I am of the opinion that Astrolgy at the individual level is not warranted nor is it accurate.
Predictions based on horoscope depend on two factors.
The correct time of birth.
This is not possible in almost all the cases as there is alwaysna time gap between the actual birth and the time of reporting it.
As the science of Astrology is very accurate in time, for it divides a minute into further divisions band it asserts that even a miniscule difference will alter the predictions.
The reason is that Time is Relative and not Absolute.
Time is only a convenient cocept.
In the Nature of things in the universe, even our conception of Time varies.
Th Time/day of the earth is not identical with the other celestial bodies like the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn..
The Time varies depending on the planets’ revolution around the Sun and Sun’s revolution in relation to other STARS and other Galaxies vary.
Such being the case, a minor difference in time of birth can make a huge difference.
So as the Time of Birth is not accurate, so are the predictions based on this.
Secondly there is controversy about what exactly is time of birth.
One section maintains that the emergence of the head of the child is the time of birth, another group says it is the time the child touches the ground as only this constitutes the birth on the Earth.
As these views are divergent there is no certainty about the predictions made based on the Time of Birth.
Vedic Astrology requires an impassioned approach . Most of the Astrolgers of today treat this as a way to earn money.
When money comes in ,dispassionate assessment is a casualty.
And Vedic Astrology is a serious Study.
It calls for dedication and serious research, which one does not;find among most of the Astrologers.
Such being the case, do not attach importance to Astrology .
I am buttressed in my view bnthe Karma Theory of Hinduism, wherein one can not alter Destiny unless It Wills it.
None can escape the consequences of one’s actions, be it Man or an Avtar.
The goal of Life is Realization of the Reality, Brahman.
Nothing else matters nor can alter the Universal Reality.
This is the message of the Vedas.
If horoscopes were correct and auspicious timings are accurate, Rama would not have had to endure Vanvas.
Sita would not nendednup in Ravana’s captivity, had to be away from her husband at the time of delivery of Lava and Kusa.
Then how come the predictions of our ancient Sages are accurate concerning Natural Phenomena?
The reason is that when you analyse an Universal Event like Eclipses you are not emotionally involved.
Nor is the time incorrect as Universal Events take place at precise moments and more than one observes and records it.
Hence the accuracy of predictions relating to Universal Events like Eclipses.
Here all the shortcomings associated with individual predictions are overcome.
Such being the case for predictions based on Horoscope, how about Matching Horoscopes for Marriage?
What does the Vedas say?
What does Jyotisha, a Vedanga, a part vof the Veda say?
Both of them say that Matching of Horoscopes of a Girl’s with a Boy’s is not warranted.
While the Vedas is silent on this issue, Vedanga says it is not necessary.
Matching of horoscopes or looking into the preordained events of life:When matching horoscopes the following eight aspects are taken into consideration – the class (varna), the matching of the lunar and solar signs (vashya), the lunar asterism (nakshatra), the species (yoni), the planets (grahas), the genus (gan), the lineage (kuta) and one of the three divisions of the lunar asterism (nadi). If all these eight match each other then in all, thirty-six points are said to match. When minimum of eighteen components match, the horoscopes are said to be matching. The greater the number of points matching beyond eighteen the better it is. It is pointless matching the points based on preordained events when the horoscopes of the boy and girl are not available. Deciding upon a suitable match by matching the horoscope is only a popular custom, and is not prescribed by the scriptures.’
Hindu astrology is astrology based on medieval Hindu texts, wherein the relative positions and movements of celestial objects is used as a means for forecasting information about human affairs and fortunes. The term Hindu astrology has been in use since the early 19th century by colonial era missionaries and some Indologists, and referred to Jyotisha.More recently, it is also referred to as Vedic astrology.
Vedanga Jyotisha is one of the earliest texts about Jyotisha field within the six Vedangas, it is about astronomy and time keeping for Vedic rituals, and has nothing to do with prophecy or astrology.’
Citation and references.
- C. K. Raju (2007). Cultural Foundations of Mathematics. Pearson. p. 205. ISBN 978-81-317-0871-2.
- Supreme Court questions ‘Jyotir Vigyan’, Times of India, 3 September 2001 timesofindia.indiatimes.com
- Thompson, Richard L. (2004). Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy. pp. 9–10.
- Jha, Parmeshwar (1988). Āryabhaṭa I and his contributions to mathematics. p. 282.
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