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03-28-2019, 08:29 PM
 xriter Junior Member Join Date: Mar 2019 Posts: 1
Can't wrap my head around a 2D birth chart

Hi there,

I am fairly new to astrology, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around the 2D image of a birth chart.

At the bottom of this post you can find a little moving 3D animation to illustrate where my confusion comes from. (It's quite a big gif file, so please give it a few seconds to load )

I understand that the equator has been divided in 12 equal parts of 30 degrees, which are projected into space. So, if you are born on the equator it easy to say in which sign a planet is.

Then, I also have read various reasons why the whole house system should be used. One of the reasons being that all houses are of equal importance. Then, based on the place where someone is born, you draw the houses around that place on earth.

Now, I can understand this all, as long as someone is born on the equator. However, if someone is born on another latitude, it all goes wrong in my head. My little 3D visualization also shows this. If you try to combine a 2D view of the 12 signs and a 2D view of the 12 houses, there is no way these two can both consist of 12 equally sized parts in the birth chart.

Again, I am a newbie when it comes to astrology but I really want to understand this. Can someone maybe help me out here? Am I missing something? Thanks a lot in advance...

#2
03-29-2019, 03:40 AM
 waybread Senior Member Join Date: Nov 2007 Location: A class M planet near you Posts: 14,116
Re: Can't wrap my head around a 2D birth chart

An awful lot has been written and debated about house systems: much of it pretty technical. I don't have the head for it, unfortunately.

I liked your graphic a lot. Hopefully we can look forward to horoscopes that either look 3-dimensional or that are, like a hologram.
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#3
05-06-2019, 09:12 PM
 leomoon Member Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: Arizona Posts: 33
Re: Can't wrap my head around a 2D birth chart

I suppose you already are aware there are many different house systems available to you? Including if you prefer, the Equal House System.

The unequal ones are quite popular in the tropical system but many prefer equal houses.

https://darkstarastrology.com/house-system-astrology/

I think its just what works for you best.

Last edited by leomoon; 05-06-2019 at 09:16 PM.
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05-06-2019, 09:34 PM
 JUPITERASC Senior Member Join Date: Jan 2008 Posts: 49,004
Re: Can't wrap my head around a 2D birth chart

Quote:
 Originally Posted by xriter Hi there, I am fairly new to astrology, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around the 2D image of a birth chart. At the bottom of this post you can find a little moving 3D animation to illustrate where my confusion comes from. (It's quite a big gif file, so please give it a few seconds to load ) I understand that the equator has been divided in 12 equal parts of 30 degrees, which are projected into space. So, if you are born on the equator it easy to say in which sign a planet is. Then, I also have read various reasons why the whole house system should be used. One of the reasons being that all houses are of equal importance. Then, based on the place where someone is born, you draw the houses around that place on earth. Now, I can understand this all, as long as someone is born on the equator. However, if someone is born on another latitude, it all goes wrong in my head. My little 3D visualization also shows this. If you try to combine a 2D view of the 12 signs and a 2D view of the 12 houses, there is no way these two can both consist of 12 equally sized parts in the birth chart. Again, I am a newbie when it comes to astrology but I really want to understand this. Can someone maybe help me out here? Am I missing something? Thanks a lot in advance...

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