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Indian astrology, Vedic astrology also known as Jyotish or Jyotisha, is the ancient Indian system of astronomy and astrology. Astrology is the science of the effects of planetary movements on the lives of human beings. Astrology is based on astronomy; astrologers need to know the correct positions of the planets at any given time, as well as the correct positions of the zodiacal star signs in relation to any place on earth at a given point of time. Once the correct positions of the signs and planets are determined, astrologers construct charts representing these positions. On the basis of their knowledge and experience, astrologers can draw conclusions about the particular moment. Primarily, astrology helps individuals to understand themselves, their situation in life, and be mentally prepared to face the ups and downs of life.

Indian Astrology
Indian astrology, possibly the oldest system of astrology in the world, differs considerably from the western system. Indian astrology makes ample use of the constellations as visible in the sky. The result is a completely different chart as compared to the one used by western astrologers. Indian astrology is based on the date, place and time of birth.

Did you know the Indian Astrology also differs considerably from the Chinese horoscope, which is based on the year of one’s birth? The Chinese system also believes that the year of birth indicates a certain phase or aspect of a sixty year circle of time. Hence, people who are born in a particular animal year share certain common traits of that particular animal just like people born under a common zodiac sign. Indian Astrology defines the actual traits of an individual, marital compatibility and the future, based on the position of planets at the time and place of birth. It is highly authentic and its predictions are believed to be the most accurate.

What is Vedic Astrology / Jyotish
Jyotishis the Hindu system of astrology; it is considered to be one of the six disciplines of Vedanta. The Sanskrit word derives from jyótis ("knowledgeable" equating as one who is knowledgeable, or enlightened with knowledge, of birth, fate, and relationship to water, earth and stars) or which means "light, brightness", but in the plural also "the heavenly bodies, planets and stars".

Jyotish has historically been part of a continuous "holistic" approach to living and to spiritual practice within the Hindu way of life prevalent in India.

Jyotish is often considered to be the instructional element of the Rig Veda; hence it is termed as Vedanga, or "body part" of the Vedas. An important part of a larger Vedic curriculum including mathematics, architecture, medical and military applications, Jyotish has its own sophisticated system of reference: the planets are "grahas", which are believed to influence or act upon all living creatures in this world and mould their destinies and fates. The Hindus believe that human beings encounter good fortune and misfortune in their worldly lives, according to their karma (actions and deeds in one’s past, present and future life). Hence many people make use of Jyotish to take a stock of their lives and to discover their futures.

Basic Principles
The basic premise of Vedic astrology is that all things are linked. An individual’s karma or fortune is determined by a pre-arranged cosmic design. An individual is a soul incarnating in a body at a specific place and a particular time; a person’s life is a reflection of the greater whole into which he /she is born.

In Vedic Astrology there is greater emphasis placed on the Moon than on the Sun.  The moon represents the mind; it is an agency of perception and consequently is a major determining factor in a person’s interactions with the world. In Indian culture relationships and compatibility are greatly stressed upon, since all components of life involve relationships. Hence a Vedic Astrologer can effectively analyze a person’s relations with his /her biological family, “acquired” family, friends, neighbors, employers, employees, business partners, teachers, students, and so on.

( Courtesy: India Heritage )


The science of astrology originated in Bharat, also known as "India," and has been practiced continuously for more than 8,000 years. Records of astrological knowledge are to be found in the history of all nations and among the relics of all civilizations, past and present.

CHINA  Aside from the Vedic records, perhaps the oldest records of astrological practice are to be found in China. The Chinese have been as scrupulous in preserving their records as the Hindus of Bharat.

CHALDEA  Although mention is made by later writers of famous astrologers in Chaldea, particularly Berosus, who lived about 3,000 BCE, no actual manuscripts of Berosus are available if indeed such writings were ever made. But, undoubtedly the science of astrology was practiced at a very remote period in the history of the Chaldeans and the astrology of the Greeks and Romans was directly derived from this source.

BABYLON  The first mention of astrology as it was practiced by the Babylonians appears to place the period at about 2,500 BCE, but no actual records of literature concerning the Babylonian contribution to the science have been discovered to date.

EGYPT  It is evident that the Egyptian knew and used astrology many thousands of years before the time of Christ, and the earliest Egyptian astrologer mentioned is Petosiris, a priest who lived during the reign of Nicepsos about 800 BCE. If Petosiris wrote any books on astrology, however, they have not been found. The earliest Egyptian authority on astrology whose works are available today and actually form the basis on which modern astrology is practiced in the Western world was Claudius Ptolemy. Ptolemy was born at Pelusium in Egypt, about 70 CE, and attended the school of Alexandria. His Tetrabilos is the source of many of the errors which have been perpetuated in the modern systems.

PERSIA  The earliest Persian astrologer of whom any record exists was Al Hakim. This famous astrologer lived and practiced his science during the reign of Darius. Al Hakim is reputed to have written many books, th most widely mentioned by later historians being the Judicia Gimaspia. If this work or any other writings of Al Hakim exist today, they have not been made available for general inspection. However, Al Hakim achieved fame because of some amazing predictions, not the least popular of them being the birth of Jesus.

ARABIA  Astrology is and always was held in great veneration by the Arabs. This region is the birthplace of many learned astrologers and wise men. They traveled extensively and brought their knowledge with them into Greece and Rome. Some of their writings have come down to the West through the Greeks and Romans, but in such fragmentary form that they are of little practical use today. Such fragments as have been preserved, however, furnish indubitable proof that the technique of the Arabian astrologers was of a very high order, indeed. Records of a nomadic people, though, are difficult to obtain.

BHARAT (India)  In Bharat records exist today which point clearly to a highly developed knowledge of astrology as far back as about 6,500 BCE and actual manuscripts are still extant which were written about 3,700 BCE. SOme of the originals have been destroyed or lost but actual copies of these originals were made by alter astrologers. These are to be found in the libraries of Maharajas and in the libraries of certain states in Bharat. Actual, detailed records of astrological science are continuous from about 6,500 BCE. One of the earliest authors of Vedic astrology, copies of whose work are still to be found, is Pita Maha who wrote a treatise on astrology called Pita Maha Siddhant(a). He lived and wrote this book about 3,000 BCE. Five hundred years later, another author-astrologer named Vashishtth(a) wrote several books on astrology, astronomy and philosophy. His most important work, and one which was used as an authority by all subsequent writers on the subject, is Vashishtth(a) Siddhant(a), but he wrote may other equally erudite and authoritative texts such as the Panch Siddhant(a) Kosh(a), Soory(a) Siddhant(a), Nityanand(a), Brhat Jatak(a), Aryabhat, Mansagari, Ranveer, and the Laghu Parashar. E. M. Plunkett writes in his book Ancient Calendars and Constellations: "The opinion of the Greek writers at the beginning of the Christian era may be quoted as showing the high estimation in which Indian astronomy was held. In the Life of Appollonius of Tyana, the Greek philosopher and astrologer, written by Philostratus about 210 CE, the wisdom and learning of Appollonius are set high above his contemporaries because he had studied astronomy and astrology with the sages of India." In a book called You and Your Hand by the late Count Louis Hamon, known better as Cheiro, this statement is found: "People who in their ignorance disdain the wisdom of ancient races forget that the great past of India contained secrets of life and philosophy that following civilizations could not controvert, but were forced to accept. For instance, it has been demonstrated that the ancient Hindus understood the precession of the equinoxes and made the calculation that it [a complete cycle] took place once in every 25,870 years. The observation and mathematical precision necessary to establish such a theory has been the wonder and admiration of modern astronomers. They, with their modern knowledge and up-to-date instruments, are still quarrelling among themselves as to whether the precession, the most important feature in astronomy, takes place every 25,870 years or every 24,500 years. The majority believe that the Hindus made no mistakes, but how they arrived at such a calculation is as great a mystery as the origin of life itself."

Courtesy: Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi, Vedic Astrologer

Astrology :more information

Astrology is a way to determine the forces of the universe by tracing what effects they have upon the planets. In Astrology, the planets and their coordinate systems are used to make predictions.

Astrology can be referred to as the study of cycles. According to astrology, everything in this universe is cyclical, meaning that is follows a certain cycle, including human beings. Astrology not only looks at this cycle but also at the cycles of life which go on for three years, ten years, 25 years, etc.

Just as our lives follow a cycle, the planets follow these cycles, too. Tracing the planets in their relatively simple paths is much easier to comprehend than it is to appreciate how human actions flow in the same rhythms, what with them being so complex. Because it is not easy to evaluate your own self, tracking the planets enables you to look into our nature in an approach so as to make predictions which can be the difference between success and failure. This is the heart of astrology and is how astrology works.
Hence astrology can be correctly called the study of the outcome of planetary movements on our lives, and astrologers have to know the exact positions of the planets at any given time, and also the proper positions of the zodiacal fixed star signs, at any given time, in relation to any place on earth, to be able to make astrological predictions. Interestingly, planets discovered after the development of astrology, such as Neptune and Uranus, have no place in astrological predictions.

The fundamental principle on which astrology works is that all things are linked. Your karma, destiny, fate or fortune, whatever you choose to call it, is determined by a predestined cosmic design. Astrologers believe that every body is just a soul present in the body at a very particular time and place, and that the life of people is just a reflection of the larger whole into which they are born. The study of this pre-set destiny is known as Astrology.
In other words, astrology is the study of stars.

Astrology dates from a time when we didn't know what stars were. the charts that astrologers use today are from hundreds of years ago when the earth was in a relatively different position to the where those stars are today. so even if there were some truth to astrology when those charts were created, the fact that astrologers base their predictions on out of date charts makes anything they say moot.
A form of studying the stars and other celestial bodies.

Astrology was considered a science. Astrologers would track the movements of the stars in the sky above to make plans for the coming year(s).

Personal astrology as we know it today (horoscopes, love horoscopes etc..) was very popular in the middle ages. People wanted to know about what was likely to happen to them based on their birth chart. Many astrologers still produce birthcharts for people like they did in the middle ages.

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