A Guide to Horoscopes

Checking out a daily horoscope is a regular ritual for millions of people across the globe. It offers a brief glimpse into your life to reveal hidden motivations and give you a deeper understanding of why events are unfolding.


Find Out How The Planets Can Influence Your Future

Checking out a daily horoscope is a regular ritual for millions of people across the globe. It offers a brief glimpse into your life to reveal hidden motivations and give you a deeper understanding of why events are unfolding. Astrology has been around for centuries, and its popularity shows no sign of disappearing. Even people who have no other interest in spirituality read their horoscope. It's a quick and easy way to get a good insight into the events and people in your life. But horoscopes aren't meant to predict your future, instead they will point you in a positive direction, helping you to see when to change and when to persevere despite setbacks. Think of horoscopes as a guide to living your best life.

What is Astrology?

Astrology is the study of the movements of the planets and stars. Astrologers say that the movement of these celestial bodies impacts events on Earth - in a similar way to the Moon having a gravitational pull on the tides, or the movement of the earth around the Sun bringing the change of seasons.

Astrologers can calculate the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars at the time of your birth: this is your horoscope. It is calculated using your precise birth time and birth location - so your natal horoscope is unique to you. Your horoscope contains information about your personality, your characteristics, your potential, your strengths and weaknesses. A natal birth chart is very detailed and precise. The horoscopes you see in magazines and newspapers are generalisations taken purely from your Sun sign. As your Sun sign is only one aspect of your chart, this type of horoscope can only ever be very vague. But Sun sign horoscopes are still useful as an overview of your situation. Your Sun sign represents your life-force or vitality, so it is a key aspect of you.

Horoscope History

Astrology has been studied for more than 5,000 years, probably beginning with the Babylonians who used it to chart seasons and astrological events, to predict weather, and perhaps for navigation. The ancient Greeks took up the art, with some of their finest minds, such as Aristotle and Plato studying astrology. The Greeks added their own dramatic shades to the art by linking the colourful characters of their gods to the stars. Astrology was widely used to decide the fate of nations as rulers looked to astrologers to divine the best course of action. Star study was intensified in Roman times as astrology was used by the majority of society in daily life, as well as Emperors and politicians.

Astrology is hugely important in Indian and other Eastern cultures, it operates on a different system to Western astrology but with the same purpose of being a guiding force. In fact, for plenty of modern Indian people, no major life decision is taken unless the astrological readings are fortuitous. For example, the horoscopes of a bride and groom are often drawn up before the marriage to check the couple are astrologically compatible.

The Zodiac

It takes 12 lunar cycles (months) for the sun to return to its original position in relation to the Earth, as our planet orbits the Sun. Astrologers identified 12 constellations (groups of stars) that corresponded to this cycle. These are the sign so of the zodiac. The signs are divided into four groups each corresponding to an element, which is a defining force on its sign.

Fire Signs: Aries, Sagittarius, Leo

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Air Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini

Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo

One of these signs of the zodiac is your Sun sign, with one planet as your ruler. But each of the planets impacts upon your sign depending upon its position in the sky. Check the dates online to find out your Sun sign. Have a natal chart drawn up by an accredited astrologer for an in-depth look into how the zodiac impacts you.

What does it mean for you?

Astrologers say the planets press a powerful force on your life. If you understand this influence, you can learn how to better deal with what life is throwing your way. Your horoscope can indicate potential pitfalls in future events, or give you the reassurance to go for a goal because you are making the right decision. A horoscope can focus you mind on a task and help you see new possibilities and offer fresh perspectives.

While your horoscope reveals information about your personality, you always have free will. You cannot stop a world event over which you have no control, but you can control how you react and respond to that event. Your actions define your future.

Horoscopes can give you insight into yourself, your emotions, your thoughts, feelings, your loved ones, your career and life decisions.

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