A horoscope is the complete decoding of an astronomical chart which represents the positions of the Sun, Moon, the planets as well as all sorts of astronomical aspects. It tells us the influence of astronomical aspects on a person’s life in specific events or moments. The word Horoscope is derived from the Greek words ‘ora’ and ‘scopos’ meaning time and observer. A particular horoscope is valid for a particular time frame. Unlike zodiac, a horoscope contains a person’s complete personalised information. Out of every 10 people 6 believe in it. You and I are one of the 6.
Who wouldn’t like to know the forecast of their futures? With its help we can have greater chances to avoid unpleasant things which may or may not happen to us. Why take the risks, when prevention proves to be better than cure. It helps us know ourselves better which can lead us to make our relationships with other people and ourselves too, work. With its help we can take full advantage of all the opportunities which may come our way. Horoscope tells you about your upcoming love life, financial condition, health, career and goals and what not! It gives us a chance to change our life accordingly.
For example, if my horoscope tells that I may have some issues financially the upcoming week or month, instead of ignoring it or waiting for it to happen and then vent, I’d rather choose to work my ass off or start saving from now so the situation never actually occurs. If it says my relations with my family are going to get affected for some reason, I’d know earlier and make sure that I pay more attention to the relations and try to not bring up that particular reason at all. By doing that I can save so much drama. If it says I must take advantage of the benefits of my position I would, and hence I’d give myself the chance to grow. This is how you can change your own life with the help of your horoscope.
There are many types of horoscope.
‘Kismet’ – another word of horoscope, or let’s say ‘Fate’ brings an enormous number of surprises to one’s life. Horoscopes mainly tell us about us, via our zodiac signs. It consists of 12 sun signs namely;
Aries: March 21 – April 19
Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Gemini: May 21 – June 21
Cancer: June 22 – July 22
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Virgo: August 23 – September 23
Libra: September 23 – October 23
Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21
Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Pisces: February 19 – March 20
There are a few differences but also many similarities in the signs because they all belong to the ‘whole’ picture of the horoscope. There are families of signs that are categorized into groups of elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are all Fire Signs. Each one expresses the fiery temperament in a different style. Fire action is oriented, ablaze and contagious.
The Water Signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. They all represent the feeling body. Water as an element has many expressions; it can be a nurturing like river, can go to extremes of heated passion or icy cold and can also compassionately embrace or be disillusioned by fog.
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are the Air Signs. These represent the mental energies within us. Some people are very quick-witted, curious, and knowledgeable, others weigh things out and are considerate of others, and some are true innovators, unique and take those pathways not taken.
For the Earth Signs we have Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. These have physical stimulus to their physical senses. They organize and seek precision and perfection in what they do, and also are great at handling responsibilities.
Now how do we know all this?
All with the help of a horoscope. Doesn’t it make you feel good about yourself? It does. We know what our personalities and capabilities are. We wouldn’t have to wait for people to appreciate us and make us think good about ourselves when we can ourselves, with the help of our horoscopes, know our true potentials.
Everything our horoscope holds reflects our potential characteristics and patterns. It is our free will that allows us to work with these patterns or remould them to be expressed in other ways.
Many people think that the horoscope writes our destiny in stone, or it decides for us how we are gonna live and by what means.
Not so! It shows potentials, how we use those potentials is our personal prerogative. What the horoscope gives us is insight and awareness about these potentials and their uses, an overview, but the detailing and changing all the directions is in our hands. Again, we may only know we can change these when we already know what exactly to change. Hence, Horoscope is your way out- to your own world.
To produce a horoscope, an astrologer needs to first decide whether or not the birth time and location of the subject is exact. The normal local time (which can be adapted to any time of day or war) is translated at the same time to Greenwich Median Time and Universal Time. In order to measure the ascendant and midheaven, the astrologer must then turn it into a local sidereal moment of birth.
Next, the astrologer consults a series of tables called an ephemeris, listing for a given year, date and time the position of the Sun, moon and planets in the vernal equinox or fixed stars of the northern hemisphere. Then the astrologer adds or subtracts the difference between Greenwich’s longitude and the longitude of the position concerned to calculate the true local mean time on the place of birth to indicate where planets will be visible above the horizon at the exact time and place.
Here are also planets concealed under the earth. The horoscope has 12 areas around the ecliptic circle, beginning with the ascending or rising sign from the east horizon. These 12 sectors are referred to as the houses and there are several structures for these divisions. Since the 19th Century, tables of houses have been published to promote this otherwise difficult mission. The diagram starts with a 12-house system. Thereupon are superimposed the signs of the zodiac.
For each house the same custom will fall to 12° Leo, the second house will start at 12° Virgo, the third at 12° Libra and so on. The same house will be the same cushion between each of the two houses. Calculations are more complex in house systems that take account of the effects of the angle of intersection between the horizon planes and the ecliptic. It is necessary to know the latitude of the event for these calculations. For these calculations tables are available but are now generally computed.
Placements of planets:
The astrologers place the sun, moon and planets to their proper celestial duration, after determining the relative position of the signs within the building.. There are also astrologer figures on minor planetary beings, fixed stars, asteroids (for example, Chiron) and maths like vertex, equatorial ascendant etc. Many astrologers are still using the Arab part (or Green part), the part of fortune being the most common.
The astrologer takes into account the characteristics or relative angles of pairs of planets in order to complete the horoscope. More accurate aspects are more relevant. The difference between the exact aspect and the real aspect is called the orb. Astrology typically includes Conjunctible (0°), Opposite (180°), Square (90 degree), Trine (120 degree), Semi-Square (45°), Sesquisquare (135°) and Quincunx (150 degree).
These aspects are understandably more important if they are real, but they work within an orb of influence, of which the dimensions depend on the value of every aspect. Connections with a larger orb than sextiles therefore are assumed to be involved. For sun, moon and Jupiter, and other smaller orbs, most modern astrologers use an orb of 8° or lower.
The smallest aspects (25, 22.5°, 67.5°, 72°, 75°, 105°, 112.5°, 157.5°, 155°), are used by astrologers such as those in Cosmobiology and Astrology of Urania with far narrower orbs. But the special parts are Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The 4th and 8th house is seen by Mars from the horoscope, the 10 and 3 by Saturn and the 5 and 9 by Jupiter in the horoscope, i.e. the house where they are positioned in the lagoon map.
The Ascendant (ASC) is a spot on the ecliptic that springs up on the eastern horizon on the sunrise. In astrological perception, the ascendant is very important. It is more powerful than the sole, moon, and planets because everything in the natal chart is infiltrated. The ascendant is the first energy point in the natal map, which reflects the way we look at life. The ascendant’s symbol characterises our “who we are” speech when dealing with others and our initial work when dealing with daily concerns. Duration is required to decide the Ascendant’s location because horoscopes use local time.