Friday Lens Affair 105

Jyotish Horoscope, Colombo, Sri Lanka

This week I’m featuring a unique photograph of Jyotish horoscope taken by Ewa Jermakowicz from Rusz w Podróż, who you can follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Ewa is a solo female traveller in her free time outside of corporate life. A fellow Polish Girl addicted to travels and photography. I told you. There are many of us out there ha ha ha.

Picture Story: Jyotish Horoscope

Jyotish horoscope in Sri Lanka is created right after the baby’s birth and plays an important role during the whole life.

Especially when marriage comes to the game. To create horoscope wise monks work for a few weeks. Not only place, date and time of the birth counts but even seconds.

This particular Jyotish horoscope was created in 1957. His owner told me that all that is written there became true. You may say that it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The horoscope was written in some old version of Sinhalese, not known by average people. To verify the meaning of the horoscope he had to consult with monks.

So there I was. In a house of people, I did not know, at the suburbs of Colombo. A man has shown me the horoscope and we spent hours on answering my questions.

Each symbol, each line was meaningful and I wanted to know everything. Because horoscopes are still as important as they were fifty and a hundred years ago. They lead you through life, they arrange your life.

You may say it’s not important but in Sri Lanka, in XXI century, pages of newspapers are full of matrimonial classifieds.

And when you reply you need to include your horoscope. Doesn’t match? No marriage. The marriage that is arranged by your parents.

Of course, nowadays you have a chance to meet your husband before. But even me, sitting on the porch, and looking at the horoscope, have finished looking through hundreds of letters.

Letters with stories of women, stories written by their parents, listing all benefits, education, dowry. There was also a pile of beautiful, well-educated woman with a very nice dowry.

And the pile said, “rejected”. The horoscope did not match. Did not match with their son who didn’t even want that kind of actions, living European life in Italy.

And as much as I don’t agree with the idea of arranged marriages, I’ve fallen in love with the horoscope. A mix of history, secret and just a bit of hope that maybe it actually does work.

And I even didn’t realize when I was asked about my own horoscope. There was a guy looking for a wife.

But, as nowadays horoscope is created by a computer and it doesn’t look that amazing any more, I came back neither with horoscope nor with a husband.

Jyotisha is the traditional Hindu system of astrology, also known as Hindu astrology, Nepalese shastra, Indian astrology, and more recently Vedic astrology.

The term Hindu astrology has been in use as the English equivalent of Jyotiṣa since the early 19th century.

Whereas Vedic astrology is a relatively recent term, entering common usage in the 1980s with self-help publications on Āyurvedaor Yoga.

Vedanga Jyotisha is one of the earliest texts about astronomy within the Vedas.

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7 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair 105

  1. Ian

    I would recommend this page for all astrology seekers.

  2. astrodian

    I really love this post. Thanks for your sharing. Hope that I could read more and more useful article like this.

    • Just come back every Friday and there is always a new photo!

  3. Lara

    I really appreciate this article. because I am one of those people who wakes up in the morning, pours a hot cup of coffee, opens the newspaper and reads my daily horoscope to see what the future holds for me that day.

    • There are many people like you Dear! :)

  4. Rajlakshmi

    It’s the same in India as well. Many marriages are made based on horoscope. Beautiful capture .

    • Yes of course, because it is a Hindu Horoscope!

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