Vedic Astrology called Jyotisha represents light to see the past, present and future. The father of Vedic Astrology is Sage Parasara who belonged to 1500 BC. He had written about Vedic Astrology in his treatise `Brihat Parasara Horashastra` in Dwapara yuga which explains all facets of Vedic Astrology and it is followed even today by astrologers for its accuracy and perfection in knowledge of the cosmos.
Planetary Influence on Destiny
The importance of planetary influence on the destiny of an individual can be clearly understood by following the words of the great master, Swami Yogananda,
“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a portrait revealing his unalterable past and its future results…”
In the words of Carl Jung,
“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of vine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.”
“Astrology is a language of planets, signs and Nakshatras. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you”
Scientific Basis of Astrology
Astrology is a scientific study of planets based on astronomy and mathematics. Knowledge of the phenomena like the rotation and revolution of the Earth, formation of seasons, equinoxes, occurrences of eclipses, concepts of solar and lunar months, position of the planets and stars in the sky that are astronomical are taken into account while making predictions by an astrologer.
Vedic Astrology recognizes an imaginary belt of 18 degrees of arc in width, studded with 27 nakshatras called zodiac running around the earth. Zodiac is comprised of 360 degrees.
It is from this reference point that any position of the planet or star is studied. Nakshatras move east-west and planets move west to east.
Planets are moving heavenly bodies and they are nine in number called grahas. Planets are concentrations of energy who behave as benefic and malefic in a horoscope chart based on one`s actions
Zodiac is divided into 12 equal parts called rashis that are 30 degrees of the arc.
Cause and Effect Phenomena
Vedic Astrology is based on the cause and effect phenomena. The subtle cause in astrology is the cosmic force representing the disposition of the various heavenly bodies or planets. This makes us believe in reincarnation to work out karmas done accordingly – Actions done in the past produce fruit in the destined hour in the subsequent births. Astrology helps to find out reasons for bad and good happenings in our life by studying the birth chart or horoscope.
Astrology helps to
Understand oneself, identify unique talents, skills, strengths and weaknesses
Helps in weakening negative energies through remedies
Choose one`s career by studying the 10th house of an individual
To identify auspicious time or muhurtha for starting business venture, moving into a new house, for conducting marriage, for going abroad for higher studies etc.
Identify periods of financial growth, find ways to buy and sell property
Seek compatible marriage partners and avoid bad relationships
Astrological knowledge helps to ward off bad and seek ways to improve life. It helps to study the reasons of failure, denial, poor relationships, loss, infertility problems, marriage disasters and many more. It helps us to understand that some karmas or actions can be mitigated through remedies like propitiation to the planets and some have to be suffered to absolve the past sin of committing such grave mistakes.
Such a profound study cannot be ignored as it touches an individual in all aspects of life. With proper application in one`s life, it can help alter one’s destiny.