Astrology is a craft -- not yet a science -- which developed in ancient Babylonia, later called Chaldea. Horoscopic astrology is the practice of recording the positions of the planets at the moment of someone's birth, or at the moment of an important event. The earliest known "horoscope" is not a diagram, but simply a bit of cuneiform text written on a clay tablet, giving the positions of the planets on a date in the 5th century BCE (Before the Common Era).
Modern astrologers prefer circular diagrams of the sky showing the planets' positions with respect to the horizon. We know that the Sun is a star and the Moon is a satellite of the Earth, but we normally include them when we speak of the planets. Among all the bodies in the sky which are normally visible to the naked eye, only seven appear to move with respect to all the others -- hence the Greeks called them "wanderers" ("planetes").
The ancient "Chaldean order of the planets" starts with the slowest of the visible planets, namely Saturn, and lists all seven in order by increasing speed: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon. Today we normally list the planets in order by their distance from the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. The Sun and Moon are omitted, and Earth is added, reflecting our modern heliocentric (Sun-centered) conception of the Solar System -- the huge Sun at the center, surrounded by the much smaller planets. (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are normally invisible to the naked eye, and were unknown to the ancients.) The ancients had a geocentric (Earth-centered) view, based on what they saw with their own eyes. After all, we live on the Earth, and we see things from where we are!
The art of interpreting astrological charts (in English to the lay person) is very complex, and takes years to learn well. There are decent computer programs for basic interpretation, but the best astrological work continues to be done by empathetic, skilled, individual astrologers, interacting with their living, breathing clients. My own life has benefitted immeasurably from my knowledge of astrology -- psychological, spiritual, and predictive, as well as my own favorite specialty of relocation and travel. I look forward to helping you and your friends and family as well.
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