(Greek: hora + skopein) View of the hour. Original meaning was identical to the ascendant, or rising degree. Largely avoided by professional astrologers, the term has become synonymous with the entire astrological chart, especially the natal chart. Also applied to the Sun-sign predictions, found in magazines and newspapers. A plotting of the geocentric positions of the planetary bodies in relation to earth, as they move through the ecliptic in their annual journey around the sun. Calculated in relation to the place and time of a birth; normally, planets are placed within houses of the chart according to the approximation afforded by a table of houses.