What is Vedic Astrology ?
Astrology can be a useful tool to help you plan your life and
make decisions. Whether it is for business or home, an
astrological reading provides an overview of the situation,
the large perspective. We all need the view from the
mountain-top from time to time.
Vedic astrology is a form of astrology derived from the
traditions of ancient India. Because of this, Vedic Astrology
is particularly good for those who do yoga or meditate, or
are interested in ayurvedic medicine.
Do I have to believe in astrology?
No. The tools of vedic astrology, the metaphors and symbols,
are all time-tested and highly evolved focusing devices. The
math, the geometric diagrams, have been developed over
thousands of years to help focus the mind on the best
You don't have to "believe" in math to use a measuring tape
or a measuring cup. It just works.
Over the past few thousand years, vedic astrology has been
found to be a great tool by many types of people -
businesspeople and parents, educators and administrators,
healers and soldiers.
Vedic astrology is the phrase we use in English to refer to
what is called Jyotish in Sanskrit. Jyoti is light, so
Joytish is the study of light - the lights in the sky and the
light within your soul.
is the study also of what helps you to shine – what helps you
to fulfill your destiny here on earth, to fulfill the purpose
you had in coming here and being born. In practice, Jyotish
also focuses on how to remove or sidestep or work through the
obstacles that will stop your light from
The purpose of Jyotish is to help us focus the eye of spirit
on the path ahead, to see the path of life. Jyotish works in
harmony with Yoga and Ayurveda. It is said that Jyotisha
shows us the path, Ayurveda keeps us healthy along the path
and Yoga (in its various forms) is the way to walk the path.
They all work together and have the same philosophical
foundations. Jyotisha can help one find the right branch of
yoga to pursue, and can help to create an Ayurvedic routine
that will prevent diseases that have not even arisen yet.
Jyotisha takes many years to learn, and is a path that opens
the eye to understanding the inter-relatedness of all things
in a synchronous universe.
Vedic Astrology or
uses the Sidereal Zodiac, which is using the fixed
constellation of stars called Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc., as
a backdrop to calculate the positions and movements of the
planets. This is also what astronomers use in their
Western Astrology uses the Tropical zodiac, which is based
on the premise that the Sun will be at zero degrees Aries
annually on the 21st March. The Tropical system was created
(based on the equinox), about 1900 years ago, when the Sun
was actually at zero degrees Aries. The assumption was made
that the Sun would return to this position every year on the
The Earth takes approximately 365 and 1/4 days to orbit the
Sun. It is astronomically impossible for the Sun to be at
zero degrees Aries every year at the Spring equinox.
Therefore, after many years of discrepancy there is about a
twenty-three degree difference between the constellations and
the signs of the same names. Making the Tropical system
The Vedic system, said to be over five thousand years old,
takes into account a phenomenon called (in Sanskrit) the
Ayanamsha. This is the gradual rotation of the Earths axis
over thousands of years. Called the precession of the
equinox, it is central to modern astronomy, as well as to
Vedic Astrology. This means that the actual positions of the
planets are constantly getting further behind the imaginary
What IS the precession of the Earths axis?
The Earths axis wobbles slightly, performing a complete
rotation over a period of some 25,800 years rather like a
spinning top. This is caused by the combined gravitational
forces of the Sun and Moon acting on the Earths Equator (the
Earth being an oblate spheroid rather than a sphere it bulges
slightly at the Equator).
No astronomical body can appear in the exact same place more
than once every 25,800 years. Yet the Western system of
Astrology calculates its charts and fails to take this into