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What is a Horoscope?

A horoscope (also known as a natal chart, astrological chart, astro-chart, celestial map, sky-map, star-chart, cosmogram, vitasphere, radical chart, radix, chart wheel, or simply chart) is an astrological chart or diagram that depicts the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as a person’s birth. Horoscope comes from the Greek words ra and scopos, which mean “time” and “observer” (horoskopos, pl. horoskopoi, or “hour marker(s)"). It is utilised as a means of divination for occurrences related to the historical period it symbolises, and it is the foundation of astrology’s horoscopic traditions. In general use, horoscope refers to an astrologer’s interpretation, which is typically based on a system of solar Sun sign astrology, which is based only on the position of the Sun at the moment of birth, or, as in Chinese astrology, on the calendar significance of an event. Many newspapers and magazines, in particular, publish predictive columns written in prose that may be written more for the purpose of increasing readership than to be directly related to the Sun or other aspects of the solar system, allegedly based on celestial influences in relation to the zodiacal placement of the Sun on the month of birth, cusp (2 days before or after any particular sign, an overlap), or decant (the month divided into three ten-day periods) of the person’s month of birth, identify the person' Birth charts, known as kuali in Hindu astrology, are said to be based on the movement of the stars and moon. After verifying a person’s kuali, auspicious events and ceremonies are initiated, including marriages in which the birth charts of the boy and girl are matched. There are no scientific studies that back up the accuracy of horoscopes, and the techniques for interpreting them are pseudo-scientific. There is no known interaction in the present scientific framework that might be accountable for the transmission of the supposed effect between a person and the location of stars in the sky at the time of birth. Horoscopes have demonstrated no impact beyond chance in all experiments done, using stringent protocols that included a control group and full blinding between experimenters and participants. Furthermore, according to certain psychological tests, it is feasible to develop personality descriptions and foretelling that are general enough to please the majority of a broad audience at the same time, a phenomenon known as the Forer or Barnum effect.

The word Horoscope originated from the Greek words ōra and scopos meaning time and observer and is used as a method to represent events or points in time before their occurrence. Horoscope is a term that is used to define the forecasting of a person’s future in correspondence to the positions of stars and planets at the time of their birth. It incorporates the depiction of the person’s character as well as circumstances.

Moreover, the horoscope is not something that everyone can forecast. This ideology involves a specific knowledge known as ‘astrology’, which involves the study of the positions of the stars and the planets along with the calendar significance at the time of their birth. Predicting a horoscope involves boiling down further to specific Zodiac signs based on the month of the year in which they were born. As a result, horoscopes vary from person to person based on their zodiac signs.

Zodiac Signs

Zodiac signs are derived from imaginary lines in heaven that are drawn based on constellations that center the ecliptic path of the Sun and the planets. There are 12 zodiac signs, in particular, each of which is considered for astrological purposes. Every Zodiac sign has its importance as it is the result of a unique constellation in the universe. Also, these signs are affected by the birth month of a person and therefore vary from one person to another. Zodiac signs, also known as Astrological signs, are symbols that help forecast the future and hence decide the horoscope for an individual.

According to the western astrology, the zodiac is divided into twelve signs. Each sign occupies 30 degrees of the celestial longitude and corresponds to the star constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces that astrophyscists and researchers have been trying to study since time immemorial. All the astrological signs combined comprise predicting horoscopes and form a celestial coordinate system that takes into account the origin of latitude and the Sun’s position at vernal equinox.

Horoscopes And Science

Whether horoscopes and science are mutually inclusive or exclusive depends on how a person perceives astrology. Horoscopes are directly related to astrology. Astrology refers to the study of stars and planets and other heavenly objects. The interpretation of the placement of these objects is what is required to predict horoscopes. As a result, a certain amount of scholarly knowledge is required to study astrology and is solely not a matter of guesses.

As far as science is concerned, a certain essence of scientific calculation is necessary to forecast a person’s future, which seems a methodical and accurate enough quest in itself. Therefore, to conclude, several researches have claimed horoscopes to be an eventful description of chance probabilities. However, it also holds a connection between the astrological phenomenon and events that describe personality traits in the human world to predict what lies ahead for people around the world.


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