Vedic Departments: Astrology

                                                                  Q. How do we justify explanation of eclipses given in the Vedas as Rahu swallowing Chandra etc, while science gives explanations of shadows of one falling over other?

                                                                  Q: I heard that practicing mysticism is defiant.
                                                                  What exactly is classified as mysticism?  In the west things like astrology and palmistry are considered "mysticism" to a point, but these are bonafide sciences in vedic culture.
                                                                   
                                                                  You are correct: the Western perspective of mysticism wherein astrology and palmistry are seen as 'mystical' or 'occult' is a misnomer. They are indeed sciences, to be practiced by a qualified brahmana.
                                                                   

                                                                  Q. 1. I am very unclear and confused. Bhagavan Shri Krishna says that all that is happening is predestined and nothing moves without His sanction. Then He says in BG 2.47 'Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion-at that time I descend Myself.'