It comes with a number of other names - chart wheel, radix, radical chart, vitasphere, cosmogram, star-charts, sky-map, celestial or astro-map, astrological chart or astro-chart to name a few. It is more commonly known as horoscope and in astrology, it is considered as the map of a person's birth and its correlation with the position of the celestial bodies such as the moon, the sun, the planets, and other space objects. The Greek word from where the word horoscope is derived from is "horoskopos" which means "a look at the hours" or "horoskopoi" which in turn means "marker of the hour". And it is apltly named because the astrologers and those who practice horoscope interpretation derive their information by looking at the planets and stars and marking their positions and interpreting these interplanetary and other celestial movements and its relation to a person's behavior and anything else in that individual's path of life and decisions. For Chinese horoscope, events on people's lives are based on a calendar with animal characters and each animal has its own distinct set of characteristics that form part of a person's actuation's and behavior if he is born under that specific animal's sign and month.
In short, the horoscopes serve as a map of the sky and are used to interpret and guide a man's decision and his way of life. Since time immemorial, in more ways than one, the horoscope has played an important role in shaping up a lot of people's lives and decisions that affect other lives. Choices and options in life that include love, relationships, work, employment, choice of a house, friends, and a lot more are consulted by many on the horoscope charts. For the Chinese horoscope, specific attributes fall on a person if he is born on a specific time of the year and this guides people who believe in this horoscope into choosing their partners in life. Compatibility is one facet of a relationship that is always measured using horoscopes. Even those who profess that they only view their horoscope because of curiosity and fun just because everybody is doing it are subtly or subconsciously following what their horoscope says. And that is also the reason all major and even the smaller newspapers never fail to come out with their daily issues with their daily dose of horoscope predictions because a lot read the newspaper and the first thing that they turn to is the page that contains the horoscope to guide them through the day.
Whether the horoscope predictions are accurate or not, it is undeniable that it has affected more lives than war itself and it still continues to do so for years to come.