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Astrology comprehends something higher, mysterious and subtle. It is not a mere appeal to the reasoning faculty of man but it is an appeal to his hidden powers and capacities.
Astrological predictions cannot be simply based upon strict hypothetical principles or vague guesses but a certain amount of intuitive capacity must be brought to bear upon such attempts. The various rules given for future predictions are merely intended for our guidance and we must substantiate them by recourse to the study and examination of a large number of practical horoscopes. Astrology relies more upon the skill and intuitive capacities of the interpreter than upon complicated rules.
It gives a sketch of life. It records the interaction of influences of all things, visible and invisible. While Ayurveda ranks as an Upateda. Jyotisha or Astrology is ooe of the Vcdangas. It was not a mere accident that distinguished practitioners of one of these arts were generally proficient in the other also. Cosmos is a unity and knowledge cannot be cut up and confined in rigid water-tight compartments.
Their researches may be brought under the following three important divisions : II Parasari. Jaimini and 3 Tajaka. Almost all astrological books iif India are after Parasara who is said to have lived before the dawn of Kali Yuga more than 5, years ago.
Even eminent authors and commentators like Varahamihirs, Bhattotpala, Venkatesa and others, who have enriched the astrological field by the effusions of their fertile brains, have held Parasara in high esteep and have based all their writings on the principles propounded by him.
Thus there is absolutely no ground to doubt the accuracy of the Parasari system. My own publication Studies im Jalmlui Astrology may also be studied with advantage. I have mainly followed Parasara in the collection of material for this book and have devoted myself to a clear exposition of the various principles of astrology by following which the future of man can be revealed with sufficient accuracy.
In chapters dealing with Casting the Horoscope, Ashtaka- varga. The chapters on Death and Unknown Birth Times open fresh fields for research and investigation. It is with a view to drawing the attention of the reader to the necessity of instituting inquiries into the problem of Unknown Birth Times that these chapters have been included.
The chapters are systematically arranged. As a matter of fact the book is so graduated as to make even the beginner well acquainted with all the principles easily, while the advanced student will find much useful information with which he will not have come into contact hitherto. Both these books may be studied with great benefit.
I trust that my honest snd humble endeavours to further the cause of Astrology will not go in vain and that this humble venture will be appreciated by all well-wishers of knowledge. Bangalore B. Hindu Time Measure IV. Planets, Signs and Constellations V. Peculiarities of the Zodiacal Signs VI. Astrological Terminology VII. Western Method of Horoscope Casting X. The Sbadvargas XI. Ayurdaya or Longevity XV. Results of Ascending Signs XiX. Judgment of Bhavas Houses XX.
This attitude is due to the fact that they do not approach the subject with an unbiassed and unprejudiced mind. This is the test by which astrological theory should be judged. This is 2 Hindu Predictive Astrology the most ancient of ail sciences and had reached considerable perfection in India thousands of years ago.
They preach frankness and research as fair and reasonable; but show the greatest bigotry, when the subject of astrology is taken up or introduced. In Sanskrit it is called Hora Sastra meaning the science that treats of Time. It is also called Jyotisha o r the Knowledge of Light from Jyoti or Light which is the root-cause for ail known creation.
Astrology is derived from Aster —a star, and Logos —reason or logic. No sane brain could ever deny the influence of planets upon man and how they affect, deter and facilitate his future career on the three planes of human existence, viz. That a certain subtle power, derived from nature, pervades the entire universe, and the earth we inhabit is also subject to this mysterious and subtle power is evident to all.
The Sun by his daily movements and the change of seasons brings to Necessity for the Study of Astrology 3 perfection the embryo in plants and animals and brings about various changes on the earth.
The Moon being nearest to the earth exercises much influence on it and as she wanes and waxes rivers swell, the tides of the sea are ruled and the plants and animals aflected. The Sun as the central figure predominates over the entire arrangement of the celestial system and the other planets aod stars are directed by his rays.
Thus, it invariably follows, that all bodies in nature, whether animate or inanimate, are subject to the motions of the celestial bodies. Astrology must not be confused with fatalism, witchcraft. It interprets what it conceives to be the future of man as jnoulded by his previous Karma and indicated by the planetary positions at the time of birth.
The greatest men of the world believed in and practised astrology. Kepler, Bacon, Pythogoras and Demo- crates were masters in astrology. By thus knowing the future correctly, man can so create an environment that, be can cope with the adverse periods of his life and alleviate the evils, indicated by the planets to a great extent. The human will is free to a certain extent and advance knowledge of the future can enable one to mitigate many evils. The ecliptic or the path of the Sun passes exactly through the centre of the zodiac longitudinally.
It is an imaginary circle of degrees and the ancients divided this zodiac into 12 equal parts of 30 degrees each, each being named after the constellation. Though each of these signs differs considerably from the other, yet there is a sort of continuity through all the twelve. The quality of each sign is not equally spread, but every degree in a sign has its own peculiar qualities. The zodiac, jcnown as the Bhachakra in Sanskrit, revolves on its axis once in a day from east to west.
The planetary orbs, which the ancients recognised as having the most powerful influences on our earth are seven, leaving aside the shadowy planets, Rahu and Ketu, and the so called newly discovered planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto which Hindu astrology does not recognise. As inhabitants of the earth, we are concerned with the influences of these celestial bodies on our planet. AH the planets perform the double function of not only revolving on their own axes once in a day from west to east but also round the Sun.
According to Suryasiddhanta, Saturn is the 6 Hindu Predictive Astrology most distant planet from the earth. Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon come next in the order of their distance from the terrestrial globe. Thus we see that the nearest planet to our own orb is the Moon. The velocity of each planet diminishes as its distance from the earth increases. The Sun moves at the rate of roughly 1 degree of this Circle of Light zodiac in one day composed of 24 hours or boras, and takes days and 6 hours to complete a circuit round the zodiac.
He completes his average run in 27 days. He gets into forward and backward motions from the Sun and attains what is called astam or combustion.
He hardly takes a day to move in each degree, but moves on more rapidly for some time, gets in front of the Sun and then begins to move slowly and goes backwards from the Sun. These two states of combustion, viz. In these double motions of backwards and forwards. Mercury never gets away more than 28 degrees in either direction from the Sun.
Though the time allotted to Jupiter is one year in each sign of 30 degrees, there is also some variation and the Jovian year or Barhas- pathyamana will be a little less than 12 years in the 12 signs.
Venus moves at the rate of 1 degree per day. Rahu and Ketu which revolve in the Apasavya order, i. All the planets, excepting the Sun, the Moon and the shadowy planets Rabu and Ketu, undergo retrogression or vakra and this will be folly explained in a future chapter. This much of the explanation of the solar system seems to be necessary to facilitate comprehension of the astrological terms described in the subsequent chapters. For further details about the astronomical peculiarities. I must refer the readers to my A Manual of Hindu Astrology.
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