Vedic Astrology (Jyotish Vigyan)

What is Vedic Astrology?

Vedic Astrology is one of the most ancient sciences; it is believed to be 7000 years old which makes Vedic Astrology probably as old as the Vedas themselves. Vedic Astrology is highly adored in various ancient scriptures and since time immemorial has a very profound influence in an individual’s life right from the time of his birth till his death. Vedic Astrology is deeply entrenched in the Vedas; in fact concepts and philosophies such as Karma and reincarnation are borrowed from Vedic Astrology which later became part of everyday culture. Using principal of Vedic Astrology a learned astrologer can make predictions not only about good and bad phases in one’s life but also about specifics such as career, business, health, marriage and in fact every aspect of a person’s life.

Vedic Astrology or Jyotish Shastra is the scientific study of positions and movements of celestial bodies (Planets) with respect to fixed constellation of stars (Zodiac or Rashi), its interpretation using very accurate Vedic mathematical and astronomical principals and then its influence and effect on the events in an individual’s life or in whole. Ancient Sage Parashara, also known as the father of Vedic Astrology developed Jyotish Shastra around 3000 years back which was then passed on orally. Vedic Astrology has a splendid continuity as a science since ancient times, although Jyotish Shastra was very elaborate in nature (100s of factors were taken in to consideration in ancient times to make a prediction) once.

How Vedic Astrology works?

Vedic Astrology or Jyotish Shastra is a highly developed science. The word Jyotish means Jyot (Light) and Ish (God) meaning ‘Light of God’ also interpreted as ‘Science of Light’. The critics of Vedic Astrology often criticize it citing the term ‘Your destiny is in your own hands’ without understanding that the said term forms the very basis of Vedic Astrology. Karma or the theory of action and reaction has profound impact on Vedic Astrology. As per Vedic Astrology the future is decided/moulded due to present and past Karma (including even past-life karma) and this future can be interpreted through the language of the celestial bodies i.e. placements and movements of celestial bodies in one’s Janam Patrika or Kundli (Natal Chart) or Horoscope.

As per Vedic Astrology there are 3 types of Karmic effects namely:

  1. Adridha (Karmic effect which can be changed easily)
  2. Dridhadridha (Karmic effect which can be changed with effort)
  3. Dridha (Karmic effect which can be changed only by the Divine)

Thus only effects of Dridha Karmic potency are predestined and determined, all other malefic effects of negative Karma resulting in setbacks, negativity or bad phases in life can be overcome through eight methods namely Mantra, Tantra, Yantra, Aushadhi, Yagya, Daan (Donations), Rudraksha and Ratna. Thus an individual should consciously or unconsciously use the mentioned 8 methods to generate good Karma which will bring positivity and prosperity for him or her.

Other the Karma other factors that influence Vedic Astrology are ‘concept of repetition’, ‘concept of inter-linked horoscopes’ through genetics or elsewhere and much more. For example a bad phase in a husband’s life will impact the horoscope and life of the wife as well. All these factors are and should be taken in to consideration when reading and interpreting one’s Kundli which can be done by a learned Astrologer with impeccable knowledge and expertise of Jyotish Vidya. Placements of planet in one’s Kundli not only indicate good or bad phases in an individual’s life but also reveal his or her inclinations, personality, nature and even looks.

Significance of Vedic Astrology

  • To understand and interpret the Vedas, knowledge of the six Vedangas (Organs or Body parts of the Vedas) is highly essential and Vedic Astrology or Jyotish Shastra is one of the six Vedangas. It is believed that Vedic Astrology will provide the eyes to see the past, present and the future to students of Vedas
  • The knowledge of astronomy, astrophysics and Vedic Mathematics that ancient sages such as Parashara, Jaimini and Bhrigu had even 3000 years ago is astounding to say the least. They could predict eclipse, change of seasons, planetary movement and much more so accurately that it’s mindboggling
  • Study of Planetary movements and positions during various historical events has authenticated the science of Vedic Astrology. For example Planetary positions during Mahabharat (Karna told Lord Krishna about the same in Mahabharat) and during World War I and II have been identical and related
  • Many learned Astrologers have accurately predicated very unlikely events even that of somebody’s death and illness to a specific day. It is believed that in today’s time a really learned and knowledgeable astrologer (not the neighbourhood hobby-astrologer) can make predictions with up to 70-80% accuracy
    • Indian Astrology another name for Vedic Astrology has influenced both Western and Chinese Astrology and is highly accurate and deep when compared to these other forms of Astrology, scholars also believe that influences of Vedic Astrology can be found in other ancient civilizations such as Roman and Greek civilizations too

Astrology in Vedic Scriptures

A person who will study astrology and add Divinity to course of people’s destiny will attain his place and status in the world of Brahman; he will never be found in hell   – Brihat Samhita

Lord will incarnate (as Planets) to safeguard the interests of the righteous and to punish the evil-doers. Planets true to their Godly nature will provide Their benefits and malefic through manifestation in a horoscopic chart.   – Srimad Bhagawad Gita

Vedic Astrology FAQ

  • How accurate is Vedic Astrology?

    According to Vedic Scriptures with Vedic Astrology a learned Astrologer can make predictions that are up to 80% correct. But that was then when the science of Vedic Astrology was really detailed. In today’s time one can expect up to 70% accurate predictions. Also few factors such as accuracy of birth date and time also plays a major role.
  • How can anybody predict future?

    Vedic Astrology is a detailed science wherein numerous factors are understood and studied. The movement of celestial bodies to determine various phases and events in an individual’s life being one of them. In Vedic Astrology also in Sanatan Dharma Karma is supreme and there is no substitute for the same. When right Karma meets right circumstances a fulfilling life is ensured. This account of one’s Karma is studied through one’s Natal Chart and thus fairly accurate predictions as far as phases and events in a person’s life are concerned.
  • How Vedic Astrology differs from Western Astrology?

    A. Vedic Astrology is a highly developed science. Vedic Astrology is vast, highly accurate and detailed when compare to Western Astrology. Vedic Astrology also has 1000s of years of rich history and study behind it. Seemingly in Western Astrology more prominence is given to Sun-signs whereas in Vedic Astrology it’s given to Moon-signs
  • In what ways Vedic Astrology useful?

    Vedic Astrology is an excellent tool for assistance in the journey of life. It helps one understand happenings in one’s life and around. It helps one to plan ahead and clear past Karma. Vedic Astrology is also a beneficial science as it also provides remedies using which malefic effects of negative Karma can also be nullified.