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Astrology for Beginners: How to Read a Birth Chart 🌝

Hey guys! Welcome back to Lavendaire. I’m continuing this series of fun tools for
self discovery on my channel, so if you missed the first video, I talked about tarot cards and how to use them, as a beginner because I’m a beginner. Today I’m super excited to talk about astrology. Astrology is something that I’ve been
into most of my life, literally, since I was a kid. And it’s not that I’m an expert at it or anything, but I got more into astrology and how to
read a birth chart last year when I read the book “The Inner Sky” by Steven Forrest. I learned a lot about how to read the birth chart, a lot about astrology and the meanings. And I realized, I know more about astrology
than the average person. So this video is for the average person. If you’re an expert, you don’t need to watch this. But I just want to explain astrology in more depth
than simply your sun sign. So get ready for a fun video! First things first, let’s clarify: Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial bodies, so it’s based on facts and research. And astrology is the interpretation of celestial bodies, meaning: It’s the way we interpret what’s in the sky. It’s the poetry, it’s the art. It’s very subjective, so that’s why I think
astrology is very fun because it’s very subjective, but it’s really cool
that everything has a meaning and it’s not exactly scientific, but it’s more of an art. So what is a birth chart? Your astrological birth chart is basically a snapshot of the sky at the time and
location that you were born. So depending on where in the world
you were born and the exact time, it’s the picture of what’s in the sky. It’s kind of a map of all the planets,
the sun, and the moon. So it’s very important to be specific on the
exact time that you were born, because every hour or two, your birth chart changes because the sky is moving – no, Earth is moving – and so the snapshot of the sky is moving. That’s why you want to make sure you have
the right time that you were born when you’re getting your accurate birth chart reading. Side note: If you are Chinese, I know there’s a superstition in Chinese culture because of feng shui and all this stuff, to never give your birth date/time details
to anyone out there. This is why I don’t want to post my exact
birth chart or anything. But it’s because we believe that, once someone knows your exact birth date, birth time, then they will know a lot about your fate
and people can use it against you. So this is something that I personally – because my mom influenced me – I would personally want to keep it a little more secretive, so just letting you guys know. So how do you get your birth chart reading? There are plenty of websites where you
can input this information into. Café Astrology is one, is another. And there are also a lot of mobile apps that
you can use to get your birth chart. My favorite astrology app is Co-Star. That one is very modern and chic
and it outlines your birth chart and all the details in a very clean way. So check those out – I’ll link those down below. Now let’s talk about the primal triad, which is your sun, your moon, and your ascendant. Sometimes, people also refer to the ascendant
as your “rising” sign. These are the three more important signs, generally speaking, in your birth chart. So you might see other people who
are really into astrology, they’ll list all three signs, because all three are important, more than just listing your sun sign. Your sun sign just depends on the day you were born, in what season you were in. I was born in October, so I am a Libra. By the way, I have this journal where I’ve taken a lot of notes from
the astrology book that I read, so I might refer to this every now and then. Generally speaking, your sun sign represents your ego, your personality, your self image. It is the core of who you are. Your moon sign represents your emotional self. Your moon is your sensitivity, your emotions, your feelings, your mood, your heart. Sometimes people relate more to
their moon sign than their sun sign because your moon is your emotional self and so you feel more with that sign. And whatever sign you are in your moon, that is a clue to what will make you happy and what will make you feel fulfilled. So I am a Sagittarius moon and Sagittarius are all about adventure,
exploring, trying new things, and I can really relate to that a lot of the time as well. Your ascendant or “rising” sign is essentially
your mask to the world. It is how other people perceive you. Think of it as first impressions. Other people might see you in a certain way
when they first meet you, and then when they get to know you, they realize, “Oh, you’re really like a different kind of person.” So your ascendant is how you appear to others. And just so you guys know, my rising sign is Gemini. By the way, to not make this video too long, I’m not going to go into the details of the
meaning of each sign, each planet and all of that, because there are tons of resources online about that. I’m actually going to create a simple notes
that you can read my blog post, just quick keywords and notes regarding
each sign or planet or house. After you’ve gotten your birth chart, you can take note of your sign, your moon,
and your rising sign. And then you can look at the notes
I put on my blog post and see what each sign corresponds to. A way you can make sense of your
primal triad signs is to put it into a sentence like this: “I am a __, with the soul of a __,
wearing the mask of a __.” Depending on your sign, you’ll find the meaning and the archetype of your sign,
and just plug in the words. For example, for me: I am an artist, with the soul of a Philosopher,
wearing the mask of a Teacher. That’s because an artist is what a Libra is, the Philosopher is an archetype of the Sagittarius moon, and the teacher is one of the archetypes for a Gemini. I hope that made sense and I hope that helped. So that was the basics. Are you ready to dive deeper? Let’s go! Let’s talk about the components of the birth chart. As I mentioned, there are 12 signs. These are what you’ve heard before –
the Aries, Scorpio, Libra, Leo – all of those, I don’t know them in order. And then there are ten planets, and by “planets”, we also include the sun and the moon as planets even though they’re not exactly planets – but “celestial bodies” is what I’m saying. Then there are 12 houses on the birth chart. Think of the 12 houses as a clock on the birth chart. There’s literally 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 –
all the way to 12. And each house represents a specific area of life. The different astrological signs correspond to different personalities, different characteristics. The planets correspond to different mind functions, mental functions, whether it’s your ego, your communication, your thinking,
your aggression, things like that. And then the houses represent the area of life, whether it’s the house of personality, house of marriage, house of career, house of friends, house of troubles. It just goes on and on. Alright, so let’s make sense of it all. When you’re looking at a birth chart, you’re going to see a circle graph with a bunch of planets
scattered throughout the graph. And then you’re going to see along
the border of the circle, the different signs – there are 12 signs. And if you look in the middle, you’ll see
different notations for the numbers. Roman numerals will tell you whether it’s first house, second house, third house, fourth house –
all the houses. So, when looking at the birth chart,
start with the planets. Look at the planets one by one. A planet tells you the What. Remember, the planet means the mental function, whether it’s your communication, your aggression,
or something else. The sign that it lands in tells you the How and the Why. The sign, remember, is the personality,
the characteristic – and that will help you decipher the Wow and
the Why of that mental function. And lastly: The house that planet is in tells you what are of life this is mostly happening in – Where’s most of this activity going in? And that’s the basics of it. It’s not exactly easy or very intuitive. At first, you’re going to have to practice
understanding the birth chart and how the different planets and signs work together. And there’s definitely more detail to reading a birth chart that I’m not going to go into in this video because it’s too advanced and I barely understand it. But I hope that that gives you basic info on how to start deciphering what these planets and these signs and these houses really mean. How let’s talk about the general
shape of your birth chart because I feel like this is a pretty easy
but very interesting way to look at it. When you’re looking at your birth chart, you see a circle and then you see the horizontal line
and a vertical line. If you have more planets aggregated in a certain area,
it means something. If you have more planets on the
upper hemisphere of your chart, then that is called “objectivity” and that means a lot of your life’s battles,
challenges, activity – a lot of your life moments and events are public, and your learning or growth will be
on a public stage, a public scale. It’ll be more outward. If you have more planets on the lower side, the southern hemisphere of your chart,
then that is called “subjectivity” and that means most of your life’s battles
and challenges will be within. Upper hemisphere is public and
lower hemisphere is private. Personally, my birth chart, I have a lot of planets in the lower, southern hemisphere, meaning that a lot of my life’s battles
and challenges are private, things that I have to go through internally, from within. And it might not make sense at first because you’re like, “Wait, you’re a YouTuber.
Your life and career is so public.” Yes, it’s so public, but all of the big things
that I have to go through seem to be me dealing with myself, my own insecurity, my confidence issues, things like that – your fears. It’s basically saying most of your
life’s battles will be in here. So I just thought that was interesting
because some people, their battles and challenges are really
public and outward, and some are private. Another thing you can look at is whether
your planets are falling to the left or right side of that graph,
whether it’s west or east. Left would be west, right would be east. Left side means freedom and the right side is fate. This is something that I don’t understand completely, but I believe it means something like: If most of your planets are on the freedom side, that means your life is a blank slate and you have a bit more free will to take your life
anywhere you want to take it. If more of your planets fall to the right side, which is the side of fate – the east side – then that means a lot of your life’s situations
are predetermined, if you believe in fate. But you still have the choice to be flexible
and take it wherever you want. But it just means that a little bit more is predetermined. And if you have your planets on the
left side of the circle, then that means your life is a blank slate
and you’re free to create it. My planets are actually more on the side of fate. I want to talk to a real astrologer to understand
this concept a little more, but I just thought that was a little interesting, something that I wanted to share with you guys. Next, let’s talk about lunar nodes because
I think this is also really fun. If you look at your birth chart, you’ll find this notation – there are two: one is a lunar south node and
one is a lunar north node. Wherever that node is, the sign that it is in – the south node means that that is your past, that is who you used to be. It’s where you’ve been. It’s your karma, your karmic past. It’s your instinctive, automatic behavior. It’s who you are naturally. It’s your comfort zone. It’s your safe route. It’s telling you where you’ve been, and then your lunar north node tells you
where you should go if you want to have the most growth. Your south node and your north node
are 180 degrees apart. They’re literally across from each other
on the birth chart, meaning that that is the most you can grow. You’re just trying to stretch yourself to be the complete opposite of what you used to be. Your south tells you where you’ve been. Your north tells you where you should go,
where you kind of have to grow towards. So look at the signs that are in your south node
and the signs in your north node and it’ll give you a clue on how you can become more like the north node sign,
how you can grow in that direction and leave the south node personality behind because it’s kind of like “been there, done that”. If you want to grow, if you want something new, if you want a challenge,
then you look to that north node. While we’re here, let me check my birth chart because I forgot what my south and north nodes were. Side note: You might not always find both the south and the north node on your birth chart. Sometimes, like on mine, I only see the north node. Just look for the north node and
know that your south node is directly across from the north node, it’s 180 degrees. Oh my god, this is so interesting. I just looked up what my south and north node meant. You can Google that because I’m not an expert,
but anyway: My south node is in Leo and
my north node is in Aquarius, meaning Leo is my past – who I’ve been,
been-there-done-that – and Aquarius is where I need to head to. Leo is the sign of the performer, the child and the king, the one that wants all the attention, all the love. And so I believe that, in my past,
I lacked love from parents and I have that desire, that need for attention, which is partly why I started a YouTube
channel and performing. And that is who I used to be,
that is who I was as a child. Those were my holes, those were my wounds,
needing attention. And Aquarius is a sign of individuality, of independence, of being weird and not caring about
what other people think of you. You see how it’s so different? Leo is the sign of wanting to be liked and
wanting to be loved. And then Aquarius is the sign of “Who cares about all that? I’m just going to be myself.” That is really my life path, I guess. I can totally already see how that’s relevant in my life because I have to learn to be more like the Aquarius: Be myself and not care about what people think of me, not need love and attention from anyone else. Just give myself self love and that’s it. Alright, I’m going to leave it at that, but I hope you guys liked that because I think
this is super interesting. I can’t believe I haven’t made a video
on astrology before. I think I used to think it was a little too weird,
a little too left-field, but it’s pretty mainstream now and it’s pretty accepted. Anyway, if you have any questions,
leave them down below. And I’m going to continue on this series, but if you have any other topics you want me to cover, let me know down below. Love you guys so much! Bye!

100 Replies to “Astrology for Beginners: How to Read a Birth Chart 🌝”


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  • Thanks for this video! I have been to cafe astrology and looked up my birthchart. The stuff there are quite accurate, because I also looked up others birthcharts and their destinies are matching up with their current lives. Will check out Co-star. This is an interesting topic, please do continue on. I had my bazi reads before, but only the most basic one, and I felt there are some things left unsaid by the fortune teller. Your video makes me curious about astrology now.

  • OMG my north node is in Leo and my south node is in Aquarius XD
    This is really interesting! Thank you as always~ Love you <3

  • I am a storyteller with the soul of a poet wearing the mask of a silent musician
    Gemini sun Pisces moon Taurus rising

  • tbh my zodiac sign have never matched me not even little and when i googled why it said that it may be because it changed by 25days… so instead of being ari I'm now scorpio and it actually quite fit me i was so surprised because it is the first time my zodiac sign fit me but the problem is the chart shows the old one so i cannot have my chart after the change or whatever

  • I am clueless when it comes to astrology, I sometimes even struggle to understand zodiac. Thank you for the video.

  • My north node is in Leo and south node in Aquarius, the opposite of yours! And my sun is in Aquarius too so things are frigging complicated lol ❤️

  • This was so good! I just subscribed ☺️
    Also if anyone has an iPhone and wants to learn the basics of your birth chart, download Charts Astrology. We break everything down for you as well!

  • This was so interesting and it made me want to go and read my own birth chart! I would love to see more videos like this one 💗

  • Now I understand myself… why i act certain ways … so thankful for this video .. i have always been interested in astrology since I was a teenager but never understood it the way that I understand now … thanks Aileen

  • Aileen can make a series of vedios on how to get out of trauma for all kinds of people ( introvert , extrovert n ambivert )

  • Great video Aileen, very interesting! Thank you for recommending the websites as well as explaining some of the things so well!

  • Even though I always love all of your videos, this series is definitely my favourite! Thank you for teaching us! ♥

  • That was awesome! Thank you so much for making this complex and hard to decipher information so easy to understand. Finally!!! 💙

  • I came across the concept of North node through your channel. I got hold of this book called Astrology for the Soul, which details the different north nodes. It's been a revelation. I am reading the book since yesterday. Thank you for introducing the concept. I really appreciate it! Love!

  • I used to be really into astrology growing up and recently, I've been getting back into it! This is a good refresher video and I really enjoyed your tarot card video too 😊

  • This video and the tarot video are EVERYTHING. Thank you so much for sharing in such a beautiful way! And of course, would love to see more of both!

  • pls do more astrology vids they’re so articulate 😩 i’ve been an astro ho for a hot minute n i’ve always struggled to explain the basics to my frens. but i could never put it into words n i rather jus someone throw me their birth day/time/location n i talk abt their chart to them n tell them bits of their personality n show them it’s a Real Ting rather than explain the basics n it gets tiring sometimes interpreting charts sometimes bc i’m no novice:/ so thank u sm for this video n i hope u do more of these n tarot vids bc u rlly have a way w words, a tru libra 💛

  • i can tell that you are having so much fun making this new series and honestly i'm enjoying it even more because of it! thanks for always finding new interesting content to make to entertain and enrich our minds aileen <3

  • My nodes are the exact opposite of yours so I used to be Aquarius and I need to become a Leo which I can actaully see cause I grew up in a big family so being independent was normal and I had to as you can't get attention all the time as there's just too many people but through life I need to be a bit more 'selfish' in a way and actually let people love me as I know I have this problem of not letting people get close to me

  • Ok so this is odd 😳 We're the same sun, moon and rising! Never met someone with the exact same signs as me!

  • My rising sign matched with my lunar north node and the same happened with Lavendaire. Is that a rule? Similar lunar north node and rising sign…

  • Loveeeee it! Please keep posting about astrology it is very interesting (and i like the fact that you talk about it like a subjective art)

  • Regarding fate, maybe you're fated to have this life? But thank you for this! I've always been looking up my birth chart, but I've never found a good explanation until now, thank you always Aileen! 💖 I can't wait for the MBTI!

  • 😍 Thank you so much for this video!!! I'm so excited for this new series. I have my birth chart and I don't understand this video is going to be a super big help❤

  • Love this series. Have you explored Astrology Psychology? There is a great podcast called Expanded that has interviewed an Astrology Psychologist. They also delve into Human Design which is another amazing tool for self discovery. Let me know if you check them out. Sending you endless positivity.

  • Co-Star seems very suspicious, I wouldn't recommend you recommending it so openly, and you didn't mention its only available for ios, I gave my birth information to a company that doesn't offer me anything… not cool. nice video tho

  • OMG for me astrology is both interesting and confusing at the same time but gosh, you're a GREAT teacher. I understand all about it in just 15:56 mins ♥️. I'm looking forward to learn more about it.

  • Love this video so much! I attended a Birth Chart workshop last week and learned so much. Now I’m fascinated with learning more and your video came at the perfect time! This was very informative & I’d love more videos like this 🙂

  • Hey Aileen ! Could you do a video about Moon phases / Lunar phases and how it affects women, please ? 🌝 🌙

  • My sun and moon are the same (pisces) which I've always found totally accurate because I feel pisces through and through. It's my rising sign (sagittarius) that I find strange as I don't think anyone who meets me would find me to be adventurous or free-spirited!

  • no wonder I love you and your videos so much, your libra sun, sagittarius moon and gemini rising is so complementary to what I admire in a person, I'm an aquarius sun with libra in both moon and rising. also I love this series! I cant wait for you to go over mbti and enneagram

  • oh wow I commented before finishing the video and now I have more to say lol. my north and south nodes are exactly opposite to yours, mine being north in Leo and south in Aquarius (same as my sun sign) thats kind of fascinating, and probably part of the reason why i can so easily look to you for inspiration. also I've never heard of the North East South West areas of your birthchart meaning different things, mine are heavily clustered in the south east, so internal battles and fate, which I can tell you is entirely accurate. I've had a very difficult relationship with fate all my life. I dont comment often but I want to say thank you for what you do online and wish you a happy and healthy life

  • I do not know my exact Birth Time so does anyone know how I would go about that and how that would affect my reading?

  • I loved this video!! You explained everything so well. I'm so excited to finally figure out my birth chart. Thank you for the video💕

  • THANK YOU for demystifying a lot of this for us. I am just getting into being more intentional, meditating, etc and a huge part of that is learning my chart. Thank youuuu

  • This is perfect timing Aileen! My theme for August is Astronomical! 🙂 I'm a libra sun too! Scorpio moon & cancer rising

  • So far, not a single person was willing and capable to demonstrate that Astrology works in a controlled environment. Think about that.

  • This is awesome 🙂 I had no idea you were into this kind of stuff too! I just did my birth chart last month, and took some time to journal it etc. It…. was really freaky accurate. My husband laughs at that but the thing is… when I was reading everything about me, it was so bang on it was like I was talking to a therapist haha. I saw so many reflections of me, my strengths, my weaknesses, everything. I love that you refer to it as a "tool of self-discovery" that is totally what it is! I jotted down everything in note form for myself and I have been working on things! For example, one of my weaknesses was that though I am well-spoken with certain issues, I don't like confrontation and sometimes I don't speak up for myself enough, I am not assertive, so I have been making a conscious effort to speak up more, I can feel myself doing it. Also, it said I have such a big heart (which I am known for haha) but sometimes I let my worry and care for others greatly overshadow my own needs, I can take on too much for them and take on too much in general and it can result in me living a very "anxious" life. I suffer with anxiety and a BIG part of that… is how much I take on, and how I wear the burden of other people's problems or feelings sometimes….. and my birth chart knew that! I just find that so cool :). LOVE this video 🙂

  • For planets being on the upper and lower sides, I’m half and half. It’s also half and half for west and east.

  • woah we have opposite north and south nodes! interesting video it made me wanna binge read on all these astrology stuff

  • Thank you for sharing your insight and perspective on astrology, very intriguing, you nail it !!⭐️⭐️✅🥳🎉🎉

  • This is so helpful! I found my north/south node the most informative, enlightening thing I've ever read in astrology! My sun is Leo and my rising Aquarius, so I can totally relate to the journey from your south to north!

  • Hy everyone who watches all of Aileen videos. Can anyone tell what was the video in which she talks about what are some ideas and things we can learn this year kind of video. I dont remember the contents but she tell us like you can learn a new language etc. Please!

  • Not only in Chinese culture but Caribbean cultures as well, its never advised to give someone your birth time, date or location… for spiritual matters. So I totally understand the superstition.

  • I just wanted to say thank you for this video~ I've really struggled with my mental health recently and this video reminded me of all the great traits I know me and my signs have (Taurus Sun, Sagittarius Moon, Leo Rising) and how my struggles relating to my mental health aren't who I am as a person and that I'm so much more than that.

  • This is very interesting BUT I don't understand how I should interpret my chart: I'm Sun/Moon/"South Node" Aquarius and Asc/"North Node" Leo…
    What do you think? 💗

  • Lib Sun
    Gem Rising
    Sag moon

    I was surprised that I am the same as you 🤭
    It may cause I like your videos so much😆

  • Ur south node will look like a u shape and the North node is n headphones shape, I've always loved astrology it makes so much sense and helps us discover within even more xx

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