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Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology

Classical Vedic astrology uses the seven visible planets; the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn, along with the two lunar nodes, the north and south nodes, Rahu and Ketu.

The effects of the distant planets are crucial. Many of their effects can be abserved through the functioning of the lunar nodes. Yet though Vedic astrology uses seven planets it requires more calculations than a regular western astrological chart as it goes into much more detail in regard to the location and strength of the planets. Vedic astrology divide the zodiac in the twelve signs and twelve houses with planetary aspects, much like western astrology but with some differences, particularly in regard to the aspects.

Vedic Astrology: An Ancient Knowledge of Behavior and `Management Time from India
The oldest and most important indian scriptures, if not the world, are called the Vedas, a Sanskrit word meaning "knowledge". The Vedas are called "apaursheya" or beyond the realm of man and time. According to the tenets of Vedic philosophy, the Vedas were not authored but documented by seers or ancient wisemen called "rishis", who with there visionary powers, cognized the mechanics of creation. Vedic Astrology comes from this ancient work (hence the use of the word Vedic). Jyotisha or Jyotish is the actual Sanskrit name for Vedic Astrology and means the "eye or light of nature". It describes the ability of an astrologer to view the mechanics of people's behavior as well as the projected cycles of fortime and misfortunes

The Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology
The fundamentals of Vedic Astrology were framed by ancient philosophers and blessed by by Brahma, the creator. This knowledge was then passed down to various Rishis and to man. Vedic Astrology, in its current form, is thought to have been written several thousand years ago by Maharishi Parashara, although, concepts of repeating time cycles could have even have existed several thousand years prior to that in oral form. Parashara's book, "Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra" is the classic on Vedic Astrology and most scholars study Parashara today as the father of Vedic Astrology.

What is Vedic Astrology?

Vedic astrology (called "Jyotish", or the science of light) comes to us from India since times pre-dating the Christian era. It was not experimentally contrived, but rather perceived through enlightened vision by the ancient sage Parasara, who is considered the original author of the Vedic texts.

Vedic astrology assumes the law of karma, which states that a human being lives and works within certain parameters created by actions performed in prior lifetimes. Thus it is generally regarded as predictive in nature -- it can show when the results of such prior actions will come to fruition in the present life.

It also puts emphasis on the spiritual development of the individual and how one's quality of life can improve through practise of better living and higher thought.

People in western countries have recently become interested in Vedic astrology, since collective trends toward advancement in consciousness now require different tools with which to give definition to the challenges of life. Given that people of all cultures are at a crossroads in their collective spiritual development, Vedic astrology is rapidly becoming known as a very effective tool in giving clarity to resolving the dilemmas of life.

What does "Vedic" Mean?

"Vedic", comes from the word "Veda" in Sanskrit, which means knowledge, in a very broad context. Vedic knowledge embodies every area of human experience. Thus not only spiritual, but medical, political, technical, cultural, and astrological areas of study were to be found in the Sanskrit Vedic writings.

Although in modern times Vedic culture is most closely followed in India, historical writings in the Vedic scriptures record an intellectually and spiritually advanced culture going back in human society to over 5,000 years ago.

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