It was Emma’s mum, Maggie’s birthday a few weeks ago. The two of us racked our brains for a gift idea. We wanted something original, thoughtful, creative, that we could make together.
So, we made this!
It’s a drawing of Maggie’s astrological birth chart – with information about the three key areas (sun, moon and rising/ascendent signs) and the four elements as shown in her chart.
Neither of us are astrologers – we were able to make this thanks to Tabby’s brilliant Astro DIY series, which provides all the tools you need to access and interpret your birth chart…and your friends! Using Tabby’s lessons, we were able to access the most significant parts of Maggie’s chart, and
Make your own astrological birth chart drawing
You wil need:
- The recipient’s birth info: date, time (as exact as you can get) and place of birth – this will enable you to generate their birth chart online (see below).
- A large piece of paper
- Pencils, pens, colours, paints – whatever your preferred medium may be.
- A drawing compass is useful but not essential.
- A nice frame to fit the paper (optional)
- Astro DIY, especially…
- Astro.com (or another birth chart generator.)
How to make it:
1. Do your research
Using the online resources above, make notes about the recipient’s sun, moon and rising signs. Think about the recipient, the parts of their astrology that really resonate for you. This is a gift, so focus on the really positive, encouraging stuff! What personal qualities come through? Try to come up with
Add up the four elements in their chart. Which are stronger? What conclusions can you draw from this? Again, think about the person and what those elements say about them – their particular strengths or the things that are important to them.
2. Draw the chart
Get the birth chart up on the screen in front of you so you can clearly see it. (A printout would be really helpful if you can do that!)
Use a compass if you have one, to draw a large circle – this is the wheel of the zodiac. Divide the wheel into 12 equal parts (the 12 houses shown on the chart.
Em and I used faint pencil marks to do this, as we would go over the whole thing in pen later on.
Now, carefully mark on the chart the position of each of the 12 zodiac signs, by drawing the little symbols around the wheel, as shown on their chart.
3. Add the personal information
The way Em and I did it was to put different information in each of the four corners – the Sun sign, the Moon sign, the Rising sign and the Four Elements.
For the three signs, we wrote a paragraph about what the sign meant for Maggie, and which areas of her life it touched on. For the four elements, we wrote the ‘scores’ of each element so she could see which were stronger, and what that meant.
It was a squash getting it all on! The key is to decide in advance what you’re going to write, so you know how much space you need.
This is where it gets really creative. Maybe you want to add colours – we used yellow and orange for the sun sign, purple and blue for the moon, and green for the rising signs. It’s up to you!
We also went over our pencil marks with black pen. Again, personal choice. Maybe this is where you’ll get paints out, or start collaging – or perhaps you’ll let it be a simple pencil or pen drawing.
Because Maggie’s sun sign is leo, and we loved the bold, confident significance of the lion, Em drew the lion shown on the Strength card of The Wild Unknown Tarot. It was the perfect finishing touch!
These are just suggestions. This is a personal gift for someone special and you’ll decorate yours in your own way.
Then frame up your drawing (if you want to) – and you’re done.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.