Open most gossip magazines, and you will find a study of the stars, with who is wearing what Designer, and who is going out with whom? While sandwiched in-between these pages, you will most likely find your star, smack bang on the Horoscopes page. However, you may not be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but in a sense, these stars are not dissimilar. For when the Sun sets at night, the sky becomes its very own Walk of fame; you could say a Sunset Boulevard! With the night sky illuminating these patterns of stars in their very own celestial identity parade!
I say identity parade, as the science of Astrology is founded on the belief that these stars influence our identity and future path. So put simply, if Astrology plays the detective unlocking the key to our individual character and latent potential, then the Horoscope is the evidence, that vital witness statement taken at the scene of the incident, when we were born!
As like a fingerprint at the scene, a blueprint is created at birth of our intrinsic nature, possible talents and clues to our future ahead. This set of ideas about one’s character and life including predictions about the future, is based on the relative position of the stars or Planets when we are born. For the exact position of the heavens’ above are documented in this astrological birth chart, containing our Rising Sign, Sun, Moon and other personal and outer Planets, and how they aspect each other. Consequently, for this astrological birth chart to be the most accurate representation it can be, an individual needs to know not only their exact birth day, but the exact time and place they were born.
However, not everyone is privy to such information. While there are methods an Astrologer can use to ascertain an individual’s Ascendant, and therefore draw up an accurate Horoscope without knowing their exact birth time, most do know the day they were born. So, it follows that they are then usually familiar with the Sun/Solar Sign they are born under. Thus, it is no surprise that Horoscopes have generally come to represent a regular forecast of each Sun Sign in the popular media, whether it be daily, weekly or monthly.
You may think it seems all Greek to me, but no need to worry, as you would be on the right lines, as the word ‘Horoscope’ originated from the Greek word meaning ‘one who observes the hour of a birth’. For Greek and Egyptian ancient civilisations placed great significance on astrological thought and practice. However, it is difficult to credit who found what in this ‘whodunit’, as little was recorded at the time. Although what we can say, is that ancient civilisations as far back as the Babylonians, studied the skies, becoming keenly aware that movements above corresponded with changes here on Earth, particularly regarding the Seasons. Subsequently, following these movements aided practical everyday matters, from harvesting and hunting on land to navigating treacherous waters.
Therefore, time and methods may have moved on, but the sentiment that the Science of Astrology and producing Horoscopes remains a valuable tool in dealing with our day to day matters still adheres. Whereas World Leaders and celebrities may regularly consult Astrologers for advice, even asking them to draw up charts before embarking