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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.


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