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Getting to Know the 7 Astrological Patterns

Getting to Know the 7 Astrological Patterns

In astrology, your natal chart (sometimes called birth chart) is a graph that shows the positions of the planets and astrological houses in the sky at the moment of your birth. Your natal chart is much more detailed and accurate than your horoscope. A popular horoscope considers only the position of the Sun, whereas your natal chart includes hundreds of pieces of data. Mark Twain once said: The difference between a good word and the right word is like the difference between fire and firefly. Similarly, your popular horoscope may hold some hints of truth, but your natal chart tells us the real story of your natural personality.

Analyzing the planetary positions and relationships in your natal chart affords a remarkably profound and revealing glimpse into your natural character, with its inherent strengths and weaknesses. Among other things, your natal chart will tell you: 1) what type of partner and relationship you seek and will be best matched with, 2) what type of job or career your natural strengths and weaknesses are best suited for, and 3) obstacles that need to be overcome in your life. Most importantly, your natal chart will help you to understand your desires, motivations, and why you are the way that you are.

For a natal chart to be accurate, we must know the exact positions of the stars at the exact moment of your birth. Since the houses of the zodiac revolve one degree every four minutes, an accurate time of birth is necessary to determine your Ascendant sign and some planetary aspects. Although you can generate a natal chart without these highly time-sensitive positions included, to have a more accurate chart that is generated with an exact time and place of birth.

Astrologers classify birth charts into 7 distinct patterns. The 7 layouts are the following: the bundle, the splash, the see-saw, the bowl, the locomotive, the splay, and the bucket.

The bundle
The least common among the 7 patterns. In the bundle chart, the planets are confined in half of the chart positioned in 4 consecutive zodiac signs. People classified as bundle tend to maximize limited resources and excels in one focused specialization.

The splash
In a splash chart, the planets are scattered almost equidistant around the chart. This arrangement is related to people with a broad spectrum of interests and priorities. However, these kind of people have a hard time on focusing their energies.

The see-saw
The see-saw chart has half of the planets oppose the other half within the chart. This kind of arrangement is relevant for people who have 2 opposing sides, which is very handy in contrasting different perceptions.

The bowl
In a bowl chart, the planets are confined half in the chart almost equidistant with each other, covering about six zodiac signs. People classified as a bowl are usually conscious of their own feelings and tends to neglect the opposing forces.

The locomotive
The locomotive chart has all the planets arranged equidistantly around a two-thirds portion of the chart. The planet to enter the empty spaces due to clockwise motion will be an influential to the ones that follow it. In this arrangement, the individuals are said to be balanced and equal, taking each other’s qualities. These people can accomplish any challenges easily, with unity and harmony.

The splay
In a splay chart, several distinct groups of planets cluster around the chart equidistantly. Usually the groups of planets form a vague triangular pattern around the chart. This arrangement correlates to proportion and confidence in doing several tasks, but enthusiasm easily wears out.

The bucket
In a bucket chart, the planets are arranged in one half of the chart with one planet called a “singleton” is alone on the opposite side. These kind people excels in their endeavors if they strive by themselves. These goal-oriented people focus their attention and energy in one particular direction only.

The different chart patterns are guides to one’s individuality. But always remember, that is still you who can thoroughly understand your own personality.

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