I'm a Swedish author and historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in mythology. My personal website: stenudd.com
ZODIAC SIGN ASTROLOGY
My website about the astrology based on the Zodiac sign (sun sign).
My twelve websites devoted to each of the Zodiac signs and their traits.
ZODIAC SIGN CALCULATOR
Calculate your Zodiac sign and the exact degree of the sun within that sign.
ZODIAC SIGN QUIZ
Find out which Zodiac sign you are most like.
YOUR 2015 HOROSCOPE
What astrology predicts about the year 2015 for your Zodiac sign, and how that horoscope forecast is made.
ZODIAC SIGN COMPATIBILITY
What astrology reveals about how the Zodiac signs match in relationships.
I Ching Online
Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.
BOOKS BY STEFAN STENUDD
Cosmos of the Ancients
All the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
Qi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared.
Readings of Complete Horoscope Charts
The foremost instrument of astrology is the horoscope. The word is Greek and simply means "picture of the hour", i.e. picture of the sky at the hour in question, for example the birth of someone or something. Here are some celebrity horoscopes and their readings, both for entertainment and for learning how astrology works.
Famous HoroscopesHere are links to horoscope readings of some celebrities. I will add more eventually, so please come back.
Ancient AstrologyWestern astrology is rooted in Tetrabiblos, the astrological classic by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy (Ptolemaios), c.90-168 AD. Astrology was wide-spread long before his time. The oldest proof of astrological thinking is Mesopotamian, from about 2400 BC, in the writing of king Sargon the Old, who mainly commented on the relation between human (mostly royal) life and the sun and moon. For example:
If the moon is visible on the first day of the month, then the country will be peaceful and its heart will delight. If the moon is surrounded by a halo, the king will rule solely.
If the sun when it sets is twice its normal size, and three of its rays are bluish, then the country has lost its king.
Astrology is also ancient in other cultures of the world. It is hard to find a culture where there is no fragment of astrological thinking, dating back to ancient times. It is easy to understand why, considering the world of ancient man. We have to be aware of the marvel of the world, as it was perceived by prehistoric man: celestial phenomena were mysterious and spectacular, needing to be explained in metaphysical terms. A solstice, a comet, the phases of the moon, the movement of the visible planets as opposed to the fixed stars - what could be their reason and meaning, prehistoric man wondered.
Surely, it is out of this bewilderment that astrology was born.
To ancient man, everything in the world had to be connected. There was one world, with man in the middle of it. The stars had to relate to man, or they just would not be there. The nature of the heavenly bodies was usually described in divine terms - they represented gods of one kind or other, or they were in some other way marks of divine influence. Therefore, it was reasonable that the stars and their movements should reveal something about the schemes of the gods.
The horoscopeThe movement of the heavenly bodies was followed daily, already in antiquity. The horoscope chart, the concept of noting planetary positions at a certain point in time, and using it to predict future developments, is so old that we do not know of its beginning.
It was usually applied to kings and such nobles, rarely commoners. That was done in the perspective of mundane astrology, the astrological method to predict worldly events of importance to a whole country, not just an individual - and there, of course, the king was of primary importance.
In Europe, up until recent times, the most common way of drawing the complete horoscope chart was the so called envelope design, where each triangle of the figure represents an astrological House. See the horoscope of Martin Luther (1483-1546) below.
Martin Luther's horoscope in envelope design.
There are several ways of dividing the horoscope chart into Houses. The oldest one is called equal house, where each House is the same 30° size. This was used by Ptolemy. Later systems, such as Placidus, Regiomontanus, Koch and Campanus, use differing sizes of the Houses.
Inside the circle, aspects are marked by lines between planets. Ptolemy used five aspects - conjunction 0°, opposition 180°, trine 120°, square 90°, and sextile 60°. I use the same, whereas many other astrologers use additional aspects, such as the semi-sextile 30° and the quincunx 150°.
Below is a modern style circular horoscope chart.
Complete circular horoscope chart.
Horoscope charts interpretedOn this website, I have included some complete horoscope charts, and written interpretations of them. There are some mundane horoscopes - of countries or institutions - but also horoscopes of famous persons. Check the links above and to the left for a list of those horoscopes. I will add new horoscopes from time to time, so please return to my website.