This ensured that couples had similar socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide web of mutual affiliations, two factors that have been proven to be predictors of marriage longevity. Today, we use better instruments and more complex math to map the movements of planets.
While the rules governing Western astrology are open, discoverable, and thus easy to ridicule, Vedic astrology as traditionally practiced was esoteric.
The stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send forth positive and negative radiations.
Of themselves, these do not help or harm humanity, but offer a lawful channel for the outward operation of cause-effect equilibriums which each man has set into motion in the past.” Today, most of us in technologically advanced societies view arranged marriage as an inherently chauvinistic practice seeing as its goal an exchange of daughters (mostly) for property or alliance formation and quite separated from anything resembling love.
The history of the practice in the West would support that view.
But janam kundali–based matchmaking in India, which is still practiced today, is somewhat less transactional. Vedic matchmakers consider dozens of elaborate weighted variables as part of a predictive model.