Vedic Astrology (Jyotish) is the 5000 year old astrology of India. It is said to have been intuitively perceived thousands of years ago by the same ancient mystics who developed the various techniques of meditation and yoga for which India is so well known. It is called “Jyotish”, which means “the light”, because it is used to illumine the life, providing both practical and spiritual insight.
Jyotish is a powerful tool for gaining profound knowledge about every aspect of life. Each person is born with a unique set of psychological tendencies and life potentials. The horoscope shows us what we are presently working with, based on our past actions and thoughts.
Besides providing deep insight into the past and present, the horoscope can also show future trends and events. This knowledge can help the individual make use of latent potentials and approach life’s challenges with greater care and purpose. By understanding the karmic patterns reflected in the horoscope, it is possible to work with these tendencies and potentials to promote greater peace, prosperity, and happiness in life.
You will love your initial one hour session with one of the most famous US Vedic astrologers. The first 30 minutes will be spent on your natal chart, the second 30 minutes you may ask questions related to your current dilemma or else. You are welcome to address any questions to James and if you would like him to delve deeper into an area he will be able to accommodate your request. The session lasts one hour; it is recorded and he charges a fee of $250 (price might vary, please check his website). Readings may be in person, by telephone, or via Skype. Generally, James does readings Monday-Thursday, approximately from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm Pacific Time.
A Vedic Astrology session is a great aid to understand how and why you ended up in the situation you are in and where you are headed. A Vedic session I had after my divorce explained why our marriage could have never worked and why due to the constellation we both had at that time. I learned that the future was not going to be as dim as I expected from the depths of darkness, but will be bright and lively. Vedic Astrology with its many calculations and facets is a precise instrument to predict events in your life. The light that is shed on a dire personal situation during a Vedic session is priceless. All of a sudden, the understanding sets in, the pieces of the puzzle finally match.
The ancient Vedic system provides a predictive system that can accurately predict life events and different “chapters” of life, called “dashas.” These “planetary ruling periods” are unique to the system and give Vedic astrologers a tool to quite accurately predicting trends, changes and life events with amazing precision. Therefore, Vedic astrologers are less limited to talking about your general overall self and can get more deeply into past, present and what will happen next in your life.
In Vedic Astrology, the palm is used as a support and cross-reference to the astrological chart. Unlike the Western concept, which separates the two, astrology and palmistry in India have gone hand-in-hand from ancient times. From the palm the relative strength of the planets in the birth chart can be determined. It also helps in rectifying the horoscope if there is some doubt about the birth time. And it provides the astrologer with additional information about personality, life potentials, future trends, and events.
Western and Vedic Astrology
While Western astrology focuses on the psychology of an individual or an event, it lacks reliability for predicting future events and cycles. The Vedic system also defines a person’s psychology, but emphasizes timing of events and “new chapters of life.” A person’s karmic tendencies and when those come into play are an important aspect of Vedic astrology.
The timing of life events is calculated with a detailed system of planetary time cycles, called “dashas.” There is no equivalent system in Western astrology. Vedic astrology provides a greater scope, depth and accuracy for predicting the future.
Given an accurate birth time, the dasha system can precisely show when a period of fortune or misfortune will begin and end, and provide actual dates. Of two people with wonderful careers, great relationship potential and wealth indicated in their charts, one may find his niche early in life, while the other must experience difficult times to finally achieve prosperity later in life. The Vedic system can indicate the timing of such events as well as their extent. It uses the Moon’s position as the starting point against the background of a Naksatra in calculations of the planetary periods within the 120 year potential lifespan. There is nothing comparable available in Western astrology.
The basic difference between the two systems is that the Vedic zodiac is Sidereal and the Western is Tropical. In Sidereal astrology, the zodiac is aligned with 27 constellations, or fixed star groups. Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, aligns with the first constellation, called Aswini. In the tropical zodiac, the point in space when the Sun crosses the earth’s equator is the beginning point of the zodiac, or Aries.
Sidereal astrology can be called “cosmic astrology” as it measures the relationship of the fixed stars and the solar system in relation to ourselves. As such it covers all areas of life – our talents, interests, duties, desires and potential for spiritual growth – and has predictive powers to point to the time and duration of major events in our life.
The earth’s equator shifts back through the signs of the zodiac at the rate of about 51″ of longitude per year. This process is called “precession of the equinoxes.” Because of this occurrence, the theoretical Aries of the western zodiac drifts further and further from the Aries used by Vedic astrologers — at the rate of about 1 degree every 72 years.
The tropical (Western), and the Vedic Aries were on the same zodiacal plane around 285 AD. Because of the precession of the equinoxes, however, at present, there is approximately a 23 degree difference. Hence, all planets in a Vedic horoscope, including the rising signs, will be about 23 zodiacal degrees earlier than they would be in a Western chart.
The principles governing Vedic astrology have remained unaltered for thousands of years. Western Astrology has evolved through research into cosmic events. Each newly discovered planet or major asteroid has then been added to the natal charts and included in their interpretation. Vedic astrology acknowledges only nine planets – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the two nodes of the Moon called Rahu and Ketu. These nodes, recognized by astronomers, are points on the ecliptic path of the Sun which the Moon cuts every month as it circles the Earth every 29.5 days.