Is Astrology a pseudo-science as many learned people opine these days? Many of the people whom I meet ask me this question as one who has been researching on this subject for the last five decades or so. My answer to this question is an emphatic ‘Yes’ looking at the way it is being practiced these days by professionals. It is not an empirical science though it is interpreted based on calculations based on empirical formula and logical axioms passed on to us from time immemorial by the ancient sages who perhaps were capable of time travel. I must say it is a divine science the logic of which though not rationale sometimes are very accurate and can be used as an excellent road sign in our journey through life.
Our destinies are decided by a cosmic roll of the dice, the winds of the stars, the vagrant breezes of fortune that blow from the windmills of the Gods. We are not sure what will happen tomorrow and what is going to happen to us in the future. Logic has no place in deciding these factors.
For all that it matters no science is perfect. Medical science on which we depend a lot is constantly changing and what was being prescribed for a given disease 10 years before is no more used and some of them even banned by the FDA. Researches show that what we thought was good for a disease is no more truer and new medicines take its place. Cancer was thought to be incurable once upon a time and today we need not be unduly worried about it, there are cures and treatments available or at least relief is available to alleviate the sufferings of a cancerous patient. All these indicate that science is developing and is contributing to the well-being of everyone.
So is Astrology. Today with the advent of computers and internet, Astrology is slowly becoming a developing science. Till 1970, to prepare a full horoscope of a native, it used to take as much as 80 man hours by an Astrologer and today we can do it in just about 4 seconds using a computer. And that too with all the axioms available in Astrological text books fully incorporated and the strengths and weaknesses of the all the planets and their effect on human life born on a given date, given time at a given place. The fundamental principle of Astrology is that there will be no two births at the same date and time at a given longitude and latitude.
Earlier astrologers had to depend on their knowledge, memory of thousands of axioms pertaining to varying planetary positions of a horoscope to try to interpret a horoscope which many a times could go wrong due to non-availability of mathematical units of strengths of planets and houses. Predictions were mainly done depending on the mood of the astrologer and what he could recollect from the relevant axioms pertaining to different combinations of planetary positions at birth. If one goes to an astrologer, he used to give different predictions at different times and the public had lost credibility in the astrologer’s predictions.
Today the accuracy in the calculations are guaranteed with the help of computers and most of the results are available in absolute values. The computer gives the same strengths of planets and houses whenever the same data is fed into the computers using astrological software. So the mathematical calculations always yielded the same results for a given horoscope irrespective of the moods of the astrologer. What has this brought about? The mathematical part of a horoscope is always correct and your logical understandings or evaluations of these figures only matter in attempting predictions.
In short Astrology has today become just like a company’s balance sheet as is being analyzed by a Chartered accountant. The figures in the Balance sheet gives the reader an idea about the company’s assets and liabilities and the profit they make product wise period wise and can well compare the health of the company with reference to the health of other peer companies operating in a similar way. So if you can trust a Chartered Accountant, you could also trust an Astrologer today.
Now let us see how a Horoscope compares to a Balance Sheet of a company. The Assets and Liabilities part in a Horoscope is the Strength of Planets (There are nine of them) determined by the Shadbalas of Planets and Bhavabalas duly moderated for malefic/benefic natures of the planets and their inter-intra relationships. There is a minimum strength required for each house or bhava for satisfactory performance which can be graded in percentages. A pass mark will be say 35%. Generally the strength of the planets will be in a 15% to 75% range since no planet can have a 100% strength in a human horoscope except under exceptional circumstances like in the horoscopes of great saints, do-gooders like Rabindra Natha Tagore, Amruthananda Mayi and few other personalities which are very very rare. Similarly the lowest strength of a planet will never be less than 15%. Like there will be none with no happiness at all. Even a good for nothing fellow will have some times in his life when he will be happy and cheerful. Is it not?
Twelve Houses of the Horoscope
The twelve houses of the horoscope which represents 12 different groups of characteristics of life like for example the 7th house represents marital bliss, the 4th house represents mental happiness, 10th house that of Career/Profession etc. is what Astrology is all about and the potency of each of the houses could be determined in a mathematical unit in percentages. Normally each house should have a minimum of 35% strength for a pass mark and again the range will be from 15 to 80 percentage and sometimes even higher in certain few cases of aberrations in the horoscope. These strengths will be indicative of how good or bad the houses are and their signification thereof. All these will give you an idea of how successful or otherwise will be the native with respect to the matters connected with the house.
Similar to periodical Reports in Accounts, a span of 120 years of human life is divided into nine main periods, each period overlooked by a Planet. Each period is further subdivided to 9 sub periods and so on till the time taken by a human for each breath in his life. The combined effect of the strength of the period lord and sub period lord, sub sub periods etc. will give you a clue to how that particular period/sub period/sub sub period will be, whether good or bad and the net strength thereof which can be fruitfully used to initiate ventures which are likely to turn good or otherwise.
Thus you will see that the horoscope if prepared accurately and with the help of strengths of planets and houses, a human being can be forewarned about the future just like road signs help the motorist in their journey.
I am giving below a sample of a new mathematical way of evaluating a horoscope very similar to the Mark Sheets we receive from Board of Examinations or a University on completion of a course.
This system of evaluation of horoscope and preparing the Mark Sheet of Life has a unique advantage too in that which ever system or school of thought prevalent in Astrology including the Sayana system followed by Westerners is used, the strength or potency of the houses and the net strength will remain the same with a variation of less than half a percent.
Strength% Self Analysis
|Personality, Individuality, Head||
|Wealth, assets, family, speech, Face||
|Coborns, confidants, courage, Hands and Shoulders||
|Happiness, comforts, pleasures, Heart & Lungs||
|Children, intelligence, mind, Upper Abdomen||
|Debts, Diseases, Enemies, Lower Abdomen||
|Marital Happiness, Small Intestine, Liver||
|Longevity, Distresses, Colon, Kidneys, Genitals||
|Luck ,Fortune, Thighs||
|Career, Profession, Job Satisfaction, Knees||
|Gains, Returns from Career, Calf and ankles||
|Wasteful Expenditure, Losses, Feet||
|Higher strength for positive significations makes it more potent|
|Higher strength for negative significations negate the negatives (Debts, Diseases, Enemies, Losses etc.)|
|Less than 35% – Failed, failure becoming more and more as it goes down|
|35 to 40 – Passed|
|41 to 45 – Above average|
|46 to 50 – Third Class|
|51 to 60 – Second Class|
|61 to 70 – First Class|
|71 to 80 – Distinction|
|81 to 90 – Excellent|
|Greater than 90 – Outstanding|
The net strength here means that this native will be happy 29.29% of his life and the rest of the time, he wouldn’t be that happy. Or you can say that the overall success factor of his life would be to the extent of 29.29%. This example is one of the poorest horoscopes which I have evaluated. The least percentage strength I have ever evaluated was 15.7% and the maximum percentage strength was that of 108% that of Rabindra Nath Tagore.
What each house signifies is given below :
The first House: (The house of Self), The ascendant, Lagna.
This is the most important house in the chart and plays an important role right throughout the life of an individual. It represents the physical stature, complexion, form and shape of an individual, the health, vigour, vitality and natural tendencies, personality, jest for life, honour, dignity, well being, upper part of the face, longevity and start in life.
The second House: (The house of wealth)
All money matters are governed by this house. Fortune, profits and gains, power and resources, security, material achievements , jewellery, shares, Security, speech, eyes, vision, stocks and bonds, precious stones, memory, Education, tongue, nose teeth, chin and family are signified by this house. This is also a maraka sthana or a death inflicting house.
The third House: (The house of courage and siblings)
The mental intellect and disposition is governed by this house. Courage and the ability to achieve things and complete the tasks, Relationships with brothers and sisters, assistance or otherwise from them, Relations with neighbours, valour, short travels, communications and transport, correspondence, writing, change of residence, contracts, agreements, rumours, hands, throat, shoulder blade, collar bones, arms and nervous system are some other things that this house gives information about.
The fourth House: (Mother’s house and Mental Happiness)
Mother, native place, residence, domestic environment, secret life, luxury, vehicles, fields, pastures, farms, orchards, mines, buildings, houses, ancestral property, hidden treasure, higher education, wells, water, milk, ponds, lakes etc. are signified by this house.
The fifth house: (The house of progeny, romance and competition)
Progeny, whether one will have children or not, inclination, recreation, pleasure, artistic talents, entertainment and amusement, sports, excelling in competitive activities likes crosswords, cards, games of chance, gambling or betting, love affairs, ambassadors, good or bad morals, mantra, tantra, religious mindedness, high learning and wisdom, enormous riches, spiritual practices etc. are indicated by this house.
The sixth house: (The house of indebtedness, enemy and diseases)
Diseases which restrict our freedom of movement, indebtedness to others, nursing, food, services, employees, sub ordinates or servants, debts, cattle, tenants, jealousy, enemies, maternal uncles, mental anguish are represented by this house. This is one of the Dusthanas indicative of bad things in life.
The Seventh House: (The house of marriage and partnerships)
Earthly ties and unions, legal bondage, spouse, partners in business, conjugal life, litigation, influence in foreign countries, success and reputation in foreign travels, dangers in life, Relationship with spouse, gains or losses after marriage, type of spouse and his or her physical and mental disposition are all looked into by studying this house.
The eighth House : (The house of Distress and Death)
Longevity and span of life, inheritance, legacy, wills, insurance, gratuity, accidents, fire, suicide, misery, misfortune, sorrow, strife, worries, disgrace, delay, dejection, disappointment, loss, obstruction, theft and robbery etc. are all signified by this house. This is another Dusthana connected with distress or death.
The ninth House: (The house of Luck, Fate and Fortune):
What this house signifies are Luck, Faith, wisdom, divine worship, pilgrimages, philosophy, fortune, religious disposition, meditation, intuition, sacrifices and charity, father, Teacher or Guru, learning and teaching, dreams and visions, long journeys, air and sea travel, higher education oversea, Thighs.
The tenth House: (The house of Career/Profession)
Honour, dignity, public esteem, power and prestige, credit and recognition received for a task completed, success and status, rank and renown, respect and fame, ambition, authority, Job satisfaction, promotion, advancement in Job, appointments, Government, political power, honour from Government and Knees are indicated by this house.
The eleventh house: (The house of casual incomes and gains)
Friends, society, community, favourites, ambitions and wish fulfillment, gain of wealth, success in undertakings, incoming wealth, prosperity, elder brothers, recovery from illness, dawn of fortune, ankles are the significations of the 11th house.
The twelfth house: (The house of expenses and Losses)
Losses and impediments, restraint and limitation, waste and extravagance, expenses whether good or bad, deception, investments and donations, charity, misery and misfortune, sorrow and sin, secret enemies, involvement in scandals, disgrace and insults, secret sorrows. Success through occult affairs, the feet, left eye, left ear, bed pleasures, life and activities in foreign places are signified. This is also a Dusthana.
All of us wear a mask in our life and we really do not fully present ourselves truly in front of others. The net strength can also represent this part of our own exposure to others. In the example cited above, the native presents only 29.29% of himself exposed to others. In other words he is a con man and cannot be trusted. In a similar way our success factor in each of the 12 houses and its significations can well be ascertained. For example in the above horoscope the career house, the 10th house has a strength of 20.52 which means his job satisfaction will be to the tune of around 20.52% only and the returns he gets from his career represented by the 11th house would be equivalent to 27.68% of the amount of work he puts in.
The best example you can find is in corrupt politicians who generally have a weaker horoscope of less than 50% if he has to succeed in this era of Kaliyuga. They hide from the public what they really are and can well be found out by looking at their net strength. I am not suggesting all politicians are bad, but most of them have a very poor horoscope and they little hesitate to hoodwink the public for their own welfare.
The Dasa and Antardasas can also be evaluated thus based on the planetary strengths which will be more meaningful to comprehend.
Another area where these mathematical analysis of horoscopes can help is in the Human Resources, Personnel Departments of Organizations to establish compatibility of horoscopes between any two or more individuals where they work for a common goal. Needless to say these can be used for finding out the compatibility of partners involved in any venture. Marriage is an ideal example of a partnership between two individuals. Isn’t so?
Example of a Horoscope Compatibility Report :
|House||Male||Female||Male Vis-a-Vis Female||Female Vis-a-Vis Male||Match %|
|1st (Personality, Individuality)||29.07||54.00||53.84||185.74|
|2nd (Wealth, assets, family, speech)||38.11||78.93||48.29||207.10|
|3rd (Younger co-borns, confidants, courage)||30.07||53.62||56.08||178.31|
|4th (happiness, comforts, pleasures)||22.52||59.72||37.70||265.26|
|5th (Children, intelligence, mind)||18.28||60.48||30.22||330.91|
|6th (Debts, Diseases, Enemies)||27.31||59.05||46.26||216.17|
|7th (Marital Happiness)||25.75||50.39||51.12||195.64|
|8th (Longevity, Distresses)||19.28||61.46||31.37||318.82|
|9th (Luck ,Fortune)||27.35||67.48||40.54||246.70|
|10th (Career, Profession, Job Satisfaction)||30.91||62.06||49.81||200.75|
|11th (Gains, Returns from Career)||35.15||74.49||47.19||211.89|
|12th (Wasteful Expenditure, Losses)||31.59||50.23||62.89||159.00|
The Male to Female compatibility and Female to Male Compatibility and the overall compatibility of 66.96% indicate that the horoscopes match with a Below Average grading.
In case of compatibility reports, a minimum of 75% is considered necessary for successful partnerships. 80 to 85 match can be considered Good, 86 to 90 can be Very Good, 90 to 95 Excellent and above 95% as outstanding.
These days when the incidence of divorces and break in marriages are on the increase, the horoscope matching gains importance and I would say that the horoscope matching is very essential in all partnership ventures.
A whole new look at the above will definitely achieve better usage of Astrology in our daily life reducing unwanted tensions and mental agony enlightening oneself in spiritual studies rather than getting mired into the materialistic realm of the present days.
Astrology is a divine science as is Medical science. Both should not be used to make money since none can guarantee success in both the professions to anyone since results are totally dependent on one’s own fate or destiny. However it is believed that these sciences will come to fruition only if the recipient reciprocates the consultant with a Dakshina or donation depending upon one’s own abilities in any form either in kind or in cash as is mentioned in Vedas which should not be demanded either in quality or quantity by the Consultants.
Unfortunately who gives free consultation these days? Will any hospital sincerely treat you for free? So does an Astrologer too.
Ramachandran Nambissan T.M.
A humble Servant of God.