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Vedic Astrology – A Discovery

Jyotish — the Science of life, or Vedic Astrology, dates back over 6,000 years and is one of the oldest forms of astrology. It’s based on the body of knowledge known as the “Vedas.” The Vedas are to be considered as the most vast and complete system of knowledge known to man. Today, Vedic astrology is considered one of the most powerful forms of practiced astrology.

Western astrology is known for its emphasis on psychological natures and the individual’s personality — Vedic’s main focus is on predicting cycles and events that will eventually take place, with an emphasis on understanding when these certain events take place. Vedic astrology gives us a better view of a person’s karmic tendencies and how those tendencies manifest for that person. These tendencies are are shown through a unique system of planetary time cycles call “dashas.”

The planets in Vedic astrology are referred to as “grahas,” the ancient scriptures refer to them as the lords of karma and destiny. It’s believed that the birth chart of individuals is based on their past karma, which is given to them by the nine planets. The Vedic birth chart is square, instead of the round chart wheel of Western astrology. The houses, signs and planets also take on different meaning under Vedic astrology. A major difference between Western astrology and Vedic astrology is that Western astrology uses the Tropical Zodiac while Vedic Astrology uses the Sidereal Zodiac — which tracks the planetary movements against the movement of the stars. Western astrology considers the sun as the center of our universe and Vedic astrology uses the 27 constellations of the moon — called the Lunar Mansions or Nakshatras as the primary source of predictive techniques. The Sun is representative of one’s soul whereas the Moon represents one’s mind. Both are extremely important and hold a significant place in astrology as a whole.

Keep in mind, Vedic astrology’s purpose is not to replace the individual’s responsibility to decide what is best for them. It’s a tool that is meant to be used to make better decisions. In the end, the purpose of astrology is to create self awareness and lead to self improvement.

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