Vedic Astrology

Definition - What does Vedic Astrology mean?

Vedic astrology is a relatively new term to describe Hindu or Indian astrology, also known as jyotish. Like Western astrology, Vedic astrology is based on the belief that the planets and other heavenly bodies influence a person's life.

Yoga – a sister science of jyotish along with Ayurveda – and yoga-related practices are used to lessen or strengthen the influence of specific planets in a yogi's life. Such practices include mantras, meditation on yantras, yogic breathing exercises and asanas. On a deeper level, Vedic astrology provides insights and perspective on the yogi's strengths and weaknesses, thereby providing a framework and guidance for yoga practice.

Yogapedia explains Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology is one of the vedangas of the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures. The vedangas are the six sciences that are studied in order to practice and understand Vedic teachings. In Vedic astrology, a person's destiny is determined by his/her karma, which is set forth in the cosmic design.

Vedic and Western astrology have some similarities, including the 12 signs of the zodiac, but Vedic astrology emphasizes the rising sign at the precise moment of birth rather than the 30-day sun sign. Also, the difference between the sun signs in the two systems of astrology is said to be 24 degrees, meaning that one might identify with a different constellation. In Vedic astrology, a master astrologer, known as a jyotishacharaya, uses a variety of charts to further refine the individual's horoscope.

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