Scientific view of Vedic Astrology: An exploration
of science in Astrology and where it moves away
by Anuj Bahl
The world over Astrology is viewed
in a variety of ways. Some people view it as a hidden science
and a mystical subject. A few others take Astrology to be a pure
science and some believe it to be a mere superstition. The
debate between scientists and astrologers regarding the nature
of Astrology continues till date unabated.
Science for one may be superstition
for another. Often it is seen that people blindly follow science
without understanding what it actually says and what its
limitations are. Such a behavior is born out of blind beliefs
and even when the concept is scientific, the individual merely
“believes” it to be true without its valid reasons. In other
words to reject OR to accept a concept or an idea without
knowing its fundamentals is nothing but a mere superstition.
We present to you some interesting
and thoughtful concepts that will help in understanding
Astrology as a subject, its relevance and its limitations.
The Basics: Astrology in scientific terms
Astrology relates itself to planets and to the two
luminaries namely Sun and Moon. In modern science, we know, Sun
is a star and is the prime mover and, therefore, secondary
sources of energy depend upon its energy. Sun sends in its
energy directly to the Earth and, also, as reflected energy from
the Moon and other planets. This energy may be light, heat,
magnetic, gravitational or any other that may be discovered by
Scientists in the coming years. The fact of the matter is, the
energy reaching Earth comes from the Sun and other planets both
in direct and indirect ways.
All events are energy driven. This
statement comes from the scientific adage that every effect has
a cause and that every happening has a force behind it. In other
words, it is safe to understand that energy drives the events.
If we were to understand the kind
of energy that drives particular events then we have a
formidable knowledge in our hands. This is exactly what the
ancient Indians attempted. They divided the energy between
planets and developed calculations to measure the contribution
of energy from different planets. By studying the effects that
the energy brings, repeatedly, the ancient Indians were able to
correctly assess, what planetary energy meant for human life,
natural habitat and our world in general. This gave them a tool
to calculate the following:
Energy received at a particular
time at any place on Earth.
The energy received from each
The quantum of conflicting and
self canceling energy.
Now it became easier to correlate
any happening in any individual’s life to the planetary system.
Astrology is a discovery of natural phenomenon much as discovery
of gravity or magnetism is.
Astrology & Astronomy
The calculation of planetary longitudes and their motion is
vital to their placement in astrological charts. Astrology takes
the reference as Earth and it measures the movement of planets
with reference to earth.
Further, it divides the sky into 12
equal parts called signs and 27 equal parts known as
constellations. This is to categorize the nature of various
parts of our sky through distant stars and constellations.
All of the above calculations are
nothing but astronomy. It is only when we try to correlate the
astronomy with its effects do we bring in additional
observational data and call it Astrology. In other words, a
rudimentary definition of Astrology, would be – a study of
correlation of cosmic forces with life and natural phenomenon.
Astrology isn’t a set of beliefs
and superstitions. It is observation, experimentation and
categorization of cause and effects. Both in its study and its
application, it resembles pure science.
Why Astrology isn’t always replicable?
Many scientists have a simple query
against the astrologers – If astrology is a science then its
principles must be replicable?
In Science, a discovery is made a
natural law if the same phenomenon is replicable given the same
conditions. Let us understand this with a small example of rain.
Rain cannot happen without clouds. This is the law but this kind
of suggests that whenever clouds are present rain occurs. We all
know this isn’t true. The correct replicable law is that for
rain to happen not only the clouds have to be present, but, they
have to be so full of moisture that they cannot hold it any
longer. This is replicable but not always. Anywhere in the
tropical world the clouds cannot hold moisture then it rains. In
the Tundra regions, however, this law does not hold true. There
instead of rain the moisture might fall as snow. So the law of
rain is changed again to hold true for some regions.
In Astrology, many astrologers are
presently engaged in showing replicable results to the world.
They are doing commendable work but here we would like to give
reasons why astrology and its laws are not always replicable.
Astrology measures the energy at
any given point of an event and then discusses the likely events
that are possible in the future in the space time continuum
consequent to this event. Each event itself is a cause to a
variety of possibilities. It is, therefore, possible to predict
the variety of possibilities but very difficult to predict the
exact future event.
The events that one faces in life
are called destiny. With each event or situation, an individual
has a choice:
To react to the situation in
many different ways.
To accept the situation and be
To accept the situation and do
(space-time continuum diagram as represented in A brief
history of time - by eminent scientist Stephan Hawking. We are
using the diagram only for the purpose of understanding the
events and their possible outcomes with this diagram and in no
way suggesting Mr. Hawking's association with astrology or this
site or the way of thinking)
Upon the choice of the individual the possibilities of the
future events hang. As individual choices can be many the
likelihood of the event happening in the future changes. This
change in probability is born out of a simple understanding of
science of human nature.
The more the humans are non-reactive to their destiny the harder
it will be to determine the happenings likely to occur in their
future. This may represent only 1% of the total humanity yet it
cannot be treated as an exception.
Astrology therefore is, for the
very scientific reasons it upholds, not replicable, always.
Light & Astrology
We introduce the word Jyotish to
you now. Jyotish means the science of light. Light is another
form of energy. Light is known to carry the information of
events with it. In other words, light could be one of the main
factors that make the time continuum possible. It brings certain
continuity between events as it carries vital information from
one event and enables its effects.
Let us again use an example. If a
very dear friend who is sitting next to you is suddenly sick but
this information that is carried by energy to you – through
sight and sound is arrested. Imagine something that arrests both
the light and sound that it cannot reach you. In such a case,
the effect of his cries for help will not be there on you.
Whereas, the moment you get this information, you will act. It
is safe to presume that light carries information and brings and
enables cause and effect. Here light should be understood as
Cause and effect enables time as
time is defined as the interval between two events. If events
aren’t present time cannot be present. In deep sleep we get a
glimpse of no time situation.
The ancient seers of India
recognized these facts and employed them beautifully into a
subject of Astrology. Astrology takes its subject matter from
the very basis of space and time and it does not lack in its
Scientists & Astrology
We believe that if scientific community of the world need to
focus on astrology, then it should at least try and prove some
of its principles through their know-how rather than waste time
and energy in proving something useful as a mere superstition.
Perhaps we can find the lost
chapters of astrology (lost or destroyed chapters of various
ancient texts over the centuries) ourselves and understand the
same in new light.