This is a brief guide to reading a natal chart in shamanic astrology. We begin with a standard "script", which is a brief overview of where someone is from, what they're here to do, and what sort of energies come into play around relationships, work and home. You can reference my chart as an example.
Where we come from is governed principally by the sign of our moon, and what we're here to explore is described by our ascendant. (Reference the key below to find what these symbols look like, and then find them in my chart or yours.) I have my moon in the sign of Scorpio, and my ascendant in Gemini, so I "come from the tribe of Scorpio" - that's the energy I know well, and also an energy I can get stuck in - and I'm here to study in the mystery school of Gemini.
Within each of these tribes, we have a job. These are given to us by the north and south nodes, which are opposite each other on the chart and look like magnets. The south node is U-shaped, and the north node is the same shape upside-down. With the nodes, we look to the house position rather than the sign. My south node is in the sign of Virgo, but it's in the 4th house. (We start counting houses at one just below the left side, and count counterclockwise from there.) My north node is opposite it in the 10th house. The 4th house relates to the fourth sign, Cancer, and the 10th house to Capricorn, so we would say I had the Cancer job in the Scorpio tribe, and in this life I'm here to figure out how to hold the Capricorn job in the Gemini tribe.
My Mars represents the sort of man I'm here to be (since I'm male). It's in the sign of Taurus, an Earth sign concerned with beauty. The twelve signs represent twelve different types of men; it's a very significant description of what it means to each of us to "be a man". If you're a woman, you want to look to your Venus sign to see what sort of a woman you've come here to be.
Running through the rest of the interesting signs briefly:
Here's the key to some of the important chart elements:
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For more information on your personal script, as well as what current planetary alignments have to tell us about the challenges of the coming year, please contact me at apollo.