Natal Chart Interpretation

zodiac vintage wheelI had a client reference her Moon in regards to showing what she wants in life. I told her that what a person wants is shown by Mars in their chart. The Moon describes a person’s emotional needs.

I realized that beginners could use a simple cheat sheet, so here it is:

What you want – Mars
What you like – Venus
What you need – Moon
How you think – Mercury
Who you are – Sun
Your philosophy – Jupiter

Saturn represents the “skin” in astrology. That’s why I’m offering the short list. If you want basic insight into a personality (yours or theirs), these are the things you want to look at.

For example, if you have Venus in Sagittarius, you are not going to want to hang around someone who is morose all the time, because you won’t find them attractive. This is true, regardless of the rest of the chart.

The gal I mentioned had a 12th house Moon. She’s made a major sacrifice (12th) for her family (Moon). It’s textbook astrology.

When it comes to astrology, it’s easy to get lost in the minutiae. Sometimes you can learn a lot by going back to the basics. The nuts and bolts of a personality, that cannot be denied.

If this intrigues you, check out the Natal Chart Report (yours or theirs). It’s amazing what you can glean from looking at the plain nuts and bolts of a personality, that there is just no getting around.


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Natal Chart Interpretation — 43 Comments

  1. That’s a helpful short list! What I want – mars in libra in my 9H. What I like – Venus in Gemini in my 5H. What I need – moon in libra in my 10H. How I think – mercury in Gemini in my 6H. Who I am – sun in cancer in my 7H. My philosophy- Jupiter in Scorpio in my 10H. It makes sense! I don’t know the geminis houses but his has mars and Venus in cancer, his moon in libra, his sun in Gemini, and his Jupiter in Capricorn. Damn his practical philosophies on life! Haha even without his houses, the nature of the signs makes sense with how I know him to be. Very cool.

    • I’m still confused about skin. My Saturn or skin is conjunct my mars in libra in my 9H and 7 degrees from my MC. Gemini’s Saturn is conjunct his sun (by 7 degrees) in Gemini. So he separates himself from the rest of the world? Kind of… I guess my Saturn in my 9H separates my philosophies from the rest of the world. I almost converted to a different religion when I was younger regardless of my catholic parents reactions and my catholic schooling. Almost… I’ve since reclaimed my catholic roots but only because I wanted to.

      • Ok and my anger issues have in the past separated me from the outside world… Saturn conj mars. So have things or people I’ve been deeply passionate about. I get it. Doesn’t help that it squares my sun. I’ve learned to “sleep on it” before reacting! But that initial feeling I get inside is part of my personality I guess.

  2. This is great…thanks, but one question…not sure I understand what you mean by the “skin” in astrology (referring to Saturn)?

      • Okay, I’m a dumbass. I get the separates part. It’s what you’re supposed to work on synthesizing into your life because it’s separate, your hill to climb. No? I’m sorry, Elsa. This is an important distinction to me, it’s part of my Grand Air Trine and my Sat Sq. Venus. I need to figure this bugger out. WHAT DO YOU WAAAANT, SATURN?!!

      • That’s an interesting way to look at it. I don’t know what would mine mean then tho. It’s Libra Saturn in the 8th.

        I have a whole lot going on in the 8th. Including my Jupiter in Scorpio. 8th house for me represents things I was always comfortable with that I wish other people would open up to as well. I love to talk about taboos and controversial issues, it’s like a hobby of mine to antagonize people with talking about the ‘forbidden’ stuff like it’s no big deal. No wonder my Mercury is in that house, too.

  3. Okay,
    Scorpio 9th house, Sun,Mercury,Venus What I am,What I like,How I think with Neptune,MC too
    Aquarius 1st house Mars What I want
    Aries 2nd house Moon What I need
    Libra 8th house Jupiter My philosophy with Uranus
    Taurus 2nd house Saturn My skin

  4. Thank you for this. I’ve been into astrology just a few years on and off, and it’s always the same, without looking into transits and houses. I noticed those with Venus in water/earth don’t normally care for those whose venus are in fire/air UNLESS the other person has mars in water and earth and a moon in earth/water, sun in earth/water. It makes a balance? I try to simplify it without complicating.It’s easy to get lost too.
    but yes, Venus in fire, even Venus in Aries does not like depression and morose people for too long no matter how much they love them. If they are family, they just distance and keep away until the morose person is over their depression. These people don’t normally like to be to choose a life partner who is like this. It’s hard to face but it’s true from my short experience.

  5. I’ve never heard the Jupiter one before, I like it :) Mars is interesting. Its in my 10th. I don’t *want* to do or have or be anything, but I do really, really want people to see me a certain way.

  6. I have always known that what I like and what I want are the same thing so that’s starting to make sense why now!: Mars conj Venus in Gemini 6th house. But I also have Saturn in Gemini 6th, so does that mean therefore that my likes and wants separate me from others, in a working capacity? Jupiter as philosophy makes sense as its in 12th house conj Asc, in Capricorn. Sun Tau sq Moon Aqu, yes who I am verses what I need, that’s always a battle, 5th house to 2nd house. How I think: shoot first ask questions later – Merc in Aries 4th house; need to work on that:) Mind you, its also conj Chiron and IC, something about public speaking which terrifies me? Anyway, thanks Elsa for the simplification, its starting to make a lot more sense, although I still not sure how the houses fit in, so maybe a cheat sheet on houses?:))

  7. This came in really useful today Elsa! Thanks! I used it when I was telling my non-astrology friends about their Sabian Symbols.

  8. That’s interesting-I have a 12 house Taurus moon and made a sacrifice for family too. My Mother did something against my advice and got herself into a lawsuit; I had a stroke getting her out of the mess.

    • On Dec. 31, 2013, I took my 92-year-old Mom to my home to care for her. Saturn was EXACTLY sitting on my 17 degree Libra Moon (sacrifice for family, but I wanted/needed to do this). Saturn was also approaching my 21 degree Libra ascendant, (fogging up my window on the world, HA!). Also Mars tromping through my first house can make me cranky at times, but I am using this transit to study HARD (Mars) about relationships (Libra). I agree with Elsa. Astrology helps me navigate the rough spots in my life, and also allows me to choose the high road, because I know what’s going on……at least a little, thanks to Elsa & fellow bloggers.

  9. What I want – Mars in Sagittarius (9th)
    What I like – Venus in Virgo (7th)
    What I need – Moon in Aquarius (12th)
    How I think – Mercury (Я) in Libra (8th)
    Who I am – Sun in Libra (7th)
    My philosophy – Jupiter in Scorpio (8th)

    Love the blog. :)

  10. What I want – Mars in Libra (1st)
    What I like – Venus in Libra (2nd)
    What I need – Moon in Pisces (7th)
    How I think – Mercury in Capricorn (4th)
    Who I am – Sun in Sagittarius (3rd)
    My philosophy – Jupiter in Aries (7th)

    My kin – Saturn in Libra (1st)

    Must think on this- understand it very basically. Oh yea,Mercury in the 4th. LOL!

  11. Would like to offer my take on the subject of ‘desire/likes': Venus that shows what one wants in life, and these “wants/desires” appear to be mitigated to great extent, by the aspects to Venus and where one finds Venus in terms of house placement in the natal chart. Mars is how one ACTS or goes about getting/attracting the items/situations/people perceived as being desirable into one’s life…..Mars is the action that seeks to acquire what Venus tells it to go fetch, not always straight forward relationship (understatement!;-) but thats how it appears to roll for most, in my humble and ever learning p.o.v…..

      • Thank you for the notice of welcome, Elsa. I’ve been a long time silent observer of your site/’sight':-)

    • forgot to add that I generally take what one likes in GENERAL in terms of people/situations (not necessarily in significant partners) is shown by the 5th house sign and planets if any therein…Venus/Moon definitely describes in a more specific way the significant partner(s) ones desires or attracts…Mars unless its aspected to either the Moon or Venus, tends to be more descriptive of how one instinctively acts across all areas, including that of sexuality in trying to gain what Venus wants (again depending on the aspects twixt these two, it could be easy-peasy route or rougher terrain due to all sorts of misinterpreted signaling)….Though sometimes its the harder ride that makes for the best kind of authentic repairs & fine-tuning:-)

  12. Excellent article Elsa! It fits well. I have a 5th house moon in Taurus. I have been told I’m a very comforting friend, my husband calls me his “anchor” and his “rock”. One of my deepest desires in life (a burning desire that I felt in the core of my being) was to be a mother. I have five children. I do have four personal planets in the 12th house but that would be a very long post to talk about here. :)

  13. This is helpful for those of us who have been here for a while too.
    I was under the mistaken impression that Mars represented the type of action you take to secure your needs (Moon) and desires (Venus.)

  14. Good to go back to basics. With Venus in Capricorn, not only do I prefer the company of clearly older and/or clearly younger people, I also just realised I don’t much enjoy the company of people who have never experienced hardship. As Venus represents e.g. music, I like classical voices, and in pop music understated voices. Also, with Mercury in Capricorn, I very much dislike it when people spell incorrectly purely out of laziness.

    Then again, what I need is much more complicated than what I like… Moon in Aries in 7th needs to be independent in a relationship. Hasn’t worked out too well for me, which is why I’ve been single since 2007 :D

  15. Uh…oh…for the first time I disagree with Mars being what I want. I have Mars in Virgo and no offense to Virgo’s – nice, hard-working, sometimes overly critical folks – is the precise opposite of what I want (or who I want).

    Perhaps it’s because my Mars is in opposition to my Moon in Pisces. And, for a ton of reasons, the Moon is my path of least resistance, so I relate to wanting Piscean things more – plus the Moon trines my Cancer Sun, making me really want an easy-going, balanced life.

    What I get, however, (especially now with this nightmare Grand Cross) is the polar opposite. Me, and almost every friend I have, is not doing too well. Like, seriously, not doing too well.

    It’s nice, though, to be able to come to this blog everyday b/c it’s always illuminating and uplifting somewhat, regardless of the astral sky right now.

    Sweetness and light, always refreshing. Thank you Elsa and Satori. xooxxo

  16. Very good cheat sheet to simplify understanding the dynamics of the planets!
    Didn’t know about Saturn being “skin”. I’m not sure what that does for me – Saturn conj Sun at 26 Leo. I feel like a sunny person with sunglasses, in the shade. Maybe Saturn is my 50 SPF protection against the cosmic blasts?
    Thank you Elsa for sharing all your knowledge (and likewise the input from bloggers), it’s all very constructive.

  17. What you want – Mars in LIbra
    What you like – Venus in Scorpio
    What you need – Moon In Pisces-12th House!
    How you think – Mercury in Capricorn
    Who you are – Sun in Sagittarius
    Your philosophy – Jupiter in Sagittarius

    Saturn represents the “skin” in Scorpio

  18. So the next layer of interpretation will be the aspects, house position and any retrogrades? that can’t be accurately considered without trans-Saturn (generational) influences too.
    I don’t grove with traditional Sun to Saturn cookbook astrological interpretations, humans are more complex than that in this day and age! :)

    • I also have this thing about traditional astrology and its observations of the sky in the NORTHERN Hemisphere of the earth. This is really only about the Sun more than anything else, because the Sun’s strength is opposite in the SOUTHERN hemisphere of our planet. So how does this hold up with saying things like… the Sun is in its fall in Libra because its moving into Winter, NOT so down here in the southern part of the globe!!!

  19. What you want – Mars in leo wants to be the best
    What you like – Venus in aquarius likes freedom, open minds, and oddballs
    What you need – Moon In leo so need attention & to feel appreciated, create, entertain
    How you think – Mercury in Capricorn thinks ahead and compartmentalize things
    Who you are – Sun in aquarian quirky…just quirky, stubborn,
    Your philosophy – Jupiter in gemini Maybe “don’t want to miss a thing” sums it up :)
    my “skin” – Saturn in leo – Shiny

  20. I recently met with a local lady to purchase a lot of astrology books she was selling, she knew i repaired computers, so she offered to give me a “brief” lesson in astrology. of course, it was the cutsie stuff, because I’m still a beginner – however. She mentioned that every 29 years, your sign changes – Because saturn completes a full cycle. So, your sun sign – you don’t grow into until you are really 29 and a half, then…again you change to your moon sign 29and a half years later, and then – your rising sign. Is this actual fact?

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