From Astronomy to Astrology…

One evening, in the year 1997 , I was walking on the terrace of my hostel in Pondicherry Engg. College. I saw Mani(where is he now?) showing the sky to his friends and explaining something . He showed a bright orange(reddish) star and said,” That is Mars!”. What mars?( visible to the naked eye??!!). I am not sure, if other people believed him. I didn’t believe him at that time. But, I was curious. I asked him how he was able to spot it. He said learned about it from his relative. Then he told me about the sky chart that is published in “The Hindu” beginning of evey month.

That was the beginning of my interest to learn about the contellations and planets. Even before that, I had always been fascinated by the stars. Just looking at the sky relaxes me. Started identifying contellations one by one with the map.Then to my surprise discovered the 12 zodiac signs(Aries,Taurus…Pisces ) have corresponding constellation in the sky.They fall in a line. It was interesting to note that, all visible the planets and theSun, the Moon( also the other planets) move through these Zodiac constellations( more or less). It’s due to the fact that all the planets revolve around the sun in the same plane, making a impression that they move through the fixed backdrop of stars in these 12 constellations.

Before that, I had the assumption that the planets represented in Astrology charts were hypothetical and didn’t have relationship with the real planets. As I write this, I just looked at sky from the balcony. I could identify the Saturn in Cancer( though the stars in this constellation were not visible) ,below the the stars Castor,Pollux(head stars of the twins) of Gemini. The reddish mars is visible in the Zodiac Aries. Also Rohini(aldeberen) and Kiruttigai( pleiades– the naked eye visible cluster) visible nearby, in the constellation Taurus. All these things directly map to the atrology chart!

I’ll write about these relationships between astrology and relality later.

After I became comfortable in identifying most of the 88 constellations,planets and the bright stars without using sky charts, I wanted to own a telescope and look at the planets and Messier objects. In 2004 bought my astronomical telescope. Only then realized, it’s useless in this light polluted city :(. Just used it to see Moon, Jupiter and Saturn few times. Now, it’s packed and lying in the corner. Though I have lost the passion on astronomy, I still have the interest.

Recently, I developed interest in Astrology. First time, I studied about it( Vedic astrology) in a formal way. I bought a training CDs a year back. I saw that few times and bought some books on astrology.There is Google to assist me. The only relationship I found between astrolgy and astronomy is – the charts. All other predictions are pure fantasies 🙂

Long back, I wrote post about the belief in astrology. I am still have the same opinion. There is lot to study before I try to analyze how it can impel our lives or all these things has just to do with psychology.

Nowadays, I am asking the DOB,TOB(Time of Birth) and POB(Place of Birth) to my friends and other interesting people :). So beware of me – I might ask you as well! Sometimes, people used to say,” Onnoda jathagame engitta irukku“. Really I have many people’s jathagam in my hand.

I am planning to write more about astrology/astronomy in my blog. ok..more laterz…


There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don’t.

  • Kars !

    >The sun passes through another constellation that is missing in zodiac, its called ‘Ophiuchus’ or the snake wrestler.

    Try reading about “Mithra’s mysteries”, you’ll indeed learn a lot about astronomy :).

  • Me

    >pona post ideal lover pathi…indha post la ellar oda jaathagumum en kaila nu solreenga…enna vishyam krish…veetla pon paaka aaramichitaangala….:P

  • susubala

    >Keep collecting jaathagam is it ? Go ahead and be cheerful !

    To be sincere, It is very interesting post and I love gazing at stars, moons & clouds hours together. Come out with more posts on this subject.

  • Krish

    how r u man 🙂

    Yeah, I know abt that’Ophiuchus’. Thx for pointing it here. Probably I’ll wite abt the anomolies as well ….

    “Mithra’s mysteries” – I’ll try to read it. Anyway I know a vevry little on thes subjects.

    how did u find out 🙂

    Thanks Sumi.

  • J

    >Ahaa, nice to know this, Krishna. cha, indha maathri pudhusa panna nalla irukum la. I am impressed 🙂 Keep it up.

  • Nth Dimension


    It is absolutely true that we amateurs have a lot to learn before we can really comment on the effect of astrology on our lives.

    But permit me to say this one thing – giving people even a perception of how their future is going to be, is like effectively locking them into that path. They believe in the inevitability of that prediction, and the subsequent actions are all geared toward that result, thus making that original prediction true.

    Maybe I am totally wrong with this assertion, but I am unable to disregard this opinion…

  • Nth Dimension

    >An oh by the way, brilliant footer to the post!

  • Krish

    Thanks J. What happened to your music classes 🙂

    How r u doing man! Thanks for commening 🙂

    //They believe in the inevitability of that prediction, and the subsequent actions are all geared toward that result, //
    Yeah…sure there is psychological factor which makes them achive the predicted outcome. Even, I know of people who mold their character based on the characteristics specified for their Sun Sign :))

    But then, what abt predictions coming true for those who have n’t consulted astrologers?
    That’s the driving force for me to study abt astrology.

    //An oh by the way, brilliant footer to the post!//
    🙂 .Well.

  • Sam

    >Hi is a web site
    where you can download a comprehensive jyotish software free of cost. This is a great service by this gentleman. The software doesn’t give any predictions. I was a member of his newsgroup for some time.
    Good luck in your pursuit of Vedic Astrology.

  • ~*. D E E P A .* ~

    >Hello ….

    Thanx for stopping by …
    guess what .. my dad’s uncle , and his brothers are all astrologers …

    i dont exactly believe in astrology , but i enjoy thinking abt it …

    am gonna read ur posts soon 🙂

  • unknown

    >even am interested to know something abt it..will u suggest me how to start up…..
    hope u wont ask my wont beleive this still want to know what is there in it?

  • NaiKutti

    >man, u shld continue ur interest in astronomy… astrology — am yet to figure out if it can be true in some sense at all… probbaly not it may be more pshycological but u never know :-)…

    i just like to do star gazing when on trips but that doesn’t often happen :-)…

  • Krish

    you know what : I am already using that software. yeah that’s good freeware :).

    Thanks man!

    welcome here 🙂

    //i dont exactly believe in astrology , but i enjoy thinking abt it … //
    that’s interesting. May be they(ur relative astrologers) told you some good things based on astrology :))

    am gonna read ur posts soon :)// expectations… i am just beginning to learn astrology…

    I know more abt astronomy than astrology . Anyway i’ll try to help u in astrology…
    but, you need to have some belief or atlest ready to study that in neutral point of viw. Otherwise it’ll look totally funny…

    hope u wont ask my horoscope..
    //I can’t guarentee :))
    Anyway send me a mail if u r interested in these …

    thanks buddy. I’ll continue my study on this !

  • :: The Protector ::

    >>>Local girl with global thinking 🙂

    etho brand tagline maathri irukku… hahah….

    ennpa jaathagumum paaka aaramichiyachi….enna vishyam… ;P


  • Known Stranger

    >ha ha ha a.. thanks for letting me know i write good, but still i feel i need to improve better and more impressive that could touch the readers like that of cheran’s movie.

  • Known Stranger

    >i have no much knowledge in astronomy but do tried my hand in understanding the astrology part a bit with some help from a astrologer

  • Marutham

    >Found your blog through GP, Nice post! And regarding the 10 kind of people……i do understand! 😛 It’s very intersting and funny!! Never thoght of anything like this! Is it your lines??

  • Krish

    //>>Local girl with global thinking 🙂

    etho brand tagline maathri irukku… hahaha….//
    hahaha :). In of my posts I have written that I am a local guy with global thinking :)))

    Thanks man!
    Probably I can get some info on astrlogy from u !

    Hey, welcome here..!
    Thanks for the comments…

    Abt the footer: I didn’t write that. I have read it somewhere..I just used it for this post…
    I don’t have that much creative abilites…at least as of now 🙂

  • unknown

    >hi krish,
    was searching for someone who can help me out in learning it….
    sure ,wont take it as funny

  • Krish


    Sure I can help Ammu 🙂

  • stargirl@hatboss

    >Hi! Your post is really interesting. Like you, I also have deep interest in astronomy and astrophotography. I just want to share with you my recently discovered site and see what they are doing with tiny cheap camera. See here:

  • Acharya Pradeep

    >Glad you like astrology. I work with a Vedic Astrology portal –
    We have astrologers with even 50+ years experience working with us. Try out some of our reports!