What is Vedic Astrology (Jyotish)?

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 classify the universal qualities of nature, identify our personal 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 holy crusades & 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 of making many of these tools accessible to the western mind, but Vedic Astrology is still a relatively unknown and underappreciated aspect of the spiritual sciences.

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 our 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 trace events backwards than estimate 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 the astrology of the Greeks (we 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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