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Introduction to Vedic Astrology

Discussion about Vedic sidereal astrology and the differences between Western tropical astrology.


The spiritual texts of ancient India, the Tantras and Vedas, reveal the most sophisticated esoteric and secular information. Such recent discoveries as the sub-atomic nature of matter, the speed of light and other highly advanced concepts in mathematics and planetary mechanics were all dealt with thousands of years ago by intuitive Vedic seers. These progressive insights are truly astounding and humbling. Jyotish is a Vedanga or one of those Vedic “limbs”. It was also thoroughly advanced in its development alongside other Vedic Sciences. As the New Age is dawning a fresh model of astrology is required. Human consciousness is evolving beyond the Solar to the Galactic level. Sidereal astrology is now re-emerging as a means of reflecting this process and reasserting its glorious heritage.

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Western astrologers have developed a useful psychological and humanistic system, possibly based to a large extent on the early Sidereal Vedic model ( Tajika system ) which greatly influenced the early Greek and Middle Eastern fathers of astrology. The Vedic or Sidereal horoscope also offers unique interpretations of character but is extremely detailed and exact in prognosticating trends and events too. Just as east is meeting west in scientific and spiritual areas, so too is astrology moving in the direction of amalgamating its eastern and western counterparts to usher in a replicable system of human “timetabling”.

Western astrology differs in its perspective to that of the Hindu Zodiac. Our western system is seasonal and Sun based. Most astrologers know that the Sun’s position in a Zodiac sign doesn’t actually mean the Sun is physically located “there” in the sector of those constellational stars. It is based on the moving Vernal Equinox and so the signs of the zodiac are shifting. This can be confusing and challenging to some who find their horoscopes radically altered with the adjustment. For those who wish to compare the Western and Vedic personality traits, the Sun sign Zodiac positions and dates for 1998 according to Vedic principles are as follows:-

Aries Apr 14th to May 14th
Taurus May 15th to Jun 14th
Gemini Jun 15th to Jul 16th
Cancer Jul 17th to Aug 16th
Leo Aug 17th to Sep 16th
Virgo Sep 17th to Oct 16th
Libra Oct 17th to Nov 16th
Scorpio Nov 17th to Dec 16th
Sagittarius Dec 17th to Jan 13th
Capricorn Jan 14th to Feb 12th
Aquarius Feb 13th to Mar 14th
Pisces Mar 15th to Apr 13th

Please note that the dates for entry of the Sun into signs varies year by year due to precessional values. It should be noted that Vedic astrologers primarily emphasise the Moon’s rather than the Sun’s position. The Moon is the principle of innate desire giving rise to action, and therefore karma. Even connoisseurs of astrology in the west accept the astronomical basis for precession of the equinoxes and the moving Sidereal Zodiac in respect of World Ages. As the Age of Aquarius is fast approaching they too are now starting to apply these same astronomical principles to birth horoscopes as well. Principle Planetary Deities in Vedic Astrology Planetary Mantras and Gemstones For astrology to be complete and useful it must be remedial as well as diagnostic.

According to the Vedas the planets are beings and it describes methods for actually balancing and drawing their energies through gems, sacred words of power, fasting and ritual fire ceremonies. Counteraction of their malefic influences at birth is recommended on the basis of the birth horoscope. There are ten planetary conditions which are exhibited when the planet is –

1.Exalted or in full power resulting in great gains , respect and wealth or fame.

2.Healthy in its own sign resulting in position, gains, happiness and good progeny

3.Happy or in the sign of a friendly planet giving happiness generally.

4.Peaceful or in a friendly harmonic division meaning strength and courage with the assistance of friends and family.

5.Retrograde or in power ( disputed by some western astrologers ) giving good reputation, wealth and progeny.

6.Eclipsed or near the Sun causing delays, defeat, problems and weakness.

7.Inimical or in an enemy’s sign making for worry, jealousy, sickness and loss of self esteem

8.In the last quarter of sign giving residential difficulties, prosecution, exile.

9.Debilitated or depressed which is the worst sign for planet resulting in losses, imprisonment, abandonment, death or exile.

10.Accelerated meaning danger, losses in business, difficulties in travelling, poor life.

Using sidereal values we can evaluate the dignity of a planet and recommend suitable measure to improve our lives. Following is a brief description of the Grahas or Planets and techniques of connecting with them. Reciting their mantras during meditation over a fixed period of time will definitely yield positive benefits materially and spiritually. The use of gems may also enhance the vibration of its ruling planet and deity.

12 Signs of the ZodiacHealth & Well BeingKarmaCelebrityCanineFelineOranum Live Psychic ChatThe NakshatrasThe PlanetsChildren of the ZodiacAstrology and NumerologyHouses of the ZodiacSelf EmpowermentAscendant or Rising Sign