Verve’s astrologer Manish Kumar Arora is a world-renowned numerologist and tarot reader whose monthly horoscopes have appeared in over 40 magazines internationally. We sat down with him this month to discuss his 20-year career, and why Astrology is more than just glorified
First of all, how did you get into Astrology?
I was endlessly fascinated by the human condition, and the curious accumulation of traits and tendencies that come to define us. Why are we instantly drawn to some and repelled by others? Why do we react the way we do, communicate the way we do? The initial offer to join astrology classes was given by my brother-in-law, and the famed Mr. Sudhanshu was my astrology teacher for the first four months. Thereafter, it was self-directed study which led me to delve deeper into the subject.
For those who are not entirely sure, how would you summarise Astrology as a form of study?
Astrology is the study of the influence that planets, luminaries and other astrological points have on both the personality and the circumstances a person will experience throughout his/her life. The energy we receive from the planets and luminaries at the moment of birth determine our behaviour tendencies, as well as the kind of experiences we will have to live through in order to get the most out of our virtues. This study involves both analytical methods and the synthesis of the symbolic language that represent astrological factors. As a result, astrology is both a science and art.
How were you able to make Astrology into a career so successfully?
Ever since I started practising astrology I had an earnest desire to mark my name in the global world. My tarot, numerology and vastu teacher, Mrs Anita Arora, sensing my flair and aptitude for writing, encouraged me to write zodiac predictions and explore international print media. I remain forever indebted to Mrs Minnu Sharma, publisher of Australian magazine, Indus Age, who gave me my first international break. From there on I never looked back; my persistent efforts in this direction took my tally of international magazines to 40 within one year. I am thankful to all my publishers who imposed their trust on me and appreciated my hard work.
There are obviously a lot of people who are sceptical about Astrology and whether it is ‘real’ or not. What would you say to those people?
For the sceptics, it is a superstition conceived to entertain the masses and for those with certain beliefs it is even an infringement of their religious principles. For those who have studied it, astrology is a knowledge and one that can be tested and verified – unlike a belief in a divine creator that cannot be tested. Understand that astrology does have its limits like any science. You shouldn’t look at the signs of the zodiac as a step-by-step guide for how to approach your life. If you do this, you are never going to take any initiative. Astrology is not fortune telling; it is a recognition that we have free will.
Why do you think there is an enduring fascination with Horoscopes that crosses cultures?
Horoscopes can lend guidance to people when it’s time to make a decision. When the forecast is vague and general, many people can still derive meaning by applying it to a particular situation. People who cannot find answers through other means may turn to horoscopes to find some guidance. Others will read the horoscope for pure entertainment. They may not believe the predictions that are being made, but when they read something positive, it just might make them feel more positive about the period ahead.