I first look at the semestry of the chart in picture form and get an idea of fullness or not. Of a lot of aspects or just a few. Of whether most activity is at the bottom of the chart (youth) or top (adult). I notice grand crosses and star formations through the chart - these can be indicative of great drama, grand life aspects and the fullness of experiences one desired for this lifetime.
I was recently asked what the difference is between an opening or epiphany and being awakened or enlightened.