they don’t provide enough information about your life.

The Sun

The Sun refers to how we express our identity, where we feel comfortable asserting our individuality, the energy that makes us feel most creative and free to be ourselves. We usually develop the qualities of our Sun when we begin to detach from our family and search for those talents that make us unique.

The Moon

The Moon is the first energy we encounter when we incarnate in this life. It speaks to how our parents raised us, the conditions that made us feel safe and secure when we were babies. That is why it is strongly related to our parent’s personalities. It constitutes the way we deal with emotions and insecurities and how we recognize and give affection.

The Rising sign 

The Rising sign refers to those talents we are here to develop. We usually don’t feel related to the qualities of our rising sign, but people around us seem to recognize them before we do. We learn about those skills through life experiences that prompt us to acquire them. The more we reject our rising sign characteristics, the more experiences we’ll get that force us to embrace them.

Athena Dykman, a native Canadian, has seen and done it all. Besides Numerology, Taro, and Astrology, Athena is an intuitive reader - she's been in business for over 10 years as a personal advisor. Since 2020, she has been writing for MyAstrology. Her topics range from occultism to esoterica to art to parenting to feminism to fortune telling.

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