The future forecasts on the Web or in newspapers are often referred to as a “horoscope”. A real horoscope is a MAP of Space-Time – an “image of the hour” as its Greek root words imply. It is a chart of where the Sun and Moon and Planets are located in Space and in relation to each other, and to a particular place on Earth, at a particular instant in Time. It is like a snapshot of “a particular place in Time and Space”. If that instant in Time is the time of birth of an individual and the Space is his birth place, then that horoscope is called a “natal horoscope” or “natal chart” or “birth chart”. When you ask an astrologer for “a birth chart” be sure to provide your month/day/year and town/state/country of birth (plus the hour/minute if you know).
Those “daily horoscope” columns for the 12 zodiac signs are only based on an assumed month and day of birth which falls within a range of dates when the Sun is in a particular Sign. They are generalized “Sun Sign” horoscopes, but they do not take into account the year (or hour and minute) you were born, or the town and country you were born in. Since your personal “Time and Space” are not really known, these so-called “horoscopes” are only based on an estimate of where the Sun was located on your date of birth, and thus are far less detailed and accurate as a Personal Horoscope Reading based on your full birth data – which will include the positions of the Moon and ALL the Planets, and what that means about you as a unique individual. Not even identical twins can be born in the same Space at the same Time.
First of all, a horoscope is an astrological map of the heavens keyed to the time and place of a specific birth. It is a kind of a map that appears as a two dimensional chart. It shows position of the Sun, the Moon, and planets at the precise moment of your birth. The earth moves from west to east & hence the Sun appears to move from east to west. The 360 degree circle of the zodiac is divided into 12 parts of 30 degrees each called the zodiac signs.
Each sign has special characteristics that mark and distinguish it from others. In setting up this astrological map for the birth of a native we divide the circle into twelve sections. These areas are called houses. Each house defines a SPECIFIC AREA. The first house concerns the native’s personal identity. The second house deals wit the native’s earning power or source of supply. The third house concerns the native’s thoughts or sense of communication, etc.
The horoscope map, in addition to house areas and spatial designators called signs, also contains a third symbolâ the planets, including the Sun and Moon.
While the houses of the horoscope identify areas of experience and the signs set the stage under which these areas of experience will operate, the planets act as symbols of force or the focus of attention bringing the other two elements together.
A correct interpretation of all these sky bodies exposes much about you. They could be thought of as weather conditions in the sky at the moment of your birth. You can treat this map as a guide of your personality. But it doesn’t mean that all your life has already been decided. It’s largely up to you to decide that. While you usually have freedom of choice or free will, the horoscope does reflect the natural inclinations you have, the lessons you have to learn, the issues to be faced, and the problems to be solved. These “weather conditions” shows the energies you’ve been given. The use that you make of these energies, or opportunities, if you will, depends upon you, the individual. In other words, the information learned from your horoscope may only give you some insights and understanding of the reasons why you behave as you do.