Where to find a birth chart calculator and how to use it to your advantage

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If you have a crush on the cosmos, you'll need a birth chart calculator in your astro toolkit. 

Whether you're trying to make the most out of an astrology season or attempting to mitigate the effects of a planet's retrograde, any pro will tell you that an accurate astrological birth chart is of the utmost importance. 

"It's kind of like a snapshot of the sky," astrologer Narayana Montúfar previously said of a birth chart. "It imprinted you with energy that you will carry for the rest of your life."

So, if you want to uncover the specifics so you can get in tune with this mystical study, allow us to give you a hand.

What is a birth chart calculator?

An astrological birth chart will give you a look at the solar system at the moment you arrived in the world, which in turn determines personality traits, likes, dislikes, needs and so forth. It determines your placement in signs, planets, asteroids, houses and more. As Montúfar suggests, it's truly like a celestially photograph, keeping this important moment solidified as you age.

A birth chart calculator is a tool you can find online that'll help you determine all of these specifics, should you not be able to get to an in-person reading. A birth chart calculator will require you to plug in the following information to uncover your results: 

  • Name 
  • Pronouns/Gender (in some cases)
  • Birthday 
  • Time of birth 
  • Birth place

Where to find a birth chart calculator

From apps to a simple Google search—or an IRL meeting with an astrologer—there are plenty of ways for you to get access to a birth chart calculator and all of your astrological data. A few free examples are as follows:

Just to give you an example, I've plugged in my information via Astrology.com. I was born on March 18, 1990 in Mineola, New York, at 3:15pm. What was the sky busy doing upon my arrival? Here's a gander: 

Danielle Valente's Astrological Birth Chart

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The stars say I'm an emotional water sign, a Pisces through and through. Per my findings, these are a few of the characteristics that go along with my zodiac sign. "Brilliance!" "Generosity!" "Determination!" Do go on, Astrology.com, I'm very much in favor of your findings...most of them.

"Your mind, which is oriented in many different directions at the same time, is ruled by your emotions and feelings," the findings add. Well, I cannot say I'm 100% thrilled with this tidbit, but I cannot argue with it. 

What do you say? Are you curious what the stars have to say about you? Search for a birth chart calculator and you, too, can have it all laid out. 

The next time you're reading your monthly horoscope or wondering how the next full moon will dig into your subconscious, do yourself a favor and have a look at your birth chart—perhaps it'll shed light on areas you've been meaning to explore. Consider it an astrology gift from the stars themselves!

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Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.