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-Astrology, Art or Science?

-What is Astrology?
-How are horoscopes determined?
-Where did exactly Astrology come from?
-What does the term 'Age of Aquarius' mean?
-I am interested in a compatibility report and would like it to be as
exact as possible but I do not have the precise birth time of my partner. What should I do?
-If a child is born by caesarian section and is therefore goes through an
induced birthhow does this affect the child's astral configuration?
-What is the difference between the free daily horoscope based on my
Sign and a complete astrological reading?
-Do I enter the place where I live or my birthplace?
-Who believes in Astrology?
-When will I receive my astrological report and how?
-Where can I see your products and can I examine a sample?
-How secure is this site and how safe is it to use my credit card to buy a reading online?-
-What about client confidentiality?
-If I am not a specialist in astrology, can I still request a report?
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Astrology, Art or Science?

For the peoples of the ancient civilizations of 4000 years ago or more, their work in developing and defining astrology was undoubtedly work of a scientific nature. These ancient scientists examined carefully the relationship between the natural phenomena which they observed all around them and certain recurring celestial events. This systematic, didactic and scientific observation was firmly based on a study of the laws of cause and effect and is an method of observation which we still use today, even if modern science and scientists tend to laude technological advancement over the accomplishments of our ancestors. Furthermore, astrology is a way of living, it is the particular and unique characteristics that each of us possess and our exploitation of these characteristics during the moments that we live and in the circumstances in which we find ourselves that determines the person that we are or aspire to be. These last factors are so very important and are not necessarily defined at the moment of birth and in the natal chart. On the other-hand the fact that we are presented with one choice and not another, which leads to one situation and not another can create these same circumstances. Whatever the departure point may be, astrology allows us to learn to differentiate the factors which are explicit to our natal chart and those which those which stem from the complex interaction with the choices and opportunities we face on a daily basis and helps us to understand that this complex interaction is an art and way of living our lives. In order to grasp and translate this theory it becomes necessary to apply ourselves to hypotheses, method and calculation, principles which we also find in the foundations of modern science.


What is Astrology?
The astrological theory which has developed over these thousands of years provides us with a richness of knowledge of the human character and gives us the capacity to better understand the events which prevail during our lifetimes. Astrology understands that events here on Earth are intimately and inextricably linked with celestial events, the passage of the planets and stars of the celestial heavens having a deep and profound effect on our daily lives. This interactivity, which we feel within ourselves and see in the nature around us, is at the root of astrology. Understanding the changing of the seasons, the turning of the tides and the natural process of birth and growth and comprehending our place in this complex and beautiful web is at the foundation of our astrological way of life.

How are horoscopes determined?
Without your precise birth details, your horoscope will obviously not be 100% accurate. A horoscope is calculated by assuming that the Sun is exactly central to your particular sign of the Zodiac. From this assumption the planets are then placed according to this position and the Houses of the Zodiac are placed with the house of your particular sign starting the sequence of Twelve. Your horoscope therefore is able to give you the a flavor of your configuration and a good start to your day but cannot provide the nuances a fully comprehensive chart is able to do.


Where did exactly did Astrology come from?

Astrology has been developed in various forms through about all of the civilizations of the world. Eastern Astrology differs from the astrology that we practice in the West but the ideas and concepts stay the same on a fundamental level. The terminology which we commonly use in order to interpret our astrology originates from Greek analysis of the stars. Following the Hellenistic period in ancient Greece, Greek was established as the universal language of astrology and thus spread to Rome and throughout the Roman Empire. Influences from India and even the Far East, turned the Eastern Roman Empire into a melting pots of Hellenistic and Sanskrit astrology and led eventually to the development of a particular Islamic astrology. The word astrology itself is a Middle English adaptation of the Greek 'astrologia', or the study of the stars, whereas the word horoscope represents the action of analysis and come from the Latin 'horoscopus' and the Greek 'horoskopos' , 'hora' meaning hour or season and 'skopos' meaning observer or watcher.


What does the term 'Age of Aquarius' mean?

Due to the precession of the equinoxes, the Sun enters into a new 'vernal' equinox every 2160 years. The Sun is currently in the Sign of Pisces, rising yearly into this constellation on the event of the Spring Equinox and thus we find ourselves in the ages of Pisces. The Sun will not enter into another Vernal Equinox until the year 2377, however as the Sun gets nearer and nearer to the Pisces / Aquarius cusp we should be able to see some of the effects of this new age, hence the term the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius. This is a careful term as much controversy surrounds the calculations of the astrological ages, the Age of Aquarius or at least its influences could then begin as early as 2060 or 2100 or as late as 2377. Pisces, an age of technology and advance will give way eventually to Aquarius, a age of brotherhood and harmony.
I am interested in a compatibility report and would like it to be as exact as possible but I do not have the precise birth time of my partner. What should I do?

Above all, do not worry. It is usually sufficient to enter the birth date. In this case it is assumed that the time is noon. In this way the only possible difference can come from the movement of the moon in your partners configuration and as the moon moves about 12 degrees a day by putting the moon at midday there should only be an inaccuracy of 6 degrees at this point. In other words, your partners chart will be 98% correct.
If a child is born by caesarian section and is therefore goes through an induced birth how does this affect the child's astral configuration?

First of all the child's astrological configuration is entirely right for him or her, it concerns the exact moment of birth no matter how the child was born. The child's Sun Sign may be changed from what was originally predicted, however bearing in mind that the Sun Sign is above all only a starting point for an astral calculation and that therefore any alteration to the natural birth process close to the due date produces very little nuance in the chart, a birth by cesarean section should really not be a concern as far as the child's chart is concerned. A newborn child is a joyous, unique event, whether the birth be through intervention or not.


What is the difference between the free daily horoscope based on my Sign and a complete astrological reading?
Your daily horoscope can give you an overall idea or the most apparent tendencies of your configuration, with the relevant characteristics of your Sun Sign at a given moment. An astrological study is based entirely on your particular details, your exact time, date and place of birth and is your unique astrological report, allowing you to use its formidable guidance to help make all important decisions in your life.


Do I enter the place where I live or my birthplace?
Your birthplace should always be entered, as it is then possible to locate your exact moment of birth geographically.


Who believes in Astrology?
A recent study states that over 37% of Americans consult their daily horoscope and that 1 in 4 Americans believes in Astrology, a staggering figure ! Whether you are an adept of astrology or a beginner wishing to return to basics to live a fascinating and enriching experience, you will be among the millions of individuals who learn to know themselves better through astrology and who apply astrological techniques to their decision-making processes and who use a greater personal understanding to seize the important opportunities which come their way.
When will I receive my astrological report and how?
We will send you your report by email within 3 days of your order and you will be able to read and print your reading. Our reports are not determined online as is the case with certain Internet web-sites. We pay particular attention to the quality of our reports and take the time to completely review and verify which we will offer you. We place great importance on your satisfaction and are very much interested in your opinion. If you do have any comments or suggestions concerning your astrological report you can write to myorder@aboutAstro.com.
Where can I see your products and can I examine a sample?
To see a preview of our products, click on the link our reports on the left-hand side of our homepage.
How secure is this site and how safe is it to use my credit card to buy a reading online?
This site is absolutely secure, aboutAstro.com uses SSL security to protect you and your credit card information. SSL is a high security system and the leader in its domain. SSL ensures that the user and server are exactly who they claim to be and then surveys and encrypts the transfer of information as it travels through the Internet. Your credit card details are totally safe and secure and nobody else can gain access. aboutAstro.com also has a policy of disposing of your credit card information once the transaction is confirmed.
What about client confidentiality?
We regard all personal information and birth data as wholly confidential and refuse to divulge your information to any third party.
If I am not a specialist in astrology, can I still request a report?
Absolutely and without any problem ! Our goal is to provide you with fully comprehensive information regarding you and your astral configuration which means that you will not have to wade through reams and reams of technical data in order to get to the information which you need. Our reports are efficient, complete and professional which means that all technical terminology is thoroughly explained and concerns exactly your particular report. Our reports are well written and are clearly understandable, offering you the astrological information you request supported by thoroughly explained techniques and in a language which will help you interpret and use your report easily and efficiently.
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1.What is a Horoscope ?

A Horoscope is the symbolic interpretation in form of a table (format changes from country to country as well as culture to culture) for the placement of planets in the zodiac for a particular place at a particular time and day.

Its equivalent would be a snap shot of the sky at the same specified time of birth.

Since the system of Indian Astrology recognizes the heavenly bodies in our solar system while taking the rest of the constellations and galaxies as reference points in relation to the planets, we judge the strength of the planets based on the constellation they are moving against.

For the purpose of uniformity we fix the point rising on the Eastern Horizon (called the Ascendant) so as to read the charts with constant values for judgement.

A horoscope would be exclusive to you hence an individual character and destiny for all living beings.

.  What is Mangal Dosha?(The evil effects of Planet Mars)

Mangal Dosha is a generic astrological term for Malefic ( Bad ) planets placed in certain positions as well as combinations which hamper the married as well as romantic life of a person. Mangal Dosha also contributes to a persons personality and usually makes a person with such affliction in their birth chart , not very adjusting in life and with some character defect which usually causes adversities between partners.
The planets involved are MARS ( At the head of the list called Mangal in Hindi ,the common language of India,hence named after him ), SATURN, RAHU ( Dragonís Head) and KETU ( Dragonís name ). These planets when they effect any of the following areas : Family, Happiness, Longevity of spouse, Fulfillment in sexual matters they are generically put up as Manglik Dosha.
The effects of this dosha vary as follows :

Dissatisfaction in married life, Inability to find a person suitable for marriage, Incompatible sexual preference, Inadequate longevity of spouse, low adjustment potential, lack of satisfaction with own spouse and hence looking for other avenues,frequent quarrels and fights in domestic life, Delay in marriage are a few of the effects of this dosha.

A word of caution through, just having Manglik dosha will not give all these bad effects and even the intensity will differ from person to person. So we would advise that such judgement is left to the experts and you do not fall prey to any conclusions.

What is Sade Sati?(Seven and a half years of Saturn)

The period is caused in Indian Astrology when Saturn transits 12th, 1st and 2nd houses from Moon sign This period is called Sade Sati:

Sade Sati is a very dreadful word for the common masses. It occurs after avery 30 years in life.People go by mere traditional convention and general belief that Sade Sati period brings dissatisfaction, disappointments, depression, differences, disputes, disharmony and undesirable results ,but actually this is not the case.Sade Sati consists of 3 cycles of 2 1/2 years called Dhaia (2 Ĺ years) when Saturn transits in 12th, 1st and 2nd houses from Moon sign. The three cycles are explained below as per standard dictum and should not be accepted as such, subject to other conditions laid down below:

IST CYCLE: - In the first cycle, when Saturn transits 12th house from moon for 2 years, the evil results are felt by the parents and near relations of the native. The health of grand mother will be affected and may result in her death. The eyesight of the native can be affected necessitating the use of spectacles .Saturn here puts era expenditure.

The position of Saturn may affect the financial position as Saturn aspects 2ndhouse, it may retard environmental activities. If in a birth chart Saturn is passing through the last phase of life may force native to get sanyas VIZ one will be detached from his or her family, wealth, home etc.Fore saking of these worldly things amounts to Sanyas.
In addition to the above during this period, the father of native may have set back or reversal, loss etc. in his profession, and will lead to an extra, unwanted and uncalled for expenditure which may become unbearable for the native.
During this cycle Saturn transits the moon sign for 2 Ĺ years. During this period, it affects the native himself in domestic and professional fields. Alsodenotes ill health and death of some relations, fear from enemies, journey to distant places and separation from relations like brothers, sisters, wife or family etc. May cause imprisonment, miseries, loss of wealth, fatigue and general debility, loss of friends, Obstructions and delay in undertakings, failure in attempts and increased expenditure.
Saturn when transits in 2nd house from Moon, third cycle of Sadi Sati starts. It affects oneís health, children and may even cause death if it come in late life.During this transit, loss of health, happiness, loss of position, increased expenditure, financial stress and physical weakness might be felt. Gain of wealth from others, which will be lost, deception through wicked men.May cause death of children too if other combinations to confirm the same are present.

These are the effects of the sade sati of Saturn.

What is Kalsarpa Yoga?
Kalasarpa Yoga is formed by the situation of all planets within Rahu ( Dragonís head ) and Ketu ( Dragonís Tail ).Here Rahu ( Dragonís Head ) must be considered as moving in an anti-clockwise direction.
The effects of this combination is general weakness of the birth chart with the good effects of favourable planets curtailed while the bad effects of evil planets are magnified.
The combination works on a lifelong basis however the majority of the effects are felt by 36 years of age and thereafter the person progresses well in life.

Do gems really have an effect?How do they work?

Precious stones when properly selected and used ward off evils indicated by the planets.Different planets have different stones.A proper use of them will also help the native in favorable situations or enterprises.The gems pertaining to a particular planet concentrates the positive energies as well as the specific color of the planet and funnels the effects in the body of the person wearing it by using the system of a filter to allow that particular energy & color to get absorbed in the body.

What are the principles involved when mass tragedies like war, earth quakes take place?

When a country is subjected to evil rays the individual has no separate independent existence.He becomes a part of the whole and an astrologer is expected to keep a vigilant eye on the directions in the national chart as well as the effects of other celestial phenomena with the help of mundane astrology (which studies the influence of New Moons, Eclipses, Ingresses, planetary conjunctions and comets) upon the fate of nations, countries and peoples.

Can we really reduce the bad effects of planets?

Yes bad effects can be reduced although not fully reversed ( Since we cannot change destiny ) by various remedies prescribed in our ancient Indian texts.

These include recitation / chanting of esoteric words in harmony with the god governing the malefic planet. This is called a Mantra.

Then we have ancient symbols with are imprinted or embossed on metal or other material plaques and then meditated upon to give them the power to ward of the adverse planetary effects. This method is used for peculiar planetary combinations and usually is used at place of work or at home. This is called a Yantra.

Of course the most popular remedy has been the wearing of gems & metals to give strength to the planet causing troubles and hardships.

Lastly is the method of remedies which include various ancient practices ( too detailed for discussion here ) which provide relief from various planetary adversities.
Collectively these practices have provided relief to mankind provided the person does not forget that there is no alternative to action and honesty in intentions to overcome adverse periods in life.

Why is it important to match horoscopes for marriage?

Marriage is one of the most important aspects of life and it is with the help of astrology that we are able to check various issues like the chances of the relationship continuing without a break, harmony in life, whether one person is causing hurdles or pressure on the life of the other partner.

With these cleared the marriage can be performed with much more ease in the mind.

Since we all know a bad relationship can put a person back by a few years so getting the horoscope matched is like buying insurance for a happy and peaceful life.

What principles are checked while matching compatibility for marriage?

The method of checking compatibility is a very scientific methodThe following areas are checked for compatibility and the cumulative total after giving a weighted importance to each area is 36 points. As per ancient Indian texts the minimum points allowed for the match to be approved is 18 points or 50 %. The different areas are :

    TEMPRAMENTS ( Intellectual Compatibility )
3.    LONGEVITY OF HUSBAND. ( Growth of family )
4.    LONGEVITY OF WIFE.( Growth of family )
6.    LEVEL OF ATTRACTION. ( Children )
11.  SPIRITUAL & EGO DEVELOPMENT OF PARTNER (In relation to each other)
12.  PULSE OR NERVOUS ENERGY ( To cover psychological and hereditary factors so that both the partner do not have the same genetic defects which are passed on to the next generation. 

Since every person cannot have harmony in all areas so the ancient texts prescribe at least 50 % compatibility so as to give the marriage a chance to work.

There is empirical evidence to show that the marriages between people with a compatibility factor below 50 %have a lower success rate than ones with figure higher than that.


What principles are involved while naming children as per their horoscope?

Each zodiac sign corresponds to certain sounds as per the list given below. Just like a musical instrument where certain points signify certain sounds similarly the zodiac signs are different places in space corresponding to these sounds as mentioned below.

A person named in harmony with the sound corresponding to his birth chart gets the effects of planetary combinations in a more smooth and unhindered way than those people named in disharmony with their natural birth sounds.

Are planetary effects predominant?What is the human effort is the whole process?

It is true that the science of astrology is a science of indication.Provided there is a strong will and requisite effort is brought into play, certain indications in the horoscope can be overcome.Of course, the strong will in such a case will be indicated in the nativity itself.Just as unfavourable indications can be overcome.In the above manner, the promise of good effects can also be spoiled in various ways.A weak and vacillating mind will not be able to take advantage of the planetary vibrations and bring them to fruit.For exampleif the man acts perversely, he can prevent a good alliance of marriage.It is to some extent within the range of prediction too.

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