MBB asks: “I used to go to an astrologer who made a big deal out of something she called a ‘natal chart.’ What exactly is this, and what can it tell me about myself (if anything)?”
The natal chart is also known as the birth chart and it documents the exact position of the stars and planets at the time of birth. In order to produce this chart, the astrologer needs an exact time of birth (usually the moment of first breath), and the location of the birth. Once determined, this information is charted to determine where each of the planets were at the time of your birth and what kind of impact this allegedly has upon you, your personality, your relationships, etc.
For instance, an “Ascendant” is the zodiac sign that was rising at the time of your birth and is supposedly the persona you show to the world. For example, you might be a Libra, but if your Ascendant was Leo, then you would portray the Leo’s regal disposition to the world and this would be the persona people perceive about you.
Astrologers also claim that these charts reveal your roadmap through life, showing times of great harmony or trouble.
“Imagine having a tool that can show you what your good points are and also how to use these to your best advantage whilst at the same time being able to show you your weaknesses and giving dates for when you need to be careful and dates which can work to your advantage,” says one site.
They go on to claim a birth chart can give valuable information on your potential strengths and weaknesses, how to time certain events in your life such as marriage or moving into a new home, what type of career you should choose and why you’re drawn to certain people and not others.
Experienced astrologers also claim to be able to use a person’s chart to reveal valuable information about their relationships, such as how to interact with their partner, what problems to look out for, how to strengthen your relationship, etc.
Of course, all of this is complete bunk and has no credible science behind it. As I detail in my booklet on Astrology, anyone who still needs convincing that reading horoscopes is a waste of time should consider some of the scientific studies done by astronomers such as those conducted by The Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
One of these studies, conducted by the French statistician Michel Gauquelin sent the horoscope for one of the worst mass murderers in French history to 150 unsuspecting people who were asked how well it fit them. “Ninety-four percent of the subjects said they recognized themselves in the description,” the Society reported.
Another study found that out of more than 3,000 specific horoscope predictions, only about 10 percent proved true. “If the stars lead astrologers to incorrect predictions 9 times out of 10,” the Society concludes, “they hardly seem like reliable guides for decisions of life and affairs of state.”
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