Whole Astrology–Reinterpreting a Natal Chart


People often say to me, “Oh, you’re an astrologer. I had my chart read once.” As if once is enough. The problem with reading a chart only one time is that the complexity of the configurations and aspects of a chart take years of understanding. And as we evolve those configurations, challenges, and blessings take on new meanings.

For instance, a chart before a Saturn Return and a chart after this major life event provide the client with lessons already learned. At that point, he or she leaves childhood behind and begins the journey to the second Saturn Return which occurs around age 60 since a Saturn Return happens every 28 to 30 years. A chart with a yod or singleton planets also changes flavors over time. Someone coming in with a yod at 28 or even 40 years of age will talk about their frustrations. They will explain that none of their projects reach fruition, or that others don’t understand them. But when the same person goes to an astrologer after age 45, they tell a different story of synthesis and having learned some hard lessons that brought them wisdom.

I found that three aspects in my own chart dogged me in my younger years, but now, at age 51 I feel like I’m finally ripening or becoming the woman I was meant to become as a self-actualization process occurred with my Singleton Venus (retrograde), Pluto transiting over my Capricorn Ascendant and me learning that people with Saturn conjunct Moon in a birth chart (mines in Pisces), age more slowly than the rest of the population. So any astrologer worth their salt would have noticed when I was going through my 1st Saturn Return that I was blooming slowly and my life would seem arduous at times.

This is why comparing ourselves to others is never a good idea. It’s not like we’re running a race against our neighbors anyway. And if you ever noticed, fruit ripens at different times on a tree, despite the amount of sunlight and rain the fruit receives. There is no wrong or right way to take the life journey. Some people bloom at an early age, even in their teens and early 20s then they burn out in their 40s (having done this and done that already). While others take a more scenic route like I did. While some people will ask me about my accomplishments (which come off like a quilt instead as a linear progression), they will wonder what the heck I did with my life. It’s the same for people with planets in the 12th House or parked in a Yod.

So let’s look at the Singleton Venus (which I’ve written about extensively on my Whole Astrology blog). I’m always finding new meanings and life experiences from this single unaspected planet (despite it’s square with Chiron and inconjunct to Neptune). First, I’ve never found myself terribly attractive, though I’ve not thought of myself as unattractive either. Yet, I have experienced people commenting on my looks favorably, I was followed by men in college and my younger years which I could never figure out since I thought of myself as too thin and too inexperienced (hardly sexy in the conventional sense). But having a Singleton Venus is similar to having Venus in the 12th House or planets in Taurus or Libra hidden in the 12th House. I didn’t have full access to my feminine side and thought of myself as a tomboy who got along better with boys than girls growing up.

Perhaps if you also have Venus in one of those situations in your chart and you’re a woman then you can relate to what I’m saying. When I get a chance I would like to revisit Audrey Hepburn (a Taurus not comfortable with her body) and other gamine actresses (tomboys with short cropped hair) and see where Venus is in their charts.

When I combine my RX Singleton Venus with the Capricorn Ascendant and Saturn/Moon in Pisces (with a one degree orb), I adopted the belief that I’m ageless. I’ve had people remark that I resemble a 30 year old woman and yet, I’m in my 50s. I find this disconcerting when no one believes my age, but my mother, a Capricorn had the same problem over time. Capricorn and Saturn rule time and delay progress such as the progression of aging. Also having Venus in the youthful sign Gemini helps.

I haven’t had to worry about aging, though I do just like anyone. But I don’t use any special face creams or dress like a teenager. But I have struggled with feeling comfortable in my own skin (unlike those French gamine actresses). And my life has been one big head game with me spending more time in my thoughts than my body (Venus in Gemini). I spent most of my time trying to outwit others and using words as my defense. But how long can I hide behind well-placed words? Has this been your experience too?

Let’s return to the idea that every chart deserves multiple reads from multiple astrologers. But even beyond that, if you have an interest in astrology, then read as many books and websites on the topic as possible while looking for examples in your own chart. This is after all part of the self-discovery process. I dare you to find an astrologer and get a new reading on your chart today or at least read an article on an astrological topic new to you and use your chart as an example.

I’m a metaphysical coach and astrologer based in Bellingham, Washington. Learn more about my astrology at Whole Astrology. And get a personal reading.

Published by pnwauthor

I'm a former Washingtonian from Washington State, not Washington DC. I currently reside in Pennsylvania, even though my dream was to live and work in Vermont.

14 thoughts on “Whole Astrology–Reinterpreting a Natal Chart

  1. Can you better explain this “yod” concept? Or, is that an abbreviation for something?

    Is a Saturn/Moon “conjunct” the same as the impact of one’s rising sign? I have read the rising sign impacts our appearance/maturity. As Mars impacts our social behavior (and Venus our passions/interests/preferences).

    You use Astro.com to consult charts instead of a text book with up to date planetary charts/placements?

    I think our given/accepted names may have an impact on our opportunities or motivations, too. For instance, you say people ask you what you did with your life as if you did nothing for so many years. You also mention not finding yourself particularly attractive though many compliment or follow you. That reminds me of another Patricia I know. 🙂 I have a book that goes into detail of how different names carry different harmonies which impact our natures/behaviors. I am not entirely sure how accurate it can be. But, if astrology books can document patterns based on planets, I guess another can document patterns found with people of the same name.

    I also wonder what is up with women who claim to get along better with men as friends. I felt I was a rare straight guy who was more comfortable around girls my age than boys in school. But, that quickly changed in high school when I was not comfortable with most people, regardless of gender, because their sexuality was in high gear while I was more interested in romance and friendship first.


      1. But, why was I so different in high school? I felt so alienated. And, it was just the start of people labeling me as judgemental or snobbish. I wasn’t better than anyone…just different and isolated with my moral code.

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      2. My head is spinning from that yod post. You have a quick sense of corny humor and talk quite a bit about your own thought process. But, I am not entirely clear on what the yod is. Am I reading correctly, that it involves three particular planets in some configuration that implies a fast moving world around me while I am going slow or I am going faster than the rest of the world? And, this is similar to that other event you mention that causes everything to appear slower and more frustrating? What is the difference? I think I am just overwhelmed by the volume of words. But, that’s Patricias for ya. [In my experience, anyway.] 🙂

        How long is a yod? How does it compare to a “Mercury retrograde” which I have heard/read causes many difficulties at the same time it fuels creativity.


      3. Hold the phone…could a yod be three very different planets or signs in key places, like sun, venus and mars? Could a disagreeing elemental triangle in a natal chart be a fixed/lifetime yod? Or, is a disagreement in one’s natal chart just the luck of the moment which goes away with age?


  2. It could be any number of circumstances represented in your natal chart. You could have had a yod with the Sun, Venus or Mars involved with planets transiting in the yod. You could have had personal planets in the 12th House so you would not have had easy access to them, or you might have just been feeling alienated in high school like millions of other people who felt the same way. You could have also been experiencing a long transit of an outer planet such as Pluto, Neptune, or Uranus going over one of your personal planets. There’s no way of really knowing without examining the natal chart.

    Or you might need to read up on Indigo Children since you mention the moral code. Lee Carroll has a good book on Indigo Children and so does Doreen Virtue.


  3. In regard to the name Patricia, I know that it is from ancient Greece and represented a noble class or at least a higher class. They were privileged but this is all I know about Patricia.


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