Thursday, June 5, 2008

Just What is a Horoscope?

By Mike Yeager

Horoscopes are published in newspapers, magazines, books and web sites. A person's horoscope, or birth chart as it is also called, depends on the time of the calendar year that he was born in. Horoscopes are basically an ancient astrological art which has been used for predicting the future. Prepared usually on the basis of a person's date of birth, it lends a helping hand in preparing for the future. One thing to note, however, is that these readings can be so general that at times it seems that almost any daily activity will be listed in the paper.

Some people will say that horoscopes are not accurate what-so-ever. The only reason they may seem real at some times is because they are based on characteristics that everyone has. Well, there may be some truth in that but it can be uncanny how accurate they seem at times.

Astrology can provide incredible keys to understanding, but it doesn't necessarily provide clear and simplistic answers to any problems with which you may be dealing. Obtaining information about your horoscope may give you some insights and understanding of the reasons why you behave as you do. Astrology shows that the stars and planets are a map to our personalities and a guide to our place in the world. It explains how the world is regular and predictable (up to a point!).

Astrologers have divided the heavens into 12 sections, each thought to be ruled by a different sign of the zodiac belt through which the sun, moon, and planets move in 12 fixed positions called houses. Once the particular sign and houses have been established, the mythological characteristics of the heavenly bodies, modified by the geometrical relationship between them, are used to foretell events in the life of the individual for whom it has been drawn. Astrologers remember that humanity has free will, so forecasting is not an exact, pre-destined event.

Astrology is a very complex system that needs to be considered in its entirety in order to get any kind of reasonable results. It is not about predicting one's future at all, rather it is a means of examining potential influences in one's life.

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