by Stefan Stenudd


The Complete Horoscope.

Components of the Horoscope Chart in Classical Astrology

Complete horoscope chart.
A celestial geocentric diagram
at a certain time, from a certain location,
is the horoscope.

The foremost tool of astrology is the horoscope, a chart of planetary and other celestial positions at a certain time, as seen from a certain place. Where there is a time and a place, a complete horoscope chart can be made.

       The most common one, nowadays, is the birth chart, or nativity, based on the time and place of a person's birth. But horoscopes can be made for other things as well - countries, companies, projects, as long as a time and place can be established.

       There are four components of a horoscope:

  1. The planets
  2. The Zodiac signs
  3. The Houses
  4. The aspects

       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.


In 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.


There 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.

Martin Luther's horoscope.
Horoscope in envelope design of Martin Luther (1483-1546).

       For more about the envelope horoscope design, go here:

The Envelope Chart

       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 horscope chart.
Circular horoscope chart.

       The ascendant, the Rising point in the east, should be at the left side of the horoscope, and the Medium Coeli somewhere on the top halft of the horoscope. That means the horoscope east is to the left, west to the right, south is up and north is down. The horizon is represented by a line from the Ascendant to the Descendant at the opposite side of the horoscope. So, what can be seen of the sky at the time and place of the horoscope, is only what is above that line.


In 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.

Horoscope Basics







How to Make Your Own Horoscope

Your Health Horoscope

Sex in Your Horoscope

Zodiac Archetypes

Financial Astrology

Daily Horoscope Guide - What to Expect

Tetrabiblos - the Ancient Astrology Bible


Zodiac - the "how" of the horoscope

Planets - the "what" of the horoscope

Houses - the "where" of the horoscope

Aspects - the "why" of the horoscope


Joe Biden's 2020 presidential election horoscope

Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential election horoscope

Donald Trump - impeachment horoscope

Donald Trump - will he resign?

Hillary Clinton

Mike Pence

Barack Obama

Anders Behring Breivik

Michael Jackson

Sarah Palin

Brad Pitt

The USA Horoscope - Finding and Reading It


The USA Pluto return 2022 horoscope

Capitol attack horoscope

Covid-19 coronavirus horoscope

Future of the Internet

The Age of Aquarius

USA 2016 Election

Mundane Pluto - Its Effect on Society

Mundane Neptune - Its Effect on the Arts


About the Complete Horoscope Website

Disappearing Ascendant - Latitude Effects

The Envelope Chart - Horoscope of the Past

Astrology Links

Astrologi på svenska




The twelve Zodiac signs and what they mean in astrology.

Aries Zodiac Sign


Taurus Zodiac Sign


Gemini Zodiac Sign


Cancer Zodiac Sign


Leo Zodiac Sign


Virgo Zodiac Sign


Libra Zodiac Sign


Scorpio Zodiac Sign


Sagittarius Zodiac Sign


Capricorn Zodiac Sign


Aquarius Zodiac Sign


Pisces Zodiac Sign



Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot Card Meanings. Website by Stefan Stenudd. Try the old Tarot deck of cards with a free online divination. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.

I Ching Online

I Ching Online. Website by Stefan Stenudd. Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.


Your Health in Your Horoscope. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This 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 (paid link).


Tarot Unfolded. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded

This book presents an imaginative method of reading the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, since it consists of symbolic images. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).

Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients

All 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 (paid link).

Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi (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 (paid link).

Fake Lao Tzu Quotes - Erroneous Tao Te Ching Citations Examined. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Fake Lao Tzu Quotes

Erroneous Tao Te Ching Citations Examined. 90 of the most spread false Lao Tzu quotes, why they are false and where they are really from. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).

Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd, Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction.

About me

I'm a Swedish astrologer, author and historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website:

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