Astrology is facing criticism from various quarters these days. However, one should realize that it is a science based on the reality that man lives under the influence of various planets. Planets have a role in all sectors of human existence, covering the physical, psychological and economical aspects.
Sadly, there is a campaign which claims that astrology is a fake science that spreads superstition. Those who are behind it have failed to accept the connection between planets and man. The astrological theories were formulated by wise men who observed the world through their inner eye and also learnt from own life's experiences.
It is a fact that planets influence all objects. But to understand this relationship, a practitioner of astrology should have exceptional observation powers along with dedication.
Celestial bodies cause the passage of days and nights, months, seasons and high and low tides. People are ready to accept that a day is the time taken for the earth to rotate on its axis once. They also believe several other instances demonstrating the link between planets and natural phenomena. There are no doubts over the fact that while the earth holds life, the sun is the source of light and energy.
While recognizing the role of the celestial bodies in these phenomena, sceptics are not willing to accept the indirect influence of planets. Worse, they try to prove that planets have no impact at all on our lives. This is nothing but double standard.
All objects in the universe are inter-linked and influence each other, directly as well as indirectly. For instance, a snake may induce fear with its shape and our preconceptions about it. This is direct influence.
But we also know that a snake poses danger only if it is poisonous and so, our reaction to a rat snake or water-snake is different from that of an encounter with a cobra. This demonstrates indirect influence.
Similarly, the heavenly bodies, which are responsible for the passage of time, also transmit beneficial and harmful factors which have an effect on our lives.
Another example is electricity. Nobody has seen electricity with their eyes, but its effects – both good and bad – have been demonstrated innumerable times.
Likewise, planets too are an inseparable part of our lives, though we cannot visualize their influence with our naked eye or gauge it with our inner eye. When sceptics are willing to accept this universal truth, blind opposition to astrology will end.
Astrology examines the power of heavenly bodies on nature and man along with the effects it may cause. Around 180 planets have been identified, but only seven have a major influence on earth and life here. Two other celestial bodies – Rahu and Ketu – too were later found to be playing a role in man’s existence and are studied by astrologers. Kerala’s genius in astrology located yet another planet, Gulikan, which also has a strong influence on earth. Thus, there are in total 10 planets which are observed by astrologers.
In short, astrology is a science and like all other sciences, is the truth. However, as any other profession, astrology too may have a few fake practitioners.