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A horoscope is a chart based on birth-date and/or birth time, which depicts a person’s astrological “blueprint”. This type of chart contains a range of data, including a person’s Sun sign, Moon sign, Venus sign, Mars sign, Saturn sign, Jupiter sign, Neptune sign, ascendant (rising sign) et cetera, as well as where these planets are placed within a 12-house configuration. The most popular types of horoscope charts are natal charts.

However, there are also other types of astrological charts which may be referred to as horoscopes, and these include progressed charts and relationship charts. The horoscopes which appear online and in newspapers are based on Sun sign alone, rather than on full natal charts.

Those who believe in the power of a horoscope correlate certain Sun signs and other planetary position placements with character traits. For example, the Aries native is commonly regarded as athletic, selfish, bossy and pioneering, while the Pisces native is perceived as gullible, artistic, sensitive and compassionate.

Astrologers analyze natal charts or other charts in order to assist clients in understanding their own personalities and in intuiting future events, such as marriages, births, and career opportunities. While skeptics paint astrology as “junk science”, millions of people all over the world follow horoscope information closely and find it to be valid.

Forms of Horoscope Astrology

There are different types of horoscope astrology, including Sun sign astrology, Chinese astrology and Vedic astrology. These different types of astrology all have the same focus, which is to reveal traits and future possibilities through divination that is based on birth data. However, methodology for different astrology types will vary.

Horoscope Signs

There are twelve signs of the zodiac, and these are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Aries natives are born in late March or April, and they represent the first stage of the zodiac. Pisces is the last sign. Consequently, Aries natives are perceived as the zodiac’s “newborns”, where Pisces are the “old souls”. Each horoscope sign is represented by a symbol.

Horoscope Symbols

When looking at a horoscope, you may find your Sun sign via your zodiac sign name or its symbol. Symbols for typical horoscope readings are: the Ram (for Aries), the Bull (for Taurus), the Twins (for Gemini), the Crab (for Cancer), the Lion (for Leo), the Virgin (for Virgo), the Scales (for Libra), the Scorpion (for Scorpio), the Archer (for Sagittarius), the Sea-goat (for Capricorn), the Water-bearer (for Aquarius) and the Fish (for Pisces).

Horoscopes and Compatibility

Within the discipline of Sun sign astrology, a horoscope may be used to illustrate compatibility with other signs. Since Sun signs are divided into four groupings (Air, Fire, Water and Earth), those who fall in one category are believed to be most compatible with others from that category.

As an example, Cancer natives are believed to get along with Pisces and Scorpio, because these two signs are also Water signs. Leo natives are believed to be most compatible with other Fire signs (Aries and Sagittarius).

Taurus will blend well with the other two Earth signs, Capricorn and Virgo, while Aquarius will be most compatible with other air signs, such as Gemini and Libra. Overall, Fire and Air signs have basic compatibility, while Earth and Water signs also blend well. These principles of compatibility are used to create relationship horoscope charts and other astrological resources.

The Importance of Mars and Venus in a Horoscope

However, astrologers prefer to examine the natal charts of both partners in depth before making decisions about compatibility. Most Sun sign astrologers believe that Mars and Venus signs and house placements also have a bearing on how couples will fare. For example, a man with Mars in Virgo may be attracted to Virgos and instinctively know how to please them, despite an incompatible Sun sign or other incompatible natal chart elements. A person with a Venus sign that matches (or is opposite to) a person’s Sun sign may seem more appealing and intriguing to the other person.

All over the Internet, astrology websites, online magazines and newspapers feature daily, weekly, monthly and yearly horoscopes. Some are free, while others will require a subscription fee or one-time payment. By supplying an astrology website with birth-date information, it is possible to access a horoscope that is detailed and correct.