ASTROLOGY is part of 5000 years old Veda discovered by ancient sages. In fact it is considered to be the eye of Veda.
ASTROLOGY is a true indicative science but its exposition is in the hands of the learned and competent Astrologers.
ASTROLOGY is the mirror to look at the kind of life designed for you. Any hardship or suffering is meant to remind you of the meaning and purpose of your present life and the planets are the authorized executors to ensure them.
ASTROLOGY does not promise escape or relief from the miseries of past Karma as claimed by the 'bucket shop Astrologers' mushroomed all over. It merely forewarns you of the pits and thorns that may be lying ahead of you.
ASTROLOGY also does not impose expensive remedies. Simple
but appropriate remedies at the right time prescribed under Mani,
Mantra and Aushada, will help you to
sustain the pain, anguish and agony arising out of such maladies.
1. It's Origin
The Origin of Astrology is unfathomable. Peter Whitefield in his Book on Astrology says, "It is certain that the birth of Astrology was depended on the concept of the spherical model of heavens: but who the individuals were who formulated its rules, and their guiding principles were, is lost in history". While one western author claims that it has been in use over aeons of time, some Indian scholars pin point it as 2163102 BC in Tera Yuga when sage Surya revealed it under Surya Sidhanta.
It stands to reason that at least its basics must have started over thirty five thousand years ago when the early habitants scratched the moon calendar on a piece of bone and steadily progressed to the establishment of solar and lunar observatories during the stone age. The actual written form must have started around 10,000 BC, when the hunters noted down the phases of the moon by carving notches on reindeer horns and the sailors follwoed the movements of the luminaries.
However, most scholars seem to agree that Astrology or its predecessor the Astronomy started around 5000 BC as a pagan science with strong religious element. The celestial observations were used more for omens and signs to decide the auspisious or inauspicious time for wars or ventures. This was perhaps the era of prot-astrology as this was well before the advent of mathematical astronomy. Till then the astrologers were solely depending on the celestial maps for their calculations. Though the mathematical astronomy arrived around 500 BC, Astrology had already taken huge strides in many parts of the world.
The arliest dominence of Astrologers is seen in the Mesopotamian civilization. The use of such omens is visible in the Assyrian Empire of Babylonia is early 672 BC. King Esarhadon took advice from scholars known as the 'ummanus' who were playing the duel roles of priests and scientists. These 'ummanus' can be called the earliest known Astrologers. They not only advised the king on opportune time but also on appropriate rituals for remedies.
The emergence of astral deities seemsto be common for most of the religions and cults. While the Babylonian Eluma-Elish spoke of the Sun, Moon and Venus, the Hindu Vedas accredited divinity to Surya the Sun and Chandra the Moon.
2. Indian Scenario
Contrary to general belief, the ancient Vedas does not speak of astrological practice or predictions. However, it will not be wrong to trace its roots to Vedas since it does talk about auspicious time for occassions, which in fact is the present day's Muhurtham or the Electoral Astrology.
Akin to Babylonian 'unmanus', the Indian astrologers too were enjoying the Royal patronage as Asthana Jyothisas. Fortunately, the Indian Astrology did not suffer in its growth as its counter part, the western Astrology during medievel age.
However, it did and still facing stiff opposition from the rationalists and scientific communities.
3. Is Astrology a Science ?
In fact, Astrology has never been scientifically disproved, nor has any rational ground ever been advanced for treating it as a pseudo-science. It has to be deemed a science as it also has fixed process and an exact and definite set of rules as any other science. Inconsistencies do prevail even in other sciences as well: otherwise, you will not be seeking second opinion for your medical treatment and the Meteorological predictions will not be going wrong. The trouble is, just as quacks among medical experts, there are too many 'charlatans' among Atrologers.
Astrology, even with all its vagaries is a gift of God, since it does indicate, sufficiently in advance one's own prospects.
" For if Astrology is a
science and it is to take proper place, the first necessity is to dissipate
by an appeal to the empirical mind of the general public as well as
of the skeptical thinker the great mass of un-enquiring prejudice which
now exists against it."
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