Based on the information gathered from authoritative sources, following are the qualities that a good astrologer should possess:
According to Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra written by Parasara Maharshi:
5. Knowledge of planets and stars
6. Complete understanding of Astro science
7. Knowledge of Vedas
8. Good grasp on how to deal with planets
According to Varāhamihira’s Brihat Samhita:
5. Expertise in suggesting remedies
Hence, we can conclude that:
An astrologer must be well versed in Triskandhas (three branches of astrology) namely Siddhanta (theoretical knowledge), Hora (practical astrology) and Samhita (allied matters). He must have the knowledge of Vedas and should be proficient in suggesting remedies. He must have a good character and be pure, truthful and honest. He must have a pleasant face, good speech and must lead a regulated life. The predictions of such an astrologer will certainly come true.
Where can we find an astrologer who possesses all these good qualities? There is no answer to this question and it depends on your luck. How to find a good doctor? Sometimes, you may not find proper care in a ‘Care Hospital’ but a village doctor may give you very good treatment. So all things depend on luck factor.
You can do an experiment. Suppose, an astrologer can answer the question on your mind, then one can consider him to be an expert in Astrology. But, if he later demands a huge amount for performing rituals, then consider him as a failure. It is better to stay away from such astrologers.
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