What is Vedic Astrology?

Vedic Astrology is a commonly used term for the astrological principles enunciated by the seers belonging to the Vedic faith which originated in erstwhile India. The appropriate term used for this, by the seers and practitioners, is Jyoti a. Because of the vastness of the field of Jyoti a, as well as its age some consider this to be the origin of the astrology practiced by the Zorastrians, Greeks and many others. Just as with modern Astrology, Vedic Astrology or Jyoti a is a means to predict the future of any born soul or event.
Table 1: Yoga Tara (Aditya 1997)
# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Yoga tara A vin Bhara K ttik Rohi M ga ir rdra Punarvasu Pu ya A le Magha P rva Phalgun Uttara Phalgun Hast Chitr Sv ti Vi ka Anur dha Jye M la A ha ha ha Longitude 8:00:00 20:00:00 37:30:00 49:30:00 63:00:00 67:20:00 93:00:00 106:00:00 109:00:00 129:00:00 144:00:00 155:00:00 170:00:00 180:00:00 199:00:00 213:00:00 224:00:00 229:00:00 241:00:00 254:00:00 260:00:00 266:40:00 280:00:00 290:00:00

The seers enunciated the principles of Jyoti a in the Veda, Pur a, in auxiliary literature called Na i as well as in stra (sacred books of divine authority) and s tra (manuals sometimes in coded form). There are eighteen primary seers of the Jyoti a stra namely: S rya, Pitamaha (Brahm ), Manu, N rada, Marici, Ka yapa, Va i ha, Par ara, Vy sa, Atri, Añgir sa, Garga, Bh gu, Loma a, Chyavana, aunaka, Pauli a and Yavana. These same authors are also authors of the Veda, Pur a and Ved nta. Mention of Jyoti a is extensive in the Veda, wherein mention of the Navagraha, or nine orbital bodies used in Jyoti a, is mentioned, as well as the names of the seven, eight and twelve forms of the Sun as the sun-signs were gradually created. In addition extensive mention of the Nak atra (constellations) finds mention. More specific mention and reference to the principles ( stra) of Jyoti a exists in the Pur as of Agni, Garu a and N ra a, whereas the other Pur a deal more with other portions such as that of the Nak atra, R i and their effects. In the Veda and Pur a also specifications as to how to overcome negative positions of the orbital bodies are given. This brings the subjects of Mantra (meditation and recitation), Tantra (gemology, colour therapy and spiritual rites) and Yantra (use of celestial machines to protect, steer or trap a soul to overcome negatives) into the subject of Jyoti a as a means to overcome the negatives faced by any individual, and strengthen the auspicious aspects of a persona life.

Uttara A Abhijit rava

The term Jyoti a comprises of an area greater than just the principles of interpreting orbital placements. Jyoti a comprises over three parts of Ga ita 25 atabhi aj 320:00:00 (mathematics and astronomy), Sa hita (palmistry, collective interpretation 26 P rva 326:00:00 of omens, celestial and geographical events) and Hor (interpretive Bhadrapada principles). As evident from the three parts of Jyoti a, whilst some aspects 27 Uttara 337:00:00 Bhadrapada of Jyoti a can be said to be scientific in nature, clubbing the subject of 28 Revat 359:50:00 Jyoti a under a scientific banner limits the spectrum to which it is applied and therefore it is not appropriate to consider Jyoti a as purely a science. Notably, most practitioners of Vedic Astrology today are mostly practicing the Hor portion of Jyoti a, and it is rare to find schools which teach all three portions such as Sri Jagannath Center and Devaguru Brihaspati Center.
Dhani ha

Jyoti a as an organ is said to be the eye of the Vedas, indicating that it is a means for those seeking the goal of the Vedas, namely God; the subject is a means to navigate or manoeuvre in the mundane world. At first

Both methods of drawing the houses are applied yet in different contexts. This latter method is also applied to the degree of the Moon.3:20 Pisces 3:20 . i. Venus and Saturn).6:40 Libra 6:40 .16:40 Pisces 16:40 . one which considers the entire sign as one house thereby considering the borders of the signs to be the equivalent of the houses.13:20 Sagittarius 13:20 . Si ha.3:20 Scorpio 3:20 .23:20 Virgo 23:20 Virgo . will reveal the quality of the life that the being is about to experience. and the quality of the birth chart.e. and events transpiring at birth. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Constellation A vin Bhara K ttik Rohi M ga ir Ärdra Punarvasu Pu ya A le Magha P rva Phalgun Uttara Phalgun Hasta Chitr Svat Vi ka Anur dha Jyes ha M la P rva a ha Uttara a ha rava a Dhani ha atabhi aj P rva bhadrapada Uttara bhadrapada Revat Degrees 00 . Cancer.10:00 Virgo 10:00 . Leo. Their Vedic names are in order: Me a.30:00 Cancer 00 .10:00 Taurus 10:00 . V abha. water (liquid).23:20 Taurus 23:20 Taurus .20:00 Libra 20:00 Libra . Mangala.6:40 Gemini 6:40 .10:00 Capricorn 10:00 . Mithuna. Table 2: Nak atra No. The Vedic names of the Graha from the Sun to the south node are: S rya. Virgo. Libra.3:20 Cancer 3:20 . Kumbha and M na. Several other Vedic names exist for the Graha to sometimes depict them in certain states or dignities. Twenty-eight constellations or Nak atra are the basis of the zodiac.13:20 Aries 13:20 .26:40 Aries 26:40 Aries . They are based on the stars or Yogatara but do not form star-signs per say. Dhanu .26:40 Sagittarius 26:40 Sagittarius . Gemini. Venus is named Bh gu when it is strong and well placed. twelve full moons occur thus leaving twelve equal portions in a circle. Based on the movement of the nine graha and ascendant (lagna) at birth the birth chart is drawn. Scorpio. fire (energy). just as the zodiac signs known as R i also do not form discernable visible star-constellations of thirty degrees each.e. Kanya. This is then extended to the interpretation of the birth itself as it symbolises the beginning of ones independent existence in this world. Mercury. Thula. Jupiter. Further the subject includes twelve sun-signs. Jyoti a comprises the study of five planets (Mars.26:40 Leo 26:40 Leo . Makara. Budha. Taurus. V chika. ani cara. which are carved out from the celestial sphere based on the principle that in the duration of the Sun¶s 360 degree orbit. The collective of the twelve sun-signs are popularly called µZodiac¶ as they are depicted as various animals or beings and are from the first to last: Aries.16:40 Scorpio 16:40 . In traditional literature. Chandra. Capricorn. Sagittarius. R hu and Ketu. The sign place where the ascendant is placed is the first house.13:20 Leo 13:20 . Some modern day Jyoti a have incorporated the use of planets beyond the orbit of Saturn but this is not accepted traditionally as only five planets are accepted to preside over the five elements of earth (solid).16:40 Cancer 16:40 .30:00 Scorpio 00 . air (gas) and ether (space/vacuum). i. Aquarius and Pisces. Guru. Two methods are traditionally taught to draw the houses. Karkataka. whilst the other draws the houses to be fifteen degrees before and after the degree of the ascendant and similarly drawing the spans of the other houses where each house is always thirty degrees in span.6:40 Aquarius 6:40 .20:00 Aquarius 20:00 Aquarius .30:00 Pisces The first sign beginning 180 degrees opposite the star Chitr which is the equivalent of the star Spica. Again other names of them exist to designate certain aspects of their qualities.23:20 Capricorn 23:20 Capricorn . ukra. .20:00 Gemini 20:00 Gemini . two luminaries (Sun and Moon) and two nodes of the Moon (north and south node) comprising a total of nine orbiting bodies called Graha.Jyoti a was used as a means to plan the best time for commencing any event to ensure the best possible outcome.

organisation or object as well as advise actions and remedies to appease bad karma. Var ada. Wednesday (Mercury). and the Vedic Astronomical literature or Siddh nta describe the means to calculate the day of the week since the beginning of the world¶s existence. The five parts are: V ra (weekday). The latter includes Abhijit and maps it as an intercalary Nak atra between Uttara A ha (# 21) and ravan (# 23) spanning from 276º40¶ to 280º 54¶13´. Tuesday (Mars). Upagraha. As a result each Nak atra spans over 13º20¶. The days are: Sunday (Sun). The weekday and four other methods of deciding the quality of time based on the astronomical placements of the Graha. as well as strengthen good karmic tendencies to help the individual soul achieve their purpose of their life. animal. Vi e a Lagna. the seers designated either twenty-seven or twentyeight Nak atra. A qualified practitioner of Jyoti a is acquainted with the means to predict the past. and many more special points of analysis are drawn for the Jyoti a practitioner to discern the life of the individual and make predictions. but also includes the Vedic Calendar. Notably the Vedic weekday is the equivalent to our daily used seven-day week system and is also presided over by the Grahas.To complete one orbit of 360 degrees around the earth. Yam rdhapati. Based on this and the already available Yogatara. Tithi (angular difference between the Sun and Moon). The scheme of twenty-seven ignores the Yogatara Abjijit (# 22) and divides the Nak atra equally across the 360 degrees. Herein specifically the Vedic weekday or V ra is part of the method of interpretation. Monday (Moon). K la. Thursday (Jupiter). and Yoga (degrees of Sun and Moon added to the Nak atra of Pu ya). . Only exception is that the first day of the week is always Sunday. make up the five-fold calendar-system known as Pañc ñga. Nak atra (Moon¶s Nak atra). Kara a (half of Tithi). Friday (Venus) and Saturday (Saturn). Yamapati. The link between the day of the week and the orbit of the Grahas does have a link based on the Siddh nta literature. Dandapati. A akavarga. Based on the above parts and parcels of Jyoti a several other mathematical points are calculated such as: Vargas (divisional charts). Jyoti a does not solely stick to the orbital placements of the Graha. Praharapati. the Moon takes slightly more than twenty-seven days. present and future of an individual person. Hor . Aru ha.

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