What is Vedic Astrology (Jyotish)?

Jyotish is one of the 3 primary Vedic sciences (which are; Yoga, Ayurveda, and Jyotish).   The origins of Jyotish can be traced back several thousand years to information contained within the Vedas, which are ancient texts explaining the workings of human existence & universal law.  There’s one universal law that describes how moving planets can have an effect on our life, which is called “the law of correspondence”, that states:

“As above, so below – As within, so without”

This universal law tells us that a shared principle creates similar behavior, regardless of separation in space.  The Milky Way, the solar system, and an atom all behave in similar ways because of a shared principle.  So as planets in the solar system move and interact with each other in the sky, the corresponding forces within our body & mind, at an atomic level, will behave accordingly.  This is also called quantum mechanics in modern day, western science.

Each of the 7 Vedic planets (called “grahas” in Sanskrit) represent an energetic force that corresponds with some aspect of our body & mind.  Jyotish is the science of identifying the force, analyzing the relationship, and explaining the evolutionary process.  It’s a tool of self-discovery and a system of personal development.  This is a science that puts the details of life into perspective and shows us the bigger picture of who we are and how the world works.  What a huge relief it can be to see & experience that everything is unfolding exactly as it’s supposed to!

If we take the Sun for example, it represents the archetype masculine principle.  The Sun doesn’t absorb, it emits light & heat.  All energy that moves from within our body & mind out into the environment will behave in accordance to our personal relationship (karma) with the Sun.

We call the Sun’s energy “solar”, and our soul is the true authentic self, seeking expression through our presence and behavior.  If a person has a powerful Sun in their birth chart, it won’t allow them to modify their personality traits in search of security or acceptance, it’ll force them to express their authentic truth unapologetically.  If another person’s Sun has a difficult placement or inimical influences, they will find it more challenging to express their true essence, which we often experience as self-doubt and indecision.

Human beings are not designed to fit into a “one size fits all” spiritual journey.  Each person has a unique background and constantly fluctuating needs.  Jyotish allows us to adapt to these changing circumstances and align our individual purpose with the universal rhythms of life.

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