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What is Vedic Astrology?
Vedic astrology is by no means a mere fortune-telling game. The purpose or goal of the subject is to drive away the fear of the unknown and thus to provide a scope to build a stronger sense of self. The subject is much more than the sun sign or a newspaper horoscope. This is as expansive as the Universe and as unique as you.
Though the subject is vast, I have gathered much information and experience in the last twenty-five years of dealing with it. I accommodated the relevant portions from the acknowledged sources into this site.
I am confident that the information will be of great use to all. With the help of this site, you will be able to build your own insight even if you don’t have any basic knowledge about the subject.
What is the Vedic Method of Astrology?
Different astrologers described the term in different ways. This may be called a pseudo-science interpreting the supposed effect of the heavenly bodies on human existence.
The word Astrology was originally derived from the Greek root ‘astron’, which refers to stars and ‘logia’, which means word or speech.
The best definition of the subject is found in the book ‘Astrology for Yourself’ by Demetra George and Douglas Bloch. In this book, the authors described it as “a language, art and science that study the relationship between the cycles of celestial bodies and the affairs of people on earth.”
This is a tool that can help us to glimpse into our purpose in life and gain a stronger sense of self. It can teach us how to live harmoniously with the Universe by exploring our inner potential.
He who knows himself knows the best.
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The History of Vedic Astrology
Astrology, an ancient practice, has evolved into three main branches: Western, Indian, and Chinese Astrology. Its roots trace back to Mesopotamia and Babylonia in 3600 B.C., initially used for weather predictions and foreseeing potential disasters. Over time, astrologers gained importance, advising kings and influential figures. The Babylonians introduced the Zodiac, spreading to Greece, Rome, and Europe by the 14th century. In America, astrology gained popularity after 1900, thanks to figures like Evangeline Adams. The Indian system, present in the Vedas around 1000-1500 B.C., remains influential, with many embracing astrological guidance in daily life. Chinese astrology, dating back to 3000 B.C., became prominent during the Shing dynasty (1766-1050 B.C).
Important Terminology in Vedic Astrology
For those diving into astrology basics, understanding the terminology is crucial. Often, common lexicons lack these terms or provide astronomical, not astrological, meanings. This gap can hinder comprehension of one’s natal chart or astrological content.
To bridge this knowledge gap, this page offers a glossary with commonly used astrological words and their meanings. It serves as a handy reference, encouraging learners to familiarize themselves with these terms before delving deeper into the intricacies of astrology.
For more extensive coverage, a recommended book link is provided for ongoing reference and comprehensive understanding.
What Are the Zodiac Signs in Vedic Astrology?
Zodiac Signs or the Sun Signs represent twelve equal segments or divisions of the zodiac. Celestial phenomena affect or govern human activities. The birth sign indicates the particular horoscope characteristics, based mainly upon the location of the Sun’s astrological position in the zodiac.
In Western and Indian astrology, the twelve signs are associated with the constellation. These two systems emphasized space and the movements of the Sun, Moon and the planets in the sky in analyzing human activity.
Your ruling sign is where the Sun happened to be when you were born. (All dates given are inclusive).
There are twelve astrology zodiac signs, and the characteristics of 12 zodiac signs are as follows-
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19)
You are capable of taking pains. Your greatest gift is your mental common sense. You will probably achieve the best results in business, which requires a steady, level head and industrious effort. You are a devoted husband or wife and a very wise and loving parent. Be very careful in your use of alcohol and tobacco. Learn more in our Capricorn article, Capricorn: Navigating Ambition and Determination in Vedic Astrology.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 19)
If Your zodiac sign is this originality of thought, it will probably result in discovering a new way of doing things in business or science. Though you do not make friends quickly, you will never lack for them. In the long run, you will attract a lot of admirers. Try to be more demonstrative with your loved one; otherwise, they will misunderstand you and suspect you of indifference. Learn more in our Aquarius article, Aquarius Unveiled: Navigating the Cosmic Currents in Vedic Astrology.
PISCES (February 20 to March 20)
Your greatest gift is your naturally loving and generous temperament, and your greatest weakness is the ease with which people can take advantage of you by appealing to your warm and sympathetic spirit. You are more concerned about the welfare of others than about your own or that of your family. You will never lack true friends. You will probably marry early and undoubtedly have several love affairs.
ARIES (March 21 to April 20)
You are not meant to work under anybody else. Your boundless energy and enthusiasm, for which you will always be admired, will have to be held in check, or it will lead you to undertake too many things at once. Persons under this zodiac sign will probably do a great deal of traveling during their life and will meet many kinds of people. Politics, business or the arts will be suited to your temperament. Learn more in our Aries article, Aries: Navigating Vedic Astrology’s First Zodiac Sign.
TAURUS (April 21 to May 20)
You will achieve happiness and commitment through determined and persistent effort and have a reputation for wisdom and ability, which will win you promotions and continual advancement. You will be happiest when you are doing some sort of creative work. In general, you will enjoy very good health. You will have to watch out not to overeat or drink to excess. Learn more in our Taurus article, Taurus in Vedic Astrology: Nurturing the Cosmic Grounds of Stability and Sensuality.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 21)
If you do not succeed in your life, it will be because you can’t decide on what you want to specialize in. It would be better for you to pick some sort of professional work than a business career. In matters of love, the persons who come under this zodiac sign are very changeable and sensitive. You will make money easily, and there is every possibility you will lose it just as quickly. You must be cautious about this. Learn more in our Gemini article, Gemini in Vedic Astrology: A Cosmic Symphony of Intellect and Versatility.
CANCER (June 22 to July 21)
Learning to keep your emotions in control is important. You are going to waste precious time looking for hidden meaning in casual remarks. Pick a career that connects you with people and activities in your business or profession. Travel is good for you, and your health will be good if you do not worry too much. Learn more in our Cancer article, Cradled by the Cosmic Tides: Insights into Cancer in Vedic Astrology.
LEO (July 22 to August 22)
If you are born under this sign, the world will naturally look for leadership and guidance. Your greatest asset is your ability to inspire confidence in strangers who come into contact with you. The only factor which may imperil your chances of success will be your inability to realize that the same high-minded motives do not guide all people as you are. You are assured of a happy and successful marriage if you always consider the feelings of those close to you. Learn more in our Leo article, Radiant Royalty: Exploring Leo’s Brilliance in Vedic Astrology.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
Through careful and diligent work, you may build up a modest fortune, and though you may never create a sensation in the world, you still have never regretted what you have done. Learning to cultivate tact in your dealings with others is important. It would be wise for you to marry early. Learn more in our Virgo article, Decoding the Earthly Wisdom: Exploring Virgo in Vedic Astrology.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
You are always going to be able to get along with people easily. You should make a very good executive or manager who has many people working under him. If your zodiac sign is Libra, you may be accused of fickleness, and you, on your part, will resent this. In matters of love, however, you will always have to remember that emotions and not reason are the source of people’s actions. Learn more in our Libra article, Exploring the Essence of Libra in Vedic Astrology.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 23)
You will have to become master of your temper. If you do not, you will frequently quarrel with your associates in daily affairs and with those you love. If you learn to control this temperament, you will be able to direct the force of your personality into many useful channels, which will lead you to ultimate success. In love, you will be ardent and have no difficulty attracting members of the opposite sexes. Learn more in our Scorpio article, Scorpio in Vedic Astrology: Unraveling the Depths of Passion and Transformation.
SAGITTARIUS (November 24 to December 21)
Your chance of achieving success and fame in life is fairly good. In almost every instance, you will meet remarkable good luck if you follow your instincts. You must be cautious in choosing a life partner as it will not be very easy for you to find a person of the opposite sex who lives up to your ideal. Learn more in our Sagittarius article, Sagittarius: Navigating the Cosmic Arrows in Vedic Astrology.
The characteristics of the 12 zodiac signs on this page are in brief. When you follow the links provided with each type of sign, you will be able to know about the sign and its analysis in detail.
Zodiac Sign Classifications
In Vedic Astrology, the classification of zodiac signs follows a distinct system compared to Western Astrology. Vedic Astrology is based on the sidereal zodiac, which considers the actual positions of stars.
The zodiac is divided into 12 equal segments, known as Rashis or signs, with each Rashi spanning 30 degrees. The classification begins with Aries, corresponding to the position of the Sun during the Vernal Equinox.
Unlike Western Astrology, Vedic Astrology places a strong emphasis on the moon sign, known as the “Rashi,” alongside the sun sign. The moon sign is determined by the position of the moon at the time of one’s birth and holds significant importance in shaping an individual’s emotional and mental characteristics.
Each zodiac sign is associated with specific qualities, elements, and ruling planets, contributing to a comprehensive astrological profile in Vedic Astrology.
The 12 Houses of Vedic Astrology
In Vedic Astrology, the 12 houses play a pivotal role in shaping an individual’s life and destiny. Each house represents specific aspects of one’s existence, creating a comprehensive map of the celestial influences on various facets of life. The first house, known as the Ascendant or Lagna, signifies the self and overall personality. Subsequent houses delve into matters like wealth, communication, home life, creativity, and partnerships. The ninth house relates to spirituality and higher learning, while the tenth house governs career and public reputation. Through the intricate web of these houses, Vedic Astrology provides profound insights into the complexities of an individual’s journey, offering a celestial blueprint that guides and influences every aspect of life.
Understanding a Vedic Astrology Chart
A Vedic Astrology Natal Chart, also known as a Janam Kundli, is a detailed map of the celestial positions at the time of an individual’s birth.
It serves as a comprehensive cosmic blueprint, outlining the precise locations of planets, stars, and other celestial bodies in relation to the Earth. The purpose of a Vedic Natal Chart is to provide profound insights into various aspects of an individual’s life, including personality traits, strengths, challenges, career possibilities, relationships, and the overall trajectory of one’s destiny.
It goes beyond the sun sign, considering the moon sign, planetary aspects, and their influence on different facets of life. By interpreting the intricate details of the Natal Chart, astrologers can offer personalized guidance, helping individuals understand themselves better and navigate the complexities of life with greater awareness.
The chart acts as a tool for self-discovery and a roadmap for making informed decisions aligned with cosmic energies.
Vedic Astrological Remedies
Vedic Astrology remedies encompass a diverse range of practices designed to mitigate challenging planetary influences and enhance positive energies in one’s life. Rooted in ancient traditions, these remedies aim to balance cosmic energies and harmonize the connection between celestial bodies and human life. Remedies can include the use of gemstones, mantras, yantras (sacred geometric symbols), rituals, and charitable activities. Wearing specific gemstones corresponding to favorable planets or chanting potent mantras aligns energies for auspicious outcomes. Yantras act as cosmic antennas, attracting positive vibrations, while rituals and acts of charity contribute to karmic purification. Vedic Astrology remedies offer a holistic approach to navigate life’s challenges, fostering spiritual growth and aligning individuals with the cosmic rhythms that influence their destinies.
In Vedic Astrology, relationship compatibility is assessed through a detailed analysis of the birth charts of individuals, known as Kundli or Janam Kundali.
By examining the positions of planets, moon signs, and other celestial factors at the time of each person’s birth, astrologers can reveal the potential dynamics between individuals in various relationships. Vedic Astrology provides insights into personality traits, communication styles, and emotional needs, allowing individuals to understand themselves and others on a deeper level.
This understanding is instrumental in finding the right friendships or life partners, as it helps identify harmonious connections and potential challenges in relationships.
Through the guidance of Vedic Astrology, individuals can navigate the complexities of interpersonal dynamics, make informed decisions, and foster connections that align with their cosmic energies, promoting fulfilling and supportive relationships.
Vedic Astrology Marriage Tips
In the realm of marriage, Vedic Astrology plays a crucial role in providing insights and guidance for a harmonious and fulfilling union. By analyzing the cosmic positions at the time of birth through tools like compatibility charts and synastry, Vedic Astrology aims to unveil the potential dynamics between partners. It assesses factors such as moon signs, planetary positions, and the compatibility of Nakshatras (lunar mansions), offering a comprehensive understanding of the couple’s strengths, challenges, and overall compatibility. This astrological insight aids individuals in making informed decisions about their life partner, contributing to the establishment of a strong foundation for a happy and enduring marriage. Vedic Astrology provides a roadmap for navigating potential conflicts, understanding each other’s needs, and fostering communication, fostering a deeper connection between partners and enhancing the likelihood of a joyous and prosperous marital journey.
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