How to read a birth chart – Birth Charts for Beginners

How to read a birth chart

Birth Charts for Beginners is your step-by-step guide into the signs, symbols, and mysteries of the astrological birth chart.

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If you’re ready to move beyond Sun-sign horoscopes and learn how to read a birth chart, this course is for you!

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Why invest your valuable time in learning how to read a birth chart?

For starters– it’s fun!! But the rewards of learning astrology go beyond entertainment.

Your birth chart is a map of your drives, motivations, and underlying patterns— your cosmic “fingerprint.” Your chart speaks to the deeper reasons you’re YOU, the work you came to do in this life, and your innate (and often unrecognized) gifts.

The moment of your birth shows you not only WHO but also WHY you are— and that self-awareness can transform your whole life.

The skills you learn in Birth Charts for Beginners (and my next-level course Birth Chart Clarity) will set you up to learn other hot topics in astrology– like individualized forecasting, relationship compatibility, and finding the best timing for important events like medical appointments, social engagements, and business activities. Astrology chart skills are especially useful in the healing arts, intuitive work, and psychotherapy.

All you need is your birthdate to calculate your birth chart and get started. Your time of birth, if you know it, allows you even more insights. (But you can still learn a lot about yourself without it.)

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Enroll in Birth Charts for Beginners to unlock the flashcards, connect with other enthusiastic students, and access live online learning opportunities. 

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57 Responses

  1. Hello! My name is Ronda. My grandmother passed onto me her love for astrology. I dabbled a little as a teen, but before the internet was big, so it was quite a lot of work to read the necessary books and find/use the actual ephemeris! I lost touch with it over the course of high school, college, career and children. Fast forward to being furloughed by covid with time on my hands to wonder about the stelliums in my natal chart. Deep down that rabbit whole I then began to search the internet for what a True node was and that led me to your website and your free sections of this class. I was hooked immediately! I could have learned a ton from what you offered for free (so kind of you, thank you!), but I decided that I would prefer to pay for a course in appreciation to you. I can’t wait to dive in and relearn what I’ve forgotten and for sure learn some things I never learned before!

    1. Welcome, Ronda! Thanks for sharing your story about your special bond with your grandmother. I began studying in the 90s so I understand about using the ephemeris and reading the books. I even hand-drew my first chart with a protractor!! So glad you found your way here. I really appreciate your support, and I hope you’ll find some good nuggets in here.

  2. Hello again, Molly! We met previously when you provided me and my mother with AMAZING results when we consulted you for 3 surgeries over the past 4 years. I was checking your website to purchase yet another consultation (this time for my employer’s 70th birthday this month), and I found your courses. I’ve always had a huge interest in astrology, but I’ve gotten bogged down with the minutia of birth charts. So I’m really looking forward to studying with you! Thanks again so much for your help. Kind regards and best wishes from California… 🙂

    1. Marie, thank you!! I am so glad to hear that your and your mother’s surgeries went well. I emailed you privately about the gift certificate. I look forward to studying with you too. 🙂

  3. Hi Molly,

    I have grown very fond of astrology over the past year and really want to understand the depth of it. I am super excited to join your course! I know astrology is a continuous learning experience and I really hope I can get to a rock out level 🙂

  4. Hi Molly, I just signed up for the Birth Chart course and I am confused, as it appears that the course is identical to what you offer for free on your web site. Am I missing something? Looking forward to gaining a foundation in astrology! Thanks, Debra

    1. Hi Debra! Thanks so much for signing up. Your registration unlocks additional options. You can save your progress in the course. You can download the course flashcards. And you can access the email-based courses. I have taken a break from the live meetings for now but I will be offering those again after the holidays.

  5. Hi Molly

    Mostly curious about getting to know myself better and maybe learn how to help and guide others in the future.


  6. Welcome, Catherine! I’m so glad you found your way here and decided to join the course. Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself, your victory over cancer, and how learning astrology fits into your goals. So happy you stuck with astrology and joined us despite the challenges of getting your head around it at the beginning.

  7. Hi Molly:
    I am a beginner at understanding astrology and want to understand my birth chart so I can better understand myself. I found you online when I googled some information on North and South Nodes.

  8. Hi Molly!! I learned about you from a classmate who is an Astrologist, Barbie and highly recommended you! I am from San Diego and am very much a beginner. I am looking foward to learning!!

  9. Hi, i’m jennifer 29, i discovered this course searching online, so glad i found it!! Thank you Molly

  10. Hello everyone!

    Im from Raleigh, NC and I’ve been following this website for 10 years now. My biggest hurdle is applying astrology to my life. I want to have a stronger foundation on Astrology so I can navigate my life better and the life of my daughter.

  11. I love the course so far, it’s very intuitive clear and easy to learn! by far the best course I came across. Feel super grateful!

  12. Hi, my name is Juan and I’m from California. I used to read the wiseastrology web posts almost monthly. So then, I received an email about this course and decided to take it because I’ve always had an interest about astrology even tho I’ve never studied it seriously. My biggest hurdle in learning about astrology is remembering the different functions and interactions between the planets, houses and sign.

  13. Hi Molly ,
    I found this course by accident when I read something on your blog. I have learned more in 2 afternoons than I have in 8-9 months watching You-tube videos , buying books and searching the internet ! The course is excellent for beginners as everything is presented so clearly , there is so much information out there that as I beginner I really struggled with information overload and I just ended up tying myself in knots .
    Many thanks for your course , I’m really enjoying it .

  14. Hello! I found this course while I was looking for a Moon Void of Course calendar. Ever since as a child I have always found astrology fascinating. I have gotten my birth chart done numerous times, and have heard others talking about different aspects, houses and all that, but I still don’t quite understand all of it. So I’m hoping this course will give up a proper introduction to astrology beyond what my horoscope says. Thank you so much for offering this as a free course!

  15. Hi everyone, my name is Denisha. I’ve been interested in Astrology for a little over a year now, but I’ve been confused with understanding it. So I’ve signed up for your classes Molly in hopes to grasp a better understanding of it so I can help myself and help others understand ourselves soulfully.

    1. Welcome, Denisha! I hope this short beginner course will get you closer to understanding astrology in the soulful way you’re hoping. Make sure you check out my page on the North and South Nodes – and I have a free ebook about the Nodes here too. Please leave a comment or question any time you feel like you would like help.

  16. Hello my name is Cora and I’m from Hawaii. I am interested in astrology because I want to learn as much as I can about it. I am an Aries and I found this place on my own.

  17. Hello, my name is Azziza DeGraff. I am from Sacramento, ca. I am 24. I am interested in as much as I can learn. I found this course on my own online.

  18. Although I’ve studied astrology awhile, it’s been difficult for me to connect with others who share my interest. Hopefully, this course will keep me going and freshen my skills.

  19. Long time interest in the sciences; have some time to dedicate to learning from these lessons. Thanks for offering them. Would like to learn how to determine the ‘ruler’ of the natal chart.

    1. Hi Tanene – a lot of astrologers consider the Ascendant ruler to be the ruler of the chart. So that is a good place to start. I have included a more in-depth method of assessing planetary strength in my Birth Chart Deep Dive course.

  20. Just starting the class. Looking forward to receiving new knowledge. Have always wanted to learn some Astrology.

      1. Hi,
        My name is Val and I’m super excited to join this class. I’m originally from Chicago. I found this through a Facebook link. I’ve been trying my best to learn on my own but I keep getting stuck at trying to understand all the aspects and transits. Hopefully, this course will help me!!

      2. Welcome Val! Thanks for joining the course! If you are free on Tuesdays at 11 am Eastern, please join us on Zoom! We meet weekly to discuss the class material and practice working with the course flashcards.

  21. Hiya! I’m just starting the course, and I’m so excited! I hope to learn how to blend the various interpretations together so there aren’t as many contradictions in the analysis.

    1. Welcome Carmon – That is a worthy goal! Just keep in mind that internal contradictions are part of human nature. An individual can be calm in one area but excited in another, serious somewhere and reckless somewhere else, peace-loving in one area of life but aggressive and assertive about something else.

  22. Just finished the course, thanks, I love it!

    I’ve used my own chart as the main example throughout, and went from being completely confused as to how a Taurus Sun, Gemini Moon and Leo rising all blend together to having a slightly better understanding of how that all works together! I also didn’t understand houses at all before, and while I think I need more practice with more charts, I at least feel like I have a guide for what it means now. Thanks!

  23. Thanks so much for your generosity, Molly. The lessons are succinct and easy to understand…really well organized. Your graphics are playful and uplifting. Thanks again.

      1. Hello ?
        I’m Christine, and I have been interested in astrology off and on since I was a teenager. I am excited to follow my heart and take this course!
        I’m living in Florida, but from California.

      2. Welcome Christine! I hear it’s cold out in Florida today. Hope you’re keeping warm and no iguanas are falling on your head. I love it that you followed your heart to astrology! Please comment with your questions anytime along the way.

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