Jyotish( Vedic Astrology)

Jyotish is the Hindu system of astrology, one of the six disciplines of Vedanta. The Sanskrit word derives from jytis which means one who is enlightened with knowledge, of birth, fate, and relationship to water, earth and star. However, as the singular purpose of Jyotish and the Vedas is to dispel the darkness of ignorance, it is more commonly taken to signify the "science of light".

Jyotish has been practiced for many thousands of years. The earliest writings can be found in the Vedas - the ancient spiritual texts of the Hindus and the oldest books in existence, written 5,000 - 8,000 years ago. Veda means the original knowledge and truth. This universal knowledge was imparted to the sages about 5000 years ago when they were absorbed in a meditative state of pure consciousness. Vedic means something that is based upon the concepts of Vedas. Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) is the system of astrology that was taught by ancient sages of India and was passed down orally through an unbroken teacher-disciple tradition.

Jyotish has many facets, and some of its basics are clearly also cornerstones of Western astrology, such as symbolically endowed signs, houses and planets. As main belief of Hindus is that humans have ups and downs in life because of karma, many people use Jyotish to understand the downs in life due to the influence of planets, i.e., Navagraha as Jyotish is based on nine grahas (heavenly bodies or "planets"):

 

These Navagraha are :

 

Abbreviation

Sanskrit Name

English Name

Represents

Su

Surya

Sun

Soul

Ch

Chandra

Moon

Mind

Ma

Mangal

Mars

energetic action, confidence and ego

Bu

Budha

Mercury

Communication

Gu

Guru or Brihaspati

Jupiter

the great teacher

Shu

Shukra

Venus

wealth, pleasure and reproduction

Sha

Shani

Saturn

Learning the hard way. Career and Longevity

Ra

Rahu

Ascending/North Lunar Node

Often described as a demon that does his best to plunge any area of one's life he controls into chaos.

Ke

Ketu

Descending/South Lunar Node

supernatural influences

 

Jyotish also recognizes twelve zodiac signs, or Rashis:

 

Number

Sanskrit Name

Western Name

1

Mesha

Aries

2

Vrishabha

Taurus

3

Mithuna

Gemini

4

Karka

Cancer

5

Simha

Leo

6

Kanya

Virgo

7

Tula

Libra

8

Vrishchika

Scorpio

9

Dhanus

Sagittarius

10

Makara

Capricorn

11

Kumbha

Aquarius

12

Meena

Pisces

 

A chart or horoscope for a person is the map of the positions of the planets at the birth of that person. This is based on the theory that each moment has within it the seeds of its fruit so by looking at the forces of nature in effect at the outset of something tells you all about the outcomes that will follow as the wheels of time turn. The chart gives a 'bird's eye perspective' of the time periods of ones life. Jyotish can view long spans of time, or zoom in and analyze a narrow range of time in detail. The chart reveals trends and patterns in ones life.

astrology chart, janma kundali

 

Each house governs certain aspects of life which are:

  1. Personality, health

  2. Education, livelihood potential, communication, childhood

  3. Courage, socializing, siblings

  4. Home, mother, material possessions, faith, travel

  5. Creativity, children, speculations, devotion

  6. Physical health, injury, litigation, enemies

  7. Long-term partner (e.g., spouse or business partner)

  8. Mental health, longevity, travel

  9. Dharma (life purpose), religion, fortune, father, honor

  10. Profession, achievement, recognition

  11. Material and spiritual gains

  12. Loss, liberation

Rather than just tell you what planets are strong and weak and let it go at that, Jyotish offers therapies to strengthen weak planets. By looking at the planets, the 12 houses and their relationship in the astrology chart one can determine health tendencies and causes, dharma, things that make relationships spiritual and how to better grow on ones spiritual path. This is the healing aspect of Jyotish.

Every person has some strong and some weak planets. Jyotish offers simple therapies to remove the troubling effects of planets. Therapies include mantras, yantras (talismans), meditations and rituals, herbs, aromas, gems, lifestyle and spiritual suggestions.

 

Some stones that influence the effect of these grahas are:

 

Planet

Stone

Sun

Ruby, garnet

Moon

Pearls, moonstone

Mars

Red coral, carnelian, bloodstone

Mercury

Emerald, green tourmaline, peridot, jade

Jupiter

Yellow sapphire, Imperial topaz, yellow beryl, citrine

Venus

Diamond, white sapphire, white topaz, zircon and quartz

Saturn

Blue sapphire, tanzanite, lapis

Rahu

Hessonite, orange zircon, and other orange garnets

Ketu

Cat's eye