Indian astrology is the study of the subtle energies, which make up our world. While evaluating a horoscope under Indian astrology, nothing more is looked beyond the blending of energies which can combine in an infinite variety of ways. As energetic beings, each one of us is comprised of a combination of energies, which makes up the sum total of our being.
Each of us is created by a particular combination of planetary gravitational pulls exerted in different degrees, from different angles, and in different quantities. The multitude of possible combinations account for the variety of personalities, mentalities, physiques, as well as emotional and intellectual constitutions.
Indian astrology is popularly known as Jyotish or Vedic Astrology. A major branch of astrology practiced in India is based on a sidereal zodiac, rather than a tropical one. It uses the twelve constellations from Babylonian, but also has an additional "lunar" zodiac based on 27 lunar constellations or Nakshatras.
These constellations are based on the approximate number of days that the Moon takes to complete a cycle relative to the stars. The Vimshottari dasa system is a predictive used in the Indian astrology and begins with the Moon's position through the lunar signs. The Moon in these lunar signs is also used in Muhurta, the Indian method of choosing the auspicious time to perform any job.
Definition of Astrology
Astrology is the study of how events on earth correspond to the positions and movements of astronomical bodies. These astronomical bodies included are the sun, moon, planets and stars. Depending on the position of these bodies at the exact moment of a person's birth, Astrologers believe these bodies and their movements reflect that person's character. The knowledge of the person's character and their relation to the bodies enables astrologers to predict a person's destiny. This prediction is not limited to one person. A prediction could be for an individual, group or nation.
History of Astrology
The history of astrology can be traced back to the 2nd millennium BC, the time of the ancient Babylonians. It was during this time that they had started assembling their system of celestial omens. These omens slowly gave rise to the astrological principles and methods that were found to have developed in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Infact, it is these celestial omens that are believed to have spread from Babylonia to the other countries, like India, China, Greece, etc, and merged with the pre-existing native forms of astrology.
Infact, the Babylonian astrology is said to have influenced the Greeks as early as the mid-4th century BC. Its influence in Egypt was noticed somewhere around the late 2nd or early 1st century BC, after the Alexandrian conquests. Babylonian astrology merged easily with the Decanic astrology of the Egyptians and made way for the Horoscopic astrology. Even though the origin of the Horoscopic astrology was limited to Egypt, it soon spread to the ancient world of Europe, the Middle East as well as India.
As we move on further with the historical background of astrology, we notice that it played a constructive role in the development of astronomy, mathematics, medicine and psychology, right from the classical period to the period of the scientific revolution. As far as astronomy is concerned, it was astrology that provided the first methodical records of the movements of the Sun, the Moon, the planets and the stars. Infact, in the earlier ages, the distinction between astrology and astronomy was almost impossible to make.
However, there were numerous critics of astrology, especially before the modern era. Infact, it was very often challenged by Hellenistic skeptics, church authorities and even medieval thinkers. With time, astrological endeavors were repeated across numerous cultures. These endeavors enriched the field of astronomical knowledge. It was because of this contribution that astrology came to be known as a Protoscience as well as Pseudoscience. Renowned scientists, like Galileo, Kepler, Carl Jung, Copernicus, etc, have made significant contributions in the field of astrology.
Origin of Indian Astrology
Indian Astrology, called the Jyotish, is universal and timeless. Jyotisha is one of the most time-tested and oldest systems of astrology in the world. In Western countries, it is called Vedic astrology, which refers to Indian or Hindu astrology.
Indian Astrology originated from Vedic Scriptures, dating back at least ten to twenty thousand years. The Vedas the oldest books of the world library. They are the world's most ancient scriptures and the most vast, complete system of knowledge known to man. Thus, Indian Astrology is the science of understanding the subtle influences that come to us from the greater universe.
Indian astrology reflects the understanding and experience of ancient spiritual teachers regarding the facts of life. The genesis of Indian culture is rooted in the Vedic Hymns which date back before the dawn of civilization, and were preserved as they passed from father to son and Guru to disciple.
In the Vedic system Moon rules the emotional nature. It is well known that the planets with their large magnetic fields and gravitational interaction with the Earth, affect it physically. The Indian astrology defines the actual traits of an individual, marital compatibility,and the future based on the position of planets at the time and place of birth.
Why Indian Astrology?
How can one not accept and praise the scientific world of Indian astrology? India has given us so many great astrologers, who were also eminent mathematicians, philosophers & physicians. The study of time is best done through Vedic astrology rather than with atomic clocks, as Vedic astrology exist since the time carbon, uranium or potassium dating was not invented.
Indian astrology is the oldest system of astrology in the world and differs considerably from the western system. Indian astrology uses the actual constellations of stars as seen in the sky. Using this system gives a completely different chart as compared to the one used by western astrologers, as the Indian astrology is based on the date, place and time of birth.
Indian astrology also differs considerably from the Chinese horoscope which is based on the year of birth and believes that the year of birth indicates a certain phase or aspect of sixty year circle of time. Therefore you may find yourself born in the year of dog, horse or rat or even a dragon. Hence people who are born in a particular animal year share certain common traits just like people born in common zodiac do.
Indian astrology is highly authentic and its predictions are believed to be the most accurate. Being based on the actual constellations of stars, this is the most widely used system of astrology across the world.
The Indian Astrology distinguishes the destiny and traits of an individual that are associated with the positions of the planets and the date, time and place of birth. The Indian astrology considers the movement of two luminaries namely the Sun and the Moon, five major planets (Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Jupiter) and the two nodal points of the Moon i.e Rahu and Ketu.
Ruler of all the planets, Sun is commonly called Surya and Aditya and believed to be the source of vitality. The planets move around the Sun and are dependent on its energy for existence of life forms. Sun brings success, intellect, wisdom, fame and wealth and is the ruler of zodiac sign Leo. Good placement of Sun can give rise to fame in the area, field, or even the whole world. If ill-placed in the horoscope it is an indication of physical as well as possible, mental or emotional problems, pessimistic attitude, humiliation at the hands of others and impoverished conditions of life.
The Moon represents the mind indicating an individual's thoughts, feelings, expressions etc. Moon is beneficial to those born in ascending moon cycle and disastrous to those born in descending moon sign. The Moon also possesses dominance over the waters and liquids within our bodies. The Moon is responsible for growth, fertility and conception. The Moon rules Cancer Zodiac sign and is strong there in its own sign. It is powerful or exalted, in Taurus and fallen, or debilitated, in Scorpio. The zodiacs Jupiter, Sun and Mars are the Moon's natural friends.
Also known as Brahaspati or Guru, Jupiter rules both Moon and Sun controlling the movement of the planets. Responsible for luck and fortune, the planet brings success, fortune and fame. The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter it is associated with expansion, growth and and opportunity. The position of Jupiter in ones' chart serves as an indicator of one's faith, confidence, buoyancy, higher mind, wisdom, optimism and generosity. Jupiter's action is to expand, preserve and increase on all levels. A well placed Jupiter is associated with the spiritual, philosophical and intellectual realms. The ill placement of Jupiter might lead to exaggeration, delusions of grandeur and depletion of energies. Jupiter is the ruler of the fire sign Sagittarius.
Actually an imaginary planet, Rahu is instrumental in strengthening the power and can convert enemies into friends. It is popularly called the Planet of Success. It is a node positioned at the meeting point of earth's trajectory around the Sun and the Moon's trajectory around the Earth. Rahu is believed to represent the head of the demon. When Rahu, Sun and Moon are in the same zodiacal longitude, solar eclipse takes place. Being a shudra graha, it rules over thieves, witches, magicians, venom and poison, snakes and thorny bushes, jails and isolated places, unhabitated places, hypnotists etc. As Rahu is not a real planet, it does not rule any zodiac sign.
Ketu is an imaginary planet or a node that is positioned where the earth's trajectory around the Sun and the Moon's trajectory around the Earth meet. It is believed to represent the tail of demon. Both Rahu and Ketu are the parts of the same danava(demon) but are 180 degree apart. When Ketu, Sun and Moon lie in the same zodiacal longitude lunar eclipse takes place. Those ruled by Ketu, are secret adversaries and relates to people in pharmaceuticals industries, doctors and astrologers. Both imaginary nodes are the mysterious forces and show karmic and spiritual influences in the birth chart. Ketu also does not rule any zodiac sign since it is not a real planet.
Also known as Shukra, Venus governs beauty, wealth, romance, passion, music. Venus is about pleasure- love, romance and harmony in our emotional attachments, marriages, friendships and other unions. Venus is content to spread happiness and tenderness, all the while teaching us how to love and appreciate others and the things that we possess. While Mars represents the youthful male in our solar system, Venus is the charming princess. Venus rules over eyes, nose, chin, throat, sexual organs, kidneys, bladder etc. A badly placed Venus indicates dysfunction of these parts. Venus is inextricably linked to refinement, culture and grace. Having feminine energy, Venus rules both Taurus and Libra.
Sun being the king of solar system, Mars is the commander. Mars indicates martial powers, martial arts and influences energy, drive, administrative spirits and leadership abilities. Both Sun and Mars produce heat, difference being Sun has a life preserving heat and the explosive heat generated by Mars might endanger the lives. Mars rules over the bone marrow and generation of red blood corpuscles, human blood, and the disease resistant power of human body. Mars rules Aries, openly aggressive, and Scorpio, secretive in nature.
Mercury is a neutral planet that changes according to its placement in signs and houses. It is the nearest planet to Sun and thus is restless, fast changing and fickle in nature. It rules education, writers, businessman, intestines, lungs and nervous system. Both Jupiter and Mercury represent human intelligence, Mercury indicates an immature side of intelligence as compared to the more mature one of Jupiter. It rules all means of communication and intermediation. Body parts indicated by Mercury: Mercury rules over the arms, ear hearing system, and the nervous system. It is a dual natured planet and owns the dual natured signs, Virgo and Gemini.
A cold and dry planet, Saturn rules over the hard parts of human body - bones, teeth, knees and ears and indicates recurring health problems. Saturn makes its subjects work in secondary positions, doing dull routine and ordinary jobs. Various professionals like: Also historians, archaeologists, covators of museums, workers in refrigeration factories etc. are ruled by Saturn. Saturn commands to get to hard work. The planet gives huge importance to discipline and responsibility. Saturn with masculine energy rules Capricorn and Aquarius.
The planetary positions have great significance in the lives of all of us. The considerable influence of these planets plays an important role in our lives. All planets have distinct characteristics, both positive and negative, which help in controlling or governing the movements of our lives.