The planets, signs, and houses all come together in a horoscope chart — a visual snapshot of the sky at a given point in time. Like a map of the cosmos, it’s a convenient way to plot the positions of the planets in the signs, and the houses are a convenient way to divide the chart into manageable sections.
The word horoscope actually comes from the Greek word hora, or hour, plus skopos, watching. An astronomer could read a horoscope chart like an atlas of the solar system. Astrologers and tarot readers, however, can read a horoscope chart like a treasure map, filled with symbols that describe your journey through life.