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If karma (under free will) determines caste in the next birth, then why do Hindus believe in astrology?

I'm trying to disentangle various aspects of Hinduism in order to determine what (if any) is worth preserving and what should be discarded.

What surprised me recently was that on the one hand Vivekananda spoke about free will and determination of one's future caste through one's actions (the transmigration theory), but on the other, he mentioned that the caste of the new child can only be "fixed" by an astrologer.

What basis does an astrologer have in order to determine caste? Particularly given that ASTROLOGY IS A TOTAL FRAUD AND HOAX.

E.g.from Wikipedia:

In one test, 27 Indian astrologers, with the appropriate horoscopes, failed to determine the intelligence difference between 100 mentally bright and 100 mentally handicapped children at a rate higher than that determined by chance alone in a double blind test. The astrologers had, on average, 14 years experience. A team of astrologers from one astrologers institute also performed at chance expectation. The president of the Maharashtra Astro­logical Society claimed to be able to predict sex and intelligence 60 per cent of the time each, but he performed no better than chance in double blind conditions.[24]

There is no greater nonsense in the world than astrology (of course, in India, universities award DEGREES in nonsense).

Leaving aside the stupid "universities" which award such degrees, the questions is: WHY is India FLOODED with astrologers? 

Hinduism and astrology seem to go together. But that should not be the case, particularly a religion that believes in karma.

Can anyone enlighten me about the logic of astrology?

Astrology can presumably not only identify only one's caste but can also tell us about our future! How can one's future possibly be determined in a KARMA-based religion?

Surprisingly, Vivekananda, seems to have been completely confused on this matter. He himself seems to have believed that astrology is nonsense ("It is the coward and the fool who says, 'This is fate'" — so says the Sanskrit proverb. But it is the strong man who stands up and says, "I will make my fate."). But if so, WHY he did say that astrologers are needed to determine a child's caste?

What's going on?


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