When we start thinking of finding a suitable partner for us,we have some set attributes that we want in the prospective match. Theseattributes could be the education, family background, job, salary, looks,height, complexion etc. These attributes will be searched for in theprospective partners at variable proportions, depending on the person who isbride/groom hunting. All these qualities make sense to me in one way or theother. One thing that does not make sense at all is Horoscope Matching orrather 'Horror' scope matching as I put it.
India has developed a lot since independence. Daughters inthe family are encouraged to be educated and financially independent; peopleresist social and political atrocities like dowry, female foeticides, sati,bribery etc. But one thing that I find that still exists in even the educatedfamilies of India (especially, South India) is the superstitious belief of horoscopematching for a prospective alliance.
For the benefit of people who do not know what is ahoroscope; let me explain. Horoscope is a prediction of a person's future basedon the positions of the sun and planets. When a baby is born, his/her star isdecided based on the time of birth and the horoscope chart (grahanila orthalakuri as known in malayalam) is created with the help of an astrologer. Theposition of the planets and sun change at periodic intervals as the persongrows older and the reason for any fortune or misfortune that the personencounters is put upon the position of the sun and the planets at that time.
If somebody fails in an exam, loses his job, gets divorcedor wins a lottery is it solely because the position of the planets were favorableor unfavorable at that time? Other than all this, the most intolerable thing ischecking for horoscope match between the prospective bride and groom beforedeciding to proceed with an alliance. If the horoscope does not match, theproposal is dropped even if all the other factors are in favor of both thegroom and bride to proceed with the proposal. Sad, isn't it?
How can planets and stars decide whether two people areeligible to stay together? I absolutely see no logic in that. I find caseswhere the marriage of a person is delayed indefinitely because of the horoscopematching problems. Some people have very rare occurrences in their horoscopefor which they need the same kind of rare horoscope match. A typical example ishaving the planet mars in the seventh or eighth position in the horoscopechart. It is presumed that if such a person marries a person without mars inthe seventh or eighth position in their horoscope chart, it will lead to theearly death of the partner.
I know a couple who had a love marriage. Their familiesinsisted on checking the horoscope match before the wedding. When theirhoroscope matching was done, the astrologer confirmed their families that theywill not be blessed with kids if they get married. They still went ahead withthe marriage and have been happily married for the past three years and blessedwith a healthy baby boy.
The most horrible thing is that even educated people believein such kind of nonsense and that has only increased over the past few years.Horoscope matching is a BIG horror for people, especially those who opt for anarranged marriage primarily because their parents insist on checking the matcheven though they have no interest or belief in it. It has become widely'popular' now when compared to the sixties and seventies.
However, there is one group of people who benefit from thishoroscope business- the ASTROLOGERS. For many people, especially in Kerala,astrology is a money-making business without any tax cut. The astrologers earna steady income and it is a means of living for them and their family. Theyjust have to sit at home and people come in search of them. These astrologersneed not do any physical or mental labor and all they have to master is the artof talking to and convincing innocent (superstitious?) people. Don’t you thinkthis is not different from swindling people off their money?
At least, people belonging to my generation should notsupport this astrology business and should do everything in their power to puta stop to it. I hope, some rule is brought or some bill is passed in thecountry that puts a ban to the profession of astrology.