by Stefan Stenudd
The Complete Horoscope.
Components of the Horoscope Chart in Classical Astrology
A celestial geocentric diagram
at a certain time, from a certain location,
is the horoscope.
There are four components of a horoscope:
Western astrology is clear on the number of Zodiac signs and Houses, but astrologers differ on how many planets and aspects to include in the horoscope. Still, there is consensus on which are the most important ones.
GeocentricIn the complete horoscope chart, the above components are marked at their respective positions, as seen at the time and place of the horoscope in question. The perspective is geocentric, ie. as seen from earth - although the planetary movements are heliocentric, around the sun. What matters in astrology is how the sky looks from our viewpoint.
ChartsThere are many ways to design a chart. In Greece and in Europe, up until recent times, the most common way of drawing the horoscope chart was the so called envelope design, where each triangle of the figure represented an astrological House. See the horoscope of Martin Luther below.
Horoscope in envelope design of Martin Luther (1483-1546).
Nowadays, the circular horoscope chart is used by most astrologers. In it, the outer circle marks the Zodiac, where each of the twelve Zodiac signs is 30° of the total 360° circle. They are placed in a counter-clock order. Inside of that circle, the positions of the planets are marked. Also, there is the twelve part division of the astrological Houses. The aspects between planets are marked with straight lines between them (in this case the lines of the innermost circle).
Here is a modern style circular horoscope chart:
Circular horoscope chart.
ReadingIn astrology, the components above are interpreted in a combined way. A planet, its Zodiac sign, House and aspects - it's all brought together in the search for the specific meaning in the horoscope. That is not an easy task, and astrologers may come to different conclusions - although they agree on most of the basics.
For more about the basics on the astrological components, see the links below.
ZODIAC SIGNSThe twelve Zodiac signs and what they mean in astrology.
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MY ASTROLOGY BOOK
Your Health in Your HoroscopeThis book by Stefan Stenudd explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology.
You learn what the zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made.
The book contains a quick introduction to astrology, as well, and instructions on how to read a birth chart in general. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.
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Cosmos of the AncientsAll the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Life Energy EncyclopediaQi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
About meI'm a Swedish astrologer, author and historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website: stenudd.com