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Our fascination with future

By Kshitij Sharma, July 22, 2007

It is said that those who do not remember the history are bound to repeat it. Still, most of us rather look forward to the future than look back and reflect. It is quite natural given our fascination with the future and the desire to know more and more about it.

There are various reasons why we do it. One of them is shortage of patience in our fast paced lives and the anxiety to find solutions to problems without really working hard for them. Another is the state of confusion we get into, where there is an expectation of guidance from that disaffected someone, who can look at the issues without really getting involved and point us to a way ahead. This usually happens when we are apprehensive about making decisions on our own. While it is not advisable, this can be perceived as a way of transferring our own responsibility to someone else. During these times of stress and distress, we turn towards a friend for advice and more often than not, turn towards as astrologer.

An astrologer therefore finds herself/himself in an extremely difficult situation. There is a burden of expectation that a miracle can be conjured to make things right and an expectation that she/he can come up with a quick fix gem/pooja/mantra that would ward off the problem to let us go ahead with our lives. While we can debate to what extent can an astrologer meet the expectation, one thing is clear – to be able to guide people, the astrologer always needs divine help that involves good memory, power of interpretation, reasoning, logic and a fair bit of intuition.

Astrologers are born with planetary combinations that bestow these qualities on them. Jupiter, the karaka of astrology, must be strong, free of afflictions and well placed in the chart. Moon and Mercury should be strong and a strong Mercury in second house to either Moon or Ascendant is considered auspicious. Fifth house should be strong to provide for intuition. Furthermore, ascendant should be free of negative influences such that thinking and judgement is not clouded. Astrology as a profession and a source of income happens when this combination involves the tenth house.

With this post, I complete two years of writing articles on this subject. Astrology has come a long way in these two years. Through half hour programmes on televisions, it has entered our living room and has become a topic of page three conversations. Through




4 comments

  • Comment by Pt.Nitin Kr.Kashyap on July 30, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    I really like ur articles and specially this one …because this article show the path of life on which we are moving or trying to move. Keep it up Kshitij ji. On the behalf of various readers of this blog..thanks a lot.

  • Comment by Lokanath Das on August 25, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Well-done! Wonderful site!

    Regarding Rahu and Ketu, it is NICE to read such info.

  • Comment by Kamal on February 3, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Kshitij,
    You rightly said that we are more facinated by future. Many times people come to me to discuss issues and expect me to guide them. Now it has become part of my life.
    Few years back, i came across this fellow who has good knowledge about astrology. Slowly i felt that gradual induction.
    Today going through your articles, i’d that same feeling once again.
    Best wishes to you.

  • Comment by Amit Grover on July 17, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Hi Kshitij,

    This site is fabulous and I appreciate all the efforts that you put in to make the free software available to one and all. However, I feel it’s our moral duty to not to make this traditionally astrology-obsessed nation absolutely fanatic.

    Personally, I have seen too many people who, at some stage in their lives, start believing that they are no longer in control of themselves. Everything that they do, everything that happens to them is controlled by the “stars” and the “planets”. It’s especially easy to believe in such things when one is distressed or unsuccessful. It’s easy to believe we are not responsible for our own actions, but our stars are. There is no proof that we are controlled by the planets. Even if it’s true, we still are masters of our free wills, and that’s what makes our lives livable.

    Even though your cause might be noble, it is just fueling beliefs it should not. I just lost a good friend to astrology. Please pull this site down. Let’s all control our own future!

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