The origin of Vedic astrology goes back to the ancient Indian traditions as old as Atharva Veda. All the information about Vedic astrology is present in Ayurveda and Vedang Jyotisha, an early work about astrology in Vedas. It is commonly known as Jyotisha. According to Vedic astrology, karma and fortune are closely interlinked. An intricate part of Indian astrology is the birth chart or Kundli. Based on the accurate birth timings, date and place, the position of your planets determine the future events in your life. It considers the fixed zodiac to determine the events and reveal the future.
Vedic astrology is based on the teachings of the Vedas. Here the planets are read in terms of their impact on the last life and the simultaneous effect on the present, going by the notion of Karma. In Hindu astrology, only the planets till Saturn are used. The other tools used for predictions are dasha, prashna, muhurta, varshaphal, lunar nakshatra and harmonic charts.
Unlike equinoxes in Western astrology, Jyotisha shashtra employs the methodology of calculations based on the twelve constellations along with 28 nakshatra or lunar constellation. It is considered to be more accurate in terms of predictions and analysis of the native’s fate than Western astrology.
The high accuracy of Vedic predictions is also because of the study of dashas or the period when a planet is reigning. After analyzing the dasha of your planets, the future events are detected. This method expands the area of Indian astrology from the limited self to the larger events that are going to be unfolded soon. Then varshaphal or the yearly outcome is calculated by studying the position of the Sun at your birth. It is different from natal chart, as varshaphal predicts how the year will turn out to be after your birthnumber in a particular year. Vedic astrology is also used to detect the auspicious timings or shubhmuhurat.
Astrology has a twofold purpose. On one hand it is used as a tool to select the right month the right date and the right time to start various auspicious rites and rituals so that the results are better. On the other hand it is used as a guide to study the destiny of an individual.
Indian astrology is based on the theory of fate. The good and the bad actions of the past life determine your fate or Karma of your present life, and the actions of your present life determine your future Karma. According to Indian astrology a person is born at that place, on that number and on that moment when his individual fate is in perfect mathematical harmony with the progress of the stars in heaven. However it does not preach total dependence on fate. Astrology lets you know what you were born with, what your possibilities are, the limitations, your strong points and your drawbacks. What type of life partners and professions suit you and to expect is also indicated. It also prescribes various remedial measures to ward off the bad effects and to enhance the good results. Astrology is your roadmap of destiny. However your fate is in your hands. The scriptures guide us by telling us what is good and what is bad; what to do and what not to do; how to do and how not to do. You are given a piece of land and the seeds to sow. How much effort to put in to it, what amount of manure and water to add and when how to reap the produce is your job. After that it is you who have to act using your knowledge intelligence, discrimination and experience. Fate is like a game of cards where you cannot help the cards that have been dealt to you but how to play them is in your hands. You may get good cards but if you play badly you will lose and you may get bad cards and still may win if you play carefully. Don’t blame the roadmap if you get drunk, drive badly and have an accident! In the Mahabharata Lord Krishna gave advise to Arjuna and also to Duryodhana. One listened and the other did not!
Firstly, we have the divisional chart system, called the Varga system. Based on the planetary degrees at the time of birth, sixteen divisional charts are prepared, by dividing the degrees of the planets. These divisional charts are studied to ascertain the strength and weakness of planets and houses and also to study various aspects of ones life. For example, one-ninth division called Navamsa to study spouse and married life, one-tenth division to study profession, one-seventh for children and so on. The last Varga, called Shodashamsa, is prepared by dividing the planet’s degrees in to one-sixtieth part! Second is the dasa system. Based on ones moons degrees at birth, we calculate the Dasas, or the ruling periods of various planets, which keeps changing during one’s life. It is not just one planets dasa but Maha dasa, or main dasa, of a planet, Antardasa, or sub period, of another planet and so on till we arrive at a fifth level dasa to study each number.
Third is the Gochara, or transit of planets. Planets transiting various houses produce various results. But a planet transits a sign for quite some time. For example Saturn transits a sign for two and half years. During this entire period its results cannot be totally good or bad. Vedic astrology further pinpoints its good and bad periods even during its transit in one sign. The modern scientists do not accept astrology. But it is a known fact that planets do have their effects on us. The doctors of almost all mental asylums accept the fact that during the full moon and the new Moon periods the mental patients behave erratically. The police record the same effects on many criminals. The modern scientists know some of the effects of the ultraviolet rays, gamma rays and beta rays of the planets. But unfortunately they don’t have the divine wisdom of our ancient is to know all the effects fully.