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Why are the nine English planets not considered in Indian astrology?

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2008-02-07 22:11:38

Here are some ideas, any or all of which might explain why

Indian astrology doesn't include "the nine English planets" as was

asked. We'll just toss a few facts out and, though they may "jump

around" a bit, it is hoped they paint a picture that, when

conceptualized, reveals an acceptable answer to this question.

Astrology has been with man since before recorded history. People

have looked to the stars in their superstitious ways probably since

not long after man began walking upright. Superstition is a part of

all cultures across all the peoples of the world from all times

recorded. It is almost as if man has evolved with a "superstitious"

gene. How could one not embrace the idea that some form of

"astrology" or, at the least, a "belief in spirits" has existed

from near the time of the dawn of man? The earliest known writings

on astronomy belong to the Babylonians. Their records date back

5000 years, and their idea of celestial omens is systematized in

their ancient records. The concepts spread through the Middle East,

notably to the Assyrians. They also made their way to Greece,

Egypt, India and to China. [Interestingly, the first actual stone

construction at Stonehenge is thought to have begun about this

time. The stones were late additions to much earlier timber

structures, which were, themselves, predated by earthen berms or

mounds.] The people of India are the proud inheritants of a long

history that dates back at least 9000 years to the first known

permanent settlements. Some 5000 years ago, a sophisticated culture

began using symbols to communicate - writing. Written Vedic works

dated to a few centuries before Christ speak to the Jyotiṣa. And it

(the Jyotiṣa) is early Indian astrological belief, though it could

be fairly argued, from the Indian point of view, that it is more

"religious" than it is "occult" which is the way it may look to us.

The British didn't begin to have a wide influence in India until

the 1600's, when the early trading companies were being set up.

Indian astrology certainly predates this historic evolution, that

is, the establishing of trade as a prelude to the conquest of India

and the extension of the British Empire to this land and its

people. The broad inclusion of English ideas probably does not

predate this historic era by much, if it does at all. Of the "nine

English planets" that we know so well, the last three are not

visible to the naked eye Their inclusion in any horoscope

represents a de facto "late addition" to an existing system

of divination. Those last planets, Uranus (dis. 1781), Neptune

(dis. 1846) and Pluto (dis. 1930) could have been incorporated only

recently. [It will be interesting to see how astrology adjusts to

Pluto's "downgrade" to a dwarf planet (134340 Pluto) and to the

discovery of dwarf planet Eris (136199 Eris) in the year 2006. And

why is Ceres (1 Ceres) discriminated against?] Links have been

provided to articles in Wikipedia as some data for this answer was

mined from there. But many other sources and a large store of

general knowledge are represented by information in this


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