Reading your birth chart can be fascinating and frustrating when you first start learning astrology. Here's a simple cheat sheet to help you gain some meaningful insight right away.
Quick Note: The celestial bodies are referred to as planets as a shorthand, astrologers know the Sun and Moon are not planets. The technical term in astrology is: Luminaries.
For beginners, the best thing you can do, is look at your natal (birth chart) and find the glyph of the planets in your chart and make note of where they are, use the cheat sheet to figure out what the glyphs mean. Bring your questions to the groups!