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form of divination based on the theory that the movements of the celestial bodies—the stars, the planets, the sun, and the moon—influence human affairs and determine the course of events.
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An engraving of the famous horoscope of Jesus Christ’s birthdate from Ebenezer Sibly’s A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences, 1790. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.

Horoscope (Astrological Chart)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Among contemporary astrologers, the term horoscope (from the Greek hora, meaning “hour,” and skopos, meaning “watcher”) is used to refer to any astrological chart. Because of the popularity of newspaper astrology, which often presents itself as a “horoscope,” the word has become synonymous with “daily prediction” in the minds of the general public. Prior to the eighteenth century, however, a horoscope was applied only to the ascendant, which is the sign on the eastern horizon at the moment for which the chart is constructed.



a diagram for so-called prediction of the future in the erroneous study of astrology. Horoscopes arrange the planets in 12 “houses” according to their position in the heavens at the moment of a person’s birth or the occurrence of a given event. Using the influence of the position of heavenly bodies (primarily planets) on terrestrial events, astrology “predicts” a person’s future or the outcome of an event.


1. the prediction of a person's future based on a comparison of the zodiacal data for the time of birth with the data from the period under consideration
2. the configuration of the planets, the sun, and the moon in the sky at a particular moment
3. a diagram showing the positions of the planets, sun, moon, etc., at a particular time and place
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For this same reason, the frieze could not be a version of a horoscopic chart which has been flipped over, a suggestion made in the recent literature, because a chart also is based on the correct mathematical ordering of 360 consecutive degrees.
The marginal tag identifies it as such, but if one reads the text and the accompanying horoscopic chart, a much different and intrinsically very interesting astrological story is told.
31) At the same time, cautions should be raised regarding the relations and distinctions between animal-based horoscopic, opprobrious, and theophoric names.
She discusses the astronomical content of these horoscopes, their relationship to other texts (the so-called almanacs, which contain entrance dates of planets into zodiacal signs, may have been prepared for horoscopic purposes), and the hypothetical, far from straightforward cultural relations and cross-fertilizations between astrology and early astronomy.
Zodiology differs from both the so-called judicial astrology that predicts the destiny of king and country (like the omens of enuma anu enlil) and from the horoscopic astrology or genethlialogy that gives the exact position of planets at the time of birth as well as prophecies on the new-born child's future.