Frequently asked questions
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is a chart or horoscope drawing?
A horoscope drawing (chart) is a map of the heavens and
shows where the Sun, Moon and planets were at a particular
time and place. Originally, the term meant "View of
the Hour", and showed the distribution of the heavenly
bodies around the Earth at a given moment, seen from some
point on the Earth. The signs of the Zodiac are projected
onto the heavens, in the shape of a sort of 'Zodiacal Belt'
around the Earth. Since the Earth continually rotates, there
is always an astrological sign rising in the East. This
is called the rising sign, or Ascendant.
The horizontal line dividing the chart into an upper and
a lower half represents the horizon - some planets will
be above the horizon, some below. Here we can also see what
sign and planets are ascending (AC) or descending (DC).
The vertical or near-vertical line shows the highest point
(MC) in the sphere and the lowest (IC). The segments between
these lines are called houses. These show a mathematical
division of the space around us into segments. The drawing
also shows the relationships between the Sun, Moon and planets;
special angles between them are called aspects and are shown
by coloured lines.
This "view of the heavens" is the basis for any astrological
chart interpretation. It has become common practice to call
the actual interpretation of a chart a "horoscope".
Do you give permission to publish your charts on other websites?
You have permission to store personal charts or VIP charts of public
interest as images (PNG, PDF, GIF) on your local computer, and to publish such images
on other websites or news groups.
This must be for private and/or educational purposes, i.e. you must not
offer an astrological public service based on such charts.
can I see in my chart if my Mercury and Venus are morning or evening stars?
Mercury or Venus is a morning star if this planet follows the Sun in the zodiac,
i.e. is behind the Sun. It is an evening star if it precedes the Sun.
If the Sun is at 1° Aries and Mercury at 20° Pisces, Mercury is a morning
If the Sun is at 1° Aries and Mercury at 12° Aries, Mercury is an evening
The same rule applies to Venus.