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The cultures of the West are waking up and taking notice of the concept of leveraging Astrology to improve ones life. The general consensus is that the Western World is more materialistic and more rooted in the tangible than those who live in the Eastern World. People in the most advanced economies (notice I didn't say civilizations, but rather economies) put more emphasis and importance on the tangible in life, than putting stock in the intangible things. Eastern civilizations like India, China, and Japan for instance, give more important to the intangible things in life such as love, affection, and emotional fulfillment. The distinction is clearly evident in the differences in lifestyles we see across the Eastern and Western people. For example, the average Indian person when polled, could not imagine a life without at least the concept of God. In Western civilizations, there are a higher number of people whom identify as Atheists or Agnostic.
The Western philosophical mind has always had an inquisitive nature, and tends to believe only in exact Science. The provable and the observable is what the average person hangs their hat on at the end of the day in Western cultures. For these people, a theorem is not acceptable unless it can be proven by scientific experiments. For many people in the East, and those that align with the Eastern philosophical thought; there is a point where "science" has to give way as it is ultimately a body of work based on the observational skills of man - and God has to take over. The world over, and for time immemorial there have been things that have no scientific explanations available.
Therefore, issues on divine intervention cannot be ruled out. On the other hand, the eastern philosophy relies too much on the esoteric phenomena. This creates a clash with the western phenomenon. There has to be a combination of the eastern and western philosophies so that a proper balance is maintained. The good news is that we are at a time when Eastern world is beginning to accept the western philosophy and vice versa. Eastern world is trying to have a more materialistic viewpoint on life and the western world is beginning to open up to the possibility of using once esoteric phenomena such as Yoga and Meditation.
Given the many accounts of people the world over, the concept of divine intervention and inexplicable phenomenon cannot be completely ruled out. On the other hand, Eastern philosophy (arguably to its detriment) relies too much on esoteric phenomenon say some critics and skeptics alike. This puts the two schools of thought as diametrically opposed; and a more balanced approach would be to look at things from a balanced and blended perspective of both Eastern and Western thought. The good news in this respect is that the Eastern world is beginning to accept the Western philosophy and vice versa. The Eastern world in this case, is trying to experiment with a more materialistic point of view and the Western world in the mainstream sense is beginning to open up to the possibilities of yoga practice and transcendental meditation. It's important to note that both conscious movement and breathing (like the practice of yoga) and the concept of trances and meditative states aren't native or only practiced in Eastern spiritual practice, many indigenous Western cultures in both the Americas and Europe have practiced both for eons. I just mean to say that a blending of what is inherently Eastern and what is inherently Western is taking root in both cultures.
In the last 20 years, there has been a zeitgeist of Astrological interest from the Western world. A concept which isn't uniquely Eastern, as Astrology has been practiced by the Greek and Roman civilizations in times of yore, but rather are being used in the more Eastern application which is to guide key events like marriage and relationships. The ancient Western cultures did use Astrology to govern the business and fortune based dealings of individuals, but the concept of using Astrological charts to observe romantic compatibility, ideal home look and feel, as well as ways to mitigate the unfortunate aspects of one's astral chart. Concepts which are more rooted in the concepts and values of the Eastern world; as we mentioned - emotional basis, relationships, affection, and emotional satisfaction. It would seem that the act of embracing Astrology for both business and fortune based guidance, as well as how to govern one's romantic world, personal emotional satisfaction, and one's home based surroundings is a key blending of East and West.
Astrology is best summarized as the study of the positions and movements of the celestial bodies, in the belief that these bodies do have an influence on the course of natural and serendipitous occurrences on Earth - and human affairs. Astrology based predictions can be used effectively, according to experts, to predict and especially to navigate many aspects of our lives such as business, romance, money, jobs, etc. It can also be used to understand key and supportive energy to enhance the success of the individual. The precise impacts of the planetary motions on our day to day lives - can't and shouldn't be entirely ruled out, especially since millions and millions of people successfully use Astrology to navigate their lives every day.
For many human beings the world over, marriage is viewed and upheld as a sacred institution. Marriage equates to the union of two hearts, minds, bodies, and of course souls. It's often said in many cultures that "marriages are made in heaven". Which depending on how you view and uphold Astrology and its various far reaching impacts on the affairs, coincidences, and serendipitous occasions that people share - it could be said that Astrology is the hand of heaven which helps to guide marriages into fruition. Many people use the assistance of Astrological predictions, to better understand the compatibility of the couple - and ascertain or make certain a healthy and growth centric match is assured. In many societies in the world, horoscopes are looked at and matched before a marriage can take place.
There are a few key areas to look for romantic matching and synergy within the horoscope. Once the match between key parts of the horoscope, especially the Sun and Moon signs, Venus and Mars signs, and North Node and placements of the 5th and 7th house are assured...it is also quite common in many parts of the world to consult Astrologers to determine the most ideal and auspicious date and time for the marriage ceremony. As the horoscopes of the prospective bride and groom tell a great deal about each person's past, present, and future. The matching of horoscopes can also guide the astrologer on the dates which are best to be avoided. There are many periods which the influence of planets which are in a malefic (or negative) energy pattern is quite strong, and Astrologers would seek to avoid that. The marriages which are unionized during these malefic energetic periods may not last for very long, or may be shaky, underwhelming, or wrought with bad fortune. Both the bride's and groom's horoscopes must be analyzed for how they play off of each other.
The first step to this assessment is looking at the date of birth, time of birth, as well as place of birth, for both the parties to be wed. There are a number of calculations performed to look at the angling of the planets to each other; and these angles can be called trines, squares, conjunctions, etc. It is believed that the planets and their positions leave an energetic imprint on each of us when we are born, and in the case of matrimonial astrology it is reviewed how the energy imprints on each will interact and help the parties to learn lessons in life and evolve as souls. It is important to note that it is not necessary that the horoscopes be entirely compatible end to end. Some interactions which may be viewed as challenging or troubling, can actually be helpful for the couple in order to challenge them in a healthy way to grow. Additionally, certain corrective measures such as energetic healing, chakra balancing, and feng shui type measures in the home can help to correct energetic imbalances and ensure a smooth flow to the marriage ahead by enhancing energetic compatibility.
It has been observed time and time again that there are higher success rates of happy marriage in cases where the horoscopes were matched. Critics often have a differing opinion regarding the validity of this claim and the success rate of marriages. As the claims cannot wholly be disproved regarding the validity of astrology compatibility in order to select and provide for the most auspicious marriages - the notion that it isn't scientific but rather philosophical still has no bearing and doesn't take credit away from the practice of horoscope matching that is prevalent the world over.