The system of horoscope astrology is developed in the Mediterranean region, specifically Hellenistic Egypt. A precise and intricate system, it dates back to the late 2nd or early 1st century BC. In this tradition of astrology, the emphasis is on the two-dimensional diagrams of the universe, known as horoscopes, which are drawn for some definite moments in time. The horoscopes are used to study the position of celestial bodies at that specific moment and then deduce some meaning from it.
However, the diagrams, the position as well as the meaning are
ascertained on the basis of a predetermined set of rules and guidelines.
Usually, a horoscope is prepared for the moment when an individual is
born. However, it can also be made at the beginning of an enterprise or
event, to have an idea about its probable outcome. Horoscopic astrology
is quite different from the other types of astrology, as it is based on
the calculation of Eastern horizon's degree, rising against the backdrop
of the ecliptic at a specific moment, known as the ascendant.
Horoscope astrology revolves around the calculation of an astrological
chart, known as the horoscope. It is basically a two-dimensional
diagram, which helps in ascertaining the position of the celestial
bodies, on the basis of the given time and location on earth. In
astrology, a horoscope stands divided into twelve different celestial
houses, each of them governing a different area of life. Simple
arithmetic and geometrical calculation are done to find the apparent
positions of heavenly bodies on desired dates and times, based on
In the ancient Hellenistic astrology, the first celestial house of a
horoscope used to be defined by the ascendant. Indian, Medieval and most
of the modern Western traditions of astrology have originated from
Hellenistic astrology only. However, in the modern times, the
astrological chart is referred to as a whole. Horoscopic astrology has
been one of the most influential as well widespread forms of astrology
across the world, especially in Africa, India, Europe and the Middle
Branches of Horoscopic Astrology
Horoscopic astrology basically comprises of four branches, each of them
having a specific purpose. All these branches make use of a unique set
of techniques or core principles, to a different field. Numerous subsets
and applications of astrology are based on the four main branches.