Vedic Astrology, also known as Jyotish (joe-teesh), is quite different from what you may be familiar with as astrology. For starters it is what we call sidereal where “western” astrology is based on tropical calculations. The same basic birth data is used but may produce a new configuration of ascendant, sun and moon signs. Further, prominence is placed first on the ascendant sign, then the moon, and lastly, the sun sign of the individual.
The basic philosophy for the use of Jyotish is that as children of God The Mother, we are being nurtured through a large set of lessons. This journey may take us several lifetimes, but as always, its goal is our spiritual growth and development.
We look to astrological charts as a means of understanding our basic blueprint on this journey. The combination of our signs, planets, houses and a vast array of additional calculations can give us a much broader and more comprehensive understanding of ourselves.
We wouldn’t operate a complicated piece of machinery knowing nothing of it’s basic controls or functions. We wouldn’t ski blindfolded down the side of a mountain knowing nothing of what lies in our path. Similarly, why should we travel our life’s path without the understanding of self available through Jyotish.
May you have all the tools to understanding the Self
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti