The 4 Things You Need To Know About Vedic Astrology
According to ancient teachings in Hinduism, Vedic astrology works because the position of the planets and stars at the moment of your birth show a roadmap of your life. A mixture of latent past life karma (known as samskaras) and habitual tendencies, your astrological chart is a complex weave of your character and potential choices.
Vedic horoscopes were referred to as “the kala chakra” or “wheel of time”. Basically, they’re saying your chart is a clock that gives general guidelines to the timing of your life.
But instead of the hands of the clock, Vedic Astrology has ten. They’re made up of the Sun, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu (these are ecplise points, or nodes of the Moon). Because of all this data, a solid astrologer can know a lot about the most important ‘whens’: when you get married, when you find professional success, dark times, and when you die (yikes!).
There are many more misunderstood or unknown aspects of Vedic Astrology. Here are just a few facts to help you get a deeper understanding of this truly awesome science.
Vedic Astrology has a rigorous methodology
Astrology often has a mysterious connotation. From an outsider’s perspective, it’s as strange and ambiguous as voodoo. But in reality, Vedic Astrology is based on the Vedas — an ancient text created thousands of years ago. The most important aspect of the process is, of course, is the birth chart. This is a planetary and universal snapshot of when and where you were born.
In Sanskrit terms, Vedic Astrology is known as Jyotish (pronounced joy-tish), which means the ‘science of light’. It’s purely based on our interactions with the universe around us and how it influences outcomes.
It’s far deeper than just a weekly horoscope
Everybody loves reading their horoscope, right? I honestly think every other post I see on my Instagram is about astrology. To most people, it’s just a fun thing to look into. But Jyotish is much more meaningful.
Jyotish is intimately connected to karma and the universal order of things. Basically, it’s the merger of these two things that bring about outcomes in life. In a way, reading a chart is almost like looking for seeds that germinate into bigger things down the road. Sometimes those seeds are prevented from sprouting if they’re uprooted, sometimes they grow into full-fledged plants. These seeds can be good or bad, but either way they represent latent karmic tendencies that can be read by a talented astrologer. Your chart is basically a map of your destiny. So definitely a lot deeper than a few sentences you can find on social media!
Vedic Astrology doesn’t predict anything, it just shows a path
Because Vedic Astrology is especially good at showing future possibilities, many people assume that it has the ability to predict future events. But this isn’t the case at all. It’s actually designed to show you a possible path and the way to change that path if you want. This is done by attuning ourselves to the universal wavelength. By working on our habits and spiritual practice, we can mitigate negative karma and create a different outcome in our life.
Another way of looking at it is pruning a plant so that it grows in a certain way.
It’s a spiritual practice
Jyotish charting techniques are complicated and require deep academic study. It’s easy to look at the science and conclude it’s purely academic. but the truth is it requires a certain level of intuition to properly interpret astrology correctly. This can only be refined by intense spiritual practices.
Tradition calls for astrologers to immerse themselves in practices that strengthen the intuition, such as deity devotion and intense meditation.
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