Other Methods for Prediction
There are are some other methods also used to predict...
Fortune-telling is all about predicting the future events in a person's
life and is a catch-all phrase for astrology, numerology, psychic reading,
tarot cards reading, palmistry, Naadee Jyotish, crystal gazing, prophesying
and prognosticating and even the parrot predictions offered by the lowly
road-side peddlers. None of these practitioners can claim superiority over
the others, although they sometimes may snipe behind the other, usually they
all believe in live and let live policy like the Tamil adage after all they
are all birds of the same feather. And every independent branch of these
varieties of fortune-telling profession has its own votaries and followers
who swear by them: It is like to each, his own.<.font>
Now the question is why do we turn to fortune-tellers at all? Because of
the curiosity to know the unknown - future, and since every one of us have
some or the other not-so easily resolvable domestic problem, for example
marriage problems, Santaan Dosham, job problems, business problems, mental,
health and family problems etc etc. And every one is anxious to get out of
it as quickly as possible or anxious to know how soon they will be delivered
of the curses bedeviling them. Here the fortune-tellers come in handy soothing
their jangled nerves and mental stress by offering some plausible palliative,
assuring better, happier days ahead, even if they don't come true... Many a
soothsayer, especially those from Kerala and their Mantravaadee, will suggest
you to perform an expensive Poojaa and lo, all your problems would vanish into
The bottom line is, NO FORTUNE-TELLER can predict the future course of
events with any degree of certainty, and if it were possible, all the
countries would have happily nipped their problems in the bud, before they
turned to monstrous proportions, and we all would have been living in
Utopian Raam Raajya for centuries now. By the way there are many other
local systems of prediction in every society besides the following.
The Oxford dictionary defines astrology as the study of the movements and
relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as an influence on
human affairs. The definition is self-explanatory, but in simpler terms,
the Moon and certain other celestial bodies orbiting around the Sun, like
our own Earth does have a bearing on our the life of earthlings. The other
planets, apart from the Sun and the Moon that are taken into reckon are
--Mars (Mangal in Hindi, Chovvai in Tamil and Mandi in Malayalam) hardly
brought Mangal and happiness and a Maangalik girl became an accursed one;
--Mercury (Budh or Brihaspati), the one closest to the Sun, hence hottest
of all planets, is credited with wisdom and knowledge;
--Jupiter (Guru) became the personification of goodness;
--Venus (Shukra, Velli) came to be associated with beauty though the
planet we now learn to be one of the most inhospitable with extreme
temperatures and an atmosphere - dense carbon-dioxide that can never
sustain any living things.
--Saturn (Shani) portended ill-luck and worse, so people were exhorted to
take measures to propitiate Shani and counter his effects.
In fact all celestial bodies are inhospitable for humans or for that matter
even any other simplest of living organisms, yet we still take them to be
Gods who are actually supposed to be our Protectors. The other planets in
the solar system viz. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (used in western astrology
only) were not considered in Indian astrology or Vaidik Jyotish for all these
calculations only because they came to be discovered centuries after Astrology
was born. More, if the assumption that all planets and stars do exercise their
influence on earthlings is right, logically shouldn't the zillions of star systems
and their planets that exist in the Universe also have a bearing on our lives?
The other essential elements to make prediction are
--Time of birth is of essence if the surmise that alignment of Planets that could
mould your fate is to be believed.
--Place of birth that is of paramount importance for the prediction to come true;
it's like this: you are born in say Bangalore or Patna, Delhi or New York, the
alignment of the celestial objects with reference to the person's birthplace is
important for greater accuracy of forecasts.
Now about the time? The Indian Standard Time (IST) is actually the time that would
prevail at 73-deg. East latitude, an imaginary line that fall almost at the center
of the West-East divide of India. Though for convenience sake the IST is made applicable
to the entire India, the actual time difference in relation to Sun between Calcutta
or Shillong on the East and Mumbai on the West coast would be as much as one hour. In
other words if the sunrise for the entire country is 6.15 am IST, the time in actual
fact in Calcutta or Shillong will be 6.45 a.m. and the Sun would have already risen
in Calcutta a goodly 30 minutes earlier! In contrast to Bombay the Sun will actually
be rising only at 6.45 am.
--Date of Birth is another essential element.
By the help of the above three facts one
can find the placements of all the planets at the time of birth of the native. And then
with his chart the astrologers predict the future. But the accuracy of the prediction
is affected when even one of these three information is wrong for the native. Although,
now with the advent of computers Birth Time Rectification has become quite possible,
still other two information are required.
Crystal Ball Gazers
Some people predict through crystal balls. The object is about 3 or 4 clear spherical crystal
and the practitioner concentrates on it for long before pronouncing his predictions. The reader
sees all in that crystal ball.
Numerology is another popular method of
predictions. Everyone knows about it - the practitioners tell you the best configuration
for you all things considered. The foremost in the field is the mathematical wizard
Shakuntala Devi operating from her plush Pedder Road apartments. She wrote several books
on the nuances of figures/numbers, then switched to the (more paying) profession of
numerology. If any votary of any other branch of prognostication were to tell her that
numerology is just a numbers game, one can very well imagine what her reaction would be
like. In the western world it is very popular and one can find many books on it.
In the parrot prophesying, the lowly pro has two or three dozen pre-printed dog-eared
fortune cards kept in envelopes. When a hurried client approaches him to know what lays
ahead for him, the pro lets out the caged bird, parrot or a bird, and barks at it to pick
out an envelope from among the pack lying in a row. These parrots or birds are trained for
that. The bird jumps here and there, and randomly selects one envelope. The reader picks
the envelope from its beak and opens it, reads the fortune written in it.
Another method is Tarot
cards. The tarot reading is the spookiest attributing magic, mystique,
occult and what not to this craft, all this mystery may be the reason why
the practitioner is so much sought after by the glamorous film folks.
Tarot reading is big business in the North America and the biggest
Bollywood stars consult them routinely. Every politician regardless of his
party affiliation has his/her favorite astrologer too to get to know the
most propitious time for swearing in or on when he is likely become a
minister if not a CM, or when he will be able to humble a rival and pip
him to the post. The card deck, similar in size to the usual playing
cards, has some 56 cards in 4 suits of 14 in each with images printed on
one side eg The Fool (!), The Moon, Queen of Wands, The Sun, Ten of Cups
(?), The Magician, The Hanged Man (!), The Lovers, etc. The Card Reader
spreads the cards upside down and then opens the card and interprets it
according to the picture on it.