An important element in astrologywhich interprets the character and destiny of a person (and occasionally a larger group) according to the position of the planets, usually at the time of the person's birth.
A horoscope is cast on the basis of information given by the person, and it is then interpreted according to systematic principles. The horoscope takes into account two main considerations: the circle of the 12 signs of the Zodiac (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Lee, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) as they are crossed by the sun, moon and planets at different periods; and a circle of 12 'houses' around which the circle of the zodiac turns.
Casting a horoscope is a complicated procedure that depends upon getting data and times right. Relevant factors are the position of sun, moon, planets and signs of the zodiac; the aspectsof sun, moon and planets in relation to each other; and the position of sun, moon, planets and signs of the zodiac against the circle of 12 houses. Certain planets are thought to be allied with certain activities and human propensities (for example Venus with love); the 12 houses are thought to be connected with certain areas of life, for example the second house with money; and the aspects are thought to be associated with helpful or unhelpful situations and possibilities. Horoscopes remain important in the East and are growing in popular significance in the West despite scientific skepticism.
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