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 choices.

You don't have to "believe" in math to use a measuring tape or a measuring cup. It just works.

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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.

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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.

Joytish 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 shining.

Vedic Inspiration

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.

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Vedic Astrology or
Jyotish 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 calculations.

 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 spring equinox.

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 completely inaccurate.

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 tropical placements.

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 account.