The Horoscope or Birth-Chart (popularly known as Janam Kundali) is a map of the heavenly bodies which shows the positions of the planets & their relation at the time of birth of as new born child at that place.
The horoscope shows the sign of Zodiac and the relative position of planets and nakshatras positioned in the twelve houses of the map. The "houses" of the chart indicate specific areas of our life in which actions will be performed, and which will be strong or weak depending on the nature and situation of planets that influence them.
There are several precise steps that need to be followed in preparing and offering interpretations of birth charts or horoscopes. If these steps are performed as prescribed, the result is a birth chart that can form a useful basis for interpretation. Interpretation can address a person's basic character, & can also serve to highlight some of the forces at play in influencing a person at different periods in their life.
Therefore, the first step towards making accurate predictions of any individual is to cast his/her horoscope using correct birth date and time of that person. This process of casting one's horoscope is purely based on complex & deep mathematical calculations which, if done manually, will not only require lots of time but will also be error prone. However, we can make use of the modern technological marvel - the computer - to do all these calculations. Now, as we know that, the process of casting one's horoscope will be accurate using computers, the remaining part of making predictions can be easily done by an experienced astrologer.
Styles of Horoscope Charts
There are various styles or forms of horoscope chart in vogue in different parts of the country, which may be different in their form but distinctly similar in their character.
Two major styles of Horoscope are :-
North Indian Style
The chart has 12 houses marked 1 to 12 in the diagram. The Ascendant is always in the first house at the top and order of the sign follow the anti-clockwise direction.
South Indian Style
In this type of chart mostly followed in the southern states of India, the rashi's are fixed (as mentioned in the chart) but houses vary depending on the ascendant or lagna. The ascendant becomes the first house and the remaining houses appear in the clockwise direction. In this case the rashi's are fixed & their numbers are not written in the chart.
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