From the Jacket:
Astrology can be considered a useful branch of knowledge only if its concepts and principles could be applied to assess the personality and life of a person, and to look into the years ahead to tell him as to what is in store for him.
The Signs, Houses and Planets are the three basic factors which need to be understood clearly for developing successful predictive ability. In Predictive Astrology - An Insight, rules and facts pertaining to each of these factors have been given and the effect of one factor on the other has been analysed in a very comprehensible and instructive manner. For timing the events in the life of a person correctly, the Vimshottari Dasa System has been rationalized to fit the calendar in vogue and detils of supportive transit indications have also been given.
This book is a manual of practical astrology designed to enable the reader to handle queries relating to various facets of everyday life successfully.
About the Author:
D.S. Mathur is a member of the Indian Administrative Service since 1971. He holds Master's degrees in Mathematics and Modern Indian History from the University of Allahabad. He has also pursued studies at the University of Birminghalm U.K. He has traveled widely in Europe and South East Asia. He has a deep and abiding interest in the culture and history of our country and has made a comprehensive study of astrological literature.
An attempt has been made in this work to clarify the concepts
with regard to the Signs, Planets, and Houses in simple and
readable language. These are the building blocks of the founda-
tion on which an edifice of sound analytical knowledge of
predictive astrology may rest. What each of these factors repre-
sents, what its characteristics are and what the postulates and
rules are relating to each of them have been clearly enunciated.
Further the results and effects of inter-action of these factors have
also been brought out in sufficient detail. To keep the bulk of the
work within limits, generally definitions and commonly known
or found facts have been dispensed with. Thus, this is not a
primer. It is meant for a person who, having found the subject
interesting and obtained its elementary knowledge, wishes to
delve deeper in it in a systematic manner.
There has been excessive emphasis on Yogas (planetary place-
ments and combinations) in predictive astrology, so much so that,
generally, the basics are lost sight of. The importance of various
yogas ought not to be belittled, but astrological prediction is not
mere application of yogas to the birth chart. In the present day
world, when astrology has assumed a place of common interest
and even a lay man likes to study the subject, to expect a modem
man to learn by heart the thousands and thousands of yogas with
which the astrological literature of yore is replete, is to expect too
much. He is also a little bewildered as such an approach does not
appeal to his rational mind.
For a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject, we
must know the fundamentals and the manner in which they can
be analysed. In this book the reader is taken through the subject
in a scientific manner. He will realise that there is reason in
predictive astrology, and that it is not merely the product of
intuitive surmisings. My effort has been to emphasise this reason
In the last Chapter, the maladjustment that exists between the
Vimshottari Dasa System and Gregorian calendar has been point-
ed out. The Dasa System has been adapted to the calendar in
vogue. It obviates the possibility of timings fixed with the use of
this System to fail. Suitable tables have been appended to save
the reader much arithmetical labour for, to my knowledge this
information is not available elsewhere in usable detail.
The strength of a planet is of foremost importance in Hindu
predictive astrology. The method of calculating the shadbala (six-
fold) strength of a planet is not only highly tedious but is beyond
the capability of a common reader. We have, in this book,
through a simple method, attempted to reach an approximation
to the six-fold strength of a planet without any mathematical
exercise. This has further been related to the Vinshopaka strength
of the planet. These two together will give a very fair idea of
the prowess of the planet to give results.
Long hours spent at the word-processor producing this book
could not make my wife Lalita, and the children, Radhika and
Rahul, impatient. I really marvel at their forbearance. My friends
have always encouraged me to put down my thoughts on paper.
This book is a result of that encouragement.
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