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Horoscopic astrology is a system which some say developed in the Mediterranean region and specifically Hellenistic Egypt around the late 2nd or early 1st century BC. Although ultimately passed on from Babylonian astrology, horoscopic astrology has been practiced in
since ancient times. Vedic (Hindu) astrology is the oldest surviving form of horoscopic astrology in the world. India
It is the form of astrology that uses a horoscope; a visual representation of the heavens for a specific moment in time, in order to interpret the meaning in connection with the alignment of the planets at that exact moment.
What makes Horoscopic Astrology distinct from other forms of astrology is the inclusion of the degree of the Eastern horizon rising against the backdrop of the ecliptic at a specific moment in time, known as the ascendant. As a general rule, any system of astrology that does not utilize the ascendant does not fall under the category of horoscopic astrology.
Vedic and Western astrology share a common ancestry as horoscopic systems of astrology, in that both traditions focus on the casting of an astrological chart or horoscope. However, Vedic astrology uses the sidereal (fixed, constellational) zodiac, linking the signs of the zodiac to their original constellations, while much Western astrology uses the tropical (seasonal) zodiac.
Horoscopic astrology can be summed up as the practice of casting an astrological chart to analyze the birth charts of individuals in order to read character, psychological traits, and, to some extent, destiny. It is the most influential and widespread form of astrology in Africa,
India, Europe and the Middle East. Medieval and most modern Western traditions of astrology are derived from this type of astrology.