Read the article to find out what Jyotish Vedic astrology is and how it works. What is the difference between Indian astrology and the Western astrology?
Jyotish is the world’s oldest astrology system taking date of birth as a base. It helps to find out a person’s character, health condition, habits, his or her past and future. The name comes from the Sanskrit jyoti (ज्योतिष), which means light, heavenly body.
This system is part of the Indian Vedic scriptures. The earliest astrological works on Jyotish were created in India. Scientists date them to 1-3 centuries A.D. But we are talking only about the monuments of writing that have come down to us, so the exact time of the birth of Vedic astrology is unknown. However, Vedic masters consider Indian astrology to be a science with a history of 4000 years.
In modern India, Vedic astrology is taught in universities. Our institute “Lakshmi-Ameya” employs graduates of such universities – hereditary gurus with advanced degrees in astrology. They dedicated 20-40 years of their lives to Jyotish.
Read also: Jyotish Hindu astrology (Wikipedia)
The main idea of Indian Vedic astrology is that everything in the world is interconnected. Your karma and destiny is determined in advance, even before your birth, according to your actions in your past life. The soul’s path can be changed or corrected by doing good deeds. Or worsen if you do evil.
In Jyotish, astrologers study the path of the soul along the Indian astrology chart. The natal chart shows in what position the planets were at the time of man’s birth. Calculation and interpretation of the chart usually takes several hours. Based on the results, the Vedic astrologer gives recommendations for improving a person’s life and helps to solve problems in various areas.
You, too, can learn to build your natal chart to see your hidden potential and purpose, as well as find answers to troubling questions. You can also build up the Jyotish natal chart yourself.
We have been accustomed to Western astrology since childhood and know our zodiac sign for sure. For years we have been reading character descriptions in newspapers and on websites, looking through horoscopes for a week and a month, looking for compatibility by signs and trying to do as Western astrology recommends. But when the Indian Vedic astrology Jyotish comes into view, we immediately have many questions. What is the difference between this system and the Western one we are used to? Which one to trust?
From this section, you will learn the main differences between Vedic and Western astrology, as well as understand which system is closer to you.
Western astrology is solar astrology. The zodiac sign is determined by the position of the Sun at the time of a person’s birth.
Jyotish is considered lunar astrology. Signs of a person here are determined by the position of the Moon at the time of birth. Because of this, there are discrepancies with the Western system. Perhaps, according to Jyotish, your sign will not correspond to the familiar zodiac.
In Vedic astrology, the ascendant is taken into account (in Sanskrit – lagna). It is an ascending sign on the horizon at which time a person is born. It is determined using the date and time of birth. It is imperative for him to know the exact time of birth, because the rising sign changes its position every two hours.
An ascending sign gives a deeper and more comprehensive description of a person. Therefore, the analysis of personality according to Indian astrology often impresses those who were familiar only with the usual “magazine” astrology. A Vedic master can describe your appearance, character traits, social status, and possible health problems by date and time of birth. He will even give recommendations on how best to be treated, what to eat, what sports to do, what area to work in and much more.
Vedic astrology (date of birth here is the key input for building a chart) also considers the lunar zodiac sign. He shows your emotions. It can also be calculated using a natal chart.
Western astrologers do not examine such an important point as planetary shifts. They base their calculations on the fact that the sun always returns to the same point. But the Universe is constantly expanding, new stars appear in it, everything is in dynamics. The planets cannot return to exactly the same point, there is always a slight shift. For example, in 2000 years the Sun has shifted 23 degrees, and in fact the zodiac system has shifted by one sign. You may have heard about the appearance of a new sign of Ophiuchus.
In Jyotish, a point corresponding to a fixed star, which cannot move with time, is taken as the beginning of the zodiac. Also, the Vedic system considers the displacement of the Sun, which is known under the term “ayanamsha”. This reflects the real picture of the starry sky at the time of birth, with a minimum of errors and discrepancies.
Also in Vedic astrology, the first house begins from the first degree of the rising sign. Each sign occupies only one house. This allows for a clearer interpretation with specific recommendations.
In Western astrology, the house starts from the ascending degree, not from the first. One house can be in several signs at once. Because of this, information about a person becomes blurry, different astrologers can interpret it in different ways.
Vedic astrology uses more systems when analyzing personality: a natal chart, fractional charts, various systems of periods of planets and signs, lunar nakshatra stations. All of them are important for forecasts, because they help to understand a person’s character much deeper and clearer.
Western astrology works with 10 planets – the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
Vedic astrology is based on the study of 9 planets: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu.
Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets, which are very important indicators of a person’s karmic path. Without them, it is quite difficult to determine exactly what awaits you in fate.
In addition, Jyotish astrology does not take into account the trans-Saturn planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The secret is that they move very slowly and therefore have too little effect.
In Indian astrology each person belongs to one of the planets. Each planet has its own characteristics and temperament. Knowing this aspect, you can make the most accurate forecast down to the smallest detail, as well as find out your strengths and weaknesses.
Western astrology focuses on describing the personality and qualities of a person. Many of the characteristics are already known to customers who turn to specialists. Not so long ago a compensatory direction appeared in astrology – the correction of fate. But so far there are quite a few professionals in this area.
Jyotish astrologers always pay attention not only to what a person is, but also to what he can be. Much attention is paid here to methods of correcting personality, changing karma, preventing disease and suffering.
Vedic astrology is the wisdom of the ancients, which has come down to us through time. These teachings can not only describe habits and tendencies, but also indicate the best solution in a particular situation. Even the very study of Vedic astrology affects the change in a person’s personality. Practice encourages you to grow spiritually and work on your character.
Jyotish astrology is associated with spiritual practices and the Vedas. The Vedas are the scriptures of Hinduism, where you can find a lot of useful information about life, fate, karma.
Vedic astrology, unlike Western astrology, is always supplemented by practices and meditations that can improve a person’s health, his spiritual life and state of mind.
For example, you want to change bad habits or increase your income. A Vedic astrologer will study your natal chart and may advise you on yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Ekadashi, or mantra recitation. Such measures will help you harmonize the weak planets. That is, by strengthening the qualities of the planet, you will receive those qualities that you did not have at birth.
Vedic astrology Jyotish is valuable knowledge with which you can:
And this is not all that Jyotish can be useful to you. Vedic astrology is a navigator with which you can go through life in the most successful way.
How to become an astrologer? The institute “Lakshmi-Ameya” is taught by gurus from India, holders of academic degrees and titles in the field of astrology. With their help, you can study Vedic astrology online, at a convenient time.
If you learn to work with an Indian astrology birth chart, you can prepare for negative periods in order to avoid accidents and possible illnesses, find out your purpose, and improve your relationship with your partner and family. And also you can make astrology your second profession and make money on consultations, helping people.
Friends, tell us in the comments what was the most interesting of what you just read about Jyotish? Are you planning to study Vedic astrology in a professional way?