The pleasure of astrological forecast is when you look back and see whether the predictions have come true or not. I read them for their entertainment value, for I believe no man on earth can foresee what lies ahead. If so, he is no longer a human made of flesh and blood and five senses: he’s divine.
Nevertheless, curiosity is in the human gene. So we pursue the game. There are entertaining predictions that give you a vicarious pleasure in anticipating things.
Here I reproduce the prediction that was posted on March 25 this year by an illuminator Varenya:
AP Chief Minister change before August 2012
“As Saturn goes back into Virgo from mid-May and comes back into Libra on August 2, 2012, it will cause change of chief ministers in some states, particularly in Andhra Pradesh; possibility of this change is more, as Saturn is transiting this state’s moon sign.” (Posted on 25-3-2012 at 7.21am)
New CM will be a low profile person. (Make a list of low-profile persons— it’s fun)
Some predictions give you a shock, and you wonder at its uncanniness. For instance, this one was posted on the counting day of the 18 Assembly by-polls early in the morning. See how one part of the prediction proved true and the later part went phut.
“In today’s by-elections, YSRCP will win about 15-16 seats and remaining 2 seats may go to Telugu Desam party. Congress may not win even one seat. There will be at least one surprise/shocking victory out of 18 seats.”
— Bhavani (Posted on 6-12-2012 6.30am)
Here, again, Chief Minister gets another eerie prediction:
“New CM Kiran Kumar Reddy born on September 13, 1960, Hyderabad in Makara Lagna is now running Saturn dasa, Rahu bhukti since last year. He will not survive in his post till 2014 elections, as upcoming Saturn-Jupiter bhukti will cause downfall. AP horoscope shows political crisis soon.” (Posted on 8-5-2010 at 12.19pm)
On the other side of the fence, the science buffs castigate astrology. But here is a more reasonable self-assessment of astrology.
Sunil Sharma, director of the Astrological Research Centre wrote in 2009: After 1992 elections, our institute sought the birth details of some politicians for research purposes, and to our surprise, the details received for the then prime minister PV Narsimha Rao mentioned his date of birth as June 28, 1921, between 12 noon and 1pm and the place of birth as Karim Nagar, Andhra Pradesh (the letter received from PMO).
In a letter signed by Atal Behari Vajpayee, leader of the opposition in 1994, mentioned that he was born on December 25, 1926, in Gwalior at about 5pm. The time of birth was approximate. In both of the abovementioned cases, when politicians themselves are in doubt of their birth details, it would be sheer dishonesty to even imagine being able to come up with accurate predictions and any results can only be predicted in terms of approximations.
Like God and Ghost, astrology remains a contentious issue, yet there is no other belief that continues to mystify mankind, as a wisecrack goes: “I don’t believe in astrology. I’m a Sagittarius. Sagittarius are skeptical!”
Wash this all down with a quote of Francis Bacon: “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”
The writer works for Postnoon.