In all the mysticisms throughout the world, none is more widely accepted and studied as the horoscope. As a sect of astrology, the horoscope is the positioning and angles of the sun, moon, and planets at the time of an individual’s birth.
Traditionally, the process goes as follows. An astrologer is to figure out the exact angles of all the planets and the position of the sun and the moon and other heavenly bodies at the exact minute a person is born. Once this information is gathered, he creates a complex chart with the findings. This is what is known as a person’s horoscope. It is said that these aspects have a profound effect on the person, forming who they are and laying out their fate and how they will be. It is a practice that goes back to ancient times, and is still an important area of study to occultists.
The Horoscope one reads in the newspaper is more specifically the sun sign, the position of the sun at birth. This sun position corresponds with a constellation such as Taurus (the bull) Leo (the lion) and so forth. It is a monthly change, the placement of the sun moving into a different sign for each of the 12 houses. Each one of these signs is drastically different from one another, with its own behaviors, moods, goals, and even more specific personality traits. However, it is important to remember that the other aspects of the horoscope chart also have bearing on the outcome, and it is not exclusively dependent on the sun sign.
Astrology and the horoscope itself have roots with spiritualists and various faiths. It has become a popular tool amongst New Age religions yet had its beginnings and origins much longer ago. The constellations, for which the 12 houses represent, were made famous by Greek stories of mythology. An example of this being that the story of Pisces, the two fish, comes from a Greek myth involving the Goddess Aphrodite and her son, the God Eros. It is said they had changed themselves into the fish to escape a fire God named Typhon.
There are also Christian ties to the horoscope, some claiming that Pisces is an obvious metaphor for Jesus Christ.
All in all, it is a very complicated yet fascinating area of scientific and spiritual study.