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Calculating Astrology Charts by Hand

Calculating Astrology Charts by Hand

In episode 396 astrologers Catherine Urban and Patrick Watson join the podcast to discuss calculating astrological charts by hand, without the use of a computer.

In the episode we discuss how this is the first generation of astrologers in history who don’t need to know how to calculate charts in order to practice astrology, what some of the advantages are of learning how to do it manually, and some related digressions about astrological certification.

This isn’t a full tutorial on how to calculate charts by hand, but instead it is more of a general discussion about the topic, although we do talk about what books you need in order to calculate charts manually and what each of them does.

Here are the books and resources mentioned in this episode:

Catherine’s 8-hour workshop on chart calculation:


Patrick’s article about his journey learning how to calculate charts by hand:


This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.

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Watch the video version of this episode on calculating birth charts by hand:


A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 396 transcript

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  • I came up doing charts by hand for years, takes 20 minutes, not very hard. I can’t tell you how many times I came home from an outing with a new friends chart to do. Good times! I am Pluto in Leo generation.

  • Hi Chris, I’ve been trying to catch up with all your podcasts but for some reason today it’s says I’m unable to access the old ones. I’m currently working my way up to the present and am at about no. 77, finding them really interesting although at times over my head. Was very much into astrology in the 1970’s but somehow lost my way for a while. Any suggestions how I can listen again to you podcasts welcome. Thanks Janet