What is Vedic Astrology

By Brent BecVar


In Sanskrit, the word Jyotish, translated as “science of light,” refers to the profound and mathematically sophisticated form of astrology originating in the ancient Vedic traditions of India. Sometimes known as Vedic astrology, Jyotish describes the planetary patterns at the time of our birth and can give us valuable clues to understanding our life’s journey. Through careful analysis of these cosmic influences, Jyotish can help us to realistically evaluate our strengths and challenges in order to optimize our full potential. By forecasting the changing trends and periods of our lives, Jyotish can also enable us to make more evolutionary choices. It offers practical remedial measures to alleviate areas of difficulty, giving us the confidence to manifest our true destiny and create success, happiness, and harmony on all levels.

The Difference Between Jyotish and Western Astrology

Jyotish is distinctly different from what we think of as astrology here in the West. The difference is that in Jyotish we use the sidereal zodiac, which is based on the fixed, observable positions of the constellations, as we see them in the sky. Western astrology, in contrast, uses what is called the tropical zodiac. The tropical zodiac is based, not on the fixed, observable positions of the constellations but rather on the relative and changeable position of the sun.
Because of a phenomenon called “precession of equinoxes” and a wobble in the axial spin of the Earth, the tropical positions have gradually moved away from the fixed, sidereal constellations at the rate of about one degree every 72 years. By the time most of us were born, the tropical positions, and therefore the Western astrology chart, have moved away from the fixed, observable positions by about 24 degrees. In short, there is a difference between these two astrological systems by that many degrees.
In Jyotish, we don’t think of people in terms of their sun sign, as we do in tropical astrology. Instead, we enter the chart through what is called the “ascendant,” the constellation that is rising on the Eastern horizon at the time of a person’s birth. This sets up the relationship between the planets at the time of birth to the event of the birth and gives clues about an individual’s personality, physical body, and the way the person presents themselves to the world. We think of a person first in terms of the ascendant.


To learn more about Vedic astrology, or to determine which planetary yantra is most appropriate for you, please visit the website of Dennis Flaherty of the Northwest Institute of Vedic Sciences.  Dennis Flaherty is one of the most recognized names in Vedic astrology, and has a world-wide following, both as a practicing astrologer and teacher. His reputation for accuracy is well known, as is his genuine compassion and concern for those who consult with him.  You can read more about Jyotish and contact Dennis by clicking on this link:  www.vedicsciences.com


The Role of Propitiations or remedial actions


Jyotish (commonly known as Vedic astrology) offers not only insight into one's Life and Nature, but offers a powerful possibility to change potential outcome, through various remedial actions, or propitiations.  Such acts can take many forms.  These forms are as diverse as consciously performing acts of charity, the use of gemstones, the performance of prayers and prescribed Vedic rituals (yagyas), or the use of mantra and yantra.

Through such remedial actions we gain deeper insight into our own place in, and interaction within, the infinite web of intelligence that connects all aspects of the universe.  With understanding comes a greater clarity of choice. Choice allows us to create a new direction and with that new direction, new possibilities arise.


                                                                                                                                                              Dancing Ganesha by PennyLea Mackie

                                                                                                                                                              Dancing Ganesha by PennyLea Mackie