Antiquity of Vedic astrology:Vedic astrology is a part of the Vedas that were orally transmitted through the ages by the sages to their disciples. The oral tradition of Vedic astrology is said to have begun with sage Vashishta that was compiled into a text called Brihad Parasara Hora Shastra by Sage Parasara. Again, he gifted his knowledge of astrology to his disciple Maitreya. Other texts on Astrology were the Upadasa Sutras of Jamini and Bhrigu’s Samhita. Sage Parasara’s text provides the study of the Zodiac signs, the houses or Bhavas in a birth chart, location of planets in the Padas of Nakshatras, how to locate an Ascendant sign and Moon sign, which Gods rule over the signs and what kind of energy they create and so on. Sage Bhrigu made a great effort in compiling 45 million horoscopes and studying the interaction of energies they indicated, thus establishing the foundation of astrology as a predictive science.
Popular types of Vedic astrology:Electional or Muhurta Astrology: It is a branch of astrology in which an astrologer finds the time when the planetary energies are supportive of any event or particular happenings. When an individual is about to take an important decision or become a part of important happening such as marriage, buying a property, starting a new business and so on, they consult astrologers to know about the time or the opportune moment when his or her planetary energies will be supportive of such an occurrence in life. It is also known as event astrology. Electional Astrology studies the important elements that include –
- Star or Nakshatra - Nakshatras are the 27 divisions recognized by the ancient Indian astronomers. Each of the Nakshatras covers 13 degrees and 20 minutes of the zodiac.
- Tithi or the Lunar day - Tithi is a phase among the 15 phases of Moon.
- Yoga – Union of planetary energies creates Yoga. There are 27 Yogas when specific beneficial energies are created.
- Weekday – The time between one sun rise and another is called a day. The days are symbolic of the ruling planetary energies.
- Karana – Karana is one-half of a Moon Phase, for eg: the first 12 hours of New Moon, the final 12 Hours of New Moon, etc.