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Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Speaking of the Atman providing, my new boyfriend is an astrologer.

I thought that was pretty funny, since that's the one side of Hinduism that I am not at all familiar with. Astrology was not at all a part of my upbringing and I know almost nothing about it.

A few months ago I started thinking about it more because I met a friend who was very into it and she described being skeptical at first, but then wanting to look at the evidence and not make assumptions about something she didn't know about. That was twenty years ago and now she is very dedicated to it.

Shortly after that I began dating the man I'm seeing now and I started hearing a whole lot more about astrology.

It's an interesting opportunity for me to learn. I'm going to be examining the ways in which his astrology compares to Hindu astrology.

There's been some interesting moments that have made me want to learn more. For example, over winter I briefly dated a young man who reminded me extremely strongly of an ex. I couldn't pinpoint why, but there was something about his approach to life that made me feel the exact same "vibe" about him as the ex. Later I suddenly realized that those men were born only days apart. Both had the same astrological sign. I thought that was fascinating!


  1. Is astrology a big part of Hinduism or more a part of Indian culture?

    1. That's a great question. It can be very difficult to separate the two sometimes. I haven't personally felt like astrology was a necessary part of Hindu practice, but my thoughts on that may change as I learn more about it!

  2. I don't believe in Hindu astrology or Jyotish Shastra at all. It is a waste of time. I believe in action. A person's deeds and personality are not based on or influenced by the lines of his hands or the movement of planets and stars. Astrology is a superstition.

    1. I used to think that as well, but I'm not as sure anymore. It's important to me to keep an open mind and learn about whatever comes my way rather than be certain that something is junk before I even give it a chance. That's just me, though.

      I come to astrology with a lot of skepticism, as I've always been a very grounded kind of person, but I'm looking forward to learning more about it.