There are more things to explore in Bali so I did something else… I went out to a small house in the rice fields where an Indian astrologer lives. And based on my birth date he calculated the positions of the planets at my birth and did a reading for me.
As most of you already know, astronomy is the physics and the science of the objects in the sky and astrology is the interpretation of what impact these objects has on us. I was actually a bit interested in astrology when I was younger (very young) but I stopped reading when I understood that Western astrology is just a fixed system and does not take into account the shift in the earth’s axis over time and thereby the change of the relative positions of planets and stars. That was very disappointing for a young aspiring astrologer with a science brain. In Western astrology it is also assumed that persons born within the same month of the year have the same characteristics. Even more disappointing. However, in Vedic (ancient Indian) astrology there is a time resolution of about twelve minutes relative to when you were born and they do pay attention to the shift in the sky due to the shift of the Earth’s axis.
Only with my birth data
Hmmm, to be honest, I am not sure what to say about the experience. The astrologer said many things but I think the main points were something like this (please read with a lovely Indian accent.):
“I have an active mind and think a lot, when I set my mind to something I seldom quit, I am emotional and sensitive, I have a direct way of communicating, I have a lot of knowledge and can act as a teacher or adviser, I like to travel and I have easy to connect to people from different backgrounds and cultures. My profession should preferably be something related to the mind (because I like to think and learn), involve teaching or counselling and potentially in an area were I help people or the community. For a partner I should look for a man who is strong and confident in himself but someone who also have a spiritual side to balance that. I might sometimes think that I do not need a man, that I can do everything by myself, but a good man would be very beneficial for me. If I have a property, now is a good time for renting that one out.”
Well, for those who know me it is not so far fetched I guess. But it could of course also match many other people. And astrology has not yet been classified internationally as a science… But it IS science that the gravitational fields of the Sun and Moon have and impact on the oceans of the world (high and low tide). And it IS science that the human body does consist of 50-60% water. So maybe it does make sense that the planets have an impact on us, but I guess it is not easy to say what impact.
“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re sceptical.”
/Arthur C Clarke