There’s always been a mystical connection between the heavens and the earth. We’ve known for a fact that moon affects life on our planet. The moon’s waxing and waning induces an ebb and flow in our emotions, pulls the ocean tides up and down, alters sap flow in plants, even controls the female human reproductive cycle. Most of us don’t attribute this kind of power to other celestial objects, except perhaps the sun. We seem to think it’s too much of a stretch to believe stars other than the sun can affect us. But is it?
Astronomer and researcher of astrology Dr Aditya Togi is convinced it’s not a stretch at all, but as clear as day and night that many celestial objects influence our lives. His tryst with the stars is not only esoteric but also scientific. He combines his studies in astrology with his research in astronomy to understand the way of the universe. In an exclusive conversation with Soulveda, Dr Togi explains how astronomy tells us what’s above, our earthly life shows us what’s below, and how astrology reveals the correlation between the two.
You’re an astronomer and a researcher of astrology. As a man of science, how did you take to astrology, which is considered a pseudoscience?
Science works with knowledge that can be tested and whose results are reproducible. From what I’ve found, there’s not been much research in the field of astrology to label it a pseudoscience. Moreover, the calculations used in astrology to derive the position, speed, and directional strengths of planets is the same as those in astronomy! But who knows about all this? So, there is a need for more statistical research in the field.
You’ve attempted to formally combine your research in astronomy with your studies in astrology. Why?
Astronomy is the study of physical properties of planets, stars, galaxies, and many other celestial bodies. Astrology is the study of (some of) these same celestial bodies, in terms of the effect they have on life on earth. To me, one without the other would be an incomplete view of the universe. Also, studying the physical properties of the stars through astronomy gives a larger scope for interpretations in astrology.
“Ancient Greeks divided the Sun’s ecliptic path into 12 zodiac signs and ancient Indians divided the same path into 27 nakshatras.”
“If we view ourselves as souls that are here to learn and ascend, rather than just bodies meant to live and die, then astrology can help us understand why we have reincarnated and fulfill that soul purpose.”