I would like to point out, first and foremost, that I am in no way affiliated with www.astro.com – I just wanted to write a blog to spread the word on this excellent free tool for Astrologers. The idea for this post came to me after I taught a few Astrology classes to absolute beginners and realised it would be helpful to have a ‘how to’ guide for setting up an account with Astro Deinst aka www.astro.com.
As a budding Astrologer with limited funds, I initially created an account with Astro Dienst so I could look at my chart and start to unpick it. It was the first birth chart generator I used before I could afford software and I found the website extremely useful when starting out reading charts for family and friends. Before I knew it I had a large selection of charts stored to my account for my own research purposes, with an extensive library of information – all in one place.
Astro Dienst is unbeatable for its encyclopedic quantity of astrological information and data available and the most incredible thing about this website is that it is COMPLETELY FREE to sign up, with the capacity to store 100 charts with a free account, or up to 1000 if you decide to subscribe (a steal at 8€ per year).
With options to cast natal, synastry and composite charts, there is also the option to view transits, progressions, directions, asteroids, fixed stars and so much more – there really is something for everyone. In addition to this, there is the 9000 year Ephemeris available to download, special body ephemeris files for comets and asteroids, Astro Wiki, a free encyclopedia of Astrology, and Astro Databank – the most trusted compendium of astrological chart data available on the internet.
How to create an account with www.astro.com:
- To create an account, go to the top right of the screen and select the Login button.
- Select ‘Create a free registered user profile’ (Highlighted in red)
- Your details in the form on the following screen and select ‘OK’ (You will be prompted to do this twice)
- Select ‘Add new Astro data’
- Input the birth chart details into the required fields and then press continue.
I really like the way the Sun, Moon and Ascendant teases you with a quick glimpse in the top right corner, before directing you to the generated chart. Creating my www.astro.com account was the first time I found out what my Moon and Ascendant were, prompting the beginning of my astrological journey.
- Select the chart you want on the ‘Stored Astro Data’ list at the bottom of the page (highlighted in red).
This is where the list of charts you collect over time, will appear. You can edit any of the details by selecting ‘Edit’ to the right of the horoscope data you are selecting.
- You will be redirected to the ‘Home’ screen where you can select ‘Extended Chart Selection’ at the bottom of the page.
You can at this point select any other of the options available to view respective to the chart you currently have selected.
- In the Extended Chart Selection screen you can make any final adjustments. Once complete, click on the button that says
‘Click here to show chart’
Here you can select a Natal Chart Wheel, Synastry, or Composite Charts where it says Please select the type of chart you want.
The Reset button removes all modified settings and replaces them with the website’s default settings.
Start date for charts marks with * allows you to input the date you would like to view the planets as transits and displays them around the outer part of the wheel in green.
You can experiment with different house systems (The default house system is Placidus) from the House System drop-down menu.
You can select from the Additional Objects box at the bottom of the screen, anything else you would like to be displayed on the wheel – to select more than one object, press CTRL whilst selecting each object with your mouse.
You can specify further preferences to the right of this box by selecting individual check boxes, for example: ‘Always use Mean Node’, or ‘Show descending node’, etc.
- Hey Presto! You now have your generated natal chart drawing!
To switch transits on, click the ‘with transits‘ button. In the example below, I already have the transits displayed. The transits can be removed by selecting the blue button which now displays the words ‘without transits‘.
By selecting Save default setting, your preferences will be saved and applied to every chart that you view through your account. This can be reset by selecting Back to the chart selection which takes you back to the Extended Chart Selection screen and clicking on Reset (next to the Click here to show the chart button).