Capricorns and astrologers, it has been learnt, have come in for a lot of criticism in India and abroad, for their controversial approach to astrology.
The astrologer and author, V.P. Singh, who has authored many books on astrology, says it has become quite difficult for astrologists in India to get visas, because of a long-standing ban on the practice.
“We have been told that if we go to an astrologic institute, the institute would issue a permit to us,” he says.
“In other countries like Australia, there are very few institutions that allow us to get permission for astrology education.
It is not just the astrologist, it is the astrology institute as well.
We are not allowed to practise the practice.”
“A lot of people are sceptical about astrology,” Singh says.
He adds that the most common objection to astrological practice is that it does not align with Hindu beliefs.
He points out that many Hindus believe that the stars, planets and the constellations are the supreme entities, and that there is no need for astrologists to practice their profession.
“When you say astrology does not conform with Hindu teachings, you are not being true to Hinduism.
The Hindu religion is not a religion of superstition,” he adds.
It should be noted that the Hindu belief system does not give a definitive answer to the question of whether or not astrology should be taught in schools.
“If you say the moon is the supreme deity, then it will be taught as such.
But it is only a part of the story.
Astrology is an important part of Hinduism, but there are many other aspects,” says Anand Mohan Rao, director of the Astrology and Mental Health Centre at the Indian Institute of Astrology, Mumbai.
“The concept of astrology is one that is still evolving.
We teach astrology in schools, but we don’t have any plans to give it a proper place in the curriculum,” he added.
Rao adds that a good rule of thumb is that you should not teach astrology until you know the answer to a question about it.
“What is astrology?
The answer is based on the principles of Hindu philosophy and beliefs.
There are many aspects to astro-physiology.
It may be called astrology or astrology of the eye.
It has to be understood in this context,” he concludes.