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Video:How to Obtain a Birth Chart

with Cindy Turner

Obtain a birth chart so that you can discover more about yourself and create an astrological self-portrait. Learn how to obtain a birth chart through one of many options.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Obtain a Birth Chart

Hi I'm Cindy Turner for About.com.

Astrology is an opportunity to discover and explore your cosmic self-portrait. For many it offers ideas and insights on how to live a harmonious and joyful life. It begins with your birth chart, a circular map of the solar system from Earth's view at the exact date, time and place of your birth.

Obtain a Birth Chart from an Astrologist

There are several options in obtaining your birth chart. You can hire an astrologist to create and analyze your birth chart or you can do it on your own. All you need is some basic information to get started. You'll need your date of birth, city and state of birth and time of birth.

To acquire an accurate reading of your birth chart, your birth time is crucial. The time of your birth is sometimes documented on your birth certificate. If you don't have your certificate, contact the state health department or hospital where you were born to purchase your birth certificate.

Create Your Own Birth Chart

There are several good books out there on astrology. Some of them show you how to calculate and construct your own astrological birth chart. It can be quite enlightening but quite time-consuming. And if you're off on any of your calculations, your results may not be accurate.

Obtain a Birth Chart Online

The easiest and most effective way to do your birth chart is online. Just type in "free birth chart" on your favorite search engine and you'll have lots of options to choose from. Pick a couple of them and look for a form that asks for your name, sex, birth date and time, and place of birth. Be sure you choose the correct time of day (AM or PM) and make sure you have the correct location.

There may be several cities throughout the country that are the same name as your birthplace. Pick a website that also includes the 12 houses. The best report will include a graphic of your birth chart and a thorough interpretation. Try several free websites and compare the reports to see how consistent they are.

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