I’ve been star-struck since I was in grade school. No, not by who is gracing Rolling Stone magazine covers (although I did get weepy when I met and was velvet lace hugged by Stevie Nicks).
I digress… So what about stars as in lunar asterisms and blinking lights in the open night sky?
The stars’ placement and meaning bewitched me because I shared my birthday with my mother (minutes apart), which as a teen I found myself wanted to clarify my identity in comparison to my parents and well, everybody. Enter three earthwoody ladies who owned a crystal shop in my hometown where I could buy books on Buddha, runes, candles and gemstones that were associated with my zodiac sign. Like any good rebel, I started researching and found that not all Virgos are alike and that sun signs aren’t the whole picture in any sense.
Daily horoscopes are for amusement, they aren’t a science. Astrology, from a vedic perspective, balances math, science and intuition. The snap shot of where everything was the moment of your birth is unique to anyone else and you can get as detailed as you like with it.
For nearly two decades I’ve met with astrologers, read voraciously, googled and blog digested many avenues of info but once learning about the most ancient perspective, it was hard for me to turn back. The zodiac is the zodiac and the attributes/archetypes are still in place minus two items (rahu and ketu are more significant than pluto and uranus) however it’s the positioning of the planet that has changed (as has my perspective).
This came recently and is the perfect explanation of Vedic Astrology for a western mind to comprehend… enjoy!
Vedic Astrology explanation by Bill Levacy
What is Vedic Astrology?
Vedic Astrology is an astrological system from India. Jyotish, as it is also called, has its roots in the ancient Vedic civilization of India. Some scholars indicate it is over 5000 years old and pre-dates Western Astrology. The word “Veda” means pure knowledge, hence the term “Vedic” astrology.
Vedic Astrology helps us analyze behavior and forecast events so we can anticipate good outcomes for our actions. Vedic philosophers tell us that the best way to get out of trouble is not to get into trouble in the first place. Vedic Astrology provides a road map for effective living, in tune with the laws of nature.
How is it different from Western Astrology?
Vedic Astrology fixes the position of planets as you see them in the sky right now, employing marker stars to identify the start of the first point of Aries. The Western systems mark the start of Aries in terms of the earth and its spring equinox season. Its zodiac does not represent astronomical positions as accurately as does the Vedic system. The two systems are about 23 degrees apart in marking the starting point of Aries due to Vedic astrology adjusting for the back wobbling of the earth’s axis. The sky that we see at the time of the equinox is not the same sky that people saw 2000 years ago. The earth has shifted back on its axis, making it appear as if the signs have preceded.
In addition, the Vedic system has literally hundreds of predictive techniques based on lunar signs, on multiple chart divisions and the like. Vedic Astrology puts more emphasis on the Rising Sign and the Moon than on the Sun as the Western system does, and has deep roots in philosophy and development of consciousness.
What makes Vedic Astrology accurate?
Vedic astrology has been around benefiting people for many thousands of years. In addition to the 12 Sun signs of the zodiac, Vedic Astrology uses 27 Moon signs or secondary constellations called “Nakshatras”. The Vedic system employs a set of 16 types of birth charts, not just one, and uses a forecasting system called the “Vimshottari Dasa” which tracks events in the birth chart up to a 120 year life period.
Vedic Astrology has very strong connections to spiritual development and consciousness and suggests hundreds of remedial measures to counteract negative influences in the chart. So Vedic astrology not only can help indicate what behaviors and time periods might be favorable or unfavorable, it also has methods to help us fortify ourselves to deal with life events more powerfully.
The sites for jyotish with computer systems to get your chart are at best, clunky but play around with them and see what you can find. My suggestion? Find a jyotish in your city and have a session to learn more!!!
For starters here is where I play:
The most legitimate vedic scholar/jyotish I’ve heard of is in LA, here’s their website.