Q: What do you think about Astrology?
A: Astrology or Jyotish as called in Sanskrit is an ancient science that was studied by our sages and gained knowledge of the same which were influenced by the movements and relative positions of the planets and heavenly bodies on our life. It was transmogrified much before and has its roots in our Vedas which are dated back to 1500 BC. The ancient Astrology is divided into three branches i.e. Siddhanta that studies the astronomical bodies, Samhita that studies the natural or earthly life and Hora which studies the time.
Q: Types of Astrology?
A: There are many types of Astrology that have evolved and some of them are as follows:
i)Vedic astrology or Jyotish - These are known as Indian astrology which has been practiced for millions of years by our sages. In this, it is influenced by the planetary motions and positions of our planets and stars subject to the time. It includes the planets(9), zodiac signs( 12 nos), constellations and Rasis (12 nos) called houses of the zodiac signs. It says that according to the position and motion of these with respect to time, it has an effect on humans and this is studied and a chart is made called a birth chart. By reading the chart, they are able to predict the events of one's life and its effects along with some remedy for overcoming the faults.
ii) Chinese astrology - The Chinese astrology is based on the study of five elements i.e. air, water, metal, earth, and fire, the sun and moon and heaven and earth. They link every p[lanet with the five elements and uses 12 years cycle(Chinese lunar calendar) and marks it with the animal. The animals used for the Chinese astrology signs in order are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. This year is the rat year.
iii) Western Astrology - These are the most common and practiced forms of mystic prediction. We all read the newspaper and we have the habit of going through our horoscope chart or zodiac signs that are printed in it. It is also referred to as "Sun Sign" which is based on the sun movement with the movement of zodiacs.
Q: Is there any coincidence or real incident happens?
A: Now if you ask such, many will say "Yes" and others will say "No". It is actually a belief that has been followed by many. We know that Hindus do follow the Kundalis while Christians do not have it but can we guarantee that it is the same with everyone. There are many Hindus who don't have a Kundali and there are many Christians who make Kundalis for their children. What influence them is upto the individual. Some might have had some incidents that make them believe while some had an adverse effect and they do not follow. There are many incidents that happen and we cannot always say it is due to this or that. It can be better referred to as mostly read or heard from the meteorological department that predicts saying, "there is a possibility to rain or not to rain. It is upto the people to carry an umbrella".
Q: Do you think they are fortune tellers?
A: One can say Yes as they help you to choose the right path through different mediums. The more we believe, the more we feel it as going true and visa-versa. For many, they helped to get the foresight and for many, it was as usual as every day so it is upon oneself to see as a fortune teller, deep study on the subject, sixth sense, tradition or customs followed or just as intuition.
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