Astrology | Systems
108 Cowrie Method
There are some astrologers who use cowries to predict future.
(1) They use a set of cowries that are used for calculation purpose. And they are a set of 108 cowries (since 108 indicates the total Navaash count) that is used in Arudhaa (similar to Lagna, used as starting point for prediction) determination along with some special cowries or other artifacts (such as stones or gems) used to indicate 9 planets, Lagna etc displayed in the Raashi Chakra (zodiac) drawn in front of the astrologer in the Raashi Palak (Astrologer' s board).
(2) The cowries are not used in the mysterious way as it may seem, but with the real well defined practical purpose which is logical and interesting to understand.
The primary use of cowries for the south Indian astrologers are listed below -
Many astrologers in Kerala leave their set of 108 cowries at a temple for Poojaa (and
Abhishekam I presume) once a year for 21 days. Are these left in front of Ganesh or
Dakshinaamurti or Shiv Vigraha?
It is accurate depending the Knowledge, expertise etc of the astrologer,
if when in doubt we can always refer hands to confirm the event. My problem
is unless I am familiar with the hands I am not sure if this lines are newly
forming or it is just disappearing so simply depending on the hand reading I
cannot predict, whereas so as to confirm the strength of the planet and events
we can confirm both Natal chart and hands this I use mainly when the Native
comes for matching the charts, if a female chart shows Vaidhavya (widowhood)
or separation and we doubtful about the confirmation of event since we are
not sure if this can be averted, if it is showing in hand we can make sure
that a marriage happening soon will end in death or separation of the partner
I also use this method to confirm the strength of the planetary Dashaa in
Vinshottaree scheme mounts and fingers will tell us if the planet is strong
etc and in the Dashaa it may give us guidance on what to predict.
In his biography BV Raman mentions a 25 cowrie system from Aandhra Pradesh and gives its details. "My Experiences in Astrology" by BV Raman. In the word document version it is on page 12, Raman got this from a Aandhra Pandit --
"A method in horary employed by the Pandit based on the counting of cowries was
believed to be dependable in answering questions. It was as follows. The astrologer,
after purification in the morning with a bath and worship of his family deity, should
hand over 25 cowries to the querryist after uttering the Mantra "Om Namo Bhagavate
Chaamundeshwaree malayala Swaroopinee Sarv Siddhikarinee". The querryist should drop
cowries on the floor after shaking them well. The following results are attributed to one
or more cowries falling with their heads on:
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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 11/26/2012