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.