Knowing what the future has in store has been a great desire of many people throughout history. This has led many to study and learn the patterns in the universe that can provide a path to an individual’s future to help them prepare for the various things coming their way.
The study of the stars and the planets, as well as their pattern on certain days, has provided the means to develop a daily Horoscope for people. These horoscopes can provide information to help people find love, wealth, and even happiness.
In Sanskrit, the word for astrology is Jyotish, which translates as “the science of light.” In India, Vedic astrology has played a role in culture and religion since ancient times, and it continues to evolve. Still today, many people look to the configurations of stars and planets to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their karmic path.
According to Vedic astrology principles, the positions of the planets and stars influence our life’s events, and they reveal trends that can lead to positive or negative outcomes. Thus, many people consult astrological charts before making important decisions, such as naming a child, opening a new business, or choosing a marriage partner.
Though it is similar to Western astrology, the Vedic system is distinct in many ways. There is a growing interest in Vedic astrology and the unique insights. The following is an overview of Vedic astrology, horoscopes, and zodiac signs.
The earliest written mention of Vedic astrology occurs in the Rig Veda, a collection of sacred texts written around 1400 B.C. The Vedanga Jyotisha, a text that dates back to 700 B.C., is the oldest text devoted explicitly to astrology. It lays out many of the fundamental principles of Vedic astrology, including the notion of Bandhu, the connection of all things throughout the universe.
In Vedic astrology, the study of stars and planets stems from the core belief that the microcosm (any individual or part of a whole) reflects the entire cosmos. Ancient Hindu priests used astrology to determine the proper days and dates for religious rituals and sacrifices—later texts from the 2nd century A.D. set forth practical applications of astrology to personal and public life.
In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, Hellenic (Greek) astrology significantly influenced Indian astrology, contributing to the 12 zodiac signs and astrological houses. However, Vedic astrology retained many unique features, including lunar constellations known as Nakshatras and distinct interpretation and prediction methods.
Thanks to the influence of the ancient Greeks, Vedic astrology is not entirely foreign to most Westerners. However, there are a few significant differences. First of all, Vedic astrology is lunar-based, meaning that the Moon’s position at birth is the key to an individual’s personality and destiny. Unlike Western astrology, the Vedic system incorporates Nakshatras or lunar mansions. The Nakshatras are 27 Moon-centered constellations that operate behind and influence the zodiac signs.
Another difference between Western and Vedic astrology is how the zodiac signs are determined. While Western astrology identifies each zodiac sign according to the Sun’s position as it seems to move around the Earth, the Vedic system uses the sidereal zodiac. In other words, the stars rather than the Sun are the backdrop for the movement of planets. The sidereal zodiac considers the irregularity in the rotation of the Earth and the gradual shift in constellations’ positions by about one degree every 72 years. According to Western astrology, the Vedic zodiac signs are about 24 degrees away from their jobs.
Finally, unlike Western astrology, Vedic astrology is concerned with karma. Hindus believe that souls are reborn after death, and in each lifetime, we accumulate karma based on our actions and accomplishments. Our lives now result from the karma we have built up — or karmic debt that we owe — from past lives. A Vedic horoscope reading may include identification of difficult karma and suggest remedies for challenging situations that result.
The ancient “science of light” has much to offer to the modern world. Many find Vedic astrology more specific and more accurate than traditional Western astrology because of how the signs are calculated and the priority placed on the continually changing Moon. As the Moon moves through each Nakshatra in a matter of hours, a Moon-based horoscope is highly personalized.
In practical terms, a Vedic astrological reading can provide valuable guidance in making tough decisions and navigating crises in relationships or at work. Vedic astrology also offers insights into physical health, pinpointing areas of weakness in the body and suggesting remedies or lifestyle changes that will nurture the body and promote healing. One more practical benefit is discovering the right time to take any action to get the best possible results.
Besides offering practical guidance for day-to-day life, Vedic astrology can deepen insights into a person's true nature. An astrological birth chart or horoscope reading can help you understand your innermost strengths and weaknesses, including character traits you may not even be aware of. With this knowledge, you can discover your real purpose and live your life more authentically.