General Simplistics About Astrology- Astrologer Vinayak Bhatt
The word ‘astrology’ is popularly understood as a means of the predictive science of futurology. In fact, futurology comprises of a diversity of approaches through occult means such as palmistry, numerology, horoscopy, horary astrology, omenology, intuition, pre-diction through tea-leaves, face-reading etc. All of these means of futurology form, in a broader sense, part and parcel of what is in layman’s language called as astrology. But precisely astrology is a predictive science dealing with the correlation between terrestrial events and celestial phenomena. In the light of precise meaning of the sublime science of astrology, a purview of some general simplistic about astrology is presented here as under:
Stars are fixed in the heavens. Planets visibly move among the stars. Technically celestial bodies which revolve around the Sun are known as planets, and satellites are those celestial bodies which revolve around any planet. In predictive astrology, even the Moon is considered as a planet. Although the earth is a planet in the solar system, yet because of geocentric observation, the Sun is treated as a planet. Rahu (Dragon’s head) and Ketu (Dragon’s tail) theoretically the two points of intersection between ecliptic and lunar orbit among the stars, separated through 180° from each other, are also assigned with the status of a planet each for the purposes of predictive astrology. In this light, these are nine planets in Hindu predictive astrology which are mentioned as under:
1.Sun 2. Moon 3. Mercury 4. Venus 5. Mars 6. Jupiter 7. Saturn 8. Rahu, and 9. Ketu
Besides, Herschel, Neptune and Pluto are three extra Saturnine planets. Herschel is also called as Uranus and Pluto as Venkatesh. In ancient Indian predictive astrology, an adequate mention is not found about these extra-Saturnine planets probably because they had not been discovered in those olden times. Even in modern Indian astrology, they are not given any significant place probably because they are very distantly posited in the heavens and therefore they can have little influence on terrestrial events, of course. It is worth-mentioning here that there exist several planetoids in the space in between Mars and Jupiter. Each planetoid is so small that it can have little effect on terrestrial events. In jaina canonical texts, there is a mention of 88 planets including planetoids. And the aforesaid nine planets have been termed as teraka grahas (star planets).
All the planets, except Rahu and Ketu, move eastward among the stars. Because of geocentric observation, all the planets, except the Sun and the Moon, sometimes appear to move backward among the stars. Then they are said to be in retrogression and known as retrograde & planets. The Sun and the Moon always remain direct. Rahu and Ketu always remain retrograde. Retrogression is only a relative motion with respect to geocentric observation. If helio-centric observation is made, none of the planets except the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, will ever become retrograde.
2. SIGNS (RASHIS)
Ecliptic or the solar orbit among the stars has been divided in twelve parts of 30° each. Each part is called a sign known after a particular name. ‘The twelve signs or Rashis are mentioned as under:
- Aries (Mesha) 2. Taurus (Vrisha) 3. Gemini (Mithona) 4. Cancer (Karaka) 5. Leo (Simha) 6. Virgo (Kanya) 7. Libra (Tula) 8. Scorpio (Vrischika) 9. Sagittarius (Dhana) 10. Scorpio (Makar