We may not be aware but our lives are highly impacted by the celestial bodies outside our planet Earth. In Hinduism when a child is born first thing parents do is they get the child’s horoscope prepared. A horoscope is made based on the position of Sun, Moon, Stars and planets at the time of the child’s birth. The horoscope is a kind of chart or graphical representation which helps in almost predicting the behavior, education, future, marriage, children, illness, career, financial well-being of a person, including what will be the approximate lifespan of the person.
What is astrology? The first response on google search is astrology is the study of movements and relative positions of the celestial bodies in the galaxy. Skeptics pronounce astrology as a pseudoscience. This makes us think, if that is astrology then what is astronomy? Great question. Astronomy is science which studies the celestial objects outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Astronomical science is study of Sun, Moon, Stars, Planets, Gases outside Earth and surrounding various planets, meteors, asteroids and comets. The magnitude of how vast the universe is cannot be described in words.
Astronomy and astrology are connected to each other in a way that astrology is an art derived from astronomy which is a science. Astrologers do not study astronomy but they study the impact of the position of every extraterrestrial body on human beings present and future. It is based on observation and knowledge of the impact of these bodies on human beings and nature.
There are eight planets as we all know: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. Astrologers study about, the inner planets are sun, moon, Venus, Mars and Mercury and the outer planets Pluto, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn and Jupiter. Inner planets are responsible for your day-to-day moods and habits. Outer planets movements are very slow and can impact a person’s future for as long as 15 years.
Each planet is connected to a zodiac sign. There 12 zodiac signs and they are associated with the 4 basic elements.
Water: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Earth: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Fire: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Air: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Astronomers study planetary science. Astrologers study zodiac signs and how movement of planets impacts a person. Astrology could give guidance to a person rather than guarantee the future. On a lighter note, my father believed in astrology and his astrologer had told him his son will become a writer.
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