This article is about astrology. For the 1937 ballet, see Horoscope (ballet). For the
Sheeba song, see Horoscopes (song).
In astrology, a horoscope is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the
Sun, Moon, planets, the astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of an
event, such as the moment of a person's birth. The word horoscope is derived from
Greek words meaning "a look at the hours" (horoskopos, pl. horoskopoi, or
"marker(s) of the hour.") Other commonly used names for the horoscope in English
include astrological chart, astro-chart, celestial map, sky-map, star-chart,
cosmogram, vitasphere, radical chart, radix, chart wheel, or simply chart.
It is used as a method of divination regarding events relating to the point in time it
represents and forms the basis of the horoscopic traditions of astrology. However,
no studies have shown any scientific support for the accuracy of horoscopes, and
the methods used to make interpretations are, at best, pseudo-scientific.
In common usage, horoscope often refers to an astrologer's interpretation, usually
through a system of Sun sign astrology or based on calendar significance of an
event, as in Chinese astrology. In particular, many newspapers and magazines
carry predictive columns based on celestial influences in relation to the zodiacal
placement of the Sun on the day of a person's birth, identifying the individual's Sun
sign or "star sign" based on a conventional zodiac (which is not the celestial one).
Such a concept is distinct from horoscopes as typically employed, where only the
traditional zodiacal placement of the Sun is considered in interpretation. While
this modern usage is perhaps the most popular in the colloquial lexicon, this article
will focus primarily on the traditional concept.