The Science of Astrology
Astrology has been defined as a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs according to which the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide information about personaliti es, human affairs and other related matters. A person who practices astrology is called an Astrologer. However Science and Scientists have spared no words to call it a Psuedo science or even Superstition..
The word "astrology" comes from the Latin term astrologia which in turn is derived from the greek word astron which means ' Constellation' or Star and logia meaning ' the study of '..
It is called Jyotish Shastra or the science of future predictions according to Hindus in india.
In Western countries, it is called Vedic astrology, which refers to Indian or Hindu astrology. The origin of Jyotisha is from the Vedas, the scriptures of Hindus.
Jyotisha is the science of understanding the subtle influences that come to us from the greater universe. Hindu philosophers, sages, went into great intricacies to explain God. According to them the world is evolving under the benevolent influence of a Divine Supreme Being. The Supreme Intelligence takes care of every individual and puts him under those circumstances which are best suited for his growth and existence on the earth. This in turn gives faith and confidence to the individual.
Vedic astrology believes in the spiritual nature of man, and guides him in realizing his true self. According to the Vedas, it also projects a force of intelligence and spirituality. The Moon is important to all creatures and governs the fertility cycles of animals and human beings . In the Vedic system Moon rules the emotional nature. It is well known that the planets with their large magnetic fields and gravitational interaction with the Earth, affect it physically. this is a fact that has been proven by Scientists as well !
Astrology gets more complicated with its reference to Karma or Fate or Destiny . Without the Law of Karma to explain the pattern of our lives, starting from birth, astrology makes little sense. Philosophically, Vedic astrology reflects the law of Karma, which includes both the aspect of fate and that of free will. Fate in Karma means that our present condition is the result of our past actions from previous lives.
On a more positive note Vedic astrology also holds that spiritual practices, like Yoga, prayer and meditation neutralize the effects of a bad astrological chart. Vedic astrology helps us to realize our own true self, and helps us to know the divinity of the soul. It provides a clarification of one's Karma.
The astrology of India is different from Western astrology in that Vedic astrologers use a different Zodiac system . There are two Zodiacs namely the Tropical and the Sidereal. Western astrology uses the Spring Equinox as the starting point of Aries in the month of March. Meanwhile, Vedic Astrology uses the precessed constellation of Aries, currently in the month of April, to start the Sidereal Zodiac.
The difference between the two Zodiacs is currently 22 to 24 degrees. So, if you were born up to 22 to 24 degrees into a particular sign in the Tropical Zodiac, say the sign of Aries, you will now become recognized by the previous sign, in this case Pisces..Western Astrology uses the Spring Equinox in the month of March to start the Tropical Zodiac in the constellation of Aries. Meanwhile, Vedic Astrology uses the precessed constellation of Aries, currently in the month of April, to start the Sidereal Zodiac.
We could say that Hindu astrology has a real science of psychology because it treats the real psyche or soul, not just the outer mind. Whereas modern psychology is concerned only with the mind, the conditioned entity of memory, Hindu psychology is concerned with the soul, the unconditioned entity of pure consciousness. Whereas modern psychological methods aim at understanding and healing the conditioned mind, yogic psychology aims at going beyond the mind. Hindu astrology concern is not with the personal traumas of this life as an issue in themselves, but with the ongoing evolution of the soul which though complex has been the subject of study by the Astrologers for more than 5000 years.
There is an intensified interest in the Vedic astrology in the recent times probably because the human mind has been going through a crises in culture, questioning the very values of the times in which we live in . This discontent has long been fermenting and is being once again echoed in the continuing conflict of the mind. The search for answers takes many minds back to the Eastern theories and views of the Greeks and Babylonians, as well as the rishis and sages of ancient India. Their view of the cosmos is finding renewed interest in our modern conflicting times.
Vedic astrology is not just another system of astrological interpretation. Its purpose is not just to tell us what our destiny is by looking at the stars nor does it leave us helpless before fate or destiny. It shows us how we can use the planetary energies operative in our lives in the best possible way. It also has a practical side, its Yoga , which has a series of remedial measures aimed at purifying our subtle or psychic environment by balancing our planetary influences and maximizing our karma. Its methods include the use of gems, colors, mantras, deities, rituals, herbs and food items.
Modern science deals with the sensory perceivable and measurable world. Astrology deals more with the astral world than with the physical, with the energy behind the form, rather than the forms themselves and with the energy of the mind more so than the energy of the matter.
Vedic astrology offers an ancient astrological perspective that asks these very same profound and confounding questions, questions asked some 5000 years ago by the very authors of the Vedas, the Puranas, the Bramanas, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavadgita.
Can Vedic astrology fortell the future ?
The Indian 'science' of foretelling the future - which has become popular as Vedic Astrology the world over, is called 'Jyotish Vidya' or the 'Science of Light'.
According to a famous Jyotish Ashish Kumar das " Astrology is the mother of all sciences, in which the Earth has been considered as a unit of the solar family and the effects of the other members of the solar family on our planet and vice-versa. All these have been taken into account for analysis and its pros and cons are used for the benefit of people. Astrology is not magic! It's purely based on astronomy and mathematics. It is the most beautiful palace of knowledge with the most puzzling entrance. The basic difference between the work of an astrologer and that of a doctor or a lawyer is that an astrologer should only narrate what he sees in a horoscope…" because everything is pre-destined.
"Astrology is a mirror to life. It is also a guideline. It is certainly not 100% correct. No discipline is. But it helps within limits, just as psychology, economics, psychiatry does. Nothing is absolutely final and completely certain. But the chances of predictions coming right are good. Also, character analysis of Astrology often helps. Astrology is not a crutch. It is to be used to heal one's self."