Horoscopy, derived from the Greek words ‘horo’ and ‘scope’, literally means “a look at the hours”. It is a branch of astrology that deals in the science of the stars. The practitioners of horoscopy record the position of stars at a particular time to foresee future events, to determine the characteristics of a person on the basis of his birth time, or to make a variety of other interpretations. The most common method of horoscopy adopted in the Western world is that of sun-sign astrology. This is the system on which horoscope columns in newspapers and magazines are usually based. Another common form of horoscopy is Chinese astrology, which is based on the calendar significance of a particular event.
History of Horoscopy
Horoscopy is believed to have its origins in the ancient Greek civilizations, where it was believed that the position of the stars and the sun at the time of a person’s birth had an influence on the course of his entire life. A man named William Lilly made horoscopy acceptable among the Western skeptics, by naming it ‘Christian horoscopy’. The oldest horoscopic chart of an individual dates back to April 29, 410, and was found in Babylon. It is also believed that the wise men who visited Jesus when he was born were astrological priests.
How Horoscopy works
Horoscopy uses a detailed system of astrology to predict future events, based on the positioning of stars and signs at a particular time. The common form of sun-sign astrology that forms the basis of newspaper columns and other horoscope predictions based on the twelve zodiac signs, is the most basic form of horoscopy.
These signs are: Aries (March 21-April 19), Taurus (April 20-May 20), Gemini (May 21-June 20), Cancer (June 21-July 22), Leo (July 23-August 22), Virgo (August 23-September 22), Libra (September 23-October 22), Scorpio (October 23-November 22), Sagittarius (November 23-December 21), Capricorn (December 22-January 19), Aquarius (January 20-February 19), and Pisces (February 20-March 20)
The zodiac signs are divided into four categories, depending on the element (water, fire, earth or air) that they are associated with. Each zodiac sign is associated with a certain set of characteristics, which can either be cardinal, mutable or fixed, depending on the twelve houses of one’s personal horoscope. Even though quite accurate, this form is less personalized, as it clubs millions of people across the world falling under one zodiac sign, into one category.
The natal horoscope chart, which can be erected for each individual, based on the time and date of their birth, is a far more accurate system of predicting future events, and determining the personality characteristics of that particular person. Even though we cannot alter these events, we can change how they will affect us, by the use of our freewill.
Benefits of Horoscopy
To determine the personality characteristics of an individual. This is a useful tool for developing a better understanding of our own selves, as well as those around us.
Knowing our strengths and weaknesses can help us to tap the positive traits in us, and use them in the best possible way.
Horoscopy is also useful in aiding decision making, since it helps us predict what the repercussions of each decision we make will be.
It helps us in predicting the course of our personal relationships, and determining our compatibility with other individuals.
It is useful in making career-related decisions.
It helps to forewarn us about impending health complications.
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