or Jyotish - the best of lights - is the ancient art
and science of observing the flow of time and thus understanding
the past, present and future. The Vedic seers saw from
the highest level of consciousness the implications
- tendencies in life - that are indicated by the positions
of theplanets. With this knowledge, we can understand
how our life is unfolding and the strengths and challenges
in every area. For example, in the areas of family and
relationships, health, career, finances, interests,
and personal and spiritual development.
An individual’s relationships
can be seen from the birth chart. It shows the energies
involved and their cycles and the challenges which are
likely to arise. Knowledge of the dynamics of a relationship
and its cycles in time can often help enrich and smooth
the experience. For instance, when a tendency to separate
arises being aware of the planetary energy involved
and the duration of its influence can save from hasty
Sometimes we can take personally something
we feel in another. The charts let us see what is really
going on, what is our own projection, and what is arising
in the other person as a result of some unresolved experience
in the past.
Since time immemorial, Vedic astrologers
have been consulted in India before marriage was solemnised
or business partnerships begun. Thus Vedic astrology
offers sophisticated methods for determining compatibility.
Culpeper, the great English herbalist,
wrote that a doctor must know astrology. From the planetary
cycles, the transits, and the birth chart the significant
health problems can be seen, when they will arise, how
long they will last, which part of the body will be
mainly affected, if they will be curable, what the cure
should be and what the 'real' cause is. Often serious
health problems arise from ancient memories which need
much more than medicine to disentangle. Vedic astrology
offers very deep solutions to very deep problems and
points to the ultimate solution to every problem - Self-realisation.
Life revolves around certain key issues.
Obviously resources as well as gain and loss are of
primary concern to all but a few. Naturally, Jyotish
can give much insight here as well as making useful
predictions. Resources go far beyond money and loss
and gain are not merely experienced in the bank account.
A planet associated with the 12th house can give an
ongoing sense of loss with which we struggle until rescued
by clarity of understanding. Knowledge is power and
we need to know when to advance and when to bear gracefully
with a sense of retreat or how to use it for our advantage,
because advantage lies in every experience that comes
Jyotish shows us what any life is primarily
dedicated to. While everyone has an ultimate spiritual
destiny, we take birth with certain desires to fulfil
or we could say a certain intention. If this is not
well understood, we may be wondering why life is unfolding
contrary to certain expectations we have acquired or
why we keep meeting with certain experiences.
With the cycles of time our life's
issues change. For every intention there is an allotted
time. When the time for something has passed, there
is only loss in continuing out of habit. It is better
to know at least the outline of our life's map.
The Vedic wisdom is the knowledge of
consciousness. As such its primary concern is self development.
The planetary energies can be both obstructive and supportive.
When we neglect our spiritual process they obstruct,
when we nourish it they support. Thus our own unique
spiritual path is also the key to outer happiness and
fortune and the nature of that path can be seen from
the birth chart.
One of the specialities of Vedic astrology
is that it has many different sub-charts based on the
exact position of the planets, each one giving insight
into an area of life. One of these is concerned with
our spiritual experience and its modes of development.
Every moment in time has its unique
quality, and the destiny of any project or process started
at that time can be seen from the planetary configuration
at that moment. Conversely, by selecting an auspicious
moment we can facilitate the success of an undertaking
- marriage, starting a business, occupying a new house,
etc. This is why heads of state and leaders in every
field often have their own Vedic astrologer. This is
rapidly becoming true even in today’s business
A speciality of Vedic astrology is
the remarkable methods of determining the cycles of
time and the influence of the planets on them. This
allows us to know when the fruit of a certain combination
in the birth chart is likely to express itself. In particular,
the method called Vimshottari (literally 120 years)
is uncannily accurate.
and Western Astrology
There are many differences but the
most obvious is that the planets are read primarily
with reference to the background stars (the sidereal
zodiac) rather than the seasons (the tropical zodiac).
There is now a difference of about 23 degrees which
means that, for instance, your sun may prove to be in
a different sign. The difference can be quite enlightening.
Vedic astrology is strong in every area. It can give
an amazingly accurate personality profile but it shows
at the same time all other areas of life from the spiritual
to the most mundane.