What is an horoscope, what does it mean and how are dates involved?
If you read newspapers or watch TV, you probably hear about the horoscope on a regular basis. You most likely also know people who consult their horoscope on a daily basis also, and even if you are not one of them, you may already know some of the basis for the horoscope. But what does this system mean anyways? How do people come up with what we read in our daily horoscope, and how are the dates put into this whole concept? To understand the horoscope, you must first learn about astrology. Simply put, astrology is the link between astral events and events that occur down here on the surface of Earth. It is a belief system that has evolved and is shared among many people throughout the ages. Astrology is ancient and has been practiced ever since people first started to look at the sky. It was used to explain all sorts of things, from the seasons, temperature, storms, harvest and so on. In modern days, the main point of astrology is to read the horoscope.
The horoscope is a method that uses astrology in order to predict the future by using a chart of the sky, linked with particular dates, usually your birth date. By dividing the sky into a diagram that overlays the time of the year, a convention was made to equate each season with a particular area of the sky. This is why people have celestial sphere. The name used varies based on the culture, but in the western world, we often use the zodiac to refer to a person’s sign. For example, someone may be a Leo. This simply means that their date of birth is on a date which aligns with the part of the sky where the constellation Leo is. By knowing your zodiac sign, you have the date needed to derive a prediction by using the horoscope. Remember that the position of stars differ based on where on Earth you are located, so the creation of such a chart will vary as well.
The predictions that we read in newspapers or hear on the radio are derived by using the horoscope, using various methods, based on each period of the year. The most common way to do that is by using a natal chart, which involves various elements like the position of the planets, and the astrological aspects. This is a common system that fortune tellers use to predict your future, although this type of prediction is rarely precise. These charts typically only give vague directions, not precise foretellings. How they are used by each horoscope reader or fortune teller is up for debate. The interpretation can vary a lot, so can the meaning of each element of astrology. Some prefer the solar chart, while others refer to houses. Either way, this makes up the base for the horoscope.