Basic aim of astrology is to offer accurate predictions. Predictions are made using either by Vedic Astrology, Horary, or nadi.
About Vedic Astrology
It is called Jyotisha or science of light. In Vedic Astrology, a horoscope is drawn based on the time of one`s birth, place and date. Vedic Astrology has 4 branches:
- Jaataka or Janma Kundali or predictive astrology deals with Birth charts.
- Prashna or horary astrology deals with query charts.
- Muhurtha or electional astrology deals with auspicious moments for activities.
- Nimitta deals with the science of omens.
About Horary Astrology
Horary astrology is a branch of astrology that gives predictions based on the moment of time the question is asked.
Hora means moments of time. Horary astrology is also called Prashna astrology, where focus is just on one question at a time. It is believed that God would answer one`s question through the astrologer.
- One can get a lot of information about horary astrology from `Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra` that is in the form of dialogue between sage Parasara and sage Maitreya, which dates 3700 B.C.
- Varahamihira, a well known astrologer in the court of Great King Vikramadithya wrote, Daivaghya Vallabha which deals with prashna or horary astrology.
Difference between Vedic Astrology and Horary Astrology
Role of karma in the chart
- The birth chart of Vedic Astrology indicates the results of past karma or actions. Planetary positions and their combinations are the reflection of one`s past deeds and they give their good and bad effects based on one`s deeds.
- Prasna or Horary charts reveal to us whether a man reaps the fruits of his action of his previous birth or the fruits of his action of his present birth.
- This can be found out by studying the birth chart and the prasna chart. If the horoscope has beneficial planetary positions and the prasna chart has unfavorable planetary combinations, then it is to be understood that the native is experiencing the evil karma of this birth.
- But on the other hand, if the horoscope does not have beneficial planetary patterns, but the prasna chart shows benefic ones, then it is to be understood by the astrologer that the good noble actions done in this birth are helping the native.
Erection of chart
- When a person asks the questions to the astrologer, that moment of asking is taken into consideration. Horoscope is drawn at the time of asking the query.
- Based on the planetary positions at that time, date and place the horoscope chart is drawn.
- Likewise, if the set of questions are sent by post or through other means, then the chart is drawn by the astrologer for predictions, taking the date, place and time when he reads the letter.
- In Vedic Astrology, birth charts are drawn based on the time of birth. Horary Astrology does not need birth charts for predictions; rather chart is drawn on the moment of the query.
Accuracy of Birth time
- Exact birth time alone can give accurate predictions. Since many fail to keep record of such details, limitations arise when one has to cast a horoscope.
- At such times, horary astrology becomes very useful in answering important questions troubling one`s mind and helps taking decisions accordingly.
- It takes into consideration the time of the birth of the query.
Role of omens
Finding and predicting according to omens, breath flow in the nostrils of the astrologer, querent`s mannerisms is done in Horary Astrology, which is not found in Vedic Astrology.
Vimshottari Dasa System
- This is followed for predictions in both Vedic and Horary Astrology.