Introduction to Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology is one of the spiritual sciences of ancient India. Like yoga & meditation, which have been embraced by the western world for decades now, the purpose of Vedic Astrology is to make contact with our inner being & spiritual identity. It’s a tool of self-awareness & personal development. It’s known as the, “Eye of the Vedas”, which allows us to identify our natural qualities, recognize tendencies, and evolve beyond past conditioning.

The seers & rishis of ancient India came from a more spiritually enlightened period of human existence. The advanced knowledge of Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian and Mayan cultures were all destroyed in the cataclysms & wars of the dark ages, but India was able to preserve many of the ancient texts & spiritual practices from an earlier age, which is an amazing gift for all of humanity to acknowledge & embrace.

Over the past 120 years, knowledge from that culture has been trickling into to the western world. Indian gurus like Yogananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and Deepak Chopra have done a wonderful job making these tools accessible for the western mind, but Vedic Astrology is still a relatively unknown and underappreciated aspect of the spiritual sciences.

The 2 main frameworks or philosophies of spiritual science are Karma & Dharma:
Karma means action, and karma tells us that everything we experience now is a culmination of past events, and every action we take now will have an impact on our future experience.
Dharma means a guiding principle or natural law, and dharma tells us that our actions work within the confines of a larger cosmic order. The movement of the Earth & Moon around the Sun is an example dharma, and on a personal level the sequence of our life events (meaning; birth, childhood, adulthood, elderly, and death) is another example of dharma.  It shows us that some aspects of our experience is beyond our ability to control, which allows us to surrender, opening to a higher power & connecting to the highest version of Self.

An astrological birth chart creates a blueprint of our personal karma. It shows the cosmic energy that was imprinted on our psyche at the moment of physical incarnation. By learning the meaning of each planet & their placement in our birth chart, we begin to integrate with primordial energies & awaken their full expression in our everyday lives. The better we know our placements and their tendencies, the easier it becomes to move forward without repeating past mistakes.

The moon’s placement specifically allows us to map the sequence of ripening karmas & prepare for their appearance in our lives. Much like a weather forecast, an astrologer can read patterns & make predictions about likely outcomes, but not every thought becomes an action, and not every action becomes a result, so it’s much simpler to interpret events from the past than anticipate events before they happen.

Vedic Astrology measures the movement, interaction, and geometry between planets & the stars. The language & system of Vedic Astrology is much like western astrology, which came from the Greeks (most know it as our Sun Sign), but Vedic Astrology uses the fixed background stars rather than seasonal equinox & solstice points to measure their location. Part of the philosophy of Indian culture is that “out there” is a mirror of “in here”, so by measuring with the stars we gain insight into the deeper workings of the cosmic self. The path to enlightenment is said to be making the unconscious conscious, and that’s what astrology can help us do.

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