Predicting the future and fortunes of an individual based on the movement of the planets across the reference matrix of the constellations, presupposes knowledge of astronomy.\nWith very few instruments available, astronomical calculations were already in place and one just had to refer to the charts to predict which planet could be sighted in a certain constellation at a certain time from the vantage point of the earth.\nThese were then juxtaposed with the favorable and unfavorable factors of the individual\u2019s life that were determined by the coordinates of his birth i.e. latitude, longitude and time \u2013 also known as\u00a0 \u2018space time coordinates\u2019 in physics.\nAnd with this unique combination of individual factors and the paradigm a recipe is drawn up for life choices that will result in least unfavorable and most favorable outcomes as per the standard metrics of life. The recommended recipe acts s a gudieline for important life decisions.\nIs it accurate? Is it reliable?\nNo idea.No one can have an idea.\nFor even though one might be able to determine the success of the path taken, no one will ever be able to determine the success on the paths not taken.\u00a0 so we do not know whether the recommendation is the \u201cbest\u201d possible one.\nWe do know however, that everyone is at least a little unsure when taking important decisions and so having such an affirmation from someone else \u2013 whosoever it might be \u2013 eases the burden on the mind. The amount of confidence one gets from another\u2019s affirmation depends on who the \u2018other\u2019 is. And if the other is seen as a beloved or a respected or a powerful member of one\u2019s life then the confidence drawn from his affirmation can become the bedrock of confidence.\nWith this psychological working behind it, these charts thrived and became a part of the culture that is a living tradition in many parts of Asia even today.\nFor, managing the mind is e v e r y t h i n g. \n**\nComing back to the original idea \u2013 I am in awe that thousands of years ago, without any high tech instruments the people that lived then that we call primitive had figured out the skies quite accurately.\nFurther, mathematical concepts of \u2018Prime Numbers\u2019 was known to them. (Actually it is a pretty simply concept that every child could independently discover soon enough\u00a0 if she were allowed to play through her discoveries rather than be fed this knowledge \u2013 so there is no need for me to be feeling awe. But then I had felt wonder when I was introduced to this magical set of numbers that are also present in nature\u2026 hence my awe at those who arrived at this concept on their own)\nBoth these constructs are present in the Tibetan Astrological calendars \u2013 the Sidpaho \u2013 a visualisation of the influences of the universe.\n\n\nIn any Sidpaho diagram we see\n\nThe animals that represent each of the years of 12 year cycle\nThe \u201cMewa,\u201d or the nine prime numbers.\nThe\u00a0 \u201cParkha,\u201d or eight Trigrams.\n\nAnd above all of these are the deities ruling the 7 planets and the 7 days of the week.\n\u00a0\nLearning about and undertsanding the complexities of Tibetan Astrology is a degree course in Buddhist universities so it is unlikely that I shall learn even the basics in one afternoon!\nAll that I have learnt for now is that the system is a complex one, that combines astronomy, numerology, elementology and other subjects to arrive at a predictive system of charts and numbers.\nHere are some links to explore:\nLink 1\nLink 2\nWill write more when I have learnt more \u2026\n\u00a0\njm\nAug 2017\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Science & Art in the Tibetan Astrological Calendar Sidpaho appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.