“Astrology sees mankind as being not only influenced by hereditary factors and the environment, but also by the state of our solar system at the moment of birth. The planets are regarded as basic life-forces, the tools we live by as well as the basis of our very substance. These planetary forces take on different forms, depending on their zodiacal position and on the way they relate to one another.” –astro.com
It is commonly said that a person’s natal chart is simply a road map to a person’s personality, but that simply is not true. Astrology is not a set of instructions we will or have to follow. It does not dictate our lives or carve into stone our personality or our life events. Rather, natal astrology helps us discover our potential, our capabilities, and natural inclinations. It is important not to forget the effects of free will.
Our natal chart maps out the potential of our psyche. Therefore, people of identical or nearly identical charts are not identical personality-wise or spiritually. We can choose to leave certain placements or features of our chart undeveloped. We can choose to overcome obstacles present in our chart and flaws. We can choose to change and grow.