Vedic Astrology forms the base or the foundation of this entire science. It is believed that through one’s horoscope, it is possible to understand, identify and resolve various problems that an individual may have in the situational, physical, emotional, mental and soul level.
Vedic Astrology is the study of planetary bodies and their effect on human beings. It is an ancient science that has been practiced around the world in different forms across all major ancient and modern cultures.
Vedic Astrology is a science that is known to man for several thousands of years. Some of the oldest civilizations (such as the Mayan, Indian, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chinese, Babylonian, Greek etc. ) have left remnants of their knowledge of this science through literature, monuments, artefacts and apparatus.
Although evidence and the practice of this science can be found abundantly in many parts of the world, it has yet to acquire mainstream acceptance and awareness in contemporary society.
Vedic Astrology is also a highly misunderstood and misinterpreted science and it is important to seek a knowledgeable, trustworthy and credible astrologer when it comes to the application of this science.
What is the point of Vedic Astrology? Why do I need to know about it? And how will it help me?
Vedic Astrology is a science that can help you determine your purpose in life. It can also show you the path that will lead to the fulfilment and materialisation of that purpose. Moreover it provides solutions, for situational, circumstantial, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and even cosmic problems.
Vedic Astrology can tell you why you are who you are, why you lead the life you lead, where your life is headed in this incarnation and what you can do to change it. It can provide tangible solutions for all your problems.
Often in life we are faced with difficulties for which we don’t have an explanation, we are faced with situations that we don’t anticipate or deserve (or so we feel). With Vedic Astrology one can find the reasons and the cures for these kinds of phenomenon.
Everyone in life is faced with situations where they have to make choices -- choices that can change their lives for good or bad. But often we don’t know which choice to make. That is where Vedic Astrology can help. It can help you make the right choices so that you are in sync with your purpose, it can help you recognise what is right for you and what isn’t, it can help you take the right decisions in life so you can lead a life that is fulfilling, meaningful and purposeful.
Really? Can Mars or Jupiter really help me get a better job or more money?
Yes and no. Unfortunately, most people who are aware of Vedic Astrology and its power, often seek materialistic gains from it. But there is a lot more to this science than just figuring out when and how rich, one can get. The sole purpose of this science is to help you discover your true purpose in this incarnation and what you can do to achieve it.
Yes, Mars, Jupiter, Venus or Saturn can get you a better job or more money, an ideal spouse/child etc. but that is not the point of this.
Aren’t Astrology and Astronomy the same thing?
No. Astrology is the study of planetary bodies and their effect on us while Astronomy is just the study of planetary bodies. Astrology as a science is several thousands of years old, while Astronomy is only a few centuries old.
How is Vedic Astrology different from Western Astrology?
Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology differ in calculating planetary positions, heliocentrism and the way their respective charts are prepared. Furthermore, Western Astrology lays emphasis on, and is limited to an individuals psychological nature. Vedic Astrology on the other hand focuses on a person’s Karma, and when certain Karmic tendencies are most likely to manifest.
The heliocentric centre in Vedic Astrology is the Moon hence it considers Moon signs, while in Western Astrology the heliocentric centre is the Sun, hence it considers Sun signs.
The ephemeris in the Eastern system was calibrated thousands of years ago and hence does not consider the time lag taken in the speed of rotation and revolution of the Earth. The Western ephemeris however do take this time lag into consideration, hence we have a discrepancyof 23 - 24 degrees. For example, suppose, according to Western astrology, your Sun sign is in Capricorn. In the Vedic system, it could be in Sagittarius. Your rising sign and the other planets might also be in unfamiliar signs. However, this does not mean that Vedic astrology is inaccurate. It simply calculates a horoscope differently. The interpretations are most often more precise than in Western astrology.
Western astrology emphasizes the psychological nature of the individual, but lacks reliability for predicting future cycles and events. Although Vedic astrology also defines a person’s psychological nature, it gives more focus to understanding when certain events are likely to take place and provides some sort of direction to an individual.
But is it practical? Can I apply it to everyday life?
It is a well known fact that many ancient cultures and some modern ones used and continue to use astrological guidance for critical decision making in the everyday life as well as for major events/phenomenon.
In countries like India and China, Astrologers are often called upon when a child is born and consulted with, as the child grows through his/her life. Astrological advice is sought for mundane matters as well as life altering ones.
Vedic Astrology suggests lifestyle and mentality based changes that result in situational, circumstantial and even life-altering changes.