Vedic Astrology is a proto-science. I don’t regard it as a pseudo-science though many people do. I don’t consider it to be a superstition. Not at all. Those who consider themselves educated should not only be skeptical about things but also be skeptical about blind skepticism. There are people in India and elsewhere who regard Astrology as total hogwash and balderdash. Nothing could be farther from the Truth. Here, I am going to take a simple example which I’ve used for a few conversations. This is just a simple example and could be verified by anyone who knows how to surf through internet and operate a computer. Computers and internet have made abundant number of horoscopes, data and resources available for research with ease. Anyone with common sense can examine for himself how accurate Astrology is. The inaccuracies, failures and inefficiency are because of us practitioners, because of the lost texts which were destroyed in dark ages–because of errors in translations and transcriptions and not because the Science of Jyotisha is in error.
1. Saturn Transits
Saturn gets exalted in the sign Libra. It takes Saturn a full 30 years to transit through all 12 zodiac signs. Saturn’s latest Libra transit occurred roughly in the period August 2012 to September 2014. This period created greatest turmoil in Indian political arena in last two decades or so. There were so many movements against corruption, social reform movements and much agitation among common masses. Many scandals came to become the common knowledge of masses. It created the atmosphere for the record win of opposition party alliance with a clear majority. It’s so because Libra represents justice–you might have seen the blind lady with a weighing scale in front of courthouses–it’s the sign of Libra which represents balance. Saturn is an agent of balance–it works to restore order and balance–it works for the masses. In 1984 elections, almost 30 years ago, when Saturn was making the Libra transit, Congress won with a clear majority and a similar event happened in 2014 elections. If anyone is not able to see a pattern which has repeated itself in about 30 years–it’s clearly because of his lack of sight. It’s not the aftermath–astrologers were quite sure about such regime change because whether one believes or not heavenly bodies do affect every being on earth. It’s widely known how Moon’s cycles affect tides in oceans. How Moon’s transits affect moods of person–on the full Moon day quirky persons become even more quirkier.
Examining global or mass events hasn’t been my metier. But I’ve taken some keen interest in personal Astrology. Trying to learn about my own psychological disposition made me interested about Astrology. What kept it going was accuracy of the events in accordance with astrological predictions in my own life. I kept record of Moon’s transits for my own feelings and for those around me–friends, relatives and colleagues and observed striking patterns about which I informed them as well much to their astonishment.
Below I am presenting before you another simple argument–which anyone can check with help of internet for validity. Those who are skeptics can check it for accuracy and those who are believers can use it for those who are consulting them with certain doubts lingering in the back corner of their minds.
Various planetary energies work to amplify various behavior patterns in individuals. Individual certainly is more than the sum total of all planetary energies-but these energies do affect them. They work in mysterious ways because Karma has deep unfathomable ways of working. Sun for example gives a person will power and political power–connections into aristocracy and charisma. Mercury gives power to calculate, count, record and write-witticism. Venus gives sensitivity for beauty and art–enhances feminine qualities. Jupiter confers divine wisdom–knowledge of beyond and eloquence. Mars gives courage, stamina, strength and ability to fight.
Since I am from India–I would take one planet Mars for this case study and I would take some celebrities which are known to many if not most people in India. If a skeptic finds me culprit of being ‘selective’–I openly invite him to select 1000 celebrity figures who are subject to Mars strength–such as–athletes, dancers, fighters, wrestlers, military generals, Yogi, natural leaders, and stuntmen. I am quite sure that out of 1000 at least 700 would be fit in the rule of Mars being strong in chart of such a nativity. Why only 70% events? Because as suggested upthread–not all the rules are known–much has been lost in the dark ages–and that’s why it’s a proto-science which has a potential of becoming a super-science.
2. Strength of Mars
Mars is considered strong when:
1. It’s in its exaltation sign: Capricorn.
2. It’s in its own sign: Scorpio or Aries.
3. It’s strong in Ashtakvargas–in divisional charts–receives a strong value in shadbala calculations.
Any of the above 3 conditions might meet the requirement for Mars to become strong in chart of a person. Lets take following examples: I am choosing most recent and most popular celebrities for our convenience. I have taken birth data from Astrosage.com website. They mostly comply with Wikipedia data.
1. Incumbent Prime Minister of India: Narendra Modi
He has Scorpio rising in the ascendant. Mars is located in the sign Scorpio in ascendant forming Ruchaka Yoga.
2. Sri Sri Ravishankar: Spiritual Leader: Art of Living
He has Capricorn rising. Mars is situated in lagna with exaltation. It’s a strong Ruchaka Yoga.
3. Sachin Tendulkar: Cricket Legend
He has Mars exalted in Capricorn in the sixth house with strength.
4. Rahul Dravid: Cricket Legend
He has Mars in Scorpio. It receives strength in divisional charts as well.
5. Baba Ramdev: Yoga Guru
He has a strong exalted Mars in the seventh house in Capricorn.
6. Subramanyam Swami: Politician BJP
He has exalted Mars in the sixth house in Capricorn.
7. Akshay Kumar: Bollywood Star: Martial Artist
He has Mars in its own sign Scorpio-in ascendant.
8. Bruce Lee: Hollywood Star: Martial Arts Iconic Legend
Mars has 2nd rank in Shadbala calculation. Scorpio is the ascendant rising ruled by Mars. Mars is exalted in navamsa as it’s located in the sign Capricorn.
9. Shahrukh Khan: Bollywood Star:Dancer
Mars in Scorpio in the 4th house forming Ruchaka Yoga.
10. Salman Khan: Bollywood Star: Bodybuilder
Mars is exalted in the tenth house with great strength in the sign Capricorn.
11. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Bodybuilding Legend: Hollywood Star: Politician(USA)
Mars has highest ranking in the Shadbala calculations.
12. Hrithik Roshan: Bollywood Star: Dancer: Bodybuilder
Mars in Aries.
13. Adolf Hitler: Military General: Dictator
Mars in Aries in the seventh house.[Sun is also in Aries in exaltation–suggesting political power and charisma.]
14. Napoleon Bonaparte: Military General: Dictator
Mars in Aries.[Sun is also in Aries in exaltation–suggesting political power and charisma.]
15. Dharmendra: Bollywood Legend
Mars exalted in Capricorn forming Ruchaka Yoga from Chandra Lagna.
16. Mel Gibson: Braveheart: Hollywood Star
Mars in Scorpio with strength in the sixth house.
17. Tom Cruise: Hollywood Star
Mars rising. Mars has the highest Shadbala.
18. Hyder Ali: Military General Mysore State
Mars in Scorpio. Has highest Shadbala
19. Fidel Castro: Military General: Politician(Cuba)
Mars in Aries in the seventh house forming Ruchaka Yoga. Mars has the highest Shadbala.
20. Rajnikant: Indian Film Star: Cultural Icon
Mars exalted in Capricorn the sixth house.
21. Shammi Kapoor: Yahoo Dancer: Bollywood Star
Mars in Scorpio in sixth hose.
22. Ranbir Kapoor: Bollywood Star: Dancer
Mars rising in Scorpio lagna.
23. Charlie Chaplin: Iconic Film Star
Mars in Aries in the seventh house forming Ruchaka Yoga.
24. Manoj Kumar: Bollywood Star
Mars in Scorpio.
25. Milind Soman: Ironman: Supermodel: Star
Mars in Scorpio. Ruchaka Yoga from Chandra Lagna.
26. Kundan Lal Saigal: First Bollywood Star
Mars in Scorpio. Ruchaka Yoga.
27. Sharmila Tagore: Bollywood Star
Mars in Scorpio. Ruchaka Yoga
28. Kapil Dev: Cricket Legend
Mars in Aries in the seventh house. Ruchaka Yoga
29. Major Dhyanchand: Hockey Legend
Very strong Mars in the sixth house in Scorpio.
30. Clint Eastwood: Hollywood Legend: Cultural Icon
Mars in Aries.
31. Navjot Singh Sidhu: Cricketer: Politician
Mars in Scorpio.
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