There are numerous areas of astrology, and it can be used to help one in a number of ways. I’ll try to explain a little bit about this in the following.
First, to construct your natal chart, an astrologer needs your birth date, your place of birth, and the exact time of birth (if you have that information). Your chart will look like a pie with twelve pieces (see the sample natal chart at the end of this blog post). And, scattered about it are various symbols representing the planets and important points in your chart. A natal chart can tell much about a person. When I look at a natal chart, I don’t see a pie. I see a three-dimensional person -- spirit, soul, and body. When analyzing a chart, it helps to not only understand astrology and geometry, but also psychology. It helps to understand human behavior. And, astrology can help you to better understand yourself and others as well.
Second, there is the timing element. As is stated in the book of Ecclesiastes, "There is a season for everything. Astrology shouts, “Yes, there definitely is.” To get an idea of the best timing for various aspect of your life and what you might currently be experiencing or going through, one looks at the movement of the planets through the chart and the aspects or angles of the planets to the natal planetary positions. These are called transits and/or aspects. Each of the planets represents a type of life cycle. For example, Jupiter takes about eleven to twelve years to transit through an entire chart (or to orbit the Sun). This is one’s expansion or luck/good fortune life cycle. When one planet aspects or makes an angle to another planet, the energy of the two are released. Whether it is an easy release (or beneficial usually) or a hard release (or difficult usually) depends on the planets involved and the type of angle they make. How the person using his or her own free will and manifests these aspects and transits (of course) varies and is important. An astrologer can also erect a number of other charts that will add to this information such as your progressed chart, your solar return chart, and your solar arc directions chart.
Third, there is another type of astrological analysis done to help people with relationships. There are two major methods used for this. The first is called synastry. An astrologer takes the planets and important points in the chart of one individual and places them on top of the chart of the second individual and then analyzes the aspects and transits. This gives us an idea of how one individual views the other and which needs or desires each could help the other to fulfill. The other method involves the use of composite charts. The astrologer finds the midpoint of each of the planets for the two individuals and then creates a new chart called the composite chart. The astrologer then analyzes it. This analysis tells us how the two people within the partnership act and function as a partnership entity.