The history of astrology begins with Creation and it is said that the Creator himself i.e. Brahma handed it down to Sage-Garga. Astrology has been in existence even during the Babylon Civilisation i.e. nearly 5000 years ago and is evident from the early tablets in the British museums.
Astrology today is being done by a lot of incomplete data and quick methods. The branches of astrology start from Natal, Horary, Electional, Mundane, Nadi etc.
Natal astrology is related to the life of human beings. A chart is made for the moment of birth and for the particular place of birth (latitude and longitude taken for calculations). A large number of events can be read from the chart created and as such Natal Astrology gives an overview of the various facets of life. This aspect of Natal astrology has to be co-related to transit, strength, dasha, and other predictive techniques.
During my interactions with many people and programs on the electronic media, I found that astrology was being used as a tool for prediction by those who do not apply the basics.
My endeavour in this book titled "Predictive Techniques" is to give an understanding that is needed to be applied to get a broad understanding of the parameters in predicting the events of a native. I have tried to deal from the characteristics of signs, strengths of planets, planetary combinations, karaks, tithi, application of division charts, transit and varsha phal. These have been explained in an easy manner which both beginners and those doing research would find useful.
As mentioned above, during my interactions with people directly and through my programs in the electronic media etc., I found that the common questions people have today are with respect to planetary combustion & retrogression, education, profession, financial prospects and marriage (female horoscopy) and that there was a genuine worry about planets such as Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Kern. In this book I have dedicated chapters on them.
I have also tried to explain for the readers how to understand the basics and then work further to make predictions. This book has been an endeavour for giving the first basic principles and techniques which are important in making predictions. Overriding the basics is the biggest mistake done while predicting.
This book is a collection of available material, put in a format which, I am sure, will be helpful to the readers.
I would like to thank Col. (Er.) Dee Baswani (Retd.) for the editing done and Shri Saurabh Sagar who always has encouraged me to write.
My wife Renu has always been a great inspiration for me to pursue astrology. Vrinda, my daughter, also has been a great admirer which provides me with aim and purpose.
My special thanks to my mother, Dr. Krishna Saxena, who has herself authored a couple of books, for her blessings.
A special mention about my sister, Mrs. Tanya Gupta, who has just completed her Acharya from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and has always been reminding me of the importance of basics in the science of astrology.
I dedicate this book to my late father, Shri Kailash Chandra Saxena who pursued astrology relentlessly and was devoted to this science. He inspired me as a child and taught me to do the basic calculations while he did his research.
I would like to end this with a thought of Vrindavan and Bankey Bihari without whose blessings no endeavour is possible.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Medical Astrology (42)
Original Texts (289)
Vedic Astrology (58)
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