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The Vedas are the foremost among all ancient books. All the classics of the world have been born out of the Vedas. The root verb of the word The Light of Veda‘Veda’ is ‘vid’ meaning knowledge. Through the classics of Indian astrology, one can easily acquire knowledge about God while learning about living beings. For this reason, astrology is considered to be the eyes of the Vedas. Thousands of years ago, the Saints who were knowledgeable about the past, the present and the future, through the power of their meditation and yoga, have described in detail in their astrological classics the characteristics, features, appearance and nature of the planets and their auspicious and inauspicious effects on the living and non living world. The depiction of the position of planets in the zodiac at the time and place of a person’s birth is called the Janma Kundali or the Horoscope. The sign which was rising in the eastern horizon at the time of birth is called Lagna or the Ascendant. The sign where the Moon is positioned is called the Birth Rashi and the constellation in which the Moon is situated is called the Birth Nakshatra.

Vedic Astrology : (Devanagari: ज्योतिष, Sanskrit: ‘, from ‘, ‘light, heavenly body’, English: Jyotish, Jyotisha) is the Vedic system of astrology

Vedic astrology is one of the oldest forms of astrology. It evolved over 5,000 years ago and is based on a body of knowledge known as the ‘Vedas,’ which translates to ‘knowledge’ or ‘wisdom,’ and is referred to as Jyotish, — the ‘light of the heavenly bodies’. Today, Vedic astrology is acknowledged as one of the most powerful forms of astrology in practice and is followed by millions around the world.

Types of Veda

The Rig-Ved
Its traditional date goes back to 3000 BC, something which the German scholar Max Mueller accepted. As a body of writing, the Rig-Veda (the wisdom of verses) is nothing short of remarkable. It contains 1028 hymns (10,589 verses which are divided into ten mandalas or book-sections) dedicated to thirty-three different gods. The most often addressed gods were nature gods like Indra (rain god; king of heavens), Agni (fire god), Rudra (storm god; the ‘howler’), Soma (the draught of immortality, an alcoholic brew).

The Sama-Veda
The Sama-Veda or the wisdom of chants is basically a collection of samans or chants, derived from the eighth and ninth books of the Rig-Veda. These were meant for the priests who officiated at the rituals of the soma ceremonies. There are painstaking instructions in Sama-Veda about how particular hymns must be sung; to put great emphasis upon sounds of the words of the mantras and the effect they could have on the environment and the person who pronounced them.

The Yajur-Ved
The Yajur-Veda or the wisdom of sacrifices lays down various sacred invocations (yajurs) which were chanted by a particular sect of priests called adhvaryu. They performed the sacrificial rites. The Veda also outlines various chants which should be sung to pray and pay respects to the various instruments which are involved in the sacrifice.

The Atharva-Ved
The Atharva-Veda (the wisdom of the Atharvans) is called so because the families of the atharvan sect of the Brahmins have traditionally been credited with the composition of the Vedas. It is a compilation of hymns but lacks the awesome grandeur which makes the Rig-Veda such a breathtaking spiritual experience.

Why Vedic Astrology
Vedic Astrology is real richer and more accurate than all other systems of Astrology. Especially for the Prediction of Events with Time Frame. Vedic system not only tell us, what is going to be happen in our life, but also When it will happen. It covers Karmic, Spiritual and Materialistic aspects of one’s entire life with the Timing of Events.

Vedic (Indian) and Western Astrology
Western astrology is known for its emphasis on the psychological nature and personality of the individual, Vedic astrology’s primary focus is on predicting cycles and events of the future, putting more emphasis on understanding when certain events are likely to take place. Vedic astrology gives a better view of: a person’s karmic tendencies and when such tendencies are likely to manifest for that person through a unique system of planetary time cycles, called ‘dashas,’ for which there is no corresponding method in Western astrology. One of the aphorisms offered by this body of knowledge is: ‘

The planets in Vedic astrology are referred to as ‘grahas’ and ancient scriptures refer to them as the lords of karma and destiny. It is believed that the birth chart of an individual is based on their past karma, which is bestowed upon them by the nine planets. However, it is not Vedic astrology’s purpose to replace an individual’s responsibility to decide what is best for them. The role of astrology is to make one aware of the presence or absence of certain tendencies, and should be used as a tool for making better decisions. Ultimately, the purpose of astrology is self-knowledge, self-awareness and improvement.

Vedic astrology follows the same combinations of the houses, signs and planets as those in Western astrology. But for those of us familiar with the Western birth chart, there will be many differences. The Vedic birth chart is square, instead of the round chart wheel of Western astrology. The houses, signs and planets also take on different meaning under Vedic astrology. The more recently discovered outer planets — Neptune, Pluto and Uranus are not considered in Vedic astrology for the purposes of interpreting a chart, however, the Lunar Nodes are. The North Node is known as Rahu and the South Node as Ketu.

Each planet is also given rulership over a particular sign of the zodiac and it is referred to as its lord. The ruling planet transfers a large part of its influence upon the sign it rules and planet ruler ships play a very important part in Vedic science.

Another major difference between the two is that Western astrology uses the Tropical Zodiac, which is based on the equinoxes. The beginning of the Tropical Zodiac or its first degree of Aries is always with the spring or vernal Equinox. Vedic astrology uses the Sidereal Zodiac which tracks planetary movements against the actual movement of the stars, and the first degree of Aries or the start of the Sidereal Zodiac starts approximately 24 degrees ahead of that of the Tropical Zodiac. So unless you were born between the 15th or 20th of any month, you will find that your Western Sun sign and ascendant, as well as some of the planets are moved back by one sign in your Vedic chart.

Western astrology considers the Sun as the center of our universe, and therefore the most significant influence in our lives. Vedic astrology, on the other hand, uses the 27 constellations of the Moon — called the Lunar Mansions or Nakshatras — as the primary source of predictive techniques. The Sun represents one’s soul while the Moon represents one’s mind. Both are important, and both have a significant place in astrology.

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31 12 2011
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