Vhen a novice looks at a horoscope he is befuzzled with the various divisions that arc mads, and with the planets that are put into it. Ordinarily and would think it would be sufficient to place the planets into the sign of the Zodiac in ■which they happen to be situated at a given time. But such a placement would be insufficient to give us the correctness, which we require, when we do our figuring.
Exact calculations arc always necessary for best results. Approximate figures may put us off several days. For example, it makes a big difference whether we have a planet at 22*41' or whether we just would say: the planet is at 22 degrees. Of course, 1 am already anticipating when I give the position of a planet with degrees and minutes.
We first must know that the Universe or the Zodiac around us is a big circle of which we are the centers. Always consider yourself or the person for whom a horoscope is made to be the little pin point in the middle of thd circle. A circle, as we must recall from school days, is a line whose location is such that it is always at equal distance from a fixed point. This fixed point is the center. In order to make a circle we need a compass. The straight itne distance from the center to the periphery of the circle is called the radius of the circle. We am construct 4 quadrants. 3nco any circle (Fig. 7). Each circle contains 360* measured from the center. It is an arbitrary division and we could just as well make a thousand part division ¡or a 200 part division. In short, we are used to divide a circle into 360 equal parts and each such part is called a degree. Since a degree for fine work is a pretty rough measure, we divide each of those degrees in 60 parts and call each such part a minute of the circle, and again, for sriiJ finer -work we make an additional division of 60 parts for each such minute, which gives us seconds and to top it all, they even make a division of 60 once more of each such second which then gives us tertias. The abbreviations ate as follows: degrees: *; minutes: seconds: tettias:
Therefore, one of the quadrants spoken of above represents merely an angle of 90', since 4 times 90* gives the angle of 360'. Each circle, even though round and apparently without a beginning or end must be given a beginning and an end. A beginning we obtain when we draw a horizontal line through the center and call the point of origin O'.
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