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The Qualities of an Astrologer

Vedic astrology has been always kept in high pedestal and an astrologer are even called “daivagya” meaning knower of ways of God or the Cosmos. The astrologers are known to be trikalgya meaning knower of all three parts of the time, past, present, and future. As said, “Great power comes with great responsibility”, so the person endowed with such power must have some responsibility. Responsibility and power could be judged by rules and regulations in respect of the duty and standards to be maintained by such a person. 

Astrologers are no exception and they must have certain qualities to be qualified as true astrologers. Ancient sages have clearly made those qualifications and rules to be followed by an astrologer and those who practice Astrology without them can be anything but not the true astrologer.

Maharishi Parashar in his monumental work on Astrology, “Brihat Parashar Hora Shashtra” followed by most of the Vedic astrologers, has provided qualities of astrologer in shlokas 39 and 40 of chapter 27.


गणितेषु प्रवीणो यः शब्दशास्त्रे कृतश्रमः ।
न्यायविद् बुद्धिमान् देशदिक्कालज्ञो जितेन्द्रियः॥

ऊहापोहपटुर्होरास्कन्धश्रवणसम्मतः ।
मैत्रेय सत्यतां यादि तस्य वाक्यं न संशयः॥

O Maitreya, the words of one who is skilled  in mathematics, who has put in industrious efforts in linguistics, who has knowledge of justice, who has wisdom, who has knowledge of geography, direction and time, who has conquered his senses, who is logical and who has studied astrology, will doubtless be truthful.

An astrologer must have achieved supreme skills in Mathematics. The mathematics is the basis of all the calculations and without knowledge of the movement of planets and other calculations, one cannot get the right horoscope. Mathematical ability becomes supremely important.

An astrologer must know what to speak, how to speak and what not to speak. Linguistic ability is another important quality for any good astrologer. Otherwise what he will speak and what native will understand leads to disastrous results. 

To understand the basis of action and result is important to ascertain the real meaning provided by the placement of planets in a Horoscope. Knowledge of Nyaya Shastra is very critical, as, without Karma theory and the natural justice system of cosmos or God, one will not be able to pinpoint the effect. Horoscope if a blueprint of native’s actions and results, one must be well versed with universal laws of justice to understand it. 

Wisdom is another quality should be possessed by an astrologer and this needs no introduction, as a daivagya (astrologer) must be able to decipher the true meaning of the universe. 

True predictions cannot be made without the use of geography, direction, and time, which must be seen in entirety to predict. Persons from different places and times will have different life trajectory and without the inclusion of these aspects counted, an astrologer will not be able to advise and understand the life path of the individual truly. 

When one is interested in an individual, he will be disturbed by emotional turbulence and his prediction will fail. Having conquered his own senses is a must for the astrologer, else he will predict with a bias.

Translating mathematical calculations of horoscopes into the predictions requires a logical bent of mind, and an astrologer must have logical ability to deduce the complex knowledge of astrology into simple predictions, understood by a native.

At last the criteria provided is what everyone actually acts upon, which is the study of Jataka Sastra (Astrology).

Do you want to become a true astrologer and not the one who is just a marketing guy having some knowledge of astrology? You must acquire all the above qualities. If you are going to take a piece of advice from an astrologer, see if they possess these qualities.

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Astrology & Relationship

Astrology has been part of our lives for a long time. In fact, astrology has great contribution even in our love life. When two people meet, they fell in love and decide to get married, the most important thing that comes in our mind is astrological compatibility. But why is that so important? Well, let’s discuss it in detail.

Astrological Compatibility in Relationship

Astrology provides option to calculate the partner compatibility based on name, date of birth, time of birth, star signs, etc. These details are indicators of an individual’s personality. When two personalities are compared together then it becomes possible to accurately find out conflict and unity points of the relationship. 

The authenticity of Astrology in Marriage

We all know the fact that the core of relationship success is the compatibility and understanding of two partners. And that is exactly what astrology checks at the beginning of the marriage. With proper astrological help, people can find out their strong and weak points in a relationship which will help them to establish a successful and happy marriage life. 

Present and Future of Age-Old Astrological System

Astrology has been a great help for love life and relationship success for a long time. 

People ask, “Will I ever get married?” And astrologer says, “Show me your palm” or “Give me your birth details” etc. Well, this is the area where critics raise their objections and there have been many debates on how these details can help an individual understand his or her marital possibilities? 

The fact is, astrology provides predictions and results based on proper calculations. Although this calculation might be a bit lengthy for regular people. Therefore, we have astrologers to assist us. However, if you are looking for something simple, quick and accurate for this purpose, you should try Taaraka astrology app. In today’s modern world, it is time for you to try modern astrologer for your astrological evaluations in your marriage and relationships. 

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Measuring the Universe

The Vedas are like a chest full of treasure, brimming with precious words. The words are precious because they not only talk about living a good and wholesome life but also tell us how to go about living it, the best way humanly possible. So, it is only obvious that Jyotish Shastras is a big part of the Vedas; 4,00,00 verses to be precise.

Got to respect the patience and perseverance of our ancestors!

Fun Fact:  Vedanga means ‘a part of the Vedas’

It comes from Ved (Vedas) + Ang (a part of)

According to the Hindu scriptures and mythology, Vedic astrology was propounded by the creator, Lord Brahma himself. It seems befitting that the creator of the Universe would himself provide tools to his living creations to study his inanimate creations so that they could use this knowledge for leading a better life.

Thank God for that. Literally!

Studying just the astronomy behind Vedic astrology is by itself very interesting because it gives us an insight into a world more ancient than Yo Grandma!

Let’s embark on a magical journey of human effort to measure the Universe.

There are 3 branches of Vedic astrology-

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SIDDHANTA 

This most ancient branch of astrology is also called Ganita, literally meaning Mathematics. It basically deals with the chores of Astrology. Studying and recording planetary movements, their positions, solar and lunar eclipses, is a part of Siddhanta.

JATAKA (also called HORA)

It involves studying and interpreting the horoscope of an individual. It describes the circumstances of the birth and death of a person and everything in between job, family, friends, success, failures and more.

The term Hora is applied to –

Jataka– Natal astrology 

Muhurta– To select an appropriate time for commencing a task

Mundane – Events that affect nations and planets

SAMHITA

Digest and collection of codes or rules of any branch of knowledge are called Samhita. This branch of astrology deals with codified rules applied directly for predicting and describing the events. It is interesting to know that there are many forms of astrology, prevalent worldwide, which do not involve the birth chart of individual or place. Palmistry, Shakun Shastra, Prashna chart, Palm Leaf reading, etc. are examples of what are all studied and predicted through under the Samhita branch of astrology.

THE GEOCENTRIC SYSTEM

Remembering the kindergarten wisdom, “Sun rises in the east and sets in the west”?

That’s wrong! The earth spins on its tilted axis around the Sun so the Sun ‘appears’ to rise in a direction labeled as the east.

The human tendency is to refer to objects in relation to oneself. While traveling in a train, we ask, “Which station is coming up next?”

No station is coming up to us, our train is moving to the next station, which remains where it is located. Even the landscapes that ‘pass us by,’ do not pass us by. Our train passes by them. Similarly, we feel stationary on our beautiful, fast-spinning planet.

And thank Lord Brahma for that! I can hardly stand carnival rides, imagine being aware of spinning at a mind-boggling speed of roughly 1600 km/hour.

Our stationary perspective makes the sky seem to spin around us in a highly confusing manner so our Vedic ancestors came up with a brilliant tool to study and make sense of these complicated movements. They assumed that the Earth was the center of the Universe.

Eureka! The geocentric system of the Universe was made. It simply assumes that all the other satellites, planets and stars move around our centrally-located Earth in constant motion. Their position relative to that of Earth’s eased the process of tracking the position and movements of these celestial bodies with seemingly chaotic movements.

This view, however, is effective because astrology deals with the interaction between the rest of the Universe and us here on Earth.

GEOGRAPHY OF EARTH FOR BEGINNERS 101

AXIS

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Take a huge kebab skewer. By huge, I mean celestially huge. Large enough to skewer all the planets in our Solar system and make planet-kebab.

Now insert this skewer into the Earth through the North Pole. If you keep pushing the skewer down south in a straight line, the skewer will come out the opposite end through the South Pole. Now instead of an imaginary kebab skewer, use an imaginary line to do the same, it is this straight line that connects the north and south poles and runs through the center of the Earth that is called the axis. <will be good to mark north and south pole>

EQUATOR

Imagine cutting the Earth in 2 equal halves horizontally. The big imaginary knife I use to cut the Earth this way cuts it along the equator. The equator is just another imaginary line running across the Earth, equidistant from both the poles in an east-west direction.

At this juncture, it is relevant to quote Ken Robinson!

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 “Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”

We are going to be using a lot of our imagination for understanding our ancestors’ interpretation of the world beyond our planet to make our lives easier and for the blessed tool that astrology is.

THE CELESTIAL SPHERE

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All of this is quite easy to understand if we just think a little out of the box or in this case, think in a crystalline sphere.

Imagine that the sky is colossal crystal sphere and the Earth floats right in the center of it.

The stars are all stuck on the inside of this globe, like glow-in-the-dark star stickers that we stuck to our ceiling as kids.

This entire snow globe spins from east to west in one day and so does the Sun, the Moon, all the planets and stars.

This model of the Universe is called The Celestial Sphere.

Now, let us extend the imaginary kebab skewer aka Earth’s axis in a straight line in both directions. Where this axis pierces the celestial sphere in the north and south are the celestial north and celestial south poles respectively.

Similarly, the projection of Earth’s equator into space forms the celestial equator.

ZODIAC

Nakshatra is not just a diamond jewellery brand that Aishwarya Rai endorses and zodiac signs are not just about reading horoscopes to impress your crush.

Only if our ancestors knew what we do with the knowledge that they so painstakingly gathered after years and years of hard work! I am sure they had crushes too, I think they would be proud.

Going back to our world of imagination-

The Earth takes one year to revolve around the Sun, but we’re geocentric so it seems that the Sun moves around the Earth. The path that the Sun follows is called the Ecliptic.

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The Sun moves along the ecliptic in the celestial sphere and the area in the sky 8° north and 8° south of the ecliptic has all the stars, planets and the Moon. 

The Zodiac is again an imaginary belt surrounding the Earth on all sides with the apparent path of the Sun running right through its center.

This belt is studded with many groups of stars out of which Vedic astrology recognizes 27 groups. These 27 groups of stars that lie in the zodiac are called Nakshatra.

We divide and group everything around us simply for the ease of understanding, counting and tracking so our ancestors divided the zodiac in different ways-

Division of the zodiac in 27 equal parts where each part is called a nakshatra (each part is of 13°and 20 min arc)

Division of the zodiac in 12 equal parts of 30° arc each where each part is called a Rashi (or sign)

The 27 groups of stars that Vedic astrology recognises, Nakshatra are fixed reference points in the zodiac and are used to locate other celestial bodies in space.

To break down the skies for an easier understanding, none of the celestial bodies considered in Vedic astrology lie beyond this 16° belt of the zodiac. They may either be on the ecliptic itself or 8° north or south of it. The orbit of the moon is inclined at an angle of 5° to the ecliptic. 

Remember Rahu and Ketu? The demons from our grandmother’s favorite mythological TV soaps?

This story talks about how Rahu and Ketu came into existence but they are just imaginary points in the celestial sphere. The orbit of the Moon cuts the ecliptic at 2 points.

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Rahu: In its orbit when the Moon is on the ecliptic while moving from south to north, this point is called Rahu or ascending node of the moon.

Ketu: The point of intersection of the moon and the ecliptic while the moon moves from north to south of the ecliptic, is called Ketu or descending node of the moon.

The point of sunrise with respect to the observer keeps changing during the year. If A is the point of sunrise when the Sun is at the vernal equinox (around March 21 every year), the point of sunrise will appear to move northwards till it reaches the summer solstice (B) on or around June 21. from this point, it will start its southerly journey (Dakshinayana) during which it reaches the autumnal equinox (again A) around September 23 and further until it reaches the winter solstice (C) around December 22. At this stage, it starts its northward journey (Uttarayana).

TROPICAL ZODIAC

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We have been discussing imaginary and real circular and spherical shapes, movements and orbits and ‘a circle has no beginning or end,’ hence representing infinity. But it was crucial for humans to define a starting point of this circular zodiac belt so our ancestors picked more imaginary points as the starting point.

The point where the ecliptic passes through the celestial equator is called an equinox, there are 2 such equinoxes:

Vernal equinox

Autumnal equinox 

Vernal equinox – When the Sun passes from the Southern to the Northern  Hemisphere of the celestial sphere, it cuts the celestial equator at the Vernal equinox.

Sayana (Tropical) zodiac considers the vernal equinox as the starting point of the circle or belt of the zodiac. When this circle is divided into 12 equal parts, each part is called the Sayana Rashi and the position of planets in this zodiac represent the Sayana longitudes of the planets.

THE PRECESSION OF EQUINOXES

The Universe and the laws of physics are super bizarre and interesting. Precession is one such an interesting phenomenon. Like most of us junk food lovers, the Earth too has a slight bulge around its middle, making it an imperfect sphere. The gravitational force of the Sun and the Moon pulls on the Earth to make it spin upright in its orbit causing precession.

As a result of the precession, the vernal equinox, cutting point of the ecliptic and the celestial equator, drifts westward on the ecliptic by an approximate angle of 51 seconds of an arc each year. So we have a new vernal equinox every year and hence a new starting point of the Sayana zodiac. This results in the shifting of the Sayana signs.

SIDEREAL ZODIAC

The Vedic system does not depend on this shifting zodiac and relies on a fixed point on the zodiac as its starting point.

It uses different nakshatras as references for a starting point of the zodiac circle. Some schools of thought consider this point to be 180 degrees opposite to the Chitra nakshatra. Some consider it to be slightly to the east of the Revati nakshatra, while still others opine differently.

When the zodiac circle is divided with reference to the Vedic starting point (whichever it may be), the zodiac is referred to as Nirayana (Sidereal) zodiac, 12 equal parts are the Nirayana rashis, and the positions of planets in this zodiac represent the Nirayana longitudes of the planets.

AYANAMSHA

Ayanamsa is the Sanskrit term for the amount of precession. In astrology, it is the longitudinal difference between the Tropical and Sidereal zodiacs.

The angular difference between the vernal equinox and the Vedic starting point of the zodiac is known as the Ayanamsha. When the Vedic starting point is with reference to Chitra nakshatra, the Ayanamsha is referred to as the Chitrapaksha Ayanamsha or Lahiri Ayanamsha. According to this system, the first point of Sayana zodiac and Nirayana zodiac coincided in the year 285 A.D. The corresponding value of this Ayanamsha in January 2019 is 24°07’05”.

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Astrology & Veda

We consider astrology on auspicious occasions like marriage and other events. And, if we think about its presence in our daily lives then there are horoscope and event predictions, etc. Astrology and veda has been a part of our culture for a long time and it will continue to be an integral part of our system. Why? Because, when compared with the Western System and Chinese astrology, Indian Astrology is one of the most accurate predictive system.

History of Astrology

Astrology gives horoscope and predictions with the help of the position of planets, constellations, Sun and Moon, etc. Traditional Hindu system of Indian Astrology is also referred as Hindu Astrology and Vedic astrology. 

Astrology is known for Event Predictions, Palmistry, Numerology, and Horoscopes. From ancient times, astrological systems are being used by several countries around the world. 

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Astrology in Vedas

The roots of astrology can be found deep in the holy books of all religions. These literature references give proof of astrological presence in ancient time. Below are the details of astrological references in Vedas:

  • Rig Veda: It is mentioned here that Vedic astrology is a science that has been developed in the beginning of civilisation. We can find at least 30 shlokas regarding astrology in RigVeda.
  • Yajura Veda: Astrology is mentioned in 44 shlokas in YajurVeda.
  • Atharva Veda: This Veda has the biggest count of Astrological references of more than 162 shlokas.
  • Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra: It is known that this Shastra consists of Parashara’s astrological techniques focusing on Hora part of astrology.

Astrology in Today’s Life

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We know that astrology relates to the birth & death of an individual. It is predictive science that can help us in many different phases of our life. However, since it is an ancient system, it requires specific knowledge which makes it hard for ordinary people to use it, without specific knowledge. 

However, there are many options for getting simplified astrology horoscope and other analysis. There are several applications available that can be of great help in this process. Taaraka astrology app is exactly what you need for your easy and daily predictions. With this app, all necessary astrological predictions will always be accessible for you!

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Astrology – Necessity or Luxury?

Every newspaper and magazine has a small, dedicated column for ‘horoscope’ of the day or the month. People sign up for their daily horoscopes to be delivered right into their inbox everyday.  “What’s going to happen tomorrow?”, is a thought that crosses everyones mind, doesn’t it? Even book stores have a dedicated section on astrology. This is a clear sign that people, at large, believe in this field.

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Astrology has for long been known as a ‘divine’ art and science of deterring the past, the present and a course for the future, by studying the various planets and their positions based on an individual’s date, time and place of birth. This divine science has been studied in various civilisations for over thousands of years and people still practise, teach and believe in it.

However, one question that people often ask is “Is it a necessity or luxury?” Let’s begin answering this is one step at a time. Consider a scenario where an individual is struggling with ill health and sudden financial trouble. If the individual is on his/her way to sort out the problems at hand, it makes logical sense to find his/her way out of the mess he/she is in. Opting to see an astrologer at this point in time will make the service provided by the astrologer, a luxury and also not the most logical thing to do at that point in time.

But, consider the same person mentioned above who is now back on his/her feet, both physically and financially. If this individual visits an astrologer now to understand how his/her planets are placed and what might befall him/her in the future or how to avoid the problems similar to the ones in the past, it is more remedial as well as a guidance. The individual can now take the necessary steps to prevent any untoward occurring that can negatively impact his/her life in future. In this scenario, we cannot call astrology a luxury as it is helping one lead a more meaningful, purposeful life.

Astrology gives more than one reasons to believe in it. Our human mind is constantly wondering “why is this happening?”, “why is this like that?”, “why am I like this?”, and many more such questions. These questions cannot always be answered logically and often stresses people out. Astrology helps answer these questions, and gives a more detailed picture about why is a situation or person as they are. Not just when someone is in a particular situation, but astrology actually can help in one’s everyday life, to dodge those unwanted bullets that can take your life on a negative detour.

If you came here wondering if astrology is a luxury, we are sure you now know that astrology, at the right time, is actually a necessity in life.

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Vedic Astrology – Conceptual Decoding!

Everyone is interested in knowing what will they face in daily life. Let us now delve deeper into that, and have a better insight into our lives through planetary positions as per vedic astrology. Planets from the cosmos guide our lives in a particular direction. Your luck and karma depend on the events happening in your life. Sometimes you will be super lucky, to have things and sometimes you will experience the worst nightmare.

You will understand more of Vedic astrology and the app that states accurate insights. Isn’t it interesting? That you can now have this technology where things are coming to you.

Also, technology plays an important part in bringing the decoding of the planetary positions to you over an application. People who believe in science will understand that technology is growing faster than we imagine. We have made the most use of technology and invented this app. It’s an extraordinary effort to understand certain life events.

The use of Vedic Astrology

 
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Jyotisha is a traditional Hindu system of astrology also called as Vedic astrology. Now in the times of Ramayana and Mahabharata, electional astrology, omens, dreams, and physiognomy was used more. This does not mean they had elections before planning any event. It simply is a branch of astrology, where the auspiciousness of the time is seen first and then the event is planned. Now comes various fields parallel to astrology which are stated below.

There are various fields people believe in some of them are, horoscope, palmistry, numerology, and Vastu. Even though these fields are different and interesting in their way, they provide accurate predictions of life events based on your astrological details. Whether to follow or not is completely your decision, but the Taaraka astrology app works for the betterment of your life with accuracy in daily insights.

Karma is shadow

 
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If you did something wrong with some person, knowingly or unknowingly. You won’t think, So what, nothing bad will happen to me. Here comes the philosophy of karma into the picture. Karma is taught to us right from our childhood. Hence we firmly believe that, if you do bad things to others, bad things will happen to you sooner or later. 

Although we follow this dictum, we unwittingly fall prey to our baser selves. According to astrologers, our judgment is corrupted by the negative influence of the planets. Hence, we err as humans. The best way to avoid negativity in your life is to understand the science of planetary positions and their impact on us. In other words, it is best to know the enigmatic science of Vedic astrology.

Taaraka – Unprecedented Life Insights

 
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Astrology has something to say on account of your planetary positions from time to time. Taaraka, a free astrology app is based on AI technology with the expertise of astrological experts behind the scenes, they are making astrological content simple to understand for you. This is, however, a machine learning app, that takes all your actions on the app into account and gives you specific results that are based on the information you shared, just like an astrologer knowing your context in life predicts better for you. The fields important to fill after downloading Taaraka app are your name, birthdate, birthplace and time of birth. After this information is filled the app makes your kundali along with various astrological charts and datasets. To provide better insights the app does many calculations. Based on these calculations, your life insights are made. 

Read the free daily insights from this app that will rejuvenate your mornings like never before. The app is very easy to understand, and the content is written in simple spoken English as well as the Hindi language. Other languages are coming soon. Taaraka astrology app has helped many to know what’s happening and what will happen. You can earn free points while interacting within the app. You can ask questions to our expert team of astrologers. This Taaraka app is free to download and available on Google’s Play Store & Apple’s App Store for Android & iPhone users respectively. This free astrology app is getting more response from users. Include the Taaraka app in your life and know yourself better. What are you waiting for, download now! https://taarakatech.app.link/C21xQeBF9X

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Astrology is a Science!

This is an age old debate which is still going on and seems to take a little longer to reach a universal conclusion. People have experienced the astrological effect but they can not digest using mind bent due to modern education. This is due to unavailability of empirical data to satisfy the logical mind. Ms. Nita asked an astrologer in 2015 about her marriage, who after doing calculations based on her birth details provides her an answer that she will get married in June 2018. Nita never understood or believed completely as how June 2018 appeared from a calculation. When she got married in June 2018, Nita started believing it to be true but never able to defend the astrology in front of friends, as she had no data to prove her point but just her individual experience.

The modern day dilemma “Astrology – Myth or Science”

In the current world there are so many people having individual experiences and believe in astrology, but they can’t justify due to lack of data. Taaraka took the initiative to collate the data based on analytics to see through collective impact of an astrological rules. There are so many rules in astrology like chemistry and there are exceptions too, which at times are overlooked by an experienced astrologer and the prediction goes wrong. Applying astrological rules are like doing a chemistry experiment and if one changes any ingredient or its concentration, the result will go haywire.

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Taaraka has provided life insights to people using Machine learning and Artificial intelligence based on the details provided by the user. Taaraka provided users with options to Like/Dislike or Agree/Disagree any insight, which resulted in remarkably good results. Taaraka users agreed with around 73% insights and disagreed with 27% insights and for Like/Dislike category Taaraka users liked 78% insights, wherein total data collected was fifty thousand and seven hundred (50,700).

Taaraka will continue providing life insights to the user and validate the rules of astrology. Taaraka is empowered with machine learning and Artificial intelligence to provide customised daily insights and based on the feedback of the user, enhances accuracy of the insights and prepare the astrology for the test of scientific rigour.

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Universe: As above, So below

This ancient dictum is the basis of all esoteric science. What is in the universe is a representation of what we have on earth.

Physics evolved basis this dictum and what we learn from quantum physics is applied to understand the universal phenomena. What Astrology does is, apply universal phenomena to our existence on earth.

We exist in a perfectly balanced universe, where all phenomena ruled by a cause-effect theory and what happens in Universe is not a standalone event. What causes them above will have an impact on everything below i.e. from subatomic to galaxies.

Universe is our “Alma mater” 

When a person is born, the existence of universe at that moment is representation of body and mind. Physical laws operate on universe will have the same impact on all, which is the cause of all actions and the effect will depend on the entity. As all know the same force cannot result in the same effect on everything and is much dependent on individual constitution of the subject. Astrological rules are based on this principle and taking unique identity of individual, provides the effect of a universal cause on them.

Taaraka takes the birth details like “place of birth, time of birth and date of birth” to calculate the universal representation on the individual during birth. It assess the physical, emotional and spiritual composition of a person and uses the astrological principles to decode the life path of the individual.

Taaraka uses the principles of data analytics and Artificial Intelligence on the astrological principle and universal phenomena coupled with unique identity of individual to provide the customised insights.

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Mathematics and Astrology

Mathematics is the language of physics and what is physics is the study of behavioural pattern driven by natural laws of the universe. Consider a day when all the research papers are lost and we left with only physical laws, a state of anarchy right? The anarchist will challenge every law from Einstein’s theory of relativity to Newton’s Law of motion. How will you prove the existence and the applicability of those laws, obvious choice will be empirical data in a rigour of experimental setup and if such experiments need year to gather empirical data, then the validity of physical laws will be in a state of hypothesis?

History of Mathematics

Let’s take a tour to ancient Hindu, Greek and Roman times, when physics was not a subject of study, was mathematics existed? Yes is the obvious answer, as we know our history. What was the purpose of mathematics should be asked then, as language without a context is meaningless. All ancient sages and seers developed mathematics for calculation of star, were they fool or had no work to do, so they devoted precious time to study motions of stars? As we all know that until it impacts our daily lives, individually or collectively, we don’t dwell in any field of study.

Proof of Astrology

Astrology is indisputably an age old knowledge, has one component as mathematics, and the goal of Astrology is study the law of nature to predict the future and understand the past. The ambit of Astrology is bigger than physics, which is just a branch of science and deals with physical plane. However, Astrology deals with physical, emotional and spiritual plane of existence of the universe. Unfortunately all the research is lost and we left with rules and laws of nature, which bar astrology from being recognised as science.

Taaraka – a technological approach towards astrology

Taaraka is determined to put forth the empirical validity of existing laws of Astrology using the cutting edge analytics and artificial intelligence, which will render the mammoth task of decades in few years to establish the validity. First challenge is infusion of imperfect laws in the course of time, which has to be taken out of the system. Second is perfecting the corrupted laws by modifying them in the realm of astrology. Third and foremost challenge is to translate the mathematical model of astrology in human understandable language for real life application.

Taaraka is putting endeavours to provide insights to people using mathematical model, analytics and artificial intelligence, which is being validated by the users and Taaraka is using the empirical data to provide a more accurate insight to “You” based on your response.

You can download the Taaraka app: https://taarakatech.app.link/C21xQeBF9X

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Let’s Be Creative with Science

When I was little, Sundays were always a day to remember. Filled with afternoon intellectual science quizzes with Dad, surfing through mythological television shows with Grandma, and constructing sand castles with my brother. These were the times to remember, as well as the time to learn. Every Sunday we would take a break from regular toothpaste and make homemade toothpaste with pure mustard oil and salt granules. My Dad taught us the benefits of natural ingredients though all I really cared about was how good it tasted.

The turnaround

Twenty years later amid one of those “Kya aapke toothpaste mein namak hai?” (Does your toothpaste have salt in it?) commercials, I reminisced of the times when I used hing (asafoetida) for my upset stomach and ash to wash hands during camping trips. Salt in toothpastes, dirt and ash in soaps and beauty packs, everything is making a comeback.

Especially science in nature.

The first to take advantage of this were the big western conglomerates as they spread across metropolitan areas throughout India. Even though they earlier sold to us the idea of how their products, infused with chemicals and packaged in bright colors were the only way to go. According to them, their products were cleaner, more efficient and revolutionary against the ancient homeopathic ways of medicinal India.  While there were definite improvements in our infrastructure and society through western integration and globalization, there were caveats to chemicals and cons to conformity.

Two sides of a coin

While Western science gave us modern medicine it created resistant strains of microorganisms, becoming increasingly elusive to contend against. It gave us faster means of transportation while slowly killing the planet that we live on. It gave us means to produce more food while polluting the very soil our food comes from. What else did western science get wrong? What else did it ignore or hide from the world to feed its capitalistic hunger? What else did our ancestors have right from the very beginning?

The three pillars of ancient Indian society – Ayurveda, Yoga and Astrology

The three aspects of life that humans have been attempting to illuminate are: Body, Mind and Soul.

The betterment of these three is what we have all been working towards since the hunter-gatherer era blossomed into its cycle of renaissances. Ancient India pioneered the movement in providing guiding tools for all its human counterparts to achieve the same. And it began with an insight into the body.

Ayurveda (Wellbeing of the body)

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Ayurvedic disciplines sparked never before seen natural remedies for a plethora of bodily disorders as well as a systematic maintenance using products that didn’t come from a factory across the ocean, but in the soil and gardens of our Mother Earth. They worked slowly, steadily and permanently.

Yoga (Wellbeing of the mind)

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Though we often think of health and wholeness as it pertains to our hearts and lungs and BMI, the yogis have always known that true wellbeing begins with the mind. Yoga as it has been accepted in todays definition in a spiritual and postural exercise and routine began back with the Vedas in meditation. A quintessential combination of oneness in mind as well as in body breathes back beyond the days of the yoga mat and into something much deeper within. Where one cannot exist without the other.

Astrology (Wellbeing of the soul)

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The constructs of Indian astrology dates back to just after the onset of Yoga itself. Some say it is the keystone that unites the other two pillars together. Ancient Indian societies basking under zero light pollution skies and with zero dank memes to distract them, fled to the stars in the search for answers which can conclude the birth of Astrology. These pillars are the foundation upon which the holistic nature our ancestors had towards life as it stands today.

After decades of foreign ideologies attempting to harmonize our practice, Western science ultimately accepted its framework. Yoga, as we all know after initially being dismissed as an Eastern societal hocus-pocus has been accepted and proliferated across a growing global market. Repackaged and supplemented, split into various forms and fed to the masses as a new age, comprehensive and life-changing workout. The ayurvedic discipline itself has become a selling point through an incessant branding and though we are unable to escape its watered-down availability as a top shelf commodity, its accessibility speaks of the true constitution of its effectiveness.

The same principles of awareness and expansion apply to astrology. Struck across by many as a pseudoscience, countless followers throughout the world come to know the possibilities and fruits of the answers it provides.

Patterns in astrological texts were considered a scientific means from the Indus Valley to South East Asia and from Greek communities down to the Iberian peninsula for centuries. Even within the realm of the scientific method, ‘reality’ is more complicated than a simple yes or no.

Art and science can coexist

Astrology is considered as much an art as it is science by its practitioners as was by its founders. That must have been difficult to understand for western science which functions through highly linear argumentation. It was either ‘for this’ or ‘for that’ with which nonbelievers embezzled from us the freedom to be creative with our sciences.

For these highly developed ancient societies, it was often a blend of ‘this’ and ‘that’ which proved to be the most creative approach to science. It led the ancient societies of Sumeria, Egypt, Babylon into making such marvellous discoveries and breakthroughs that we still hold true today. The wheel, the sundial and the forge are a few of the fundamental examples that exist because of the artist’s experimentation, belief, and approach to reason.

Numerous sundials, temples and buildings were constructed to house worship and the study of the cosmos. The biggest example of this blend and balance between science and art is the conceptualisation and erection of the Pyramids of Giza. The capability to achieve the exactitude of their geocentric position, structural integrity and immense size of pyramids still baffles the experts when using sheer logic alone.

It cannot explain really how something so monumental could have been built thousands of years ago without modern knowledge and technology. Quite simply put, the cosmos dictated our lives for the ancient societies, so the stars and planets became Gods; an identity placed upon them to attribute their movements and interactions upon our chemical nature. The world was balanced just right.

Science wasn’t a strict set of rules that lacked imagination, it was a percentage of art and a percentage of common sense that brought about an equilibrium to the world. Not everything had to be broken down into systems and structures of rationale, somethings were just acquired because they worked, moulding the world into the world we have today.

Towards a better society

Just as ayurveda and yoga have helped hundreds of millions of people, the science of astrology has brought about the art of our coexistence with our cosmic identification of the elements.
Studying the night sky painstakingly and recording the patterns of celestial bodies is the science. Deducting the effect of these same celestial bodies on us is the craft. Astrology has the facility to aid awareness and make better informed decisions concerning our lives both now and in the times to come. If something helps humanity, it simply does!

It is now up to us to ask if we had got it right in the first place, to conduct the search both within and around. And like the Sundays constructing sandcastles with my brother, the pillars of our spiritual arts built within the sandbox of the scientific landscape has shaped the very world we live in.