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Vedic astrology (Jyotish)

Because I'm lazy, and more importantly because I have so much to do and because this subject is well-known, I'm quoting here from the Wikipedia page Wikipedia link "Astrology" and Jyotisa. Obviously, this is a very complex subject, and as I haven't studied it as yet, I'm not going to attempt to describe it in terms of psycho-spiritual symbolism, archetypes, or other interpretations that Western astrology easily lends itself too. I am sure that Vedic astrology lends itself just as well to these interpretations, but one has to be familar with that tradition. The following therefore is intended as nothing more than a basic or generic introduction. Links in the following quoted text are to other sections of the Kheper site.


Jyotisha (from jyótis-, 'light, heavenly body', English: Jyotish, Jyotisha) is the Vedic system of astrology. Jyotisha is also known as Indian astrology, Hindu astrology, and Vedic astrology.[1]

Jyotisha is the study of the planets, the stars, and the horizon. 'Jyoti' means 'light' that shines down from the heavens as the divine principle of life, and the suffix 'sh' means 'best, wisest'; therefore, the word 'Jyotisha' can be translated as 'the science of light', or 'the wisdom of the heavens'.[2]

Each time a soul reincarnates, consciousness is brought into that lifetime. By observing the movements of the celestial bodies through time and space, the wisdom of the heavens can be applied to each incarnation to encourage the soul to develop to its fullest potential.[3]

Indian astrology uses a different zodiac than Western astrology and is a branch of Vedic science.[28][29] In India, there is widespread belief in astrology and it is commonly used.[30][31]

Vedic and Western astrology share a common ancestry as horoscopic systems of astrology, in that both traditions focus on the casting of an astrological chart or horoscope, a representation of celestial entities, for an event based on the position of the Sun, Moon, and planets at the moment of the event. However, Vedic astrology uses the sidereal zodiac, linking the signs of the zodiac to their original constellations, while Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac. Because of the precession of the equinoxes, over the centuries the twelve zodiacal signs in Western astrology no longer correspond to the same part of the sky as their original constellations. In effect, in Western astrology the link between sign and constellation has been broken, whereas in Vedic astrology it remains of paramount importance. Other differences between the two traditions include the use of 27 (or 28) nakshatras or lunar mansions, which have been used in India since Vedic times, and the system of planetary periods known as dashas.

In the 1960s, H.R. Seshadri Iyer, introduced a system including the concepts of yogi and avayogi. It generated interest with research oriented astrologers in the West. From the early 1990s, Indian vedic astrologer and author, V.K. Choudhry has created and developed the Systems' Approach for Interpreting Horoscopes, a simplified system of Jyotish (predictive astrology)[32] The system, also known as "SA", helps those who are trying to learn Jyotisha. The late K. S. Krishnamurti developed the Krishnamurti Paddhati system based on the analysis of the stars (nakshatras), by sub-dividing the stars in the ratio of the dasha of the concerned planets. The system is also known as "KP" and "sub theory".

References and Footnotes:



[1] Sutton, Komilla (1999). The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, England, p.1.

[2] Sutton, Komilla (1999). The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, England, p.1-3.

[3] Sutton, Komilla (1999). The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, England, p.1-3.

[28] "In countries such as India, where only a small intellectual elite has been trained in Western physics, astrology manages to retain here and there its position among the sciences." David Pingree and Robert Gilbert, "Astrology; Astrology In India; Astrology in modern times" Encyclopedia Britannica 2008

[29] Mohan Rao, Female foeticide: where do we go? Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Oct-Dec2001-9(4) [1]

[30] "BV Raman Dies". New York Times, December 23, 1998. Retrieved 2009-05-12.

[31] Dipankar Das, May 1996. "Fame and Fortune". Retrieved 2009-05-12.

[32] V.K. Choudhry and K. Rajesh Chaudhary, 2006, Systems' Approach (astrology) Systems´ Approach for Interpreting Horoscopes, Fourth Revised Edition, Sagar Publications, New Delhi, India. ISBN 81-7082-017-0




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