An ancient system that reveals your past, present and future, Vedic astrology has flourished in India for several thousand years. Also known as “Science of Light” this Hindu astrology is renowned for its spiritual depth and accuracy in predicting life events. Vedic astrology is a scientific study and application of the language of the heavenly bodies, as it reflects an astrologer’s perception of the placement of the planets in the constellations. It is known as the ‘eye of the Vedas’.
In Vedic astrology it is founded that nothing in the universe is stationery. Indian Astronomy and Astrology consider the earth as the centre, and all other heavenly bodies moving around it in one manner or the other. In all cases we consider ourselves in the central point with rest of universe in the constant motion around us. We, therefore, consider the position and movement of all the heavenly bodies in relation to earth itself. The Indian astronomy is thus geocentric and not heliocentric – which considers sun as the centre.
These heavenly bodies are determined on the basis of astronomy and mathematics and are mapped in the form of a horoscope. Their specific position in the horoscope indicates specific happenings in the case of individuals. Horoscope is the construction of the basic placement of planets at time of birth in a pre-decided format called the birth chart.
The main factors affecting the horoscope of any individual are date of birth, place of birth and exact time of birth. According to Hindu astrology all heavenly bodies, whether it’s the sun, the moon, the planets or stars, influence the terrestrial phenomena, or indicate such phenomena by their various configurations. The variations in their constitution determine the variations in the events on the earth as the correlation between the two is very strong.
The zodiac forms the reference point for fixing up position of any planet or star in the sky. Since it encircles the earth, it is comprised of 360 degrees. The twenty-seven nakshatras being evenly distributed on it each have the span of 13°20’ arc. The various nakshtras are numbered from one to twenty-seven. Apart from it Vedic astrology recognises nine grahas. They are the Sun, the Moon, the Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu & Ketu. Of these the Sun is star, the moon is a satellite of the earth, Rahu and Ketu are mere mathematical points on the zodiac. While the remaining ones are planets.
When the zodiac is divided into twelve equal parts, each such part has an extension of 30 degrees of the arc. Such a division is called Rashi or Sign . A sign consist of two and a quarter nakshtras.
Each sign has a certain specific influence of its own. All the planets as they travel around each zodiac sign, exert an influence according to their separate nature and in accordance with the quality of aspect which they form.
With the help of Vedic astrology, one can make the birth chart made suitable gem stones as per your characteristics & the analysis of general events in life such as education, career, source of earning, family life health etc.
A major branch of astrology practiced in India is based on a sidereal zodiac, rather than a tropical one. It uses the twelve constellations from Babylonian, but also has an additional “lunar” zodiac based on 27 lunar constellations or Nakshatras.
These constellations are based on the approximate number of days that the Moon takes to complete a cycle relative to the stars. The Vimshottari dasa system is a predictive used in the Indian astrology and begins with the Moon’s position through the lunar signs. The Moon in these lunar signs is also used in Muhurta, the Indian method of choosing the auspicious time to perform any job.
Principles of Vedic astrology
Vedic Astrology has three major facets:
- It is based upon detailed mathematical calculations
- The rules and the information based on these calculations help predict the influence of planets
- Heuristic predictions
Vedic astrology bases itself not only on the influence of the stars and planets but also on the ‘inner zodiac’ or the subtle body and its chakra system. These are seven subtle centres of energy of the body. Each of the seven chakras represents a definite set of desires that correspond to a particular element. The understanding of these seven chakras offers a way to balance ones desires and lead a more happy and spiritually satisfied life.
In Vedic thought the subtle body is composed of the five elements, the five sense organs and five motor organs, which correspond to different aspects of its five lower chakras .On top of these five are the mind and intellect (manas and buddhi) which are often compared to the Moon and the Sun and relate to the two higher chakras.
Vedic Astrology uses many harmonic charts as part of the reading
These harmonic charts focus on specific areas of life. When looking into relationship karma, the 9th divisional chart is used, career karma the 10th chart. These harmonic charts give an incredible level of accuracy to the reading. Also a rectifying the birth Time becomes quite easy once you learn how to read these harmonic charts.
Rashichakra is regarded as 360 degree of the imaginary globe in which important houses as well as nakshatras have their own place these positions keep changing from time to time. In India various styles of astrological charts are prevalent.
Vedic astrology uses the distant stars in the chart
These magnificent bodies of light refer to our transcendent, cosmic nature rather than our earthbound one. This also refers to a the major difference between a Vedic and Western astrology, the concept of reincarnation or the souls journey through infinite lifetimes, ever evolving toward perfection and God realization. This deeper evolving consciousness is more reflected in the stars as they also a refer to the ancient Vedic gods whose energy resides in their portion of Sky. Stars are these relatives of our Sun, our mighty and miraculous Star that is responsible for all life on this Earth and in the solar system.
Along with a the major visible planets in our solar system, Vedic astrology uses 27
distinct stellar archetypes – called Nakshatras, these are the stars that refer to our
Vedic astrology uses data periods
The data periods show specifically which karma’s will be unfolding at which time and life. They are incredibly accurate in predicting not only what will happen in the persons life but how they will be feeling while it’s happening. Major cycles of up to 20 years are also broken down into sub periods as short as one day. Advising clients do a becomes easy, especially when you are able to see when major planetary shifts are going to occur.
Vedic Astrology uses the fully developed qualities of the Nodes
The nodes are the eclipse points as such they are not bodies of light as the other planets, rather they are the subconscious forces of worldly desire and other worldly desire – attachment and detachment – the inner child and the disapproving parent within. Rahu (the North node) shows our strong worldly attachments and the things we are developing in this lifetime. In order to develop those things we may become obsessed over them, hypnotized by experience and worldly desire, eventually to learn detachment through exhausting the worldly forms of what he associates with. Ketu exists at the opposite and of the spectrum, disinterested in worldly experience, wanting to hide, unsatisfied and critical – disappointed in all he sees. As Ketu is divine discontent. No matter how much sex, drugs and rock-and-roll we have, there’s always more and part of us can sense
the futility in even trying to satisfy our worldly desires. This is Ketu. As Rahu obsesses a Ketu doubts, the push and pull of rahu and Ketu is how we evolve
Vedic Astrology does not use outer Planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto or asteroids
The dynamics of Vedic thinking are based on planetary archetypes and their energies. Given that the outer planets are not visible as bodies of light their influences are more psychological and internal. There are many a big astrologers who use them in charge interpretations as well, but just as a classicalWestern astrologers are leery of making concrete results based on outer planets, so are a Vedic astrologers. It is the planets of visible light that give our karma’s through the mental impressions (samsaras) created, as planetary transits intersect with our inner environment as shown through the birth chart. The agency of this dynamics is the Chakras. The external planets and their energies are what energize our inner environment through the Chakras, giving rise to the mental impressions that compel us to act through form and thus experience our karma.