Astrology Chart Shapes


Every chart has a shape when it comes to where the planets are located and take weight. This is not the same as aspect patterns. (Image sources: Judy Hall,, chart’s on “horoscope shape” will bring up your chart shape. 

Bowl chart shape

Bucket chart shape

Bundle chart shape, also called wedge or cluster

See-saw chart shape

Locomotive chart shape

Splay chart shape

Angel’s Wings chart shape

Split chart shape

Balanced or splash chart shape: Harmony among the planet’s energy throughout life but can be spread too thin among goals, focus, and energy.

Self-oriented chart shape: Self-explanatory in that the person is focused more inward towards identity, one’s needs, and one’s goals.

Inward-oriented chart shape: Indicates high level of introverted traits and introspective abilities.

Outward-oriented chart shape: This person tends to focus their energy on the outside world and others. Being extroverted is common but can have more shallow relationships and views. Lacks what the inward-oriented chart shape has naturally.

Other-oriented chart shape: Focused on other people’s needs, cooperation in relationships, and can lack in meeting their own needs.

Bowl chart shape: Has an emphasis on the angle that is influenced by planets. Frequently feels unbalanced. For example the 1st image could be out of touch with the more personal world of identity, interest, home, possessions, family, basic expression. Can easily lose themselves in others.  2nd image could be at a loss of huge connectors such as partnerships, reputation, beliefs, inner self, how they fit in with others, etc. Can experience many disconnects.

Bucket chart shape: One area of the chart has an emphasis but then there is a “handle” to help them connect to the other side. The 1st image relates to the rest of the world via partnerships and emotional transformations. (Actually because it is in Capricorn maybe slower, practical, and challenging transformations) The 2nd image relates to the world via the collective, group, and friendship. There can also be conflict and a push and pull from the handle to the angle.

Bundle chart shape: A tight grouping of the planets in four signs or 120 degrees. The emphasis on this area of life is huge! But can make someone one-sided or lacking in the other areas. Can run into problems that a House stellium also presents, conflicting influences.

See-saw chart shape: The two sides will always be opposing and conflicting. Themes of balance and unbalance along with internal conflict rule this chart. The example above has a home vs. work, objectivity vs. moral standing or loyalty, and physical vs. emotional or one’s wealth vs. joint wealth.

Locomotive chart shape: Planets are spread evenly over eight signs or 240 degrees. There is an area of life that is lacking and needs to be explored.

Splay chart shape: Tight grouping of planets spread throughout the chart. Pin points where energy is focused and other energy is not.

Angel’s Wings chart shape: “Two triangles spreading out from a shared base planet.” Can indicate an emotional or even spiritual goal. In this example, “the incarnating soul wishes to rise above the mundane level of the chart to higher awareness”.

Split chart shape: Planets are in two unconnected areas of the chart. Here there is a lot of duality

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