A horoscope is an astrological chart that is calculated based upon the date, time and place of birth. A chart can also be calculated for an event, a question, and even a country! Symbols are used to represent planets, signs, and geometric connections called aspects. In most cases, the horoscope in Western astrology is drawn on a circular wheel. The astrologer studies your chart and analyzes the patterns and factors which describe your personality and needs. In a sense, an astrologer is ‘reading’ the information contained in your chart.
Today most professional astrologers use computers to perform the complex calculations involved in obtaining your horoscope. The mathematical formulas devised in the past are now translated into computer programs. However, a certified professional astrologer still has to learn how to complete these calculations. A Natal Chart, or Birth Horoscope, will look something like this: