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ASTROLOGY is the science that suggests that the life and behavior of human beings are influenced by stars and planets. By analyzing the positions of these heavenly bodies at the time of a person’s birth, at any given time whenever required, astrologers predict the course of events in the life of an individual.

This science can claim an antiquity of five thousand years and was prevalent in ancient India, Mesapotamia, Greece and china. Now it is popular all over the world. As it is the case in every branch of science, astrology also developed in accordance with changing times.

It is common knowledge that astrology as predicted in India, especially Kerala, is the most reliable and comprehensive. It has scriptural sanction since it is a limb of the Vedas, Vedanga as it is called. It forms the eye of the Vedas, Veda–Nayanam.

Nayanam or eye is perhaps the most important organ in one’s body, giving guidance to those who use them. Astrology in short gives guidance taking advantage of which human beings can plan their future.

Indian Astrology is primarily based on the lunar system. Both the Sun and the Moon excert influence on the earth. The waxing and waning of the Moon cause tides in the ocean. During eclipse the behavioral pattern of human beings as well as animals and plants undergo noticeable changes. Influence of these heavenly bodies thus cannot be ignored. The word lunacy evolved out of lunar and one can notice that in the case of mentally deranged, the intensity of lunar fluctuations during full moon and new moon days.

The system of casting horoscopes based on the BIRTH STAR was not at all adopted by the western culture, but it is slowly catching up. A fascinating phenomenon not generally observed is that a person’s birth- star may often very often be close to those of his or her parents.Threr’s no rational explanation for this. In the case of animals, death often occurs near about new moon or full moon.

Modern astrologers heavily rely on scientific equipments to scan the sky whereas our forefathers did it with naked eyes and deep meditation.

The importance of seasons in agricultural operations cannot be over emphasized. Seasons are caused by changing planetary positions and the claim that such changes can influence living beings and plants appears credible. Our sages must have concluded that by analyzing the planetary constellations at the time of an individuals birth a reasonably accurate picture of his or her life could be forecast. For this an intensive and thus astrology is comprised of two factors ;( a) astronomy combined with mathematics (golaganitham) and (b) analysis cum interpretation (astrology or Jyothisastra) Predictions are aligned with the later.

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