What is Vedic Astrology?


The future is the most unpredictable event or concept in the whole world. Everyone would love to know what the future holds for them and in knowledge to try and change a few things, and this want has driven people insane. That’s why we go to fortune-tellers and astrologers to try and understand the unknown.  But it’s still unknown whether the methods that we use to access information the future ever work.

What is Astrology?

Astrology is a pseudoscience that has been dated to have stated in the 2nd Millennium BC. It lays claim to divine information and assistance from the planetarium movements and the relative positions of the planets or celestial objects. Astrologers, who are the sign readers rely on knowing the correct areas of the celestial objects among the fixed stars at any given time. They also rely on knowing the exact location of the Zodiac fixed star sign on any point on Earth at any given time.

Using all this information, the Astrologer constructs charts representing these positions. After which he or she put their knowledge into use and analyses (studies) the tables. After which, he or she makes a wide range of conclusions that have been derived from the chart. This pseudoscience is used in understanding an individual and our Karma in life.

Many cultures have attached a lot of importance to Astrology as a means to foretell their future. Such perceptions are of the Chinese, Hindus (Vedic) and Mayans, and there is yet another type of Astrology called the Western astrology, which is found in Central and Western Europe. Astrology has been linked with astronomy, medicine, and meteorology.

Understanding Vedic Astrology or Hindu Astrology

Vedic Astrology is a relatively new term used to describe or represent an ancient concept. The name Vedic came into use in the 1970s; before this, it was referred to as Jyotisha or Jyotishya.

The terms Jyotisha or Jyotishya (jyot meaning light and ish meaning god) stand for the ‘Science of Light.’ It’s a traditional Hindu system of astrology also termed as Hindu astrology. This system was first documented by the guru in the Vedic Scriptures: which are believed to be the oldest records of Indo-Aryan civilization and known as the most sacred texts of India. That contained spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of life.

These sacred scriptures referred to Jyotisha (Vedic) as the key to the complete understanding of the soul’s intention for incarnation. Hence, Vedic astrology has been known as the Indian ‘science’ of predicting the future. The Astrologer is referred to as Jyotishi; The dispeller of darkness.

In 1500 BC, a man by the name Parashara; is believed to have founded the art of Vedic Astrology. He was the first individual to cast birth chats for individuals that predicted their health, disease, and longevity of their lives.

But does it astrology foretell the future? This question is a hard one to crack. But some Jyotishi’s claim that during birth, every individual’s life has been pre-determined. That a man follows or lives his life following a particular pattern and this pattern can be determined by astrology. Through the knowledge of the cosmic arrangements at the time of his conception. This is only achieved through meditation and intuitive sightseers.

Vedic astrology relies on the tenet that the actions or deeds of the previous lives determine the present life. All occurrences in our lives are pre-determined by a combination of cosmic positions at the time of conception, birth, and time of the occurrence. Another concept of astrology is Karma. It is believed that just like our journey in life gets determined at our conception. Similarly, the very period we choose to do whatever we can will determine its outcome.

The planetary periods used by the Vedic astrology is referred to as Dasha. These refer to the significant planets based on the moon at the time of birth. These planetary periods provide Vedic astrology with a smooth and comprehensive system for analysis of the full effects of planets throughout our lives. They are the most accurate system through which the planets distribute their results through time and different points in our lives.

The lunar nodes plus the seven significant planets are given periods from 6 to 20 years. A Vedic Astrologer can be accurate in predicting future events through the help of this major period system.

Vedic astrology has higher accuracy in getting its prediction right, and this has been associated with the use of planetary ruling periods which are unique to this system. That is why Vedic astrologers have a much higher ability to tell you about your future, More correctly, what is happening in your life whats going to happen and not just a general comment on your overall self.

Vedic astrology differs from Western astrology by its accuracy and the use of a fixed Zodiac as opposed to the moving Zodiac. Due to the Earths tilting in space on its axis, the relation between the Earth to the sun, Zodiac, rotates at a rate of a little less than 1/60 degrees per year. The movable Zodiac is currently out of alignment with the real star Zodiac by 23 degrees, that represents a whole sign of the Zodiac. That means that the sin sign that people get on newspapers is usually one sign back when we apply the Vedic astrology. However, for those born on the last five days of the month, then they belong to the same sign.

So as seen the basic premise or principles of Vedic astrology is that all things interlink. Your success and your Karma are both pre-determined by a planetary design and occurrences Just like the blooming of flowers which occurs at certain specific times when all conditions are perfect. So is our very existence on this universe we are a soul incarnating in a body at a particular specific time and place and our lives are a reflection of the greater whole into which we are born.

Vedic astrology relies on the critical concept of birth (natal) charts. These charts are a map of the planets in the signs of the Zodiac. They often explain your personality, for avid believers, they do use natal charts to make decisions, and as a tool for self-understanding. They are based upon an exact moment at a precise place on Earth; this represents the moment of birth and the location of delivery. By reading the stars and the map of the heavens, the astrologers claim to know about you.

How Vedic Astrology is Used.

Vedic Birth Chart

The frequent use of Vedic astrology is birth chart reading. The Vedic birth chart follows the rules of Vedic astrology that were written by the ancient sages in the Vedic scriptures. It is sometimes referred to as the natal chart or the astrology birth chart It is a depiction of the planets, moon and the sun based on a person’s place and time of birth.

A Vedic birth chart is a unique map that shares life’s wisdom and knowledge, whether of the past, in present or future. Indians believe it holds the key for a person to understand his/her mental, physical, spiritual and emotional body state. The karmic map also reveals deep secrets about a person’s healing and transformation process.

The astrological Vedic birth chart or Janam kundalini provides an accurate reading of a person’s characteristics with precise information. One can arrive at almost the exact predictions with the complete knowledge of the precise locations of stars and planets.

The importance of planetary positions in the Vedic birth chart cannot be understated.  Planets are a representation of the 12 various signs. Each planets has some unique facets have dominion over various aspects of the birth chart. The sun and the moon always own one house each. Furthermore, every single planet has an authority on two houses basing from the intersections of the longitudes with the cusp. Planets in various signs reflect a person’s qualities and the characteristics, including hidden potentials. They represent a particular level of energy at a given point in time and the positions of heavenly bodies at the time of birth affect every single event in an individual’s life.

The time of birth is significant since a person’s past karmas determine it. Therefore, a person’s date, time, place and the year of birth are very crucial while reading the birth chart. Because of this, the Vedic birth chart forecasting is very authentic. However, the constant movement of heavenly bodies makes predicting the birth time a near-impossible task. The movement of the ascendants is always on and thus every single second count. Having correct information on when the birth took place is key to making correction astrological shots.

How to Read the Vedic Birth Chart

The birth chart is read in an anti-clockwise direction, starting from the point of ascendance (Lagna).

Trine houses

Trine houses are the first, fifth and ninth houses that are powerful and hopeful.

The quadrants

The quadrants are formed by the fourth, seventh and tenth houses. They are also sturdy and have fortune bearing prospects.

Growth-oriented

The third and eleventh houses influence and determine personal growth.

Malicious effects

The sixth, eighth and twelfth houses bring bad luck and hardships.

The conjunction of planets in the presence of two or more planets sharing the same house. The outcome can be good or bad depending on the combination of worlds with the houses inhabited or the signs.

Vedic birth chart analysis is accurate up to the third level. This is mainly due to unknown the specific time of birth. Even in cases of precise birth timing, some errors will show up beyond the third level.

The table below shows the zodiac signs, planets, Sanskrit and the planets (Lords).

The natal birth chat influences the outcome of all other Vedic divisional charts. These charts include;

1.      The Hora chart for wealth

2.      The Chaturtamsa chart for property and abundant fortune.

3.      The Drekkena chart for siblings, courage and skill.

4.      The Navamsa chart for marriage, purpose and dharma.

5.      The Saptamsa chart for children, sexuality and creativity.

6.      The Trimasmsa chart for health and well-being.

7.      The Dwadasamsa chart for past life and ancestral influences.

Vedic birth chart interpretation is the process of studying a person’s life in line with their past. Hence, the study is mostly about the different houses and planetary positions that affect a person’s life in profound ways. The review is essential as it assists a person take corrective actions whenever required to ensure a positive experience.

Astrology can either be a science or a myth depending on your belief system.  Astrology, just like any other religion or belief, has a collection of symbols and metaphors. That can help us get a connection with the world and guide us to a brighter, more fruitful future.

As science astrology, has proved to be an essential tool to people of all ages, races, gender and beliefs. It has guided a majority to decent living, and it will. Using famous astrologers words, Bejan Daruwalla he says; Astrology is  just like a mirror of life and it’s also a guideline it may not be 100% sure or correct but just like all disciplines non is. Nothing is absolutely final or certain but the predictions have a high chance of being correct plus Astrology is used to heal oneself only to be better as time passes.

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