Your Daily Horoscope's Star rating is based on the effect of the Moon's current Zodiacal energy on your Sun sign.
Just like the other planets in our Solar System, the Moon moves in cycles through all twelve signs of the Zodiac. Unlike the other planets, however, the Moon completes each cycle in a mere 28 days. That makes it astrology's fastest-moving 'planet'!
That also helps to explain how fast our feelings and moods can change. The Moon affects your emotional state in varying ways, depending on which Zodiacal sign it currently resides in. If it's in a sign that makes a square aspect to your natal Sun sign, for example, you may notice that you feel more irritable than usual. If the Moon is in a sign that's compatible with your Sun, however, you'll feel much more at ease and in harmony with the world around you. Even if upsetting things happen to you on a day like this, the Moon's positive placement will help you deal with adversity better than you would on a day when the Moon was traveling through a different, less compatible sign.
Your Daily Horoscope's Intensity score is a weighted scoring system that compares your Sun sign with not only the Zodiacal signs that the planets are currently traversing, but also with those planets' current transits - the aspects they're making in relation to your Sun sign. 'Hard' aspects, or ones that cause friction, confusion and difficulty, will make your day more intense. Thus, a low intensity score is actually a good thing - it means that your day should progress with few obstacles and a minimum of fuss.
A high intensity score means there's some challenging planetary activity going on that day that could make you feel irritable, tense, anxious or simply less able than usual to deal with life's little bumps in the road.
Your Daily Horoscope's Keywords are based on the Moon's current placement in the sky and how it affects your Sun sign. These keywords are a mini-reading of your emotional state for the day, and are closely related to your 5-star rating.
For example, if the Moon is currently passing through a Zodiacal sign that complements your Sun sign - one that makes a soft aspect, such as a trine or sextile, to your sign - then your keywords will reflect that easy, harmonious relationship. But if the Moon is traveling through a sign that squares or opposes your Sun sign and therefore makes a tricker, more fractious connection with your Sun, your keywords for the day will reflect that potential for tension and irritability.
Your Daily Horoscope's Mood word provides you with a snapshot of your day, from an emotional standpoint.
Think about it: Feelings change frequently - maybe every day, maybe more often than that. Your emotional state has a lot to do with how you meet the challenges of the day. For example, there are times when, no matter how many positive things happen in your life, you're feeling too overwhelmed, grumpy or just blah to appreciate them. That kind of day might merit a Mood word like 'pensive' or 'chaotic.' Conversely, there are days when one obstacle after another pops up in your path - and yet you've got the grace and optimism needed to deal with each new hurdle like a champion. A day like this might earn you a Mood word like 'undaunted' or 'dynamic.'