THE MECHANICS OF ASTROLOGY
SUN: will ~ purpose
MOON: emotion ~ instinct
MERCURY: mind ~ reasoning
VENUS: magnetism ~ creative
MARS: assertion ~ procreative
JUPITER: expansion ~ faith
SATURN: contraction ~ discipline
URANUS: higher mind ~ ingenuity ~ evolution
NEPTUNE: higher emotion ~ inspiration ~ enlightenment
PLUTO: higher will ~ insight ~ transformation
CONJUNCTION: 0°: integrating
SEXTILE: 60°: facilitating
SQUARE: 90°: agitating
QUINCUNX: 150°: driving
OPPOSITION: 180°: polarizing
12 signs are divided into 4 elements . . .
FIRE/passionate EARTH/grounded AIR/mental WATER/emotional
& 3 modalities . . .
CARDINAL/assertive ~ ~ FIXED/steadfast ~ ~ MUTABLE/adaptable
Each element represents three signs and each sign is appointed a modality. A modality is a quality of expression that further distinguishes the signs. For example, the three fire signs are Aries, Leo & Sagittarius: Aries is Cardinal, Leo is Fixed and Sagittarius is Mutable. This pattern repeats through all 12 signs and gives each a distinctive tone.
The signs are further divided into yin/negative & yang/positive - six of each, of course. Earth & water are yin and fire & air are yang. And each sign has an opposite sign in a complimentary element and the same modality. For example, fixed fire is opposite fixed air and both are yang; cardinal earth is opposite cardinal water and both are yin. So opposites really do attract and share some fundamental similarities. And any opposition between planets is a challenging dynamic that spurs growth, whether within, between individuals or from above to within through time.
ARIES: impulsive ~ independent [cardinal fire]
TAURUS: sensual ~ loyal [fixed earth]
GEMINI: mercurial ~ adaptive [mutable air]
CANCER: sensitive ~ dramatic [cardinal water]
LEO: strong-willed ~ creative [fixed fire]
VIRGO: analytical ~ sensitive [mutable earth]
LIBRA: charming ~ fair-minded [cardinal air]
SCORPIO: passionate ~ private [fixed water]
SAGITTARIUS: optimistic ~ adventuresome [mutable fire]
CAPRICORN: ambitious ~ determined [cardinal earth]
AQUARIUS: inventive ~ independent [fixed air]
PISCES: imaginative ~ intuitive [mutable water]
And the all-time best book on the zodiac is Linda Goodman's Sun Signs
Planetary dynamics form the whole of your consciousness and are generally perceived as your singular self; but sometimes their separate parts are strongly felt, like when the heart [moon] and mind [sun] are in conflict. . .
"Astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity."
~ Dr. Carl G. Jung ASTROPSYCHOLOGY The best kept secret in the field of psychology is the fact that Dr. Carl G. Jung, the founder of Analytical Psychology, was a closet astrologer who based his theory of consciousness on planetary dynamics.
It's a simple yet profound system: the conscious mind is symbolized by the Sun through Mars; the unconscious is symbolized by Jupiter & Saturn [also referred to as the subconscious]; and the collective unconscious is symbolized by Uranus, Neptune & Pluto.
Most significant are aspects that connect unconscious to conscious planets and brings them into conscious awareness. The aspects determine their quality of expression - harmonious, stressful, strengthening - while childhood programming largely determines their level of potential. Nature & Nurture are a team and the unconscious to conscious aspects are potent, so a healthy sense of self is needed to use them for the self and not against. So it's immeasurably helpful to know both your planetary dynamics and the defining events of your childhood so you can embrace your strengths and re-program where needed to become a true master of your destiny.
The conjunction is the strongest aspect by far, melding planetary dynamics into a potent, focused whole. The square, quincunx and opposition are also potent, though each creates a unique tension and challenging circumstances. The two easy aspects are the sextile, which is facilitative and energizing and the trine, which creates harmony and ease of expression, both always welcome vibes that often soften the rough edges of life.
Those born with strong unconscious to conscious aspects, especially the conjunction, usually have exceptional awareness or intense experiences from an early age; and those with a nurturing childhood often go on to make significant contributions in life, while those with a deeply troubled childhood can fail dramatically. The unconscious dynamics are potent and our free will determines how we use them to enrich our lives or derail them.
The aspects from unconscious to conscious planets occur three ways: at birth as explained, between individuals and through time. So those people who have a profound effect on our lives likely have one ore more unconscious planets in strong aspect to one or more of our conscious planets.
And through time everyone experiences aspects from the unconscious planets above to the conscious planets within, which can lead to change, growth and expanded awareness, along with some intense and memorable experiences. We can't choose all the circumstances but we can choose how to respond to them, which makes all the difference in our lives.
Dr. Jung kept the roots of his theory hidden to avoid the academic ridicule that persists to this day. So most Analytical Psychologists overlook the role of astrology in their work and take months and years to gain insights they could gain in a day by analyzing the dynamics of their patients' BirthPrints™.
CONSCIOUS ~ SUBCONSCIOUS ~ UNCONSCIOUS
The 10 planets represent the three levels of consciousness defined by Carl Jung. I've altered them slightly for brevity from conscious, unconscious & collective unconscious to conscious, subconscious & unconscious.
(sun moon mercury venus mars)
The conscious mind is where we dwell at all times but sleep. It's thought and actions, desires and dreams, hopes and fears and every interaction we make. It's our direct experience of life and the surface story of everything. It's where we spend our waking time, all the time. The conscious mind leads to direct and powerful connections to the unconscious by way of the planetary aspects. There's tremendous potential for creative growth through these connections.
Without conscious self awareness, unconscious impulses can lead to dramatically wrong choices, creating unwanted drama that's often blamed on outside circumstances. Though it may often seem like they're beyond our control, we attract those circumstances by unconscious programming. Sometimes it's quick and sometimes it takes awhile, but sooner or later we always attract what we expect and believe and what we take action - or inaction - towards. Procrastination can slay a dream as thoroughly as an unintended action. The unconscious is programmed like a computer in childhood that many take a lifetime to try to deprogram from.
[I believe the best books on the science of mind were written 100 years ago by Wallace Wattles]
The mind is like the ocean and the surface is the conscious mind. Beneath the surface lies the unfathomable depths of your psyche. It offers bits of its bounty when we seek it and holds bounties of golden Truths we rarely seek. We set sail on the surface and hope for the best, enjoying the ride when we can, and prepared (or not) for the storms ahead. What might we discover in the deep if only we dare?
The subconscious mind is the recorder of all events and stimuli. It assesses, addresses and stores the data for future retrieval and remembers everything we've ever seen, felt, thought and done. Even in our dreams, the unconscious is at work, sorting out conscious experience and showing us signposts, if only we notice. Science estimates that only about 1% of our awareness is conscious.
Everything we've experienced in life is stored in the subconscious. Psychotherapy methods attempt to overwrite damaging subconscious childhood memories. Early emotional programming is strengthened by repetition - it's the basis of Scientology and the one thing of value - their process of releasing toxic 'engrams' from repressed memory.
To re-program unwanted subconscious emotions you first need to know what they are - to make them conscious. Your planetary dynamics are the true window into your early programming and the surest way to gain insight.
(uranus neptune pluto)
The collective unconscious mind is Purpose with a capital P. It's our 'Deeper Self' who knows All and is the foundation of our highest Truth. It's unfazed by the issues of daily life that the conscious and subconscious are tending to. Its Purpose is Creative Growth. The unconscious knows all and is known by all - it's the 'still voice within', though most of us ignore it. Yet even ignored it works its magic in our lives.
When the unconscious is purely expressed, creative growth occurs. But when it's blocked it can kick our butt until we honor its creative impulse to deepen and expand. If life is a picture show we write as we go, we all intend for the best when we begin, but it's too easy to get sidetracked and forget our Purpose. So the unconscious serves to remind us and help us get back on the creative track.
If there is a Creator, It seems to Parent by benign neglect as we make our own way by our thoughts and actions, guided by the map of planetary motion. Because without free will, what's the point? But we do get assistance when we seek it - 'ask and ye shall receive', though many don't make the request.
The best way to dip in deep and not be pulled under by the unconscious undertow is to know the territory of your psyche. Look at your BirthPrint™ for connections from your conscious to your subconscious and unconscious. They work magic in your life when they're consciously expressed. The unconscious is the key to true happiness, if we learn to listen within.
will ~ vitality ~ ego ~ essential self
The Sun symbolizes the core of your character, the centerpoint of consciousness. "As above, so below". It's the source of self-identity and it casts its light over the entire personality. Your Sun sign is your center of operation. And though the other planets have dominant roles when their positions demand it, the Sun ultimately calls all the shots. It's the Captain Kirk of your enterprise, and the relationships it forms with the planetary crew determine the basic storyline and the direction of your journey. Planets aspecting the Sun, especially the conjunction, are prominently expressed in the personality. Each aspect to the Sun gives a layer of complexity and the Sun's sign gives color to their expression. Aspects to the Sun are very important and prominent in the personality, as is the sign the Sun occupies at birth.
emotion ~ intuition ~ instinct ~ feelings ~ reactions ~ attachment ~ bodily function ~ habits ~ memory
The Moon is the seat of the emotions, the planet by which you intuit your surroundings. The Moon lends texture and feeling and the changing tides of emotion. Even if all memory is gone, emotion remains. The Moon sign determines how you relate to others instinctively, and the aspects to the Moon indicate what strengths and challenges you may have in your relationships and how and what you seek for emotional fulfillment. The more aspects a planet has to other planets, the more complex and prominent in the psyche it becomes. And of course the Moon's sign colors its expression.
intellect ~ reasoning ~ verbal expression ~ discernment ~ perception ~ analysis ~ communication
Mercury is the planet of intellect and communication and your approach to organizing your thoughts and your life. It indicates how you process information and your manner of communication. Mercury is key to understanding your thinking processes. Mercury is your trusty Spock. It's how you mentally filter your experience. You believe what your mind tells you, so it's best to have a handle on the quality of the information processor of your psyche. A strong mind is often indicated by conjunction aspects from Mercury to subconscious and unconscious planets. Mercury is never more than one sign from the Sun, and when the Sun and Mercury are in the same sign, which they often are, it indicates a certain singlemindedness from the combined focus of the ego and the intellect.
desire ~ magnetism ~ creative/procreative ~ attraction ~ charm ~ beauty ~ pleasure ~ affection ~ romance ~ magnet
Venus is creative and procreative. It's the dynamic of desire, receptivity, magnetism and your longing for an ideal. Venus delights in beautiful sights, sounds and smells, and beauty being subjective, Venus' aspects & sign indicate who and what you're drawn to. Venus drives you to attract, like a magnet, what brings you creative joy, love and new life. Venus indicates the ways you choose to be creative and less vulnerable to Venusian quick fixes - whatever promises some pleasure and serenity in the short term. So even when your love life is far from ideal, being passionately creative will satisfy your longings with no morning regrets. Lovers come and go, but creative self expression is yours forever and vital to keep the fruits of your Venus sweet.
drive ~ assertion ~ stamina ~ physical/sexual expression ~ force ~ power ~ competition ~ initiative ~ courage ~ steel
Mars makes love and war and whatever else involves willful assertion of energy. You draw from Mars whenever you take action. Bodily motion is Mars in action. Your Mars aspects & sign indicate your quality of movement, how your physicality is expressed. Mars is the motor of your aspirations and ambitions.
SUBCONSCIOUS PLANETS IN DETAIL
principle ~ aspiration ~ optimism ~ faith ~ confidence ~ benevolence ~ growth ~ wisdom ~ benevolence ~ expansion
Sounds of Jupiter
Jupiter is the dynamic of aspiration and benevolence, lifting and expanding whatever area of the psyche it touches by aspect. Jupiter expands the will when it aspects the Sun; expands the emotions when it aspects the Moon; expands the mind when it aspects Mercury; expands the capacity to give when it aspects Venus; and expands physical stamina when it aspects Mars. Jupiter is the planet of joy and optimism and you're put directly in touch with its magic through aspects to your conscious planets.
purpose ~ ambition ~ discipline ~ restriction ~ temperance ~ insecurity ~ effort ~ endurance ~ persistence ~ stability ~ consolidation ~ responsibility ~ contraction
Sounds of Saturn
Where Jupiter is benevolence, Saturn is tough love. Its dynamic is limiting to whatever planets it aspects, which inspires a drive to overcome it, a surrendering to feelings of inadequacy or vacillating between both. Saturn's purpose is to build strength and true confidence, which often happens through adversity. In the reincarnational view, Saturn is the unfinished business you bring into each life. Early in life Saturn represents an authority, generally the father, who plants seeds of determination and/or self doubt. Freedom from Saturnian self-doubt comes by seeing every obstacle as an opportunity. It's not the universe dumping on you, it's the law of attraction. You attract what you believe you deserve, what you actually deserve and what you sorely need. Self confidence grows when it's fed & watered with effort and determination, until it takes up most of your head space.
Saturn keeps score and delivers consequences. You can't ignore Saturn's demand for responsible action. Cause and effect, justice and rewards are its stock in trade. With Saturn, you always reap what you sow, even if you don't remember what you planted. It presents obstacles your past actions or inactions helped erect, which you have the choice of patiently dismantling until you're free or covering with defeatist graffiti as a monument to your failure. The choice is always yours.
UNCONSCIOUS PLANETS IN DETAIL
ingenuity ~ deeper/higher intellect ~ genius/eccentricity ~ abstract reasoning ~ innovation ~ freedom ~ revolution ~ ~ rebellion ~ reform ~ independence ~ originality ~ gestalt
Sounds of Uranus!
Uranus aspects are your spontaneous hook-up to the Big Picture, enabling you to see to the logical core of things. When Uranus aspects conscious planets it brings its genius-level dynamics into conscious awareness. Uranus jolts you with sudden understanding that's far ahead of your time, which is great when it's welcomed by open minds, but it's generally seen as a threat to the status quo. Uranus is naturally disruptive, so expect the unexpected in the areas it touches. Uranian aspects to conscious planets create an irresistible impulse to be contrary. So if you have a prominent Uranus you likely let it run a little wild now and then. Uranus' purpose is to disrupt crystallized perceptions in order to spur growth. Uranus is the planet of the inventor because inventors think in new ways, which is what Uranus is all about.
deeper/higher emotion ~ imagination/escapism ~ spirituality ~ illusion ~ psychic impulse ~ creativity ~ idealism ~ transcendance
Sounds of Neptune
Neptune is the planet of soaring imagination and inspired emotion. It guides the artists of the world, who bring its gifts through their inspired expression. Music is the universal language of Neptune, so it's almost always prominent in musicians' BirthPrints™. Whenever you're inspired from the heart to the head by any art form, you experience the magic of Neptune, whether you're the creator or the listener/observer. Neptune opens your spiritual channels, whether you think in spiritual terms or not. It's the dynamic of inspired creation. The downside of Neptune is an escapist impulse born of longing for the Ideal. Altering consciousness to achieve a connection to higher realms has been practiced throughout history, and many artists are inspired this way, but some get lost, preferring to live in their minds while forsaking all else, which soon creates havoc through neglect of the creative and practical. Think of the planets as actors and you're their director. The more prominent the actors are, the more tempting it is to let them run the show, but that can throw off the rest of the cast and cause the whole production to suffer. So bring out the best in your actors, but always remember that only you always have the final say.
insight ~ transformation ~ deeper/higher will ~ regenerative/degenerative ~ power ~ rebirth ~ deeper purpose
Sounds of Pluto
Pluto is the Phoenix dynamic, transformative Will. Pluto's Purpose is complete transformation in whatever area of life it settles its sights on. Pluto is never easy and always effective. If you have a prominent Pluto, remember that a little goes a long way. Temperance is key, because Pluto is a great emotional force and when unleashed it can overwhelm others. Those whose Pluto aspects conscious planets freely access their power and generally aren't phased by other intense Pluto types. But those whose Pluto remains unconscious or tangled in bad programming can feel threatened by such power and try to undermine it. Where does all this intensity come from? Those with prominent Pluto aspects, especially to their Sun or Moon, experience great upheavals and a profound sense of powerlessness early in life that creates a deep need to transform into a master of your own soul and surroundings. It drives you forward, often with dramatic results. Pluto is a dynamic of tremendous creative and destructive power.
CONJUNCTION: 0 degrees: integrate; fuse
SEXTILE: 60 degrees: facilitate; fortify
SQUARE: 90 degrees: stress; friction
TRINE:120 degrees: harmonize; flow
QUINCUNX: 150 degrees: compel; drive
OPPOSITION: 180 degrees: divide; separate
[each aspect has an orb of effect, from 2 to 9 degrees]
Some of us are born with one or more of eight primary planetary patterns, while everyone experiences them throughout life when the planets above form these patterns with the planets within.
Below is a brief overview of eight planetary patterns, with links to an in-depth overview of each by Cafe Astrology & Seattle Astrology:
A T-Square brings a lifetime of intense experiences and accelatered growth and suggests an eventful life. An in-depth overview:
A Grand Cross brings many challenges for the purpose of the soul's accelerated growth. A Grand Trine is a blessing from the heavens.
A Grand Sextile is a rare pattern; also known as the 'Star of David' it contains other patterns within it and is highly creative, constructive and beneficial.
A Partial Grand Sextile is a beneficial, facilitative pattern, a lighter version of the Grand Trine.
A Mystic Rectangle was referred to by Dane Rudhyar as 'practical mysticism'; it symbolizes a purpose-driven life.
A Kite is a an energizing, facilitative pattern that plays out according to the planets involved.
A Yod is a rare pattern [only 1-2 degree orb] referred to as the 'Finger of Destiny'; it's said to indicate past life experience playing a primary role in the present life.
THE MINOR ASPECTS
In addition to the 6 major aspects there are 6 minor aspects that generally reinforce the major aspects and can be very significant in their own right. The semi-square is one such 'minor aspect', so I include it in my BirthPrint calculations. Minor aspects generally have an orb of only 1-2 degrees. The minor aspects are as follows..
semi-sextile (30 degrees): 1/2 a sextile; like the sextile, facilitative & energizing
decile (no symbol - 36 degrees): 1/2 a quintile; partly developed creative uniqueness
semi-square (45 degrees): 1/2 a square, like the square, tense and frictional
quintile (72 degrees): 1/5 a circle; creative uniqueness
sesquiquadrate (135 degrees): mild tension
bi-quintile (144 degrees): 2/5 a circle; harmonizing; creative
Click here for an interesting and cohesive explanation of the aspects in relation to the circle.
[Your BirthPrint illustrates only the 6 major planetary aspects, plus the semi-square]
ASPECT KEYWORD PAGE
SIGNS IN MORE DETAIL
Below is a brief overview of each of the astrological signs. Your 'Sun sign' is the sign the Sun occupies at birth. It's generally the most prominent in your personality, and all planets that aspect your Sun also become more prominent.
It's said each sign is its opposite inside-out. Opposite signs are in complimentary elements, so Aries opposite Libra is fire opposite air, while Taurus opposite Scorpio is earth opposite water, and so on. Fire and air build on each other (male/positive/assertive) and earth and water support each other (female/negative/receptive). Though they're opposites, their dynamics are integrative.
(fire): The first sign of the zodiac expects to be first in all things. Aries must lead, always. No matter how timid Aries may seem initially, you'll soon learn that they are anything but. And their enthusiasm about life is contagious. Aries is a shot of adrenalin to any social gathering. They project their martian spirit into whatever circumstances they find themselves in.
(opposite sign: LIBRA)
(earth): Ruled by the Earth, the Taurus personality is like a warm embrace. Lovers of pleasure and beauty, these bulls always know where you can find a great meal. If you seek comfort and tranquility, look to a Taurus, for their steadfast and placid ways never fail to calm a restless mind and spirit.
(opposite sign: SCORPIO)
(air): You can easily spot Geminis in a crowd - they're the ones talking to everyone about anything. Mercury, the winged messenger, is their ruling planet, so it's their purpose to interact, inform, inquire. Symbolized by the twins, you can't pin them down to any one thing, nor would you want to. They bring the light of learning to the human table.
(opposite sign: SAGITTARIUS)
(water): While Geminis are flitting about the room, Cancer is clinging to the wall. Cancer the crab would rather just stay home, thank you. Nothing is so desirable to Moon-ruled Cancer than home and family. They live to nurture, with powerful emotions as changeable as the phases of the moon. And when they shine they can light up a dark world.
(opposite sign: CAPRICORN)
(fire): Ruled by the Sun, Leos naturally assume the world revolves around them. Leos bring sunshine to whatever space they occupy. And they can't help it if they know how great they are. Whether roaring or purring these lions make their presence known, to the envy, fear or delight of the others in the jungle.
(opposite sign: AQUARIUS)
(earth): A quiet sensuality and gentleness mark the Virgo personality, but beneath that serene exterior is a mind like a steel trap. Nothing goes unnoticed in their Spock-logical brains. They listen and nurture and tend to the needed things. As far as the wheatbearers are concerned, heaven is in the details.
(opposite sign: PISCES)
(air): Matching Virgo in their gentle ways, Libra needs peace and tranquility or they can easily lose their equilibrium. Ruled by Venus and the Scales, Libra seeks balance in all things, and often finds it difficult to decide one way or the other, because they so clearly see both sides.
(opposite sign: ARIES)
(water): Blessed (or cursed) with a piercing intensity, Pluto ruled Scorpio simply must unearth everything that's hidden. Nothing is as it seems and Scorpio will prove it! It's said the Scorpian is the most sexually focused of the zodiac, because sexuality offers endless depths to those who seek it, and a bounty of treasure and transformation for the effort.
(opposite sign: TAURUS)
(fire): The adventurers of the zodiac, Jupiter ruled Sagittarius is compelled to learn, explore and expand. Their fiery spirit ignites their surroundings. Honest to a fault, their bluntness can get them into trouble, but they only mean well in their many observations. The archers of the zodiac, their arrows pierce to the heart of things, to expose and enlighten.
(opposite sign: GEMINI)
(earth): Look for the hardest worker in the room and it's likely to be Capricorn the goat. Serious and determined, their purpose in life is to accomplish their goals. Saturn ruled, it's said over time they become younger in spirit, as their determination to reach the mountain top gives way to a willingness to stop and smell the flowers.
(opposite sign: CANCER)
(air): Growth and change is the driving purpose of the bearers of the water of knowledge. Uranian spirits, they can't be held back or tied down. Their will is matched by the Lion and equally determined. Humanitarian to the core, they can't help but see the Big Picture and are driven to contribute to its expansion.
(opposite sign: LEO)
(water): Neptunian dreamers, these fish swim in the waters of inspiration and lead us all by their example. Water ruled, they absorb their surroundings and their empathy is often the source of great pain. They make the best actors because they naturally put themseves in others' places, and the best poets because they're so close to the source of all our dreams.
(opposite sign: VIRGO)
One planet remains without its own ruler, Taurus, which is currently co-ruled by Venus, along with Libra. It seems we've forgotten about Earth - could it be the true ruler of Taurus?
There are many symbolic indications for this.. the bull is a popular symbol throughout the earth. And bovines have an enormous influence on our lives. Considered sacred in India, they feed and nourish us like the nurturing earth mother, Taurus. And their mass slaughter has caused mass suffering, theirs and our own - greed and overindulgence is the dark side of Taurus.
The positive qualities of Taurus resemble those of the Earth: sensuous, lush, protective, sheltering, nurturing, offering comfort and the riches from the sea and the soil to serve all our basic needs. And Earth has a mythological connection to the Pleiades, located in the Taurus constellation. The Pleaides is referenced by every ancient culture in the world and even mentioned in the Old Testament! ... "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?"
The ancient symbol for the Earth is the inverted symbol for Venus. In mythology Earth is known as Venus' twin. Why has the symbol for Earth been changed from a cross above a circle to a cross within a circle?
SUN rules LEO
MOON rules CANCER
MERCURY rules GEMINI
VENUS rules LIBRA
MARS rules ARIES
JUPITER rules SAGITTARIUS
SATURN rules CAPRICORN
URANUS rules AQUARIUS
NEPTUNE rules PISCES
PLUTO rules SCORPIO
CHIRON rules VIRGO
EARTH rules TAURUS
The ascendant, also called the rising sign, is the zodiac sign on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. The ascendant is defined as your persona - how others see you - and it enhances, subdues or otherwise modifies your planetary dynamics.
The ascendant sign is placed on the [1st house] cusp of a birth chart - the Wheel of Life. The wheel is divided into 12 Houses; each house represents specific life issues. Your ascendant sign determines which Houses your planets reside in and which life issues have heightened relevance.
But.. the ascendant and house system require an EXACT birth time to calculate, which many people don't know and can't access.
The good news is, the essential basics, the planets, aspects & signs, do not require an exact birth time*. And though the ascendant and life issues are informative, they're not essential.
[astrologer Benjamin Franklin considered the ascendant and house system irrelevant..just saying..]
So there are two kinds of birth charts: a natal chart, which requires an exact birth time and puts the ascendant on the 1st House cusp and the planets in their proper Houses; and a solar chart, which doesn't require an exact birth time, puts the Sun on the 1st House cusp and the Houses are a silent backdrop. [all birthprints are solar charts, except by request]
* The Moon is the only planet that moves more than a degree a day, moving about 12 degrees daily. When an exact or approximate birth time is unknown, using a noon birth time means the Moon won't be more than 6 degrees off, usually less. Not ideal, but workable